Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship at VA and DC offices

Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship at VA and DC offices

For the last 30 years, The Ross Center has served as a preeminent mental health practice providing gold standard, evidenced-based psychological and psychiatric services. Across our offices in Washington DC, Vienna VA, and New York City, we have established a team of renowned clinicians with a wide array of experience and expertise. The Ross Center clinicians are extensively trained in various treatment modalities, including CBT, ACT, ERP, DBT, and SPACE. Our team values compassion, authenticity, critical thinking, and innovative and collaborative care. We are committed to evolving along with the mental health field and are passionate about continuing education and the training of psychology professionals.

The Ross Center is currently accepting applications for two fellowship positions within its Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. The fellow will practice in both the DC and Northern VA office locations, and will also have the opportunity for remote work (see details below).

The fellowship program is comprised of two focus areas:

  • Clinical Adult Psychology
  • Clinical Child/Adolescent Psychology

Our training is comprehensive and based on licensure standards and core competencies with a strong emphasis on clinical practice. As such, both focus areas facilitate competency in the following domains: individual and group psychotherapy, psychological evaluation and testing, consultation and professional/ interdisciplinary collaboration, multicultural awareness, ethical and legal standards, and communication and interpersonal skills. We strive to personalize the training experience of our fellows based on their personal areas of interest and prior training.

Psychotherapy: Postdoctoral fellows will maintain a caseload of approximately 15-20 individual psychotherapy cases with a primary focus on adults (Adult Psychology Track) or children/adolescents (Child/Adolescent Psychology Track). Additionally, fellows will work as part of the comprehensive DBT Program for teens (ages 14-17) as well as The Ross Center’s Accelerated Treatment Program. The Accelerated Treatment Program provides short-term, individualized CBT services with a focus on the provision of experiential, exposure therapy for individuals with panic disorder, phobias, social anxiety, OCD, and generalized anxiety. With regard to group psychotherapy, fellows will be involved in the facilitation of various groups including, but not limited to, DBT, SPACE, Resilience Builders, and/or Social Anxiety groups. Of note, fellows will be able to work closely with their supervisors to tailor the experience to their specific clinical interests.

Psychological Evaluation + Testing: The Ross Center has a robust psychological testing program offering neuropsychological, adult ADHD, admissions, emotional/personality, and forensic testing as well as autism/early childhood assessment. Fellows will have the opportunity to complete various psychological testing batteries and collaborate with testing providers to broaden and refine testing proficiency.

Supervision + Consultation:  A cornerstone of the postdoctoral fellowship is quality supervision and consultation. We believe supervision and consultation should be developmental, accessible, and collegial. Fellows will receive weekly individual and group supervision with various providers based on focus area, specialty, and clinical service/program. Clinicians involved in the fellowship program have extensive supervision experience, diverse theoretical perspectives, and rich experience working as part of interdisciplinary teams. Additionally, program- and office-specific consultation teams meet on a weekly to monthly basis.

Professional Development + Research: Fellows will be afforded opportunities to expand upon and share their budding areas of expertise with their co-fellow(s), The Ross Center staff, and the public via their involvement in formal case presentations, clinical grand rounds, and continuing education seminars and workshops. Fellows will be able to attend regular in-house CE workshops. Fellows may also present research by way of a capstone project (i.e., paper/presentation/lecture) aimed at fostering continued education, dissemination of knowledge, and best clinical practice.

Fellowships may be full-time (i.e., one-year fellowship; 40hrs/week) or part-time (i.e., two-year fellowship; 25hrs/week) with a guarantee of acquiring requisite hours for licensure by the end of their fellowship term. Fellows will have the opportunity to collaborate with clinicians across the DC and VA offices as they will split their time between these two locations. At present, The Ross Center offers a hybrid model of care with both in-person and telehealth services being provided. Fellows will initially be asked to spend the majority of their time working from the office, with the option of one telehealth day and the opportunity for increased hybrid work over time.

We offer a highly competitive salary and benefits package including medical, vision, and dental insurance, 401K contribution, and professional development stipend. Fellows also have the opportunity to continue their work at the Ross Center upon successful completion of their fellowship and fulfillment of licensure requirements.

Candidate requirements include: Completion of APA-accredited doctoral program and pre-doctoral internship. Additionally, applicants should be working toward licensure in DC, Virginia, and preferably, Maryland.

The Ross Center is committed to supporting diversity among its staff and clients. We recognize that different backgrounds and experiences help to strengthen our practice and provide optimal care. We strongly encourage candidates to apply who will enrich The Ross Center’s culturally inclusive environment and services, including those with training and experience providing evidenced-based treatment to diverse populations.

Application deadline: January 1, 2023. Early applications are encouraged and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please email your CV, cover letter, de-identified recent neuropsychological/psychological report, and 3 letters of recommendation to
Andrea Biel, PsyD and Chelsey Barrios Foster, PhD.