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Postdoctoral Residency Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data

Post-doctoral Residency Program Tables

Date Program Tables are updated: September 20, 2022

Program Disclosures

As articulated in Standard I.B.2, programs may have "admission and employment policies that directly relate to affiliation or purpose" that may be faith-based or secular in nature. However, such policies and practices must be disclosed to the public. Therefore, programs are asked to respond to the following question.

Does the program or institution require students, trainees, and/or staff (faculty) to comply with specific policies or practices related to the institution's affiliation or purpose? Such policies or practices may include, but are not limited to, admissions, hiring, retention policies, and/or requirements for completion that express mission and values. ______ Yes
___X__ No
If yes, provide website link (or content from brochure) where this specific information is presented: N/A
 

Postdoctoral Program Admissions

Briefly describe in narrative form important information to assist potential applicants in assessing their likely fit with your program. This description must be consistent with the program's policies on resident selection and practicum and academic preparation requirements:
The mission of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program in Forensic Psychology is to provide in-depth training to active-duty officers of the US Army and Navy that will foster trainees’ development of advanced skills as forensic psychological practitioners. Training occurs within the scientist – practitioner training model, utilizing a mentor model as the primary vehicle for interactive transfer of skills and knowledge. This primary model is supplemented by broad didactic training, courtroom experience, and consultancy with members of diverse professional disciplines. The goal is to provide fellows with the breadth and depth of knowledge and skills to practice forensic psychology at an advanced level. Upon successful completion of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Forensic Psychology Fellowship, graduates will be well-positioned to apply for board certification in forensic psychology and to independently deliver advanced forensic psychological services both to the community at large and within the military community worldwide.
 
Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:
 
Army applicants Procedures United States Army 73B psychologists interested in applying for the fellowship can obtain instructions for application from the Long Term Health Education and Training Program (LTHET), Medical Service Corps, United States Army. Active Duty Army Psychologists should access the MILPER (Military Personnel) message and read them carefully. A MILPER message is published annually, typically released  between October-December each year. Interested applicants can check the H RC (Human Resource Command) website for the release of the recent LTHET MILPER instructions. Notifications will also be sent by the National Training Coordinator. The MILPER includes general eligibility criteria for all LTHET programs, which can change annually, to include time in service requirements, completion of military education prior to start of program and any other requirements. The requirements to apply for clinical psychology fellowships includes having an unrestricted license to practice psychology in the US, US territories or District of Columbia and to be in good standing with the Army. Applicants cannot have less that 5-years time in service and no more than 13 years by the projected start of the fellowship, unless this requirement is waived. Deadline for application varies and is set by the Defense Health Agency and outlined in the MILPER. Selection results by the LTHET Board are typically released in the June/July timeframe. The fellowship will ordinarily begin on July 1 of the following year and should start no later than July 15. 73Bs incur a 2-year active duty service obligation (ADSO) for a 2-year fellowship program. Alternative starting dates due to extenuating circumstances must be approved by the Fellowship Director and Psychology Consultant.
 
 
Navy Applicants - Starting July 2021, the Postdoctoral Fellowship in Forensic Psychology expanded access, permitting applications from psychologists serving on active duty in the U.S. Navy. The fellowship application and selection process for Navy psychologists mirrors the application and selection process for Army psychologists, though differences do exist in the parallel process of how each branch of service allocates and selects officers to attend specialization training. Regarding the Navy application process, all fellowship opportunities are announced annually through a Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) notice. This notice describes all training opportunities for Naval Officers for Duty Under Instruction (DUINS) Degree and Non-Degree programs. Applicants must forward an application letter to the Commanding Officer, Navy Medicine Professional Development Center via the applicant’s commanding officer and specialty leader. The BUMED notice details timelines for their application process, inclusive of multiple steps before, and after, applying to the forensic fellowship. Once received, the Navy Specialty Leader for Psychology coordinates submission of applications from interested psychologists with the Program Director for the Forensic Fellowship. These applicants submit an application packet similar to Army applicants; however, being a different branch of the Armed Services, there are different names for similar documents. The application packet includes: 1) letter of interest, 2) Officer Service Record (OSR), 3) the last 3 Fitness Reports (FITREPs), 4) Curriculum Vitae (CV), 5) copy of graduate school transcripts, 6) two letters of recommendation, and 7) two anonymized sample reports, preferably with a forensic focus. Once the materials are reviewed, a telephonic or remote video interview is scheduled and conducted. The Program Director submits a Memorandum regarding the suitability of each candidate for the fellowship to the Specialty Leader. If the candidate is qualified the Director also submits a Forensic Conditional Acceptance Letter to the candidate, who in turn, sends this to the Specialty Leader. All final packets are reviewed annually at the Navy Medical Service Corps (MSC) DUINS selection board, convened by The Commander, Navy Personnel Command Selections are based on the quality of application, command endorsement, professional performance, promotion potential, physical readiness, and assignability. All selected officers receive full pay and allowances commensurate with their grade and rank throughout the fellowship and incur a 3-year service obligation for attending.
 
