Fellowship Opportunities

Forensic Psychology Fellow | The Audrey Hepburn Children's House

Forensic Psychology Fellow

Position Description:

The Forensic Psychology Fellow will be a fulltime staff member responsible for patient care under the direct supervision of the Section Chief /Supervising Psychologist in the Northern Regional Diagnostic Center for Child Abuse and Neglect. The fellow will conduct evaluations and treatment in relation to requests or court orders by the Superior Court – Family Part, Division of Youth and Family Services, Prosecutors’ Offices, the Office of Law and Public Safety as well as through the offices of the Law Guardian and of the Public Defender. The fellow will also have an educative role for psychology externs at the pre-doctoral level. This position is responsible for performing the scope of duties and responsibilities listed below in accordance with the American Psychological Association, New Jersey Board of Psychological Examiners guidelines and standards set forth by JCAHO. The Forensic Psychology Fellow will be required to complete a post-doctoral certificate in forensic psychology in accordance with the standards promoted by Division 41 - Law and Psychology of the APA and by the American Board of Professional Psychology – Forensic Diplomate

Essential Generic Job Functions (List in order of importance):

  1. Functions as a Forensic Psychology Fellow conducting forensic psychological assessments at the Northern Regional Diagnostic Center for Child Abuse and Neglect.
  2. Provides as a Forensic Psychology Fellow individual and group psychotherapy at the Northern Regional Diagnostic Center for Child Abuse and Neglect and advocates for appropriate resources for clients and families based on assessed needs in accordance with professionally accepted standards.
  3. Collaborates effectively with other staff members, referral sources and social support networks to provide evaluation and treatment services for clients and families.
  4. Serves as a liaison for abuse consultations within the medical center as part of a multidisciplinary response from AHCH.
  5. Participates in forensic interviewing training Finding Words NJ for qualification as a child forensic interview specialist.
  6. Triages and responds to emergent psychological issues within the center as determined by the Section Chief /Supervising Psychologist.
  7. Assists clients in effectively managing crises.
  8. Attends Pediatric and Psychiatry Grand Rounds for on-going and continuing education.
  9. Participates in and assists in the organization of statewide training for all disciplines involved in the New Jersey child protection system.
  10. Participates in the Regional Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Board.
  11. Observes and participates in expert witness training on cases seen by The Children’s House under the direct supervision of the Section Chief/Supervising Psychologist in both criminal and civil matters.
  12. Participates in the multidisciplinary teams covered by The Children’s House in the northern region.
  13. Participates in State and National organizations that address child abuse and neglect issues and the application of forensic psychology in child maltreatment and family violence.
  14. Conducts research in a mutually agreed upon area of interest between The Children’s House and the Psychology Fellow and disseminates research findings within and from the Institute.
  15. Obtains Post-Graduate Certificate in Forensic Psychology.

Contacts: Regular contact with Medical Center personnel, patients and visitors.

Knowledge, Education and Skills Required:

  • Doctoral degree in psychology, with interest in forensic psychology.
  • Psychology internship with a training emphasis in clinical/child or clinical/adult areas.

Knowledge, Education and Skills Preferred:

  • Doctoral degree in psychology with significant training in child or family psychology.
  • Forensic psychology internship.

Required Certification/Licensing:

  • Eligible for psychology license or permit in the State of New Jersey.

The Audrey Hepburn Children's House

Fellowship Description

A Post-Doctoral Forensic Psychology Fellowship in Child Maltreatment is available for a January 2010 start date at The Audrey Hepburn Children’s House at Hackensack University Medical Center. The Children’s House is designated as a Regional Child Abuse and Diagnostic Center by the State of New Jersey. The program resides in the Department of Pediatrics. The position affords the opportunity to conduct forensic psychological assessments, foster care screenings, individual and group therapy and therapeutic visitation within the family court with either victims of child maltreatment or parents or other caregivers responsible for their care. The fellow will also be responsible for identifying, designing and studying a research question of mutual interest to The Children’s House under the supervision of a principal investigator.

The Department of Pediatrics at Hackensack University Medical Center and The Audrey Hepburn Children’s House are in the forefront of pediatric care given to child maltreatment victims. The Center provides direct service and consultation to the Division of Youth and Family Services, the Office of the Attorney General and local Prosecutors’ Offices, the Juvenile and Family courts and self referred families within the northern six (6) counties [Bergen, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Sussex and Warren] in New Jersey. Salary is competitive and accompanied by an excellent benefits package. The Children’s House is located in the town of Hackensack in Bergen County fifteen minutes west of New York City. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Post-doctoral fellow candidates should send curriculum vitae, statement of goals, and research and clinical interests to Anthony D’Urso, Psy.D., Supervising Psychologist, Audrey Hepburn Children’s House, Hackensack University Medical Center, 30 Prospect Avenue, Hackensack, New Jersey 07601.


Audrey Hepburn Children’s House
Hackensack University Medical Center
Department of Pediatrics

Forensic Psychology Child Abuse Fellow
Northern Regional Diagnostic Center for Child Abuse and Neglect

Curriculum Description for Fellowship in Child Abuse and Neglect

I. Mental Health Education

  • Psychosocial Effects of Sexual, Physical and Emotional Abuse and Neglect
  • Differential Diagnoses
    • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Conduct Disorder
    • Gender Identity Disorder & Sexually Reactive Behaviors
  • Treatment Modalities
    • Cognitive Behavioral therapy
    • Ego Dynamic Approaches
    • Expressive Therapies
  • Forensic Interviewing – Technique and Research
  • Expert/Factual Testimony
  • Criminal/Family Court Law
  • Child Abuse Definitions and Child Abuse Law
  • Multidisciplinary Team Systems
  • Child Advocacy
  • Externship in Family Court
  • Externship in Prosecution
  • Externship in Division of Law

II. Medical Education (Didactic Information Only)

  • A. Sexual Abuse
  • Normal Anatomy of the Genitalia
  • Variations of Normal Anatomy
  • Examination Techniques
  • Use of Colposcopy
  • Photographic Documentation of Findings
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases in the Abused Population
  • Laboratory Techniques for the Abused Population
  • Date Rape issues
  • B. Physical Abuse
  • Shaken Baby Syndrome
  • Munchausen by Proxy
  • Burns
  • Bruising and Bites
  • Fractures
  • Excessive Corporal Punishment
  • Behavior Modification and Alternatives to Physical Punishment
  • Abdominal and Thoracic Trauma
  • Differential Diagnoses Confused with Physical Abuse
  • B. Child Neglect
  • Failure to thrive
  • Munchausen by Proxy