NICU Fellowship

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is a vibrant, multidisciplinary department dedicated to advancing science and integrating this foremost mission with those of clinical innovation, educational excellence, community engagement and commitment, and professionalism and leadership development.

The NICU Fellowship at Stanford serves as the culmination of training in psychology and is guided by the scientist-practitioner model. Residents are offered diverse clinical experiences in assessment and treatment utilizing evidence-based treatments, rich didactics based on current empirical literature, opportunities for scholarly inquiry, and supervision by Stanford faculty.

The mission of the Fellowship Program is to train highly skilled, ethical psychologists who contribute to the field of psychology through clinical work, research and/or education.

Program Goals and Competencies

The primary goal of the program is to provide advanced training in the areas of clinical service, scholarly inquiry, professionalism and ethical decision-making. The program design is based on seven core competencies, including:

  • Integration of Science and Practice
  • Ethics and Legal Matters
  • Individual and Cultural Diversity
  • Theories and Methods of Diagnosis and Assessment
  • Theories and Methods of Effective Psychotherapeutic Intervention
  • Professional Conduct and Interpersonal Relationships
  • Dissemination Beyond Clinical Care
     

Additionally, fellows receive training in the following areas specific to children and adolescents.

  • Life Span Developmental Psychology and Psychopathology
  • Child, Adolescent and Family Assessment Methods
  • Intervention Strategies
  • Research Methods and Systems Evaluation
  • Professional, Ethical and Legal Issues Pertaining to Children, Adolescents and Families
  • Issues of Diversity
  • The Role of Multiple Disciplines and Service Delivery Systems
  • Prevention, Family Support, and Health Promotion
  • Social Issues Affecting Children, Adolescents, and Families
  • Specialized Applied Experience in Assessment, Intervention and Consultation
     

Clinical Descriptions

The fellowship is focused in the area of the mental health for parents of premature infants. Parents whose children are cared for in the NICU often experience psychological distress which can impact their overall functioning and parental abilities.  The Stanford NICU has developed an innovative program for early intervention with parents based on principles of trauma-focused CBT with the goal of reducing symptoms of parental trauma, anxiety and depression as well as fostering attachment between the parent and infant.  The fellowship training includes supervised clinical experiences (initial screening, individual and group psychotherapy) as well as research in program development and outcomes. 

Clinical Training

Fellows spend 20 hours per week in direct patient care.  They conduct one to two new patient evaluations each week and carry ongoing individual psychotherapy and conduct group therapy. 

Didactic Training

The fellow attends three didactic training seminars that meet on a weekly basis throughout the year including seminars focused on diagnosis and treatment of specific disorders as well as a seminar focuses on Ethics in preparation for licensure. Child Psychiatry Grand Rounds take place once a month.

Supervision and Evaluation

Fellows receive a minimum of four hours of supervision each week. The supervision is divided between two hours of individual and two hours of group. Fellows receive a copy of the competency evaluation form at the start of the fellowship during orientation and receive feedback at 3 month intervals.  The feedback at 3 and 9 months is verbal and informally given during supervision. The feedback at 6 and 12 months is written using the competency evaluation forms and reviewed in supervision.  Any issues regarding performance are discussed at these quarterly intervals as well as in weekly supervision.

Questions?

For questions about the Child Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship, please contact Ola Golovinsky: ola2@stanford.edu

Specialty Psychologists & Psychiatrists

Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Child & Adolescent Psychiatry) &, by courtesy, of Pediatrics at the Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital

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