Overview

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. We are pleased to announce that as of July 2019 Jackson Health System offers three APA-Accredited, on Contingency specialty postdoctoral residency training programs in Clinical Neuropsychology, Rehabilitation Psychology, and Clinical Health Psychology. On April 2020, the Clinical Child Psychology- Pediatric Behavioral Medicine was also honored with Accreditation, on Contingency.

*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 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

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 seven (7) positions for the Postdoctoral Residency Training class of 2020-2021 in the following Specialty Practice Areas:

American Psychological Association accredited, on Contingency programs

For more information, please view the Post-Doctoral Residency Training in Health Service Psychology 2020-2021 brochure.

Please see below Postdoctoral Residency Admission, Support, and Initial Placement Data for the Specialty practice areas:
Clinical Health Psychology- Adult Consultation and Liaison
Clinical Health Psychology- Adult Outpatient
Clinical Neuropsychology
Rehabilitation Psychology
Clinical Child Psychology – Pediatric Behavioral Medicine

Application Information

Applicants from APA-accredited clinical or counseling psychology program, and internship training from an APA accredited or APPIC membership site are welcome to apply.

Please check APPIC periodically for any position that has not been filled for residency class of 2020-2021. Send your application to the Clinical Residency Training Director, Dr. Evelyn F. Benitez (ebenitez@jhsmiami.org) and contact us at 305-355-8245 directly if you have any questions/concerns.

The following materials must be included:

  • Letter of intention specifying the specialty of interest
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official School Transcript
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • Two de-identified recent work samples (e.g. psychological evaluations, formal intake evaluations, or case presentation)
  • List of test administered and amount of integrated testing reports

Important Information:
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. Must be available to start residency on September 1, 2020.
  4. Attendance is mandatory on all orientation days, the last week of June, and on the first and last month of residency. For any extenuating or exceptional circumstances, the primary supervisor must present to the Training Committee for approval.