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Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System


Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral and Interdisciplinary Fellowship Program

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Thank You for your interest in the Psychology Postdoctoral and Interprofessional Fellowship at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System. At CAVHS, we take great pride in the services and care we provide to our Veterans; and in the training programs we have put together to equip the next generation of clinicians in meeting the future challenges of mental health treatment and recovery. We invite you to learn more about our program by downloading our full brochure.

Program Description

Our mission is to train healthcare professionals who meet general advanced practice competencies in their field and can function effectively in a broad range of multidisciplinary settings. The CAVHS Fellowship features two clinical training tracks with emphasis areas in Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery / Serious Mental Illness  (PSR/SMI) and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Both tracks strive to provide a strong training in evidence-based practices and to promote a recovery orientation to all services provided. 

Our training program offers the opportunity to work within a multidisciplinary community to establish a more integrated professional identity. Throughout all aspects of the program, an emphasis is placed on ethical and legal considerations, individual and cultural diversity, and professionalism. Considerable attention is paid to the professional development of the Fellow as a clinician, consultant, clinical scholar, supervisor, educator, program innovator and evaluator, interdisciplinary team member and consumer advocate. We offer a substantive training program that includes a variety of opportunities for supervised experience in both the delivery of direct clinical services (e.g. assessment, intervention, case management) as well as other professional services that are part of the expected skill set of a competent health professional (e.g. teaching, training, research, scholarly presentations, professional consultation, conducting supervision, outreach and advocacy, program development and evaluation, etc.).

CAVHS values diversity and believes that a range of backgrounds brings a variety of ideas, perspectives, and experiences that will create a productive work environment in which talents are fully utilized and VA objectives are met. Organizational policies and procedures are designed to promote equal opportunity and provide protection for all staff. CAVHS aspires to combat prejudice, stereotyping, and harassment and is committed to the continued development of the personal and professional skills of its employees, who are treated in a fair and unbiased way and given every encouragement to realize their potential. We aim to ensure that the services that we provide to clients and candidates do not discriminate against race, heritage, gender, religious or non-religious beliefs, nationality, family background, age, disability, or sexuality. We encourage applications to our internship program from diverse applicants.


The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System is a Category 1A (high complexity) flagship healthcare provider and is among the largest and busiest VA medical centers in the country. The medical center is located in a metropolitan area of over 725,000 people and draws from a primary service area of 275,000. The system is anchored by two hospital campuses and services 8 community-based outpatient clinics in the surrounding areas. The North Little Rock Campus, where most of the Fellow’s training will occur, is designated a National Historic Site, occupying a late-19th century Army fort that is situated atop scenic bluffs overlooking the Arkansas River and the Little Rock Skyline.

Throughout its rich history, CAVHS has been widely recognized, first and foremost, for a tradition of quality and caring for Arkansas veterans as well as for excellence in education, research, and emergency preparedness. To that end, CAVHS serves as a teaching facility for more than 1,500 students and residents enrolled in more than 65 educational programs; its principal affiliate is the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). The history of CAVHS includes training for the field of psychology since the 1950s. The Psychology Internship Program has been fully accredited by APA since 1979, and the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program has been fully accredited by APA since May 2013.

Life in Central Arkansas

Experience first-hand why Central Arkansas is a great place to live, work, and play! Central Arkansas is home to a vibrant and growing metropolitan area that provides all the amenities of much larger cities, while still maintaining its smaller “hometown” culture and feel. The area is steeped in history and culture, and has no shortage of entertainment suitable to a variety of lifestyles. Whether you enjoy the nightlife of a city (e.g. performance venues, dining experiences, breweries, sporting events, and more), the leisure of the great outdoors (e.g. mountain ranges, rivers, parks, trails, races, and others), or anything in between, Central Arkansas offers plenty to satisfy and will certainly not disappoint. 

Collage of photos depicting life in Central Arkansas
Photo collage depicting life in Central Arkansas. Images include: National Historic Site Little Rock Central High School, Monument to the "Little Rock Nine," The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Arkansas, Waterfall, the River Market District at night, the Little Rock Electric Street Trolley, the "Old Mill", Thoroughbred Horse Race Track, the Arkansas Razorbacks Football, Dickey Stephens Ballpark, and "Riverfest".


Additional Resources 

2019-2020 Program Brochure
2019-2020 Call for Applications
Postdoctoral Residency Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data

VA South Central MIRECC (Little Rock) Research Fellowship
CAVHS Psychology Doctoral Internship Program
VA Psychology Training Programs

Discover Arkansas
Discover Little Rock

Additional Information

For more information, including eligibility criteria and our application process, please consult our program brochure.
Questions about the program should be directed to:

 Staff Portrait of Dr. Courtney Crutchfield Courtney Crutchfield, Ph.D.
Director of Psychology Postdoctoral & Interprofessional Fellowship
Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System
2200 Fort Roots Drive (116/NLR)
Building 170, Room 2N-101
North Little Rock, AR 72114
Phone: (501) 257-3471 / Fax: (501) 257-3110


Accreditation Status

The Psychology Postdoctoral and Interprofessional Fellowship is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association as a Postdoctoral Residency in Clinical Psychology. The next site visit for the program is anticipated in 2020. 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:

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