Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Health/Rehabilitation Psychology at the Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital
The Department of Psychology at the Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital is pleased to accept applications for a newly developed, one-year postdoctoral fellowship in clinical psychology with an emphasis in health and rehabilitation psychology, to begin in September 2019. The fellowship follows the science-informed practice model of training and is an area of emphasis of the one-year APA-accredited postdoctoral fellowship program at the Institute of Living. The intent of the training program is to further the fellow’s growth as a clinical psychologist and to develop advanced competency within the areas of clinical health and rehabilitation psychology. While the fellowship will emphasize evidence-based practices, the fellow will receive training from various theoretical models, providing a unique perspective on the integration of mind and body problems.
The position is situated primarily within a 26-bed, Intensive Rehabilitation Unit within Hartford HealthCare. The fellow will experience working with a broad spectrum of patients in terms of socio-demographic, medical, and psychological characteristics. Patients range in age from young adults to elders. Medical diagnoses include a broad range of injuries and illnesses, such as spinal cord injury, general trauma, brain injury, amputation, stroke, multiple sclerosis, etc. A wide variety of psychiatric diagnoses are represented.
Fellows are integrally involved in interdisciplinary work and are highly valued for assistance regarding behavioral management of the many emotional and behavioral issues in patient care. This experience allows the fellow to develop and apply a variety of rehabilitation psychology and behavioral medicine principles and techniques, and to work on advanced psychotherapy and assessment skills. The fellow will provide a comprehensive initial assessment on each patient assigned, provide individual and family therapy, and co-facilitate at least one patient group psychotherapy session per week. Issues of focus include adjustment to and coping with the psychological aftermath of serious injury/illness, treatment of acute stress disorder and PTSD, pain management, and treatment of the full spectrum of psychopathology, as medical crises often exacerbate premorbid psychopathology. Consultation with the interdisciplinary team (physicians and surgeons, nurses, physical and occupational therapist, social workers, recreation therapists, dieticians, respiratory therapists, etc.) regarding patient/family emotional status, behavioral management and treatment adherence issues is a critical role of the psychology fellow.
In addition to work in the rehabilitation setting, the fellow will complete a minor rotation in a Transplant Program, where expectations will include involvement in program research, participation on an interdisciplinary treatment team, pre-surgical assessment of organ donors and recipients, and psychological interventions with kidney, heart and liver patients. Other clinical opportunities exist, including psycho-education groups within both the medical and psychiatric hospital settings, according to the fellow’s interest and availability.
Supervision is provided by clinical health psychologists and includes emphasis on treatment planning, advanced psychotherapy skills from various perspectives, application of behavioral medicine principles and techniques, integration of the interdisciplinary team in treatment, and addressing the diverse issues present in our population as they affect health care beliefs and psychological treatment. The fellowship experience at the Institute of Living requires completion of an independent research project and affords many opportunities for professional growth, including participation in Grand Rounds, interdisciplinary rounds and other didactic experiences.
Applicants must have completed all requirements for the doctoral degree, including the completion of an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology. Preference is given to candidates with prior training and experience in health and/or rehabilitation psychology, but this is not a requirement. We strongly encourage applicants from underrepresented groups. Fluency in Spanish is desirable.
Applicants should submit a letter of interest and a CV to Jennifer Ferrand, PsyD, ABPP, at Jennifer.Ferrand@hhchealth.org. We will accept applications until a suitable candidate is identified.