Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship
Our APA accredited postdoctoral fellowship program provides psychologists with advanced practice competence in one of two clinical tracks: 1) Primary Care Family Psychology or 2) Child and Adolescent Psychology. The fellowship year is an opportunity to build and foster each fellow’s independent, professional identity. Fellows achieve track-specific expertise through a variety of clinical and didactic experiences, and also benefit from shared, interdisciplinary learning activities. The strong mentorship that we provide includes ample supervised clinical experience, and frequent individual and group meetings to discuss career development and the job market. Over many years, we have developed and refined a program that is both rigorous and flexible; we are proud of its comprehensive and interdisciplinary nature, the supportive clinical supervision and sustained academic mentorship provided by our outstanding faculty, and our warm and welcoming city. Our fellowship start date is September 1st. As you explore this site in greater detail, please feel free to contact us with any questions that arise.
Because science is at the core of health service psychology, the fellowship addresses each of the competencies for the Standards of Accreditation for advanced training including Level 1 (integration of science and practice, individual and cultural diversity, and ethical and legal standards) and Level 2 (program-specific competencies).
We have five overarching long-term goals for all fellows across tracks. In the area of Professional Skills and Competencies, we aim to develop psychologists who have advanced skills in 1) diagnosis and assessment, and 2) treatment and consultation. In the area of Professional Standards and Behavior, we aim to develop psychologists who demonstrate advanced competencies in: 3) ethical understanding and behavior, and 4) professional development and demeanor. In the area of Academic Competencies, we aim to develop psychologists who have advanced skills in: 5) teaching, supervision and scholarship. The foundations of science and cultural diversity are woven throughout all areas of training and evaluation.
Fellows across both tracks engage in several learning activities together including:
- Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds (1 hour, 3 times a month) features research and clinical presentations by local, regional and national experts in selected areas of psychiatry and psychology. Fellows are able to attend Grand Rounds in other departments that are germane to their track/learning goals (i.e., Pediatrics, Public Health, Family Medicine)
- Professional Development Seminar (1 hour, twice monthly; some meetings combined with interns) features a wide range of topics pertaining to both professional and academic development presented by selected psychology faculty and fellows including community-based psychologists. Topics include Psychologists in Medical Centers, Diverse Career Paths of Psychologists, Job Search Strategies, Ethical Issues and Dual Roles, and Psychologists as Administrators.
- Multicultural Experiential Seminar (1 hour, monthly) focuses on topics of diversity, inclusion and culture in serving the mental health needs of a diverse patient population and involves individual exploration and group discussion.
- Ethical Dilemmas in Psychology (monthly meetings, 5 months) The overall goal of this seminar is to assist psychology interns and fellows in the development of advanced practice competencies in critical thinking about ethical issues that psychologists encounter as clinicians, educator/teachers, researchers, and in professional relationships. Specific competencies addressed in the seminar are: Ethical Knowledge and Ethical Behavior. The seminar is conducted as a case presentation, consultation and discussion series.
- Commitment to Living (Suicide Prevention) and Standardized patient practice (5 hours): This evidence-based suicide prevention learning activity involves a 3-hr workshop followed by recorded standardized patient practice opportunity with follow-up guided self-assessment and clinical supervision.
- Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Workshop (6 hours): This interdisciplinary workshop focuses on the identification, assessment, and treatment of intimate partner violence. Teaching/learning methods include PowerPoint presentations, film clips, experiential exercises, discussion, and distribution of resource cards and reference manuals.
- Scholarly Project (4-8 hours monthly): Fellows conduct a scholarly project with mentorship from a faculty member associated with their track. The scholarly project is based on the fellow's interests and program needs and may result in a paper for publication or presentation, poster, PowerPoint presentation, manual or other product. Fellows are required to present their project during the Department's annual Education Poster Day.
- Optional: Eating Disorders Workshop (12 hours) focuses on evaluation and evidence-based treatment of eating disorders, with a particular emphasis on interdisciplinary treatment team functioning and planning. This optional training experience includes many experiential activities.
Psychology Training Director
Postdoctoral Fellowship Director
Linda Brown, Psychology Training Coordinator
University of Rochester Medical Center
300 Crittenden Boulevard
Rochester, NY 14642-8409
Phone: (585) 275-3563
Fax: (585) 276-2292