Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Department of Mental Health, Vacaville, CA, USA - 1 post-doctoral fellowship (clinical psychology)

The Department of Mental Health--Vacaville Psychiatric Program (DMH-VPP) psychology service announces the opening of Clinical Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellowship positions available for the 2011-2012 training year. DMH-VPP is a 394-bed inpatient psychiatric facility within a state prison serving incarcerated males.

Post-Doctoral Fellows at DMH—VPP receive extensive assessment training, with didactic seminars in personality/diagnostic assessment, suicide and violence risk assessment, and neuropsychological assessment. Fellows also participate in an assessment-based case conference and in a clinical issues seminar. Fellows are involved in mentoring pre-doctoral interns (in our APA-approved internship program) and may also proctor research practicum students. Post-Doctoral Fellows gain exposure to acute and sub-acute inpatient care, a range of Axis I, Axis II, and neuropsychological disorders within incarcerated patients.

Post-doctoral fellows work with supervisory staff to develop individual training plans for the fellowship year. Training experiences available to post-doctoral fellows include: Completing various types of assessments, providing specialized consultation services, participating in the clinical milieu, and participating in or conducting research. Specifically, the main areas of focus are:
  • Fellows may specialize in conducting psychological assessments. Areas of specialization may include assessment of risk (including suicide risk, violence risk, and risk of sexual violence), neuropsychological assessment, and behavioral assessment. Fellows will gain experience consulting with treatment teams regarding the results of these assessments.
  • Fellows may join our consultative service, which provides behavioral consultation to treatment units. Fellows employ functional analysis and learn various assessments to consult on and treat patients with target problems such as severe self-injurious behavior or sexually offending behaviors.
  • Fellows may assume participant or lead roles in current research protocols, may conduct independent research, and may present findings at professional conferences and in staff trainings.
  • Training begins November, 2011, and ends the last week in August, 2012. Post-doctoral fellows are expected to complete a minimum of 1,500 supervised hours.
DMH-VPP is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The salary for this position is $3717 per month ($44,604 annually) with full medical, dental and vision benefits, paid holidays, vacation, sick, and educational leave credits. Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply. Interested parties are encouraged to call Andrea Hughes, OPR Secretary, at (707)-448-6841 x2500, or e-mail her at

for more information and application guidelines. Candidates may also contact Robert Horon, Ph.D., Internship/Fellowship Training Director, at (707) 453-7028 or, or Elizabeth Martinez, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Training Committee Chair, at (707) 448-6841, x2962 or

Interested applicants should send a Letter of Interest, a completed State Application (available on-line at, three letters of recommendation, including one letter from an internship supervisor, and a completed supplemental application that will be made available via email. Additional required application materials will be specified via email pending area of focus declared. The open period to submit an application (postmarked or received) is from September 6 through September 20, 2011. In-person interviews will be held during October, 2011.