Postdoctoral Training Programs

Available Postdoctoral Fellows Positions for 2020-2021 Academic Year

For the 2020-2021 academic year, the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology anticipates having up 5 open postdoctoral fellow positions: 2 in Clinical Child-Pediatric Psychology and 3 in Clinical Health Psychology.

Our program is APPIC-listed, and these positions are listed in the APPIC Universal Psychology Postdoctoral Directory:

These positions will be posted on the faculty job page by approximately September 15, 2019. Please search for these positions by College/Division, “PHHP-CLINICAL / HLTH PSYCHOLOGY.” The Clinical Health Psychology position is position number 48848. The Clinical Child-Pediatric Psychology position is position number 53448.

overview of our program

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.

The medical campus at the University of Florida

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.

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).

Clinical Service Requirements

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.

Educational Requirements

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. 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 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.

Supervision

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).

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