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Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship

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Our APA accredited postdoctoral fellowship program provides psychologists with advanced practice competence in one of three clinical tracks: 1) Integrated Care Family Psychology, 2) Child and Adolescent Psychology, and our new 3) *Adult 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.

*Adult Psychology Track
This is a new track and the following position is now accepting applications:


This new position focuses on the exciting integration of psychology with technology to create, test, and deliver interventions, and to use data processes, to improve mental health across a variety of settings. The primary placement for the BHT fellow is in the Department of Psychiatry ( and URMC’s Health Lab ( in partnership with the Department of Orthopedics. Clinical experiences include delivering short-term psychotherapy, assessment and consultation for adults with psychiatric and medical comorbidities in the Department of Psychiatry’s Comprehensive Telepsychiatry Program. The fellow will also be a member of the UR Project ECHO program, a statewide telementoring program for community-based clinicians.  The fellow will work with faculty on the development, use and testing of one (or more) smartphone clinical treatment and preventive interventions. Data processing projects will focus on the application of computer analytics (machine learning and artificial intelligence) to large patient reported outcome (PROMIS) datasets and the electronic medical record. In Orthopedics, the emphasis will be on exploring the impact of behavioral health disorders on patient health outcomes. In the Department of Psychiatry, the fellow will work with the Implementation, Dissemination, Evaluation & Analysis (IDEA) Core to implement and evaluate PROMIS in several clinical sites. The BHT fellow will participate in advanced training/education activities as part of the clinical psychology fellowship (e.g., Grand Rounds, Professional Development Seminar, URMC Diversity Conference Day, Suicide Prevention training with standardized patient experience, Multicultural Experiential Seminar, Ethics). Scholarship will involve contributing to grant submissions and manuscript preparation, in addition to a poster presentation at the Trainee Poster Day.

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, 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.


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