Psychology Postdoctoral Residency

History

Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Postdoctoral Residency Program was established in the fall of 2004. Since its inception, psychology residents have been involved in a number of programs, including the College of Dental Medicine, College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Mailman Segal Center for Human Development, the Center for Psychological Studies, and the University School.

Specifically, the College of Dental Medicine (CDM) rotation offers a unique setting that fosters the development of innovative service delivery, multidisciplinary collaboration and administrative leadership. As with the CDM rotation in the Health Psychology track, the Osteopathic Medicine rotation emphasizes a holistic approach that examines mind-body wellness and targets health promotion and disease prevention. The Center for Psychological Studies (CPS), organized in 1967, is committed to providing the highest-quality educational and clinical training experiences to current and future psychologists. The General Psychology track is offered through the Psychology Service Center at CPS and focuses on advancing resident’s knowledge and skills in clinical psychology. These training experiences provide individuals with a sophisticated understanding of psychological research and the delivery of the highest-quality mental health care.

The School Psychology Assessment and Consultation Center (SPACC), also offered through the Psychological Service Center at CPS, provides comprehensive psychoeducational evaluations for school-related academic, behavioral, developmental, and learning problems. Psychology residents who spend their time training at SPACC also participate in training activities at the University School of Nova Southeastern University.

The University School is a pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade, independent college preparatory school that provides a challenging and personalized education within a supportive environment for students of average to gifted abilities. The students are prepared for productive lives and leadership roles through a program that focuses on academic excellence, extracurricular participation and service to others. Psychology residents in this track work alongside school counselors, teachers and school administration to promote students’ intellectual and emotional well-being. As an additional rotation with SPACC, the Crisis Prevention/Intervention track focuses on clinical research, community service and scholarship. The Trauma Psychology and Severe Behavior Disorders tracks focus on helping the resident build specialized experience in their area of interest.

Nova Southeastern University's Mailman Segal Center for Human Development (MSC) provides a range of programs designed to strengthen families and enhance the ability of parents and caregivers to foster the healthy development of children. The MSC’s Baudhuin Preschool, located on the main campus of NSU, is an internationally recognized, model program for children with autism spectrum disorder. Residents in this track specialize in autism spectrum disorder, providing assessments, consultation and intervention to children and their families. Nova Southeastern University’s Psychology Post-Doctoral Residency Program is comprehensive in its scope and aims to cultivate residents’ knowledge, skills and overall professional identity. Working closely with their clinical supervisors who are recognized experts in their field, residents are encouraged to continue to take on an inquisitive mindset and practice lifelong learning.

The Nova Southeastern University's Postdoctoral Residency Program is a member of the American Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC).

Training Mission

The Psychology Residency training program at Nova Southeastern University fully supports the mission of Nova Southeastern University by developing Professional Psychologists through multidisciplinary training activities including teaching, research, program evaluation and clinical experience.

Model of Training

Our philosophy is that sound clinical practice is based on scientific research and empirical support. Our training model is the Scientist-Practitioner Model of Training where research and scholarly activities guide and direct clinical practice, and clinical practice leads to research questions and activities.

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