Postdoctoral Program

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The Postdoctoral Fellowship at Cambridge Health Alliance is a full-time clinical fellowship. Cambridge Health Alliance is committed to providing excellent services in a changing healthcare environment, and Psychology Postdoctoral Fellows can be expected to play a role in these initiatives. A high level of supervision and didactic training is paired with a flexible work environment meant to introduce the trainee to a variety of roles in consultation, assessment and therapy. The Postdoctoral Fellow is eligible for appointment as a Clinical Fellow at the Harvard Medical School, which provides the appointee with access to university libraries, museums and other benefits. Fellowships are full time (generally about 40-50 hours), beginning on August 31. The Neuropsychology Fellowship is a two-year position. All other fellowships are guaranteed for one year; fellows in those positions may be invited to stay for a second year, subject to service needs and fellows' interests. Stipends will be $41,000 per year. All fellows receive four weeks of vacation. Health insurance and other benefits are available to fellows as employees of Cambridge Health Alliance.

How the Fellowship is Structured

The Clinical Psychology Training Program prepares Psychology Fellows in clinical psychology to understand and treat persons suffering with a broad spectrum of emotional distress. Using a scholar-practitioner model, our curriculum emphasizes a biopsychosocial approach to the understanding of people and values the use of psychotherapy and assessment. Our talented and multidisciplinary faculty teaches fellows in a variety of specialty areas through didactics and comprehensive individual and group supervision. With close faculty-trainee interaction, we provide a solid grounding in treatment and assessment that take into account ethnic and cultural influences. We also teach fellows to integrate a variety of treatment modalities while working with persons with an array of psychological problems, including persons diagnosed with major mental illness and severe personality disorders.

At Cambridge Health Alliance, the education of psychologists occurs in multidisciplinary settings. A distinctive feature of our program is that Psychology Fellows can pursue a wide variety of individual specialty interests in the context of a Fellowship program that emphasizes growth as a professional clinical psychologist. All Fellows meet together weekly in a Professional Development Seminar, which includes such topics as providing supervision, teaching in both medical and academic settings, writing for publication, obtaining grants and conducting research, licensing procedures and legal and ethical issues for the psychologist. Fellows are evaluated by supervisors and training directors twice yearly, and the program follows CHA's due process and grievance procedures.

We generally place fellows in one of seven options currently available. The applicant must select and apply for one or more of the following options:

Option I: Adult Neuropsychology (two years).

Option II: Primary Care/Behavioral Health.

Option III: Child and Adolescent Acute Services

Option IV: Program for Psychotherapy (two years)

Option V: Adult Psychotherapy and Psychological Assessment Services

Option VI: Adolescent Risk Assessment and Violence Prevention

Option VII: Victims of Violence Program