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Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Applications Due: January 4, 2019

Accreditation Status

The postdoctoral fellowship at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (Lovell FHCC; formerly the North Chicago Veterans Affairs Medical Center) is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (the next site visit will be during the academic year 2021). Questions regarding the accreditation process and status may be addressed to: APA, Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242, (202) 336-5979.

Number of Postdoctoral Fellowship Positions

  • The current number of psychology postdoctoral fellowship positions at FHCC is four.
  • The number of postdoctoral fellowship positions can vary from year to year, depending on annual congressional budget allocations -- Budget allocations are announced in late January of the year in which a new training cycle starts.


Post-Doctoral Residency Program Tables

Date Program Tables are updated: July 26, 2018

Postdoctoral Program Admissions

Briefly describe in narrative form important information to assist potential applicants in assessing their likely fit with your program. This description must be consistent with the program’s policies on resident selection and practicum and academic preparation requirements:

The Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center is committed to providing high quality generalist training with an emphasis in the area of Homeless Veteran Rehabilitation, Geriatrics, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Substance Abuse.  The overall goal of the postdoctoral fellowships at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center's are to provide fellows with a variety of experiences in an applied setting, using a practitioner-scholar model. Training emphasizes the importance of building an effective professional identity; while also developing advanced skills in evidence-based psychotherapy, assessment, and consultation skills with homeless rehabilitation, PTSD, substance abuse, and patient centered medical home care.

Training at Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center affords psychology fellows a unique opportunity to learn about the application of evidence based principles in various therapeutic communities. Fellows will learn much about structured treatment environments and programmatic interventions, and sharpen their clinical skills in assessment, individual and group therapy, and psychoeducational teaching activities. Psychology fellows will work not only with staff psychologists to assist the Veterans, but will be part of an interdisciplinary treatment teams. 

This training experience is consistent with the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center's secondary mission to provide training for future health care providers and administrators. The Federal Health Care Center is a "Dean's Committee" teaching hospital. It therefore operates a variety of training programs, and maintains numerous teaching affiliations with institutions of higher learning, such as the Rosalind Franklin University/Chicago Medical School, Northwestern, Loyola, and DePaul Universities, the University of Illinois, and various public and private four-year colleges. These affiliations offer opportunities for continued educational involvement, possible extra-VA training opportunities and a rich source of multi- and interdisciplinary interactions with practitioners and faculty of allied health fields.

 

Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:

A FHCC Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship applicant must:

  • Be a US Citizen between the ages of 18 and 62 in good physical and mental health
  • Be free of pending legal action or convictions for criminal infractions
  • Have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Have a doctoral degree in professional (i.e., clinical, counseling or combined professional/scientific) psychology from an APA or CPA accredited doctoral program.
  • Have completed a doctoral psychology internship in an APA or CPA accredited program.
  • Possess the interpersonal skills, emotional maturity, stability and temperamental characteristics required for satisfactory work with medical and psychiatric patients.
  • Be able to work cooperatively with other health care workers and professionals.
  • Actively and maturely accept supervision and responsibility for decisions and actions and adhere to standards of professional conduct and ethics.
  • Have advanced skills in establishing rapport with patients suffering from a variety of physical and/or emotional disorders, conducting intake and diagnostic interviews, formulating provisional DSM 5 diagnoses, administering and interpreting a basic battery of ability, personality and psychodiagnostic tests, and writing psychological progress notes and reports.
  • Have advanced competence in counseling or psychotherapy with selected patients under close supervision, as appropriate to the area of emphasis in professional psychology for which the fellow is being trained (i.e. counseling, clinical or combined professional-scientific).
  • Have participated in some form of scholarly activity: e.g. pilot studies, dissertation research, or assisting in a research project.

    Application Process

    To apply to our program, please submit the following by January 4, 2019.   
  • A detailed letter of interest specifying your areas of expertise, qualities that fit with the program, research interests, and goals for your postdoctoral experience
  • A curriculum vitae fully describing your training, experience, research, and other relevant activities
  • Three letters of recommendation (which can be sent separately from your application packet)
  • A letter from the chair of your dissertation committee that details the status of your dissertation and the anticipated completion date of your doctoral training. Your doctoral degree must be completed before the start date of your postdoctoral training.
  • For the Geropsychology position: please submit a writing sample of either a neuropsychological assessment or a behavioral treatment plan.

 Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year:

Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Residents

$50,937

Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Residents

No part-time positions available

Program provides access to medical insurance for resident?

 

If access to medical insurance is provided

     Trainee contribution to cost required?

     Coverage of family member(s) available?

     Coverage of legally married partner available?

     Coverage of domestic partner available?

Yes

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and/or Vacation)

104

Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave

104

In the event of medical conditions and/or family needs that require extended leave, does the program allow reasonable unpaid leave to interns/residents in excess of personal time off and sick leave?

Yes

Other Benefits (please describe)

10 Federal Holidays, 5 days of Administrative Leave for EPPP study, conference attendance, and/or job interviews, life insurance, and malpractice liability coverage

Initial Post-Residency Positions

(Aggregrated Tally for the Preceding 3 cohorts)

 

2015-2018

Total # of residents who were in the 3 cohorts

12

Total # of residents who remain in training in the residency program

0

 

PD

EP

Community mental health center

0

0

Federally qualified health center

0

0

Independent primary care facility/clinic

0

0

University counseling center

0

1

Veterans Affairs medical center

0

8

Military health center

0

0

Academic health center

0

0

Other medical center or hospital

0

0

Psychiatric hospital

0

0

Academic university/department

0

1

Community college or other teaching setting

0

0

Independent research institution

0

0

Correctional faciltiy

0

1

School district/system

0

0

Independent practice setting

0

0

Not currently employed

0

1

Changed to another field

0

0

Other

0

0

Unknown

0

0

Note: “PD” = Post-doctoral residency position, “EP” = Employed Position. Each individual represented in this table should be ocunted only one time. For former trainees working in more than one setting, select the setting that represents their primary position