Training Opportunities

Training Opportunities

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology

The Emory Healthcare Veterans Program (EHVP) fellowship provides advanced training to prepare trainees to assume a variety of roles as professional psychologists, with in-depth training in serving the mental health needs of our nation’s veteran population. The EHVP Fellowship is structured with a dual focus on advanced clinical training and clinical research. Fellows obtain outstanding training in the practice of clinical psychology under the direction of Drs. Barbara O. Rothbaum and Sheila A.M. Rauch, with in-depth training in evidence-based treatment for invisible wounds (PTSD, MST, TBI, SUD, and depression, among others) among a diverse veteran population. Fellows practice within an interdisciplinary team that provides holistic care including outpatient and innovative intensive outpatient settings.

Trainees contribute to the leading edge of knowledge in evidence-based care. Research interests among EHVP faculty include, but are not limited to: PTSD, anxiety, mental health disparities and access to care, psychotherapy outcomes, military sexual trauma (MST), exposure therapy, substance use disorders, virtual reality-based exposure therapies (VRET), adjunctive pharmacological therapies (MDMA, THC), neurobiological predictors/outcomes of treatment, and early intervention/prevention of PTSD. Participation in research provides opportunities to gain a breadth of practice and collaborate with colleagues across the Emory community and nationwide. The Emory Healthcare Veterans Program Postdoctoral Fellowship has a one- and a two-year clinical fellowship where postdoctoral fellows typically engage in some research in addition to their clinical training and a dual-focused research and clinical fellowship that has training in both clinical research and clinical care.

As a program housed within Emory University and Emory Healthcare, the full and rich resources of this thriving community are available to fellows, including access to events, museums, and scholarly fellowship. The program also actively fosters professional development, with support for licensure and frequent opportunities for specialized training, consultation networks, and community outreach. The stipend is currently $56,484 and will be updated in line with any changes to the NIH postdoctoral fellow stipend levels.

The Atlanta metropolitan area is the largest in the state of Georgia, ninth largest in the United States, and home to a diverse population of more than five million residents. Atlanta is home to numerous museums, art galleries, and cultural landmarks, as well as thriving music, film, and sports scenes. Past EHVP fellows have valued the city’s cosmopolitan atmosphere, vibrant green spaces, and reasonable cost of living.

EHVP seeks to create a work environment and organizational culture that reflect the community and society we serve and a climate that appreciates the unique contribution of diverse employees that facilitate their success. We actively encourage applications from members of all groups traditionally underrepresented in clinical psychology and higher education, including ethnic and racial minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities.

Postdoctoral Fellow Application Requirements

Applicants for the postdoctoral fellowship must have satisfactorily completed all requirements of a graduate program toward a PhD or PsyD in clinical psychology or expect to complete all requirements prior to the start of the fellowship. Additionally, applicants must have completed an APA accredited predoctoral psychology internship, or be in the process of completing an APA accredited internship at the time of application. Experience in clinical research, exposure therapy, treatment of PTSD and associated comorbidities, and working with veterans is desired.

To Apply:

  1. Send a cover letter, CV, and three letters of recommendation to Dr. Katie Ragsdale, Associate Director of Training, at
    Specify in your cover letter whether you wish to be considered for (1) the one-year clinical focus; (2) the two-year clinical focus; and/or (3) the two-year dual clinical/research focus. You may apply to more than one focus but should specify your preferred position.

Once you’ve completed step 1 above, please complete the Emory application. We will provide this link to you following receipt of your e-mail application.

Interviews are conducted and offers are made on a rolling basis, so early application is strongly encouraged.

Please direct any questions to Dr. Ragsdale at

Pre-doctoral Practicum in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology

The Emory Healthcare Veterans Program is proud to offer year-long pre-doctoral practicum experiences in partnership with Atlanta-area training programs. Training opportunities vary and may include:

  • Psychosocial assessment of adults, including training in conducting structured diagnostic interviews with fidelity (i.e., the Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale [CAPS] and the Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Anxiety, Mood, OCD and Related Neuropsychiatric Disorders [DIAMOND])
  • Individual therapy for adults with PTSD, depression, and other anxiety disorders, with opportunities for advanced training in Prolonged Exposure for PTSD
  • Group therapy for adults, with opportunities to participate in an in vivo exposure therapy group within an intensive outpatient program (IOP), or co-lead a mindfulness, family education, relapse prevention, or wellness group, depending on student availability and interest
  • Opportunities to train in Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy (VRET) for PTSD and specific phobia
  • Opportunities to work with our team’s Veteran Outreach Coordinators to conduct outreach programming, provide community education, and build collaborations within the Atlanta community
  • Opportunities for treatment of couples and families with a focus on the effects of military service on families, depending on student interest and availability. These opportunities will include psychoeducation with couples and families, for example about military service, PTSD, and emotion regulation strategies, and short-term groups for families.
  • Participation in the multi-site (UCLA, UMass) Wounded Warrior Project treatment effectiveness project. Students would conduct assessments with veterans, interviews with their families, and interventions for veterans and families.
  • Program evaluation and program development opportunities, including with a national consultation collaboration database

Clinical experiences, supervision, and other program activities are structured in accordance with ASPBB guidelines for pre-doctoral practica.

Pre-doctoral Practicum Application Requirements

Interested applicants should verify with their training director or Dr. Ragsdale that an MOU exists between the graduate school and EHVP. For a Fall start date, students should contact Dr. Katie Ragsdale, Associate Director of Training at beginning in January and include (1) a cover letter; (2) a CV; and (3) two letters of recommendation.

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