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Postdoctoral Fellowship Application Process

Psychology Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship Overview
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Psychology Internship Program
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Postdoctoral Fellowship
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Eligibility

Applicants must be United States citizens per nation-wide VA guidelines; successfully complete an APA accredited internship and academic program offering a Ph.D. or Psy.D. in clinical or counseling psychology; and successfully defend the dissertation by the beginning of the postdoctoral training year (approximately August 1st of each year).

Selection Process

All complete applications received by the deadline will be reviewed by members of the Postdoctoral Steering Committee, including preceptors. We use a "goodness of fit" model in selecting Fellows, and look for applicants whose training backgrounds and interests are consistent with the scientist-practitioner model. Applicants are pre-screened based on the quality and strength of their previous training and how well their stated interests fit the goals and objectives of our fellowship program. Specifically, we seek applicants who have a solid breadth of intervention and assessment experience, and appropriate depth in these skills as it relates to their chosen emphasis area; a solid background in research with evidence of scholarly productivity; experience with empirically supported interventions; and prior experience working in VA settings. Qualified applicants who appear to be a "good fit" with our training program will be invited to interview with our selection committee consisting of training leadership, fellowship preceptors, and current Fellows. The MEDVAMC is an equal opportunity employer, and the Psychology Training Program has a strong interest in recruiting persons from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds.

Interview Process

We strongly encourage on-site interviews and typically do not conduct telephone interviews. This year, applicants will be notified of selection results on February 19, 2014. Interviews will take a half day and occur either in the morning or afternoon. They will include a brief meeting and orientation with the training leadership, and interviews with different psychology staff members, including preceptors and current Fellows. Interviews will be conducted in late January and early February. Applicants with a disability who require accommodations for the application process or interview are encouraged to contact the Training Director to discuss their needs. We will make reasonable accommodations upon request. General questions regarding the fellowship should be directed to the Training Director or Assistant Training Director.

Stipend and Benefits

Fellows receive a stipend of $47,623, and are expected to work full-time accruing 2080 hours per year. Benefits include 10 federal holidays, plus sick and annual leave accrual totaling 26 days for the year and reasonably priced medical insurance. Fellows are granted up to seven days of authorized absence for professional conferences and approved educational activities. The Fellowship also provides a faculty appointment at the level of Instructor at Baylor College of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Application Procedures

Please submit the following application materials in a single PDF via e-mail to Dr. Ellen Teng: Ellen.Teng@va.gov.  Applications are due by Dec. 2, 2013 11:59 PM (CST).

  1. Letters of recommendation from three professionals familiar with your clinical training and background (at least one letter must be from an internship supervisor).  
  2. An official graduate transcript.  
  3. A complete, up-to-date curriculum vitae.  
  4. A cover letter describing your career goals, clinical, and research interests. Be sure to include information pertaining to your experience with interventions, psychological assessment, and your research experience.  
  5. If not included as one of your three recommendation letters, a separate letter from your dissertation chair regarding dissertation status and anticipated completion date.  

For further information about the fellowship, contact:

Psychology Training Director
Ellen J. Teng, Ph.D.
(713) 791-1414 ext. 25513
Ellen.Teng@va.gov

Assistant Training Director – Postdoctoral Fellowship
Ashley Clinton, Ph.D.
(713) 791-1414 ext. 24602
Ashley.Clinton@va.gov