Postdoctoral Psychology Residency Program
CHC is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 program year.
Application Deadline: Monday, January 15, 2018. Interviews will take place on February 5 and February 12, 2018. CHC’s Postdoctoral Psychology Residency follows the APPIC Match Day Guidelines. The 2018 official match date is Monday, February 26, 2018.
The Postdoctoral Psychology Residency program provides comprehensive training in the provision of psychological care to uninsured and underserved populations under the CHC patient-centered medical home model, with a focus on positive client outcomes and building healthy communities.
We believe this is the future of psychology and are looking forward to training the next generation of behavioral health providers in our model.
The postdoctoral resident will have the unique opportunity to:
- Work closely with medical and dental providers as part of CHC’s model of integrated care.
- Develop clinical and assessment skills with clients of all ages in a variety of settings, including in primary care settings, licensed outpatient mental health clinics, schools, homeless shelters and domestic violence shelters.
- Gain or build upon experience using electronic health records and other state-of-the-art technologies to manage and deliver care.
- Complete psychological assessments to assist primary care providers and members of the behavioral health team in clarifying diagnosis and developing care plans.
- Participate in a range of training seminars and supervision covering individual, family and group treatment and behavioral health within primary care.
- Be involved in performance improvement, quality improvement and research opportunities.
- Receive the same clinical and administrative support as other behavioral health clinicians.
Where training and services are provided:
The Postdoctoral Clinical Psychology Residency program includes the following opportunities:
- Integrated co-located behavioral healthcare in a primary care setting
- Individual/family psychotherapy
- Group treatment
- Psychodiagnostic assessments
- Intake assessments
- Clinical team meetings
- Training may be available in the following specialized settings:
- Primary care behavioral health (integrated care co-located with medical providers)
- Clinic based outpatient behavioral healthcare
- School-based behavioral healthcare
- Shelter-based behavioral healthcare in homeless and domestic violence shelters
- Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT)
- All residents will be expected to focus on outpatient clinical treatment in the primary care and behavioral health clinic settings with all age ranges. Some sites offer the opportunities for shelter-based and school-based work.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES OF TRAINING
The goal of the Postdoctoral Psychology Residency program is to train the next generation of psychologists in the Patient Centered Medical Home model. Through weekly seminars, group and individual supervision and clinical work with diverse, underserved populations, residents will fine-tune assessment and therapy skills.
Objectives of the program are as follows:
- Increase knowledge in use of diagnostic assessment tools
- Learn Clinical Microsystems and the Dartmouth Approach to Performance Improvement
- Learn to provide elegant, effective and efficient behavioral healthcare to clients across the lifespan
- Develop skills in working collaboratively with medical staff, dental staff, psychiatrists, schools, and other clinicians
- Learn the benefits and challenges of working within the Patient Centered Medical Home model
- Obtain training in the use of eClinicalWorks to maintain patient records
- Attend regular seminars hosted by interdisciplinary providers specializing in topics such as suicide assessment, ethics, evidence based interventions, and other areas involving the integration of primary care and behavioral health
- Use experience and knowledge gained in graduate training to develop and implement positive changes to the practice, in collaboration with CHC staff
- Upon completion of the program, residents will have the necessary supervised clinical experience to qualify to sit for the EPPP and CT state exam for psychology licensure
The psychology resident will be expected to gain the following competencies during his or her training year:
- The Patient Centered Medical Home model including interdisciplinary collaboration
- Clinical assessment including psychodiagnostic interview technique and the utilizations of psychological assessment tools in a primary care setting
- Providing outpatient behavioral healthcare to underserved populations
- Evidence-based therapies (such as TF-CBT)
- Use of electronic medical record and other healthcare systems technologies
- “Wherever You Are” clinical care including ability to work in non-traditional treatment environments such as domestic violence shelters
- Developing and implementing effective group curricula
- Clinical Microsystems and Dartmouth Approach to Quality and Performance Improvement
- On-call, after hours duties
Supervision and didactic training includes:
- Weekly individual supervision as required by Connecticut licensing law
- One-hour group supervision for all postdoctoral residents
- Program-specific clinical team meetings
- Weekly didactic training seminar
- Training in the use of an integrated electronic health record
- Training in Performance Improvement Processes
- CHC is a multi-site agency with locations across Connecticut. Residents are given a “home office” location at a fixed clinic site and may see patients in schools, shelters, and other non-traditional treatment settings.
