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William R. Bliss Cancer Center Psychology Program

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Mary Greeley Medical Center
Ames, Iowa

This program has chosen to follow the APPIC Postdoctoral Selection Guidlines.

The William R. Bliss Cancer Center at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, Iowa, is pleased to offer a one year fellowship in clinical psychology with training experiences in health psychology.   The fellowship year starts on Monday, August 17th (flexible start date). Mary Greeley Medical Center serves the research and training needs of healthcare providers from local educational institutions, including Iowa State University.  The William R. Bliss Cancer Center along with Mary Greeley Medical Center, is highly involved in the community and supports the underserved by providing financial assistance and cancer prevention educational opportunities to a wide array of audiences. 

Mary Greeley Medical Center Fellows will have the opportunity to work in a cancer center that is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer as well as the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).  Fellows will have the opportunity to work with adult patients underdoing a variety of cancers including breast, colorectal, gastrointestinal, kidney, leukemia, lung, lymphoma, prostate and others.  The patients will be undergoing surgical treatments as well as radiation therapy, chemotherapy and biotherapy.  Patients may also be using complementary medicine, palliative care services and be enrolled in a clinical trial.  Fellows will have training experiences in our inpatient oncology unit as well as outpatient clinics.

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 supervision meeting and monthly didactic and experiential training opportunities in clinical psychology.  The fellowship program is committed to training practitioners whose interventions are based on research evidence and science.  The fellowship will focus on assessment, treatment, and multidisciplinary team consultation in a number of inpatient and outpatient settings.  Training opportunities in integrated healthcare are in development.  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 like mindfulness, meditation and motivational interviewing approaches; behavioral management strategies for challenging patient behaviors along with education 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 have the opportunity to participate on hospital wide committees and will be part of the weekly multidisciplinary cancer case conference.  While research participation is not a requirement of the program, opportunities for research exist for interested trainees.  Fellows will also have the opportunity to work with graduate students, participate in group therapy leadership and provide workshops and trainings to staff.


Additional Information

Agency Type
Private/General Hospital
APPIC Membership
APA Accredited
Recognized Specialty
Clinical Health Psychology
Emphasis or focus area
Health Psychology
Research Time
Less than 25%
Training Director
Sarah Heikens
Contact Email
Contact Phone
Duration in Months
Hours Per Week
# of Licensed Supervisors
Number of Positions
Applications recieved last year
Will follow APPIC Selection Guidelines
Date offers will be made to applicants
Created Date
Thursday, September 5 2019
Unfilled Positions
Fringe Benefits
This position includes benefits such as paid time off, health insurance benefits and IPERS. Travel and training to the Iowa Psychological Association conference and others possible.
Application Instructions
Fellow salary is competitive at $42,500. 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 or APPIC member predoctoral internship prior to start date of August 2019. (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 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 Mary Greeley Medical Centers Director of Oncology Services at William R. Bliss Cancer Center, Sarah Heikens by e-mail Heikens@mgmc.com or phone: 515-239-2554.

This record was last updated on Thursday, November 12, 2020

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