Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center has two separately accredited Postdoctoral Training Programs: Clinical Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology. The Clinical Psychology Program has several emphasis areas in child and adult clinical psychology. The two programs, although separately accredited, are closely integrated. The two separately accredited residency programs together have 12 postdoctoral positions. Both programs are accredited as residency programs by the American Psychological Association. The program in Clinical Psychology is discussed below. Those applicants interested in clinical neuropsychology are directed to http://www.oumedicine.com/psychiatry/training-programs/fellowship-in-neuropsychology .
This program has emphasis areas in Child Clinical/Pediatric Psychology, Primary Care, Health Psychology, Combat Stress Recovery, Chronic Mental Illness, Family Mental Health and Geropsychology. By tradition, we call our trainees Fellows rather than Residents. A given Postdoctoral Fellow in this program will focus their training mainly in one of the emphasis areas.
Internship and Academic Preparation
Applicants must have completed all requirements of an APA-approved doctoral program in psychology and a one-year APA approved internship. Applications are currently being accepted for the Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology. Completed applications will begin being reviewed November 14, 2014; however, applications will be accepted until positions are filled. The Program will also accept applications from individuals who have completed all requirements of a university based APA-approved program of postdoctoral education for retraining in clinical or counseling psychology. The program must conform to the guidelines established by the APA Council of Representatives. The VA funded positions require U.S. citizenship.
Application Process Each applicant is to submit a complete set of application materials which includes two different components. The first component is a PDF file attachment and the second part is sent by mail.
The PDF file should include the following:
All of this material should be included in a single pdf file and sent to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. In order for us to identify this file please use your name as the file name.
In addition to the single pdf file, please send the following in a single packet via mail:
A selection committee will be reviewing each application. We must limit the number of applicants who interview. All site visits are on an invitation-only basis. Please plan to stay for a full day. We normally schedule site visits at least two weeks in advance. Telephone interviews are also available. Our postdoctoral fellowship start date is September 1, 2015.
Mail the packet to: James G. Scott, Ph.D., ABPP-CN (c/o Demaree States)
Director, Clinical Psychology Fellowship Program
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
920 Stanton L. Young Blvd., Room WP-3440
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73104-5036 The Setting The Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Training Program is offered through the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences on the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center campus, located at 920 Stanton L. Young Blvd., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Affilitated training agencies include OU Medical Center (Children's Hospital and its clinics, Williams Pavilion, Presbyterian Hospital), the Child Study Center, and Veteran's Affairs Medical Center. Affilitated training agencies are located together in a large medical complex.
The Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship is administratively housed in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; however, faculty from the Oklahoma City VAMC, OUHSC Department of Pediatrics, and other departments participate in training postdoctoral fellows. The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences has approximately 52 full-time psychologists , along with numerous psychiatrists and social workers. The training faculty in the Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship all have faculty appointments in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and some have additional appointments in other departments such as Neurology and the Department of Pediatrics. All training faculty are on campus and most in full time positions. All together approximately 52 onsite psychologists participate in one or both of our postdoctoral training programs.
The educational programs of the department include the two separately accredited postdoctoral programs discussed above, a psychiatric residency, a predoctoral clinical psychology internship, a pediatric psychiatry fellowship, and undergraduate medical education. The department offers all students, whether they be psychology fellows, psychiatric residents, or medical students, repeated and intense exposure to all the disciplines in the mental health field; thus, the Fellows will receive most of their supervision from psychologists, as well as some supervision from psychiatrists and social workers.
Philosophy and Goals and Objectives of Training
The Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology subscribes to the scientist-practitioner model. Science provides the backbone for our clinical programs and activities. The majority of our faculty members are involved in research projects in their clinical arenas. Much of the Fellow's clinical and research training takes place in the same setting. Fellows have experiences in psychotherapy and assessment. Our major goal is to prepare Fellows for the advanced practice of professional psychology, with an emphasis in their area of interest. Clinical Orientation The theoretical orientation of the Clinical Psychology Fellowship programs is as diverse as that of the various faculty members contributing to it. This diversity is reflected in the specific settings and activities comprising the training program. It is the goal of the Fellowship to provide Fellows with a number of models of professional activity to aid in their search for a professionally meaningful orientation or framework. To that end, the psychology faculty are aware of and utilizes a variety of techniques and approaches for understanding and effecting behavior change (e.g., cognitive, dynamic, behavioral, family, group, etc.) as well as for conducting research. Fellows are encouraged to gain experience in these varied areas and approaches with the expectation that some integration of theory, research, and practice will be achieved by each Fellow over the course of their program.
