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UnityPoint Health St. Luke’s Hospital Health and Rehabilitation Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship

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UnityPoint Health St. Luke’s Hospital - Cedar Rapids
Cedar Rapids , Iowa

This listing is not an APPIC Member program and is not APA Accredited. Applicants should be aware that this program has not undergone formal external quality review process.

UnityPoint St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa is pleased to offer a one year fellowship in clinical psychology with training experiences in health and rehabilitation psychology. We are accepting applications until the position is filled. The fellowship year starts on Monday, August 5th 2023 (flexible start date). UnityPoint Health is one of the nation’s most integrated healthcare systems with 37 hospitals in rural and metropolitan areas. St. Luke’s provides healthcare services for citizens in Iowa, Western Illinois, and Southern Wisconsin. The hospital serves research and training needs for healthcare providers from local educational institutions, including Coe College and the University of Iowa. St. Luke’s Hospital is highly involved in the community by providing financial assistance to the underinsured and uninsured as well as offering services to the community with the goal of helping members thrive. St. Luke’s has also been recognized regionally and nationally for its exceptional delivery of healthcare services. The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Unit (PM&R) at St. Luke’s has a rich tradition of being the first rehabilitation program in Iowa to receive the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), a distinction that the 24 bed PM&R unit has now held for 40 consecutive years. Fellows will have the opportunity to work in accredited Brain Injury, Stroke Rehabilitation, and Inpatient rehabilitation programs with individuals presenting with various medical conditions including, but not limited to: spinal cord injury, stroke, traumatic brain injury, limb amputation, traumatic burns, physical deconditioning, cancer debility, neurologic conditions, and other acute and chronic health conditions. Fellows will work with a dynamic and collegial multidisciplinary team led by four physiatrists, two neuropsychologists, and two rehabilitation/health psychologists and collaborate with physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech/language pathologists, registered dietitians, spiritual services, pharmacists, nurses, social workers, care coordinators, and many other health disciplines. Fellows will also have training experiences in health psychology and neuropsychology outpatient clinics, as well as the growing outpatient Pain Psychology Program. A goal of the fellowship program is to provide 2,080 hours of specialized training (including paid time off, vacation and sick leave) in clinical psychology; 1,500 hours will be supervised professional experience as required by the Board of Psychology in the state of Iowa for postdoctoral experience for licensure. The program will adhere to a practitioner-scholar model and provide weekly didactic and experiential training opportunities in clinical psychology with emphases in rehabilitation and health psychology. The fellowship program is committed to training practitioners whose interventions are grounded in research evidence and science. The fellowship will focus on assessment (e.g., psychological, neuropsychological, spinal-cord stimulator), treatment interventions, and multidisciplinary team consultation in a number of inpatient and outpatient settings including the inpatient PM&R unit, Pain Psychology Program, inpatient/outpatient neuropsychology, psychology consultation-liaison service, and outpatient health psychology program. Training opportunities in integrated healthcare are also in development (e.g., perinatal mental health).  Fellows will be trained to use a number of treatment modalities including Cognitive-Behavioral Treatments (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for chronic pain; self-regulation techniques (e.g., clinical hypnosis, mindfulness meditation); motivational interviewing approaches; behavioral management strategies for challenging patient behaviors; and educational interventions for patients with various medical concerns. Training will also focus on ethical, cultural, and diversity issues in relation to assessment, intervention, and treatment planning. Fellows will also have the opportunity to participate on hospital wide committees, such as pain or ethics committees. While research participation is not a requirement of the fellowship program, opportunities for research exist for interested trainees. Fellows will also have opportunities to supervise undergraduate students, provide workshops and trainings to staff, and support will be provided to attend the spring and fall conferences for the Iowa Psychological Association. Fellows will also receive support and designated time for EPPP and licensure preparation.

Additional Information

Agency Type
Private/General Hospital
APPIC Membership
APA Accredited
Emphasis or focus area
Rehabilitation Psychology
Other Emphasis
Health Psychology
Research Time
Less than 25%
Training Director
Benjamin Tallman, Ph.D.
Contact Email
Contact Phone
Virtual Interviews
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 1 2024
Created Date
Wednesday, August 8 2018
Unfilled Positions
Fringe Benefits
Fringe benefits are available.
Research opportunities
Research opportunities are available upon request.
Application Instructions
Fellow salary is competitive at $53,000. This position is benefits eligible. Required qualifications and application materials include: Completion of a doctorate (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) in Clinical or Counseling Psychology from an APA/CPA accredited program and completion of an APA/CPA accredited internship prior to start date of August 2022. (2) Cover letter that describes training goals for the fellowship year; how you envision this training will further your professional identity as a clinical psychologist; fit with the fellowship program, and interest in health/rehabilitation psychology and working with a multidisciplinary team; your theoretical orientation; and experience working with diverse populations. (3) Current CV that includes a description of your internship rotations and anticipated graduation date. (4) All graduate transcripts associated with training for your degree (masters and doctoral). (5) Three letters of reference. A letter of reference from your internship director, describing your progress and anticipated completion date. A letter from the chair of your dissertation committee that details the status of your dissertation and the anticipated completion date of your doctoral training. Letter of reference from a supervisor familiar with your work in in working with individuals with medical concerns. (6) Deidentified work sample according to HIPPA Standards. The work sample can be a comprehensive treatment summary/plan or a psychological assessment report. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To apply for this position please submit materials to the APA CAS Postdoc Application portal. If you have questions, please contact Psychology Program Training Director, Benjamin A. Talman, PhD., by e-mail (Benjamin.tallman@unitypoint.org) or phone (319-369-7331).

This record was last updated on Thursday, September 21, 2023

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