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Overview

The Post-Doctoral Residency Training in Health Service Psychology embraces an integrated approach (Scientist/Practitioner/Scholar) by encouraging learning, clinical practice, application of scholarly findings, and conduction of research. All residents are assessed on their clinical competence, research abilities and supervision skills prior to admission to the program. Training is developed to advance competencies by capitalizing on strengths and to successfully integrate the knowledge and skills in the specialty area in a systematic, hierarchical manner in order to become independent professionals in their particular area of specialization.

The program provides advanced clinical and didactic training and the opportunity for the residents to become analytical and critical consumers of current theory and practice in the field. Specifically, this is accomplished through the constant interplay of clinical practices and scholarship activities that include grand rounds and seminars, as well as specific didactics and clinical interventions accordingly to the specific areas of specialty. Additionally, the program offers residents a broad exposure to training across diverse cultural and ethnic populations, a spectrum from acute emergency to outpatient care and a body of faculty with different theoretical perspectives and expertise and the opportunity to work across interdisciplinary lines.

Finally, residents may elect to participate in research opportunities within the JHS Department of Psychology or with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. Residents are always encouraged to develop and implement their own research designs or conduct collaborative research with other disciplines within the medical center community. Residents can be involved in different aspects of a research project, such as project development, data collection, data management and analyses, and report writing, and will have the opportunity to work closely with the principal investigator of the project. Principal investigators include psychologists and psychiatrists in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Specific opportunities for research vary on a yearly basis depending on the studies that are funded each year. Residents who elect this rotation will be required to participate four hours per week, in addition to their clinical responsibilities, for a minimum of three months. Additional three-month rotations can be considered at the discretion of the research coordinator, principal investigator and clinical supervisor.

The training philosophy and goals of the Post-Doctoral Residency Program in the Department of Psychology are consistent with the philosophy, mission and goals of both Jackson Health System and the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine.

Presently there are 11 Post-Doctoral positions available in the following Specialty Practice Areas:

  • Clinical Child Psychology- Behavioral & Cognitive (DBT-A) (One Position)
  • Clinical Health Psychology- Adult Consultation and Liaison (Six Positions)
  • Clinical Health Psychology- Adult Outpatient (One Position)
  • Clinical Neuropsychology- Adult (One Position)
  • Pediatric Health Psychology (One Position)
  • Rehabilitation Psychology- Adult (One Position)

For more information, please view the Post-Doctoral Residency Training in Health Service Psychology 2017-2018 brochure.

Application Information

Applicants from APA-approved clinical and counseling psychology programs are welcome to apply. Strong applicants from non-APA-approved programs will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants are required to submit the following documents:

  • Letter of intention specifying the track of interest.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • Two recent work samples (e.g. psychological evaluations, formal intake evaluations, or case presentation).

We appreciate if all application materials with the exception of the three letters of recommendation are submitted under one email. Receiving a complete packet will help us expedite the review of applications.

Send all materials to:
Dr. Evelyn F. Benitez, Director of Psychology Residency Training
Email: ebenitez@jhsmiami.org
Telephone: (305) 355-7088

Important Dates

Application Deadline: December 15, 2016
Notification of Acceptance for Interview: January 11, 2017
Interviews: January 30, 2017 to February 20, 2017
Notification Date: February 27, 2017

Applicants who are selected will be required post-selection to:

  1. Pass an on-site physical, drug screen and criminal background check within the 30 days prior to Residency start date.
  2. Have an active Basic Life Support (BLS) card from the American Heart Association before starting their residency year.
  3. Sign an affidavit of good moral character. Please contact Treniere Cohens at 305-355-8245 or twilhite@jhsmiami.org for the Affidavit of Good Moral Character form.
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Faculty

GISELA AGUILA-PUENTES, Psy.D.
Nova Southeastern University (Clinical), 1992, Clinical Internship: University of Miami School of Medicine, Postdoctoral Residency: University of Miami School of Medicine

Dr. Aguila-Puentes is the Director of the Neuropsychology Service and an attending neuropsychologist. Her clinical interests are in the neuropsychological diagnosis and treatment of patients with neurological dysfunctions, as well as psychotherapy with adults. Her research interests are primarily within the area of memory disorders.

CAROLINA AVILA, Psy.D.
Nova Southeastern University (Clinical), 2013, Clinical Internship: The Help Group. Postdoctoral Fellowship: University of Miami School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital

Dr. Avila is a clinical psychologist in the Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents (DBT-A) Program and the Child and Adolescent Center (CAC) and the Coordinator for Practicum Training. She is responsible for supervising individual, family and group DBT therapy as well as psychological testing. Her clinical and research interests are in the areas of DBT with children and adolescents, as well as trauma, depression, anxiety, ADHD, developmental disorders, family therapy and parenting skills training. Dr. Avila is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology (Division 53), the Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice (Division 37), and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT).