Goals Upon completion of the program, Fellows in both separately accredited programs will:
Design of the Fellowship Program Our postdoctoral fellowship program is designed to provide training in clinical and research skills in one of several emphasis areas listed below. Fellowship activities include both general and specific elements. Fellows have the opportunity to choose clinical and research activities to fit with their goals and interests through their training plan. Additionally, Fellows work closely with one or more faculty members to develop and execute at least one research project or scholarly project of publishable quality per year. It is expected that a portion of a Fellow's time and effort will be devoted to research. Our fellows spend approximately 50 hours per week in fellowship activities.
A Fellow's primary training setting is based on funding source. Within each training setting, a Fellow may work with several different clinical supervisors for specified periods of time. The specific activities, the time spent with each supervisor, and the portion of a year spent in each setting and activity (clinical service, didactics, research) are identified at the beginning of a year in the Fellow's Training Plan (FTP) which is jointly composed by the Fellow and a faculty supervisor and approved by the Training Director.
Description of Emphasis Areas
Adult Positions - Emphasis
There are five areas of emphasis within the adult training area of the Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship. All six positions are located in the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Chronic Mental Illness - Emphasis The primary training site for the one-year fellowship in the treatment of chronic mental illness (CMI) is the Oklahoma City VAMC. The purpose of the program is to train Fellows in all aspects of providing treatment and rehabilitation to the chronically mentally ill, with specific focus on developing administrative and leadership skills relevant to complex multidisciplinary settings. Fellows receive training on the inpatient psychiatric unit, in the Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM) program, and the Veterans Recovery Center (VRC). Depending on the interest and aptitude of the Fellow, training possibilities would also exist in other programs such as the Ambulatory Mental Health Clinic, PTSD program, and OEF/OIF program. Fellows also receive extensive didactic training in conjunction with the other postdoctoral Fellows at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center consortium and complete a required research project. The expectation of the program is that by the end of their training Fellows would be able to step into any health care system and provide assessment, treatment, program development, training to staff, administrative leadership, and research related to chronic mental illness. Please contact Dr. Bela Geczy for specific information regarding training experiences.
Bela Geczy Jr., Ph.D.
Chronic Mental Illness Emphasis Director
Phone: (405) 456-3191
Combat Stress Recovery - Emphasis The purpose of the position in Combat Stress Recovery is to prepare the trainee to provide effective treatment to veterans transitioning from the war zone to home life, as well as those attempting to cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Training will be provided in two primary settings. The Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) Readjustment Program offers specialized, multidisciplinary outpatient services to returning veterans from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. These veterans are at particularly high risk for PTSD and other anxiety disorders, depression and Traumatic Brain Injury. Further, readjustment problems in areas such as occupational functioning and family relationships are common. In addition, the fellow will be actively involved in the PTSD Recovery Program which offers specialized intensive treatment of PTSD. Fellows will be involved in the clinical assessment of combat veterans, evidenced-based individual and group psychotherapy for PTSD (Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure Therapy) and the measurement of treatment outcome. The Fellow will provide community outreach to veterans through attendance at Post-Deployment Health Risk Assessments and community events. The Fellow will consult with other mental health and health care professionals about PTSD and related issues. The Fellow acts as the intermediate supervisor to psychology interns rotating in the clinics. The Fellow serves as an integral part of a multidisciplinary team. The Fellow is expected to work collaboratively or independently on research relating to the treatment of PTSD or stress recovery. Fellows also receive extensive didactic training in conjunction with the other postdoctoral Fellows at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center consortium and complete a required research project. The primary training site is in the Oklahoma City Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Please contact Dr. Steven Scruggs for specific information regarding training experiences.
Steven Scruggs, Psy.D.
