Postdoctoral Fellowship

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 required.

Clinical Training

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 Adolescent.

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.

Adult Outpatient

  • 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 health setting

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 areas.


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.

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 at least one day per week for didactic instruction, supervision, research, and other training activities if they are serving on another island.

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.  The number of trainee openings each year varies depending on program and site needs.

Program Faculty

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,  Na Pu’uwai Native Hawaiian Health Care System, Lana’i Community Health Center, Big Island Substance Abuse Center, West Hawai’i Community Health Center, Kahuku Medical Center, and Waimānalo Health 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 1 hourof 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.

For more information about our program, please contact:

Tiffany Wilson-Landrum, Psy.D.
Director of Training