Postdoctoral Training

Postdoctoral training, a critical component in the sequence of psychology training, has evolved significantly in recent years and largely in the absence of any organizing body or structure. Although APPIC has supported postdoctoral training for a number of years, its main focus has been on internship training. Beginning in 2012 with the formation of the APPIC Postdoctoral Workgroup (now the Postdoctoral Committee), APPIC has dedicated an impressive number of resources to the postdoctoral training community. APPIC’s and the Committee’s goal is to is to learn more about the heterogeneous nature of postdoc programs and postdoctoral training within the profession of psychology and identify common and possible unifying features. The goals of this analysis are to identify what APPIC can offer to postdoctoral programs, and to further postdoctoral training within the profession. More information on the current state of postdoctoral training can be found at (Postdoctoral Training Summit) and in a recent special issue of the journal Training and Education in Professional Psychology (2018) Vol 12, Issue 2 contains articles discussing topics included in the postdoctoral training summit.


General Resources

 

APPIC's Email Lists

It is highly recommended that applicants and program directors subscribe to APPIC's postdoctoral email lists. Click on the link above for more information. The Postdoc-News list is the primary source through which information about postdoctoral selection and training is disseminated. This list is information only. The Postdoc-Network list is a discussion list for postdoctoral applicants and programs.

How to Become an APPIC Member Program

Postdoctoral training programs that are accredited by the American Psychological Association are recognized as meeting the APPIC Postdoctoral Membership criteria. All others must meet APPIC’s Membership Criteria. Click on the following to access the APPIC eMembership portal and submit an apply to become an APPIC Member Postdoctoral Program.

 

Selection Resources
 

APPIC Postdoctoral Selection Guidelines

APPIC strongly encourages all Postdoctoral Programs and Applicants to adhere to Postdoctoral Selection Guidelines for the 2019/2020 selection process. Last year, 95% of programs that listed positions (906) in the UPPD agreed to follow the guidelines and the UND – Uniform Notification Date. The APPIC Postdoctoral Program Survey indicated that the guidelines worked well or very well for 76% of programs that responded. The APPIC Postdoctoral Program Survey indicated that 86.6% of applicants obtained a position at the time of survey completion. Of those reporting on rank of positions, 89.7% indicated that they secured a position with their first or second ranked program. Click on the blue link above to view the guidelines.

APPIC’s recommended Uniform Notification Date (UND) guidelines are currently followed by the preponderance of clinically focused psychology postdoctoral training programs.  Although there may be compelling reasons that the remaining programs are reluctant to participate in the UND, we have found that there are several core misunderstandings that often lead to this decision. The following is an attempt to clarify these misunderstandings. Click on the blue link above to view the misunderstandings and clarifying information.

Universal Psychology Postdoctoral Directory (UPPD)

With the support of the Postdoctoral Training Summit attendees, the APPIC Postdoctoral Workgroup has spearheaded the development of the UPPD. The UPPD, in its debut year, contained over 900 postdoctoral program listings and was highly utilized prior to and after the UND. Data from the applicant survey indicate that 73% of postdoctoral offers were from sites listed in the UPPD. The UPPD appears to be serving its intended purpose as the main source for programs to list positions and for applicants to search for positions. This preliminary success is due directly to the APPIC Postdoc Summit held in 2016 to address training issues postdoctoral training. The UPPD has undergone a number of cosmetic and functioning enhancements for the 2019-2020 selection cycle. Click on the blue link above to go to the UPPD. Note: The APPIC Directory Online (DOL) contains listings only for APPIC postdoctoral member programs. Although the APPIC DOL and the UPPD share some common information, the UPPD was designed specifically for postdoctoral programs and allows one to easily search by emphasis, focus, or specialty and has listings for both APPIC member and non-member programs. The APPIC Directory Online is only for APPIC member programs. More information on becoming an APPIC member can be found at https://www.appic.org/About-APPIC/APPIC-Policies/Postdoc

 
Postdoctoral training directors:

  • To create a new account and enter a program in the UPPD:
  1. Click on the following link to create an account https://www.appic.org/register Enter your email and create a password. Then watch your inbox for an email indicating that your registration has been approved.
  2. After you are approved, log into the directory https://www.appic.org/Postdocs/Universal-Psychology-Postdoctoral-Directory-UPPD. You will automatically be redirected to the directory page where a large blue button will allow you to add or manage listings.
  • To edit an existing listing in the UPPD:
  1. Click on the following link to log in http://www.appic.org/Login
  2. Your email is your username.
  3. If you forgot your password, you can request to have it reset.
    • The email or username must be the one used when the account was established. If there has been a change in director or administrative support and that individual is no longer available, email [email protected] to make the necessary change to your program’s UPPD account access
    • It is essential that UPPD listings from last year for the current selection cycle (2018/2019) be updated by September 15th, 2018. We encourage you to review and update all your program information for all listings in addition to those fields that have been cleared.

 

Postdoctoral Selection Education Resources

The APPIC Postdoctoral Workgroup has developed a series of educational resources to assist programs and applicants to more easily navigate the postdoctoral selection process.

APPA CAS (APPIC Psychology Postdoctoral Application)

APPA CAS online application for postdoctoral programs that is highly flexible and meets the needs of a wide range of postdoctoral programs. It requires basic demographic, internship and postdoctoral programs information, and letters of recommendation while allowing multiple uploads to be defined by individual programs. APPIC believes the APPA CAS provides a significant contribution to postdoctoral training providing a more unified and user-friendly application process for applicants and programs. APPA CAS provides a more coordinated review of applicant information and reduced costs and time for applicants. APPA CAS is now in its third year. Based on the APPIC surveys, programs and applicants reported overall satisfaction with APPA CAS last year. Specifically, of programs using APPA CAS, 70% rated it as very useful (4 or 5 on a 5-point Likert scale); of applicants using APPA CAS, 74% rated it as useful or very useful (3 or 4 on a 4-point Likert scale).
* Clicking on the blue link above will take you to the APPIC APPA CAS page which contains detailed information for programs and applicants about accessing and using APPA CAS as well as several educational resources.
* Note: APPA CAS is not linked to your UPPD (Universal Psychology Postdoctoral Directory) listing. Programs wanting to use APPA CAS to receive applications must register with our vendor and configure a program portal. It is easy to set up and support is available to assist you to complete your program’s information to use the APPA CAS.

Application and Selection Narrated PowerPoint:

  • Postdoc Application and Selection narrated PowerPoint: A resource for internship training directors and others to use to educate current interns (postdoctoral program applicants) about the selection process and how to more successfully use the selection guidelines. A pdf of the PowerPoint slides and notes is available clicking on the following link.

 

Q and A Webinars:

  • The Postdoctoral Committee will be holding a series of Q and A Webinars for postdoctoral applicants and training directors on the postdoctoral selection process. Downloadable copies of the FAQs with answers and recordings of the webinars are available on the Q and A webpage.


Application and Selection YouTube Video:

  • Postdoc Video Presentations to educate applicants and postdoctoral programs about the postdoctoral application process. We have developed a series of videos to educate applicants and postdoctoral programs about the postdoctoral application process. Please note that these were produced in 2016 and some of the content is outdated particularly with regard to the Selection Guidelines and the UND.