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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 and the psychological sequelae accompanying LGBTIQA issues, transplant, blood disorders, cystic fibrosis, G/I problems and palliative care. 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.

Postdoctoral residents will …

  • Devote time to the inpatient psychology consultation/liaison service as well as provide outpatient therapy to youth and families in the general psychology clinic.
    • Outpatients seen generally have medically complex presentations and are referred from the C/L service or other medical clinics.
  • Choose to participate in at least one of our numerous interdisciplinary clinics, and serve as the dedicated psychology service provider.
    • Conduct outpatient psychoeducational group programs (Parenting the Child with ADHD, Coping with Depression, Management of Chronic Pain, support groups, DBT skills group, Managing Chronic Illness, etc.) and engage in program development.
  • Be engaged in service delivery during at least 40% of their professional experience.
  • Receive two hours of individual, face-to-face supervision by a licensed psychologist. Rounds are co-led by a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist/pediatrician and a licensed psychologist.
  • Have an opportunity to supervise interns and/or practicum students. Training in the best practices of supervision is provided and residents will incorporate best practices in competency-based supervision following APA guidelines (2015). Supervision for the patients will ultimately be the responsibility of a licensed clinical psychologist on staff.  

Residents are required to attend regularly scheduled monthly didactic training as provided by the Arizona Psychology Training Consortium. The Consortium will provide regular, scheduled 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.  

Other Training Activities

  • 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

Our program embraces cultural and individual diversity and strives to recruit residents 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. In addition, there are opportunities for supervision of junior trainees, scholarly inquiry and quality improvement projects. We also train psychology practicum students, interns, psychiatry and medical residents and neuropsychology fellows.


  • Background in pediatric psychology with a specific interest in working consultation/liaison, pain, cystic fibrosis, rehabilitation or palliative care populations.
  • PhD or PsyD in Clinical Psychology with a focus on clinical child and adolescent or pediatric 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

A full-time position. Salary and benefits will be consistent with NIH standards. Start date is anticipated as early in August. 

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 mid-December. We anticipate interviews will begin in late January. Phoenix Children’s follows the APPIC Postdoctoral Selection Guidelines with offers being made in late February. 


  • Recent 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 to Dr. Barton and Dr. John Stapert at
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