Updated November 10, 2014
Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Hampton VA Medical Center
100 Emancipation Drive (116A)
Hampton, VA 23667
Applications Due: December 19
The postdoctoral fellowship at the Hampton VA Medical Center is not yet accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. An application for accreditation is expected to be submitted in the Fall of 2014.
Application & Selection Procedures
Candidates for the fellowship must be U. S. Citizens who are enrolled in or have completed an APA-accredited program in clinical or counseling psychology and who are enrolled or have completed an APA-accredited internship. No applicants from programs awarding degrees in areas other than psychology will be accepted. All requirements for the doctoral degree, including dissertations, must be completed prior to beginning the fellowship. Preference is given to candidates with prior training and experience in the specific emphasis areas, but it is not a requirement. This program supports and adheres to Equal Employment Opportunity policies and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Applications from racial, ethnic, and sexual minorities and women are strongly encouraged. No applicant will be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, place of national origin, or age.
The application materials of candidates are reviewed by members of the Postdoctoral Training Committee. Reviewers evaluate the applicant's ability, record of achievement, and degree of potential compatibility with the fellowship program. These rankings are used to prioritize interview offers. Applicants who do not qualify for consideration will be notified promptly. Although in-person interviews are preferred, candidates are able to participate via telephone if desired. Applicants should be available for interview in early to mid-February. The fellowship start date is September 7, 2015. Communication with applicants will follow the suggested APPIC guidelines for internship/residency selection.
Application Procedures: To apply, submit all materials electronically through APPA CAS: https://appicpostdoc.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login
Except under unusual circumstances, all applications should be submitted via APPA CAS.
All applicants for fellowship must submit the following:
A letter of intent which specifies your future professional goals and details how the fellowship will contribute toward their achievement.
Three letters of reference from supervisors, faculty, or other professionals who are well acquainted with you and your qualifications.
Official copies of graduate school transcripts.
A recent psychological assessment report that includes the integration of at least 2 psychological tests and a clinical interview.
A letter sent from your Internship Training Director that an APA- accredited internship will be completed by September 7, 2015.
A letter sent from the APA-accredited graduate program Training Director that the Ph.D./Psy.D. has been awarded or that all degree requirements will be completed before September 7, 2015.
Please feel free to contact us by telephone or email if you have any questions:
Kristie Norwood, Ph.D.
Director of Clinical Training, Postdoctoral Program
Veterans Affairs Medical Center
100 Emancipation Dr. (116A)
Hampton, Virginia 23667
Phone: (757) 722-9961 x4412
Sarah J. Ingle, Ph.D.
Assistant Director of Clinical Training, Postdoctoral Program
Veterans Affairs Medical Center
100 Emancipation Dr. (116A)
Hampton, Virginia 23667
Phone: (757) 722-9961 x1918
Resident Selection: In mid-February, the program will call their top candidate. Once an offer is made to an applicant, the applicant may proceed with one of the following actions: accept the offer, decline the offer, or hold the offer for four hours. If the position is held, it is considered to be frozen and cannot be offered to any other candidate during that time period. (At the four hour mark, the candidate must either accept or decline, otherwise the offer is no longer valid). Postdoctoral Training Directors (or their designee) will contact all applicants by phone or e-mail on that day to inform them of the status of the position. After a site and an applicant come to an agreement, a formal offer letter will be mailed to the applicant who will then formally accept the offer in writing.
Notification of Applicants Who are No Longer Being Considered
This program will notify applicants at the point that they are out of consideration for the position for which they have applied.
Application due date: December 19
Interview Notification: Mid-January
Interview dates: In person or by telephone in early to mid February
Offer Date: mid-Feburary
Anticipated Start Date: September 7, 2015
Resident Appointment: In mid-February, the Directors of the Postdoc Fellowship or designee call the resident by telephone to confirm that he or she has matched with our program. A letter of confirmation is sent within 72 hours of notification. Each resident must respond in writing that he or she accepts the appointment with the Hampton VAMC Psychology Fellowship Program.
After confirming this appointment, the resident will be asked to complete application materials, including form 306 (Declaration for Federal Employment) and complete a physical exam (scheduled by the Hampton VAMC Human Resources department).
The appointment to a resident position is contingent upon the individual's application being cleared through a national data bank to screen for possible ethical and legal violations. The resident must pass employment screenings as well as a fingerprint check before the appointment becomes official. A resident must also pass the pre-employment physical completed by a VA hospital before he or she can begin the fellowship.
