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Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship

20-21 Fellows
2020 - 2021 Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellows

Our APA accredited postdoctoral fellowship program provides psychologists with advanced practice competence in one of two clinical tracks: 1) Integrated Care Family Psychology, and 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 August 1st. As you explore this site in greater detail, please feel free to contact us with any questions that arise.

Multicultural Training and Commitment to Diversity

Our Training program is committed to providing quality care to underserved populations. Trainees have the opportunity to work with diverse adults, children and families through a variety of clinical rotations. In addition, seminars support and extend trainee cultural competence including: Multicultural Experiential Learning Seminar, Professional Development Seminar sessions where community groups and patients discuss their experiences with mental health, summer Grand Rounds series focused on Diversity, and the University's annual Diversity Conference.  We are grateful for the Department's Advisory Council of Consumers (DPACC) who ensure that the "voice" of patients and families are part of efforts to improve our patients' experience and care.

Faculty, staff and trainees are expected to develop and demonstrate cultural sensitivity and humility in interactions with patients, colleagues and peers.  Trainees have numerous opportunities to integrate knowledge with practice through cases, seminars, grand rounds, peer discussion, team meetings and clinical supervision.

The Psychology Training Program has a Diversity Workgroup focused on recruitment and retention of diverse trainees and faculty. This Workgroup meets quarterly with trainee representation. The Department Diversity and Cultural Awareness Leadership Team (DCALT) creates opportunities for policy and practice improvement, as well as ongoing professional development and training, to improve understanding of difference.  The Department of Psychiatry has an Associate Chair of Diversity Inclusion and Integration who leads an active, diverse group of representatives from across the department.  In addition, the University of Rochester Medical Center has an Office for Inclusion and Culture Development, which cultivates a diverse and inclusive environment that guides and transforms approaches to healthcare, education, research and community partnerships. Thus, the focus on diversity and inclusion permeates all levels of the program, department and institution.

For more details on our admission requirements and program click on this document:
Residency Admissions, Support, & Initial Placement Data

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).

Level 2 competencies emphasize the following competencies according to fellow's specific track and learning plan: research; ethical and legal standards; individual and cultural diversity; professional values, attitudes, and behaviors; communication and interpersonal skills; assessment; intervention; supervision; and consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills. 

Fellows across both tracks engage in several learning activities together including:

  • Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds (1 hour) This weekly forum features research and clinical presentations by local, regional and national experts in selected areas of psychiatry and psychology. Twice a month the Grand Rounds speaker holds a discussion hour with trainees from a variety of training programs in the department.  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 and Legal Practices for Psychologists (6 sessions, includes court visit) The purpose of the seminar is to provide exposure to, and information about, the types of court-related experiences psychologists may encounter in practice.  Each session is facilitated by experts from mental health and legal fields who present their perspectives on a topic-centered case, followed by Q&A and discussion. Relevant Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct will be discussed. Participants include clinical psychology trainees as well as community attorneys for mutual learning about the ethical and legal issues experienced by both professions..

  • SafeSide (Suicide Prevention) Seminar (3 hrs) and Standardized patient practice session (1 hour): The overall goal is to prepare trainees with the knowledge and skills needed to conduct person-centered, standard-of-care interviews, risk assessments, safety planning, documentation, and decisions with suicidal patients.  Each trainee practices these skills in a 1:1 behavioral rehearsal experience with trained standardized patients..

  • Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Workshop (3 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): Each fellow engages in a scholarly project with mentorship based on the fellow's interests and program needs.  The goal is to engage in meaningful program evaluation, educational intervention, or a clinical, service-based research project with a scope that can be completed in the time allocated. Examples include but are not limited to: development/modification or evaluation of an intervention; studying an existing or new clinic procedure; conducting an education program and evaluating learning outcomes; manual, webinar, or program material development and evaluation; assessing patient preferences, satisfaction or other factors associated with patient or family-centered care; investigation of interprofessional experiences or a community partnership. Fellows are required to create a poster for presentation at the Department Education Poster Day along with other learner groups such as psychiatry residents, family and marriage masters students, social work and psychology interns.

  • 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.


Wendi Cross
Wendi Cross, PhD

Psychology Training Director
Postdoctoral Fellowship Director

Linda Alpert-Gillis
Linda Alpert-Gillis, PhD

Child and Adolescent Track Director

Lauren DeCaporale-Ryan
Lauren DeCaporale-Ryan, PhD

Associate Director, Integrated Care Family Track

Susan McDaniel
Susan McDaniel, PhD

Director, Integrated Care Family Track


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