EVELYN F. BENITEZ, PH.D.
Albizu University (Clinical), 1996. Clinical Internship: Metro-Dade Youth and Family Service

Dr. Benitez is the Assoc. Chief of Psychology, the Director of Psychology Residency Training and the Clinical director of the Child and Adolescents Center. Dr. Benitez’s clinical interests are in areas of trauma, developmental disorders, anxiety, ADHD, and addiction. Dr. Benitez has expertise in addiction and has been a Certified Addiction Professional (CAP) and a member of the Florida Alcohol and Drug Association since 1990. She is also a member of the American Psychological Association since 1996.

JUDD SCOTT CHRISTIAN, Psy.D.
Nova Southeastern University (Clinical) 2003, Clinical Internship: Jackson Memorial Hospital, Postdoctoral Fellowship: University of Miami School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital

Dr. Christian is an Attending Psychologist within the Medical Psychology/Consultation/Liaison Service and the Center for Behavioral Medicine. After specializing in Behavioral Medicine (Psychosocial Oncology and Women’s Behavioral Medicine) and serving as the Chief Intern and Chief Resident in Psychology at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Dr. Christian started a fee-for-service private practice. Within this practice, his specializations included general psychotherapy, specialized health psychology services, and treatment/psychotherapy resistant clients. Dr. Christian augmented his 11 years in private practice through appointments as an Adjunct Faculty/Professor and Supervisor (Nova Southeastern University Doctoral Program; Albizu University-Doctoral Program). Dr. Christian recently returned to the Jackson Health System after an 11 year hiatus. His clinical interests are in psychotherapy (individual, couple/marital), supervision, assessment, medical and health psychology, grief and bereavement, women’s health issues, psycho-oncology, biofeedback, and the application of positive psychology strategies within various psychotherapeutic, clinical, and supervision/training situations. Dr. Christian has taught, trained, and supervised in many psychotherapeutic modalities and has extensive experience in applied clinical psychotherapy and health-related psychotherapy, consultation, and assessment.

JONATHAN L. COHEN, PSY.D.
Nova Southeastern University (Clinical), 1993; Clinical Internship: Children's Hospital/ Judge Baker Children's Center/Harvard Medical School; Advanced Fellowship: Children's Hospital/ Judge Baker Children's Center; Harvard Medical School

Dr. Cohen is a part-time psychologist in the Department of Psychology. His primary duties are with the Statewide Inpatient Psychiatric Program (SIPP) for adolescents and the Miami-Dade County Court Marchman Act Program (drug court). His clinical interests are in the areas of father-infant bonding, paternal role in parenting, treatment of children, adolescents and families, and parenting skills. Dr. Cohen provides supervision to pre-doctoral interns and post-doctoral residents working with children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Cohen is a member of the American Psychological Association.

SUSAN IRELAND, Ph.D.
University of Miami (Clinical, Health), 1995, Clinical Internship: Miami VA Medical Center (Neuropsychology), Postdoctoral Fellowship: University of Miami School of Medicine/Jackson Health System (Neuropsychology, Rehabilitation Psychology)

Dr. Ireland is the Director of Outpatient Adult Neuropsychology and an attending neuropsychologist and rehabilitation psychologist on the inpatient and outpatient Neurorehabilitation service and at the Center for Behavioral Medicine. Clinical and research interests include recovery of function from neurological disorders (e.g., traumatic brain injury, cerebrovascular accidents), including the role of psychotherapeutic, cognitive retraining, and psychopharmacological interventions; and the impact of psychoactive substances and other co-morbid psychopathology on neurological insults and recovery.

SHEBA KUMBHANI, Ph.D.
Palo Alto University (Clinical), 2007, Clinical Internship: Baylor College of Medicine, Postdoctoral Residency: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center / Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Dr. Kumbhani is an attending neuropsychologist in the acute neuropsychology service. In particular, she provides services to new traumatic brain injury patients, patients admitted to the Intermediate Head Injury service, and consultations that arise out of the Neurology and Neurosurgery Services. Her clinical and research interests are in the assessment and treatment of adults with neurological disorders.

DIANELYS S. NETTO, Ph.D.
Nova Southeastern University (Clinical) 1997, Clinical Internship: University of Miami School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital Postdoctoral Residency: University of Miami School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital

Dr. Netto is a part-time attending neuropsychologist on the Neuropsychology Service. She directed the Outpatient Neuropsychology Service from 1999 to 2005. Dr. Netto has recently returned to the department to focus on the acute neuropsychology service. The acute service provides assessment and treatment to individuals ranging from mild to severe cognitive impairment and offers weekly support groups for patients and families. Her clinical and research interests are in the area of adult neurological disorders and include minority assessment and intervention, cognitive rehabilitation and family/group therapy. Dr. Netto is a member of Division 40 (Society for Clinical Neuropsychology).

