Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program in Professional Psychology

The Vanderbilt University Department of Psychiatry Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program in Professional Psychology offers multiple tracks within the clinical and research programs affiliated with the department.  The Fellowship is described in detail in the Vanderbilt University Department of Psychiatry Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Manual which can be downloaded below:

Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program in Professional Psychology: Training Manual

The majority of fellows’ time is spent at their primary sites, with one-half day per week (typically on Fridays) spent in collective training activities with other members of the Postdoctoral Fellow cohort and/or with advanced trainees and faculty members in other disciplines, such as psychiatry residents and fellows. These combined training activities include didactic presentations, research seminars, case conferences, and weekly Grand Rounds presentations.

The specific constellation of activities is determined by the primary sites, which are described in detail in the Fellowship Training Manual. However, all tracks include a minimum of two hours of individual weekly supervision provided by a licensed psychologist, a combination of clinical and research activities, and opportunities to specialize in a particular area of intervention.

The following training tracks are available for the 2022-2023 training year:

  1. Postdoctoral Fellowship in Autism Spectrum Disorder;
  2. Postdoctoral Fellowship in Child Welfare and Trauma-Informed Care at the Vanderbilt Center for Excellence;
  3. Postdoctoral Fellowship in Psychotic Disorders;
  4. Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Psychology at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt.

Key Information for the 2022-2023 training year

Application Deadline: January 1, 2022

Notification Date: February 22, 2022

Start Date: August 1, 2022 (negotiable)

Stipend: $53,760 (

Anticipated Number of Slots: 4

Visit the APPIC Membership and Universal Postdoctoral directories for more information.



Neil Woodward, PhD

Director, Post-doctoral Fellowship Training

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences




Seminars are held 11:00-12:00 on 1st or 2nd Friday of the month.                                                                       

1-Oct-21 Professional Wellness and Self Care Jon Ebert Zoom
5-Nov-21 Negotiating Early Career Anxieties Lindsey McKernan Zoom
3-Dec-21 Cultural Identity in Psychotherapy and Unconscious Bias Frances Niarhos Zoom
7-Jan-22 Grant Writing and Reviewing  Blythe Corbett Zoom
4-Feb-22 Professional Identity Development - Social Justice and Personal Identity Frances Niarhos Zoom
4-Mar-22 Serving as a Reviewer for Manuscripts and Academic Promotion Blythe Corbett Zoom
1-Apr-22 Transformational & Reflective Supervision Jon Ebert Zoom
6-May-22 The Dark Side of Professional Ethics Neil Woodward Zoom
3-Jun-22 Managing Clinical Termination Jon Ebert Zoom
1-Jul-22 Early Career Research in Academic Medicine: K Awards, Loan Repayment, and Practice-Based Research Lindsey McKernan Zoom
5-Aug-22 Everything you wanted to know about being a psychologist in a medical center (but were afraid to ask) Neil Woodward Zoom