Psychology Training

Psychology Training 2018-04-24T15:15:18-04:00

Psychology Training

WIHD has three APPIC- approved post-doctoral psychology training positions that are filled through a competitive process each year. Psychology post-doctoral fellows are trained in a twelve-month supervised experience during which they gain competence (clinical, assessment, consultation, and research) in the child welfare and pediatric disabilities fields. In addition, all psychology trainees participate in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program (LEND). For more information about the LEND Training Program, click here.

There are two post-doctoral fellowship tracks. The first is a combined Child Welfare / Pediatric Disabilities concentration. This track offers a primary rotation in our Child Welfare Services Department, providing assessment and therapeutic services to children and families involved with the foster care system.  Additional minor rotations involve completing specialized assessments with young children (Birth-5 years old) and/or completing dementia screenings of older adults with developmental disabilities.  For more information on the Child Welfare department, click here. 

The second track, Behavioral Psychology/Applied Behavior Analysis/Developmental Disabilities, focuses on providing post-graduate training in behavioral psychology including use of the principles of applied behavior analysis for assessment and intervention procedures with a focus on developmental disabilities. Minor rotations may involve assessment of young children and/or conducting assessments of children in child welfare.  This track is specifically designed for those trainees with specialized training and experience in Behavioral Psychology or Behavior Analysis.    For more information on the Behavioral Psychology department, click here.

Psychology Training and the LEND Training Program. An added feature of the WIHD Post-Doctoral Fellowship is the federally-funded, 9-month, Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities training that occurs the entire day of Thursday. Approximately 24 trainees from eight to ten different disciplines gather for a carefully coordinated set of training experiences addressing pediatric disabilities, lifespan development, family-centered practice, cultural competence, policy, advocacy, and evidence-based methods. Through interactive seminars, individual projects, and small group projects, each trainee develops leadership skills based on their Individualized Training Plan, developed with LEND faculty. LEND trainees have the opportunity to attend a disability seminar in Washington DC and a state policy exchange day in Albany, NY. Psychology fellows have additional opportunities to develop teaching, grant writing, and research skills on an individual basis. For more information about the LEND fellowship, click here.

If you are interested in applying, the first step is to send via email a letter of interest and your updated CV to Dr. Trupti Rao, The WIHD post-doctoral fellowships are on the APPIC website, and all applications are made through the Common Application System (CAS).

All training slots for the 2018-2019 year have been filled.

To access a fuller description of the Psychology Post-Doctoral Training Fellowships, click here.

WIHD also offers opportunities for doctoral-level students interested in an externship opportunity.  Our slot for the 2018-2019 training year has been filled.  Please check back in Fall of 2019 for the 2019-2020 training year.  For more information regarding the externship available at WIHD, please visit

Additional Information

The Westchester Institute for Human Development is a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). As a UCEDD, there is a strong focus on training on all levels. In addition to LEND trainees,  students from affiliated college and university programs  in Social Work, Speech-Language Pathology, Psychology, Public Health, and other disciplines participate in  clinical and practicum training at WIHD.

WIHD is on the same campus as the Westchester Medical Center and the New York Medical College, with which it has academic affiliations. The combined clinical and academic setting allows access to library resources and grant administration. WIHD at all times is carrying out various grant-related activities related to developmental disabilities support. Post-doctoral fellows often have the opportunity to assist with such grant activities.

(1) Child Welfare Service Activities: Fellows who have a year-long rotation in the CWS program will participate in a variety of assessment and intervention activities, which support gaining increased experience in various clinical skills and learning to negotiate the complex system of child welfare and social services.

  • Assessment activities can include: (a) completing child psychological evaluations of children entering foster care or being adopted, (b) in-home assessments to explore the “fit” between a child and a foster home, and (c) screenings for parents attempting to regain custody of their children.
  • Intervention activities can include: (a) providing individual, group, and/or sibling therapy to children in foster care and (b) providing parenting services to parents attempting to regain custody of their children, with their children present.

(2) Early Childhood Activities: Fellows can have rotations in either or both of the following programs, both of which are designed to increase knowledge of developmental disabilities in young children.

  • Early Intervention Program: Fellows become involved in conducting evaluations of infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities. Fellows focus on partnerships with families, current approaches to early diagnostic assessment, and are exposed to a broad variety of assessment tools and strategies. They learn to consult with and interact with the wide variety of professionals that are involved with early intervention, and gain experience with home-based, team-based assessment. Interfaces with programs in the community and conferences within the Department of Health early intervention program provide valuable perspectives on this system of care.
  • Preschool Services: Fellows are involved in assessing the needs of preschool-age students with suspected delays and disabilities. Specialized assessment in partnership with families is learned, with opportunity to observe community-based programs, interact with a wide range of professionals, and contribute meaningfully to case conferences as part of the school district Committees on Preschool Special Education.

The WIHD Post-Doctoral Fellowships are open to those who will have completed their doctorate by August of the application year.  The doctorate must be in Psychology, and can include Clinical, Counseling, School, Educational, and Applied Developmental. Depending on the track being applied for, the candidate would be expected to have appropriate background and experiences to pursue the areas or to add our specialty areas to their skill set.

The Behavioral Psychology program provides assessment and treatment services for children, adolescents, and adults with behavior problems. The program provides training in applied behavior analysis and developmental disabilities. The training goal of the behavioral psychology program is to provide a high level of supervised training experiences for professionals who are committed to working with individuals with developmental disabilities and behavior problems. Training occurs through supervised experiences in the outpatient services location, schools, residential facilities, and the homes of the individuals that we serve.  Fellows completing our program are well qualified to enter clinical, medical, or academic settings.

Pre-doctoral interns and post-doctoral fellows have the opportunity to develop an individualized training curriculum in conjunction with their training supervisor. Fellowships include a combination of clinical, supervisory, and/or research and training experiences.  Fellows receive semi-annual written evaluations and a minimum of two hours of individual face to face supervision per week. In addition to individualized supervision, the fellow is actively involved in program meetings for research design, review, and preparation as well as clinical case review.

Fellowships include a combination of clinical, supervisory, and/or research experiences.
Fellows receive bi-annual written evaluations and a minimum of two hours of individual face to face supervision per week, as well as group supervision opportunities and program meetings. The activities and supervised hours enable fellows to accrue their post-doctoral supervision hours necessary for eventual licensure in New York. Post-doctoral fellows attend LEND training activities one day per week. For more information on LEND click here.

Post-doctoral fellows, as well as pre-doctoral interns, attend LEND training presentations one day per week. For more information on LEND click here.

Post-doctoral fellows and pre-doctoral interns have numerous professional development opportunities including attending conferences and trainings along with his/her fellow trainees and/or program staff. In addition, opportunities for working alongside his/her training supervisor are numerous throughout the training year.

Postdoctoral fellows and pre-doctoral interns will participate in clinical research related to applied behavior analysis through both routine clinical activities within the behavioral psychology program as well as through a clinical research program that has been established in conjunction with a local school serving students with special needs. Fellows and interns will also have the possibility of pursuing his/her own research projects on site with guidance from his/her supervisor.

Recruiting September to August fellowships are conducted from mid October through March each year. Please review the Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellowship Brochure here for more detailed information about the psychology post-doctoral training experiences offered at WIHD and for details on how to apply.  Please note that WIHD only accepts applications through the APPIC CAS System.