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Postdoctoral Psychology Residency

Psychology Programs

Our Pediatric Psychology Program at Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s faculty has specialties in consultation/liaison psychology, pain management, cancer and blood disorders, cystic fibrosis, G/I problems, diabetes and endocrine disorders, LGBTIQA + issues, palliative care, NICU/PICU issues, and assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders. We serve a diverse population from birth through young adulthood from the entire Southwestern U.S.   The Program provides inpatient, outpatient, individual, group, assessment and consultation services.  We are excited to continue offering a Pediatric Psychology Residency (Fellowship) for the 2022-2023 training year.   The aim of the Pediatric Psychology Residency (Fellowship) program is to improve child health outcomes by providing excellent postdoctoral training to enable graduates to excel in practice with children, adolescents, and families in a medical setting.  

 Postdoctoral residents will …

  • Be engaged in service delivery during at least 40% of their professional experience.
  • Devote a substantial portion of their time to working with the pediatric psychology subspecialties represented by our faculty (mentioned above).  For example, opportunities within the pain service include inpatient consultation/liaison with patients experiencing acute and chronic pain, (e.g., headaches, abdominal pain, fibromyalgia/amplified musculoskeletal pain syndrome, sports injury, etc.).  In addition, residents who choose this subspecialty will conduct new patient intakes in the outpatient pain clinic, provide follow-up care in the pectus excavatum clinic, provide an eight session intervention for youth that includes education, CBT, and teaching coping strategies (in conjunction with physical therapy and pain medicine specialist) in the Weekly Rehabilitation and Pain Program.  Residents also follow patients from the Pain Clinic for outpatient psychotherapy. 
  • Opportunities within the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Clinics include the ability to work with the Adult CF Clinic and/or the Pediatric CF Clinic.   People with Cystic Fibrosis may be seen for a full spectrum of reasons, including depression, anxiety, feeding issues, non-adherence, managing school/ job/relationships.  Residents have the option to participate within the CF Clinics.  They will conduct new patient intakes, and outpatient individual therapy with the option to focus more on certain age ranges and/or issues.  Developing and conducting groups for patients and families will also be an option.  Additionally, presenting for CF Family Education Days and other similar activities is also available. 
  • There also may be opportunities to work in the Ketogenic Diet clinic, the Spina Bifida clinic, or the Cochlear Implant clinic. 
  • Additionally, outpatient therapy with medical patients with co-occurring emotional/behavioral problems will be available.
  • During the second half of the year (starting in January) the resident will also be expected to take on a peer supervision role for the current pediatric psychology intern and/or practicum student(s). Supervision for the patients will ultimately be the responsibility of a licensed clinical psychologist on staff.  
  • Participate six to eight times per year (with a faculty member) in the weekend on-call service to the medical floors (rarely in the Emergency Department).
  • In addition, there are opportunities for scholarly inquiry and quality improvement projects.   The Program offers considerable flexibility with regard to meeting the fellow’s/resident’s training goals.


PCH is steadfastly committed to advocating for all children by focusing on social determinants of health, including racism, and the important role they play in creating disparities in child health and well-being.  Though we have strong advocacy and action around behavioral health, homelessness, child abuse, and adverse childhood experiences, we must continue to prioritize equality and enhanced opportunities for children of all races.  Diversity enhances creativity and thoughtfulness in our patient care and research, and will ultimately lead to better solutions to the healthcare needs of the populations we serve. To that end, PCH strives to create an environment that reflects the diversity of the communities it serves resulting in greater health care equity and a reduction in health care disparities by recruiting academically talented and diverse trainees to our Residency and residency/fellowship programs.

Our program embraces cultural and individual diversity and strives to recruit residents who are representative of diverse personal and demographic characteristics. Candidates likewise, should have experience and the desire to work with diverse groups of children, adolescents and families.  The patient population at Phoenix Children's Hospital reflects the cultural and socioeconomic diversity of the Southwest.  In 2017, 23% of Phoenix Children's Hospital patients were Latinx, 7% African American, 3% Native American, and 11% other.  Three percent of Phoenix Children's Hospital patients were older than 18 years of age; 55% were Medicaid/AHCCCS patients.  To better enable our residents to care for these patients, we offer monthly diversity seminars covering such topics as cultural determinants of health disparities, cultural humility, working with the Latinx population, working with Native American patients and families, and disability as diversity.  Residents have the opportunity to work with the Phoenix Children's Hospital Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Training Activities at BNI at PCH

  • Monthly one-hour case seminar discussion/presentation 
  • Weekly one-hour Intern Training Seminars with staff and outside professionals
  • Weekly one-hour Grand Rounds presentations for all medical staff
  • Weekly one-hour Pediatric Neuroscience Grand Rounds
  • Monthly Diversity Seminar 
  • Monthly Trauma Rounds
  • Continuing education seminars and conferences held by/for staff and residents throughout the year.  The PCH Post-doc seminar is focused on professional issues such as contract negotiation, working with the Board of Psychologist Examiners, passing the EPPP, mentoring, and advanced topics in supervision.
  • Fellows/Residents are required to attend regularly scheduled monthly didactic training as provided by the Arizona Psychology Training Consortium.  Didactic seminars will be conducted two days per month at various locations throughout Arizona, including at some affiliated training sites.  


