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Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Postdoctoral training opportunities

The psychological section in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation provide neuropsychological testing and screening, inpatient and outpatient assessment, psychotherapy, and consultation as part of a multidisciplinary team.  Members of the team include attending and resident physiatrists, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, social work and speech therapy.  The psychology service provides coverage of all patients on the inpatient rehab unit, as well as occasional consults to other services in the hospital.  We also provide extensive outpatient services including psychological and neuropsychological assessment and individual and family therapy.

Positions available

The psychology service generally takes 2 pre-doctoral interns and  2 post-doctoral fellows yearly beginning in July.  Interns should have experience or interest in neuropsychology, rehabilitation psychology, health psychology or behavior management.  Positions are normally arranged for on a full-time basis.

Training and supervision

On the outpatient service, interns and fellows have the opportunity to develop skills in neuropsychological assessment and treatment of patients with various forms of cognitive deficits, often due to traumatic brain injury or stroke.  Interns and fellows may also be supervised in the provision of psychotherapy for individuals with chronic pain, spinal cord injuries and other physical or neurological disabilities.

On the inpatient unit, interns and fellows will follow one-four inpatients weekly as the primary therapist.  For spinal cord injured and other physically disabled patients, individual and group psychotherapy/education are provided to facilitate the patient's adjustment to his/her disability.  For cognitively impaired patients, assistance with understanding, accepting and compensating for residual defecits comes from evaluation/screening, individual psychotherapy, and a daily cognitive rehabilitation group which is run in conjunction with the Speech and Language Pathology Service.  The psychology service also provides coordination with other staff to manage aggressive or agitated patient behavior.  This is done through case conferences, team meetings, or individual consultation.  The psychology service  also provides education and counseling to families of patients through family therapy and family-team meetings.  Interns and fellows may also have the opportunity to address community re-integration issues on weekly community outings with patients and staff.

Interns and fellows receive two or more hours of individual supervision per week.  Informal supervision occurs frequently in the form of co-treatments in individual and group sessions, case conference presentations, and feedback on written testing reports.  In addition, interns and fellows attend and present at the psychology service's inservices and are encouraged to attend the monthly professional development seminars for all psychology interns at UC Davis Medical Center.  Interns and fellows often take advantage of grand rounds presentations in areas of interest to them such as psychiatry and neurosurgery.

For further information please contact

Richard Wanlass, Ph.D.
Chief Psychologist
Associate Clinical Professor
Department PM&R
4860 Y Street, Suite 1100
Sacramento, CA 95817
(916) 734-3420