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: 2020-21 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 2020-2021 training year:

  1. Postdoctoral Fellowship in Child Welfare and Trauma-Informed Care at the Vanderbilt Center for Excellence
  2. Postdoctoral Fellowship in Psychotic Disorders at the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital
  3. Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt
  4. Postdoctoral Fellowship in Teaching and Provision of Evidence-Based Psychotherapies


Key Information for the 2020-2021 training year

Application Deadline: January 1, 2020

Start Date: August 3, 2020 (negotiable)

Notification Date: February 24, 2020

Stipend: $50,004

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




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

13-Sep-19 Everything you wanted to know about being a psychologist in a medical center (but were afraid to ask) Neil Woodward VPH
4-Oct-19 Professional Wellness and Self Care Jon Ebert COE
1-Nov-19 Cultural Identity in Psychotherapy & Unconcious Bias Frances Niarhos UCC
6-Dec-19 Early Career Research in Academic Medicine: K awards and Loan Repayment Programs Lindsey McKernan Osher
10-Jan-20 Prescription Priveleges for Psychologists Neil Woodward VPH
7-Feb-20 Transformational & Reflective Supervision Jon Ebert COE
6-Mar-20 Complex Clinical Cases and Self-Care Lindsey McKernan Osher
3-Apr-20 Professional Identity Development - Social Justice and Personal Identity Frances Niarhos & Ciera Scott UCC
1-May-20 Dark Side of Professional Ethics Neil Woodward VPH
5-Jun-20 Managing Clinical Termination Jon Ebert COE
10-Jul-20 The Pursuit of Work-Life Balance in Academic Medicine Lindsey McKernan Osher
7-Aug-20 The End of Training: Early Career Issues for Psychologists Frances Niarhos UCC
COE=Center of Excellence    
Osher=Osher Center    
UCC=University Counselling Center    
VPH=Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital