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Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System


Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral and Interdisciplinary Fellowship Program

Application Deadline for all applicants:

January 13th, 2017


The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS) offers one-year postgraduate fellowships in Clinical Psychology within three tracks, one emphasizing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) one emphasizing Psychosocial Rehabilitation & Recovery (PSR&R), and one specializing in Neuropsychology as part of an interdisciplinary fellowship.

Our 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&R track in disciplines other than psychology are encouraged to review detailed information about this track on the PSR&R track page and to contact the PSR&R assistant director or director of training if further questions arise.

Our training Fellowship has two overarching training goals:

  1. Primary goal #1 of the clinical fellowship training program is the development and refinement of a broad range of professional skills necessary to function effectively as psychologists and healthcare professionals within an interdisciplinary context, the broader system of health-care, and the community.
  2. Primary goal #2 of the program is training of psychologists and healthcare professionals in the delivery of quality, recovery-oriented health care within both general and specific emphasis areas, with a particular appreciation of the special needs of the VA population and the nature of service in the public sector.

Clinical fellowship appointments within PTSD and PSR&R 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. Appointments for the Neuropsychology track are for a two-year period, and the Fellow is expected to complete 4160 hours. This fellowship is designed to meet eligibility requirements for the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) Diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology through the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology.  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.

Fellowship Information:

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 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 year. A stipend is provided for all Fellows, with specific amounts varying by year (and by discipline, for those within the PSR&R 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. Courtney P. Crutchfield at or 501-257-3471

Assistant Director of Training, PSR track – Dr. Genevieve Pruneau at or 501-257-3283

Assistant Director of Training, PTSD track – Dr. Nathaniel Cooney at  or 501-257-3455

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Courtney Crutchfield, Ph.D.


Genevieve Pruneau, Ph.D.

Nathaniel Cooney, Ph.D.

Director of
Postdoctoral Training


Assistant Director of PSR track

Assistant Director of PTSD track

Mailing Address

Courtney Crutchfield, Ph.D.
Director of Psychology Postdoctoral & Interprofessional
Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System
2200 Fort Roots Drive (116/NLR)
Building 170, 2N-101
North Little Rock, AR 72114

Phone: (501) 257-3471 (Training Director)
Phone: (501) 257-3092 (Administrative Support)

For map and driving directions, click here


APPIC Membership

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.

We will be following the Uniform Notification Date of February 27, 2017.  We do participate in the online postdoctoral application system, the APPA CAS, and we will accept applications submitted through that process. 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 2017.



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: 

Web: **


Recruiting Statements

The Psychology Internship and Post-Doctoral Fellowship training programs at CAVHS are committed to providing a supportive learning environment in which we actively seek and value diversity among our trainees and staff. We consider diversity as including various cultures, values, and experiences of trainees and faculty, as well as different theoretical models, research paradigms, and ways of professional practice. Our training programs strive to maintain a collegial and supportive environment where trainees and staff enjoy working together and are valued for their individual contributions to the group. Biopsychosocial and recovery-oriented approaches that incorporate elements of diversity and multiculturalism are especially valued in our training programs. We highly encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

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.



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. Michael Cucciare or go to:

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Fellowship Program

Fellowship Overview
PSR Track 
PTSD Track 
Fellowship Training Faculty Fellowship Training Faculty 
Application Procedures 
Facility Information
Training Program
Map and Directions 

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