Combat Stress Recovery Emphasis Director
Family Mental Health Program – Emphasis
The Family Mental Health Program resides within the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center as a part of the Ambulatory Mental Health Clinic (AMHC). The Family Mental Health Program has a 30+ year history of developing, evaluating, and providing a range of family services at the Oklahoma City VAMC. As such, the Fellow who is selected for this one-year training program will have a rich array of experiences from which to form a solid training plan while providing evidence-based and empirically supported couples and family services. This program provides a range of family services including family education (SAFE Program), couples/family therapy, family consultation, and family psychoeducation (the 6-month REACH Program–an adaptation of William McFarlane’s evidence-based multi-family group model). Additional family experiences may be gained through minor rotations on the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit, Palliative Care Unit/Community Living Center, and the Substance Abuse Treatment Clinic. Please contact Dr. Alan “Dutch” Doerman or Dr. Jessica Duffel for specific information regarding training experiences.
Alan “Dutch” Doerman, Psy.D., ABPP
Family Mental Health Program Director
E-mail: Alan.Doerman@va.gov Phone: (405) 456-2392/2390
Jessica Duffel, Psy.D. E-mail: Jessica.Duffel@va.gov Phone: (405) 456-2392/5183
Geropsychology - Emphasis This Geropsychology Fellowship training emphasizes on the Pikes Peak Model for Training in Geropsychology. The aims of the one year post-doctoral fellowship are to: 1.) Develop clinical competencies in clinical geropsychology. 2.) Develop specific competencies in telemental health technologies and working with older patients in rural settings. 3.) Develop overall competence in assessing and treating psychological, familial, and social strengths and liabilities in older adults and their families. These skills will be learned within the following interdisciplinary care team settings: Community Living Center, Palliative Care, Home Based Primary Care, CCHT/HBPC/telemental health integration, and Patient Aligned Care Teams. The Geropsychology emphasis area provides post-doctoral fellows with an emotionally supportive learning environment in which to develop an advanced understanding of the multiple issues affecting older adults with complex medical and mental problems. We also strive to teach the necessary clinical and administrative leadership skills to provide appropriate services to older adults within an interdisciplinary setting. Fellows will receive competency-based supervision, didactic training, and complete a required research project. Please contact Dr. Kristen Sorocco for specific information regarding training experiences.
Kristen Sorocco, Ph.D.
Geropsychology Emphasis Director
Phone: (405) 456-1454 Health Psychology - Emphasis
This position emphasizes intensive, advanced training in consulting and collaborating in acute and outpatient medical settings. The Fellow assists providers with the diagnosis of behavioral disorders and symptoms that can affect health status, adaptation to illness, and compliance with treatment regimens. The clinical programs in which the Fellow works include Pain Management Clinic, Organ Transplant Program, and the Smoking Cessation Program. Opportunities may also be available in cardiology, pulmonology, and a new VA Women's clinic which is currently in the planning and development stage. The Fellow will be trained in identifying patients’ readiness for active intervention to assist them with life-style changes, as well as developing interventions to facilitate commitment and motivation of those patients who are contemplating life-style changes. The Fellow also may also have opportunities to act as the intermediate supervisor to psychology trainees rotating in Health Psychology. The Fellow is expected to work collaboratively or independently on research relating to the integration of psychology and health care. Various didactic and clinical opportunities are available. The primary training site is the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Please contact Dr. John Tassey for specific information regarding training experiences.
John Tassey, Ph.D.
Health Psychology Emphasis Coordinator
Phone: (405) 456-3220
Psychology in Primary Care - Emphasis This emphasis area provides intensive training in consulting and collaborating with a multidisciplinary team located in a medical Primary Care setting. The primary training site is the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. A minor rotation (4-6 hrs per week) can be selected from three OUHSC Departments: Family Medicine, Oncology/Gynecology, or Pediatric Primary Care. Emphasis specific didactic activities include case conferences, Grand Rounds, and seminars. Fellows work with multidisciplinary Primary Care teams, providing consultation and focused direct service. Topic areas addressed include readiness-to-change, adherence to behavioral or medical regimens, pain control, and psychological aspects of medical illnesses. The faculty includes six psychologists and several other health professionals. Please contact Dr. Pam Fischer for more specific information regarding training experiences.
Pam Fischer, Ph.D.
