Positions: *** Three one-year full-time positions in Clinical Psychology in the emphasis areas of Rehabilitation Psychology, Primary Care/Health Psychology, and Serious Mental Illness (SMI). The SMI emphasis usually consists of focused training in Trauma, Severe Mental Disorders, or Mood Disorders.
Training Setting: A large, modern, teaching facility – a Flagship Veterans Affairs Medical Center with multiple specialized programs (e.g. Research Centers, Lead Polytrauma Center; Women’s Clinic, GRECC Clinic, TBI Program, etc.) with strong affiliation with the University of Minnesota and 50 other institutions.
Training Model and Philosophy: The philosophy of our program is scientist-practitioner. Our program endorses the view that good clinical practice is based on the science of psychology. In turn, the science of psychology is influenced by the experience of working with real patients. As a consequence, our approach to training encourages clinical practice that is evidence-based and consistent with the current state of scientific knowledge. At the same time, we hope to acknowledge the complexities of real patients and the limitations of our empirical base. We aim to produce psychologists who are capable of contributing to the profession by investigating clinically relevant questions through their own clinical research. While individual postdoctoral residents may ultimately develop careers that emphasize one aspect of the scientist-practitioner model more than the other, our expectation is that clinicians will practice from a scientific basis and that scientists will practice with a clinical sensibility.
Patient Population: Diverse, includes patients with a full range of medical and mental disorders. Includes adults and geriatric patients only.
Training staff: 54 doctoral staff psychologists representing diverse theoretical orientations, clinical specialties, and interests, typically having academic appointments at the University of Minnesota. The staff is highly committed to science and values training and trainees.
Start Date: August, 2012
Benefits: Health Insurance, 13 days paid vacation and up to 13 days of sick leave
The Community: This VA Medical Center is set in the beautiful twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, a recreational paradise, with magnificent lakes and parks, hiking, biking and cross country skiing trails, the Mall of America, the world-renowned Guthrie Theater, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, a strong contemporary music scene, and ready access to camping, fishing, hunting, and the great outdoors.
Application Procedure: To apply, submit the following materials by January 1st, 2012:
1. Detailed vita or resume.
2. Cover letter describing your career goals and how the postdoctoral residency at the Minneapolis VAMC will help you achieve those goals. Make sure to include information pertaining to your experience with interventions, particularly empirical based or supported interventions, psychological assessment, and your research/scholarly experience. We acknowledge that neuropsychology applicants may have less intervention experience.
3. Completion of Postdoc Resident Application (link is on our website)
4. Three letters of recommendation. At least one of these must be from an internship supervisor.
5. Transcripts of your graduate work.
6. Work Sample (deidentified according to HIPPA standards).
7. Letter from dissertation chair regarding dissertation status and anticipated completion date, if doctoral degree has not been completed at the time of this application.
Please see our website for a more detailed description of training opportunities and instruction to apply (http://www.minneapolis.va.gov/education/psychology/post_setting.asp) or contact the Training Director, Wayne G. Siegel, Ph.D., ABPP at email@example.com or 612.467.4024.
Wayne G. Siegel, Ph.D., ABPP
Director of Training/ Psychology Supervisor
Minneapolis VA Medical Center