The resident must also complete the Mandatory Training for Trainees before arriving on station.
Finally, a male applicant born after 12/31/1959 must have registered for the draft by age 26 to be eligible for any US government employment, including selection as a paid VA trainee. Male applicants must sign a pre-appointment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration before they can be processed into a training program. Exceptions can be granted only by the US Office of Personnel Management; exceptions are very rarely granted.
The Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences (MH&BS) Service provides a full range of mental health and rehabilitative services. The Service is multidisciplinary and is composed of members of the Psychiatry, Psychology, Social Work and Nursing Services. It is affiliated with the Eastern Virginia Medical School, the Virginia Consortium Program for Professional Psychology, Regent University, and Portsmouth Naval Medical Center and provides clinical training, education and research opportunities to both medical residents and students within a wide variety of theoretical and clinical modalities. The MH&BS Service providers treat a variety of male and female Veterans who range in age from early 20's to 80's and have an average age of 40 years. Women Veterans represented 16% of VAMC Hampton's outpatient visits for FY09. Seventy percent (70%) are service connected and 20-30% are indigent. Sixty to 70% are of African American and Hispanic origins while the remainder are Caucasian. All major diagnostic categories are represented including mood disorder, psychosis, dissociative disorders, dementia, delirium, personality disorders and substance abuse. Over 50% of the patients seen by the clinical staff are dually diagnosed. Interventions include individual psychotherapy, somatic therapies, family meetings/therapy and various group modalities.
The psychology program of the VAMC Hampton is an active component of the MH&BS Service Line and has 40 Ph.D./Psy.D. clinical staff, 7 bachelor/masters level psychology technicians, and 2 research support assistants. Staff competencies represent a wide array of clinical and theoretical orientations including psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal and supportive psychotherapies. Additionally, there is an emphasis on providing Evidence Based Psychotherapies, including Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for depression (CBT), Prolonged Exposure (PE), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
Training Model and Program Philosophy
The mission and objective of the VAMC Hampton Postdoctoral Training Program in Women's Mental Health and Trauma is to train psychologists to provide quality mental health care and evidenced-based/empirically-supported treatment to women Veterans. The primary goal of the postdoctoral program is for fellows to develop a full range of skills required for independent functioning as a psychologist within the area of women's mental health. Within this goal, we are committed to the scholar-practitioner model of training; fellows are expected to utilize current literature on empirically supported assessment and treatment in planning and delivering services. This approach is consistent with the strong multidisciplinary, evidenced-based training culture at VAMC Hampton.
Complementing our goal of preparing fellows to function as independent psychologists within the area of women's mental health, we also aim to prepare fellows for practice in priority areas of mental health care for women Veterans. The Psychology Postdoctoral Training Program in Women's Mental Health and Trauma emphasizes Evidenced Based and Empirically Supported approaches in assessment and treatment of mental health disorders, integrating mental health care into the Patient Aligned Care Team, and providing education to VAMC Hampton staff about the unique health needs of women. Emphasis is placed on training fellows in Evidenced Based and Empirically Supported Psychotherapies, including CPT, MI, CBT for depression, DBT, and PE. Through the variety of professional activities, fellows receive training that facilitates their development of core competencies (described below).
The Psychology Postdoctoral Training Program in Women's Mental Health and Trauma philosophy is based on a scholar–practitioner model with an emphasis on training in the area of applied clinical practice. It is designed to assist fellows in developing a full range of skills required to function as independent, ethical, and competent professional psychologists within the area of women's mental health. Thus, our philosophy is to implement and promote established, reliable, valid and efficacious treatment modalities and protocols to the greatest extent possible and to encourage actively our fellows to draw upon the empirical body of literature to enhance the development of their professional skills over time. As scholar-practitioners, we remain abreast of current empirical findings in our chosen areas of professional practice and further our knowledge of treatment advances in order to inform clinical decisions.
The program provides ample opportunity to work with a culturally and ethnically diverse female Veteran population in collaboration with a body of practicing psychologists who represent a wide variety of theoretical bases, clinical interests, and professional expertise. Fellows are exposed to a broad array of clinical conditions, situations and scientifically informed learning and educational experiences over the entire course of their postdoctoral-training year. The emphasis on treating women Veterans allows fellows to develop advanced knowledge in this area. Enhancement and strengthening of professional attitudes, responsibility, communications skills, and critical judgment are also integral parts of this training program.