MARIO OLAVARRIA, Psy.D.
California School of Professional Psychology (Fresno) 1998, Clinical Internship: University of Miami School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Medical Center Postdoctoral Fellowship: Biscayne Institute of Health and Living and University of Miami School of Medicine

Dr. Olavarria is an attending psychologist on the Adult Behavioral Medicine and Physical Rehabilitation Psychology Service and the Center for Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Olavarria is also the director of the Spinal Cord Injury Acute and Rehabilitation Psychology Services for Jackson Health System. Dr. Olavarria is responsible for providing psychological services to two acute neurosurgical units, the Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit, the Trauma Intensive Care Unit, two acute care units and the Rehabilitation Unit. His areas of professional interest are in cross cultural studies, behavioral pain management, hypnosis, family and systems intervention with medical patients, and the psychological adaptation process of patients with physical trauma and disabilities (i.e. spinal cord injury, amputation and orthopedic trauma).

MELISA OLIVA, Psy.D.
Nova Southeastern University (Clinical), 2007. Clinical Internship: University of Miami School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Medical Center Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Harvard Medical School/Boston Children’s Hospital

Dr. Oliva is the attending psychologist for the Pediatric Behavioral Medicine service and at the Center for Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Oliva specializes in the area of pediatric psychology and professional interests include pediatric solid organ transplantation, non-adherence to medical recommendations, bioethics, and biofeedback assisted relaxation training. Dr. Oliva is involved in research with the pediatric transplant population, including assessment on use of mental health services, quality of life, non- adherence, psychological integration of grafts, psychological factors impacting transplant outcomes, and transition to adult health care. Dr. Oliva has participated in NIH funded research studies and has several publications in the areas of pediatric psychology and pediatric psychiatry consultation-liaison services. Dr. Oliva is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Pediatric Psychology (Division 54), and the International Pediatric Transplant Association (IPTA).

CLAUDIA A. RANALDO, Psy.D.
Florida School of Professional Psychology-Tampa Campus (Clinical/Child), 2012, Clinical Internship: Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Postdoctoral Fellowship: University of Miami School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital

Dr. Ranaldo is the Director for the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program for Adolescents (DBT-A). She is responsible for supervising individual, group and family therapy in both the CAC and DBT-A Program as well as supervising psychological testing within the CAAP unit. Her primary clinical and research interests include DBT therapy with children and adolescents, object-relations, attachment, childhood trauma, PTSD, the Rorschach, and emerging personality disorders in adolescents. Dr. Ranaldo is also a certified School Psychologist, and is interested in helping children and families access appropriate services within their schools. Dr. Ranaldo is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology (Division 53) and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

THOMAS ROBERTSON, Psy.D.
California School of Professional Psychology (San Francisco) 1996, Clinical Internship: The University at Stony Brook New York, Postdoctoral Fellowship: Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center – Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Robertson is the Chief Psychologist. After training and working in Behavioral Medicine at Kaiser Permanente, he joined the C/L Psychiatry team at UM/Jackson and was a voluntary Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the Miller School of Medicine. He worked in C/L consultation for two years, Oncology for two years, and then became head of the Outpatient Clinic and the Coordinator of Psychotherapy Training for residents in the psychiatry residency program here at UM/Jackson. Dr. Robertson recently returned from three years at Columbia University Counseling & Psychological Services to accept the role of chief. Dr. Robertson’s clinical interests are in psychotherapy, supervision, medical psychology, grief and bereavement, gender, orientation, and sexual issues. He trained at a UCSF clinic devoted to the care of LGBT clients in San Francisco and has treated hundreds of patients living with HIV. Dr. Robertson has taught and trained in most of the major psychotherapeutic modalities and is interested in psychotherapy outcome research. He serves as an Attending Psychologist at the Center for Behavioral Medicine, hosts the Book Club, and supervises interns working at the CBM. He also provides psychotherapy to CBM patients.

NICOLETTA B. TESSLER, PSY.D.
University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology, 2004. Clinical Internship: Bronx Psychiatric Center of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Postdoctoral Fellowship: University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital

Dr. Tessler is the Senior Vice President & Chief Executive Officer of Jackson’s Behavioral Health Hospital. She plays an active supportive and abiding role in the internship program, working closely with the Chief Psychologist to enhance the training program. Her business interests include healthcare strategy, innovation, and health economics. Her clinical and research interests include: suicide, PTSD and trauma, multicultural psychology, bereavement stress, women in leadership, group process and dynamics, and psychological adaptation to medical illness. Dr. Tessler also has a major interest in behavioral health-medical health integration, telepsychiatry, and supervision and training.

