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Clinical Health Psychology Program



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Clinical Health Psychology Program

Covid-19 Vaccination and Masking Requirements for Postdoctoral Fellows

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) vaccine mandate requires that hospital employees, along with certain other groups, have completed the required COVID-19 vaccination series (i.e., one dose of a single-dose vaccine, Johnson & Johnson; or two doses of a multi-dose vaccine, Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), unless exempt for medical reasons or sincerely held religious beliefs. Postdoctoral fellows are required to comply with the CMS requirements. Proof of vaccination will need to be provided to demonstrate compliance with CMS requirements. Employees may visit https://bridge.UFHealth.org/vaccine-proof-exemption/ to submit a request for a medical or religious exemption. Employees will be notified by email if an exemption request is approved or denied.

As a health care system, UF Health Shands continues to require masks while inside any of our facilities for faculty, staff and visitors. As of March 2, 2022 the use of KN95s is no longer required for faculty and staff but is still encouraged.

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.

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Applicant Requirements

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.

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The overarching program is comprised of three sub-programs: Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology Program, Clinical Health Psychology Program, and Clinical Neuropsychology Program. Program duration for the Clinical Neuropsychology Program is two years, while program duration for the Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology and Clinical Health Psychology Programs is one year. Typically there are 6-8 clinical postdoctoral enrolled in the program across the three programs.

The following are required application components:

  1. statement regarding professional goals,
  2. Curriculum Vitae listing clinical and research experiences,
  3. official graduate transcript,
  4. three letters of recommendation (including one from the internship site), and
  5. Clinical Health Psychology and Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology Programs: one de-identified work sample.
    Clinical Neuropsychology Program: two de-identified work samples.

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 interprofessional 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 minimum requirement of 20 hours per week (50% time).

Clinical Service Requirements

Within each major area of emphasis, postdoctoral fellows rotate with different supervisors in different psychology clinics and interdisciplinary clinic settings to train and work with a variety of faculty and 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, targeted assessments; interventions; and/or consultations and interprofessional collaboration with colleagues from numerous disciplines. Many postdoctoral fellows also carry a caseload of outpatient therapy patients across the duration of the training experience.

Educational Requirements

Postdoctoral fellows participate in weekly didactics. Notably, postdoctoral fellows participate in a Monthly Didactic Seminar in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, as well as the biweekly department colloquium series. Each program 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 Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Department of Psychiatry, and other Departments/Centers/Institutes within UF Health. 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.

Research Requirements

Postdoctoral fellows can allocate up 50% of their time in research activities depending based on fellows training goals, duration of training, and source of funding. The modal postdoctoral fellow in the Clinical Neuropsychology Program (a 2 year program) engages in 80% clinical training and activities and 20% research training and activities. The modal postdoctoral fellow in the Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology Program and Clinical Health Psychology Program (1 year programs) engages in 90% clinical training and activities and 10% research training and activities.

Training Faculty and Supervision

The Department of Clinical and Health Psychology’s postdoctoral training faculty includes 31 licensed psychologists, 13 of whom are board certified. These faculty include tenure-track faculty who engage in clinical supervision, research, and research mentorship, as well as clinical faculty, who engage in clinical supervision and direct clinical service. In addition, tenure-track faculty without clinical service or supervision assignments are available to serve as research mentors to fellows.

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) fellow is commensurate with the NIH salary for postdoctoral associates with 0 years of experience (i.e., for FY 2021, this is $53,760). 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 fellows accrue 5 hours of leave per biweekly pay period. Additionally, postdoctoral trainees receive $500 per training year to support professional development (e.g., travel to workshops or national conferences, purchase of educational materials).

Director of Postdoctoral Training: Deidre Pereira, Ph.D., ABPP