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PTSD/Trauma - Road Home Program: The National Center of Excellence for Veterans, Active Duty Military, and their Families

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Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, Illinois

This program will NOT follow the APPIC Postdoctoral Selection Standards with Common Hold Date and is not committing to allow applicants to hold offers until the Common Hold Date. Applicants may need to respond to an offer from this program prior to completing interviews or hearing from other programs about their standing.

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.

Road Home Program 

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Rush University Medical Center in downtown Chicago is recruiting post-doctoral fellows for the Road Home Program: The National Center of Excellence for Veterans and Their Families at Rush (RHP). RHP’s mission is to compassionately serve veterans and their families. It provides individualized care on an outpatient basis to veterans and their loved ones to help heal the invisible wounds of war. Additionally, RHP is part of the Warrior Care Network as a Midwest regional center for the treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) through a two-week Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). The fellow will be an integral part of our clinical program and will provide clinical services in-person as well as via telehealth.

 Fellows will have ample opportunity to treat PTSD related to combat and military sexual trauma in the IOP. Veterans incur no out of pocket cost for services, travel, or lodging to eliminate barriers to IOP attendance. This commitment to access contributes to the unique opportunity for fellows to provide care for veterans of diverse backgrounds and identities. Fellows will primarily be involved in the IOP, but will also maintain a small outpatient caseload throughout the year with a focus on brief, evidence-based treatment for a variety of presenting concerns. Within the IOP, fellows will perform comprehensive diagnostic assessments, facilitate individual CPT sessions, and co-lead psychoeducational groups on a variety of topics relevant to the care of veterans with PTSD. Fellows may provide outpatient clinical services to adult family members, including couples’ therapy, and children of veterans (depending on the candidate’s interests and background). Fellows will have ongoing individual and group supervision and seminars on subjects related to RHP clinical work and professional development. This is an exciting opportunity to gain valuable clinical experience using evidence-based care within a multidisciplinary team at a major medical center. 

 The ideal candidate will have experience with trauma and the evidence-based treatment of PTSD and be interested in establishing a scientist-practitioner career. Candidates that have previous clinical experience with veterans or active duty service members may be particularly well-suited. Qualified candidates will have completed an APA-approved doctorate in Clinical or Counseling Psychology and an APA-approved internship. Please visit https://roadhomeprogram.org to learn more about our program and https://roadhomeprogram.org/clinical-training/ to learn more about training at RHP. 

Additional Information

Agency Type
Medical School/Health Science Center
APPIC Membership
APA Accredited
Emphasis or focus area
PTSD (Trauma)
Research Time
Less than 25%
Training Director
Brianna Werner, PhD
Contact Email
Contact Phone
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
Friday, February 2 2024
Created Date
Wednesday, September 26 2018
Unfilled Positions
Fringe Benefits
Fellows are eligible for health insurance (medical, dental, and vision benefits), retirement (403b),and other benefits as well as 26 vacation days, 7 holidays, and 10 sick days. Please visit https://www.rush.edu/careers/employee-benefits for more specific details. Please note that the stipend is consistent with NIH postdoctoral fellowship guidelines and is typically increased each year. Updated guidelines are typically released each Spring. Fellows have access to over $5,000 in professional development funds which can be used to cover the cost of the EPPP, trainings, conference attendance, books, and other professional development expenses. The start date of fellowship is flexible within the month of August.
Research opportunities
Fellows have the opportunity to contribute to research activities that help advance the mission of RHP. The fellowship is designed to be a clinical training experience. However, if you have strong interest in a combined research/clinical fellowship, please specify your interests and desired research activities in your application for consideration. RHP has a rigorous research department housing multiple research faculty and research assistants as well as other research staff including statistical support. The research team’s primary focus is on enhancing intensive treatment programs to work for trauma-exposed individuals, both veteran and civilian populations, through the use of predictive models and machine learning, and to date research faculty have published over 30 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals related to improving intensive/massed PTSD treatment, understanding treatment mechanism, and veteran mental health more broadly. RHP has several ongoing grant-funded studies including clinical trials. Currently, research is being conducted in the areas of PTSD, Moral Injury, MST, PTSD-related treatment, other impacts of military service and pre- and post-service traumatic events, and civilians who have experienced a broad variety of trauma. RHP provides professional development funds during the training year which can include conference attendance and other research dissemination efforts. You can read more about research occurring at Road Home Program: https://roadhomeprogram.org/research/ and the TREAT Lab: https://www.treatlabchicago.com/
Additional Comments
Rush University System for Health (RUSH) is an academic health system whose mission is to improve the health of the individuals and the diverse communities it serves through the integration of outstanding patient care, education, research and community partnerships. RUSH comprises Rush University Medical Center, Rush University, Rush Copley Medical Center and Rush Oak Park Hospital, as well as numerous outpatient care facilities. Rush University, with more than 2,500 students, is a health sciences university that comprises Rush Medical College, the College of Nursing, the College of Health Sciences and the Graduate College. Rush University Medical Center is an elite medical community recognized for excellence in patient care, medical discovery and clinical expertise. The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) has awarded Rush full accreditation for three years. Rush is one of the first academic medical centers in Illinois to receive this accreditation. As an academic medical center, Rush University Medical Center is committed to advancing medical knowledge through research. Investigators at Rush are involved in more than 1,600 projects, including hundreds of clinical studies to test the effectiveness and safety of new therapies and medical devices, as well as to expand scientific and medical knowledge. Rush University Medical Center received five stars in a quality rating system by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Rush University Medical Center is the only five-star academic medical center in the Chicago area. Ranked among the top 20 best places to work in healthcare by Indeed. For the fourth consecutive time, all three Rush System hospitals have received an "A" grade for patient safety from the Leapfrog Group. As a diverse and inclusive culture, Rush is a member of the Illinois Hires Heroes Consortium (IHHC) and designated a "Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality" in the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI). Rush is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics.
Application Instructions
For a complete application, please send a cover letter that describes your careers goals and how RHP and/or TREAT Lab can facilitate your continued professional development, CV, and two letters of recommendation here: https://roadhomeprogram.org/application-forms/ Those considering Road Home Program, are encouraged to consider the TREAT Lab: https://www.appic.org/Postdocs/Universal-Psychology-Postdoctoral-Directory-UPPD/Detail/id/6008

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

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