Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System
Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral and Interdisciplinary Fellowship Program
Application Deadline for Postdoctoral applicants:
The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS) offers one-year postgraduate fellowships in Clinical Psychology within two tracks, one emphasizing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD - one position per year) and the other track featuring an emphasis on Psychosocial Rehabilitation/Recovery/Serious Mental Illness (PSR/SMI – up to three psychology fellowship positions/up to three interdisciplinary positions a year) as part of an interdisciplinary fellowship.
Our PSR interdisciplinary fellowship is also open to applicants within the fields of social work, rehabilitation counseling, nursing, and occupational therapy; specific disciplinary makeup varies from year to year. Individuals interested in applying for a fellowship within the PSR interdisciplinary track in disciplines other than psychology are encouraged to review detailed information about this track on the PSR track page and to contact the PSR assistant training director or training director if further questions arise.
Our training Fellowship has two overarching training goals:
Clinical fellowship appointments are for a 12-month period (typically beginning in September), and the fellow is expected to complete 2080 hours, which meets or exceeds requirement for licensure in most states. The fellowship year is comprised of an initial orientation period, with the remainder of the year encompassing advanced training and service delivery activities consistent with more emphasis requirements, as well as elective options for adjunct training experience based on the individual fellow's interests or need for experience. Fellows are on duty five days a week, with a workday typically defined as 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Training Site: The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS) is a large and comprehensive VA medical complex within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Located in beautiful central Arkansas, one of the country’s best-kept secrets for a high quality of living, CAVHS has a strong history of training excellence. The medical center is located in a metropolitan area of approximately 580,000 people and draws from a primary service area of 275,000 veterans. CAVHS providers also serve active duty and National Guard personnel, as well as family members. The two- division, consolidated, tertiary care medical center provides medical, surgical, psychiatric, rehabilitation, and nursing home services, and offers a wide variety of outpatient specialty and primary care programs. The primary site for the PSR fellowship is the North Little Rock division (Eugene J. Towbin Healthcare Center), where much of our mental health, primary care and rehabilitation services are located. The psychology internship program has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1979, and CAVHS also provides internship training for students completing their masters degree in social work at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The CAVHS Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA Commission on Accreditation, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242; 202 336-5979).
Benefits & stipend: Benefits include health Insurance, 13 days paid vacation, up to 13 days of sick leave, 10 paid federal holidays and additional authorized leave of absence (up to 40 hours if approved) for selected conferences. A stipend is provided for all fellows, with specific amounts varying by year (and by discipline, for those within the Interprofessional PSR track). The VA annual stipend is set nationally by the Office of Academic Affiliations with pay distributed every two weeks.
Application to fellowship: To apply, please review qualifications and application procedures on this page and proceed as directed.
APPIC Member Number 9907
For more information about the CAVHS post-doctoral and interdisciplinary PSR fellowship contact:
Director of Postdoctoral Training – Dr. Kevin Reeder at Kevin.Reeder@va.gov or 501-257-3480; Fax: 501-257-3110
Assistant Director of Training, PSR track – Dr.Courtney Crutchfield at Courtney.Crutchfield@va.gov or 501-257-3471
Assistant Director of Training, PTSD track – Dr. Kristen Waldemayer at Kristen.Waldemayer@va.gov or 501-257-3221
PSYCHOLOGY POSTDOCTORAL & INTERPROFESSIONAL PSR CONTACTS
Kevin Reeder, Ph.D.
Phone: (501) 257-3480 (Training Director)
As a member of the Association of Psychology Predoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC), the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System Psychology Fellowship program adheres to APPIC policies regarding recruitment, offers and acceptances of positions for training.
In the absence of a Uniform Notification Date procedure this year, our program will review applications received by the deadline of January 12, 2015 and quickly contact applicants concerning the status of their application. Those invited to interview for the position will be given additional information at that time concerning the interview process. Interview dates will be will be conducted in February 2015.
The Psychology Fellowship Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association.
Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation **
The Psychology Internship and Post-Doctoral Fellowship training
This Program meets criteria of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO). CAVHS and its training programs are committed to providing access for all people with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations. We ask only that any who may require accommodations to provide us a reasonable amount of advance notice.
RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS ALSO AVAILABLE:
Also available at CAVHS are two-year multidisciplinary research-focused fellowships via our Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers (MIRECC) and Health Services Research and Development Service (HSRD/CeMHOR) programs. Two research fellows a year are recruited, and in addition to excellent research training focusing on health services research, clinically qualified fellows also are able to spend 25% of their fellowship time in clinical training experiences. For more information about the two-year multidisciplinary research-focused fellowships, contact Dr. Pat Dubbert or go to: http://www.mirecc.va.gov/mirecc-fellowship.asp.