Program Objectives, Goals, & Competencies
The training program objectives and goals are defined by a set of core professional competencies that all successful graduates of the postdoctoral training program are expected to demonstrate. The specific skills and competencies to be developed by psychology fellows include:
Goal 1: To prepare fellows to develop a full range of skills required for independent functioning as a psychologist within the area of women's mental health in an outpatient setting.
Objective 1: The fellow will develop advanced competence in clinical assessment of Axis I and Axis II mental health disorders.
Administration of objective and projective measures, as well as diagnostic interviewing
Interpretation of assessment and test data
Writing a well-organized psychological assessment report
Objective 2: The fellow will develop advanced competence in evidenced-based/empirically-supported therapies for mental health diagnoses.
Formulation of appropriate treatment goals
Identification and utilization of appropriate treatment approach based on patient(s) needs
Presentation of well-timed and effective interventions in individual psychotherapy
Well-timed and effective interventions in group psychotherapy
Objective 3: The fellow will develop evaluation and consultation skills while working within an integrated care setting.
Provides competent professional consultation
Communicates effectively with team members
Objective 4: The fellow will demonstrate competence in providing supervision to psychology trainees.
Knowledge and utilization of supervision model
Provides constructive feedback/guidance to trainees
Deals effectively with ethical issues
Objective 5: The fellow will demonstrate general professional skills related to practice as a psychologist.
Knowledge and application of ethical principles
Responsibility and self-direction
Positive coping strategies
Establishment and maintenance of good rapport with clients
Sensitivity to cultural and individual differences
Effectively utilizes supervision/consultation
Interacts professionally with staff and colleagues
Goal 2: To prepare fellows for practice in priority areas of mental health care for women Veterans by integrating research into their clinical practice.
Objective 1: Fellows will utilize evidence-based/empirically supported treatments for Axis I disorders.
Demonstrates knowledge of principles/procedures relevant to at least one evidence based/empirically supported psychotherapy
Objective 2: Fellows will demonstrate competence in program development and evaluation.
Identifies and implements psychotherapy services to meet patient(s) needs
Evaluates services offered
Women’s Clinic Information: During the Fall of 2012, the VAMC Hampton Women’s Building opened on campus. This state-of-the-art facility offers an innovative approach to providing comprehensive health care to female Veterans. It provides co-located care for women Veterans where they receive primary care services, gynecological services, primary care mental health services, specialized mental health services, and sexual trauma services all in one building.
Prior to the VA national dissemination of Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program (BHIP), VAMC Hampton’s Women’s Mental Health & the Military Sexual Trauma Programs were functioning as a BHIP Team. We were early adopters of a treatment team-based approach where clients and clinicians make collaborative decisions about mental health care. The Women’s BHIP team was chosen to be part of the National Collaborative, which is a process in which we receive clinical and quality improvement consultation to further develop our treatment practices.
Some of the functions that trainees will perform include: participating in multidisciplinary treatment teams, delivering brief consultation-based services to Veterans, primary care providers, and the Women's Clinic team members, and providing short-term and long-term psychotherapy to include evidence based approaches.
Clinical Rotations: Clinical rotations provide psychology fellows with an array of clinical experiences while maintaining emphasis on providing treatment to women Veterans. These experiences include rotations in Women's Outpatient Mental Health and the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (combat, non-combat, MST) treatment teams. Supplemental clinical experiences, including Marital Therapy, Clinical Hypnosis, and Behavioral Health, are available. Fellows participate in the Women's Outpatient Mental Health rotation on a half-time, year-round basis. They alternate spending 6-months each (half-time) in the MST rotation and the PCT rotation. The VAMC Hampton has established very robust sexual trauma and combat trauma treatment programs (MST and PCT respectively). These programs emphasize an evidence-based/empirically-supported approach to assessment and treatment and are staffed with highly trained providers who possess extensive knowledge and experience in their clinical area.
Throughout the rotations, fellows are exposed to a variety of training and supervision styles reflective of the various theoretical orientations currently employed within the field of psychology, i.e., client-centered, cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, positive psychology, interpersonal, and supportive therapeutic approaches. Fellows are also exposed to a number of evidence-based/empirically supported approaches including: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Prolonged Exposure (PE), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression (CBT), and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT). This array of clinical exposure is further augmented through regular educational activities, including Evidence-Based/Empirically-Supported Psychotherapy didactics, Clinical Case Consultation, Journal Group, Vertical Consultation teams, and Multidisciplinary Treatment teams. Fellows are also able to participate in an informal, monthly study groups to prepare for the EPPP licensing exam, with the expectation that they will sit for this exam during their Postdoctoral year.
