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Paediatric Neuropsychology Fellowship

We are now recruiting for one Paediatric Neuropsychology Fellowship position (2020-2022)

View the fellowship brochure here.

Position:  One post-doctoral fellowship position in paediatric clinical neuropsychology is offered through the Department of Psychology at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario.  The two-year, full-time training position begins on September 1, 2020.  Our program is a member of the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (APPCN) and is designed to conform to the Houston Conference Guidelines for Specialty Education and Training in Clinical Neuropsychology

Training Setting: The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), affiliated with the University of Toronto, is Canada's most research-intensive hospital and the largest centre dedicated to improving children's health in the country.  The Department of Psychology at SickKids includes 28 psychologists, 11 psychometrists, and numerous research staff and trainees providing clinical services and conducting research within the hospital.

Research Opportunities: In addition to the clinical training, there are many opportunities for clinical research within existing clinical research programs.  Demonstration of scholarly activity is a required exit criteria for the fellowship.  Research at SickKids ranges from understanding the core neurocognitive deficits associated with neurodevelopmental disorders or acquired brain injury, to identifying the relations between neuroimaging measures of brain structure/function and neurocognitive outcome, to assessing the neurocognitive outcomes of specific treatments or interventions.

Patient Population: Clinical training consists of neuropsychological assessment and consultation for a wide range of paediatric conditions seen in a tertiary health care centre (ages 0-18 years).  Rotations are available within the following programs:

  • Neurology
    • Stroke
    • Epilepsy Surgery Program
    • Epilepsy Classroom
    • Neonatal Neurology
    • Neurology General Consultation
  • Genetics/Metabolics
  • Solid Organ Transplant
  • Hematology/Oncology
    • Brain Tumor
    • Leukemia/Lymphoma
    • Sickle Cell Disease
    • Long-Term Follow-Up for Cancer

The first year of training consists of three, four-month rotations chosen to meet the fellow’s training needs and provide exposure to patients of varying ages, levels of functioning, and focal vs. diffuse deficits.  There are opportunities to conduct assessments with special patient populations (e.g., severe sensory, motor or behavioral needs requiring non-standardized assessments) and combined neuropsychological and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnostic assessments.  An adult neuropsychology rotation may be offered.      

The second year of training focuses more specifically on Hematology/Oncology populations and neuropsychological consultations to programs within the hospital that are not served by a staff neuropsychologist, allowing for both depth and breadth of training.  Second-year fellows work with greater autonomy and often provide supervision to others.   

Training staff: There are 8 staff paediatric neuropsychologists who regularly provide clinical supervision in our training program.  Four are board certified (ABPP-CN).

Start Date: September 1, 2020

Current Salary and Benefits: Salary is $42,000 CAD in the first year and $44,000 CAD in the second year, with an additional annual stipend of $5,000 CAD. Fellows are eligible for the modified SickKids benefits package (health and dental), as well as 3 weeks paid vacation, nine statutory holidays recognized by the hospital, and one week paid professional development leave per year.

Location: SickKids is located in downtown Toronto.  With over 2.5 million residents, it is the fifth most populous municipality in North America. Toronto lies on the shore of Lake Ontario, the easternmost of the Great Lakes.  It is the cultural, entertainment, and financial capital of the nation. Toronto is a clean, safe, cosmopolitan city with a wonderful network of parks, recreational, and cultural facilities and is consistently rated as one of the world’s most livable cities.

Eligibility:  Applicants should be graduates of CPA/APA accredited clinical or school psychology programs and have completed a CPA/APA accredited internship in clinical psychology.  It is expected that applicants will have internship-level training in pediatric psychology and neuropsychology.  Prior coursework in Functional Neuroanatomy, Clinical Neurology, Basic Neuroscience, and/or Neuropathology is preferred.  Applicants who bring diversity to the program (e.g., fluency in French or experience with under-served populations) are especially encouraged to apply.  All degree requirements must be completed before the start date.

Match: Our program is an APPCN Match Participant; applicants must therefore register with National Matching Services, Inc (www.natmatch.com) to participate in the APPCN Resident Matching Program.  This residency site agrees to abide by the APPCN policy that no person at this facility will solicit, accept or use any ranking-related information from any fellowship applicant.

Application Deadline: January 6, 2020

Application Materials:  Applicants should submit their materials (e.g., letter of interest, application form, CV) electronically as a single PDF file.  Transcripts and letters can be sent separately.  All material should be emailed to: Laura.Janzen@sickkids.ca

  • Letter of interest including clinical and research goals
  • Application Form - View the 2020 Application Form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Official graduate transcripts listing courses, grades and degrees
  • Three (3) letters of reference (two clinical supervisors and one academic/research mentor)
  • A letter or email from the internship Training Director confirming that a CPA/APA-accredited internship will be completed by the fellowship start date
  • If dissertation has not been defended at the time of application, a letter or email from the CPA/APA-accredited graduate program Training Director confirming that the doctoral degree will be awarded by the fellowship start date

Contact:         Laura Janzen, PhD, C. Psych., ABPP-CN
                        Department of Psychology, Room 6294C Black Wing
                        Hospital for Sick Children
                        555 University Avenue, Toronto, ON M5G 1X8
                        Tel: 416-813-5437 / Fax: 416-813-8839