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Psychology Training Programs

The Division of Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, offers the following clinical and research training programs:

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Predoctoral Externships

Director of Psychology Training: William Stiers, Ph.D., ABPP (RP, CN)
Email: wstiers@jhmi.edu

Please direct program-specific questions to the appropriate Program Director listed below.


Postdoctoral Clinical Fellowship in Rehabilitation Psychology (CRPPTP Member Program)

We are recruiting for a full-time two-year position starting September 2020

Program Director

Abbey J. Hughes, Ph.D., ABPP (RP)
Emailabbeyjhughes@jhmi.edu

Program Information

We offer a full-time, two-year clinical postdoctoral fellowship program in Rehabilitation Psychology. This program adheres to the Baltimore Conference Guidelines, and is a member of the Council of Rehabilitation Psychology Postdoctoral Training Programs (CRPPTP). This program is not APA accredited.

Our clinical postdoctoral fellowship in Rehabilitation Psychology is focused on assessment, treatment and consultation regarding adult rehabilitation populations with a wide range of injuries, illnesses, disabilities and acute and chronic health conditions, as well as the development of skills in teaching/supervision, research, and practice management. The mission of the training program is to provide an organized sequence of experiential and didactic education and training activities with focused supervision and mentoring in order to develop advanced competencies in the specialty area of Rehabilitation Psychology sufficient for independent practice, eligibility for board certification (ABPP-RP), and leadership in patient care and research.

Fellows will provide direct assessment and treatment to rehabilitation inpatients and outpatients, working closely with rehabilitation teams, will engage in consultation with other health care providers, and will participate in practice management activities. Fellows will provide first-line supervision to psychology externs. Fellows will also attend the weekly didactic and monthly seminars within the Division for Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology, and the Department of PM&R, and will work closely with their mentors to develop participation in clinical research enterprises at Johns Hopkins.

Required Qualifications

  • A doctoral degree in clinical or counseling psychology (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) from an APA-accredited program, and including an APA-accredited internship
  • All degree requirements must be completed by July 31 prior to starting the fellowship on September 1 to allow sufficient time for credentialing

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Supervised experience providing psychological services in the area of Rehabilitation Psychology
  • Research productivity, as evidenced by professional conference presentations and/or peer-reviewed publications
  • Participation in relevant professional organizations

Application and Interview Process

All materials, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted through our online Application Portal.

Important dates:

  • Application deadline: Friday, December 6, 2019
  • Interview invitations: Friday, December 13, 2019
  • Interviews: Friday, January 10 or Friday, January 17, 2020
  • Start date: September 1, 2020

For more information, please refer to our training brochure: Residency Training Program in Rehabilitation Psychology


Postdoctoral Clinical Fellowship in Neuropsychology (APPCN Member Program)

We are recruiting for a full-time two-year position starting September 2020

Program Director

Pegah Touradji, Ph.D.
Emailptourad1@jhmi.edu

Program Information

We offer a full-time, two-year clinical postdoctoral fellowship program in Neuropsychology. This This program adheres to the Houston Conference Guidelines and is a member of the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (APPCN). This program is not APA accredited. 

Our clinical postdoctoral fellowship in Neuropsychology is focused on assessment, treatment and consultation regarding adult rehabilitation populations with a wide range of injuries, illnesses, disabilities and acute and chronic health conditions, as well as the development of skills in teaching/supervision, research and practice management. The mission of the training program is to provide an organized sequence of experiential and didactic education and training activities with focused supervision and mentoring in order to develop advanced competencies in the specialty area of Neuropsychology sufficient for independent practice, eligibility for board certification (ABPP-CN), and leadership in patient care and research.

Fellows will provide direct assessment and treatment to rehabilitation inpatients and outpatients, working closely with rehabilitation teams, will engage in consultation with other health care providers, and will participate in practice management activities. Fellows will provide first-line supervision to psychology externs and psychometricians. Fellows will also attend the weekly didactic and monthly seminars within the Division for Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology, the Department of PM&R, and the Kennedy-Krieger institute, and will work closely with their mentors to develop participation in clinical research enterprises at Johns Hopkins.

Required Qualifications

  • A doctoral degree in clinical or counseling psychology (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) from an APA-accredited program, and including an APA-accredited internship
  • All degree requirements must be completed by July 31 prior to starting the fellowship on September 1 to allow sufficient time for credentialing

Preferred Qualifications

  • Supervised experience providing psychological services in the area of Neuropsychology
  • Research productivity, as evidenced by professional conference presentations and/or peer-reviewed publications
  • Participation in relevant professional organizations

Application and Interview Process

All materials, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted through our online Application Portal.

