Pediatric Psychology Fellowship Program

Our fellowship program offers education and training in preparation for entering professional practice as a Pediatric Psychologist  within an academic health center.

The majority of graduates launch into careers as faculty at academic health centers around the country. The fellowship aims to prepare for this level of leadership by providing clinical, research and teaching opportunities that align with a trainee’s goals and is guided by a collaborative and active mentoring model. 

Clinical and Research Opportunities

Trainees benefit from the rich culture and historic legacy of the University of Michigan Medical School. Clinical experiences in a host of clinics, both at an inpatient and outpatient level, exist. Typically, recruitment occurs for fellows on specific tracks. As such, the clinical areas will be more focused; however, opportunities to cross tracks and get other experiences can be an active point of discussion with clinical supervisors and research mentors.

Our faculty demonstrate strong commitment to research as evidenced by numerous NIH grants, publications and presentations. Fellows are paired with research mentors to help develop ideas and gain experience critical to thriving in an academic medical center. There are also several resources available on the broader University of Michigan campus including centers focused on policy development, academic innovation and research administration. All fellows are expected to complete a Scholarly Activity Project mentored by a larger, interdisciplinary committee to demonstrate the culmination of the research training.

Education and Teaching

The Division, and campus as a whole, has several didactic opportunities occurring throughout the year. Fellows are expected to attend 1 didactic session per week. There are also frequent opportunities to present to both psychology trainees as well as other learners in the medical system (e.g. medical residents). Finally, for those interested in gaining experience supervising psychology students in earlier stages of training, our Division hosts both graduate-student practicum and internship programs.

Eligibility and Selection

Applicants must have a doctoral degree from an APA-accredited program and must have completed an APA-accredited internship. The number of fellowship positions vary yearly but typically range from 1-3 spots. Posting of positions typically occurs in November with applications due in late November to early December.

Stipends and Benefits

Our fellowship start date is typically the first work day of September. Fellowship salary is commensurate with NIH guidelines for the year that the fellow begins and based on their experience level. Fellows are entitled to University of Michigan benefits as a Research Fellow.

How to Apply

Applicants must complete the following:

  • A one to two-page letter of interest
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation

Completed materials may be submitted to (electronic submission is preferred):

Dawn Dore-Stites, Ph.D. 
Director, Pediatric Psychology Fellowship Program
University of Michigan Health System
Department of Pediatrics
Division of Pediatric Psychology
1500 East Medical Center Drive
D2204 Medical Professional Building
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-5718

[email protected]

Past Fellows & Current Affiliations

2013-2015    Christina Limke, PsyD       Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital

2012-2014    Rachel Knight, PhD           University of Michigan Medical School

2011-2013    Melissa Andersen, PhD     University of Michigan Medical School

2010-2012    Amy Drayton, PhD            University of Michigan Medical School

2009-2011    Kavita Desai, PhD             Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

2008-2010    Matthew Myrvik, PhD        Medical College of Wisconsin

2007-2009    Dawn Dore-Stites, PhD      University of Michigan Medical School