SUZAN TANNER WOODWARD, Ph.D.
Nova Southeastern University (Clinical), 1992, Clinical Internship: University of Miami School of Medicine Postdoctoral Residency: University of Miami School of Medicine

Dr. Tanner is the Director of the Pediatric Neuropsychology Service and the Pediatric Rehabilitation Psychology Service; she also serves as an Attending Psychologist in the Center for Behavioral Medicine Her primary clinical and research interests are in the areas of pediatric neuropsychology (including assessment and treatment of children with neurological disorders, head trauma, learning disabilities, and ADHD), and cognitive rehabilitation, as well as parent training, and assessment/treatment of developmental disorders. Dr. Tanner is a member of the American Psychological Association, Division 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology) and Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology), and the National Academy of Neuropsychology.

University of Miami Faculty

MARISA ECHENIQUE, PSY.D.
Albizu University;(2010). Clinical Internship: Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami School of Medicine; Post-Doctoral Fellowship: University of Miami School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Medical Center (Behavioral Medicine)

Dr. Echenique is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She is also a Psychology Attending at The Behavior Health Clinic and the Psychology Attending at Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine as well as OB/GYN Special Immunology Clinic. She provides clinical onsite supervision of post-doctoral Residents and practicum students on the HIC Service. Dr. Echenique’s clinical interests include PTSD, mood and anxiety disorders, cognition, and adjustment to medical illness. Dr. Echenique is also heavily involved in research activities, with primary interests including HIV secondary prevention, PTSD, cognition and suicide prevention.

PHILIP D. HARVEY, Ph.D.
Stony Brook University (Clinical), 1982; Clinical Internship: Stony Brook Clinical Consortium.

Dr. Harvey is Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Division of Psychology at the University of Miami Leonard Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Harvey is the author of over 900 scientific papers and abstracts and he has written or edited 10 books and over 50 book chapters. He has given more than 1,900 presentations at scientific conferences and medical education events. Dr. Harvey has received more than $40 million dollars in research grants in his career and currently has over $10 million dollars in active annual research support. In his clinical work, he has performed more than 1,000 psychological assessments. Dr. Harvey has received a number of awards, including the Inaugural Schizophrenia International Research Society Clinical Scientist Distinguished Contributions award. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (Residents), the International College of Neuropsychopharmacology (Residents), the Society for Research in Psychopathology (Founding Member), the Society for Biological Psychiatry, International Neuropsychological Society, the Schizophrenia International Research Society (Founding Director), and the International Society for Clinical Trials and Methodology (Founding Member). Dr. Harvey’s research has focused for years on cognition and everyday functioning. He has studied aging in schizophrenia, functional impairments in severe mental illness, the cognitive effects of typical and atypical antipsychotics, as well as the effects of cognitive enhancing agents in various conditions, including schizophrenia, dementia, affective disorders, and traumatic brain injury.

 

MARY I. ISHII, PSY.D.
Illinois School of Professional Psychology-Chicago Campus. Health Psychology Specialization, 1997. Clinical Internship: University of Miami School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital. Postdoctoral Fellowship: University of Miami School of Medicine

Dr. Ishii is a Voluntary Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami Leonard Miller School of Medicine/JMH. She is the attending psychologist for the UM/JMH Burn Center in the Department of Surgery and provides consultation services to the Orthopaedic Hand, Orthopaedic Trauma, and Trauma services for amputees, pain management and other intensive trauma related injuries. Dr. Ishii developed and facilitates a bi-weekly Burn Survivor Support Group as well as serves as an advisor to a local Amputee Support Group. Her research and clinical interests are in the areas of burn injuries and psychological sequelae, traumatic amputations, orthopaedic/traumatic injuries, medical issues, hypnosis, and HIV/AIDS. Dr. Ishii is a member of the American Psychological Association, American Burn Association and American Society for Clinical Hypnosis.

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Specialty Practice Areas

Clinical Child Psychology – Behavioral & Cognitive (DBT-A)
The Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents (DBT-A) residency offers a two-year position designed to provide comprehensive, high-fidelity DBT treatment to adolescents and young adults ages 11-24 who present with chronic suicidality, non-suicidal self-injury, chronic emotional dysregulation and/or other high-risk impulsive behaviors. The training takes place in the Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital Department of Psychology in the Child and Adolescent Center’s Dialectical Behavior Therapy program for Adolescents (DBT-A) under the direct supervision of Drs. Claudia Ranaldo and Carolina Avila.