The resident’s supervisor works at the fixed-site location. Residents meet weekly in-person for group supervision, seminars and on an as-needed basis for other training opportunities, such as orientation and Grand Rounds. Some sites require additional travel time. CHC has an excellent video conferencing system that allows staff from all of our sites to meet as needed. When residents are not meeting in person, they are able to meet face-to-face via video.
Throughout the year, MyEvaluations.com will be utilized to maintain an ongoing evaluation of residents’ experiences and growth, as well as evaluation of the program and individual seminars. We have institutional policies in place for due process in the event of a grievance.
THE TRAINING AND SUPERVISORY STAFF
Supervision is provided by psychologists licensed by the state of Connecticut.
These psychologists work at our sites across Connecticut. Each resident will have a primary supervisor affiliated with the site where he or she is located. Secondary supervisors may work at other locations. Residents may be asked to drive to other sites for meetings with their secondary supervisors or for didactic training. Didactic training is provided by the multidisciplinary team at CHC, including but not limited to psychologists, social workers, medical doctors, and advanced practice registered nurses.
The leadership team for the residency program consists of Tim Kearney, Ph.D., Adriana McCormick, PsyD, Erica Preston, PsyD, Kate Patterson, Psy.D., Kimberly Citron, Ph.D., Kerry Bamrick, MBA
Tim Kearney, Ph.D. serves as the Chief Psychologist for the residency program in addition to his role as the Chief Behavioral Health Officer for CHC. Dr. Kearney completed his undergraduate work at Yale University and graduate work at Fuller Theological Seminary where he earned his MA (Theology) from the Graduate School of Theology and his Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology) from the Graduate School of Psychology. He has also completed the postgraduate Primary Care Behavioral Health training program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester. While he has much experience working with the entire age range, Dr. Kearney specializes in work with children and adolescents, especially young children. He has received additional training and certification in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Dr. Kearney is the author of “Caring for Sexually Abused Children: A Handbook for Families and Churches.”
Kate Patterson, Psy.D. serves as a supervising psychologist and coordinator of various programs including multidisciplinary evaluations through the Department of Children and Families as well as the Child Guidance Clinic in Middletown. Dr. Patterson, a Connecticut native, has dedicated her career to working within local systems of care including a maximum security prison, the VA health care system, and outpatient work both within a clinic setting and in the home. She received her undergraduate degree from Central Connecticut State University and continued on to pursue a doctorate from Antioch University New England in Keene, NH. At CHC, Dr. Patterson works with clients across the age range, but has a particular interest in working with children and adolescents. Regarding research, Dr. Patterson has an interest in countertransference and its influence on working with different social classes. This construct is often applied in her clinical work and is a key aspect during supervision with her residents and externs. CHC’s externship program was developed and implemented by Dr. Patterson and will be entering its third year. In addition to her work at CHC, Dr. Patterson is an adjunct professor at a neighboring graduate program in counseling.
Kimberly Citron, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist and Behavioral Health Clinician and is the Director of Domestic Violence, Research, and Education at Community Health Center, Inc.. Dr. Citron has a faculty appointment at the Weitzman Institute where she is working to advance behavioral health research as well as research related to integrated care. Dr. Citron has extensive educational and professional experience in the field of psychology. She has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from City University of New York’s The Graduate Center with a Forensic Psychology subspecialty from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She has worked in in-patient, in-home, and outpatient setting providing services to children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Citron has a strong interest in providing services that enhance the physical and emotional well-being of all family members. Throughout her career she has conducted research integrating psychology and the law, with a focus on disparities between groups. Dr. Citron has published several articles related to forensic psychology, and her current research agenda focuses on innovative interventions and ways to improve behavioral health services within a primary care setting. Dr. Citron has a Clinical Faculty Appointment at Quinnipiac University at the Frank H. Netter School of Medicine, where she mentors students on their CAPSTONE projects and serves as instructor for Independent Study courses. Dr. Citron has also published a children’s book entitled “Mommy Loves,” in which she promotes attunement and bonding between caregiver and child.
