Postdoctoral Fellowship in Behavioral Psychology

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA and Western State Hospital, Staunton, VA

We are pleased to announce an opening for our postdoctoral fellowship in Behavioral Psychology for 2018-2019.  This state-of-the-art collaborative fellowship between Western State Hospital and the University of Virginia Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences exposes fellows to practice as a member of a multidisciplinary team in both academic medical and psychiatric hospital settings.  The Postdoctoral Fellow has the opportunity to provide assessment and rehabilitation of clients with a variety of severe and persistent psychiatric disorders, behavioral concerns, and medical illnesses, as well as assessment and treatment of behavioral medicine outpatients with presenting issues such as obesity, diabetes, insomnia, depression, phobias, adjustment disorders, OCD, and psychological problems related to medical complications.

Clinical training includes ongoing rotations at Western State Hospital, a Joint Commission accredited inpatient facility in Staunton, VA, and at the Behavioral Medicine Center at the University of Virginia Health System.  Fellows receive training in delivering a range of evidence-based practices in both individual and group formats in psychiatric and academic medical settings. At Western State Hospital, we use a comprehensive psychosocial rehabilitation approach to service delivery, and fellows work as part of an interdisciplinary team to help individuals diagnosed with serious mental illnesses.  In addition to core training experiences in Behavioral Medicine, Severe Mental Illness and Psychosocial Rehabilitation, fellows will also choose from among many training options, including providing behavioral assessment and treatment, complex case consultation, training for staff, individual psychotherapy, and supervision of practicum students.   There is significant opportunity to seek out training experiences of interest and to customize the fellowship experience.  On each rotation, fellows work with, and receive supervision from, faculty members who specialize in that service area.

The fellowship program is a one-year, full-time training experience (with possible renewal for a second year).  The fellowship start date is somewhat negotiable, but typically occurs between July and August.  The fellowship is administered by the Medical Psychology Fellowship Program in the UVA Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences. Each fellow is appointed to the Housestaff of the University of Virginia Health System and awarded a certificate by the UVAHS upon successful completion of the training program.

Admission Criteria

  • Completion of a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from an APA-approved program
  • Completion of an APA-approved predoctoral internship in Clinical Psychology.

Materials Required

  • A completed application (available for download from the website).
  • A copy of your most recent curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation from those familiar with your work.

For more information, please see our website at:

Please send all application materials to:

Erin Gallagher, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist
2 Oak Acute Admissions
Western State Hospital
P.O. Box 2500
Staunton, VA 24402-2500