Training Model and Goals

Our training philosophy is based on the scientist-practitioner model. Specifically, we help postdoctoral fellows develop advanced competencies and skills in the practice of health service psychology, integrate research and practice, engage in interprofessional collaboration, and develop skills to supervise 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 also 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 Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary Skills
  8. Supervision/Teaching/Mentoring
  9. Research and/or Program Evaluation
  10. Management/Administration and Leadership.

These advanced competencies are consistent with the specialty competencies for postdoctoral training in Clinical Child Psychology, Clinical Health Psychology, 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.

Visit our Program Training page for detailed information about our program’s training methods, content, and curriculum, including rotations offered, seminars, supervision, and other training experiences.