Adriana McCormick, Psy.D. serves as the Post-Doctoral Training Director for CHC. Dr. McCormick earned her bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University and her Psy.D. at the University of Hartford. She has built her career at the Community Health Center Inc., beginning with the company as a post-doctoral psychology resident, continuing on as a staff psychologist and then becoming the Training Director for the residency program and the on-site Behavioral Health Director for CHC’s Hartford site. Dr. McCormick is committed to training the next generation of healthcare providers in offering integrated services in the primary care setting and works with the leadership team to implement the multi-site post-doctoral residency program. Dr. McCormick is bi-cultural and bilingual and provides therapy services in Spanish to our Hispanic population with an emphasis on cultural and cross cultural concerns as well as addressing a wide variety of clinical issues. Although she has experience with the full age range, she particularly enjoys working with children, adolescents and their families. Dr. McCormick also has additional training in trauma related evidence based treatment models both for adults and children/adolescents.
Erica Preston, Psy.D. is a senior behavioral health clinician at CHC. Dr. Preston completed her undergraduate work at Northwestern University and earned her Psy.D. from the University of Hartford. Dr. Preston completed her post-doctoral residency at CHC as part of the first class of post-doctoral residents and went on to become a permanent staff psychologist at CHC. Dr. Preston works with adolescents and adults and specializes in psychotherapy with the LGBT population, specifically people who are gender variant. She also has a research background in the process of conducting psychotherapy with transgender people who are in the process of transitioning.
Kerry Bamrick, MBA serves as the program coordinator for CHC’s postdoctoral residency training program and nurse practitioner residency training program. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing and coordinating all aspects of both training programs. In addition to this role, Kerry serves as the Senior Program Manager for the Weitzman Center for Innovation in Community Health and Primary Care. Kerry is also the IRB administrator for CHC. Kerry has an undergraduate degree from Merrimack College and Masters Degree in Business Administration from Western New England College.
CURRENT POSTDOCTORAL PSYCHOLOGY SUPERVISORS
Jenna Stephens obtained her doctorate in clinical psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has experience working in integrative settings focusing on primary care and health psychology. She has experience and interest in working with those with comorbid behavioral health and medical conditions, including facilitating shared medical visits and performing presurgical evaluations for pain management and bariatric surgery.
Allan Stebinger obtained his Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research. He has worked in community health since 1994. His current clinical interests include dual diagnosis patients, (he is certified in substance abuse counseling), and suicide assessment.
Chelsea McIntosh obtained her degree in clinical psychology from Baylor University. She trained as a generalist, working across a diversity of settings such as probation, adolescent residential, university and other educational settings, as well as the outpatient setting. Her clinical interests focus on interpersonal, systems based work, and the implementation of general practice, taking evidence based treatment and adopting it to various populations and settings. An additional interest is the development of clinical identity and how it impacts ethical decision making and the therapeutic relationship. She is also the on-site Behavioral Health Director for Norwalk and Stamford.
Victoria Ramos, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and currently serves as the on-site Behavioral Health Director for the Meriden site. She obtained her generalist training in clinical psychology from the University of Harford in 2008. Her interests lie in psychological assessment, multicultural issues, and trauma-focused treatment. Dr. Ramos is bilingual and bicultural and provides services in Spanish to CHC’s large Spanish-speaking population.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What makes the CHC program unique?
The Community Health Center, Inc. has been given the highest recognition by NCQA as a Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home. PCMHs are the future of healthcare. In addition, our Behavioral Health program operates as a part of the primary care service delivery system at CHC, giving residents the opportunity to be trained to provide care in this model.