Important dates:

  • Application deadline: Friday, December 6, 2019
  • Interview invitations: Friday, December 13, 2019
  • Interviews: Friday, January 10 or Friday, January 17, 2020
  • APPCN Match date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020; see APPCN website for more information
  • Start date: September 1, 2020

For more information, please refer to our training brochure: Residency Training Program in Neuropsychology


Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation (NMSS Funded)

We are recruiting for a full-time one-year position starting September, 2020
(The position may be extended to a two- or three-year position, contingent upon funding)

Program Directors

Meghan Beier, Ph.D.
Emailmbeier1@jhmi.edu

Abbey J. Hughes, Ph.D., ABPP
Emailabbeyjhughes@jhmi.edu

Program Information

We offer a full-time research postdoctoral fellowship program in Multiple Sclerosis rehabilitation. This is a mentor-based fellowship funded by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Itis designed to be a one- to three-year training program, depending on funding availability and trainee progress. The mission of the training program is to mentor postdoctoral research fellows to become independent MS rehabilitation investigators, with a focus on understanding and reducing the cognitive, emotional, and social challenges that accompany MS – promoting what is referred to as psychosocial wellness in MS. 

Trainees spend approximately 80% of their time in rehabilitation-oriented research activities, and their remaining time is spent providing clinical Rehabilitation Psychology services (e.g., cognitive assessment, health and behavior intervention) to individuals with MS in the Johns Hopkins MS Rehabilitation Program (MSRP). Fellows will be encouraged to attend the weekly didactic and monthly seminars within the Division of Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology, and the Department of PM&R. 

For more information about research in the MSRP, please visit our website.

Required Qualifications

  • A doctoral degree in clinical or counseling psychology (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) from an APA-accredited program, and including an APA-accredited internship
    • Doctoral degrees from other rehabilitation fields, including neuroscience, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, or medicine (e.g., neurology, physiatry) will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • A record of peer-reviewed publications or presentations in the field of MS or other rehabilitation populations
  • Completion of all doctoral degree requirements at least 30 days prior to the start date

Application and Interview Process

Please submit the following materials via email to Abbey J. Hughes, Ph.D., at abbeyjhughes@jhmi.edu:

  • A letter of interest (not to exceed 2 single-spaced pages) that describes:
    • Relevant training and education background
    • Interest in psychosocial rehabilitation research in MS
    • How this fellowship will advance your career goals
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Contact information for three professional references (Drs. Hughes and Beier will contact references by phone or email)

Important dates:

  • Application deadline: January 1, 2020 (applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis)
  • Interviews: Early 2020
  • Earliest start date: September 1, 2020 (flexible)

Postdoctoral Research and Clinical Fellowship in Pain Psychology

We are recruiting for a full-time one- to two-year position starting September 2020 (start date is flexible)
(one year position with second year contingent upon funding)

Program DIrectors

Rachel Aaron, Ph.D.
Emailraaron4@jhmi.edu

Stephen Wegener, Ph.D., ABPP (RP)
Emailswegener@jhmi.edu

Program Information

We offer a full-time, one- to two-year research and clinical postdoctoral fellowship program in Pain Psychology, specializing in evidence-based chronic pain psychology interventions and pain research.

The fellowship provides the opportunity to develop clinical expertise and research experience through participation in ongoing clinical trials, our Pain Psychology Clinic, and a broad mix of pain research enterprises at Johns Hopkins in multiple departments. The mission of the training program is to provide an organized sequence of didactic and experiential education and training activities, with focused supervision and mentoring. The fellow will develop advanced competencies within chronic pain psychology, and depending on their interest, can develop advanced competencies in the specialty area of Rehabilitation Psychology. This position will prepare the fellow for independent practice, leadership in patient care and research, and possibly board certification in Rehabilitation Psychology (depending on the interest of the fellow). 

The fellowship experience will be tailored to meet the fellow’s specific career goals. The primary role of this fellow is providing CBT and Mindfulness interventions for patients with chronic low back pain (as part of a large-scale, multisite, PCORI-funded clinical trial) and participating in related research projects. In addition, the fellow will have the opportunity to provide pain psychology intervention and evaluation as part of our pain clinic, take part in ongoing pain research studies, participate in institution-wide pain didactic opportunities, and depending on the interest of the fellow, obtain specialty training in Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology through clinical rotations on other services within our broader training program. 

