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The Department of psychiatry is offering a Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program in Adult Clinical Health Psychology. This Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program emphasizes advanced evidence-based education and clinical training to prepare psychology fellows to work independently in their own specialty area(s). 

The program offers specialized training structured in two specialized fields of practice: (1) Primary Care Behavioral Health Integration and (2) Psychosocial Oncology. With two specialty training areas, fellows will have opportunity to engage in two unique training experiences within the field of clinical health psychology. During the training year, fellows will spend 50% of their time dedicated to PCBHI and 50% of their time dedicated to Psychosocial Oncology.

Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program positions will provide a 12-month supervised clinical experience with approximately 2,000 hours of clinical work. Training for this fellowship will take place within the medical facilities at Ochsner Northshore in St. Tammany Parish. The primary training sites for this fellowship are Ochsner Health Center, 1000 Ochsner Blvd, Covington, LA 70433 and St. Tammany Cancer Center – A Campus of Ochsner Medical Center, 900 Ochsner Blvd, Covington, LA 70433.

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The mission of the Clinical Health Psychology fellowship program is to provide diverse clinical experiences to develop advanced competencies in the specialty areas of primary care behavioral health integration and psychosocial oncology and to help trainees explore and refine their own independent professional identity in preparation for the autonomous practice of psychology.

Our program provides a firm foundation for emerging psychologists pursuing careers in academic medical centers, hospital settings, and multidisciplinary treatment teams. We seek to develop fellows with advanced competencies in clinical health psychology, including diagnosis and assessment, psychotherapeutic intervention, professional consultation, scholarly inquiry/integration of science and practice, individual and cultural diversity, supervision, and ethics/professionalism.

The caseload of fellows is informed by their educational needs and training goals. Ochsner Health uses a relative value unit (RVU) system for tracking provider productivity. This also provides a guideline for the number of direct patient care hours that will be expected. For fellows, the goal will be a minimum of 20-25 hours per week of direct patient care. The clinical supervisor will work with each fellow on developing a weekly schedule template that allows for accomplishment of this goal, taking into consideration the types of services each fellow will be providing and the value to which those services equate in terms of RVUs.

The Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program in Clinical Health Psychology is designed to fulfill the requirements for licensure as a psychologist by the Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Psychologists (LSBEP) and may also fulfill the requirements needed for licensure in other jurisdictions.

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Ochsner Health is Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system with 30 owned, managed, and affiliated hospitals and 60+ healthcare centers. Ochsner employs over 26,000 employees, with more than 1,100 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties and performs over 600 clinical research studies.