NOTE: We are not accepting applications for a postdoctoral fellowship position for 2011-2012.
We appreciate your interest in our postdoctoral
fellowship program. The training at CTR is focused on cognitive-behavioral approaches to the treatment of PTSD. Providing
opportunities for new Ph.D.s to do focussed study on cognitive
behavioral therapy and trauma through research and clinical contact
is part of the overarching mission of the Center for Trauma
The responsibilities of a Postdoctoral Fellow
at the Center for Trauma Recovery can be broken down into two major
categories: Clinical and Research.
Postdoctoral Fellows carry a caseload of clients from the Trauma
Clinic, a sliding fee scale service available to anyone seeking
treatment for trauma. Additionally, they often conduct assessments
and provide therapy for research participants in our ongoing
Some of the special populations a postdoc will have the
opportunity to work with are the survivors of homicide victims and war refugees.
While the Trauma Clinic usually serves adults, there are
opportunities to work with children, adolescents, families and
A fellow is expected to produce at least one article for
publication during the average appointment. This article may be
prepared independently or in collaboration with other staff members.
There are a variety of databases available for study as well as the
opportunity to include instruments for research as part of the
battery of instruments completed by new study
Fellows also have supervision in a variety of
formats. Licensure in Missouri requires weekly, hour-long sessions on
a one-to-one basis with a licensed health care provider. There are
also regularly scheduled peer and group supervision meetings as well
as staffing for the Trauma Clinic. As part of the research protocol,
all therapists are included in treatment compliance supervision by
off-site, independent evaluation.
Postdocs are encouraged to pursue their own
research interests, as time allows, and to take part in national
conferences. Some fellows have used this as an opportunity to learn
about and get experience in grant writing. Past and present
postdoctoral fellows have found this to be a flexible work
environment and excellent preparation for an academic or research
A postdoctoral appointment at the Center for
Trauma Recovery is structured to provide all the necessary elements
for licensure. While some of the specifics differ from state to
state, there are some basic requirements. Of course, most require a
doctoral degree in psychology for the independent practice of
The second requirement is that the candidate
for licensure passes at least one written exam: the Examination for
Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP). This exam is given twice
a year and can be taken on computer. Individual states determine the
minimum passing score. Many states also require a jurisprudence exam
or an oral exam.
Finally, most licensure boards require a period
of supervised experience. The internship required by most doctoral
programs fulfills part of this requirement. A supervised postdoctoral
appointment completes it.
A good general book for licensing requirements
is the Handbook of Licensing and Certification Requirements for
Psychologists in the U.S. and Canada.
Some good sites for more information
American Board of
State and Provincial Psychology
State Committee of Psychologists
State statues governing licensure and the practice of
Where Are They Now?
A number of very talented psychologists
completed their postdoctoral fellowships at the Center for Trauma
Recovery and have gone on to interesting and diverse careers. A quick
scan of their present contributions to psychology illustrates the
preparation and flexibility a postdoc here provides.
Mindy B. Mechanic, Ph.D.
MA University of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
Ph.D. University of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
Internship University of Virginia Health Sciences Center
Dr. Mechanic is an Assistant Professor at
California State University - Fullerton. She teaches classes on
psychopathology and the psychology of victims. Her research interests
focus on the psychological consequences of interpersonal violence
including domestic violence, stalking and domestic homicide. Dr.
Mechanic is also interested in forensic psychology and has provided
expert witness consultation and testimony in a variety of cases
involving interpersonal violence.
Kathleen M. Chard, Ph.D.
MA Indiana University
Ph.D. Indiana University
Internship University of Cincinnati
Dr. Chard is the Director of the Center for
Traumatic Stress Research at the University of Kentucky. She teaches
a number of classes including those on cognitive-behavior therapy and
victimology. She is currently researching the efficacy of
cognitive-processing therapy for the treatment of adult survivors of
childhood sexual abuse. She feels that the diversity of
opportunities; research, clinical work and supervision of junior
students, sets the Center for Trauma Recovery apart from most other
Amy M. Williams, Ph.D
MA University of North Texas
Ph.D. University of North Texas
Internship Department of Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care
Dr. Williams is an Adjunct Assistant Professor
at the University of North Texas. She also works part time for Senior
Psychology Services providing clinical services to individuals in
nursing home facilities. She has found that her experiences at the
Center for Trauma Recovery have translated into increased expertise
in treating not only PTSD but also depression and other anxiety
disorders. She has also found that her postdoctoral training has made
her the unofficial expert on trauma at UNT; students and faculty will
seek her out for help with a trauma client. Overall, although the
postdoc was focused, it has greatly enhanced her effectiveness as a
Terri L. Messman-Moore, Ph.D.
MA Oklahoma State University
Ph.D. Oklahoma State University
Internship Boston Psychology Consortium
Dr. Messman-Moore is an Assistant Professor at
Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Her research interests include
child sexual abuse, rape, domestic violence, cumulative impact of
trauma and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy. She found that her
postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Trauma Recovery prepared
her for licensure in not just Missouri but also Ohio and generally
met most state licensure requirements.
Anita Bazile, Ph.D.
MS St. Louis University
Ph.D. St. Louis University
Internship University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Dr. Bazile's research interests include PTSD in adults and children. She is
also interested in multicultural issues in assessment and treatment,
community mental health, the treatment of the chronically mentally
ill, efficacy and outcome studies in psychotherapy. The reasons she
chose to do her postdoctoral work at the Center for Trauma Recovery
included her interest in the pervasiveness of PTSD and to do a more
in-depth study of therapy for trauma. She wanted to have more
exposure to the various cognitive behavioral treatments.
Additionally, she was drawn by the variety of research going on at
the Center and the opportunity to be part of this research.
Catherine Feuer, Ph.D.
Gretchen Clum, Ph.D.
Reg Nixon, Ph.D.
Ana Sobel. Ph.D.
Matt Kliethermes, Ph.D.
Kelly Phipps, Ph.D.
St. Louis Area Information
St. Louis and surrounding suburbs have a population of
approximately 2.6 million. The city has a long heritage as a river
port and link between the East and the West coasts of the nation that
is reflected in the cultural mix you will find here. Southern charm
tempers Northeastern industrial might. Small town type neighborhoods
are just minutes from football stadiums and nightclubs. To further
explore St. Louis, we suggest you connect to one of the following
For apartment hunting, these are some good links
Many of our graduate students live in the University City/Loop
area. There is also a housing area known as University Meadows which
is just off campus. Other nearby areas include Clayton, Florissant,
Maryland Heights and Olivette.
If you will be visiting St. Louis for interviews, we would suggest
staying near the airport or in a hotel near a Metrolink station (St.
Louis' light rail public transportation system). Both the Center for
Trauma Reocvery and the main campus of the University of Missouri -
St. Louis are located in North St. Louis County and are easily
accessible by Metrolink.
Some good travel links are: