Postdoctoral Fellowships in Medical Psychology

Postdoctoral Fellowships In Medical Psychology

rotundaThe Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences offers several postdoctoral fellowships in Medical Psychology for graduates of APA or CPA-approved doctoral programs in clinical or counseling psychology who have completed an APA or CPA-approved predoctoral internship in Clinical Psychology. Training and supervision are provided by the psychology and psychiatry faculty and are coordinated with the other postdoctoral fellowships within University of Virginia Health. This allows for a broad variety of interdisciplinary educational, research, and clinical training opportunities as well as in-depth experience in providing a wide range of services in Medical Psychology.

Educational experiences in the fellowship program include seminars, coordinated by each service and specialty area, which supply the fellow with the necessary knowledge and techniques to provide appropriate professional services in medical settings.

The fellowship program is a one-year, full-time training experience (with a possible renewal for a second year). Fellowship typically begins between July 1st and September 1st of each calendar year.  The fellowship is administered by the Psychology Fellowship Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences. Each fellow is appointed to the Housestaff of University of Virginia Health and awarded a certificate by the UVA Health upon successful completion of the training program. we have a sustained and strong commitment to inclusion and diversity. We strive to ensure that all residents, no matter their race, sexuality, country of origin, gender, religion or able-bodiedness, feel included and valued for their unique perspectives. In 2024, UVA Health was chosen by Forbes Magazine as the 9th best health care system in their ranking of best employers for diversity. We also ensure that our fellows receive training in accordance with the ASPIRE values of UVA Health.

The Charlottesville Area

Charlottesville is a metropolitan city located in the center of the Commonwealth. The City of Charlottesville and the surrounding Albemarle County have a population now exceeding 100,000. The Blue Ridge Parkway, Skyline Drive, and ski resorts are approximately one-half hour by car to the West; Virginia Beach, three hours to the Southeast; and Washington, D.C., two hours to the Northeast. The focal point of the city is the University of Virginia, which was founded by Thomas Jefferson. The area is rich in history and popular tourist spots include Monticello (Thomas Jefferson’s home), Ash Lawn-Highland (James Monroe’s home), and nearby Montpelier (James Madison’s home).  Money magazine has named Charlottesville among the top cities in the United States, Outside magazine listed it as one of their “dream towns,” and Charlottesville has been lauded as one of the top cities for charming atmosphere, book lovers, wine enthusiasts, college football, as well as one of the healthiest cities.

Goals and Organization

The program is designed to provide sub-specialty training within a large academic medical center. Collaboration between members of different disciplines is valued during the fellowship. The fellow is expected to consolidate and develop further competence in the therapeutic and diagnostic procedures appropriate to his or her specialty, including the ability to consult with other professionals where psychological knowledge can make a unique contribution to patient management. An essential feature of the training program is a balance between ongoing clinical activities and didactic offerings. Participation in faculty research projects, as well as the opportunity to develop independent research projects may also be possible and is considered integral to the scientist-practitioner model in psychology.

Individual supervision for at least two hours per week is provided on each of the clinical services and sites. The Medical psychology Program Director holds an orientation meeting and monthly training meetings during the year and provides consultation to the fellows and oversight of the sub-specialty training programs.

Admission Criteria

  • Completion of graduate program requirements for a doctoral degree in Clinical or Counseling Psychology from an APA or CPA-approved program.
  • Completion of an APA or CPA-approved predoctoral internship in Clinical Psychology

Materials Required

  • Behavioral Psychology applicants: Complete this application
  • Clinical Health Psychology applicants: Complete this application
  • Clinical Neuropsychology applicants: Complete the application and requirements listed here
  • Forensic Psychology applicants: Complete this application

In addition to the specialty specific applications,  applicants should submit the following:

  • A copy of your most recent curriculum vitae
  • Graduate school transcripts – an unofficial copy is sufficient for the application. Official transcripts will be required for all incoming fellows prior to their start date.
  • Three letters of recommendation from those familiar with your work
  • Neuropsychology applicants: Complete the application requirements listed here

Postdoctoral fellows are expected to take the EPPP national licensing exam and apply for licensure within the Commonwealth of Virginia within the first six months of their fellowship.  For more information on requirements, please see the Virginia Board of Psychology website.

Note: Hospital policy states that all incoming house staff must pass a background check and drug screening as a function of employment.


The Clinical Neuropsychology fellowship is an APPCN match programs.  The APPCN match results will be released on the TBD match release date.  All other programs will inform applicants of selection timeframes and notification procedures.

General information about benefits can be found one the UVA Graduate Medical Education Office website.  Note that some of the benefits pertain only to medical residents (e.g., on-call office).  Specific questions about benefits should be directed to the sub-specialty training directors or to the program director.

Upon selection for one of our fellowship programs at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, a formal offer letter will be sent by the Program Director who will also be the point of contact for the credentialing and appointment process:

Donna K. Broshek, PhD, ABPP-CN
Director, Medical Psychology Fellowship Program
Department of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences
Box 800203
University of Virginia School of Medicine
Charlottesville, VA 22908-0223