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Worcester Recovery Center & Hospital/University of Massachusetts Medical School

Psychology/Psychiatry Department

309 Belmont Street

Worcester, MA 01604

 (508) 368-3300


Chief Psychologist: Daniel Lambert, Ph.D.

Director of Training: Meredith Ronan, Psy.D.

Contact: Meredith Ronan, Psy.D.

Telephone: 508-368-3437

Fax: 508-363-1515




Application Deadline: January 11th, 2019      

Application Review: on a rolling basis

Number of Positions: 1

Interviews Begin: early February

Stipend: Salary will be consistent with the national norms for Post-Doctoral Fellows:   $42,000/year

Number of Hours/Week: 40 Monday through Friday from 8:30AM to 5:00PM four days per week, 11:00PM to 7:30PM one day per week in order to observe and work with 2nd shift staff.

Fellowship Begins: July 1st or August 30th

Fellowship Term: through June 30, 2020.  Renewal: The position is eligible to be renewed one time for a total of two years,a period consistent with the specialized training and practice undertaken.

Applicants each Year: variable (approximately 8-12)

Benefits: Benefit time will follow structures consistent with other UMMS non-faculty positions. Other benefits are provided according to usual UMMS standards.

Number of Licensed Psychologists: 10

Does the Program hire former/current Fellows: potentially


Duties of the Fellow:

The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) and Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital (WRCH) offer a one year position for a Psychology Assistant (postdoctoral fellow) in severe mental illness, with specialization in positive behavior support intervention. This position provides a full-time training opportunity for a clinical psychology postdoc interested in working with a diverse psychiatric population within a public sector setting. WRCH is a state-of the art Department of Mental Health facility that provides services to 320 patients (260 adults and 60 adolescents). WRCH opened in 2012 and is located on the grounds of Worcester State Hospital, one of the oldest state hospitals in the country. WRCH is innovative in its mission to provide recovery-oriented services and dynamic individualized treatment for patients.


A primary role of the position is building and developing skills in Positive Behavior Support (PBS) Interventions to a DMH inpatient psychiatric population. Historically, these interventions are utilized within school settings and/or with individuals with developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and/or traumatic brain injury. There is limited research and/or providers with experience implementing these approaches with an inpatient psychiatric population. This fellowship provides a unique opportunity to specialize in an area that is highly in demand, while also enabling an individual to gain experience with the diverse range of responsibilities essential to that of an inpatient Clinical Psychologist.


The PBS training and responsibilities include:


    • Maintaining a PBS caseload of patients throughout WRCH so as to provide intensive service directly to the patient and through training/consultation with direct care staff.  The service itself includes:
    • Provide assessment and consultation as needed to interdisciplinary teams who desire further assessment and/or understanding of patient’s “problem behaviors” (e.g., self-harming or violent behaviors) and who in all likelihood will need additional PBS support or intervention. This consultation may include various interview, observation and psychological testing procedures.

    ·         Additionally, unless it is contraindicated clinically, the Post-Doctoral Fellow may also carry the primary consultation and liaison responsibility for assigned cases.  In a given case this might include admission, annual and risk assessments of various types.

    • Completing literature review to become familiar with PBS interventions and obtain clinical training through supervision from the lead PBS psychologist and other WRCH psychology staff who provide Positive Behavior Support interventions.
    • Through the process of developing and implementing Positive Behavior Support intervention service at WRCH, the Post-Doctoral Fellow in collaboration with the lead psychologist, will evaluate the program effectiveness and collaborate with department and hospital leadership to implement improved PBS programming at WRCH.

Additionally, on a limited basis and in relation to negotiated training goal of the Post-Doctoral clinician and patient care needs as identified by the Psychology Department and WRCH clinical leadership, the SMI/PBS Psychology Assistant may be assigned other standard Clinical Psychology assessment and intervention tasks. Specific patient care experience and service delivery may include the following:

·         Assessment practice (Admission, Psycho-diagnostic, Risk, Neuropsychology) services.  

·         Psychotherapy practice (Group and individual psychotherapy consistent with prioritized evidence-based practices of the WRCH Psychology staff)

·         Consultation and liaison to patients, collaterals and interdisciplinary staff according to Psychology Department standards.

·         Contributions to staff training, program development and supervision of predoctoral Interns/Trainees under licensed supervision of the WRCH Supervising Psychologist(s).


Supervision and Seminars:

  • Weekly supervision provided by lead psychologist PBS group consultation supervision with the lead psychologist and director of psychology. Additional supervision will be provided by psychologists with whom the Fellow is collaborating on cases.
  • Opportunity to attend weekly didactics (3 hours/week) with APA pre-doctoral clinical interns.
  • Weekly grand round lectures in addition to a variety of other training opportunities that are available through WRCH and UMMS.


Goals of the Fellowship: see above description


Application Requirements:

·         Completion of doctoral degree requirements in clinical or counseling psychology from an APA/CPA-accredited program as well as a pre-doctoral internship meeting APA, APPIC, or CAPPIC standards.

·         Applications are due January 11, 2019. We will select ONE post-doctoral fellow for the 2019-2020 training year.

·         Please send a CV, letter of interest, three letters of recommendation, and a sample report to Meredith Ronan, Psy.D. at

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