Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Department of Mental Health--Vacaville Psychiatric Program (DMH-VPP), California, USA - Fellowship positions

Psychology service announces the opening of Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship positions available for the 2012-2013 training year. DMH-VPP is a 394-bed inpatient psychiatric facility within a state prison serving incarcerated males. Postdoctoral 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. Postdoctoral Fellows gain exposure to acute and sub-acute inpatient care and to a range of Axis I, Axis II, and neuropsychological disorders within incarcerated patients. Postdoctoral fellows work with supervisory staff to develop individual training plans for the fellowship year. Training experiences available to postdoctoral fellows may include completing various types of assessments, providing specialized consultation services, participating in the clinical milieu, and participating in or conducting research.

Specifically: • Fellows may specialize in conducting psychological assessments. Areas of specialization may include psychodiagnostic assessment, risk assessment (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 related independent research, and may present findings at professional conferences and in staff trainings. Training begins September 1, 2012 and ends the last week in August, 2013.

Postdoctoral 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 or e-mail Elizabeth Martinez, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Training Committee Chair, at (707) 448-6841, x2962 or for more information and application guidelines. Candidates may also contact Robert Horon, Ph.D., Internship/Fellowship Training Director, at (707) 453-7028 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, a Criminal Record Supplemental Questionnaire (available online at:, and a completed supplemental application that will be made available via email. Program brochure and additional required application materials will be specified via email. Application deadline (postmarked or received) is January 19, 2012. You will be notified of interview by February 9, 2012. In-person interviews will be held either late February or early March (TBD).