Psychology Primary Care Emphasis Director
Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology - Emphasis There are two areas of focus in this emphasis area: Pediatric Psychology, and Child Abuse and Neglect (Child Maltreatment). These are one year positions within our APA Accredited Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship. Pediatric/Clinical Child faculty includes 17 child psychologists who serve as supervisors. Pediatric Psychology In this position, the Fellow participates in the full range of activities available in Pediatric Psychology. Fellows are provided with opportunities to work with multidisciplinary teams in the provision of services to children, adolescents, and their families receiving services from the OU Children's Hospital/OU Children's Physicians. Therapy, assessment, and consultation opportunities are available in a variety of clinics and inpatient services including hematology/oncology, pediatric transplant, and a hospital-wide consultation-liaison service. Specialty outpatient clinic rotations include pain management, behavioral sleep medicine, weight management, kidney transplant, liver transplant, assessment clinic, sickle cell disease, hemophilia, and pediatric cancer, including brain tumor clinic and a late effects clinic for children and adolescents who have completed cancer treatment. Outpatient primary care services are available in a general pediatrics clinic, Fostering Hope Clinic for children and adolescents in foster care placements, and a Latino outreach clinic. Fellows provide services as part of a hospital-wide inpatient consultation-liaison service, working with the families of children and adolescents with a variety of acute and chronic medical conditions. For more information, please see http://www.oumedicine.com/pediatrics/department-sections/general-community-pediatrics/pediatric-psychology-emphasis/postdoctoral-fellowship-pediatric-psychology or contact Dr. Stephen Gillaspy.
Stephen Gillaspy, Ph.D.
Pediatric Psychology Emphasis Director
Child Abuse and Neglect The Fellow in this position will have a wide range of clinical experience with children and families involved in child maltreatment through the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect. Fellows can join a research team led by faculty member in child welfare; dissemination and implementation research in evidence-based practice, including SafeCare®; Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, and TF-CBT; children with sexual behavioral problems; prevention of FASD, and child maltreatment fatalities. Fellows have the opportunity to train clinically with children who have been traumatized, children and adolescents with sexual behavior problems, and infants and children from substance abusing families. The Fellow will also participate in a specialized program to train psychologists in the Interdisciplinary Training Program in Child Abuse and Neglect (ITP), evidence-based interventions in treating underserved children. For more information, please see http://www.oumedicine.com/pediatrics/department-sections/developmental-behavioral-pediatrics or contact Dr. Barbara Bonner.
Barbara Bonner, Ph.D.
Child Abuse and Neglect Emphasis Director
Training Plan and Evaluation Procedures The Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Program provides common didactic series for all Postdoctoral Fellows. Focused didactics are provided within each emphasis area as well. The Fellow, working with a faculty supervisor, develops a Fellow Training Plan (FTP) within the first month of the Fellowship. This plan is reviewed and approved by the faculty for the emphasis area and by the training director. The sections of the FTP correspond to the list of general goals for the program. Within each general goal, the track-specific goals are delineated. The FTP specifies clinical activities for the year, the sites where these will take place, and the duration of training at each site. Emphasis track-specific didactics, including seminars, conferences and directed readings, are listed. The topic area and a timeline for the Fellow's research are also specified.
The goals and activities identified in the FTP are the basis for evaluation. Formal evaluations of progress take place three times per year. The Fellow's progress in each of the activities specified in the training plan is evaluated and feedback is given to the Fellow that includes areas of needed improvement or additional experience.
In the unlikely event that a Fellow's rating in any area is unsatisfactory, a corrective plan is designed and implemented. The corrective plan includes both the types of activities required and criteria for successful performance improvement, as well as a timeline for re-evaluation.
Postdoctoral Training Committee This committee is composed of all of the psychologists who have direct contact with the postdoctoral trainees in the Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Programs. The Chairman of the Committee is the Executive Director of the Psychology Training Programs, and the Executive Subcommittee consists of the Directors of each Postdoctoral Fellowship, the VA Training Director, and the directors of the various emphasis areas. The training committee oversees the various programs, discusses policies related to the program, and makes recommendations to the Executive Director of Psychology Training Programs, who has ultimate responsibility for the program. Each emphasis area has a faculty committee that addresses the specifics of training within that area.
