Contact Us

Director of Clinical Residency Program
Evelyn F. Benitez, Ph.D.
Phone: 305-355-7088
Email: ebenitez@jhsmiami.org

Application Information

Applicants from APA-accredited clinical or counseling psychology program, and internship training from an APA accredited or APPIC membership site are welcome to apply.

All applicants can expect to be notified via e-mail as to their interview status on or before January 8, 2021. If you have been invited for an interview(s) you will be asked to call our office at a specific time to schedule your virtual interview(s)*. If you have not heard from the program after the date listed above, feel free to e-mail the Director of Clinical Residency Training to inquire about the status of your application. (ebenitez@jhsmiami.org).

*In line with recommendations made by the APPIC Board of Directors, and in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year we will be exclusively using virtual, remote, or on-line interviews and tours for the entire selection process and we will not be offering any in-person recruitment formats. Virtual interviews will be conducted throughout the month of January and February 2021. Each applicant that is invited to interview will have two sessions scheduled. Structured interviews are conducted by at least two attending psychologists from each specialty area, and the current resident. Interview sessions last approximately 45 minutes. In addition, interviewees may be asked to produce a writing sample between interviews.

Applicants from APA-accredited clinical or counseling psychology program, and internship training from an APA accredited or APPIC membership site are welcome to apply.
Please apply through APPA CAS (https://appicpostdoc.liaisoncas.com) as well and contact us directly if you have any questions/concerns. The following materials must be included (uploaded) in APPA CAS:

  • Letter of intention specifying the specialty of interest
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official School Transcript
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • Response to program-specific questions in APPA CAS
  • Two de-identified recent work samples (e.g. psychological evaluations, formal intake evaluations, or case presentation)
  • List of test administered and amount of integrated testing reports

Brochure

Important Dates

Application Deadline: December 14, 2020
Notification of Acceptance for Interview: on or before January 08, 2021
Interviews: Late January 2021 to early February, 2021
Notification Date: February 22, 2021

Information on Non-Citizens Applicants

We accept applications from international students with an Optional Practical Training (OPT) sponsored by their doctoral program. The department of psychology is unable to sponsor H-1B visas.

Locations

Jackson Memorial Hospital

1611 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital

1695 NW 9 Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Program Requirements

The applicant must have a satisfactory completion of a doctoral degree from an APA accredited doctoral program in psychology or counseling, and internship training from an APA accredited or APPIC membership site prior to residency start date.

Visas

The J1-Visa: Alien Physician Program, sponsored by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, is the standard visa for residents/fellows who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

For specific program eligibility/qualifications or additional information, please contact:

Lourdes Boet
Hospital Services Supervisor
Physician Services Department

Jackson Health System
1611 N.W. 12th Ave. Suite ET-1004
Miami, FL 33136-1096
Phone: 305-355-1122
Fax: 305-355-1123
Email: LBoet@jhsmiami.org

Postdoctoral Residency in Health Service Psychology

Mission & Vision

Residency – We are one of only a handful of training institutions that have four APA-accredited specialties for residency training: 1) Clinical Neuropsychology (2 years), Rehabilitation Psychology (2 years), 3) Clinical Health Psychology (1 year), and Child and Adolescent Psychology – Pediatric Behavioral Medicine (1 year). We train based on board certification standards with strong emphasis on clinical practice. Our graduates take up exciting positions throughout the country where their experience at JHS makes them exceptional leaders with depth experience treating underserved populations in a publically-funded hospital setting.

Mission & Vision

Residency – We are one of only a handful of training institutions that have four APA-accredited specialties for residency training: 1) Clinical Neuropsychology (2 years), Rehabilitation Psychology (2 years), 3) Clinical Health Psychology (1 year), and Child and Adolescent Psychology – Pediatric Behavioral Medicine (1 year). We train based on board certification standards with strong emphasis on clinical practice. Our graduates take up exciting positions throughout the country where their experience at JHS makes them exceptional leaders with depth experience treating underserved populations in a publically-funded hospital setting.

Director’s Welcome

As a premier internship training site for over 30 years, we have grown and diversified such that we have APA-accredited programs for interns and residents. In cooperation with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, we train in Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital, Jackson Main, the Lynne Rehabilitation Center, and Holtz Women and Children’s Hospital. This allows an extraordinary breadth of experiences from braincuttings in Neuropsychology, to state of the art treatments and equipment in the just-opened Rehabilitation Center, close consultation with medical teams in all settings, with a strong commitment to science, ethics and diversity. Our training is rigorous and comprehensive; because we are APA-accredited, graduates can apply for Board Certification in the first year after graduating. Our graduates have done very well and are very competitive – beginning careers in university settings, public and private hospitals, and private practice, teaching, supervising, and spreading the Jackson focus on underserved populations.

