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Postdoctoral Training Program in Psychology

UM-VA Clinical Adult Psychology Consortium

The Clinical Adult Psychology track provides advanced training in clinical research, consultation, and intervention. Residents at the University obtain clinical experience in evidence-based treatments and diagnosis of mood and anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, behavioral health, sleep and circadian rhythm disorders, and women’s health with an emphasis in perinatal depression. Residents at the VA develop an individualized training plan. Clinical training opportunities are available in the following areas: Anxiety and Mood Disorders, Couples and Families, Health Psychology, Personality Disorders, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Primary Care Mental Health Integration, Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery, Substance Use Disorders, and Women's Mental Health.

Importantly, in addition to clinical training in assessment and treatment, all postdoctoral residents are involved in program development, quality improvement and program evaluation. Opportunities are available for residents to participate in clinical training at either site.

Clinical training occurs in a multidisciplinary setting that emphasizes the relationship of biological, psychological, and behavioral factors in the development, maintenance and/or treatment of adult psychopathology and enhancement of behavioral health. Residents are expected to participate in ongoing programmatic research and/or to develop small research projects under the mentorship of a research supervisor. At the University, specialized research is available in the areas of perinatal mood disorders, stress and anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, sleep and circadian disorders, and health services involving a number of mental health disorders occurring in the context of general medical and community settings. At the VA, research opportunities are available in Health Psychology, Personality Disorders, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery, Substance Use Disorders, Violence (including intimate partner violence), Women's Mental Health and other areas.

In keeping with goals of the broader training program, the Clinical Adult Psychology Consortium seeks to develop professionals with the advanced training necessary to accurately diagnose, effectively assess, and successfully treat individuals with a wide range of psychological difficulties, with an emphasis on integration and translation of assessment and treatment within the context of general medical care settings. Opportunities for experience in clinical supervision and administration are available. The program also prepares residents to direct clinical programs, educate mental health professionals, and initiate and carry out programmatic research.

The training program is accredited by the American Psychological Association. Questions about the accreditation and the accreditation process can be addressed to:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street N.E., Washington DC, 20002
Phone: 202-336-5979

For information about how to apply click here.