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Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship - THRIVE, Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York

The Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Division (AOPD), Moses Campus, Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, is excited to announce the creation of a new, one-year, full-time, Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship in the Trauma Healing and Resilience in Vulnerable Environments (THRIVE) Program! We are now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 academic year (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023).

The THRIVE clinical program is a transdiagnostic, specialty program that offers principle driven, flexibly delivered, evidence-based psychotherapy for patients ages 18-64 seeking treatment for trauma related distress, inclusive of PTSD, Complex PTSD, trauma related to marginalization based on gender expression and racism-related stress and trauma. The fellow will receive training in and have opportunities to utilize several evidence-based therapies for trauma including Skills Training for Affective and Interpersonal Regulation (STAIR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Written Exposure Therapy (WET), and Prolonged Exposure (PE). Additional opportunities exist for exposure to mindfulness-based interventions for trauma and Trauma Sensitive Yoga. THRIVE is also dedicated to providing gender affirming care to transgender and gender diverse patients that are at high-risk for trauma exposure and face systemic challenges accessing gender affirming and evidence-based psychotherapy. The fellow will conduct pre-surgical evaluations for individuals seeking gender affirming surgery, and offer gender affirming, trauma-informed therapy for those interested. Based on the fellow’s interest, there are opportunities to co-lead psychotherapy groups within the THRIVE program.

Our program is committed to excellence in training postdoctoral fellows interested in social justice, developing therapeutic skills to effectively disseminate evidence-based trauma treatments in a principle driven, flexible manner, as well as serving a racially, ethnically and socially diverse population many of whom might have extensive trauma histories and complex psychosocial needs. This fellowship will follow a scientist-practitioner model, providing a balance of clinical, training, and research activities. The fellow will receive weekly individual and group supervision on clinical interventions and a research project. The postdoctoral fellowship fulfills all criteria required for NYS Psychology licensure.

The fellow will conduct structured trauma assessments for those patients referred to the THRIVE program, conduct trauma-focused individual psychotherapy, and aide in the broader mission of increasing trauma-informed care in the Montefiore outpatient clinics by providing trainings to Montefiore behavioral healthcare providers. They will participate in weekly multidisciplinary clinical and research team meetings with opportunities for program development, research and other scholarly activities. The fellow will collaborate on research projects, including coordinating and implementing data collection, conduct assessments, and analyze, interpret, and present qualitative/quantitative study findings in partnership with the PI. The fellow will also develop and update study protocols and IRB submissions.

Fellows will spend approximately 60% of their time in the provision of direct clinical service, with the remaining time comprised of administration, research, training, and supervision. Fellows will be provided with a full and comprehensive benefit package, including 20 vacation days, 12 sick days, 9 paid hospital holidays, and 5 conference days; salary is highly competitive.

A note on COVID-19 impact: We anticipate providing all training experiences described above during the 2022-2023 year, regardless of COVID-19 status. Patient care and training experiences may be provided onsite, virtually, or in a hybrid of the two. Our program is committed to ensuring the safety of our trainees while continuing to maintain a high standard for both training and care for our disadvantaged and underserved community.

Qualifications and Skills: Candidates must meet all the following requirements:
• Completion of a Ph.D. / Psy.D. in Clinical or Counseling Psychology from an APA/CPA/PCSAS-accredited graduate program
• Completion of an APA/CPA-accredited internship
• Strong interest in complex trauma presentations, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy/Third Wave CBT approaches to treating trauma, and working with transgender/gender diverse patients
• Experience with delivering at least one of the identified psychotherapies in THRIVE (STAIR, ACT, CPT, PE, WET)
• Strong interest in both clinical work and research as well as experience providing treatment to diverse and under-resourced patient populations.
• Experience with large datasets and strong statistical analysis skills including using SPSS
• Background in analyzing quantitative and qualitative data

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, alienage, citizenship status, or any other legally protected category. Members of under-represented groups are especially encouraged to apply. We’re seeking applicants who will shape the future of healthcare.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The start date for the fellowship is July 1, 2022. By that date, applicants must have submitted all documentation necessary for a limited permit to practice psychology in New York State during the fellowship year and cleared the Montefiore onboarding process.

Applications should include:
• Cover letter describing your professional goals and interest in the training program; please include your anticipated dates of internship completion and degree conferral
• Curriculum Vitae
• Three letters of recommendation sent directly from letter writers (must include one from the director of your graduate school program or dissertation chair attesting to performance in graduate school and likelihood of completion of all requirements for graduation prior to July 1, 2022 and one from a current supervisor at your internship training site)

Please email all application materials directly to:
Dr. Regina Musicaro, Ph.D.
Director, THRIVE Program

(This information was submitted on January, 2022)

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