Director’s Welcome

As a premier internship training site for over 30 years, we have grown and diversified such that we have APA-accredited programs for interns and residents. In cooperation with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, we train in Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital, Jackson Main, the Lynne Rehabilitation Center, and Holtz Women and Children’s Hospital. This allows an extraordinary breadth of experiences from braincuttings in Neuropsychology, to state of the art treatments and equipment in the just-opened Rehabilitation Center, close consultation with medical teams in all settings, with a strong commitment to science, ethics and diversity. Our training is rigorous and comprehensive; because we are APA-accredited, graduates can apply for Board Certification in the first year after graduating. Our graduates have done very well and are very competitive – beginning careers in university settings, public and private hospitals, and private practice, teaching, supervising, and spreading the Jackson focus on underserved populations.

Fast Facts

Accreditation

Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association

Number of Residents per year?

6 to 7

Duration of Residency?

1 to 2 years depending on specialty area

Program Highlights

One of the largest and busiest teaching hospital in the nations

APA-Accreditation, on Contingency in 4 postdoctoral residency training programs: Clinical Neuropsychology, Rehabilitation Psychology, Clinical Health Psychology, and Child and Adolescent Psychology – Pediatric Behavioral Medicine

The program has also been a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) since 2012

Your Faculty

Gisela Aguila Puentes, Psy.D.
Dir. of Neuropsychology & Rehabilitation Services
Clinical Neuropsychology

Carolina Avila, Psy.D.
Dir. Practicum Training
Attending Psychologist DBT-A Program

Evelyn F. Benitez, Ph.D.
Interim Chief of Psychology
Dir. of Clinical Residency Training
Attending Psychologist Child & Adolescent

J. Scott Christian, Psy.D.
Dir. of Consultation & Liaison Services
Clinical Health Psychology

Jonathan L. Cohen, Psy.D.
Marchman Act Court
Supervising Psychologist

Catherine de la Osa, Psy.D.
Attending Psychologist Consultation & Liaison Services
Clinical Health Psychology

Lisa Gonzalez-Alpizar, Psy.D.
Attending Psychologist Consultation & Liaison Services
Clinical Health Psychology

Susan Ireland, Ph.D.
Dir. of Outpatient Adult Neuropsychology Service
Clinical Neuropsychology

Sheba Kumbhani, Ph.D.
Attending Psychologist Neuropsychology
Clinical Neuropsychology

Giselle Leal, Psy.D.
Attending Psychologist Rehabilitation
Rehabilitation Psychology

Keith Lit, Ph.D.
Attending Psychologist Adult Outpatient Services
Clinical Health Psychology

Clara Lora-Ospina, Psy.D.
Clinical Dir. Of Adult Outpatient Services
Clinical Health Psychology

Mario Olavarria, Psy.D.
Dir. of Rehabilitation Psychology
Rehabilitation Psychology

Melisa Oliva, Psy.D.
Dir. of Pediatric Behavioral Medicine
Clinical Child Psychology

Natasha Poulopoulos, Ph.D.
Attending Psychologist
Pediatric Behavioral Medicine

Claudia Ranaldo, Psy.D.
Dir of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Program for Adolescents

Alumni Placements Include:

Baptist Children’s Hospital

Boston Children’s Hospital

Boston Medical Center

Hartford Hospital

Jackson Health System

Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital

Memorial Healthcare System

Midwestern University

Montefiore Medical Center

Oregon Health and Science University

Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana

University of Colorado, Children’s Hospital

University of Miami

US Army Health Care

Veteran’s Affair Health System

The Department of Psychology of the Jackson Health System, in affiliation with the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine offers a Multi-Specialty Postdoctoral Residency Training Program in Health Service Psychology that emphasizes advanced evidenced-based education and clinical training to prepare psychology postdoctoral residents to work independently in their specialty areas. We are pleased to announce that as of July 2019 Jackson Health System offers three APA-Accredited, on Contingency specialty postdoctoral residency training programs in Clinical Neuropsychology, Rehabilitation Psychology, and Clinical Health Psychology. On April 2020, the Clinical Child Psychology- Pediatric Behavioral Medicine was also honored with Accreditation, on Contingency.

*Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: accreditation.apa.org

The Postdoctoral Residency Program is committed to promote expertise in cultural and individual diversity by recruiting faculty from different cultural backgrounds and by providing the postdoctoral residents with theoretical instruction, experiential training, and exposure to populations that are diverse in areas of age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, national origin, language, level of education and social economic status.

The Postdoctoral Residency Training in Health Service Psychology embraces an integrated approach (Scientist/Practitioner/Scholar) by encouraging learning, clinical practice, application of scholarly findings, and conduction of research. All postdoctoral residents are assessed on their clinical competence, research abilities and supervision skills prior to admission to the program. Training is developed to advance competencies by capitalizing on strengths and to successfully integrate the knowledge and skills in the specialty area in a systematic, hierarchical manner in order to become independent professionals in their particular area of specialization.