Required Qualifications

  • A doctoral degree in clinical or counseling psychology (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) from an APA-accredited program, and including an APA-accredited internship
  • All degree requirements must be completed at least one month prior to starting the fellowship to allow sufficient time for credentialing

Application and Interview Process

Please submit the following materials via email to Rachel Aaron, Ph.D., at raaron4@jhmi.edu:

  • Letter of interest describing how your goals and experiences and our program are well suited to each other
  • Curriculum Vita
  • 3 professional letters of recommendation
  • Copies of your official graduate school transcripts

Important dates:

  • Application deadline: Friday, December 6, 2019
  • Flexible interview dates: Early 2020
  • Start date:  September 1, 2020 (flexible)

Predoctoral Clinical Externships

We are recruiting for part-time nine-month positions starting September 2020

Program Directors

Current: Abbey J. Hughes, Ph.D., ABPP
Emailabbeyjhughes@jhmi.edu

Beginning in 2020: Rachel Aaron, Ph.D.
Emailraaron4@jhmi.edu

Program Information

We offer part-time (2 days/week, ~16 hours/week), 9-month (September through May) clinical externship training programs for doctoral students enrolled in APA-accredited clinical or counseling psychology programs. 

We offer two types of clinical externships:

Inpatient Assessment and Intervention in a Rehabilitation Hospital

(Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center)

Training focuses on assessment, treatment, and consultation regarding adult rehabilitation populations with a wide range of injuries, illnesses, disabilities and acute and chronic health conditions. The mission of the training program is to provide experiential education and training in the areas of rehabilitation psychology and neuropsychology, as well as exposure to didactic training in these areas, in order to develop skills that will prepare them for predoctoral internships and postdoctoral fellowships in the specialty areas of Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology. 

Externs will provide direct assessment and treatment to rehabilitation inpatients and outpatients, working closely with rehabilitation teams, and will engage in consultation with other health care providers. Externs receive supervision from licensed psychology faculty and postdoctoral fellows. Externs are encouraged to attend weekly didactics and monthly seminars within the Division for Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology, and the Department of PM&R, to the extent that schedules allow. 

Outpatient Neuropsychological Testing in a Rehabilitation Clinic

(Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Greenspring Station outpatient clinic, and Johns Hopkins Howard County outpatient clinic)

Training focuses on conducting neuropsychological assessment of adult rehabilitation populations with a wide range of injuries, illnesses, disabilities and acute and chronic health conditions. The mission of the training program is to provide experiential education and training in the administration and scoring of a wide variety of neuropsychological assessments, as well as exposure to didactic training in this area, in order to develop skills that will prepare them for predoctoral internships and postdoctoral fellowships in the specialty area of Neuropsychology. 

Externs will provide direct neuropsychological assessment of rehabilitation outpatients, including test administration and scoring. Externs receive supervision from licensed psychology faculty and postdoctoral fellows, and will be involved in case interpretation. Externs are encouraged to attend weekly didactics and monthly seminars within the Division for Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology, and the Department of PM&R, to the extent that schedules allow. 

Application and Interview Process

Application instructions for the 2020-2021 training year will be posted in November 2019.

Important dates:

  • Application deadline: February 1, 2020
  • Interviews: In-person or videoconferencing on a rolling basis
  • Start date: September 1, 2020

Predoctoral Research Externships

We are recruiting for part-time nine- to twelve-month positions starting September 2020

Program Directors

Current: Abbey J. Hughes, Ph.D., ABPP
Emailabbeyjhughes@jhmi.edu

Beginning in 2020: Rachel Aaron, Ph.D.
Emailraaron4@jhmi.edu

Program Information

We offer part-time (1-2 days/week, 8-16 hours/week), 9-12 month (September through May or August) research externship training program for masters or doctoral students in clinical or counseling psychology training programs. Availability of these positions varies each year, depending on faculty research activities. 

We offer two types of research externships:

  • Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation
  • Intensive/Critical Care Rehabilitation

The mission of the training program is to provide experiential education and training in the area of rehabilitation research, as well as exposure to didactic training in this area, in order to develop skills that will prepare them for conducting research during predoctoral internships and postdoctoral fellowships in the specialty areas of Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology. 

These training programs involve participation in a wide range of clinical research activities, including involvement in research design and analysis, preparation of IRB documents, recruitment of research participants, administration of study assessments, delivery of study interventions, and collaboration on conference presentations and peer-reviewed publications. Externs are invited to attend weekly didactics and topical monthly seminars as schedules permit.

Application and Interview Process

Application instructions for the 2020-2021 training year will be posted in November 2019.

Important dates:

  • Application deadline: February 1, 2020
  • Interviews: In-person or videoconferencing on a rolling basis
  • Start date: September 1, 2020

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