Women’s BHIP Access Clinic: Additional training in clinical triage in the Women’s BHIP Access Clinic is a yearlong requirement. This assignment provides fellows with: 1) experience in assessment and appropriate triage of Women Veterans; 2) experience in the administration and interpretation of a brief clinical assessment battery; 3) experience in clinical interviewing and treatment planning; 4) experience in consultation with other mental health providers as well as medical center physicians and allied medical professionals; and 5) building an appropriate client base.
Psychological Assessments: Fellows are required to complete and/or supervise at least one psychological assessment battery per rotation (Outpatient Mental Health, MST, and PCT) during the training year. A battery is defined as a clinical interview, a case file review and any two major psychological tests and/or measurements.
Supervision: Fellows receive a minimum of four hours of training and supervision per week. At least two of these hours are spent in individual supervision with a licensed clinical psychologist. Supervision of clinical cases emphasizes the provision of treatments with empirical support (e.g., Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression, Motivational Interviewing). Supplementary supervision may be provided by members of other professional disciplines when desired and appropriate. Mandatory weekly meetings with fellows and the Director of Clinical Training provide further informal training and mentoring experiences. Additionally, fellows have the opportunity to select a professional mentor from the training staff at the VAMC Hampton with whom they can discuss professional development issues, etc. on a monthly basis.
Evaluation: To maintain good standing in the program, fellows must maintain minimum levels of achievement on outcome measures. The fellow is evaluated mid-rotation and at the end of the rotation using the Psychology Fellow Competency Assessment form.
Research: Fellows may have the opportunity to participate in ongoing research studies or to develop their own research project during the training year. The VAMC Hampton participates in a VISN 6 multi-site MIRECC study entitled “Recruitment Database for the Study of Post-Deployment Mental Health.” Fellows may also have the opportunity to assist psychology graduate students on dissertation projects that utilize participants and/or data from the VAMC Hampton.
This training program meets the licensing requirements for postdoctoral supervised practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Women's Outpatient Mental Health
The Women's Outpatient Mental Health rotation serves Veterans with mental health diagnoses, to include Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (non-combat and non-MST), Adjustment Disorder, and Relational Problems. Women Veterans seen in this rotation represent a wide range of diagnostic categories and of educational, socioeconomic and ethnic origins. Fellows are also expected to provide one group therapy offering via telehealth services to the Virginia Beach CBOC and Albemarle APOC.
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Clinical Team
The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinical Team (PCT) is an outpatient treatment program specifically designed to provide services to Veterans diagnosed with combat and military-related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This clinic utilizes a time-limited, sequential approach to treatment. The psychology fellow is expected to function as a full member of the interdisciplinary treatment team.
Military Sexual Trauma Treatment Team
The Military Sexual Trauma Treatment Team (MST) is an outpatient treatment program specifically designed to provide services to Veterans with a lifespan exposure to sexual trauma including child/adolescent, adult civilian and/or Military Sexual Trauma.
Requirements for Completion
To successfully complete the fellowship, fellows must demonstrate competency in all core areas identified on the Postdoctoral Fellowship Competency Assessment Forms. The fellow is evaluated mid-rotation and at the end of the rotation using the Psychology Fellow Competency Assessment form. For each competency, they are rated as either "Independent Practitioner level," "Fellow Mid-Year level," "Fellow Entry level," "Intern Entry level," or "Pre-Practicum level." The minimum threshold for achievement at the mid-point of rotations is "Fellow Entry level." "Intern Entry level" and "Pre-Practicum level" areas are identified and referred to the Director of Clinical Training. At the end of each rotation, fellows are expected to obtain at least a "Fellow Mid-Year" on all competency areas.
Facility and Training Resources
The Postdoctoral Program is located within the new Women's Health Clinic building at the VAMC Hampton. The Women's Health Clinic represents an innovative approach to providing comprehensive health care to female Veterans. This building was completed in September 2012 and was selected as the first clinic to fully implement the Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) model at the VAMC Hampton. The fellows are involved in this Clinic and function as independent team members. Within the PACT model, fellows have opportunities to interact with staff from other disciplines. The fellows are considered full members of the clinical staff for the purposes of all staff activities, office support, and work accommodations. Each fellow has his/her own private office where they are able to provide therapy and assessment services. Each fellow's office has a PC with Windows, internet access, e-mail, and internal programs.
