Postdoctoral Fellows will receive training in 4 core clinical areas: Primary Care /Integrated
Behavioral Health, Behavioral Medicine and Health Psychology, Adult Outpatient, and Child and
Training in these four areas will occur at the clinical site. Didactic instruction and supervision will
be completed on-site to support training in these areas. Postdoctoral Fellows will receive didactic
instruction, supervision and training by program faculty on topics such as cultural competence,
cognitive behavioral therapy and other evidence-based interventions and psychopharmacology.
In addition to individual and group supervision, postdoctoral fellows will receive professional
development supervision designed to assist in identifying and building skills relevant to their
career goals within the training year.
Primary Care Psychology and Integrated Behavioral Health
- Provision of rapid assessment, diagnostic formulation, and treatment a wide range of
psychological concerns within a primary care clinic setting. The focus of care in this setting
is on early identification and brief intervention.
- Consultation and collaboration with family practice physicians.
Behavioral Medicine and Health Psychology
- Provision of assessment and multi-level intervention for health behaviors with particular
emphasis on chronic disease conditions and prevention.
- Individual and group formatted interventions for tobacco cessation, chronic pain, diabetes
management, and weight management,
- Care coordination and consultation with family practice physicians and other providers.
- Provision of assessment and treatment of a wide array of psychological concerns including:
depression, anxiety, substance abuse, PTSD, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder in and
integrated behavioral health setting.
- Individual and couples therapy formats.
- Consultation and collaboration with family practice physicians within an integrated behavioral
Child and Family
- Provision of assessment and treatment of psychological concerns affecting children,
adolescents, and their parents including anxiety, depression, and disruptive behaviors.
- Individual, parent, and family formats.
- Consultation and collaboration with pediatricians and family practice physicians within an
integrated behavioral health setting
Elective Outreach Projects
Postdoctoral Fellows have the opportunity to select from an array of available community
outreach projects designed to expand areas of interest and gain experience in new specialty
Postdoctoral Fellows in the training program will participate in research with program faculty on
topics related to the clinical work they complete as part of the training program. Potential
research topics include describing co-morbidity of health and mental health problems, service
utilization patterns in each setting, examining the effectiveness of group and individual treatment
programs in addressing health concerns, and demonstrating the cost-effectiveness of behavioral
medicine interventions for chronic diseases.
Our program has a diverse faculty with a wide range of expertise and interests as clinicians and
researchers. Members of our faculty and board have joint affiliations with the Hawai'i Medical
Center, Hawai'i Psychological Association, John A. Burns School of Medicine, Moloka'i 'Ohana
Community Health Center, Na Pu'uwai Native Hawaiian Health Care System, Tripler Army Medical
Center, and Waimānalo Health Center. Although the program is only in its fourth year of
existence, the program faculty and supervisors have been training, supervising, and delivering
services in Hawai‘i for the past 9 years as part of the Rural Hawai‘i Behavioral Health Program and
Tripler Army Medical Center.
Faculty members participate in training in a variety of ways. Clinical supervisors provide
supervision to interns for all of the direct services they provide. Clinical supervisors provide a
minimum of 2 hours of individual supervision to trainees each week. Professional Development
Supervisors interact regularly with Postdoctoral Fellows to provide support and supervision for
broader clinical and training issues, research, and professional development. Instructors provide
didactic instruction and training to trainees throughout the year and are available to Postdoctoral
Fellows for supervision, support, and consultation as needed, particularly when there is interest
in their areas of expertise.
Information for Applicants
I Ola Lāhui provides training in the basic professional skills of diagnosis, treatment, assessment,
consultation, and supervision. Postdoctoral Fellows are also expected to conduct research and
evaluation activities as part of their training. The philosophy of the training program is based on
the scientist-practitioner model with an emphasis on behavioral health intervention within the
primary care setting. The primary goals of the program are to train clinical psychologists who are
capable of functioning as clinicians and leaders with professional autonomy in a variety of applied
settings in the local community, using empirically validated techniques informed by the scientific
literature. The primary objectives of our training program are to teach our interns skills in
psychological assessment, intervention, and consultation at an intermediate and advanced level.
Postdoctoral Fellows in our program will be trained in individual and group interventions for a wide
range of behavioral, emotional, and physical health problems and the use of systematic
observation and measurement to track clinical progress. They will also be trained to work with a
variety of age groups from children to older adults and will spend the majority of their time
working with economically disadvantaged groups.
The stipend for the training year will be $35,000. Postdoctoral Fellows will be expected to travel
to O’ahu one day per week for didactic instruction, supervision, research, and other training
Our aim is to increase the number of trainees and training sites participating in the program each
year to create as strong and diverse a training experience as possible for our students.
For more information about our program, please contact:
Director of Training
with a preference for those applicants who have demonstrated
interest and experience in provision of services to Native Hawaiian
and other medically underserved communities. Native Hawaiian
Health Scholarship recipients are encouraged to apply for the
program. Completion of a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology is
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