Postdoctoral Stipends, Benefits, and Support
The base stipends currently vary from $41,070 to $42,239 depending on area and funding source. We will have an exact amount prior to formal offer. Health insurance is available for all non-VA positions free of charge. The VA postdoctoral fellows can purchase health insurance at a subsidized cost. Professional liability insurance is required and is provided for the non-VA trainees. Fellows receive 15 days combined vacation and academic leave.
Main Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Faculty
Russell Adams, Ph.D., ABPP, CP, CN is a David Ross Boyd Professor and is Director of both separately accredited postdoctoral programs and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He is also Director of the Neuropsychological Assessment Laboratory at University Hospital and provides clinical and research supervision for fellows. His scholarly interests are clinical neuropsychology, individual psychotherapy, and forensic neuropsychology.
Tatiana Balachova, Ph.D. is Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics,
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She is a Co-Director of the
Interdisciplinary Training Program in Child Abuse and Neglect (ITP). She is a
clinical psychologist whose primary work is in the area of child maltreatment,
prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), health behavior risks,
and prevention. Dr. Balachova serves as a faculty advisor for postdoctoral
fellows who participate in the ITP.
M. Elizabeth Bard, PhD is Assistant Professor in the
Department of Pediatrics, Section of Developmental and Behavioral
Pediatrics. Dr. Bard’s interests include
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, treatment of children with problematic sexual
behavior, assessment of children who were prenatally exposed to drugs and
alcohol, and prevention of child maltreatment.
Dolores Subia BigFoot, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect in the Department of Pediatrics. Dr. BigFoot is a counseling psychologist and directs The Native American Program. Her interests are in the adaptation and implementation of evidence-based treatment approaches for maltreated and traumatized native children and their families. She provides consultation on Native American treatment approaches to interns and postdoctoral fellows. Ryan T. Blucker, Ph.D. is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Pediatrics in the Section of General and Community Pediatrics. Dr. Blucker is the Psychologist at the OU Latino Clinic, a pediatric primary care clinic that primarily serves Latino families. He is involved in Residency training in the area of culture and communication in clinical practice. Dr. Blucker is involved in international peacebuilding, training and research projects in Guatemala and Honduras. Other research interests include understanding health beliefs, behavioral health screening in the primary care and NICU settings, quality of life in chronic illness, and using qualitative methodologies to elicit local meanings of illness, mental health and conflict and violence.
Barbara L. Bonner, Ph.D. is a Professor and Director of the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She occupies an Endowed Chair in the Department of Pediatrics. She is a clinical child psychologist whose primary work is in victims of child maltreatment and children and adolescents with sexual behavior problems. Dr. Bonner serves as a clinical supervisor and mentor for postdoctoral Fellows.
Robert W. Braese, Ph.D. OEF/OIF Readjustment Program - VAMC (1) Readjustment following deployment, (2) PTSD, (3) Outpatient psychotherapy
Thelma Chambers-Young, Ph.D. is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and a staff psychologist at the Oklahoma City VAMC. She is a licensed psychologist whose primary clinical work is with patients with chemical dependency. Her clinical interests include: Addictive Disorders, Cultural Competency, Geropsychology, Health Psychology, and Women's Mental Health Issues . She provides lectures for the fellows in various seminars and conferences and is available for supervision and consultation on issues of addiction and cultural competence for postdoctoral Fellows. Amy Cherry, Ph.D. is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics in the Section of General and Community Pediatrics. Dr. Cherry supervises pediatric psychology primary care services in the General Pediatrics Clinic, Resident Pediatric Continuity Clinic and Fostering Hope Clinic. Research interests include primary care psychology, postpartum depression, and medical education. Dr. Cherry serves as a clinical supervisor for interns and postdoctoral fellows.
Jan L. Culbertson, Ph.D., is a Professor of Pediatrics, and a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She is the Director of Pediatric Neuropsychology at the Child Study Center and provides clinical and research supervision for fellows. Her scholarly interests are pediatric neuropsychology, neurodevelopmental disorders, and forensic neuropsychology.