The residents will receive intensive training and supervision in DBT (including completion of a five-day intensive foundational training) and will provide all aspects of standard comprehensive DBT-A treatment including individual and family therapy, facilitation of multi-family skills training groups and adolescent skills training groups, and phone coaching, as part of an intensively trained DBT consultation team. Residents will also participate in research focused on evaluating the efficacy of DBT for adolescents and families as well as treatment outcomes. Opportunities for designing original research are also available. Expected research time is approximately 10-15%. The Residents will have the opportunity to supervise interns and provide consultation to psychiatry and social work. In addition to the general program didactics and clinical activities, the residents in this position are required to attend the Psychiatry Division Rounds, and DBT Didactic. The Residents can also participate in seminars and special conferences that are offered in the medical center at the discretion of the resident's supervisor. The successful candidate must work well with multidisciplinary teams, have experience in working with children and families, be able to manage complex cases and varied responsibilities efficiently, and be comfortable working with a multicultural population. Candidates with DBT and CBT training and/or prior experience are preferred. This training program provides the clinical postdoctoral training hours and the supervision required for licensing eligibility.

On-site interviews for this track are REQUIRED due to the 2 year commitment of this residency placement. The program reserves the right to withhold an offer for the second year if the trainee does not demonstrate satisfactory performance or reasonable progress prior to second performance evaluation.
Position available for the 2017-2018 residency year.

Clinical Health Psychology- Adult Consultation & Liaison
The Residency Program in Clinical Health Psychology Adult Consultation & Liaison offers six, one-year postdoctoral positions designed to prepare trainees to function independently as future health psychologists in multiple interdisciplinary inpatient and outpatient medical settings. This specialty practice area emphasizes the inextricably related aspects of health and illness to psychological, personality, and behavioral factors. As such, the Clinical Health Psychology Consultation & Liaison Service provides psychological services to the surgical, emergency room, trauma, and medical units within Jackson Memorial Hospital, outpatient treatment through the Center for Behavioral Medicine, and inpatient consultation services to Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital.

The Clinical Health Psychology Consultation & Liaison Team consists of six attending psychologists, six postdoctoral residents and four practicum students, under the leadership of Dr. J. Scott Christian. The Health Psychology Consultation & Liaison Service provides psychological services throughout one of the largest public teaching hospitals and the third largest medical center in the country. As mentioned earlier, this includes providing services to surgical, emergency room, and medical units in Jackson Memorial Hospital, including the Ryder Trauma Center, the only Level 1 Adult and Pediatric trauma center in Miami-Dade County. Given this diversity of treatment units, a full range of medical and psychiatric issues are encountered on this service.

Psychological consultation may be requested for a number of concerns. Some of these include: pre-existing psychiatric issues, current illness-related distress, wide-ranging adjustment issues, behavioral management strategies, poor adherence to treatment, and to address capacity issues to provide informed consent and/or clearance for hospital discharge. The Health Psychology Consultation & Liaison Service represents the full range of activities required of a medical/consultation liaison psychologist, allowing the residents to become proficient in collaboration with medical teams and to enhance skills in the overall management and treatment of medically and/or psychiatrically compromised patients. Residents will learn the rapid assessment of medically compromised patients, and the ability to render a diagnosis, provide treatment, and decide on disposition in medical areas that require rapid decision-making and follow-up. During the initial assessment, residents will conduct clinical interviews and incorporate formal Mental Status Examinations to arrive at diagnostic impressions and treatment recommendations. In in the case of rendering decisions related to capacity or involving general pre-surgical and/or pre- and post-transplant patients, brief neurocognitive testing may be required to arrive at treatment recommendations and/or to inform decision-making processes.

The miracle of organ transplantation happens more times each year at Jackson Memorial Hospital than at any other hospital in the Southeast. Consultations for organ transplantation include heart, kidney, liver, lung, multi-visceral, and bone marrow. The Health Psychology Consultation & Liaison team is also consulted to provide psychological testing to assess for anxiety, depression, mania, psychosis, and/or personality characteristics that may be impacting and/or interfering with medical or psychiatric care. Residents learn to write reports and progress notes that are geared for medical colleagues in order to assist them in the management of their patients. The residents will also triage for psychiatric evaluations and refer for continued care post-discharge. Except for certain cases involving the assessment of capacity, residents typically follow their patients throughout the course of hospitalization and occasionally continue treatment on an outpatient basis within the Center for Behavioral Medicine.

As stated above, residents on the Health Psychology/Consultation & Liaison Service also provide outpatient services within the Center for Behavioral Medicine. This center is located in the Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital and specializes in outpatient neuropsychological and behavioral health services emphasizing advanced evidence-based interventions. This outpatient center serves diverse racial and ethnic populations coping with acute and chronic issues secondary to medical illnesses including HIV, cancer, diabetes, transplantation, pain, bariatric, and neuropsychological conditions. The services offered include individual and group psychotherapy, neuropsychological assessments, pre-bariatric and pre-transplant evaluations, and adjustment post medical intervention.

Furthermore, residents also have the opportunity to obtain clinical experience with a wide variety of psychiatric syndromes by providing consultation, assessment, and individual and group therapy on various inpatient psychiatry units within the Behavioral Health Hospital. Consultation in the Behavioral Health Hospital involves a clinical interview, Mental Status Examination, and psychological and neurocognitive testing to assist the psychiatric teams with differential diagnosis and clarification of clinical issues related to severe psychopathology. In this context, residents obtain additional experience in producing timely psychological reports that address diagnostic issues, as well as provide recommendations that assist in the management and treatment of severely compromised patients.

For all types of services, residents will be trained to answer the referral question with targeted batteries that are tailored to be brief, concise, informative, and collaborative. To facilitate their continued education, residents will be provided with reading assignments targeting differential diagnosis and the more common psychiatric presentations of certain medical illnesses and/or drug-induced clinical presentations. Moreover, residents will receive two hours of face-to-face supervision and multiple hours of “live” supervision with one of the attending psychologists. This type of “live” supervision frequently occurs in major teaching hospitals affiliated with medical schools. Additionally, one hour of group supervision is scheduled jointly with the practicum students and the attending psychiatrists from the Consultation and Liaison Service, with whom we frequently collaborate.

Clinical Health Psychology- Adult Outpatient
The Clinical Health Psychology Adult Outpatient Residency offers a one-year postdoctoral position designed to provide the necessary clinical experience and supervision to prepare the post-doctoral resident to become an independent practitioner in Health Psychology Specialty Practice Area. This position emphasizes the relationship among emotional, cognitive, social, cultural and biological aspects of health and disease and promotes the use of evidence-based interventions to address the highly complex and challenging needs of a population that often presents with medical illnesses complicated by severe psychosocial stressors and psychiatric disorders. The training for this position takes place in the Center for Behavioral Medicine that is located in the Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital under the supervision of Dr. Judd S. Christian.

The Center for Behavioral Medicine serves diverse cultural and ethnic populations coping with acute and chronic issues secondary to medical illnesses including HIV, cancer, diabetes, transplantation, pain, and neuropsychological conditions. Common patient diagnoses include: affective disorders, anxiety disorders, psychosis, PTSD, personality disorders and concurrent substance abuse. The center provides evidence-based interventions to address the multifactorial aspects of mental disorders associated with medical illnesses. The services offered include individual, family and group psychotherapy and psychological assessments.

The Center for Behavioral Medicine works in close collaboration with the Jackson Health System medical teams and with Miami Dade community providers. The multidisciplinary team integrated by psychiatrists, psychologists and neuropsychologists has the expertise to address the highly complex and challenging needs of this population and provide culturally sensitive mental health services to clients usually underserved for reasons such as financial limitations, restricted insurance coverage, limited English proficiency, stigma associated with the illness, gender identity or sexual orientation.

The psychology resident, the psychology interns and the practicum students are an integral part of the mental health team of the Center for Behavioral Medicine. Primary clinical responsibilities include: conducting psychological evaluations, psychological testing batteries, individual, family, and group psychotherapy. They also participate in weekly staffing, where cases are reviewed and individual treatment plans are developed. The resident will gain clinical experience in health psychology, including adjustment to new or chronic medical illness, preparation for medical procedures, end of life issues, psychosomatic concerns, pain management, poor adherence to medical and psychiatric treatment and psychiatric disorder secondary to medical conditions.

The program offers the opportunity for the psychology residents to provide comprehensive mental health services to a diverse ethnic population of all ages affected by medical illnesses with special emphasis on HIV/AIDS and other medical illnesses including cancer, hepatitis, and diabetes among others. The training combines the clinical, academic and research experience necessary to prepare residents to provide mental health services in health care settings.

The successful candidate must work well with multidisciplinary teams, must have experience working with patients with medical conditions, must be able to manage complex cases, handle varied responsibilities efficiently, and be comfortable working with a multicultural population. This training program provides the clinical post-doctoral training hours and the supervision required for licensing eligibility.

Clinical Neuropsychology- Adult
The residency program in Neuropsychology offers a two-year postdoctoral position designed to prepare residents for a career in clinical neuropsychology. The training for the program takes place in the world-renowned Ryder Trauma Center and in the Rehabilitation Hospital under the supervision of Dr. Gisela Aguila-Puentes, Dr. Susan Ireland, Dr. Sheba R. Kumbhani, and Dr. Dianelys S. Netto.

