Clinical Psychology Post-Doctoral Training Program

The mission of the Post-Doctoral Training Program is to provide departmental support of professional development during the transition from graduate school to a successful career as a psychologist.

Specific goals include:

  • Enhanced belonging and social connectedness as a group of post-docs
  • Guidance with credentialing, licensure, and related administrative needs
  • Didactic learning (see Curriculum) to support post-doctoral professional development
  • Supplementary mentorship and exposure to diverse models of psychologist career pathways

Why Duke Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences?

Post-doctoral training at Duke University Medical Center in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences includes:

  • Exposure to a nationally prominent and highly collegial inter-disciplinary academic environment
  • Excellent training and supervision in evidence-based approaches by world-class faculty
  • A wide variety of clinical settings and specialty clinics 
  • Extensive opportunities to hone assessment and psychotherapy skills
  • Involvement in cutting-edge research
  • Opportunities to refine research interests and develop a programmatic line of research
  • Mentors at all levels of their careers dedicated to post-doctoral development
  • Learning about Duke internal grant funding opportunities to support post-docs and junior faculty
  • A formalized post-doctoral program to support professional development

Program Structure

The Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences is dedicated to the training, mentorship and professional development of post-doctoral psychologists. Most post-doctoral positions last two years, include a primary mentor and include professional development goals enabling success as an early career psychologist.

Post-doctoral learners may be involved in a wide range of activities across research, education and clinical service missions of the Department. Structured didactics and programmatic support enable each post-doctoral learner to cultivate a trajectory toward success with the support of the Co-Chiefs of Psychology (Drs. Heilbron and Rosenthal) in addition to their primary mentor, clinic and/or lab.

Post-docs meet as a group monthly with the Co-Chiefs of Psychology and an invited speaker for didactics and professional development discussions. Didactic topics include:

  • Managing ethical challenges as a psychologist
  • Multi-cultural consciousness
  • Opportunities for psychologists as leaders in value-based care
  • Strategies in professional networking and development
  • Successfully navigating from post-doc into a career

Additionally, post-docs meet individually with a Co-Chief for at least one hour on a quarterly basis to review and support professional development training goals.