Alan L. Doerman, Psy.D., ABPP is a Clinical Professor in the Department Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and a staff psychologist at the Oklahoma City VAMC. He is assigned to the Family Mental Health Program and is engaged in teaching, program development, and treatment outcome research. He is available for supervision and consultation on family issues for postdoctoral Fellows. His clinical interests include marital therapy and CBT in the treatment of depression.
Bill Dycus, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He is the Administrative Director of the Veterans Recovery Center at the Department of Veterans Affairs, and is particularly interested in issues of psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery, severe mental illness (SMI), couples/family psychotherapy, and sexual violence recovery.
Angelica R. Eddington, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics in the Section of General and Community Pediatrics. Dr. Eddington supervises pediatric psychology services in Specialty Nephrology Clinic, Dialysis, and General Pediatrics Clinic. She also supervises Inpatient Consultation and Liaison services in for Nephrology and Gastrointestinal (GI) populations. Dr. Eddington’s research interests include coping and health disparities among families with children with a chronic illness. Specifically, she is interested in barriers to care and disproportionate health outcomes across families of children with a chronic illness. Dr. Eddington serves as a clinical supervisor for interns and postdoctoral fellows.
Sean W. Ferrell, Ph.D. is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and a staff psychologist at
the Oklahoma City VAMC. He is a licensed psychologist whose primary clinical
work is with chemical dependency patients. Dr. Ferrell maintains an active
research agenda investigating the integration of substance abuse interventions
in the primary care setting. He participates in the training and supervision of
postdoctoral Fellows in the Chemical Dependency Fellowship.
Pamela C. Fischer, Ph.D. is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and a psychologist in the Oklahoma City VAMC. Dr. Fischer is Director of the Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship in Primary Care. At the VAMC, she works on site in the Primary Care Clinics consulting with primary care providers as well as providing direct clinical service to primary care patients. Dr. Fischer serves on both the Clinical Training Committee for the psychology Interns and the postdoctoral Fellows.
Dana D. Foley, Ph.D . is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and a staff psychologist at the OKC VAMC. Her primary work is in outpatient mental health services, providing individual and group therapy to a wide spectrum of patients. She also specializes in work with sexual trauma victims and personality assessment. She provides clinical supervision to a wide variety of students, including medical students, psychology interns, psychiatric residents and postdoctoral Fellows.
Beverly Funderburk, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Research in the Dept. of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. She is a clinical psychologist whose primary clinical work and research is with Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. Along with the members of the PCIT training group, she provides training in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy in a seminar/guided supervision format each fall for interns, Postdoctoral Fellows, and other interested trainees.
Bela Geczy Jr., Ph.D. is the administrative director of the Psychiatry Inpatient Unit of the Oklahoma City VAMC and is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Geczy's primary responsibility pertains to the administration of the inpatient psychiatric unit. His clinical interests include care of the chronically mentally ill, clinical supervision, and administrative issues.
Stephen R. Gillaspy, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the Research Director for the Section of General and Community Pediatrics. He also directs the Pediatric Psychology Emphasis Area. Dr. Gillaspy supervises clinical services in the Healthy Futures Clinic, a multidisciplinary pediatric obesity clinic. Research interests include family health promotion behaviors (e.g., smoking cessation, treatment of obesity), access to behavioral health services, applications of Motivational Interviewing, screening for postpartum depression, and policy & program development and evaluation. Dr. Gillaspy serves as a clinical supervisor for interns and postdoctoral fellows.
Michael Gomez, PhD. is Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics Section of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. Dr. Gomez’s interests include Trauma Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, child abuse and neglect, Autism Spectrum Disorders, adolescents with illegal sexual behavior and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy.
Debra B. Hecht, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Research at the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (CCAN) in the Department of Pediatrics. She is a clinical child psychologist working primarily with children who have been abused or neglected and their families. Dr. Hecht also is involved with program evaluation, consultation, and research examining the utility of services provided by the Department of Human Services and their contract agencies. Dr. Hecht provides clinical supervision for psychology interns and post-doctoral Fellows at CCAN.
