Postdoctoral Training Program
VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System
Ann Arbor Michigan

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Recently Graduated Post-Doctoral Residents
(L-R) Heather Tree (Neuropsychology), Carole Porcari (Mental Health),
Rob Spencer (Neuropsychology), Inger Burnett-Ziegler (HSR&D)
and Brooke Pope-Kurby (Mental Health)

This Psychology Postdoctoral Training Program is part of the UM/VA Postdoctoral Network (which includes two UM/VA consortia). The Residency currently has seven residents, three in Mental Health, two in SMITREC (HSR&D), and two in Neuropsychology. The Mental Health positions are each one year. The Neuropsychology and SMITREC positions are each two years, with one new resident each year.

The goals of the Residency generally are to:

  1. Provide advanced training for independent professional practice, with understanding and skill in collaboration with other health professionals, skill in recognizing medical/legal issues, practical competence in the identification and resolution of ethical dilemmas, continuous growth in sensitivity to individual and cultural diversity in psychology, and ability to practice in organizational context(s);
  2. Create the inception of a specialization in each Resident in their intended Mental Health, Behavioral Health, or Neuropsychological career path by providing expertise in specific assessment and intervention problems and situations typical of those encountered as a practicing Psychologist in that area;
  3. Develop a greater database in their realm of specialization by teaching more advanced methods of scholarly inquiry and providing specific training in how and where new knowledge in the specialty is found and made (Walker & London, 2007);
  4. Teach methods of evidence based practice in Psychology as a central methodology to link available scientific knowledge to practice through an organized series of steps that will be used in the training year as a prelude for the permanent employment in specialty practice, and;
  5. Help to develop the professional identity of the Resident, build supervisory and teaching capabilities, and involve the Resident in a wide range of professional activities.

    Residents at the VA develop an individualized training plan. Clinical training opportunities for the residents in the Clinical Psychology program 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.

    Research opportunities for residents in the Clinical Psychology program 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.

    The Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Residency is a two-year program, organized to conform closely to the Houston Conference Guidelines (Hannay, 1998). The first year concentrations is in traumatic brain injury (TBI) (major concentration) and chronic pain care (minor concentration). The second year clinical concentrations is in geriatric neuropsychology (major) and palliative care (minor). Beyond adhering to the general framework of Neuropsychology specialty training, Residents need training for the full range of VA needs where they practice. There is a pressing need for VA specialists who can assess and treat veterans suspected of having TBI, but also for needs relating to other eras of service. Patients have complex needs from the Vietnam and Gulf I eras, and the need for Geriatric Neuropsychology specialists is pressing.

    Minimal Requirements: US citizenship, APA-accredited internship & doctoral degree in Psychology expected by September 1 of the year the residency begins.

    The 2014-2015 stipend for the program was $45,913 for the year, paid biweekly (includes Ann Arbor Locality Based Pay). The stipend is likely to remain the same for 2015-2016. The second year stipend of the Neuropsychology Residency is $48,395. Benefits include 13 vacation days, 13 sick days, 10 federal holidays, leave for educational and professional activities, and eligibility for health insurance. Malpractice coverage is provided under the Federal Tort Claims Act.

    The Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology training programs are part of two consortia with the University of Michigan; both consortia are accredited by the American Psychological Association (2013; next site visit 2020). For information or questions about APA Accreditation, contact:

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