VAMC Hampton's medical library maintains a full line of reference materials and can provide the fellows with in-depth computerized literature searches. Databases are available for accessing full-text journal articles and books. Psychologists, as well as other staff, maintain their own collection of books and media related to their area of practice.
A large battery of psychological tests, procedures, and surveys are available in an on-line computer-based program maintained by the Veteran's Health Administration and are readily available to each fellow via their individually assigned computer terminals. The Psychology Services section of MH&BS maintains other current and up-to-date computerized and non-computerized assessment instruments and diagnostic tools.
Administrative Policies and Procedures
Grievance procedures and conflict resolution issues are specifically addressed in the Management of Problematic Behavior and Due Process document. This document is presented to incoming fellows during their initial orientation to the fellowship. Guidelines for all fellowship evaluations, disagreements, complaints, and grievances are clearly delineated, and all venues for appeal are described therein.
The VAMC Hampton Postdoctoral Program does not require self-disclosure.
Glenn Ahava, Ph.D.- University of Rhode Island in Clinical Psychology, 1996. Internship: Connecticut Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, Middletown, CT. Primary Clinical Interests: Psychological assessment, psychotherapy (adults), mood disorders, severe and persistent mental illness, PTSD, and forensic psychology (criminal).
Kathy Babel, Psy.D. – Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology, 2003. Internship: VA Medical Center, Hampton, VA. Primary Clinical/Research Interests: Military Sexual Trauma; Evidence-Based Psychotherapy; Supervision.
Corinne Boladner, Psy.D. – Regent University, 2012. Internship: VA Medical Center, Salisbury, NC. Primary Clinical/Research Interests: Primary Care Psychology, Behavioral Health, Posttraumatic Growth.
Kathryn Bieri, Psy.D. – The George Washington University Professional Psychology Program, 2011. Internship: VA Medical Center, White River Junction, VT. Primary Clinical/Research Interests: PTSD, Time limited psychodynamic psychotherapy, attachment; assessment.
Rita Budrionis, Psy.D. – Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology, 1989; Internship: Eastern Virginia Medical School; Primary Clinical/Research Interests: Sexual Trauma/Sexual Issues (all age groups)--assessment and treatment; PTSD; Hypnosis; Psychotherapy; Chronic Mental Illness.
Manuel Chaknis, Ph.D. – University of Florida, 1983. Internship: Shands Teaching Hospital, Gainesville, FL. Primary Clinical/Research Interests: Neuropsychology; Psychological Assessment.
James Dekker, Ph.D. – Ball State University – 1983. Internship: University of Utah Counseling Center, Salt Lake City, UT. Primary Clinical/Research Interests: Substance Abuse; Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Stephanie Eppinger, Ph.D. - University of Georgia, 1996. Internship: U.S. Air Force, Andrews AFB, MD. Clinical/Research Interests: Dialectical Behavior Therapy; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Aaron M. Farley, Psy.D. – Regent University Program in Clinical Psychology, 2010. Internship: Spring Grove Hospital Center, Catonsville, MD. Primary Clinical/Research Interests: Neuropsychology; Time-limited Psychotherapies; Primary Care Mental Health.
Jessica Gifford, Psy.D. - Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology, 2003. Internship: Virginia Treatment Center for Children, Richmond, VA. Clinical/Research Interests: Attachment Theory; Marital & Family Therapy.
Curtis Greaves, Ph.D. - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Clinical Psychology Program, 1996. Internship: University of Virginia Counseling Center, VA. Primary Clinical/Research Interests: Mental Health Disability Evaluations; Motivational Interviewing; Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; Evidence-Based Psychotherapy.
Cynthia Hand, Psy.D. - Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology, 2005. Internship: VA Medical Center, Hampton, VA. Primary Clinical/Research Interests: PTSD; Evidence-Based Psychotherapy; clinical hypnosis; assessment and treatment of sexual offenders.
Hilary Harding, Ph.D. – University of Georgia, 2012. Internship: VA Medical Center, Washington, D.C. Postdoctoral Fellowship: VA Medical Center, Hampton, VA. Primary Clinical/Research Interests: Women’s Mental Health, Trauma, PTSD, CBT, DBT.
Pejcharat Harvey, Ph.D. – University of North Texas, 2004. Internship: University of Delaware-Center for Counseling and Student Development, Newark, DE. Primary Clinical/Research Interests: Multicultural counseling and psychotherapy; Cultural diversity; Cultural competence; Eating Disorders.
Christina Hill, Ph.D. – Kent State University Program in Clinical Psychology, 2010. Internship: Eastern Virginia Medical School. Primary Clinical/Research Interests: Emotion; Mindfulness; Personality Disorders; PTSD; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
Leonard Holmes, Ph.D. – Florida State University, 1981. Internship: University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia, SC. Primary Clinical/Research Interests: Health psychology; chronic pain; trauma disorders; technology and mental health.
Sarah Ingle, Ph.D. - University of North Texas, 2008. Internship: VA Medical Center, Hampton, VA. Clinical/Research Interests: Primary Care Mental Health; Psychological Assessment; Attachment Theory.
Peter Johnson, Psy.D. – Loyola University of Maryland, 2009. Internship: VA Medical Center, Hampton, VA. Primary Clinical/Research Interests: Substance Abuse Disorders; Evidence Based Psychotherapy; Humanistic Psychology; Group Psychotherapy.
Janette Mance-Khourey, Ph.D. – The University of Akron Collaborative Program in Counseling Psychology, 2012. Internship: VA Medical Center, Hampton, VA. Primary Clinical/Research Interests: integrated care, the training of integrated care providers, supervision, couple and family therapy.
John A. Mason, Psy.D. - Illinois School of Professional Psychology, 1991; Internship: Illinois State Psychiatric Institute, Chicago, IL. Primary Clinical/Research Interests: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Psychological Assessment, Supervision, and Outpatient Mental Health.
Harold Maxwell, Jr., Psy.D. - Virginia Consortium Program in Professional Psychology, 1990. Internship: VA Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA. Primary Clinical/Research Interests: Substance abuse; psychotherapy with African-Americans; religion and psychology.
Marinell Miller Mumford, Ph.D. – University of Missouri at Columbia, 1991. Internship: VA Medical Center, Coatesville, PA. Primary Clinical Research Interests: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (combat-related); individual and group psychotherapy; systems redesign in Mental Health.
Melita Murray-Carney, Ph.D. – University of Maryland, College Park, 1994. Internship: Virginia Commonwealth University, Counseling Center, Richmond, VA. Clinical/ Research Interests: Group Therapy; Cognitive Theory; Health Psychology; Spirituality and Psychology.
Lisa Newman, Psy.D.- Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology, 2003. Internship: Broughton Hospital, Morganton NC. Primary Clinical Interests: Psychological and forensic assessment, psychotherapy (adolescents and adults), depression, anxiety, eating disorders and GLBT issues.
Kristie Norwood, Ph.D. – The University of Memphis, 2011. Internship: VA Medical Center, Hampton, VA. Primary Clinical/Research Interests: Post deployment/Readjustment Issues; Women’s health and trauma; Diversity in Psychotherapy; Mindfulness-Based Interventions.
Heath Patterson, Ph.D. ---University of Alabama Program in Clinical Psychology and Law (2004). Internship: Florida State Hospital, Chattahoochee, FL. Primary clinical/research interests: assessment (more specifically malingering, personality, competency to stand trial and intelligence), criminal and civil forensic evaluations, voir dire/jury selection, courtroom testimony, evaluation of disability, teaching of undergraduates, and supervision of graduate level students.
Courtney Podesta, Psy.D. – Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology, 2009. Internship: Johns Hopkins Counseling Center, Baltimore, MD. Primary Clinical/Research Interests: Trauma; SV/DV; Issues of Identity; Relational Therapy.
David Powell, Psy.D. – Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology, 2005. Internship & Fellowship: Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk VA. Primary Clinical/Research Interests: Neuropsychology; Cognitive Rehabilitation; Assistive Technology; Geriatrics.
David Shaw, Ph.D. – Texas Tech University: Clinical Psychology, 1986. Internship: Pittsburgh VA Consortium, Pittsburgh, PA. Primary Clinical/Research Interests: Recovery in Mental Health, Anxiety Disorders, Behavioral Treatment of Tinnitus.
Joanne Shovlin, Psy.D. – Virginia Consortium Program in Professional Psychology, 1994. Internship: Friends Hospital, Philadelphia, PA. Primary Clinical/Research Interests: Mood and personality disorders; medical rehabilitation; substance abuse; geriatrics.
