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Postdoctoral Residency Program in Health Service Psychology


The Emory University School of Medicine Postdoctoral Residency Training Program in Health Service Psychology is based in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Pediatrics, and the Division of Neurosciences & Rehabilitation Medicine (Division of Neuropsychology and Behavioral Health). The program has been in existence since 1979. The program is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). The residency prepares trainees for Health Service Psychology – Clinical at an advanced level of competence.  The competencies that are the focus of the residency include professionalism (professional values, attitudes, and behaviors), communication and interpersonal skills, individual and cultural diversity, ethical and legal standards, integration of science and practice, assessment, intervention, consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills, research/evaluation, supervision, and advocacy.

The Residency Program includes positions at a university affiliated public health system in downtown Atlanta (Grady Health System); through a children’s hospital system (Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA)); and through an academic health sciences center (Emory Healthcare). All psychologists are faculty members in the medical school and are noted in the attached compendium. In addition, various physicians contribute to the residency as conference leaders, presenters, and supervisors, and are listed in the attached compendium. The experiences of the postdoctoral residency training are determined largely by the particular setting(s) in which the resident is involved.  The strength of this academic health sciences center postdoctoral residency lies in the diversity of opportunities available, the priority placed on teaching and training, and the rich clinical-research environment. 

The Residency Program strives to provide exemplary postdoctoral training consistent with a scientist-practitioner-advocate model. The training is designed to be developmental and contextual in nature, and is centered on the individual needs and goals of each postdoctoral resident. There is a shared value on social justice among the faculty and the residents and a genuine commitment to honoring diversity and inclusiveness. See Our Commitment to Diversity on our website, which underscores our community’s values about individual and cultural diversity ( While our expertise is in developing health service psychologists for leadership roles that combine clinical service, research, education, and advocacy our ultimate commitment is to help our residents define, articulate, and progress towards their own chosen career path.

The faculty associated with the training program, as well as the administration of the relevant departments and programs, highly value postdoctoral education and training. The program is consistent with the Emory University School of Medicine’s emphasis on training leaders who demonstrate outstanding ability in service including community involvement and advocacy, scholarship, and education/training.

The Residency Program is typically a one-year full-time experience, with exceptions made for personal reasons (e.g., birth of a child, family leave). However, both the residency position in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and the Neuropsychology position at CHOA are two-year full-time experiences, consistent with the guidelines set forth by the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (APPCN). By the completion of the residency, all residents have the requisite 2000 hours, minimum of two hours per week of face-to-face supervision (at least one of which is individual supervision), and direct service experiences needed for licensure in the State of Georgia, as well as all other jurisdictions that fall within the rubric of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards. 

The Emory University School of Medicine Postdoctoral Residency Program is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). The two-year, neuropsychology positions in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and the CHOA Pediatric Neuropsychology Division of Neurosciences have been reviewed and approved for affiliation with APPCN. In addition, the forensics placement has been determined to meet the criteria for the American Board of Forensic Psychology five-year experience waiver.