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

Core Training Curriculum

Program Goals and Objectives:
Fellowship Goals
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 the 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.

Training Resources

Each Fellow typically has her or his own office as well as access to shared spaces such as testing rooms and work rooms that include computers. The computer services at Dartmouth are excellent and allow the Fellows to connect, from any desktop computer, to programs (e.g., statistical packages) on the mainframe, e-mail, and the Internet. There is also a broad array of assessment instruments available in the department and the Fellows have access to both Dartmouth Medical School and College libraries. In addition to the faculty, each Fellow is assigned a support person who will be responsible for scheduling, billing, dictation, etc. Finally, affiliation with Dartmouth College provides the Fellows with access to the athletic facilities, year round concerts, theater, lectures and galleries.

Salary and Benefits: Fellowship has a standard salary based on NIH designated postdoctoral stipend levels. Individual health care insurance is provided through the Medical School. Vacation and conference time is also provided. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and minority candidates.

Training Opportunities
The Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Dartmouth is designed to provide the most personalized training experience possible in the Adult Outpatient Service at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. As such, Fellows are given the option of a “major” and “minor” clinical emphasis during their training year. The Fellow will have the opportunity to provide services for the full spectrum of clinical problems, but will prioritize those areas to gain expertise in the domain in which they intend to specialize, while also having the opportunity to develop competencies in another area in order to broaden their skill set. For example, a Fellow may select the Anxiety Disorders Service as the major emphasis, and Behavioral Medicine as a minor emphasis. Fellows will also have the opportunity to gain experience in teaching, research, and program development in order to fulfill their training needs.

The Anxiety Disorders Service provides assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The primary mentor for this service is Robert Brady, Ph.D. Fellows will receive advanced clinical service delivery training in exposure-based therapies, cognitive interventions, and acceptance-based interventions. Opportunities for experience in program development and research may also be available as part of Dr. Brady’s ongoing research on anxiety disorders and physical health outcomes.

The Mood Disorders Service provides a range of clinical services for depressive disorders, as well as personality disorders. The primary mentor for this service is Margit Berman, Ph.D. Dr. Berman offers training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and feminist interventions. Opportunities for research may also be available as part of Dr. Berman’s ongoing trial of a combined Health At Every Size and ACT protocol for major depressive disorder and obesity.

The Behavioral Medicine Service provides clinical services for chronic pain and insomnia. The primary mentor for this service is Janette Seville, Ph.D. Fellows have the opportunity to receive training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy for insomnia (CBT-i), as well as cognitive and behavioral treatments for chronic pain. The Behavioral Medicine Service provides consultations and treatment to patients referred from multiple departments within the medical center and from the community, resulting in a rich diversity of presenting problems and learning experiences.

Application Procedure

Education and training qualifications: Fellows must have completed their doctoral degree and internship training from APA or CPA accredited programs. Typically, Fellows are appointed to full time positions for one year, renewable for a second year pending adequate performance in the first year. A total of 2000 hours of training are provided in each year.

  1. Statement of experience, goals, and interests: Please submit a brief statement of your clinical and research background and interests, and your clinical and research goals for post-doctoral training.
  2. A complete and updated curriculum vitae outlining your educational, research, and clinical experience and qualifications.
  3. Official graduate transcripts.
  4. Three letters of recommendation (at least one from your current supervisor or internship director).

Applications are currently being accepted for a start date, between July 1 to September 1. Review of applications continue until the positions are filled.

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