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Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship

Training in a Level I Trauma Center and Safety Net Hospital

About the Program

About the Program

The Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship offers three tracks, including an adult track, a child track, and a primary care/health psychology track. We offer fellows the opportunity to work with a diverse patient population. Being part of a large teaching hospital and Level I Trauma Center, our fellows will have many unique training experiences.

Our program uses the local clinical scientist training model. Over the course of training, fellows are expected to perform in an independent manner. In accordance with our mission statement, the practice of psychology is guided by the theoretical and empirical knowledge base of the discipline.

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

Diversity Statement

The program is dedicated to an environment of valuing and respecting diversity, equity, and justice. We are committed to maintaining an atmosphere of openness and trust with our trainees and colleagues. We humbly acknowledge that we have blind spots and promise to continually work on self-reflection as a training program, listen to all voices but especially the voices muted by systemic racism and oppression, embrace and learn from our inevitable mistakes, and engage and take action to interrupt the pattern of inequality. We understand that work to dismantle systemic racism and oppression is a process, one that we are committed to pursuing. We embrace high quality, evidence-based, and multiculturally competent services for our patients and their families. Our efforts to celebrate and promote diversity are further supported by our Psychiatry Department Diversity Council and the LGBTQ+ Psychology Consultation Group. Organizational initiatives further support diversity by the Trauma-Informed Care Steering Committee, the LGBTQ+ Allies employee resource group, and our Equity and Inclusion Director- Syl Jones.

Salary and Benefits

Hennepin Healthcare offers competitive salary and benefits to all residents and fellows, including health, dental, and life insurance, as well as paid vacation, time off for academic or interview leave, and confidential counseling through the Resident Assistance Program.

Clinical Training

Adult Consultation Service

Adult Track and Primary Care/Health Psychology Track

Established in 1998, the Adult Consultation Service ensures timely provision of psychological services in the Department of Psychiatry and throughout the medical center. The service also trains 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 (e.g., motor vehicle accidents, thermal injuries), adjustment to disability or injury, 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, inpatient staff psychiatrists may request interpretations of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2) to aid in diagnostic clarification and treatment planning.

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. Additional duties include conducting psychological readiness evaluation for bariatric surgery.

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 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 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 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, Hennepin Healthcare’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 the 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

COVID-19 Impact on Training

The impact of the COVID-19 public health crisis is significant, multi-pronged, and ongoing. COVID-19 has disrupted doctoral and internship training, creating numerous personal and professional challenges for us all.  The psychology training program at Hennepin Healthcare is committed to providing transparent information about our program and training opportunities. As the pandemic continues, we are not able to predict how rotations and training opportunities will evolve during the 2021-2022 training year. It is likely that there will be a hybrid of delivering clinical services in-person and via telehealth, and continued utilization of technological platforms for educational opportunities. We do not anticipate any major changes to the clinical and training opportunities described in our training materials. We will continue to serve the diverse population of the Twin Cities.

Despite shifting to providing clinical services and training remotely since the beginning of the pandemic, our commitment to providing excellent clinical care and meaningful training experiences remains. The safety of our trainees, staff, and patients is a priority.  We have taken numerous safety measures at our hospital and satellite clinics to ensure that every patient that comes into our system is screened for COVID-19 symptoms. Our Infection and Prevention team is working around the clock to implement strategies to keep everyone safe.

We will update our training materials as we know more about what the 2021-2022 training year will look like. For now, we can confirm that fellowship interviews will be taking place virtually. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions.



All application materials to be submitted to Patty Castellanos, PhD, LP, Training Director at [email protected]

  1. A cover letter (indicating if they are interested in the Adult, or Child, Psychology position) that describes your reasons for applying to the positions, perception of fit of past training experiences with our program at Hennepin Healthcare, experiences with interventions and assessments (especially those that are evidence-based), and career goals. Additionally, our program seeks applicants who would thrive in a training setting committed to diversity. We invite you to comment briefly in your cover letter about how you think you could contribute to this training site and training class in the domains of diversity knowledge, awareness, and sensitivity.
  2. Curriculum Vitae.
  3. 3 letters of recommendation, 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 the 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


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

Hennepin Healthcare is committed to providing Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity. Matches to Hennepin Healthcare 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 Hennepin Healthcare downtown campus in 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. The HOPE Program (First Episode Psychosis Program), and our Crisis Residence.

What Sets us Apart?

Why is Hennepin Healthcare a great place to train as a Postdoctoral Fellow?

Our Mission to Provide Exceptional Care
Hennepin Healthcare is a safety net hospital and a nationally recognized Level 1 Trauma Center that serves adults and children/adolescents. A vital part of our mission is to provide exceptional care to underserved and vulnerable populations, regardless of ability to pay.

Academic Medical Center & Teaching Hospital
We were the first teaching hospital in Minnesota. We have a large, engaged, and supportive training staff, with more than 40 psychologists in the Psychology Department. We provide opportunities to develop skills while working on multi-disciplinary teams with a variety of healthcare staff.

Serve a Diverse Patient Population
37% identifying as White/Caucasian
31% identifying as Black/African American
20% identifying as Hispanic/Latino
3% identifying as American Indian/Native American
3% identifying as Asian
4% identifying as “Other”
2% identifying as two or more races
LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Top Performer

Offer a Wide Variety of Clinical/Training Experiences
Provide care as part of the integrated treatment team at a Level 1 Trauma Center
Have opportunities for both inpatient and outpatient training experiences
Develop skills in therapy, assessment, and consultation
Gain experience working with patients that have serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI)
Train in health psychology settings
Take on optional experiences in more focused training areas
Experience flexibility to help meet your training goals


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Patricia Castellanos, PhD, LP

Director of Psychology Training
[email protected]

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