Training Setting: A large, busy, full-service Veterans Affairs Medical Center with multiple specialized programs including a Women’s Clinic, TBI program/neuropsychology, GRECC, Palliative Care, GEM unit, CLCs, Hospice, Substance Use Disorders outpatient and residential, Primary Care/Behavioral Health, Home Based-Primary Care, and Post Traumatic Stress Clinical Team.
Training Model and Philosophy: The overall mission of the Psychology Postdoctoral Training Program at the NF/SGVHS is to prepare Fellows to practice autonomously as clinical psychologists in a variety of clinical and academic settings and to provide expertise in the areas of substance abuse treatment, PTSD/TBI treatment, or geriatrics. The postdoctoral program is designed to develop advanced practice competencies and expertise based upon sound scholarly and professional practice foundations. The training integrates clinical, scientific, and ethical knowledge in the development of attitudes and skills basic to clinical psychology. Therefore the philosophy of training offered by the NF/SGVHS is best described as a “practitioner-scholar” model. The training experiences have a strong clinical focus. However, knowledge and use of evidenced based interventions are expected and encouraged in all aspects of the program.
Training staff: We currently have over 60 licensed doctoral staff psychologists representing diverse theoretical orientations, clinical specialties, and interests. The staff is highly committed to its training programs and trainees.
Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be US citizens and must have completed all requirements of an APA-accredited doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology, including an APA-accredited internship, prior to the fellowship start date. Applicants are required to have a strong interest in geriatrics or substance use disorders with a long-term goal to provide service and contribute to these areas in psychology.
Stipend, Benefits, and Application Information: The stipend for the program is $42,239 for the year, paid biweekly. Benefits include 13 vacation days, 13 sick days, 10 federal holidays, up to 10 days of approved educational or professional leave, and health insurance. Malpractice coverage is provided under the Federal Tort Claims Act.
To apply, candidates should submit the following:
- a cover letter stating training, research, and career goals
- a current vita, including anticipated graduation date
- a copy of your APPIC internship application
- a letter of recommendation from your internship training director, describing progress and anticipated completion date
- a letter of recommendation from the dissertation chair describing progress on your dissertation and specifying your defense date (if applicable)
- a letter of recommendation from someone knowledgeable about your work in the special emphasis area for which you are applying
- transcripts of all graduate work
- an abstract of your dissertation and a copy of another scholarly work
Jeffrey Bates, Ph.D.
Director of Training, Psychology Service (116B)
North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System
1601 SW Archer Road
Gainesville, FL 32608-1197
Director of Training: Jeffrey Bates, Ph.D.
Please see our Website for additional information about our Fellowship program and PTSD/TBI training opportunities: http://www.psychologytraining.va.gov/gainesville/