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Post-Doctoral Fellowship In Forensic Psychology

Central State Hospital (CSH) located in Petersburg, Virginia, is pleased to offer a one-year post-doctoral Fellowship in forensic psychology, with an emphasis on forensic evaluation. The primary goal of our Fellowship program is to prepare the Fellow for independent practice of forensic psychology with a severely and persistently mentally ill population as well as to provide advanced training in forensic assessment and forensic report writing. Throughout the training year, the Fellow is expected to dedicate 70% of their time to conducting forensic and psychological evaluations, and 30% of their time to other clinical, didactic, and training activities. Formal didactic training is offered both on-site and at the Institute for Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy (ILPPP) at the University of Virginia.

This is a full-time, one-year position that is designed to meet all supervision requirements for licensure as a clinical psychologist in Virginia and has been determined to meet the American Board of Forensic Psychology (ABFP) criteria for the experience waiver. The fellowship year begins in August or September each year (start date is negotiable related to completion of internship). Successful applicants must have completed a doctoral degree in clinical or counseling psychology by the fellowship start date, as well as a pre-doctoral clinical internship (APA accreditation in both the graduate program and internship is preferred). The stipend is approximately $46,000 and the fellow receives health and malpractice insurance, as well as paid leave time. Applications are accepted from mid-November through January 1st each year. For a copy of the program brochure and information about how to apply, please contact Dr. Maria Sverdlova at Maria.Sverdlova@dbhds.virginia.gov.

  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship Brochure - PDF


Doctoral Internship In Forensic Clinical Psychology

Central State Hospital (CSH) located in Petersburg, Virginia offers two doctoral internship positions in forensic clinical psychology. This internship training program provides the intern with exposure to the full range of mental disorders typically seen in forensic and inpatient psychiatric settings. The internship training program offers education and supervision in the practice of clinical and forensic psychology, a primary goal of which is to prepare the intern for the practice of psychology with a seriously mentally ill population. Central State Hospital provides services to male and female adults with serious mental illnesses, many of whom also have diagnoses of substance abuse disorders and/or intellectual disability. Our patient population includes pre- and post-trial forensic patients receiving court-ordered evaluation and treatment, patients who have been adjudicated not guilty by reason of insanity who are receiving evaluation and/or treatment, and non-forensic patients receiving treatment under civil commitment. Formal didactic training is offered both on-site and at the Institute for Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy (ILPPP) at the University of Virginia. The interns also receive dedicated research time.

This is a full-time, one-year position that is designed to meet all supervision and training requirements for doctoral internship as outlined by APPIC and APA guidelines. The internship year begins in August. The stipend is approximately $30,000 and the intern receives health and malpractice insurance, as well as paid leave time. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2019-2020 internship year. Applications for consideration in the first APPIC match cycle are due by December 1, 2018. Interested applicants are encouraged to email Dr. Brandon Riley (Brandon.riley@dbhds.virginia.gov),Psychology Supervisor and Training Director with any questions or to submit an application. 

  • Internship Brochure - PDF