DSH – Patton: Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The California Department of State Hospitals (DSH) Patton Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). The Postdoctoral Fellowship Program offers advanced training opportunities designed to develop advanced and specialized skills beyond those acquired in the most competitive clinical psychology graduate and internship programs.

The Postdoctoral Fellowship Program offers specialized training in two distinct fields of professional psychology practice:

Forensic Psychology

The Forensic Psychology Track is intended for those individuals who wish to pursue advanced specialty training in forensic psychology. Our fellowship is designed to meet the training requirements for waiver of the five years of postdoctoral experience normally required for board certification in forensic psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). Please follow the link to the left for more information about the Postdoctoral Fellowship in Forensic Psychology.

Clinical Neuropsychology

The Neuropsychology Track is a two-year fellowship training program that meets the training requirements for application for board certification in clinical neuropsychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). Training in neuropsychology will involve both internal and external training opportunities over the course of the two year program. Prior neuropsychology training is strongly preferred. Please follow the link to the left for more information about the Postdoctoral Fellowship in Neuropsychology.

General Program Information:

DSH – Patton is one of the largest forensic hospitals in the United States. At present, the facility has a census of more than 1,500 individuals, almost all of whom have been committed by the courts under provisions of the California Penal Code or California Welfare & Institutions Code. Most individuals are diagnosed with a severe mental illness and substance abuse problems, many also have personality disorders, and a large percentage of the individuals served come from diverse backgrounds. Our hospital also treats a large number of patients with a variety of neuropsychological disorders including but not limited to traumatic brain injury, dementia, cerebrovascular disease, and various other medical conditions impacting cognition.

The hospital presently employs 84 psychologists on staff, and all psychologists either are licensed in California or are actively pursuing California licensure. Each postdoctoral fellow is assigned a primary supervisor who coordinates the fellow's training experiences, and each fellow also is supervised by several staff psychologists trained in the relevant specialty area.

Current salary is approximately $3,830 per month (approximately $45,960 per year), with full medical, dental, and vision benefits, holiday time, plus accrued sick leave and two weeks of vacation. The starting date is typically September 1st.

Minimal Qualifications:

The minimal qualifications for applicant candidates include receipt of a doctoral degree (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) in clinical psychology, completion of an APA-accredited predoctoral internship program of at least 1,800 hours, and a strong interest in pursuit of advanced training in forensic psychology or neuropsychology. For those applying prior to completion of the predoctoral internship year, the applicant must provide substantiation from the internship director that the applicant is in good standing and making adequate progress towards completion of the predoctoral internship program. Applicants applying prior to completion of the graduate degree must provide firm evidence that the doctoral degree will be conferred prior to the start date of the postdoctoral training year (usually September 1).

Application Procedure:

The Neuropsychology Application Postmark Deadline is December 1, 2015.

The Forensic Psychology Application Postmark Deadline is January 15, 2016.

Please note that our Neuropsychology fellowship accepts one new fellow every year for two-year fellowship appointments. Therefore, we have two neuropsychology fellows each year (one first-year fellow and one second-year fellow). The Forensic fellowship accepts two new fellows each year for one-year fellowship appointments.

All application materials must be postmarked by the respective deadlines above to allow the Postdoctoral Fellowship Director and Committee sufficient time to review applications for the selection process. All of the following materials must be received by the deadline in order to complete the application (although we will consider letters of recommendation and official transcripts postmarked by the deadline to be timely). Mail completed applications to the Fellowship Director at the address below. Please clearly specify in your cover letter whether you are applying to the Forensic Fellowship or the Neuropsychology Fellowship.

The required application materials differ depending on the track to which the applicant is applying. Please review the specific application requirements for each track in the lists below. Completed applications require receipt of the following:

Forensic Fellowship:

  • Postdoctoral Forensic Fellowship Application Form (this includes the four essay questions and the two de-identified work samples)
  • Completed California Examination and/or Employment Application Form
  • Three letters of recommendation – the Forensic Fellowship requires that these letters come from:
    • your dissertation chairperson;
    • your internship director or primary supervisor;
    • any other licensed psychologist who is thoroughly familiar with your work.
  • Official transcripts from all graduate schools attended
  • Current Curriculum Vita
  • Applicants to the forensic fellowship should mail the materials listed above to Craig Lareau, JD, Ph.D., ABPP, Department of Psychology, 3102 E. Highland Ave., Patton, CA 92369.  Dr. Lareau can be reached via email at craig.lareau@dsh.ca.gov.

Neuropsychology Fellowship:

  • Cover letter addressing why Patton's neuropsychology fellowship is a good fit for the applicant. Please include the dissertation defense date (or expected date), clinical interests, and research interests in your cover letter.
  • Completed California Examination and/or Employment Application Form
  • Three letters of recommendation including one from the dissertation chair and two from supervisors who can speak to the applicant's experiences in clinical neuropsychology
  • Official transcripts from all graduate schools attended
  • Current Curriculum Vita
  • Personal Statement (similar to the internship AAPI personal statement in length and content)
  • Table documenting the number neuropsychological assessment instruments administered and/or interpreted (similar to the AAPI assessment tables)
  • One sample neuropsychological report
  • Applicants to the neuropsychology fellowship should mail the materials listed above to Dominique Kinney, Ph.D. and Steve Nitch, Ph.D., ABPP, Department of Psychology, 3102 E. Highland Ave., Patton, CA 92369.  Drs. Kinney and Nitch can be reached via email at dominique.kinney@dsh.ca.gov and steve.nitch@dsh.ca.gov.

In addition, prior to beginning employment as a postdoctoral fellow in either track, a criminal justice background and fingerprint check is mandatory and the fellow must complete a pre-employment physical exam.

Please note that all application materials, including the California Examination and/or Employment Application form must be completed in their entirety. Our Human Resources Department will not accept these forms with notations such as "see attached vita" in lieu of completing the items in the actual forms.

After a preliminary review of applications, the top candidates will be invited for an on-site interview. There are no telephone interviews. On the day of the interview, applicants in both tracks will be asked to complete a written work sample based on psychological testing data that will be provided.

For further information you can e-mail Dr. Glassmire using the email address below:

David Glassmire, Ph.D., ABPP
Director, Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Department of State Hospitals – Patton
Department of Psychology (AX-234)
3102 E. Highland Avenue
Patton, CA 92369
Phone: (909) 425-6573
e-mail: david.glassmire@dsh.ca.gov