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Bradley School Portsmouth
2820 East Main Road
Portsmouth, RI 02871

Title: Child/Adolescent Psychopathology in Therapeutic Schools – RI

APA Accredited: YES _X__NO ___

Site: Bradley School Portsmouth

Supervisor(s): Christina Bellanti, Ph.D. (Primary Supervisor)
Carol Faulkner, PhD
Amber Kaltenstein, PsyD
Fran D’Elia, PhD
Research Supervisor to be determined by Fellow’s area of interest

The Bradley School – Portsmouth is a school-funded day treatment program for youth with psychiatric and developmental disabilities between the ages of 3 and 21. Students from Rhode Island and Massachusetts make up the population. Typically, 65 to 100 students are in attendance throughout the school year, and the setting allows for exposure to a broad range of psychopathology within a combined psychiatric/educational setting. Youth are referred by the director of special education from their local public school. Referral concerns include most of the major diagnostic categories seen in childhood and adolescence. Fellows participate fully as members of multidisciplinary treatment teams and have close collaboration with special education teachers, classroom behavior specialists, nurses, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, and speech/language pathologists.

Director of Training: Elizabeth McQuaid, Ph.D., ABPP
Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Clinical Psychology Training Consortium

Contact: Christina Bellanti, Ph.D.

Telephone: 401.606.8300



Application Deadline: January 4, 2019

Number of Positions: 1 at Bradley School Portsmouth

Interviews Begin: Early January 2019 through notification date on 2/25/2019

Stipend: For the 19-20 year we expect most stipends to be $48,432 for first year and $48,804 for second year postdoctoral fellows

Number of Hours/Week: 40

Fellowship Begins: Between July-September 2019

Fellowship Term:
The duration of the fellowship is 2 years. The first year of the fellowship is the APA-accredited fellowship and the second year of the fellowship is not an APA-accredited fellowship year but rather a Brown postdoctoral fellowship year. Agreement to continue for a second year of training is decided upon by the postdoctoral fellow and primary supervisor midway through the first year. The two-year timeline is designed to allow for the opportunity to learn and take on the primary leadership role for one treatment team. The anticipated start date is July or August of the training year. Activities are distributed as follows: 70% clinical time, 20% research time, and 10% didactic time.

Applicants each Year: Varies

Benefits: Medical and dental

Number of Licensed Psychologists: 4

Does the Program hire former/current Fellows: Yes

Duties of the Fellow:

Clinical Activity Plan
70% of the Fellow’s time will be devoted to clinical activities in the Bradley School. In order to ensure that the fellow receives a high level of clinical training, the following activities will be required during the fellowship:

• Treatment services: The fellow will develop expertise in multidisciplinary team leadership over the course of the two years; this will involve team leadership responsibilities for one classroom. These responsibilities include coordinating diagnostic evaluations, developing treatment plans, evaluating treatment, and providing case management for the family. The Fellow will also develop and co-lead theme based groups over the course of the school year (chosen in conjunction with Fellows’ interest area).

• Clinical assessment: The fellow will complete psychological evaluations for assigned students. This assessment involves cognitive, diagnostic, adaptive, family, and personality assessment across the age range (4-21) served by the school.

• Clinical administration: In accordance with the increasing role of psychologists in clinical administration, goals will include developing leadership ability in this area. This includes participation in weekly team leaders’ meetings and supervisory meetings with milieu staff.

• Licensure: The fellow will apply for licensure as a Psychologist in the State of Rhode Island.

Research Activity Plan

20% of the Fellow’s time will be spent on research activities. The Fellow will participate in research regarding psychosocial and other issues related to child psychopathology and clinical intervention. In addition to a weekly research meeting, the Fellow may be involved in the following research activities:

• Literature Review: The Fellow will review relevant literature in relevant areas of psychopathology and intervention.

• Study Collaboration: The Fellow will participate in an on-going research project and may develop a research question related to the on-going study for implementation during the fellowship term.

• Grant Writing: For those Fellows interested in learning about grantsmanship, mentoring opportunities are provided. In this case, the Fellow will develop a grant idea and submit a grant proposal by the end of the fellowship term.

• Manuscript Preparation & Submission: The Fellow may collaborate on manuscript preparation and paper/poster submissions at national conferences

Supervision and Seminars:


10% time is available for mandatory didactics. If the optional didactic (Academic Friday) is chosen, this time will come out of the 20% research time.

Postdoctoral Seminars: The fellow will participate in post-doctoral seminars through the Brown Postdoctoral Training Program.

Mandatory Didactics:
Core Seminar Series (1 per month);
DPHB Academic Grand Rounds (1 per month);
Clinical Ethics Seminar Series (1 per month); and
Child Track Seminar Series (1 per month).

Optional Didactics:
Academic Friday–Grantsmanship, Special Topics in Statistic and Alcohol Center Seminars.

Supervision and Evaluation

Goals and objectives for the fellowship are developed collaboratively early on in the first year. Two-four hours of supervision is provided through individual meetings with supervisors weekly, with a primary focus for each supervisor (administration, research, clinical, and assessment).

At every 6 months for the duration of the fellowship, the fellow and the supervisors will provide formal evaluations, and evaluations of the program relative to the goals and learning objectives of the fellowship

Goals of the Fellowship:

Fellowship Aims

• To provide the fellow with broad post-doctoral training in the area of Clinical Child Psychology, with specialization in evidence based treatment of psychiatric and developmental disorders in a therapeutic school environment
• To enable the fellow to gain experience working with a multidisciplinary treatment team by providing consultative, case management, and group clinical service
• To enable the fellow to gain outpatient child and family therapy skills as well as assessment skills in the area of childhood and adolescent disorders.
• To enable the fellow to gain experience with administration and leaderships skills relevant to the setting
• To provide the fellow with a strong working knowledge and training on skills necessary to conduct research in the area of child psychopathology and/or intervention.

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