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 first round of applications for the 2020-2021 year will be open from October 1-December 16. We will hold interview days January 6th and 13th. Applications submitted after December 16th will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
The postdoctoral resident will have the unique opportunity to:
Integrated behavioral health services are provided in 14 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, Hartford, 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.
CHC’s Postdoctoral Clinical Psychology Residency Program is “accredited on contingency” by the Commission on Accreditation of the American psychological Association.
Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
Please e-mail [email protected] with any questions.
Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979
Email: [email protected]
CHC is one of the few APA accredited health center postdoctoral residency programs in the country. At CHC, residents have the opportunity to work with the full age range. They also have the opportunity to work with chronically underserved vulnerable populations including OUD/SUD, LGBTQ, and complex trauma.
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, with primary training locations in the Clinton, Danbury, Hartford, Middletown, Meriden, New Britain, New London, Norwalk, Stamford, and Waterbury sites, with some service delivery possible at other sites.
September 8, 2020 and continues through August 27, 2021.
The postdoctoral resident is required to work 40 hours per week. Residents receive paid time off and holidays.
The program is one year. In this time residents will complete postdoctoral hours needed to meet the requirements to be eligible for licensure in the state of Connecticut.
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 6 p.m. at most clinics (please note that late hours differ by clinic, but are no later than 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.
All residents will be expected to focus on outpatient clinical treatment in the primary care 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.
Please review our manual here.
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. In order to complete the residency, the resident will be required to demonstrate advanced proficiency across listed goals and objectives.
CHC’s Postdoctoral Clinical Psychology Residency Goals and Objectives of the program are as follows:
CHC is a multi-site agency with locations across Connecticut. Residents are given a “home office” location at one or more sites 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, New Innovations 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.
Residents spend 32 hours of their week in direct service delivery on site providing services to clients and participating in the procedures of the clinic. Eight hours a week residents attend training seminars and complete group supervision.
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.”
Chelsea McIntosh, Psy. D is the Training Director for the residency program as well as the On Site Behavioral Health Director for the clinics located in Stamford and Norwalk. She was a previous resident in the program. Dr. McIntosh obtained her undergraduate degree at Drew University and her doctorate in clinical psychology from Baylor University. Dr. McIntosh trained as a generalist, working across a diversity of settings such as probation, adolescent residential, university and other educational settings, as well as the outpatient setting. Her clinical interests focus on interpersonal, systems based work, and the implementation of general practice, taking evidence based treatment and adopting it to various populations and settings. An additional interest is the development of clinical identity and how it impacts ethical decision making and the therapeutic relationship.
Leticia D. Orozco, Ed. D. is the program specialist for the Postdoctoral Residency program. Dr. Orozco completed her undergraduate work at the University of Connecticut in Kinesiology and Nutrition, finished her Masters in Science at Southern Connecticut State University in Human Performance, and defended her thesis on motivation in high school female basketball players. She then completed her doctorate in education and organizational leadership, with a concentration in international studies, at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. She defended her dissertation on the emotional intelligence and the correlation between well-being and student success in college students with substance use. Her passion is in student development and training the next generation.
Kate Patterson, Psy.D. serves as the Clinical Director of the Lillian Reba Moses Child Guidance Clinic and as a supervising psychologist and coordinator of various programs including multidisciplinary evaluations through the Department of Children and Families. 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. 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. 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. 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.
Erica Preston, Psy.D. is a staff psychologist at the New London site. 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.
Jennifer Bumpus, PsyD. LCSW is a licensed clinical psychologist, as well as a licensed clinical social worker and works as a clinician in the Meriden site. Dr. Bumpus obtained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University New England in Keene, New Hampshire and was a member of CHC’s second class of Psychology Postdoc Residents (2012-2013). One of her passions is Child Welfare, as she worked for over a decade for the Department of Children and Families in CT in a variety of social work related roles, prior to obtaining her doctorate. Some of her clinical interests include working with children, adults and families around the issues of divorce, loss, adoption/ foster care, ADHD, depression, anxiety and trauma-related issues. Dr. Bumpus has engaged in research on the racial identity development, resilience, and self-esteem of transracially adopted African American children and is interested in a variety of multicultural issues and their effects on children and families.
Dariush Fathi Psy.D. is the On Site Behavioral Health Director at the Danbury site. Dr. Fathi works on the front lines addressing the opioid crisis and partnered with physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and medical assistants to develop CHC’s outpatient suboxone treatment program for adults with opiate addiction. Dr. Fathi trains and supervises behavioral health trainees from different disciplines, including doctoral psychology, advance nurse practitioner, and counseling students. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Waterloo and his graduate degree from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Fathi completed his doctoral research in outpatient substance abuse treatment, with and developed interventions that can be used from home to help patients overcome their addictions. He has extensive training in evidence-based approaches including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and mindfulness. He also has training in psychodynamic therapy, and uses an integrated approach in his work with patients.
Victoria Ramos, Psy.D. currently serves as the On-Site Behavioral Health Director for the Meriden site. Dr. Ramos is bilingual and bicultural and provides services in Spanish to CHC’s large Spanish-speaking population. She obtained her generalist training in clinical psychology from the University of Harford in 2008. Her interests lie in psychological assessment, multicultural issues, and trauma-focused treatment.
Allan Stebinger, Ph.D is a staff psychologist at the Middletown site. He obtained his Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research. He has worked in community health since 1994. His current clinical interests include dual diagnosis patients, (he is certified in substance abuse counseling), and suicide assessment.