Psychology Postdoctoral Training

COVID-19 Impacts on our Training Programs – The health and safety of our postdoctoral fellows is our highest priority. Our Network of programs follow COVID-related institutional requirements in place at Michigan Medicine and the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. Recruitment for our next cohort of postdoctoral fellows will be conducted virtually.

Postdoctoral fellows currently enrolled in the program are engaging in program didactics via remote access. Many of our fellows are also conducting other program activities from home exclusively, while still fulfilling program requirements and meeting program competencies.

Program Description

Michigan Medicine and the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System (VAAAHS) have collaborated to create a Network of training programs, consisting of two dual-site programs and two single-site programs. The two dual-site programs are in Clinical Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology, and the single-site programs are in Clinical Child Psychology and in Mental Health Treatment and Research (at SMITREC). The Clinical Neuropsychology and Clinical Child Psychology programs are both additionally accredited as specialty practice areas. The overall Training Network – The Michigan Medicine/VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System Network of Postdoctoral Training Programs in Psychology - is led by the Psychology Training Committee Chair, J. Todd Arnedt, Ph.D.

Michigan Medicine and VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System provide a rich interdisciplinary training environment with seminars, invited lectures, and opportunities for collaboration with faculty across disciplines and departments.  Fellows are offered a diverse set of clinical experiences in assessment, treatment, and consultation with a focus on empirically-based treatments; mentorship in conducting independent clinical research; and didactics focused on professional development, the integration of science and practice, cultural and individual diversity, and ethics and the law.

The training philosophy of the programs within this network is rooted in the scientist-practitioner model. The institutional philosophy and values of all the Network programs are focused on normative healthcare ethical values of beneficence, non-malfeasance, and social contract in a context of public service. The overarching aim of the network of postdoctoral program is to develop practitioner-scientists who are capable of working in a variety of settings for psychologists.  The specific program Aims include:

Aim #1: To train psychology postdoctoral fellows to an advanced level of competency in the provision of psychology services for a variety of professional settings.

Aim #2: To train psychology postdoctoral fellows to an advanced level of competency in clinical research to be capable of independent and systematic clinical research.

Aim #3: To train psychology postdoctoral fellows to an advanced level of competency with respect to professionalism and ethical conduct to be able to function as independent practitioners for a range of professional settings.

Program Goals and Competencies

The primary goal of the program is to provide training at an advanced level of competency in the areas of clinical service, scholarly inquiry, professionalism and ethical conduct. The design of the programs in the Training Network is based on six core competencies, including:

  1. Integration of Science and Practice
  2. Ethical and Legal Standards
  3. Individual and Cultural Diversity
  4. Assessment/Intervention
  5. Research
  6. Individual Professional Development

Specific Training Programs

The Michigan Medicine/VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System Network of Postdoctoral Training Programs in Psychology offers four programs:

  1. Clinical Psychology Consortium (Adult), under the direction of J. Todd Arnedt, PhD (Michigan Medicine) and Beau Nelson, PhD (VAAAHS). For details about this program, please click here
  2. Clinical Neuropsychology Consortium, under the direction of Kristen Votruba, PhD (Michigan Medicine) and Robert Spencer, PhD (VAAAHS). For details about this program, please click here
  3. Clinical Child Psychology, under the direction of Angela Fish, PhD. For details about this program, please click here
  4. SMITREC VA Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Treatment and Research, under the direction of Nick Bowersox, PhD, ABPP. For program details, please click here

For the two-site programs, postdoctoral fellows select a primary site (Michigan Medicine or VAAAHS) but are encouraged to obtain training opportunities across both sites during the fellowship training.

Program Structure

The fellowship is structured to provide fellows with a balance of advanced training in direct clinical service, supervision/teaching, clinical research, and didactics.  The balance of training activities allows fellows to gain supervised training in evidence-based practice, develop critical research skills, and cultivate a professional identity in order to function independently across diverse professional settings.

Clinical Training

Postdoctoral fellows receive supervised in-depth training in assessment, consultation, and treatment with a focus on evidence-based treatments. Fellows spend from 50-80% of the work week in activities related to direct patient care, following an individualized training plan developed in conjunction with their faculty mentors.


Postdoctoral fellows receive a minimum of two hours of individual supervision each week with attending psychologists and faculty mentors. Fellows may also be provided with the opportunity to obtain tiered supervision in order to develop their own clinical supervision skills. Additional supervision of undergraduate students who work with faculty and fellows on a wide variety of research projects is also available. In addition, fellows may provide assistance in teaching seminars with faculty members.

Clinical Research Training

Research is a significant emphasis of all training programs in the Network. Postdoctoral fellows include a research component in their individual training plan that ranges from 10-40% of their training time.  Research opportunities can range from quality improvement projects to applications for external funding of independent research projects. Fellows select academic/research mentors to assist with the development and refinement of critical research skills, such as peer-reviewed manuscript writing, grant development and submissions, and conference submissions and presentations.


Postdoctoral fellows participate in a core curriculum in addition to unique program-specific learning opportunities. Educational experiences include both mandatory training requirements designed to build professional identity and ensure consistent progress throughout the training program, and optional training opportunities that can be pursued to enrich the training experience.  The required didactic curriculum for all fellows includes:

  • Postdoctoral Forum (Weekly)
  • International Case Conference (Monthly, 2nd year fellows only)
  • Psychiatry/Neurology Grand Rounds (Weekly)
  • Bioethics Grand Rounds (Minimum 2/year)
  • Additional Formal Didactics (for Clinical Neuropsychology and Clinical Child Postdocs)
  • Research Education (Site Specific)

Fellows may also have mandatory educational requirements within their specific training program.

Fellowship Duration

The Clinical Psychology Consortium is accredited as a one year position. Fellows in the Consortium at the Michigan Medicine site have the option (and are encouraged) to continue their training for a second postdoctoral year to enhance their research and advanced clinical training portfolio, provided that resources are available and program performance has been adequate.

Residencies in the Clinical Neuropsychology Consortium, Clinical Child Psychology program, and the SMITREC program are two years in duration. 

Start date for all Network postdoctoral programs is September 1st of each year.

Program Policies



All of the Postdoctoral Training Programs in the Network are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA). Questions related to the accredited status of the programs in the Training Network should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:


Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation

American Psychological Association

750 1st Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

Phone: 202.336.5979