The Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at the Washington, DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center trains psychologists who will lead war-related illness clinical care, research, and education in the years to come.
Our Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship position focuses on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and related sequelae of trauma exposure, including major depression, substance abuse, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and personality disorder. Based on a practitioner-scholar model in which clinical work and research complement each other, we help trainees become skilled clinicians and researchers, and teach them to integrate new research findings into clinical practice.
Given the overlap between PTSD and other disorders among Veterans, the Postdoctoral Fellow in Trauma will have the opportunity to collaborate with other departments (including other psychology Fellows) in learning assessment, treatment skills and in developing research experience that are applicable in other areas. The Fellow will also collaborate in learning to provide supervision to Predoctoral Interns and Externs. The Fellow will be expected to gain specialized assessment, treatment, and research skills within their respective areas of focus. A Fellow will be provided supervision designed to enhance their administrative skills and professional development. Fellows will receive a minimum of four (4) hours per week of structured learning and supervision per week including two (2) hours per week of clinical supervision, one (1) hour per week of didactic training, and one (1) hour per week of multidisciplinary Trauma Services Program staff meeting.
The program is currently in the process of applying for APA accreditation.