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December 15, 2023

Rehabilitation Psychology Fellowship at Upstate Medical University

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Jessica Mungro, PhD
Training Director, Rehabilitation Psychology Fellowship

Phone: 315-464-2371
Email: [email protected]

This fellowship is not APPIC accredited as it is a newly created program. The goals are to meet guidelines for APPIC accreditation and prepare candidates who wish to seek Board Certification in Rehabilitation Psychology.

Mission and Values Statement

The mission of the Rehabilitation Psychology Fellowship program at Upstate Medical University is to provide a structured didactic and enriching training experience that is aligned with the core values of Rehabilitation Psychology as broadly defined by the Baltimore Conference Guidelines for Postdoctoral Training In Rehabilitation Psychology (see Stiers, et al., 2012; Stier et al., 2015).  

More specifically, the Fellowship Program strives to instill a deep appreciation and commitment to a person-centered, culturally-informed, disability-sensitive professional training within the context of a medical and healthcare professional teaching hospital.  The interdisciplinary focus of the Fellowship Program will provide meaningful clinical and scholarly experiences for post-doctoral psychology trainees seeking the highest level of training in the core competencies of Rehabilitation Psychology.

Program Description

The Rehabilitation Psychology Fellowship will consist of a 2-year training sequence. This will include at least 20 hours per week dedicated to the provision of clinical services. First-year fellows will be embedded in interdisciplinary teams in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF-2N). They will provide care for hospital-level patients and those demonstrating rehabilitation needs. This may include patients following injury or illness, including diagnoses of stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, burns, amputations, multiple trauma, and deconditioning following prolonged hospitalization.

Second-year fellows will have clinical experiences focused in outpatient treatment settings. This will include at least 20 hours per week dedicated to the provision of clinical services in the Concussion Management Program, Psychosocial Oncology Program, and/or others as program development allows.

Salary range: Consistent with current NIH recommendations

Doctor and patient in clinical office setting

Program Goals

Our fellowship program will provide a planned, programmed sequence of training experiences. It will prepare psychologists for advanced work in the areas of rehabilitation and healthcare.

Additionally, fellows will develop specialty skills, knowledge, and experience to help them to qualify for Board Certification in Rehabilitation Psychology. 

Program Structure, Setting, Population and Resources

  • Located in central New York, Syracuse is a beautiful, friendly, and affordable place to live. The city ranks 24th for Best Places to Live for Young Professionals by Forbes Advisors. It's employment, pay, housing affordability, lifestyle, and cost of living earned it this ranking.
  • Upstate University Health System is the region’s only level 1 Trauma Center. Upstate serves 1.8 million people, often the most ill and injured. Its mission is to improve the health of the communities we serve through education, biomedical research and patient care. 
  • Upstate Medical University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). University Hospital is accredited by DNV (2012 Guideline 2.1)
  • The RP Fellowship Program offers clinical experiences primarily within the Rehabilitation Psychology Department, which is in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation(PM & R) at Upstate Medical University.
  • Clinical programs within the Rehabilitation Psychology Department for fellow training experiences include the:
  • Licensed psychologists who work within the clinical areas provide at least 2 hours of weekly supervision. Didactics consist of a programmed sequence of activities within the department, along with the ability to select activities of interest in related departments (Psychiatry, Neurology) totaling at least 2 hours weekly.

Application Process

We have 1 current opening for a 2-year fellowship, with a plan to add a second Rehab Psychology fellowship and a Neuropsychology fellowship position in 2025.

Education/Training Qualifications

Requirements include APA or CPA approved internship with preferred emphasis in rehabilitation, health, or neuropsychology and completion of doctoral requirements.  Prior to appointment as a postdoctoral fellow, individuals must provide evidence of completion of all requirements for the doctoral degree from a regionally accredited university or professional school program, including completion of an APA or CPA accredited internship training; official transcript, copy of diploma or official letter from the Department Chair or Training Director will be acceptable.  Postdoctoral fellows are appointed to full time positions for one year, renewable for an additional year.  Upon completion of the first year of postdoctoral training, the fellow is expected to be license eligible for the state of NY, meaning they have successfully passed the EPPP- Part 1 and met the experience requirements of 1750 clock hours per year for each of the pre-doctoral and post-doctoral years.

How To Apply

Qualified candidates should submit their application electronically by December 15, 2023.  Interviews will be held virtually and APPIC Postdoctoral Selection Guidelines will be followed for making fellowship offers.  We plan to follow Common Hold Date procedures (Common Hold Date is 2/26/24 this cycle).

Application must include:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Current CV
  3. Names of three references with their affiliation and e-mail addresses
  4. Official graduate transcripts.
  5. Three letters of recommendation, at least one of which is from your current supervisor/internship director, e-mailed directly from letter writers to [email protected].

Cover letter, current CV, and references can be included in the Upstate application link above.  Transcripts and letters of recommendation should be mailed or e-mailed directly to:

Dr. Jessica Mungro, Training Director
Upstate Medical University
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
750 E. Adams St.
Syracuse, NY 13210