The Ryder Trauma Center is a level 1 trauma center and a referral center for South Florida and much of the Caribbean and Latin America. The training experience is based on a scientist-practitioner model that envisions the integration of all aspects of clinical neuropsychology and general practitioner training. The population served ranges in age from older adolescents to end of life from different cultural backgrounds and socioeconomic levels. Medical diagnoses encompass a broad spectrum of neurological disorders, including traumatic brain injuries, cerebrovascular accidents, polytrauma, neurooncology, transplant, and other neurologically involved populations.

The service is part of a large interdisciplinary team of professionals, which include Neurologists, Physiatrists, Neurosurgeons, Psychiatrists, physician extenders, Case Managers, Social Workers, as well as Physical, Occupational, and Speech Language Pathology therapists. The Neuropsychology Team consists of one postdoctoral psychology resident, one psychology intern, several practicum students, and four attending psychologists. Training and supervision will be provided by four clinical neuropsychology attendings with neurological rehabilitation training and experience. Two of the attendings are bilingual English/Spanish. Interested bilingual applicants are provided the opportunity to train and have supervision in both languages.

The Post-Doctoral Residency Training in Clinical Neuropsychology aims to advance the academic, clinical, and research-training experience of the resident to be able to meet the proficiencies required for Board Certification in Neuropsychology. Trainees also will be expected to meet the psychology standards of identifying and providing quality psychological services including specific behavioral, psychological, cognitive, and educational interventions for patients, families and significant others to maximize cognitive, behavioral and psychological functions to improve adaptation, increase independence, and enhance community reintegration and quality of life.

The residency program is designed to provide training and exposure across the multiple units served by the Neuropsychology Service, with a primary focus on the inpatient rehabilitation and acute care settings. The resident’s involvement becomes even more extensive as he/she functions integrally with the Interdisciplinary Team. On the Acute Care service, the resident is involved in providing care to a Traumatic Brain Injury population, as well as other neurology/neurosurgery diagnoses by consultation. This work involves administration of brief screening measures, coma stimulation, patient/family education and support, crisis intervention, and the facilitation of family education and support groups. Within the inpatient Neurorehabilitation setting responsibilities include the same responsibilities as on the acute service, as well as providing neuropsychological input to the treatment team regarding treatment needs, community reintegration, vocational and academic potential, discharge planning and outpatient services. In addition to the general program didactics, residents in the Clinical Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Residency Program are required to attend Interdisciplinary Rounds, Neuropsychology Case Conference, Neuropsychology/Rehabilitation Psychology Journal Club, selected Neurology Grand Rounds, and brain cuttings. The residents also will participate in ongoing on-site research, and will complete an independent clinical research project for presentation or publication.

Competitive applicants are expected to have an extensive background in neuropsychological testing, neuroanatomy/neuropathology, and strong general clinical psychotherapy training. Experience with cognitive retraining, individual/family/couple and group psychotherapy is preferred. Applicants must also have some background in research methods and statistics, as well as some research experience. The program reserves the right to withhold an offer for the second year if the trainee does not demonstrate satisfactory performance or reasonable progress prior to second performance evaluation. Position is available for the 2017-2018 residency year.

Pediatric Health Psychology
The Pediatric Health Psychology Residency training offers a one-year postdoctoral training that combines inpatient consultation-liaison services to Holtz Children’s Hospital, outpatient treatment through the Center for Behavioral Medicine, and applied clinical research under the direct supervision of Drs. Melisa Oliva, Jonathan L. Cohen, and Evelyn F. Benitez. Holtz Children’s Hospital is one of the largest children’s hospitals in the southeast United States. Located at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, it is known worldwide for the outstanding team of pediatric specialists experienced in treating children with all types of needs; from routine care to life-saving procedures. The Center for Behavioral Medicine is housed in the Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital, which specializes in behavioral health services to children, adolescents, and young adults, emphasizing advanced evidence based interventions with exposure to diverse cultural and ethnic populations.

Training in this Specialty Practice Area emphasizes the relationship among behavioral, emotional, cognitive, social, cultural and biological aspects of health and disease in order to promote well-being, prevent illnesses and aid in the rehabilitation process. The candidates selected for the Pediatric Health Psychology Residency will gain specialized clinical experience in pediatric psychology, including adjustment to new or chronic medical illness, preparation for medical procedures/surgery, end stage organ disease, conducting solid organ pre-transplant evaluations, burns, trauma, end of life issues, eating disorders, psychosomatic concerns, pain management, anxiety, depression, poor adherence to medical and psychiatric treatment, safety assessments, and multidisciplinary collaboration with medical teams.

