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Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship training program is accredited by the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC).

Core Training Curriculum

Program Goals and Objectives

The goal of our fellowship is to provide excellent training opportunities that prepare clinical and counseling psychologists for the next stage of their professional life. Our training faculty aim to guide fellows as they craft their career. Fellowships are designed for one year, with an option for a second year, contingent on successful completion of the first training year. Fellows will accumulate sufficient clinical hours for licensure by the end of the initial training year. Although research is not required for fellows, participation in ongoing research in the department is strongly encouraged.

At a minimum, graduates of our program are expected to utilize current psychological science in their clinical activities, including assessment, diagnosis, consultation and treatment. To achieve this goal, fellows will participate in weekly didactic learning experiences provided by core faculty from the training program, adjunct faculty, and invited lecturers. Fellows are strongly encouraged, but not required, to demonstrate proficiency in scholarly activities through manuscript development, research proposals, and participation in the departmental journal club.

The content of training includes theory and research, assessment, intervention, and consultation from a cognitive-behavioral perspective. Generic "core" training goals include professional development, management and collaboration concerning common and rare ethical dilemmas, and clinical research methods. Multiple training formats include supervised clinical experiences with diverse patient populations, weekly topical seminars, clinical case conferences, group supervision sessions, individual supervision sessions, grand rounds, participation in collaborative research projects, and teaching/supervising experiences. Fellows receive more specialized training and function in a more independent capacity than interns. The training focus includes preparation for supervision and teaching, project development and leadership skills, and consolidation and application of skills gained during internship.

Clinical instruction occurs through individual and group supervision, seminars, conferences, and day-to-day collaboration with senior staff members. Fellows are trained in both individual and group treatment formats. Supervision is provided on-site at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and the affiliates. Each fellow has a minimum of two hours of individual supervision by a licensed faculty psychologist. Other specialists such as psychiatrists, neurologists, and surgeons may provide substantial mentoring as well. The supervisor has professional responsibility for all services provided to patients. All supervision is aimed at simultaneously helping the fellow develop high levels of specialty skills and knowledge while providing patients with excellent clinical service.

Didactics include weekly grand rounds presentations. Teaching experience is available through lectures to psychiatry residents.

Core Training Experiences

Required Seminars

  • Departmental grand rounds: Held weekly throughout the academic year and centered around a formal presentation by a visiting speaker or faculty member.
  • Professional development seminar: The syllabus is designed by the fellows at the beginning of the year and outside speakers or internal faculty present on designated areas of interest. This monthly seminar focuses on clinical research, techniques to facilitate application for grant funding, preparation and practice for a job search, and other topics of interest to the fellows.

Electives (Seminars Available)

  • Psychiatry residency didactic seminars: Fellows may elect to participate in any of the seminars in the psychiatry residency program including: basic psychopathology; phenomenology; diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders; neuropsychiatry; psychopharmacology; neurology; sexual dysfunction; organic mental disorders.
  • Research seminar: Faculty, fellows, and visiting speakers present research methods, outcomes, and propose new studies monthly. Faculty is available to assist with research design and practical issues that fellows may encounter in applied research settings.
  • Journal club: A weekly department-wide journal club.