Clinical Pain Psychology Fellowship

We are now accepting applications for the Pain Psychology Fellowship for the 2017-18 academic year.

Program Overview

Although Psychologists play a critical role in the evaluation and management of many pain conditions, there are few formal programs in the country dedicated to training psychology graduates to become specialists in this field. The Division of Pain Medicine at Stanford University Medical Center created a Pain Psychology postdoctoral fellowship program in 2011 to help address this need. Fellows are provided with clinical and didactic experiences to help them learn the role of biopsychosocial factors in the onset, maintenance, and treatment of pain conditions in the context of a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, collaborative training environment.

The specialty of Pain Medicine has experienced remarkable growth and change over the last several decades. Stanford has been at the forefront of these changes from clinical, educational and research perspectives. To treat chronic pain, Stanford employs state-of the-art, interventional, pharmacologic, and psychological-based therapies, including implantable spinal cord stimulators, fluoroscopic and ultrasound-guided procedures, intrathecal drug-delivery systems, individual psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral skills classes, and acceptance and commitment therapy groups. Within the western United States, Stanford is fortunate to have the only inpatient, academic, chronic pain management unit, able to care for the most complex pain patients. With the opening of the extraordinary Stanford Medicine Outpatient Center (SMOC) and construction of a new hospital, we anticipate significantly expanding our range of treatment options as we move into the future.

Clinical Experience & Curriculum

Stipend & Benefits

Stanford University offers fellows exceptional salary and benefits, as outlined below.

  • Competitive stipend, please inquire for details
  • Medical, dental, vision, disability, life and accident benefits provided
  • Partial coverage offered for spouses/registered domestic partners and/or children

Paid leave includes the following:

  • 15 days vacation/personal time off
  • 15 days sick leave
  • 5 days conference attendance
  • 6 weeks pregnancy leave
  • 1 week paternity leave
  • University holidays

Current & Past Fellows



Graduate School


2011-12 Jeremy Bartz, PhD Brigham Young University VA Caribbean Health Care System
2012-13 Sue Gritzner, PsyD Pacific University Wayne State University
2013-14 Kristen Richards, PsyD Loma Linda University Southern Arizona VA Health Care System
2013-14 J. Drew Sturgeon, PhD Arizona State University Ann Arbor VA Health Care System
2014-15 Uta Maeda, PhD University of Southern California Portland VA Medical Center
2015-16 Valerie Wai-Yee Jackson, PhD California School of Professional Psychology Napa State Hospital
2016-17 Abir Aldhalimi, PhD University of Detroit Mercy Yale University School of Medicine
2016-17 Maisa Ziadni, PhD Wayne State University Rush University Medical Center
2017-18 Desiree Azizoddin, PsyD Loma Linda University Jesse Brown VA, Chicago, IL
2017-18 Dokyoung Sophia You, PhD Texas A&M University Wright State University, Dayton, OH

Life After Fellowship

Our program focuses on training future leaders in the field of pain medicine, whether they pursue academic or community practices. Thus far, our program graduates have been able to successfully complete state licensure requirements and secured private practice and academic medical center positions.

Application Information & Materials

All applicants must have completed:

1) APA- or CPA-accredited graduate programs in clinical or counseling psychology;
2) APA- or CPA-accredited internship; and
3) all requirements for their PhD or PsyD prior to the beginning of their appointment.

Application Information:

Application Deadline: 

All application information should be submitted using the online system by December 20, 2017 (Please note this date may be extended pending information from APPIC on the UND).

Fellowship Start Date:

September 4, 2018 (flexible).