Peggy Hudson, Ph.D ., is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and a staff psychologist at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center. She serves as the Director for the Crisis Intervention Program in the Mental Health Clinic and is the Director for the Center for Tobacco Use Cessation through the Health Psychology Clinic, where she provides individual and group psychotherapy, consultation, and health promotion. Dr. Hudson is also engaged in teaching, program development, and treatment outcome research. She provides clinical supervision for medical students, psychology interns, psychiatry residents and postdoctoral fellows. Noel J. Jacobs, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics in the Section of General and Community Pediatrics and provides evaluation, intervention, and programming for children with solid organ disease and transplant. Dr. Jacobs supervises pediatric psychology services in the Oklahoma Transplant Center, Pediatric Specialties and GI/Liver clinics, and outpatient services in the Sooner Pediatrics clinic. Dr. Jacobs conducts research related to developmental issues in adherence and is interested in developing programming to improve care and adherence between adolescence and adulthood. Dr. Jacobs trains and supervises graduate practicum students, predoctoral interns and postdoctoral fellows in these areas.
William R. Leber, Ph.D., is Chief of Psychology at the VA Medical Center and is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He supervises psychology fellows and interns in a Stroke Recovery Group and a limited number of evaluations at the VA. He could also serve as a research consultant with interests including dementia, Persian Gulf illnesses, and neuropsychological aspects of alcoholism.
John Linck, Ph.D., ABPP-CN is a neuropsychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. His clinical interests are in neurocognitive assessment as well as individual and group psychotherapy of patients with neurologic illness. He is involved in clinical supervision of psychology fellows, interns, and practicum students.
Patrick J. Mason, Ph.D., FICPP is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Geriatric Medicine and is the Director of Geropsychology at the Oklahoma City Veteran Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Mason provides psychological care to veterans in the Home Based Primary Care program. He also provides management and leadership of the Geropsychology Program at the VAMC. He offers training opportunities to interns and postdoctoral fellows interested in Geropsychology and home-based care.
Lauren Ridener, Ph.D. Family Mental Health Program – VAMC (1) Family and couples therapy, (2) Parenting/Family psychoeducation
Elizabeth Risch, Ph.D. is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect in the Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Risch's clinical work focuses on assessment and treatment of children and adolescents who have experienced trauma or maltreatment. She provides clinical supervision for interns and postdoctoral fellows.
Julio I. Rojas, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and a licensed health service psychologist. Dr. Rojas is the Director of OU Physicians ExecuCare Program, an outpatient based program that specializes in the evaluation and treatment of impaired professionals and executives. Dr. Rojas holds a Certificate of Proficiency in the Treatment of Alcohol and Other Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders from American Psychological Association Practice Organization, College of Professional Psychology.
Jim Scott, Ph.D., ABPP-CN is Director of Clinical Postdoctoral Fellowship Training and is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. His is a clinical neuropsychologist with interest in epilepsy, Parkinsons disease and hematology/oncology. His is a primary clinical supervisor for neuropsychology fellows and Administrative Director for the Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Program. His research interests are in neuropsychological assessment, particularly epilepsy surgery, Parkinsons disease, and dementia.
Steven M. Scruggs, Psy.D. is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Team Leader of the OEF/OIF/OND Readjustment Program at the VA Medical Center. His interests include readjustment after serving in a combat environment and empirically supported treatments for PTSD. He provides individual supervision and didactic training in Combat Stress Recovery Postdoctoral Fellowship.
Susan R. Schmidt, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Research at the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect in the Department of Pediatrics. She is a child psychologist working primarily with trauma-exposed children and their families. Dr. Schmidt provides training and consultation in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and child trauma assessment. She also directs the New Directions Program for foster children impacted by parental substance abuse. Dr. Schmidt provides clinical supervision for psychology interns and postdoctoral fellows.
Jane F. Silovsky, Ph.D. is Professor and the Associate Director of the
Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, in the Department of Pediatrics. She is a
clinical child psychologist whose primary work is with treatment outcome
research and program evaluation of services for children who have been
maltreated or traumatized and for children with problematic sexual
behavior. Dr. Silovsky serves as a clinical supervisor and mentor for
Kristen Hilliard Sorocco, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Research in the Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She also is the psychologist for the Community Living Center and Palliative Care Unit at the VA Medical Center, Oklahoma City, OK. She offers training opportunities to interns and postdoctoral fellows interested in geropsychology, palliative care, interdisciplinary treatment teams, and clinical research. Bryan Stice, Ph.D. Suicide Prevention-VAMC (1) Inpatient evaluation/intervention and outpatient after-care with suicidal patients (2) Group psychotherapy (3) Public health approaches to suicide prevention (4) Outreach, training, and consultation
John Tassey, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the OUHSC and is Director of the Health Psychology Program at the Oklahoma City VAMC. The Health Psychology Clinic interfaces closely with the Primary Care clinics. Dr. Tassey works with the Psychology in Primary Care Postdoctoral Resident in coordinating services for patients with chronic pain, obesity, cigarette addiction and other unhealthy life-style behaviors.
