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Post-Doctoral Training

Program Leadership - Nicole Heilbron, PhD, Co-Chief of Psychology; Zach Rosenthal, PhD, Co-Chief of PsychologyThe mission of the Post-Doctoral Training Program, led by Nicole Heilbron, PhD, and Zachary Rosenthal, PhD, 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-doctoral associates
  • 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 pursue post-doctoral training?

Post-doctoral training enables individuals who recently completed doctoral training to transition from graduate school to a successful career as a psychologist. Typically, post-doctoral training lasts two years and includes opportunities for trainees to meet professional development needs by doing any of the following:

  • Accrue supervised post-doctoral hours needed for licensure
  • Refine academic and/or clinical interests and areas of expertise
  • Develop a more robust line of scientific research to better compete for faculty positions
  • Extend the professional network of mentors and colleagues
  • Learn new clinical and/or research strategies and technologies
  • Exposure to diverse models and career pathways for psychologists
  • Develop and mature professionally

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-doctoral associates and junior faculty
  • A formalized post-doctoral program to support professional development

A real strength of the program is the balance between training and independence. I also appreciate the ability to provide services as part of a collaborative medical center, learning from other disciplines to provide the best care to patients.