Postdoctoral Residency at VA St. Louis Health Care System

Postdoctoral Residency at VA St. Louis Health Care System

 VA St. Louis Health Care System
St. Louis, Missouri
2014 -2015

Psychology Postdoctoral Residency

Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI) emphasis

We are pleased to announce the availability of our postdoctoral residency in Primary Care Mental Health Integration at the St. Louis VA.  This training opportunity prepares residents for careers providing psychological interventions within integrated, collaborative primary care medical settings.  Our primary care psychology program consists of 10 psychologists, 1 psychiatrist, and a nurse.  PCMHI supervisors are expert and enthusiastic servants of the brief integrated care model, and our residents typically go on to career positions working within the VA or within large medical/rehabilitative centers.

Strengths of this Program:

  • Psychology residents train within interdisciplinary medical teams where psychologists are fully embedded and share in consultation and shared decision-making approaches to support wellness for veteran patients.
  • Residents have an opportunity to witness and be part of the implementation of the a new model of patient-centered care based upon the medical home model (within the VA, known as Patient Aligned Care Teams-PACT).
  • Residents learn a variety of evidence-based interventions to address a wide variety of veteran presentations, with particular emphasis on addressing anxiety, depression, PTSD, substance abuse, and pain management.
  • Residents have dedicated time for scholarly/research activities structured into their 40 hour work week.
  • We offer a resident-level didactic seminar series designed to meet specific developmental level and professional needs.
  • Residents have the opportunity to engage in vertical supervision, as well as participate in a year-long supervision seminar.
  • Residents are involved as consultants and mentors in the Diversity Seminar, which furthers their own developing cultural competency and professional mentoring skills.
  • Residents have the opportunity to serve on 2 psychology service committees, Practice Council and Cultural Competency Council, as well as facility wide special emphasis committees in which our own psychology leaders have been instrumental (e.g.., VA LGBT committee).

If you are looking for a residency that is challenging, interdisciplinary, and focused on making behavioral health truly accessible within a medical environment- please consider applying.

Brief Overview

  • Program is 12-month, 2,080 full-time appointment; stipend is $42,239
  • Expected Start Date: (flexible) July 28, 2014
  • Acceptance of an appointment requires a commitment to complete the entire training year
  • Applicants must have completed all requirements of an APA-accredited doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology, including an APA-accredited internship, prior to the start of postdoctoral training

See our brochure for more complete information:

How to Apply

Interested individuals should send:

  • a cover letter
  • curriculum vita
  • copy of doctoral transcripts
  • copy of AAPI hours and essays
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • letter from graduate TD confirming expected dissertation completion

Send to:

Training Director, Martina Ritchhart, Ph.D. by e-mail at, or

Assistant Training Director, John Neudecker, Ph.D. by e-mail at

The Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at the VA St. Louis Health Care System is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. The next site visit will be during the academic year 2020.

NOTE:  Applications will be reviewed as they are received, so early submissions are recommended.  Position will remain open until best-filled.