Program Description

The Juvenile Court Consultation Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School offers a one-year, full-time postdoctoral Fellowship in Juvenile Forensic Psychology. The program trains forensic psychology fellows to conduct court-ordered evaluations in a busy, urban juvenile court clinic. Fellows have the opportunity to evaluate youth who are court-involved due to either status offenses or delinquency matters, as well as parents who are court-involved due to allegations of neglect and/or abuse. Fellows are part of the Psychiatry Department at Mass General and receive an appointment in psychology at Harvard Medical School.

During the course of the training year, fellows will take primary responsibility for conducting approximately 30 court-ordered evaluations including child requiring assistance (CRA), care and protection (C&P), delinquency, emergency and testing evaluations. Fellows may also be called to testify in court. To prepare for this possibility, fellows participate in the Harvard Law School Trial exercise at the start of the year and a mock trial at the end of the year. Fellows may also attend academic conferences, along with the plentiful educational opportunities offered by Mass General and Harvard University.

Fellows receive the training required for Certified Juvenile Court Clinician I (CJCC1) and begin to learn how to conduct competency to stand trial (CST) and criminal responsibility (CR) evaluations. Upon completion of the training program, our fellows have taken a wide-range of positions in the field of psychology including in forensic state hospitals, in both adult and juvenile court clinics, in forensic private practice or in academic settings.

The fellowship runs each year from September 1st through the following August 31st.

Program Benefits

All fellows receive the following:

  • Stipend of $45,000 plus four weeks paid vacation
  • Health and dental insurance
  • Professional liability insurance
  • Eligibility for subsidized parking or subsidized public transportation
  • Access to the Mass General's Treadwell Library and the extensive Harvard University Library system (including on-line access)

Training Activities

The Juvenile Court Consultation Program at Massachusetts General Hospital provides specialized pediatric forensic training through the following types of weekly activities:

  • Applied forensic clinical experience at the Boston Juvenile Court Clinic
  • Weekly clinical supervision of two to four hours per week, provided by forensic psychologists who have been certified as juvenile court clinicians by the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health

Formal Weekly Didactic Experiences

  • Boston Juvenile Court Clinic Seminar - Weekly 2-hour seminar series focuses on topics relevant to working in a juvenile court clinic setting; is led by court clinic staff and invited guest speakers
  • Forensic Psychiatry/Psychology Seminar - Yearlong weekly seminar series which provides a comprehensive overview of adult and child forensic topics led by Ronald Schouten, MD, JD, and other staff at Mass General’s Law and Psychiatry Service
  • Landmark Case Seminar - Seminar is taught weekly by staff members at the  Law and Psychiatry Service led by Ronald Schouten, MD, JD that teaches fellows learn to read and analyze a legal case; focuses on the most important appellate cases in mental health law
  • Mock Trial Exercises - Fellows participate in an annual mock trial exercise with law students at Harvard Law School; Boston Juvenile Court provides a mock trial exercise with experienced attorneys and judges as well as feedback from both mental health and legal professionals

Additional Training Opportunities

Other didactic experiences are available throughout the larger Mass General community. Fellows have the option of attending weekly Psychiatry Grand Rounds at Mass General as well as participating in other seminars in the Psychiatry Department (e.g., scientific writing seminar, psychological testing seminar). Fellows are expected to attend four day-long workshops and two day-long, state-wide training conferences offered to forensic professionals by the Department of Mental Health.

How to Apply

Applicant Requirements

  • Completion of all requirements for a PhD in clinical or counseling psychology or a PsyD in clinical psychology from an APA- or CPA-accredited graduate program
  • Completion (or currently in the process of completion) of an APA- or CPA-approved predoctoral internship or the equivalent
  • Clinical experience working with children and families
  • Forensic experience is NOT required

How to Apply

Application requirements:

  • Letter of interest
  • Current CV
  • Official copy of graduate transcript in a sealed envelope
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Clinical writing sample

Application materials should be sent to Jennifer A. Murphy, PhD by mail or email:

Jennifer A. Murphy, PhD
Director of Training
Juvenile Court Consultation Program
One Bowdoin Square, 10th Floor
Boston, MA  02114-2927

Email: jamurphy@mgh.harvard.edu

If you have any questions about the application process please contact Dr. Murphy: jamurphy@mgh.harvard.edu

Application Deadline

All materials must be postmarked no later than January 5th at 5pm (EST).

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