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The Department of Psychology of the Jackson Health System, in affiliation with the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine offers a Multi-Specialty Postdoctoral Residency Training Program in Health Service Psychology that emphasizes advanced evidenced-based education and clinical training to prepare psychology postdoctoral residents to work independently in their specialty areas. Jackson Health System offers post-doctoral training in Clinical Neuropsychology, Rehabilitation Psychology, Clinical Health Psychology, and Clinical Child Psychology. The Postdoctoral Residency Program is committed to promote expertise in cultural and individual diversity by recruiting faculty from different cultural backgrounds and by providing the postdoctoral residents with theoretical instruction, experiential training, and exposure to populations that are diverse in areas of age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, national origin, language, level of education and social economic status.

The Postdoctoral 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 postdoctoral 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 postdoctoral 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 postdoctoral 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, postdoctoral 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, Miller School of Medicine. Postdoctoral residents are always encouraged to develop and implement their own research designs or conduct collaborative research with other disciplines within the medical center community.  Postdoctoral 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 Postdoctoral 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, Miller School of Medicine and are modelled on specialty specific board certification requirements.

There are eight (6) positions available for the Postdoctoral Residency Training class of 2018-2019 in the following Specialty Practice Areas:

  • Clinical Child Psychology- Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents (One Position)
  • Clinical Child Psychology- Pediatric Behavioral Medicine (One Position)
  • Clinical Health Psychology- Adult Consultation and Liaison  (Three Positions)
  • Clinical Health Psychology- Adult Outpatient  (One Position)
  • Clinical Neuropsychology- Adult (Currently filled by 2nd year resident)
  • Rehabilitation Psychology- Adult (Currently filled by 2nd year resident)

For more information, please view the Post-Doctoral Residency Training in Health Service Psychology 2019-2020 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
  • Official School Transcript
  • 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
Telephone: (305) 355-7088

Important Dates

Application Deadline: December 15, 2017
Notification of Acceptance for Interview: January 12, 2018
Interviews: January 29, 2018 to February 21, 2018
Notification Date: February 26, 2018

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 for the Affidavit of Good Moral Character form.
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