Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship – VA Maryland Health Care System

Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship – VA Maryland Health Care System

Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship with an Emphasis in Hepatitis C and HIV – VA Maryland Health Care System

Program Description:  The Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System (VAMHCS) is pleased to announce recruitment for one postdoctoral clinical psychology fellowship position with an emphasis in Hepatitis C (HCV) and HIV.  This fellowship has a dual focus in health psychology and neuropsychology to address the complex behavioral, mental, and physical needs of Veterans with HIV and HCV.  Fellows will primarily work within an interdisciplinary setting and will be jointly supervised by psychologists with expertise in health psychology, neuropsychology, and substance disorders, all of whom are experienced in working with HIV and HCV patients.  The fellow will develop complementary competencies in health psychology and neuropsychology through a range of training activities including multi-modal assessment, evidence-based intervention, interdisciplinary co-located collaborative care within the ID and HCV clinics, and involvement in ongoing HIV/HCV research.  Additionally, fellows will participate in the national VA HIV/HCV core curriculum seminar along with didactics offered through the VAMHCS Health Psychology, Neuropsychology, and Infectious Disease clinics.  Fellows will receive individual and group supervision on a weekly basis, and will provide tiered supervision to pre-doctoral interns and externs who are completing health and neuropsychology rotations in HIV/HCV.  Rather than rotations, the fellow will split time among various clinics/training activities for the duration of the 1 year fellowship.  Approximate distribution of duties is as follows:  Assessment and intervention within interdisciplinary ID and HCV clinics (50%), treatment of substance use disorders in Veterans with HIV and HCV (10%), supervision and didactics (10%) and HIV/HCV research (20%).

Setting:   A large VA Medical Center with multiple specialized programs (GRECC, MIRECC, VA Research Centers of Excellence, Polytrauma Support Clinic Team) and a strong relationship with the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Training Model and Philosophy:   Our program adheres to the scientist-practitioner model.  The primary goal of clinical training is to teach the developing psychologist to apply scientific method and knowledge (based on research, VA clinical practice guidelines, and expert consensus) to the assessment and treatment of patients with HIV and HCV.

Staff:  The VAMHCS has approximately 70 psychologists with an array of practice specialties.  The faculty for this fellowship will be drawn primarily from Health Psychology, Neuropsychology, Substance Abuse, and Infectious Disease/Hepatitis C Services.

Start Date:  Between mid July and mid September 2014 (start date is flexible)

Stipend:  $45,961.00

Benefits:  Health insurance, 13 days paid vacation, all federal holidays, and up to 13 days of sick leave.

Further Information:  Further information on our postdoctoral training program is available at

Application Procedure:  We will accept applications through either electronic mail or postal mail, although the former is preferred (note: if sending via electronic mail, please still send graduate transcripts to Dr. Schneider via postal mail). We prefer for application materials (from applicants and letter writers) to be emailed as signed PDF documents.  All application materials are due January 15, 2014. 

To apply, candidates should submit the following:

1.  A letter of interest, that outlines career goals, clinical and research experience, and goodness of fit with the mission of the VA Maryland Health Care System Clinical Psychology Fellowship with an Emphasis in HIV/HCV,

2.  A current curriculum vitae,

3.  Official graduate transcripts, sent directly from the graduate institution, via electronic mail or regular mail to Dr. Melisa Schneider,

4.  A signed letter of status from graduate program with anticipated completion date, including anticipated dissertation defense date,

5.  Three signed letters of recommendation, one of which must be from an internship supervisor (VA supervisors may use digital signature for verification),

6.  A de-identified assessment report appropriate to the training program emphasis,

7.  Federal form:  Application for Associated Health Occupations (10-2850C), which may be obtained via the website:

Note:  Fellows must be US Citizens and must have completed doctoral training in an APA-approved clinical or counseling psychology program and an APA-approved psychology internship.  The fellowships at VAMHCS are not yet APA accredited but we expect a site visit in 2014.

Application materials should be received no later than January 15, 2014

If submitting via email, please send materials to both:


Melisa Schneider, Psy.D.                                                       Moira Dux, Ph.D.

Co-Director of Training, HIV/HCV                                       Co-Director of Training, HIV/HCV

VA Maryland Health Care System (BT/MH/116)                 VAMHCS (BT/MH/116)

10 N. Greene Street                                                               10 N. Greene Street

Baltimore, MD 21201                                                           Baltimore, MD 21201

Office: 410-605-7415                                                            Office: 410-637-1383                                           


If submitting via postal mail, please send materials to only Dr. Schneider (see above).