Approximately 10% of the resident’s time will be dedicated to applied research and academic pursuits related to the effectiveness of clinical treatment interventions and pediatric mental health issues within the medical setting. Opportunities for scholarly oral and/or poster presentations and involvement in scholarly publications will be available during the year. Evidence of a research product will be expected at the end of the residency.

In addition to clinical activities and program specific academic and didactic seminars, the residents’ training experiences will include participation in the Pediatric Psychology Consultation-Liaison Seminar and Rounds, Pediatric Palliative Care Rounds, End Stage Renal Disease/Kidney Transplant Selection Committee Meeting, and Child Psychiatry Division Rounds. The resident can also participate in seminars and special conferences that are offered in the medical center at the discretion of the resident's supervisor. The resident will work within a multidisciplinary team, including close collaboration between psychology and psychiatry staff and trainees. The resident will be provided the opportunity to teach multidisciplinary trainees in psychiatry, psychology and other disciplines as well as supervise pre-doctoral psychology interns. The resident will receive two hours of individual supervision and mentorship will be provided in teaching, supervision, research, and overall career and professional development.

Rehabilitation Psychology- Adult
The Residency Program in Rehabilitation Psychology offers a two-year postdoctoral position designed to prepare a trainee to function independently as a future rehabilitation psychologist on multiple interdisciplinary treatment teams in a large medical setting. The program reserves the right to withhold an offer for the second year if the trainee does not demonstrate satisfactory performance or reasonable progress prior to second performance evaluation.

The training for this position takes place primarily in the Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital under the primary supervision of Dr. Mario Olavarria and an attending Neuropsychologist as a secondary supervisor. The training is nestled within a department that has a history of enjoying a prominent position nationally in the field of Rehabilitation Psychology, with three past presidents of Division 22 of APA (Rehabilitation Psychology) and a past president of the ABPP Board in Rehabilitation Psychology. The program aims at facilitating the aforementioned professional development by guided individual supervision and mentorship. Supervision focuses on developing the trainee’s skill set in the different proficiencies of Rehabilitation Psychology within the stimulating and clinically challenging Jackson Health System and interfacing with the University of Miami, a large cutting-edge academic institution.

This program emphasizes cross cultural training and incorporation of cultural issues into psychological/neuropsychological assessment and treatment. The Rehabilitation Hospital serves a large international program drawing many patients from around the world, especially Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

The Residency program is designed to provide training and clinical exposure to develop proficiencies within Rehabilitation Psychology Specialty Practice Area. As such, the training will focus on developing assessment and intervention skills with a broad spectrum of patients in terms of socio-demographic, medical, and psychological characteristics. Patients on this rotation range in age from adolescents to elders. Medical diagnoses include a broad range of injuries and illnesses which include an emphasis on spinal cord injury (Major), neurological disorders (Major), multiple orthopedic trauma (Major), acquired brain injury (Major-Minor), amputation (Minor), pain (Minor), oncology (Minor), frequently accompanied with a wide variety of co-occurring psychiatric diagnoses. The Residents will develop and sharpen his/her consultation skill set by way of interfacing with a number of treatment teams within the Departments of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Trauma and Psychiatry. Interdisciplinary work with these teams is a central focus of this program. Subsequently, the residents will consult with the team in our world-renowned Level One Ryder Trauma Center Intensive Care Unit or our Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit staffed by recognized University of Miami Neurosurgeons who also serve as faculty at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.

The residents will provide services that may include psychotherapeutic interventions, cognitive retraining and/or pain management as the patient progresses through the acute levels of care in preparation for rehabilitation. Additionally, the residents have the opportunity of assisting the Rehabilitation Center’s treatment team prepare and tailor their approach with this patient. The residents will also have the opportunity to continue services within an outpatient context and through our unique Spinal Cord Injury Peer Support Group.

The residents will enjoy the freedom of partaking in existing research projects either within Psychology or Psychiatry, Rehabilitation, Neurosurgery and/or the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. In the recent past, graduates of our rehabilitation psychology internship have participated in the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis’ first FDA approved human clinical trial of human Schwann cells transplant for the acutely spinal cord injured. Involvement in this project has allowed the opportunity for crucial assessment of patients and the provision of informed consent in such experiments, resulting in an enlivening research environment for rehabilitation psychology.

Residents may also provide supervision to pre-doctoral interns and externs in rehabilitation psychology. The residents will be able to work alongside the attending rehabilitation psychologist on matters related to management and administration as this clinician is also the facilitator of the spinal cord injury team meetings. The residents will have the option of participating in focus groups as the Rehabilitation Department is entering a new and exciting time with the recent approval for a projected three-year plan to construct a state of the art rehabilitation center in collaboration with the University of Miami and the Miami Project.
Position available for the 2017-2018 residency year.

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