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Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Wendi Cross, PhD
"Welcome to the website of the Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program in Psychology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry."

Wendi Cross, Ph.D.


Our APA accredited postdoctoral fellowship program aims to produce psychologists with advanced practice competence with an emphasis in one of two clinical areas or tracks: 1) Primary Care Family Psychology or 2) Child and Adolescent Psychology.

We have five overarching long-term goals for all fellows across both 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; 3) ethical understanding and behavior, and 4) professional development and demeanor. In the area of Academic Competencies, we aim to develop psychologists who have skills in 5) teaching, scholarship, supervision.

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.

Training Philosophy and Values and Mission Statement

Please see our Welcome page and read about our program's training philosophy and values along with our Mission Statement

Susan McDaniel, PhD

Susan McDaniel, Ph.D.
Director, Primary Care Family Track

Carol Podgorski, PhD
Lauren DeCaporale-Ryan, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Primary Care Family Track



Linda Alpert-Gillis, PhD
Linda J. Alpert-Gillis, Ph.D.
Director, Child & Adolescent Track



For questions, please contact Dr. Cross at (585) 275-2005 or via email at Our psychology training coordinator. Linda Brown, is also available at (585) 275-3563 or

Our Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Psychology is accredited by:
The American Psychological Association
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street, NE Washington, D.C. 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979