|Psychology: Health Psychology Fellowship|
Program Mission: To provide advanced clinical, didactic, and academic training to produce competent psychologists in the specialty of Clinical Health Psychology.
Typically, approximately 80% of the fellow's time is spent performing clinical duties while the remaining time is split between research (15%) and didactics (5%). This postdoctoral fellowship is one of many training programs in the UIC Department of Psychiatry. For more info on the department, faculty, and other programs, go to www.psych.uic.edu.
Clinical experiences involve inpatient and outpatient evaluation, consultation, and intervention.
Inpatient: Health Psychology provides a consultation-liaison service in the University of Illinois Hospital on several medical units. We have a very busy consultation service, and receive consults on patients from oncology (stem cell transplant, surgical oncology, medical oncology), sickle cell, acute rehabilitation, geriatrics, organ transplantation, cardiology, and other services. Typically consults are requested for issues of coping and adjustment to medical illness, depression and anxiety, delirium, decisional capacity, and noncompliance.
Outpatient: We provide evaluation and treatment for patients referred from many specialty areas, such as sleep, sickle cell, oncology, pulmonary, cardiology. A large part of our work involves bariatric surgery evaluations and treatment. In this context, we work closely with our colleagues in surgery and nutrition. We also do evaluations prior to stem cell transplant and hep C treatment, and we provide training in biofeedback.
Research experiences will be determined on an individual basis. Current active projects in health psychology include the study of social support and emotional expression in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, psychological issues facing related stem cell transplant donors, and the effects of premorbid psychological factors in adult bariatric surgery outcome.
Didactics: Didactics include seminars presented by the psychiatry department, which include topics such as Health Psychology, Geropsychology and Applied Neuropsychology, and Grand Rounds presentations throughout the hospital which include talks on sickle cell disease, oncology and bi-monthly hospital ethics seminars. The fellow is encouraged to attend appropriate national scientific meetings as well.
Clinical and Research Supervision: All supervision is done by Drs. Susan Labott, Rebecca Stout, and Sarah Shelby. The amount of time spent with each supervisor will depend upon the specific clinical and research experiences in which the fellow is involved. All supervisors are actively involved in both research and clinical work themselves.
Entry Requirements: Successful completion of an APA-accredited doctoral program and APA-approved internship that includes substantial training in health psychology. All candidates must have completed Ph.D. prior to beginning fellowship. The fellow will be expected to begin the fellowship on or about July 1.
Salary and Benefits: The salary for the postdoctoral fellowship will be $40,000 for the year. Subsidized health benefits are offered including medical, dental and vision. An office, desktop computer and voicemail will be provided. Fellows have access to the Library of the Health Sciences of the University of Illinois as well as other campus resources.
To Apply: Send a CV, a statement of interest and goals, three letters of recommendation, graduate transcripts, a clinical report, and any research papers or reprints to:
Materials will be screened by a search committee and a select number of applicants will be invited for an interview, either in person or by phone.