CHC is a multi-site agency. Where is the training program located?
Community Health Center, Inc. delivers service in over 200 locations across Connecticut. Behavioral health services are provided in 12 licensed clinics, more than 40 school based health centers, and 8 programs in domestic violence and homeless shelters in central Connecticut. The headquarters is located at 675 Main Street in Middletown. Primary training locations include Clinton, Middletown, Meriden, New Britain, New London, Norwalk and Stamford, with some service delivery possible at other sites.
When does the training program begin?
The postdoctoral residency is a full-year program that begins in September 1, 2018 and continues through August 31, 2019.
Is the postdoctoral program full-time?
The postdoctoral resident is required to work 40 hours per week. Residents receive paid time off and holidays.
Is there a stipend?
A stipend of $50,000 is offered for the year. Residents are hired as one-year contracted employees of CHC with insurance benefits and paid time off.
Do participants receive benefits?
The residency is a 12 month, full-time salaried position. Residents enjoy the full and competitive benefit package of CHC employees, including the following:
- Top-notch group medical, dental and health insurance
- Company-paid short-term disability, long-term disability and life insurance
- 403(b) retirement plan with substantial discretionary employer match and contribution
- Paid time off program
- Stipend to attend a national conference during residency
- License reimbursement benefit
- Wellness programs
- Supplemental vision, disability, accident and life insurance
Are there any particular days or hours required?
Residents are expected to be at CHC five days per week, at least one evening per week until 7 p.m. and a minimum of one Saturday per month to meet the needs of our working clients. The seminar schedule will also dictate the resident’s schedules. Some after-hour on-call responsibilities are required.
Is there some flexibility in the kinds of activities/opportunities that the postdoctoral resident will have?
All residents will be expected to focus on outpatient clinical treatment in the primary care and behavioral health clinic setting. Specialized settings, including shelter-based and school-based work, are available at most sites and may be required.
Is there a language requirement?
While Spanish language proficiency is preferred for all sites, it is essential for some. Residents will be expected to use the phone-based translation service to provide care to clients whose preferred language is not English. All treatment rooms are equipped with speaker phones.
Does CHC utilize an electronic health record system?
Yes. Residents will be trained in the use of eClinical Works, CHC’s integrated electronic health record, which allows access to clients’ medical, behavioral health and dental records.
Will I be eligible for state licensure after completing the residency program?
Upon completion of the program, residents will have the necessary supervised clinical experience to qualify to sit for the EPPP and CT state exam for psychology licensure.
Is this residency program eligible for federal loan forgiveness programs?
No. Psychologists must be licensed to qualify for the National Health Service Corps loan forgiveness programs. CHC is qualified as a site for this program for licensed psychologists.
APPLYING TO CHC’S RESIDENCY PROGRAM
Applicants must have completed an APA/CPA accredited doctoral program. We do not require that applicants completed an APA/CPA accredited doctoral internship, although the internship experience should meet APPIC standards.
All requirements for the doctoral degree must be completed before starting the postdoctoral training program and these requirements will be verified by CHC staff.
Applicants should also send an email with their CV and two de-identified psychological evaluations attached to PostDoc@chc1.com. within 24 hours of submitting their application. Applications should arrange to have 3 letters of references sent to this email address. Each letter should come from the email address of the person making the recommendation.
As a Psychology Resident, the successful applicant will be hired as a full time contracted employee of Community Health Center, Inc for the postdoctoral year. In addition to the above information, we will require our standard employment application be completed and a contract signed. Residents will be introduced to some of the benefits offered to full time employees by our Human Resources department, including paid time off, medical insurance, and due process/grievance procedures.
Please e-mail PostDoc@chc1.com with any questions or call at 860-347-6971, Extension 3780.
CHC’s Postdoctoral Clinical Psychology Residency Program is “accredited on contingency” by the Commission on Accreditation of the American psychological Association.
Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: