Structure of the Program

The fellowship is structured to provide fellows with a balance of direct clinical training, supervision, educational programming, and professional development opportunities; fellows spend 50% of their time, or 20 hours, in the provision of direct clinical service, with the remaining time comprised of supervision, didactics and non-direct clinical service.  Each fellow’s training year is individually tailored to provide supervised training in general adult psychology as well as in the chosen subspecialty. Fellows receive intensive supervision, including a minimum of two hours of individual supervision, with many fellows receiving additional supervision from adjunct clinical faculty.  Fellows spend a minimum of six to eight hours a week in didactics and supervision.  The balance of training activities allows residents to gain supervised training in evidence-based practice and prepare them for autonomous practice.

Clinical Subspecialties

Stanford offers fellowships in Clinical Psychology in one of the following four subspecialty tracks (please follow the links for more information):

  1. General Clinical Psychology – Psychosocial Treatment Clinic
  2. Behavioral Sleep Medicine
  3. Pain
  4. OCD and Related Disorders

Clinical Training & Supervision

Clinical fellows spend approximately 20 hours per week in direct patient care. They receive a minimum of four hours of supervision each week. Two hours of weekly individual supervision are provided by faculty within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, with additional individual supervision available from Adjunct Clinical Faculty members outside the department. Fellows also receive two hours of group supervision through participation in the weekly didactics: a weekly seminar on ethics for psychologists and a professional development seminar.

Didactic Training

Professional Development Seminar

This weekly seminar, led by Drs. Kate Corcoran and Sanno Zack, explores topics relevant to professional development, including careers in psychology, models of supervision, consultation and liaison work, current developments in evidence-based treatments, and innovative research. In addition, this seminar includes monthly case consultation and journal club presentations by fellows.

Ethics Seminar

This seminar, led by Dr. Thomas Nagy, provides a comprehensive overview and analysis of the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (2002 edition). The seminar focuses on the ethical, professional, clinical, and legal issues, and how they bear on the work of all psychologists, regardless of specialty area. The General Principles (aspirational), Ethical Standards (mandatory), and APA's Practice Guidelines will be reviewed. In addition, the seminar explores competence, confidentiality, record keeping, multiple relationships, barter, advertising, assessment, publication, forensic work, media presentations, using the internet, making or dealing with ethics complaints, and more, as they bear on clinical services, teaching, supervision, and research, or any professional work done by psychologists.

Additional Opportunities

In addition to the above seminar training opportunities, the Department of Psychiatry has Grand Rounds every Thursday at noon between October and June. Fellows are welcome to attend a weekly two-hour seminar led by Dr. David Burns on skills training in cognitive behavioral therapy. Interested fellows may also attend a weekly two-hour seminar in biostatistics led by Dr. Booil Jo.

Evaluation

All fellows receive written feedback from their primary supervisors twice yearly: once at the mid-point of the academic year and again at the end of the year. Evaluation is seen as a mutual process, whereby fellows also provide their supervisors with written feedback at the same two time intervals. In the event of a grievance, fellows have access to the due process procedures outlined in our Grievance Resolution Procedure for Postdoctoral Scholars document.

Salary and Start Date

Stipends are approximately $60,000 plus benefits. Benefits include vacation days, sick leave, statutory holidays, as well as a generous health plan.

The postdoctoral fellowship year is anticipated to be 9/3/19 - 8/31/2020 (exact dates to be determined).

Application Requirements

All applicants must have completed:

  1. An APA- or CPA-accredited graduate program in clinical or counseling psychology

  2. An APA- or CPA-accredited internship

  3. All requirements for their PhD or PsyD, including dissertation, prior to beginning their appointment.

Positions are contingent upon funding. Minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Offers

Offers will be made in accordance with APPIC recommendations.  For more information, please see: https://www.appic.org/About-APPIC/Postdoctoral/APPIC-Postdoctoral-Selection-Guidelines.

Accreditation

The fellowship is accredited by the APA Commission on Accreditation, 750 First St. NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242, (202) 336-5979. Email: apaacred@apa.org