Changes to the program related to COVID-19.  

Our curriculum remains basically the same although the means by which some of the experiences are obtained has changed.  For example, didactic training can occur through video conferencing.  In addition, outpatient psychotherapy and some of the assessment process (e.g., interviews, informing sessions, etc.) can also be conducted remotely. We will provide training in tele-therapy and the use of the Phoenix Children's Hospital telehealth system.  Inpatient intervention and much outpatient assessment is conducted in-person.  


Required Materials 

1) Cover letter describing clinical and training interests and professional goals

2) Current CV

3) Copy of graduate school transcript

4) Verification from your Director of Clinical Training that you are on track for completing the program prior to August

5) Three letters of recommendation.  Send application materials to Dr. Barton and the director of the Arizona Psychology Training Consortium, Dr. Elizabeth Capps-Conkle at


  • Background in pediatric psychology with a specific interest in providing care to patients with pain issues, complex medical conditions, or requiring rehabilitation, palliative care, or other subspecialty care.
  • PhD or PsyD in Clinical or Counseling Psychology with a focus on clinical child and adolescent or pediatric/health psychology from an APA-approved doctoral program.
  • APA-accredited internship in pediatric psychology completed.
  • Graduate and internship training completed prior to the start date.

Drug Screens:  A positive result on any drug screening (including tests for amphetamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepines (valium, Librium), cannabinoids (THC), cocaine, methadone, opiates (heroine, codeine), phencyclidine (PCP) and propoxyphene (PXY)).  will result in termination of employment.

Vaccination against COVID-19:  Proof of being fully vaccinated with two vaccine of Pfizer or Moderna, or Janssen (J&J). Booster is strongly encouraged.

Background checks:  Fingerprint Clearance/Criminal History Affidavit: If assigned to a behavioral health unit, proof that residents have received a valid fingerprint clearance card and a criminal history affidavit as required as required by law. See A.R.S. § 36-425.03 and successor provisions.   Criminal Search for seven (7) years for each of the states/counties listed in the Social Security Search (no Learner may rotate at PCH if there is a finding of a conviction for a sex crime or crime involving minors, illegal drugs or aggravated DUI, or a warrant in any state)

Stipend, Benefits and Start Date

The residency/fellowship is a full-time position. Salary and benefits will be consistent with NIH standards. Start date is anticipated as early in August. 

About Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital

In 2021, BNI was one of the Center of Excellence within Phoenix Children's Hospital that was nationally recognized by U.S. News and World Report when they awarded us a Best Children’s Hospitals ranking for all ten subspecialties.  In addition to patient care, we better ourselves through the development of strategic partnerships with clinical research groups locally, nationally, and internationally. This emphasis on learning carries over to our teaching and professional educational programs. Education is vital to our vision. We are a premier Center of Excellence and destination for management and cure of neurologically-related pediatric diseases/disorders by providing thorough, high quality patient and family-centered care. Combine that with state-of-the-art clinical and translational research, and our professional and community education programs, and you have one of the best pediatric neurological institutes in the world.

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How to Apply

Please send all inquiries regarding this position to Dr. John L. Barton at   Applications will be evaluated as they are received. Deadline for submission is December 16. We anticipate interviews will begin in late January.  For the coming year, the psychology residency/fellowship program at Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital is in agreement with APPIC’s encouragement “to exclusively use virtual, remote, or on-line open houses, interviews, and/or tours for the entire selection process and not to utilize or offer in-person recruitment formats."  We also recognize that applicants’ internship experiences have been impacted by COVID-19, in some cases resulting in fewer hours and types of experience.  Thus, our evaluation process will emphasize the acquisition of competence over the accrual of hours. 

Phoenix Children’s follows the APPIC Postdoctoral Selection Guidelines with offers being made on the Uniform Notification Date in late February. 

Required materials

1) Cover letter describing clinical and training interests and professional goals

2) Current CV

3) Copy of graduate school transcript

4) Verification from your Director of Clinical Training that you are on track for completing the program prior to August

5) Three letters of recommendation.  Send application materials to Dr. Barton and the director of the Arizona Psychology Training Consortium, Dr. John Stapert at


Lorin Akers, MS/HRM
Medical Education Program Administrator
Phoenix Children's Hospital

P: 602-933-6485

John L. Barton, PhD, ABPP
Program Director

John Barton, Ph.D., ABPP is the Training Director for the Doctoral Internship and Post-doctoral Residency Programs.  Dr. Barton graduated as the Outstanding Graduate Student from Arizona State University. He has been a licensed psychologist for the more than 35 years.  He is a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.  His practice focuses on the assessment of children and teens with ADHD and/or Learning Disorders and therapy for patients with medical and psychological problems.  Dr. Barton is also the Director of the Clinical Psychology Center and Associate Clinical Professor at Arizona State University.  He supervises ASU graduate students at the CPC and PCH in outpatient therapy and assessment.  He also teaches courses in advanced psychological assessment as well as psychotherapy.  He provides invited lectures on child and pediatric health issues to psychologists, physicians, educators, and the community at large. 


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