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CHC is still accepting applications for the 2017-2018 program year.
1) Complete this application -- please feel free to write your summary of interest in a separate word document as the space provided is limited.
2) Send your completed application along with your CV to [email protected]
3) Request 3 letters of recommendation from your references to be sent to [email protected]
The Postdoctoral Psychology Residency program provides comprehensive training in the provision of psychological care to uninsured and underserved populations under the CHC patient-centered medical home model, with a focus on positive client outcomes and building healthy communities.
We believe this is the future of psychology and are looking forward to training the next generation of behavioral health providers in our model.
The postdoctoral resident will have the unique opportunity to:
Integrated behavioral health services are provided in 12 licensed clinics, more than 40 school based health centers, and 8 programs in domestic violence and homeless shelters across Connecticut.
The CHC headquarters is located in Middletown, CT with primary training locations in the Clinton, Danbury, Middletown, Meriden, New Britain, New London, Norwalk, Stamford, and Waterbury sites, with some service delivery possible at other sites.
Through teleconferencing, CHC is able to provide face-to-face supervision to our residents and full-time access to the training director and supervisors.
All residents will be expected to focus on outpatient clinical treatment in the primary care and behavioral health clinic settings with all age ranges. Some sites offer the opportunities for shelter-based and school-based work.
The goal of the Postdoctoral Psychology Residency program is to train the next generation of psychologists in the Patient Centered Medical Home model. Through weekly seminars, group and individual supervision and clinical work with diverse, underserved populations, residents will fine-tune assessment and therapy skills.
CHC is a multi-site agency with locations across Connecticut. Residents are given a “home office” location at a fixed clinic site and may see patients in schools, shelters, and other non-traditional treatment settings.
The resident’s supervisor works at the fixed-site location. Residents meet weekly in-person for group supervision, seminars and on an as-needed basis for other training opportunities, such as orientation and Grand Rounds. Some sites require additional travel time. CHC has an excellent video conferencing system that allows staff from all of our sites to meet as needed. When residents are not meeting in person, they are able to meet face-to-face via video.
Throughout the year, MyEvaluations.com will be utilized to maintain an ongoing evaluation of residents’ experiences and growth, as well as evaluation of the program and individual seminars. We have institutional policies in place for due process in the event of a grievance.
These psychologists work at our sites across Connecticut. Each resident will have a primary supervisor affiliated with the site where he or she is located. Secondary supervisors may work at other locations. Residents may be asked to drive to other sites for meetings with their secondary supervisors or for didactic training. Didactic training is provided by the multidisciplinary team at CHC, including but not limited to psychologists, social workers, medical doctors, and advanced practice registered nurses.
Tim Kearney, Ph.D. serves as the Chief Psychologist for the residency program in addition to his role as the Chief Behavioral Health Officer for CHC. Dr. Kearney completed his undergraduate work at Yale University and graduate work at Fuller Theological Seminary where he earned his MA (Theology) from the Graduate School of Theology and his Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology) from the Graduate School of Psychology. He has also completed the postgraduate Primary Care Behavioral Health training program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester. While he has much experience working with the entire age range, Dr. Kearney specializes in work with children and adolescents, especially young children. He has received additional training and certification in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Dr. Kearney is the author of “Caring for Sexually Abused Children: A Handbook for Families and Churches.”
Kate Patterson, Psy.D. serves as a supervising psychologist and coordinator of various programs including multidisciplinary evaluations through the Department of Children and Families as well as the Child Guidance Clinic in Middletown. Dr. Patterson, a Connecticut native, has dedicated her career to working within local systems of care including a maximum security prison, the VA health care system, and outpatient work both within a clinic setting and in the home. She received her undergraduate degree from Central Connecticut State University and continued on to pursue a doctorate from Antioch University New England in Keene, NH. At CHC, Dr. Patterson works with clients across the age range, but has a particular interest in working with children and adolescents. Regarding research, Dr. Patterson has an interest in countertransference and its influence on working with different social classes. This construct is often applied in her clinical work and is a key aspect during supervision with her residents and externs. CHC’s externship program was developed and implemented by Dr. Patterson and will be entering its third year. In addition to her work at CHC, Dr. Patterson is an adjunct professor at a neighboring graduate program in counseling.
Kimberly Citron, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist and Behavioral Health Clinician and is the Director of Domestic Violence, Research, and Education at Community Health Center, Inc.. Dr. Citron has a faculty appointment at the Weitzman Institute where she is working to advance behavioral health research as well as research related to integrated care. Dr. Citron has extensive educational and professional experience in the field of psychology.
She has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from City University of New York’s The Graduate Center with a Forensic Psychology subspecialty from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She has worked in in-patient, in-home, and outpatient setting providing services to children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Citron has a strong interest in providing services that enhance the physical and emotional well-being of all family members. Throughout her career she has conducted research integrating psychology and the law, with a focus on disparities between groups. Dr. Citron has published several articles related to forensic psychology, and her current research agenda focuses on innovative interventions and ways to improve behavioral health services within a primary care setting. Dr. Citron has a Clinical Faculty Appointment at Quinnipiac University at the Frank H. Netter School of Medicine, where she mentors students on their CAPSTONE projects and serves as instructor for Independent Study courses. Dr. Citron has also published a children’s book entitled “Mommy Loves,” in which she promotes attunement and bonding between caregiver and child.
