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Birmingham, Alabama VA Medical Center


Birmingham VA Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship

Program Description: The Birmingham VA Medical Center (BVAMC) is excited to offer the Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in clinical neuropsychology and rehabilitation. This is a 2-year fellowship with a planned training agenda consistent with the Houston Conference guidelines for specialty training in clinical neuropsychology. The program is a member of the Association for Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and is in the process of applying for accreditation by the American Psychological Association (APA).   

The BVAMC has a long history of APA-accredited clinical psychology internship and doctoral student training in consortium partnership with the University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB).  The fellow is involved in clinical training, research, and didactic experiences to develop advanced practice in clinical neuropsychology and rehabilitation.

Objectives: The objectives of the fellowship are to provide clinical training and research opportunities for advanced training in clinical neuropsychology and rehabilitation. 

Location: The BVAMC is a state-of-the-art 313-bed acute tertiary care facility located in the historic Southside district of the city. The facility provides a wide array of mental health care and acute tertiary medical and surgical care to veterans of Alabama and surrounding states. Additionally, The BVAMC operates eight Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Central and North Alabama.  Psychology fellowship and internship faculty, as well as most staff physicians, have joint appointments with the VA and its primary affiliation, UAB. The fellow will also have opportunities to be involved in myriad didactic trainings across the consortium campus.

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have graduated from an APA-accredited doctoral program in Clinical Psychology and an APA-accredited internship in Clinical Psychology prior to start of the fellowship year. A certification of registration status, certification of U.S. citizenship, and drug screening are required to become a VA postdoctoral fellow. The Federal Government requires that male applicants to VA positions who were born after 12/31/59 must sign a Pre-appointment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration before they are employed. All postdoctoral fellows will have to complete a Certification of Citizenship in the United States prior to beginning the fellowship. VA will not consider applications from anyone who is not currently a U.S. citizen. VA conducts drug screening exams on randomly selected personnel as well as new employees. Postdoctoral Fellows are not required to be tested prior to beginning work, but once on staff they are subject to random selection, as are other staff. Postdoctoral Fellows are also subject to fingerprinting and background checks. Selection decisions are contingent on passing these screens.

Diversity Recruitment: The BVAMC adheres to Equal Employment Opportunity policies and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The BVAMC highly values individual and cultural diversity and strongly encourages qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply. No applicant will be discriminated against on the basis of race, gender, color, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, age, physical ability, or other cultural/individual differences. Applicants of diverse cultural and individual backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Stipend: The first-year fellowship stipend is $44,137.00.

How to Apply:  Interested parties are asked to submit a one-page statement of interest, outlining training experiences to date, fellowship interests, and career goals. Applicants are also asked to submit a CV and three references. Qualified applicants are also asked for documentation confirming good standing on internship and with the graduate institution, per on course for successful completion of these programs in time for fellowship start date. Submission due date for the 2019-20 academic year is 12/1/18. Interested parties should contact Chebon A. Porter, Ph.D., Director of Clinical Training:

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