Tasha Simmons, Psy.D. – Argosy University, 2007. Internship: Virginia Treatment Center for Children, Richmond, VA. Primary Clinical/Research Interests: Psychological Assessment, Forensic Psychology, and Geriatrics.
Nicole Stewart, Psy.D. – Miami Institute of Psychology, 2006. Internship: United States Navy - National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD. Primary Clinical/Research Interests: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; Cultural and Social Foundations of Behavior; Substance Abuse and Addiction; Military Sexual Trauma; Research Methods & Statistical Analysis.
Jennifer Thiessen, Psy.D. – Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University, 2011. Internship: VA Medical Center, Hampton, VA. Primary Clinical/Research Interests: Trauma/PTSD; Psychodynamic Psychotherapy; Attachment Theory; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; Psychological Assessment; Supervision.
Celena Thompson, Psy. D. – Wright State University School of Professional Psychology, 1997; Internship: Eastern Virginia Medical School; Primary clinical interests: cultural competency; gender specific treatment approaches; Evidenced-based trauma treatment.
Carolyn Turnage, Ph.D. – Loyola University Chicago, 2005. Internship: Virginia Commonwealth University Counseling Service, Richmond, VA. Primary Clinical/Research Interests: Relational-Cognitive model of therapy, addiction, and sexual trauma.
Deborah Vick, Psy.D. – Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology, 2005. Internship: VA Medical Center, Hampton, VA. Primary Clinical/Research Interests: Inpatient Psychiatry; Wellness and Recovery; Outpatient Mental Health.
Alexis Zornitta, Ph.D. - Tennessee State University, 2013. Internship: VA Medical Center, Hampton, VA. Primary Clinical/Research Interests: Psychology of Women/Women’s Issues, Cultural Competence/Multicultural Practice, Eating Disorders, Attachment Theory, Trauma/PTSD, Group Psychotherapy, and Assessment.
Current and Former Trainees
Current Fellows (2014-2015)
Michele Goldman, Psy.D., Adler School of Professional Psychology (Clinical), Reading Hospital
Lindsay Phebus, PsyD., Nova Southeastern University (Clinical), Hampton VAMC
Brita Reed, Psy.D. Antioch University (Clinical), Miami VAMC
Debra Brown, Psy.D, Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology, Eastern Virginia Medical School
Vanessa Handsel, Ph.D. University of Tennessee (Clinical), Hampton VAMC
Hilary Harding, Ph.D. University of Georgia (Clinical), Washington DC VAMC
Kathryn Bieri, Psy.D. The George Washington University (Clinical), White River Junction VAMC
Kristie Norwood, Ph.D. The University of Memphis (Counseling), Hampton VAMC
All fellows have provided consent for their names to be posted on our website.
Hampton, Virginia, America's oldest continuous English speaking settlement and the site of the Civil War battle of the Monitor and the Merrimac, was founded in 1610 in the area of Virginia known as the "Cradle of the Nation." Within this geographical designation are the historical sites of the Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown Village and Battlefield and the restored city of Colonial Williamsburg. Nearby Newport News, the site of the world's largest shipbuilding company, together with the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth, make up the Port of Hampton Roads, one of the finest natural harbors in the world. Virginia Beach, the renowned seashore resort, is approximately a 35 minute drive from the Center, North Carolina's Outer Banks with it's world-class fishing and beach facilities is 1½ hours to the south and Washington, D.C. lies 185 miles to the north. The College of William & Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University and Christopher Newport University are the major learning and academic centers located within Hampton Roads.
The mild climate, ranging from an average of 47 degrees in January to 85 degrees in July, together with a wide variety of cultural and recreational activities, make this area an exceptionally attractive one in which to work and live. The Virginia Opera (the sixth largest opera company in the country), the Virginia Waterfront International Arts Festival and the famed Hampton Jazz Festival are but a few of the many and varied events that have become an integral part of the Hampton Roads cultural scene. Hampton Roads is also home to the Chrysler Museum, the Mariner's Museum and the Virginia Beach Center for the Arts. Waterfront and seafood festivals are regularly scheduled on most summer weekends, world-class golf courses abound and the availability of water sports activities is virtually endless. Professional baseball, soccer and ice hockey are well represented and several major shopping centers are within easy reach of the Hampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
*The information in this brochure is accurate as of November 10, 2014