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Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship | Indianapolis

Fellowship Program


We are proud to boast a top-notch behavioral health team. The team is directed by our behavioral health faculty and is supported by our postdoctoral psychology fellow and social worker. In addition, we sponsor training for masters level pre-doctoral students. 

Program Overview

The one (1) year full-time fellowship adheres to a practitioner-scholar model with the primary focus on the goal of changing the face of healthcare to induce behavioral health as an indispensable component of primary healthcare and the patient-centered medical home.

This training program offers fellows an opportunity to become comfortable and competent working in the interdisciplinary context of primary care, providing consultation to medical providers and providing psychology and behavioral health treatments with primary care patients. The fellow will function as a member of a multidisciplinary healthcare team in a family medicine residency clinic. This training structure allows the fellow to grow his or her clinical skills with a highly varied population in integrated primary care.

Program Goals

The program is designed to prepare clinical and counseling psychologists to achieve the following goals: 

  • Develop leadership and advocacy skills for the implementation of integrated collaborative healthcare. 
  • Practice evidence based psychotherapy in a primary care setting while targeting chronic disease processes. 
  • Enhance capabilities of advanced practice competency in independent practice as a clinical health psychologist with sufficient preparation to be credentialed and ultimately board certified by ABPP in clinical health psychology. 
  • Make meaningful scholarly contributions, particularly by learning how to conduct applied research projects leading to practice based evidence for integrated care.



The training philosophy and model is based on a supervised experiential approach in which post doctorate fellows are trained in evidence based clinical health psychology through intensive didactic, clinical observations, clinical supervision, and training alongside family medicine residents. Fellows learn how to teach and train family medicine residents to recognize behavioral health needs and use psychosocial knowledge and behavioral health skills to improve healthcare. Fellows also learn skills to build an integrated service program in a primary care setting.



Clinical experiences typically include 18 - 20 (scheduled) direct client hours per week. These contact hours may include a mixture of individual, group, family, and/or couples psychotherapy, assessment, and consultation. Additionally, fellows will provide supervisory opportunities to pre-doctorate psychology students.


Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in and develop quality improvement measures and/or standard academic peer reviewed literature based research. Research includes an option of presenting at a national conference.


Provide education to resident physicians to enhance professional, communication, and behavioral health skills and techniques as they apply to quality patient care. Some activities include formal presentations, reviewing recordings of real time and simulated patient-physician encounters, and providing feedback to physicians for enhancing individual growth.

Program Development

Develop programing related to improving well-being of patients and healthcare providers. This includes planning, monitoring, and receiving feedback for quality assurance and research purposes.


Learn and implement protocols and policies related to integrated care strategies from a behavioral health perspective including chronic illnesses/disorders such as ADHD, suicidality, warm hand offs, chronic pain management and risk assessments.

Primary Duties

Daily routines vary, but may include diagnostic screenings, behavioral health consultations, and brief psychological interventions with children, adults and families. Additionally, the fellowship provides didactic training, one-on-one supervision, and opportunities for other rotations based on each individual’s interests. Responsibilities will allow for fulfillment of the licensure requirement in the State of Indiana (12 months/2,000 hours).

Application and Eligibility

Eligibility Criteria

Completion of and degree conferred from an APA accredited doctoral program in Clinical or Counseling Psychology (PhD/PsyD) as well as an APA accredited internship. Candidates should be committed to serving an underserved population constituent with the mission of Franciscan Health.

Doctorate degree must be confirmed by training institution prior to the August start date. 

Application Requirements

  1. Cover letter summarizing professional goals and interests related to integrated primary care and clinical health psychology.
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Graduate transcript
  4. Three (3) letters of recommendation.
  5. A writing sample of an assessment OR a case summary of your work with a patient utilizing an integrated health care approach to treatment

Email submission is acceptable.

Mariah Sahm
Franciscan Health Indianapolis Family Medicine Residency Program 
5230 East Stop 11 Road #250 
Indianapolis, IN 46237

Deadline to apply: March 1, 2020
Program start date: August 2020
Program end date: July 2021

We will begin reviewing applications on March 1, 2020; although applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

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