Our APPIC-member program provides advanced clinical training opportunities at a child and adolescent outpatient clinic within the Sacramento County Division of Behavioral Health Services.  For the 2018-2019 academic year, the Department is pleased to announce openings for two postdoctoral clinical fellowship positions beginning on September 17, 2018.  Fellows will receive training in individual, family, and group therapy, psychological assessment, and consultation.  Applications will accepted until the deadline of Friday, January 12, 2018.  Early application is encouraged, and applications will be reviewed as they are received.  Interview dates will be on Monday, February 5, 2018 and Tuesday, February 20, 2018We will be closely following the APPIC guidelines for a match day of February 26, 2018.  Fellows receive a stipend of $47,476 for the training year and core benefits provided by the University of California, Davis.

Contact Information

University of California, Davis Medical Center
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Clinical Child Psychology Training Program
2230 Stockton Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95817-1419

Training Office
Kori Feinstein: (916) 734-2614

Carlina Wheeler, Ph.D.  (916) 875-1183

Stacey Peerson, Ph.D.  (916) 875-1183

Consistent with the licensure requirements in many states, including California, our postdoctoral fellows receive 1,800 supervised clinical hours. Trainees receive the equivalent of 4 hours of individual and group supervision with four different licensed clinical psychologists. At least one hour of supervision each week is individual and face-to-face with a primary supervisor. In addition, trainees meet with individual and group supervisors regarding their psychotherapy and assessment cases. It is our goal that at the end of their postdoctoral fellowship, fellows will have obtained the necessary professional competencies to practice autonomously with respect to psychotherapy and psychological assessment in various multidisciplinary settings.

All applicants must have:

  • Attended an APA-accredited doctoral program
  • Attended an APA-accredited internship
  • Completed all requirements for their doctoral degree prior to September 1, 2018

To apply, submit the following in one complete packet:

  • A child psychology fellowship application (PDF)
  • A cover letter
  • Three letters of recommendation submitted in one of the following ways: 
    • Directly from the writer via U.S. mail to Dr. Stacey Peerson, Child Psychology Training Director, 2230 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA, 95817.
    • Directly from the writer via email to Kori Feinstein (kafeinstein@ucdavis.edu) and Dr. Stacey Peerson, Training Director (speerson@ucdavis.edu)
    • Enclosed in the packet in a sealed envelope with the writer's signature across the back
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • A comprehensive psychological assessment report with all client/patient identifiers removed

If you have any questions, or to submit your application, please contact Kori Feinstein at (916) 734-5612.  Electronic submissions are preferred and should be emailed to kafeinstein@ucdavis.edu.

Postdoctoral Clinical Child Psychology Fellowship Brochure (PDF)

The UC Davis Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is located in Sacramento, California, approximately 20 miles east of the main UC Davis campus, in Davis, California.  It has a well-established postdoctoral fellowship program administered by full-time psychologists on the faculty under the direction of Stacey Peerson, Ph.D. The department has a strong collaborative relationship with Sacramento County’s Department of Health and Human Services. Many of our faculty and trainees conduct clinical work at one of the County’s many inpatient treatment facilities and/or outpatient clinics. Such a unique relationship not only provides our clients with superior mental health treatment but allows our faculty and trainees exposure to clients of wide-ranging backgrounds and complex clinical presentations. Our program offers postdoctoral fellows the best of both worlds, training from a strong academic approach that emphasizes evidence-based treatment within the context of complex clinical work in a county outpatient setting.

Sacramento County Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services (CAPS)
The CAPS clinic, a 10-minute drive from UC Davis’ Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, is an outpatient clinic for children and adolescents (ages 0 to 21-years-old).  Robert Horst, M.D. serves as the medical director for the CAPS clinic, which is staffed by full-time UC Davis faculty psychologists and psychiatrists.  It is the primary training site for our postdoctoral fellows in psychology as well as UC Davis’ child and adolescent psychiatry fellows.  Medical students and residents in psychiatry also complete rotations at the CAPS clinic.  As with all of our training sites, there is a strong collaborative atmosphere and emphasis on interdisciplinary teamwork.  Our fellows develop strong working relationships with a number of professionals within the community that last beyond their training year.

The CAPS Clinic solely serves children and adolescents who have mental health coverage through California’s state-funded health care program, Medi-Cal.  These clients present with a wide range of complex diagnostic concerns.  Most of our clients and their families struggle with multiple environmental stressors including low income, unemployment, poor social support, and/or family history of mental health or alcohol/substance abuse problems.  Oftentimes, our clients and their family members have also experienced neglect or abuse and may be involved with Child Protective Services (CPS).  Clients represent diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds such as African American, Asian, Caucasian, and Latino who may be first- or-second-generation immigrants.

Fellows at the CAPS clinic provide several important services to our clients.  Following a systems approach to client care, fellows often take the lead in coordinating and collaborating with several professionals involved in a client’s care, including those working in the mental health, medical, academic, and legal domains.  The County has a deep commitment to providing treatment that “meets clients where they are,” which allows providers to tailor their interventions to each client.  Fellows provide short- and long-term individual and family therapy, which if appropriate, may be conducted in the client’s schools or homes.  Fellows also conduct extensive psychological assessments that typically involve school observations, interviews with caregivers, treatment providers, and teachers, and the administration of objective and projective personality measures.  During the course of their training year, fellows also participate on and have the chance to lead the Comprehensive Multidisciplinary Assessment Team (CMAT) that is facilitated by our faculty psychologists at the CAPS clinic.

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences has over 80 faculty members, including 10 psychologists. Psychologists in our department represent a wide array of clinical and research interests and expertise. Several psychologists within the Department participate in federally funded research programs that investigate the basic mechanisms of brain function, neurodevelopment, clinical studies in child and adult psychiatry, and specific psychiatric disorders, such as autism and psychosis. Four attending psychologists participate in the postdoctoral training program in clinical psychology. These psychologists represent an array of theoretical approaches, including family systems, psychodynamic, interpersonal, and cognitive-behavioral. Clinically, they have expertise in psychotherapy and comprehensive psychological assessment with infants, children, adolescents, and adults from culturally and ethnically diverse backgrounds who present with complex clinical presentations.

In addition to our full-time faculty, which includes Stacey Peerson, Ph.D., Carlina Wheeler, Ph.D., Richelle Long, Ph.D., and Elizabeth Solomon, Psy.D., our program includes several volunteer clinical faculty members representing a wide range of training and experience in areas including law and ethics, development throughout the lifespan, relational psychoanalysis, psychological evaluation of special populations, multicultural competence, and forensic psychology. These psychologists practice in private, community, and educational settings and provide clinical supervision to both child and adult psychology and psychiatry fellows and residents.