Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral and Interprofessional Fellowship Program - Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System
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Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System


Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral and Interprofessional Fellowship Program

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 2019 Fellowship Cohort
Pictured Above: 2019 Fellows photographed at the North Little Rock VA.


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.

Want to know more? we invite you to attend our OPTIONAL virtual meet&greet scheduled in early December. With all of the fellowship and job opportunities available, we understand finding the right match can be a challenge. Our virtual meet&greet will provide you with the opportunity to meet some of us even before you decide whether or not to apply to our program. During the first hour, we will provide an overview of the fellowship, and also talk about our application process and life in Central Arkansas. After the overview, we will open the lines for questions and discussion among potential applicants, staff, and current fellows. (Participation in the meet&greet is entirely optional and does not impact any of our selection decisions.) Current VA trainees or those with access to the VA computer network can join the skype meeting. All are welcome to join by phone!

Date Time Online Meeting Link     Conference Call     Conf ID
 Friday December 6, 2019 2 PM -  4PM CDT    SKYPE Meeting 1-844-358-7954  286935795# 


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 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. For the past two years, CAVHS has earned a PERFECT SCORE and LEADER status on the Healthcare Equality Index for our commitment to inclusive policies and practices and community engagement. We encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply!


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 

2020-2021 Program Brochure 
Supplemental Application for all non-Psychology Applicants 
Postdoctoral Residency Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data

VA South Central MIRECC (Little Rock) Research Fellowship
CAVHS Psychology Pre-Doctoral Internship Program
All 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 our Administrative Assistant Ms. Phiffany Spruill, who will follow-up or route them to the appropriate individual for response.

 Staff Portrait of Dr. Courtney Crutchfield Courtney Crutchfield, Ph.D.
Director of Training
Psychology Postdoctoral & Interprofessional Fellowship
Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System
2200 Fort Roots Drive (116/NLR)
Building 170, Room 2L-163 (MH Admin)
North Little Rock, AR 72114
Phone: (501) 257-3471 / Fax: (501) 257-3110
 Staff Portrait of Dr. Nathaniel Cooney Nathaniel John Cooney, Ph.D.
Assistant Director of Training
Psychology Postdoctoral & Interprofessional Fellowship
Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System
2200 Fort Roots Drive (116/NLR)
Building 170, Room 2L-163 (MH Admin)
North Little Rock, AR 72114
Phone: (501) 257-3455 / Fax: (501) 257-3110
Staff Portrait of Ms. Phiffany Spruill Ms. Phiffany Spruill
Administrative Support for Psychology Training Programs
Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System
2200 Fort Roots Drive (116/NLR)
Building 170, Room 1N-104
North Little Rock, AR 72114
Phone: (501) 257-3793 / 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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