Postdoctoral Training Program
VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System
Ann Arbor Michigan


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


This Psychology Postdoctoral Training Program is part of the UM/VA Postdoctoral Consortium. 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.

The two Mental Health positions are devoted to training involving enhancement and specialized MH practice. Residents elect a major and a minor area of clinical concentration in: 1) evidence-based interventions for ambulatory primary care patients with high acuity mental health and substance abuse problems, 2) evidence-based interventions to treat identified PTSD patients (OEF/OIF) to prevent progression, 3) evidence-based MH Primary Care Combined methods to address specific Veteran health and wellness issues, or 4) Development of Recovery-Based Methods to move Veterans across a Comprehensive Continuum of Care. In addition to clinical training in assessment and treatment, all postdoctoral students will be involved in training on program development, quality improvement, and program evaluation.

The Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Residency is a two-year program, organized to conform closely to the Houston Conference Guidelines (Hannay, 1998). The first year concentrations will be in traumatic brain injury (TBI) (major concentration) and chronic pain care (minor concentration). The second year clinical concentrations will be 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.

To see the faculty, click HERE

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

The 2013 stipend for the program is $45,900 for the year, paid biweekly (includes Ann Arbor Locality Based Pay). 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.

This residency is not accredited by the American Psychological Association. A Self Study for a Consortium made up of this program and the postdoctoral training program in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan has been sent to the Accreditation Office and it is under consideration.

Electronic applications are encouraged but not required. Send cover letter, vita, transcript of graduate program (unofficial copy is OK), 3 letters of recommendation & 2 professional writing samples (i.e., deidentified/redacted report and/or article reprint) to:

Kenneth M. Adams, Ph.D., ABPP
kmadams@umich.edu Mental Health Service (116)
VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System
2215 Fuller Road
Ann Arbor MI 48105

Application Review begins in mid-January. Our VA is joining the group of VAs that will call top candidates in February. This year we will not participate in the APPCN Match for the one Neuropsychology position, although we support the goals of APPCN and were one of the founding members. We typically interview at the INS meeting in early February. Neuropsychology applicants should contact the Training Coordinator ( Timothy.Delong@va.gov) for interview times.



Recent Updates: September 28, 2011 (Update application deadlines and APPCN information; update status of Consortium)

2013: Not participating in the APPCN Match this year.