Program Training

Program Training Methods, Content, and Curriculum, Including Rotations Offered, Seminars, Supervision, and Other Training Experiences

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 and include a number of training activities that are described below.

Within the first month of the program, postdoctoral fellows complete an Individual Development Plan (IDP). The aim of the IDP is to help each postdoctoral fellow identify professional goals and objectives, assess their skillset relative to their career goals, and develop a plan to acquire the skills and competencies needed to achieve short- and long-term career objectives.

Each postdoctoral fellow participates in various clinical service delivery training experiences. An emphasis is placed on building advanced skills and competencies. Postdoctoral fellows participate in supervised rotations either in UF Health Psychology Specialties or within the UF Health Shands Teaching Hospital. Fellows obtain a large majority (80-90%) of their training within specific programs (i.e., Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology, Clinical Health Psychology, and Clinical Neuropsychology). The postdoctoral fellow rotates with different supervisors in different clinics, thus providing opportunities to work with a variety of faculty and to gain a breadth and depth of experience within their program. Finally, many of our postdoctoral fellows also gain supervised training in the delivery of outpatient therapy services through UF Health Psychology Specialties.

Specific rotation clinical service delivery activities that the postdoctoral fellows can select to train by track include the following:

Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology

  • Carry an ongoing caseload of outpatient therapy cases throughout the program,
  • Selecting and participating different rotational experiences including the adolescent clinic and the behavioral pediatrics clinic, as well as a variety of interdisciplinary clinics addressing cystic fibrosis, hematology & oncology, infectious diseases, sleep, type 1 diabetes, and inpatient consultation, and
  • Supervising graduate student and intern trainees in the delivery of clinical services.

Clinical Health Psychology

  • Carry an ongoing caseload of outpatient therapy cases throughout the program,
  • Selecting and participating in different rotational experiences including transplant psychology, bariatric surgery, acute adult neurotrauma, behavioral sleep medicine, psycho-oncology, and chronic pain/gastroenterology and
  • Supervising graduate student and intern trainees in the delivery of clinical services.

Clinical Neuropsychology

  • Selecting and participating different rotational experiences including adult neuropsychology, pediatric neuropsychology, adult brain tumor, and cortical mapping, ADRC clinic – Inter-professional cognitive disorders-neuropsychology, the HABIT program, epilepsy, and WADA specialty practica, movement disorders specialty practicum, north Florida evaluation and treatment center, perioperative cognitive anesthesia network, vascular cognitive impairment, neuropsychiatric and adult neurological, acute pediatric traumatic brain injury, pediatric hematology/oncology, and multidisciplinary school problems and
  • Supervising graduate students and intern trainees in the delivery of clinical services.

Each postdoctoral fellow participates in two hours of regularly scheduled, face-to-face, individual supervision per week by a licensed psychologist. Moreover, fellows receiving training through didactics, reading materials, and mentorship on how to provide clinical supervision to junior trainees, and are engaged in supervision of trainees during their postdoctoral experience.

Throughout the training, postdoctoral fellows are required to attend the following:

  • Monthly postdoctoral seminar meetings within our department
  • Bi-weekly departmental colloquium series and the departmental education and advocacy series
  • Track-specific research and clinical seminars, hospital grand rounds, or interdisciplinary conferences

Postdoctoral fellows are provided with evaluations 2-4 times per year, depending on the program, to review their progress towards their goals and the development of advanced competencies. Progress is assessed in an ongoing basis via live observation, review of videotaped service delivery sessions, detailed reviews of the trainee written notes and reports, observations of presentations of case formulations and treatment planning, informal feedback from referral sources, and any research achievements. Supervisors complete written evaluations for each trainee supervised during each semester, which are reviewed and discussed in individual face-to-face meetings with the supervisors.

Postdoctoral fellows can also collaborate with faculty in research by participating in ongoing studies or by initiating new projects. Fellows are encouraged to attend a weekly research meeting in their area of study even if they do not actively participate in a research project.