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Southern Arizona VA Health Care System; emphasis on trauma treatment

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Southern Arizona VA Health Care System
Tucson, Arizona

The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System offers a psychology postdoctoral fellowship in advanced training and competency in the assessment and treatment of trauma. The postdoctoral fellow primarily works within the Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program for PTSD, with options for outpatient work as well. Evidence-based therapies are used, to include but not limited to, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Written Exposure Therapy. Group work includes DBT skills.

Required elements of the training program include co-leading the Supervision Seminar for interns, monthly presentations regarding trauma interests, development of a program review and/or improvement project, and involvement in the interdisciplinary teams providing care. 


In order to increase diversity and make our post-doc position affordable, we have determined we will no longer use APPA CAS.  Please submit completed applications directly to our training director. See our brochure and make sure you are eligible for a VA position. Please note our actual start date is flexible, typically August.

Please include ALL of the requested information, listed in the program description section (below), sending it to jane.walker1@va.gov. 

The Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at Southern Arizona VA Health Care System seeks energetic, personable, and well-qualified applicants with strong skills in the areas of assessment, individual therapy, group therapy, and consultation. We welcome and encourage multicultural, LGBTQ+ and in other ways diverse individuals to apply. A strong desire and evident dedication to treating veterans who have experienced trauma is a must. Interest and experience in the area of PTSD treatment should be evident in past training and/or experience. Applicants must be able to take initiative and function with good judgment, flexibility, and maturity.

Additional information about the program can be found at 


The deadline for receipt of all completed application materials is January 3. All materials must be received by this date. The start date is flexible, ranging from July to September.

The following materials must be included on your application:

1. A cover letter identifying career goals, expectations of training, trauma treatment experiences, and goodness of fit with the Fellowship program

2. A doctoral program transcript (copies are acceptable).

3. A current curriculum vitae.

4. Letter of status from your academic program that includes your anticipated completion date for your degree.

5. Three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from an internship supervisor. In this portal, they are referred to as “evaluations.”

Please also answer the following questions:

General Clinical Experience

Please describe your experience in the following areas.

1. Please describe your experience in working with adults. Be sure to give specific populations and type of treatments you have provided.

2. Please describe work you have done with adults with a history of trauma. Include specific populations and type of treatments you have provided.

3. Please describe your theoretic orientation and additional theories and techniques you use in therapy.

Empirically Supported/Based Treatment Experience

Please rate your experience in the following areas (with the responses being: A. I have used this with more than 10 individuals; B. Between 1 and 10 individuals where this was used; C. No experience):

Cognitive Processing Therapy

Prolonged Exposure Therapy

Skills Training in Affect and Interpersonal Regulation

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Motivational Interviewing/Enhancement

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Seeking Safety

Group Therapy

Experience working with Veterans (Y/N)

For additional questions please contact the Interim Director of Training at:

Jane Houghtaling Walker, PhD, HSPP

(520) 792-1450 x14299 or

(520) 780-0363

Email: Jane.Walker1@va.gov

Additional Information

Agency Type
VA Medical Center
APPIC Membership
APA Accredited
Recognized Specialty
Clinical Psychology
Emphasis or focus area
PTSD (Trauma)
Research Time
Less than 25%
Training Director
Michelle Melton, PsyD
Contact Email
Contact Phone
520-792-1450 x1-1039
Virtual Interviews
Virtual Only
Duration in Months
Hours Per Week
# of Licensed Supervisors
Number of Positions
Applications recieved last year
Will follow APPIC Selection Standards
Estimated offer date
Thursday, February 15 2024
Created Date
Friday, July 1 2016
Unfilled Positions
Fringe Benefits
Vacation and sick leave; federal holidays, health care insurance
Research opportunities
Research opportunities include program evaluation and program improvement projects. Some past projects include developing a DBT program for PTSD, In vivo exposure group in the local community, and implementing a STAIR-NST group in the Substance Use Disorder program.
Additional Comments
Tucson is a vibrant and progressive city that offers many activities and opportunities. We are a high desert area, surrounded by mountains. This makes for many possibilities for hiking, camping, and enjoyment of the outdoors. Additionally, there is a vibrant arts community, with painting, pottery, glass blowing, and other activities. We also have frequent off Broadway shows and concerts. On 15 December 2015, Tucson, Arizona, became the first UNESCO City of Gastronomy designated in the United States, joining the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN).
Application Instructions
We have decided that in order to increase diversity and make applications accessible to all, that we will no longer use APPA CAS. Instead, we will allow applications to be emailed to our training director. See our brochure and make sure you are eligible for a VA position. Please note our actual start date is flexible, typically August. Please include ALL of the requested information (above), sending it to jane.walker1@va.gov.

This record was last updated on Wednesday, September 6, 2023

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