The knowledge base upon entry into the fellowship will ordinarily include doctoral level competency in the following substantive areas:
 
A. General Psychology Core
  • Statistics and methodology
  • Learning, cognition, and perception
  • Personality and social psychology
  • Biological basis of behavior
  • Life span development
 
B. Generic Clinical Core
  • Psychopathology
  • Psychometric theory
  • Interview and assessment techniques
  • Intervention techniques
  • Professional ethics
 
Applicants are invited to contact the Program Director Dr. Paul Montalbano (paul.montalbano1.civ@health.mil) or the Program Coordinator Nicole Hill (Nicole.m.hill.civ@health.mil and current Fellows to learn more about the program.
 
 

Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year*

Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Residents  Active duty military officers are paid according to their grade and time in service. Fellows are typically O-3 or O-4 pay grade. Military pay rate tables can be found on the Defense Finance and Accounting Service website. For example, an Army fellow at the rank of Captain (O-3) with 4 years of service would receive a salary of $74,224.80 in 2022.
Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Residents N/A
Program provides access to medical insurance for resident?

Trainee contribution to cost required?                                    

Coverage of family member(s) available?

Coverage of legally married partner available?

Coverage of domestic partner available?
Yes (military medical benefits)
 
No
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
No
Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and/or Vacation) N/A; 30 days of accrued leave per year
Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave N/A; As needed. Not counted towards annual leave
In the event of medical conditions and/or family needs that require extended leave, does the program allow reasonable unpaid leave to interns/residents in excess of personal time off and sick leave? Yes/paid leave
Other Benefits:
  • Housing Allowance
  • Basic allowance for sustenance
  • Compensation: All residents are active duty military officers, who are paid according to their grade and time in service.
  • Liability insurance: Residents acting within the scope of their military duties are covered under the provisions of the Federal Tort Claims Act (Title 28, U.S.C., Section 2679) which provides protection from individual tort liability.
  • Disability insurance Medical and dental care: Benefits for residents and their families shall be the same as those afforded by Public Law and DoD directives for active duty military personnel.
  • Legal assistance: Benefits for residents shall be the same as those afforded by Public Law and DoD directives for all GS or active duty military personnel.
  • Counseling services: counseling and psychological support through mental health professionals will be offered and made available to active duty fellows at no charge.
  • Ombudsman are available to advise and help fellows address unresolved questions/complaints/grievances in a confidential manner.
  • Permissive TDY (Professional Leave): Permissive TDY allows travel for approved professional reasons and is not counted against military leave.
  • Federal holidays
  • Parental leave
  • Religious holidays
* Note. Programs are not required by the Commission on Accreditation to provide all benefits listed in this table.

Initial Post-Fellowship Positions:

(An Aggregated Tally for the Preceding 3 Cohorts)
  2019-2022
Total # of fellows who were in the preceding 3 cohorts 6
Total # of fellows who remain in training in the fellowship program 3
Post-Fellowship Placement Setting: PD EP
Academic teaching 0 0
Community mental health center 0 0
Consortium 0 0
University counseling center 0 0
Veterans Affairs medical center 0 0
Hospital/Medical Center 0 0
Veterans Affairs Health Care System 0 0
Psychiatric facility 0 0
Correctional facility 0 0
Health maintenance organization 0 0
School district/system 0 0
Independent practice setting 0 0
Other 0 3 (Military Health Center)

Forensic Psychology

Hours

Monday thru Friday 0700 - 1600

Phone

Main:(301) 319-5366

Additional Information

Referrals are accepted from JAG officers and civilian attorneys involved in courts martial for Service Members in any branch of the Armed Services.
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