Training Experiences

Fellowship programs at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler are based on the Practitioner-Scholar model and postdoctoral fellows are trained to become proficient consumers of research who utilize scholarly inquiry to inform their practice.

Clinical Health and Clinical Psychology

Experiences for Clinical Health and Clinical Psychology include conducting inpatient and outpatient consultations for reasons including comorbidity of medical illness and psychological conditions, issues with adherence to treatment, pre-existing psychological illness and suicide risk assessments. The consultation liaison experience also emphasizes collaboration with medical teams, staff and patient families. Experiences also include health psychology and neuropsychological evaluations such as pain/opioid and pre-surgical evaluations, diagnostic clarification evaluations, cognitive/behavioral evaluations and dementia assessments. Additionally, fellows will provide psychological care using evidence-based interventions for mental health and behavioral health issues including but not limited to depression, anxiety, PTSD, smoking cessation, weight management and pain management. Training experiences will take place across the UT Health system, which includes several hospitals (medical and psychiatric); outpatient clinics including family medicine, oncology, palliative care and emergency departments.

Clinical Child Psychology

Training experiences in Clinical Child Psychology for the entry-level postdoctoral fellowship will include providing training in evidence-based assessment and treatment of abuse/trauma-related symptoms among children and adolescents effected by child abuse (50%). Work with families will be emphasized, as well as consultation with disciplines serving in the investigation, medical care and mental health treatment (10%). Training of the aforementioned disciplines as well as teachers will be an integral part of the training experience (10%). Opportunities for research and the use of telehealth also are available (10%). Supervision with experienced experts is available, and didactics will be provided as part of psychology and multidisciplinary training (20%). The advanced postdoctoral fellowship in Child Abuse Clinical Psychology (which requires a doctoral degree and a completed post-doctoral fellowship by the start of the post-doctoral fellowship) will provide advanced training in evidence-based assessment and treatment of abuse/trauma-related symptoms among children and adolescents effected by child abuse (40%). Work with families will be emphasized, as well as consultation with disciplines serving in the investigation, medical care and mental health treatment (10%). Training of the aforementioned disciplines as well as teachers will be an integral part of the training experience (10%). Opportunities for research and the use of tele-health also are available (30%). Supervision with experienced experts is available, and didactics will be provided as part of psychology and multidisciplinary training (10%). The postdoctoral fellows in Child Abuse will collaborate with local agencies serving abused children (e.g., the local CACs and DV shelter), with 10 other CACs in the larger East Texas region and with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. The Child Abuse Fellows work with a variety of populations, including rural and underserved patients, and will work with settings to screen for abusive/traumatic events and related symptoms.

Supervision & Didactics

  • Fellows will receive a minimum of two hours per week of individual supervision from faculty who are licensed psychologists. Additional supervision is available if requested.
  • Fellows will have the opportunity to mentor and provide supervision to doctoral psychology interns, participate in didactics with family medicine and psychiatry residents and present didactic lectures during the academic year.
  • Research and scholarly activity opportunities are available in all fellowship programs.
For more information, please see the program handbook.