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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, organ transplant, cancer and blood disorders, cystic fibrosis, G/I problems, diabetes and endocrine disorders, palliative care, 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 2020-2021 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 Pain Service.  Opportunities within the 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 will conduct new patient intakes in the outpatient pain clinic, provide follow-up care in the epidermilysis bullosa and/or pectus excavatum clinics, and follow patients from the Pain Clinic for outpatient psychotherapy.
  • Devote time to the general inpatient psychology consultation/liaison service. 
  • Choose to participate in at least one of our other numerous interdisciplinary clinics (mentioned above),
  • Have an opportunity to supervise interns and/or practicum students.  Supervision for the patients will ultimately be the responsibility of a licensed clinical psychologist on staff.  
  • In addition, there are opportunities for scholarly inquiry and quality improvement projects.

Residents will receive two hours of individual, face-to-face supervision by a licensed psychologist.  Residents are required to attend regularly scheduled monthly didactic training as provided by the Arizona Psychology Training Consortium. The Consortium will provide opportunities for residents to interact with supervisees from other sites. Didactic seminars will be conducted at various locations throughout Arizona, including at some affiliated training sites.  These will be supplemented with the PCH Post-doc seminar focused on professional issues such as contract negotiation, working with the Board of Psychologist Examiners, passing the EPPP, mentoring, and advanced topics in supervision.


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.

Other 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


  • Background in pediatric psychology with a specific interest in providing care to patients with pain issues, complex medical conditions, or requiring rehabilitation or palliative 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.

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 2019, 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.

Life in Arizona

Fast Facts 

  • Over 300 days of sunshine, more than Florida or Hawaii
  • Average temperature: 86 degrees
  • Population: 6.9 million (Phoenix metro area 1.6 million, the sixth largest in the U.S.)


  • Median price for a house is $184,541
  • Average rent:
    • $865/month Metro Phoenix
    • $925/month Scottsdale
  • Average utility bill (900 sq ft): $158/month

The Arts

  • The Phoenix Symphony
  • The Herberger Theatre Center (home of the AZ Theatre Company)
  • Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium (designed by Frank Lloyd Wright )

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

Required materials

  • Current CV
  • Cover letter describing clinical and training interests and professional goals
  • Copy of graduate school transcript
  • Verification from your Director of Clinical Training that you are on track for completing the program prior to August
  • Three letters of recommendation and application materials to Dr. Barton and the director of the Arizona Psychology Training Consortium, Dr. John Stapert at
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