The program provides advanced clinical and didactic training and the opportunity for the postdoctoral residents to become analytical and critical consumers of current theory and practice in the field. Specifically, this is accomplished through the constant interplay of clinical practices and scholarship activities that include grand rounds and seminars, as well as specific didactics and clinical interventions accordingly to the specific areas of specialty. Additionally, the program offers postdoctoral residents a broad exposure to training across diverse cultural and ethnic populations, a spectrum from acute emergency to outpatient care and a body of faculty with different theoretical perspectives and expertise and the opportunity to work across interdisciplinary lines.

Finally, postdoctoral residents may elect to participate in research opportunities within the JHS Department of Psychology or with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Postdoctoral residents are always encouraged to develop and implement their own research designs or conduct collaborative research with other disciplines within the medical center community. Postdoctoral residents who elect this rotation will be required to participate four hours per week, in addition to their clinical responsibilities, for a minimum of three months. Additional three-month rotations can be considered at the discretion of the research coordinator, principal investigator and clinical supervisor.

The training philosophy and goals of the Postdoctoral Residency Program in the Department of Psychology are consistent with the philosophy, mission and goals of both Jackson Health System and the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and are modelled on specialty specific board certification requirements.

Description

The Department of Psychology of the Jackson Health System, in affiliation with the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine offers a Multi-Specialty Postdoctoral Residency Training Program in Health Service Psychology that emphasizes advanced evidenced-based education and clinical training to prepare psychology postdoctoral residents to work independently in their specialty areas. We are pleased to announce that as of July 2019 Jackson Health System offers three APA-Accredited, on Contingency specialty postdoctoral residency training programs in Clinical Neuropsychology, Rehabilitation Psychology, and Clinical Health Psychology. On April 2020, the Clinical Child Psychology- Pediatric Behavioral Medicine was also honored with Accreditation, on Contingency.

*Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: accreditation.apa.org

The Postdoctoral Residency Program is committed to promote expertise in cultural and individual diversity by recruiting faculty from different cultural backgrounds and by providing the postdoctoral residents with theoretical instruction, experiential training, and exposure to populations that are diverse in areas of age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, national origin, language, level of education and social economic status.

The Postdoctoral Residency Training in Health Service Psychology embraces an integrated approach (Scientist/Practitioner/Scholar) by encouraging learning, clinical practice, application of scholarly findings, and conduction of research. All postdoctoral residents are assessed on their clinical competence, research abilities and supervision skills prior to admission to the program. Training is developed to advance competencies by capitalizing on strengths and to successfully integrate the knowledge and skills in the specialty area in a systematic, hierarchical manner in order to become independent professionals in their particular area of specialization.

The program provides advanced clinical and didactic training and the opportunity for the postdoctoral residents to become analytical and critical consumers of current theory and practice in the field. Specifically, this is accomplished through the constant interplay of clinical practices and scholarship activities that include grand rounds and seminars, as well as specific didactics and clinical interventions accordingly to the specific areas of specialty. Additionally, the program offers postdoctoral residents a broad exposure to training across diverse cultural and ethnic populations, a spectrum from acute emergency to outpatient care and a body of faculty with different theoretical perspectives and expertise and the opportunity to work across interdisciplinary lines.

Finally, postdoctoral residents may elect to participate in research opportunities within the JHS Department of Psychology or with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Postdoctoral residents are always encouraged to develop and implement their own research designs or conduct collaborative research with other disciplines within the medical center community. Postdoctoral residents who elect this rotation will be required to participate four hours per week, in addition to their clinical responsibilities, for a minimum of three months. Additional three-month rotations can be considered at the discretion of the research coordinator, principal investigator and clinical supervisor.

The training philosophy and goals of the Postdoctoral Residency Program in the Department of Psychology are consistent with the philosophy, mission and goals of both Jackson Health System and the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and are modelled on specialty specific board certification requirements.

Specialty Practice Areas

  • Clinical Child- Pediatric Behavioral Medicine (one position)
  • Clinical Health Psychology- Adult Consultation and Liaison (three positions)
  • Clinical Health Psychology- Adult Outpatient (one position)
  • Clinical Neuropsychology- Adult (position filled)
  • Rehabilitation Psychology- Adult (one position – two year residency)

Please see below Postdoctoral Residency Admission, Support, and Initial Placement Data for the Specialty practice areas:

Specialty Practice Areas

  • Clinical Child- Pediatric Behavioral Medicine (one position)
  • Clinical Health Psychology- Adult Consultation and Liaison (three positions)
  • Clinical Health Psychology- Adult Outpatient (one position)
  • Clinical Neuropsychology- Adult (position filled)
  • Rehabilitation Psychology- Adult (one position – two year residency)

Please see below Postdoctoral Residency Admission, Support, and Initial Placement Data for the Specialty practice areas: