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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology

The Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program in Health Service Psychology at Hines VA began in 2008. Our fellowship program was first awarded full APA-Accreditation in 2012 and 10 years of full APA re-accreditation in 2019. Our next site visit will be in 2029.

Edward Hines Jr. Veterans Affairs Hospital, in suburban Chicago, is one of the largest and most diversified medical and surgical hospitals in the Department of Veterans Affairs system and is the largest VA facility in Illinois. Hines is located 12 miles west of downtown Chicago, on a 147-acre campus.

The hospital is a tertiary referral center with many specialty services, including some that serve a large U.S. regional area.  Hines operates 483 hospital beds and completed more than 850,000 patient visits per year, serving more than 57,000 Veterans.

The facility oversees six community based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) located in Aurora, Hoffman Estates, Joliet, Kankakee, LaSalle, and Oak Lawn.

There are 4,296 employees who dedicate their time to taking care of our nation’s heroes.  Hines offers primary, extended and specialty care and serves as a tertiary care referral center (Level 1-A) for VISN 12.

Specialized clinical programs include Blind Rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Injury, Neurosurgery, Radiation Therapy and Cardiovascular Surgery, Spinal Cord Injury Residential Care Facility, Geriatrics, Extended Care Center, Amputation, Care and Treatment Program, Automated Fabrication of Mobility Aids services, Palliative and Hospice Care, and Interventional Radiology, Respite Care.

Hines also serves as the VISN 12 Polytrauma Network Site. Hines also has one of the largest research programs in the VA system, with approximately 550 projects, 175 investigators, and an estimated budget of $20,000,000 (VA and non-VA).

Units and Patient Programs Served by Psychology Service

Some of the units and patient pro­grams served by  Psychology Service include:

  • Ambulatory Care/Primary Care
  • Blind Rehabili­tation
  • Community-Based Outpatient Clinics
  • Community Living Center (Geriatric)
  • Emergency Department
  • General Medicine and Surgery
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Program
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Home Based Primary Care
  • Infectious Disease
  • Palliative Care Clinical Team
  • Multidisciplinary Pain Clinic
  • Behavioral Sleep Medicine
  • Inpatient/Residential Rehabilitation Psychiatry
  • Managing Overweight/Obesity in Veterans Everywhere (MOVE) and Bariatrics Program
  • Memory Disorders Clinic
  • Mental Health Clinic
  • Mental Health Intake Center
  • Mental Health Intensive Case Management
  • Transplant Evaluations
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Polytrauma Program
  • Primary Care Mental Health Integration Program (Primary Care Behavioral Health)
  • Women’s Health Clinic
  • Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center
  • Spinal Cord Injury & Disorders
  • Substance Abuse (inpatient and residential)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic
  • Trauma Services Program

Affiliations

Hines is institutionally affiliated with Loyola University of Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, and also maintains affiliations with the University of Illinois-College of Medicine, Chicago, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Loyola University Medical Center, which shares a campus with Hines, is one of the largest medical centers in the Chicago area, with 523 licensed beds on a 70-acre campus.

Psychology Service Staff

The Psychology Service at Hines VA Hospital is one of several departments in the hospital’s Mental Health Service Line. 

The Chief of Psychology Service, reports directly to the Mental Health Service Line Manager. Psychology Service is comprised of 58 doctoral-level psychologists, and two program assistants.

The broad range of expertise, background and experience represented in the staff at Hines is also reflected in the diversity of their professional assignments throughout the hospital.  Most are involved in the training program as clinical supervisors or presenters of didactics. 

There is a range in experience and theoretical orientation, as well as academic background.  Supervisors are actively involved in professional psychology associations and organizations, may be actively engaged in research, program development and evaluation, and/or professional administrative and leadership functions in the hospital that reflect their expertise and that provide modeling experience to trainees.

Some supervisors hold faculty appointments at universities in the Chicago area and several serve as national trainers within their discipline.

Psychology Training Programs and Accreditation

The Psychology Service at Hines VA has supported a psychology practicum program since 1947 and a Psychology Internship since 1950. Our Internship Program has been formally accredited by APA since 1976. Seven interns are funded within our Internship Program this year. 

The Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program in Health Service Psychology at Hines VA began in 2008.  Our fellowship program was first awarded full APA-Accreditation in 2012 and 10 years of full APA re-accreditation in 2019.  Our next site visit will be in 2029. 

We will be recruiting six fellows for the 2023-2024 training year.  The Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program in Health Service Psychology has five emphasis areas:

  • Primary Care Mental Health Integration PC/MHI – 1 Fellowship Position
  • Geropsychology & Integrated Care Psychology– 1 Fellowship Position
  • LGBTQ+ Health Care – 1 Fellowship Position
  • Inpatient Medical Psychology – 1 Fellowship Position
  • Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder – 1 Fellowship Position

Please refer to our online brochure for a detailed description of our Fellowship Program’s philosophy, training model, programmatic structure, and training opportunities. The 2023-2024 Fellowship year will begin August 28, 2023.  The stipend is $ 51,385.  Our application deadline is December 12, 2022.   

Clinical Neuropsychology

The Psychology Service at Hines VA also maintains a two-year specialty fellowship program in Clinical Neuropsychology.  This program has two staggered positions, admitting one new Fellow each year. Our specialty fellowship program in Clinical Neuropsychology was awarded ten years of full APA Accreditation in April 2018.  David Kinsinger, Ph.D. ABPP-CN is the training director for this program. 

All questions regarding the two-year specialty fellowship program in Clinical Neuropsychology should be directed to Dr. Kinsinger who can be reached at  David.Kinsinger@va.gov.

Information about this program can be found at the following website: https://www.va.gov/hines-health-care/work-with-us/internships-and-fellowships/postdoctoral-fellowship-in-clinical-neuropsychology/

For additional information, please feel free to contact our Psychology Training Director,  Katherine Meyers, Ph.D. at katherine.meryers@va.gov.

Accreditation 

Questions related to the Program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: