Applicants to the Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program (PFTP)

Program Philosophy

The Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program (PFTP) offers advanced training at the postdoctoral level for qualified individuals. The primary purpose of the PFTP is to provide training that assures the development of proficiency in a specific area of clinical psychology, with emphasis on clinical research and clinical service.  It is the philosophy of the PFTP that all postdoctoral fellows in clinical psychology should have both clinical and research exposure during their training. 

Specific Individualized Training Activities are formulated at the beginning of the fellowship with supervisor(s). Evaluation is based on a competency-based format which emphasizes acquisition of special clinical skills and/or research abilities. Training objectives are achieved through an apprenticeship model where the postdoctoral fellow works closely with a faculty member in the provision of clinical services and/or in conducting research. The faculty member serves as primary supervisor and role model, and the close supervisory relationship permits the postdoctoral fellow to develop clinical and/or research skills as well as role identity.

The amount of individual and group supervision varies across fellowships. The minimum amount of individual supervision is two hours per week. 

In order to graduate from the program as a postdoctoral fellow and receive a certificate of completion, the fellow must complete a full calendar year in the fellowship with a doctoral degree.

Questions related to the program's accreditation 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: [email protected]