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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology

The mission of the Hines VA Clinical Psychology Fellowship Program is to train psychologists to meet advanced practice competencies in psychology, and function effectively as professional psychologists in a broad range of roles and settings, including health service delivery, research, and education.

The program’s five areas of emphasis include:

1) Geropsychology and Integrated Care Psychology
2) Primary Care Mental Health Integration
3) LGBTQ+ Health Care
4) Inpatient Medical Care Psychology
5) Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.  

Through training across a variety of clinical placements, fellows develop a breadth of skills across the advanced profession-wide competencies as well as unique program-specific competencies within each clinical emphasis area.

Units and Patient Programs Served by Psychology Service

The units and patient pro­grams served by  Psychology Service include:

  • Addictions Treatment Program
  • Blind Rehabili­tation
  • Community-Based Outpatient Clinics
  • Community Living Center (Geriatrics)
  • 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
  • Organ Transplant Evaluations
  • Opioid Treatment Program
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Polytrauma Program
  • Primary Care Mental Health Integration Program (Primary Care Behavioral Health)
  • Reproductive Mental 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 staff of Psychology Service is comprised of 64 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 staff members are involved in the training program as either major or secondary supervisors. Some supervisors hold faculty appointments at universities in the Chicago area and are active in funded research endeavors. Our ability to provide both broad-based generalist training in clinical core competencies and a tailored internship experience reflects our wealth of rotational placements and supervisors at Hines.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program

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. Our next site visit will be in 2029. 

We will be recruiting six fellows for the 2024-2025 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 2024-2025 Fellowship year will begin August 26, 2024.  The stipend is $57,815. Our application deadline is December 11, 2023.   

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:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: 202-336-5979 / Email: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation