Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship

Training in a Level I Trauma Center and Safety Net Hospital

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About the Program

About the Program

The HCMC Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship offers three tracks, which include an Adult track, a Child track, and a Primary Care/Health Psychology track. Our training setting offers fellows the opportunity to work with an ethnically, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse patient population. In addition, being part of a large teaching hospital and level I trauma center provides many unique training experiences.

The mission of the Postdoctoral Psychology Fellow Program at HCMC is to prepare fellows in the theories and techniques of assessment, intervention, and consultation necessary for an entry-level, professional psychologist position. This experience builds on skills developed during the internship, moving towards being prepared for independent psychological practice. The program adheres to the local clinical scientist training model. Over the course of the training year, fellows are expected to perform in a progressively more independent manner. In accordance with our mission statement, the practice of psychology is guided by the theoretical and empirical knowledge base of the discipline.

Only students from APA-accredited or CPA-accredited graduate programs and APA-accredited or CPA-accredited internships are accepted. HCMC fellowships are one year, full-time positions with the expectation of 2000 training hours.

Salary and Benefits

The fellowship year begins approximately two weeks before Labor Day (usually the last two weeks of August) with two weeks of orientation. The stipend for the training year is $48,000. Benefits include health insurance and 28 days of PTO (Paid Time Off), which provides paid time off for absences due to any reason including vacation, illness, holidays, doctor appointments, professional conferences, dissertation defense and personal business. Also available are life insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, and subsidized dental insurance. As a fellow, you would get discounts on metro passes, gym memberships, medications at HCMC pharmacy, care at HCMC, etc.

Clinical Training

Adult Assessment Clinic

Adult Track and Primary Care/Health Psychology Track

The Adult Assessment Clinic was established in 1998 to ensure timely provision of psychological services to requesting physicians and other providers in the Department of Psychiatry and throughout the medical center. The clinic also provides a vehicle for training psychology fellows in psychological evaluation and health psychology consultation. The Adult Fellow is scheduled for two afternoons a week on this service and the Primary Care/Health Psychology Fellow is on this service for one afternoon a week.

There are two main functions of this service. First, physicians from medical inpatient units in the hospital can request psychological consultations. These often focus on issues such as coping after trauma, behavior management, and pain management. Psychology fellows routinely have opportunities to provide consultative services to patients on the Orthopedic, Surgery, Medicine, Neurosurgery, and Burn units. Second, staff psychiatrists from the inpatient service may request psychological evaluations to aid in diagnostic clarification and treatment planning. This clarification can include both MMPI-2 testing and structured diagnostic clarification interviews.

Adult Therapy Clinic (Adult Track)

The Adult Fellow has a year-long placement in the Adult Therapy Clinic. A variety of theoretical approaches to psychotherapy are practiced in this clinic, including cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and psychodynamic therapies. Both long-term and short-term approaches are used. The current patient population includes many individuals with serious and persistent mental illness, which can be challenging with regard to developing effective strategies for change. Additional duties include conducting psychological readiness evaluation for bariatric surgery and ADHD screening assessment.

The Adult Fellow can co-lead groups in the Adult Therapy Clinic depending on the fellow’s interest and the availability of staff and patients. Current group offering includes a DBT skills group, Cognitive Behavioral Social Skills Training (CBSST) groups, an Interpersonal Process group, and a Mind-Body group.

Child Adolescent Psychiatry Service (CAPS) — Assessment & Consultation (Child Track)

The Child Fellow is assigned to CAPS for the full year and conducts intake/diagnostic interviews and full psychological evaluations with children and families; administers, scores, and interprets the appropriate intellectual, educational, and personality tests; writes reports; gives feedback; maintains chart records; and engages in various case management duties. The Child Fellow also works with schools, community agencies, and the courts as necessary.

In addition, the Child Fellow provides consultation to pediatric inpatients on the Pediatric Unit, as well as on other medical units. Typical requests range from behavior management issues to coordinate better care between patients and staff, to the assessment of suicide risk, depression, or psychosis. Psychology staff and trainees are often asked to facilitate communication between a patient and the patient’s family members when a significant injury or death has occurred.

Child Adolescent Psychiatry Services (CAPS) — Therapy (Child Track)

In addition to the activities described above, the Child Fellow also conducts individual and family therapy. Presenting therapy concerns include behavioral problems and parenting concerns, as well as a full range of serious psychiatric disorders. Various therapy orientations are taught including cognitive-behavioral, family systems, and parenting skills training. The fellow is taught to tailor their interventions to the specific needs of the child in the context of his or her particular life situation.

Primary Care Behavioral Health (Primary Care/Health Psychology Track)

The Primary Care Behavioral Health service provides integrated behavioral health treatment to patients in HCMC primary care clinics. The Primary Care/Health Psychology Fellow partners with primary care providers in order to manage the mental and physical health of primary care patients. Behavioral health services include consultation with medical providers, diagnostic assessment, health behavior assessment, intervention, brief empirically supported therapy, and psychiatric medication consultation by a CNS. In order to meet the needs of the primary care population, behavioral health services are delivered immediately during primary care appointments using problem-focused, time-limited interventions.

Additional Health Psychology Experiences (Primary Care/Health Psychology)

The Primary Care/Health Psychology Fellow has additional opportunities to engage in training and provide care within a variety of health psychology settings. Some of these opportunities include providing CBT-I in the HCMC Sleep Clinic, working as part of the multidisciplinary team in the HCMC Burn Center, and doing Bariatric Surgery Evaluations for psychological readiness prior to bariatric surgery.


Supervision & Didactics

The Psychology training faculty values the opportunity to work closely with fellows in training and supervision. While all training staff members have adopted an "open door policy" to provide supervision as needed, fellows are assigned, several specific supervisors. Each fellow has a primary supervisor who serves as a mentor and coordinates the training experience for the fellow throughout the training year.

All fellows receive additional supervision and consultation by attending weekly supervision groups and participating with individual supervisors for various services. For example, after group therapy sessions, fellows participate in post-group supervision with the staff therapist or facilitator. Individual supervision is also provided for all consultation/assessment clinics.

In total, fellows receive at least 2 hours of supervision per week, of which a minimum of 1 hour per week is individual supervision and 1 hour per week is group supervision. Often fellows will receive significantly more supervision.

Training Orientation

The fellowship year begins with two weeks of orientation, during which the fellows are introduced to the faculty, HCMC’s facilities, as well as to policies and procedures. The orientation also includes a series of lectures on basic topics such as interviewing, report writing, mandatory reporting of abuse, working with interpreters, and clinic procedures.


Orientation is followed by a weekly seminar series. These seminars focus on assessment, therapy, and consultation services, with increasing complexity of materials being presented as the year proceeds. Fellows are able to choose up to two, one-hour didactics to attend each week that fit with their training goals.

In addition to the psychology-specific didactic offerings, the Psychiatry Department sponsors a Special Topics Seminar and a Psychiatry Case Consultation series.

During the fellowship year, two all-day workshops are arranged jointly by several of the local internship and fellowship sites. The fall workshop focuses on diversity and the spring workshop focuses on supervision and ethics.

Application Requirements

Applications due January 7th, 2018

Note that we use the APPA CAS Postdoctoral Application system.


All application materials to be uploaded through the APPA CAS are as follows.

  1. A cover letter (indicating if they are interested in the Adult, Child, or Primary Care/Health Psychology position) that describes your reasons for applying to the positions, perception of fit of past training experiences with our program at HCMC, experiences with interventions and assessments (especially those that are evidence-based), and career goals.
  2. Curriculum Vitae.
  3. 3 letters of recommendation (called "evaluations" in this portal), at least one of which must be from an internship supervisor.
  4. A de-identified (per HIPAA standards) integrated assessment report.
  5. A letter from your dissertation chair regarding the status of your dissertation and anticipated date of completion. If your dissertation chair is already providing one of your letters of recommendation, this information can be included in that letter.

Additional Information

Selected applicants are invited to interview for our positions. As we recognize that travel costs can be prohibitive, we offer telephone interviews with Training Staff members and opportunities to connect with our current fellows through email. If an applicant wants to come to HCMC for an in-person visit, we will attempt to provide an opportunity for them to tour our facilities and meet with the training director. This in-person visit will not affect our selection process.

Students from APA-accredited (as well as CPA-accredited) graduate programs will be considered. We also require completion of an APA-accredited or CPA-accredited internship.

Hennepin County Medical Center is committed to providing Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity. Matches to HCMC are contingent upon successful completion of pre-employment health screen, reference checks, compliance with U.S. Government Eligibility Verification form, and background checks including MN Statute 148.01 Sexual Exploitation Act.

About Our Facility

The Psychiatry Department is largely located within the main HCMC campus in downtown Minneapolis. It is composed of a 102-bed adult psychiatric inpatient service, the Partial Hospitalization Program, the Day Treatment Program, Acute Psychiatric Services, Child Adolescent Psychiatry Service, a Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Outpatient Program, the Adult Psychiatry Clinic, the Mother-Baby Program, Primary Care Behavioral Health, and Neuropsychology.


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Daniel Hurley, PhD

Director of Psychology Training
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