Postdoctoral Training Programs
Available Postdoctoral Fellows Positions
- Postdoctoral Fellows – Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology
- Postdoctoral Fellows – Clinical Health Psychology
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The Department of Clinical and Health Psychology offers postdoctoral training in clinical psychology to applicants who have completed a doctoral degree in clinical, school, or counseling psychology from a program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) or the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), as well as an APA or CPA accredited internship in clinical psychology. We seek to prepare postdoctoral fellows for the practice of professional psychology consistent with the philosophy embodied in the scientist-practitioner model of training. We endeavor to teach postdoctoral fellows how to think scientifically about clinical problems, how to provide clinical service with skill and appreciation for human diversity and the highest ethical and professional standards, how to evaluate the quality and clinical relevance of empirical research, and how to contribute to advancements in psychological knowledge through research and scholarship.
The program provides training in three major areas of emphasis: clinical child-pediatric psychology, clinical health psychology, and clinical neuropsychology. Program duration for the clinical child-pediatric psychology and clinical neuropsychology specialty areas is two years, while program duration for the clinical health psychology specialty area is one year. Typically there are 6-8 clinical postdoctoral enrolled in the program across the three areas.
The Director of Postdoctoral Training is Deidre Pereira, Ph.D., ABPP
Training Model and Goals
Our training philosophy is based on the scientist-practitioner model: we help postdoctoral fellows develop advanced competencies and skills in the practice of health service psychology, integrate research and practice, engage in inter-professional collaboration, and supervise of junior trainees. Within the framework of the diverse training experiences available, we design individualized training plans for postdoctoral fellows that reflect their clinical, academic and professional development goals. As part of this training program, postdoctoral fellows participate in supervised service delivery, educational and didactic activities, regular face-to-face supervision with licensed faculty, and training in and delivery of supervision to junior trainees and colleagues. Postdoctoral fellows have the opportunity to collaborate with departmental faculty in research. In collaboration with faculty mentors, postdoctoral fellows complete an individual development plan each year. Finally, postdoctoral fellows regularly receive and discuss formal evaluations on their progress towards their goals with supervising faculty.
The primary goals of our postdoctoral training program are to prepare postdoctoral fellows to function as competent and capable health service psychologists who (1) exhibit an advanced level of professional conduct and ethical standards; (2) demonstrate advanced practice competencies with regards to evidence-based practice and the provision of effective psychological services (i.e., assessment, intervention and consultation); (3) exhibit advanced competencies with regard to the basic knowledge and skills of research to function effectively as consumers of research and scientist-practitioners; and (4) exhibit advanced competencies in clinical teaching, supervision and mentorship. Ultimately attainment of these goals/aims will allow for our fellows to function effectively as collaborative, ethical, and culturally-competent psychologists, team members, and leaders in diverse health care settings.
Postdoctoral fellows will attain advanced competence and demonstrate capability in a number of areas including (1) Integration of Science and Practice, (2) Individual and Cultural Diversity, (3) Ethical and Legal Standards, (4)Professional Values, Attitudes, and Behaviors, (5) Assessment, (6) Intervention, (7) Consultation and Inter-professional/Interdisciplinary Skills, (8) Supervision/Teaching/Mentoring, (9) Research and/or Program Evaluation, and (10) Management/Administration and Leadership. These advanced competencies are consistent with the specialty competencies for postdoctoral training in Clinical Child-Pediatric, Clinical Health, and Clinical Neuropsychology that have been proposed by the Council of Specialties in Professional Psychology.
Completion of this training program fulfills the licensure requirements for postdoctoral supervised practice in the state of Florida.
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On a broad scale, training occurs within the UF Health Center which is the largest and most comprehensive academic Health Center in the Southeast United States. The UF Health Center encompasses six colleges, a statewide network of affiliated hospitals and clinics. The Clinical and Health Psychology Service is housed directly in the UF Health Center Complex with easy access to our free-standing outpatient clinic (http://chp.phhp.ufl.edu/services/psychology-clinic/). It is integrated as an essential component of UF Health services and disciplines including Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Neurology, Oncology, Pulmonology, Transplantation Division, Orthopedics, Bariatric Surgery, Women’s Health and Reproductive Services, Palliative Care, Acute Neurotrauma, and Bioethics. All provide opportunities for depth participation by our trainees.
More specifically, service delivery and the program’s training and education activities take place within the UF Health/Shands Teaching Hospital and, to a great extent, specifically at the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology’s psychology clinic. The Psychology Clinic provides comprehensive psychological services to outpatients in the greater Gainesville community and patients of UF Health/Shands Teaching Hospital. The Psychology Clinic serves as the primary training site for the psychology postdoctoral, internship and graduate training programs. In addition, service delivery by postdoctoral fellows and related training occurs within outpatient interdisciplinary clinics and inpatient settings throughout UF Health/Shands Hospital.
The University of Florida is located in the beautiful city of Gainesville, which is the largest city in Alachua County. The city offers excellent cost of living, affordable housing, schools, and numerous outdoor activities. It also serves as the cultural, educational, and commercial center for the North Central Florida Region.
Clinical Service Requirements
All postdoctoral fellows dedicate time to direct service activity in one or more of the following areas: assessment, intervention, and consultation and inter-professional collaborations. Supervision of junior trainees and colleagues is also a critical part of clinical service requirements. The amount of time that is devoted to direct service delivery varies based on the position, but there is a minimal requirement of 20 hours per week (50% time). Within each major area of emphasis, postdoctoral fellows rotate with different supervisors in different psychology clinics and interdisciplinary clinic settings to provide the opportunity to train and work with a variety of faculty and to gain a breadth and depth of experience within their major area of emphasis. Many of the rotations include participation in interdisciplinary outpatient or inpatient clinical settings allowing for advanced training in the delivery of brief target assessments, interventions and/or consultations and inter-professional collaboration with colleagues from numerous disciplines. Many postdoctoral fellows also carry a caseload of outpatient therapy patients across the duration of the training experience.
Postdoctoral fellows are not required to participate in regular research activities but are encouraged to do so. All postdoctoral fellows are guaranteed four hours of protected research time per week and are encouraged to regularly attend research meetings of a faculty member in their major area of emphasis. Postdoctoral fellows can allocate up 50% of their time in research activities depending based on the expectations of the position.
Postdoctoral fellows participate in weekly didactics. Notably, postdoctoral fellows participate in a monthly Postdoctoral Associate Training Seminar in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, as well as the biweekly department colloquium series. Each major area of emphasis has its own specialty didactic offerings that meet on a weekly or biweekly basis. Finally, postdoctoral fellows are encouraged to attend grand rounds presentations by the Department of Internal Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Department of Psychiatry, and other Institutes within UF Health Shands Hospital and the UF Health Center. Furthermore, postdoctoral fellows are encouraged to attend national conferences or professional development training in their area of concentration. Educational support funding is provided for postdoctoral fellows that can be used to support travel.
Postdoctoral fellows receive at least two hours of individual face-to-face supervision per week from licensed psychologists. Postdoctoral fellows also receive supervision from faculty in weekly seminars, group supervision, and consultative/supervisory direct clinic service.
Stipend and Benefits
The salary for a full-time, (1.0 FTE) is $50,004; postdoctoral fellows are also eligible for comprehensive health benefits and have access to libraries and other research resources available for faculty and postdoctoral fellows. Postdoctoral trainees also receive up to three weeks per year of personal leave time. Additionally, postdoctoral trainees receive $500 to support professional development (e.g., travel to workshops or national conferences, purchase of educational materials).