Adriana McCormick, Psy.D. serves as the Post-Doctoral Training Director for CHC. Dr. McCormick earned her bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University and her Psy.D. at the University of Hartford. She has built her career at the Community Health Center Inc., beginning with the company as a post-doctoral psychology resident, continuing on as a staff psychologist and then becoming the Training Director for the residency program and the on-site Behavioral Health Director for CHC’s Hartford site. Dr. McCormick is committed to training the next generation of healthcare providers in offering integrated services in the primary care setting and works with the leadership team to implement the multi-site post-doctoral residency program. Dr. McCormick is bi-cultural and bilingual and provides therapy services in Spanish to our Hispanic population with an emphasis on cultural and cross cultural concerns as well as addressing a wide variety of clinical issues. Although she has experience with the full age range, she particularly enjoys working with children, adolescents and their families. Dr. McCormick also has additional training in trauma related evidence based treatment models both for adults and children/adolescents.
Erica Preston, Psy.D. is a senior behavioral health clinician at CHC. Dr. Preston completed her undergraduate work at Northwestern University and earned her Psy.D. from the University of Hartford. Dr. Preston completed her post-doctoral residency at CHC as part of the first class of post-doctoral residents and went on to become a permanent staff psychologist at CHC. Dr. Preston works with adolescents and adults and specializes in psychotherapy with the LGBT population, specifically people who are gender variant. She also has a research background in the process of conducting psychotherapy with transgender people who are in the process of transitioning.
Kerry Bamrick, MBA serves as the program coordinator for CHC’s postdoctoral residency training program and nurse practitioner residency training program. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing and coordinating all aspects of both training programs. In addition to this role, Kerry serves as the Senior Program Manager for the Weitzman Center for Innovation in Community Health and Primary Care. Kerry is also the IRB administrator for CHC. Kerry has an undergraduate degree from Merrimack College and Masters Degree in Business Administration from Western New England College.
The Community Health Center, Inc. has been given the highest recognition by NCQA as a Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home. PCMHs are the future of healthcare. In addition, our Behavioral Health program operates as a part of the primary care service delivery system at CHC, giving residents the opportunity to be trained to provide care in this model.
Community Health Center, Inc. delivers service in over 200 locations across Connecticut. Behavioral health services are provided in 12 licensed clinics, more than 40 school based health centers, and 8 programs in domestic violence and homeless shelters in central Connecticut. The headquarters is located at 675 Main Street in Middletown. Primary training locations include Clinton, Middletown, Meriden, New Britain, New London, Norwalk and Stamford, with some service delivery possible at other sites.
The postdoctoral residency is a full-year program that begins in September 1, 2016 and continues through August 31, 2017.
The postdoctoral resident is required to work 40 hours per week. Residents receive paid time off and holidays.
A stipend of $50,000 is offered for the year. Residents are hired as one-year contracted employees of CHC with insurance benefits and paid time off.
The residency is a 12 month, full-time salaried position. Residents enjoy the full and competitive benefit package of CHC employees, including the following:
Residents are expected to be at CHC five days per week, at least one evening per week until 7 p.m. and a minimum of one Saturday per month to meet the needs of our working clients. The seminar schedule will also dictate the resident’s schedules. Some after-hour on-call responsibilities are required.
All residents will be expected to focus on outpatient clinical treatment in the primary care and behavioral health clinic setting. Specialized settings, including shelter-based and school-based work, are available at most sites and may be required.
While Spanish language proficiency is preferred for all sites, it is essential for some. Residents will be expected to use the phone-based translation service to provide care to clients whose preferred language is not English. All treatment rooms are equipped with speaker phones.
Yes. Residents will be trained in the use of eClinical Works, CHC’s integrated electronic health record, which allows access to clients’ medical, behavioral health and dental records.
Upon completion of the program, residents will have the necessary supervised clinical experience to qualify to sit for the EPPP and CT state exam for psychology licensure.
No. Psychologists must be licensed to qualify for the National Health Service Corps loan forgiveness programs. CHC is qualified as a site for this program for licensed psychologists.
Applicants must have completed an APA/CPA accredited doctoral program. We do not require that applicants completed an APA/CPA accredited doctoral internship, although the internship experience should meet APPIC standards.
All requirements for the doctoral degree must be completed before starting the postdoctoral training program and these requirements will be verified by CHC staff.
Applicants should also send an email with their CV and two de-identified psychological evaluations attached to [email protected]. within 24 hours of submitting their application. Applications should arrange to have 3 letters of references sent to this email address. Each letter should come from the email address of the person making the recommendation.
As a Psychology Resident, the successful applicant will be hired as a full time contracted employee of Community Health Center, Inc for the postdoctoral year. In addition to the above information, we will require our standard employment application be completed and a contract signed. Residents will be introduced to some of the benefits offered to full time employees by our Human Resources department, including paid time off, medical insurance, and due process/grievance procedures.
We are still accepting applications for the 2016-2017 Postdoc Psychology Cohort.
Please e-mail [email protected] with any questions or call at 860-347-6971, Extension 3780.