Lee Thrash, Ph.D. is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and a staff psychologist at the Oklahoma City VAMC. Dr. Thrash is a part of the Family Mental Health Program (FMHP) and is engaged in teaching, supervision, program development, and treatment outcome research. He is the primary supervisor for the FMHP rotation within the CMI Fellowship. His clinical interests include couples/marriage therapy and individual therapy for a range of mental health issues. Dr. Thrash is a national trainer for Multifamily Group Therapy within the VA. Theodore L. Wagener, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics in the Section of General and Community Pediatrics and an Oklahoma TSET Tobacco Research Scholar with support from the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center and the Stephenson Cancer Center. Dr. Wagener supervises pediatric behavioral sleep medicine services in the Sooner Pediatrics clinic. His research interests include investigating novel methods to reduce children’s secondhand smoke exposure, modified-risk tobacco products, effective tobacco harm reduction strategies, applications of Motivational Interviewing to smoking cessation and reduction, and improving tobacco control policy. Dr. Wagener serves as a clinical supervisor for interns and postdoctoral fellows.
Carisa Wilsie, PhD,
is Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics Section of Developmental
and Behavioral Pediatrics. Dr. Wilsie’s
interests include Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, research and evaluation
with child welfare, children and families responding to trauma, and
dissemination of evidence-based treatment.
Diane Willis, Ph.D. is a Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics. Her clinical and research interests include 1) child abuse and neglect, including child, family and parental treatment, 2) developmental disabilities, 3) grief, death and dying, 4) pediatric psychology, 5) American Indian mental health, and 6) developmental issues of infants and toddlers. She provides lectures for the fellows in various seminars and conferences. Laura Yamamoto, Ph.D.
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Oklahoma City, the capital of the state, is a Sunbelt city with approximately one million people in the metropolitan area. An interesting short description of Oklahoma City can be found on the following website: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEEi8ylWACs and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtspPuAywfo
The Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra presents both classic and pop series with internationally renowned guest artists. Repertory companies offer a variety of stage presentations each season, and Ballet Oklahoma presents a popular and exciting series of performances as well.
If you enjoy the outdoors, Oklahoma City is the place to be. There are a multitude of parks, tennis courts, and golf courses, including Oak Tree Golf and Country Club, the site of a previous PGA Championship. Several lakes offer excellent opportunities for sailing, windsurfing, fishing, swimming, and picnicking. Oklahoma City is also home to Frontier City and White Water theme parks, and the Oklahoma City Zoo (one of the country's best "natural setting" zoos). Other attractions include the widely recognized National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum; the beautiful Myriad Gardens/Crystal Bridge; the Omnidome Theater Kirkpatrick Science and Air Space Museum, a unique science and art attraction which includes the International Photography Hall of Fame, Kirkpatrick Planetarium, and Science Museum of Oklahoma; the Oklahoma City National Memorial; and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.
Oklahoma City hosts several festivals and fairs annually. The Festival of the Arts displays the finest talents in visual, culinary, and performing arts, and has been designated one of the top ten outdoor festivals in the United States. The Red Earth festival is the largest national celebration of Native American culture, featuring the finest Native American dancers and artists from the U.S. and Canada.
Oklahoma City is home to a number of sports teams: An NBA Team - Oklahoma City Thunder; a minor league baseball team - the Oklahoma City Redhawks; a minor league hockey team – the Oklahoma City Barons.
You will find Oklahoma City a comfortable and affordable place to live, a desirable place to work, and a fun place to enjoy. Educational, recreational, and cultural opportunities abound. More importantly, you will discover the friendly and industrious people of Oklahoma will make wonderful neighbors and colleagues.
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