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American Family Children's Hospital

Health Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program

University Hospital offers two one-year post-doctoral fellowships in clinical Health Psychology.


About Our Program


The program involves a 12-month, full-time experience (2,000 hours), providing the necessary post-doctoral hours required for licensure to practice psychology independently in the state of Wisconsin. The program is designed to provide didactic and clinical training in preparation for professional work in a variety of medical settings, including hospitals, medical clinics and post-secondary educational institutions.


The program is based upon a practitioner-scholar model offering hands-on experience complemented by knowledge of relevant psychological science. Our intent is to prepare fellows to move competently across a variety of health psychology settings and to use a wide range of skills.


Graduates of our program are competitively prepared to work in a number of settings, including academic medical centers, private hospitals, independent psychology practices with medical specialization, academic psychology departments and outpatient medical clinics.


Program Philosophy


Based in a nationally recognized academic medical center, the fellowship program involves training with a wide variety of patients, problems and treatment teams. Our philosophy is to provide a broad array of experiences across the medical center rather than specialized training in one or two areas. A minimum of 80 percent of each fellow's time is focused on adult medical-surgical patients. In this capacity, fellows work across a variety of medical services and provide assessment and treatment to patients with acute and chronic needs. Also included in this 80 percent time is the opportunity to perform outpatient evaluations. Both fellows will perform outpatient pre-surgical transplantation evaluations for potential organ transplant recipients and for potential living organ donors.


Each of the two fellows will then spend the other 20 percent time on one of the following tracks:

  • Adult Specialty Track: 20 percent time will be focused on a specialized adult area, including more involvement on multidisciplinary treatment teams, emphasis on certain populations, increased involvement in organ transplant evaluations, or training at one of the other adult medical treatment centers affiliated with UWHC. The determination of this 20 percent time will be based upon both the training interests and needs of the fellow in conjunction with recommendation of the Director of Training and the availability of these opportunities on a year to year basis. Any applicant who seeks to focus only upon adult populations should specify their interest in this ADULT Specialty track.
  • Pediatric Specialty Track: 20 percent time will be focused on clinical service with pediatric patients and their families. In this capacity, the fellow will be involved in inpatient pediatric assessment, intervention and consultation. Fellows will see patients with a range of medical disorders across our Children's Hospital (on site), including the NICU. Involvement on pediatric multidisciplinary treatment teams is also a component of this experience.

Throughout their experiences and the training year, fellows are required to perform consultation with multidisciplinary medical teams and often play a key role as the psychological consultant to these teams. Fellows also have the opportunity to engage in program development, supervision of practicum students (when on site) and/or teaching of medical residents during their training year.


The fellowship program is a member of APPIC and administered by the Health Psychology faculty within the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation. The department also is home to two APA-approved pre-doctoral clinical psychology internship positions in Health Psychology and a number of graduate practicum students.