Psychiatry and
Behavioral Sciences

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Adult Clinical Psychology

Program Description

Program Goals
Program Structure
Clinical Subspecialties
Clinical Training and Supervision
Didactic Training
Salary and Start Date
How to Apply
Stanford University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences anticipates six openings for post-doctoral fellows in our APA-accredited adult clinical psychology fellowship for the 2015-2016 academic year. Clinic-funded fellowships are designed for those seeking careers in clinical practice settings. We offer subspecialities in general adult psychology (4-5 positions), insomnia (1-2 positions), and pain (1-2 positions).


The mission of the Adult Clinical Psychology Fellowship is to train highly skilled, ethical psychologists who contribute to the field of psychology through clinical work, research and/or education.

Program Goals and Competencies

The primary goal of the program is to provide advanced training in the areas of clinical service, scholarly inquiry, professionalism and ethical decision-making. The program design is based on six core competencies. Postdoctoral fellows participate in a number of training experiences based on these competencies throughout the year.

  1. Theories and Methods of Diagnosis and Assessment
    Fellows will develop advanced competencies in differential diagnosis and the psycho-diagnostic evaluation of patients.
  2. Theories and Methods of Effective Psychotherapeutic Intervention
    Fellows will develop advanced competence in the use of empirically-supported, evidence-based treatments.
  3. Individual and Cultural Diversity
    Fellows will continue to develop in their awareness and appreciation of cultural and individual differences and will demonstrate sensitivity to patient diversity.
  4. Professional Conduct and Interpersonal Relationships
    Fellows will demonstrate professionalism in their relationship with clients, faculty, and other mental health professionals, and they will demonstrate responsibility with respect to consultation, workflow and management, and program evaluation.
  5. Ethics and Legal Matters
    Fellows will demonstrate knowledge of ethical principles and state law.
  6. Scholarly Inquiry
    Fellows will develop competence in the integration of research and practice and they will systematically evaluate the effectiveness of their clinical work (e.g., monitoring patient outcomes). For those with protected research time, fellows will develop and implement a research project and prepare it for publication.

Structure of the Program

The fellowship is structured to provide fellows with a balance of direct clinical training, supervision, educational programming, and professional development opportunities; fellows spend 50% of their time, or 20 hours, in the provision of direct clinical service, with the remaining time comprised of supervision, didactics and non-direct clinical service.  Each fellow’s training year is individually tailored to provide supervised training in general adult psychology as well as in the chosen subspecialty. Fellows receive intensive supervision, including a minimum of two hours of individual supervision, with many fellows receiving additional supervision from adjunct clinical faculty.  Fellows spend a minimum of six to eight hours a week in didactics and supervision.  The balance of training activities allows residents to gain supervised training in evidence-based practice and prepare them for autonomous practice.

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Clinical Subspecialties

Stanford offers fellowships in Adult Clinical Psychology in one of the following three subspecialties (please follow the links for more information):

  1. General Adult Psychology – Psychosocial Treatment Clinic
  2. Sleep
  3. Pain

Clinical Training & Supervision

Clinical fellows spend approximately 20 hours per week in direct patient care. They receive a minimum of four hours of supervision each week. Two hours of weekly individual supervision are provided by faculty within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, with additional individual supervision available from Adjunct Clinical Faculty members outside the department. Fellows also receive two hours of group supervision through participation in the weekly didactics: a weekly seminar on ethics for psychologists and a professional development seminar.

Didactic Training

Professional Development Seminar

This weekly seminar, led by Drs. Kate Corcoran and Sanno Zack, explores topics relevant to professional development, including careers in psychology, models of supervision, consultation and liaison work, current developments in evidence-based treatments, and innovative research. In addition, this seminar includes monthly case consultation and journal club presentations by fellows.

Ethics Seminar

This seminar, led by Dr. Thomas Nagy, provides a comprehensive overview and analysis of the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (2002 edition). The seminar focuses on the ethical, professional, clinical, and legal issues, and how they bear on the work of all psychologists, regardless of specialty area. The General Principles (aspirational), Ethical Standards (mandatory), and APA's Practice Guidelines will be reviewed. In addition, the seminar explores competence, confidentiality, record keeping, multiple relationships, barter, advertising, assessment, publication, forensic work, media presentations, using the internet, making or dealing with ethics complaints, and more, as they bear on clinical services, teaching, supervision, and research, or any professional work done by psychologists.

Additional Opportunities

In addition to the above seminar training opportunities, the Department of Psychiatry has Grand Rounds every Thursday at noon between October and June. Fellows are welcome to attend a weekly two-hour seminar led by Dr. David Burns on skills training in cognitive behavioral therapy. Interested fellows may also attend a weekly two-hour seminar in biostatistics led by Dr. Booil Jo.

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All fellows receive written feedback from their primary supervisors twice yearly: once at the mid-point of the academic year and again at the end of the year. Evaluation is seen as a mutual process, whereby fellows also provide their supervisors with written feedback at the same two time intervals. In the event of a grievance, fellows have access to the due process procedures outlined in our Grievance Resolution Procedure for Postdoctoral Scholars document.

Salary and Start Date

Stipends are approximately $50,000 plus benefits. Benefits include vacation days, sick leave, statutory holidays, as well as a generous health plan.

Start date is 9/1/15.

Application Procedure

All applicants must have completed:

  1. An APA- or CPA-accredited graduate program in clinical or counseling psychology
  2. An APA- or CPA-accredited internship
  3. All requirements for their PhD or PsyD, including dissertation, prior to beginning their appointment.

Positions are contingent upon funding. Minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

We will be using the new APPIC online application. More information will be provided as it is made available by APPIC.

You will need the following information when completing the online application:

  1. A cover letter specifying the position to which you are applying and your aims
  2. Your CV
  3. Three letters of recommendation

Please direct all questions to Beth Sherman (

Applications Due: December 5, 2014

Offers will be made in accordance with APPIC recommendations. They will likely be made in the third week of February.

The fellowship is accredited by the APA Commission on Accreditation, 750 First St. NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242, (202) 336-5979. Email:

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