Why Apply for an AzPTC Residency?
A postdoctoral residency provides a structured and supervised environment for psychologists to refine their clinical skills, meet licensure requirements, and/or re-specialize areas of expertise with further training experiences. Through hands-on training, guidance from experienced professionals, and specialized tracks, residents can enhance their competence, broaden their career options, and develop a well-rounded skill set. Additionally, the AzPTC offers valuable networking opportunities that can lead to future job prospects and collaborations within the field. Overall, a residency program is a crucial step in obtaining licensure, pursuing new professional avenues, and advancing in the field of psychology.
AzPTC offers specialized residency tracks with individual supervision and didactic training in areas such as neuropsychology (two year residency, preparing for ABPP application), forensic psychology, and school psychology; with sites in a range of settings including community mental health, hospital, and private practice settings. To view our current sites accepting applications for residents, please see below.
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Arizona Neuropsychological Services
We are a private practice located in Chandler, Arizona. We solely provide neuropsychological assessment to individuals aged 16 and up with a wide variety of known or suspected neurological conditions. Dr. Morrone-Strupinsky has an open-door policy for residents to reach out to her throughout the day as needed. We meet as a team weekly to discuss topics related to neuropsychology. Dr. Morrone-Strupinsky is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology and is eager to have residents achieve board certification, so she enjoys having residents participate in fact-finding exercises. The typical work day is Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents are not expected to work on weekends, but are encouraged to work efficiently during the week. I have had residents working with me through the consortium for over a decade, and it has been very rewarding to help them emerge from the student role to become licensed psychologists. Supervising residents helps keep my perspective fresh and makes me a better psychologist. I really value the collegial relationships that continue post-residency.
Avondale Elementary School District
The Avondale Elementary School District encompasses parts of the cities of Goodyear and Avondale in the western suburbs of the metropolitan Phoenix area. AESD serves students from preschool through eighth grade. Student enrollment is approximately 5,800 over nine campuses and one alternative program. Seven of the schools are structured as K-8 campuses, one is a K-4, one is a 5-8, and the alternative program is a K-8 program. AESD also has a community education program that includes a typical preschool and before and after school programs. Finally, AESD provides a special needs preschool for district residents. The Exceptional Student Services Department (ESS) within AESD serves approximately 680 students identified with special education needs. AESD also services approximately 160 students identified with gifted abilities. The ESS department has 80 employees that contribute to providing services for these students. The staff members working within ESS include school psychologists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, a physical therapist, special education teachers, paraprofessionals, nurses, school counselors, and school social workers. AESD is a Title 1 school district providing educationally based services to an exceptionally diverse population (e.g. racial/ethnic group membership, socioeconomic status, English Language Learners). Over 70% of students district-wide receive a free and reduced lunch with some areas reaching over 90%. School psychology residents receive a broad experience with diverse populations. AESD is composed of the following races: 65% Hispanic, 18% White, 12% Black, 2% Asian, 2% two or more races, 1% American Indian, and 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander. Furthermore, AESD is composed of 51.3% male students and 48.7% female students. Age ranges from 3 to 5-years-old in developmental preschool and 5 to 14-year-olds K-8.
Axis for Autism
Axis for Autism is a network of specialty clinics providing toddlers through adults with the right care at the right time through timely diagnosis from a team of caring and compassionate experts and easy access to resources and professionals who can support them on the autism journey. Given the high-level of comorbidity of diagnoses with autism, the resident encounters a wide range of developmental, cognitive, behavioral health and medical issues. The post-doctoral resident works as part of a team to provide solutions for families on a daily basis. The resident will gain expertise in autism assessment techniques (including formal ADOS-2 training, MIGDAS-2 clinical interviewing, behavior rating scales, and cognitive assessment) as well as treatment planning across the lifespan. Axis for Autism serves a diverse population with highly intersectional backgrounds, including refugees. Axis for Autism is neurodivergence affirming and LGBTQIA+ affirming. Most families are Medicaid recipients. Axis values patient- and family-centered care and data-based decision making. The resident works traditional office hours. Special company or community events may occur on evenings or weekends.
The A-Z postdoctoral residency training program is geared primarily toward comprehensive training in neuropsychological assessment. The program is designed to last 2 years, and to prepare residents to pursue board certification (ABPP) in Clinical Neuropsychology. Residents have the opportunity to receive training in both pediatric and adult neuropsychological assessment. We believe that a competent understanding of all ages is critical to good practice, and also that a postdoctoral residency program should prioritize breadth of training more than specialization. Our office is generally open weekdays from 8 am - 5 pm, though Dr. Burger occasionally conducts assessments or otherwise provides services during evening or weekend hours. Residents are not required to work outside of normal business hours; should there be a case they wish to be involve in that is happening outside of normal hours, arrangements can be made to reduce hours during a neighboring week (in order to maintain the 40 hour per work week expectation).
Biltmore Psychology Services
The main emphasis at this site is providing trauma informed care to adult clients and learning to run a small business. Who would you be learning from? I started my career at the Phoenix Vet Center and worked with veterans struggling with PTSD related to combat, military sexual trauma and bereavement for eight years. I moved into private practice in 2013 and created a group practice where I have a few employees, 2-4 practicum students and often a post doctoral resident. I have been supervising doctoral students since 2006. I attained EMDR certification in 2010 and became an EMDR consultant in 2012. In 2012, I earned EFT certification and I became an EFT certified supervisor in 2018. I am well-connected in the EFT community, which has enabled former residents a quick connection into the community as well. Although my main two interests are EFT and EMDR, I also have training in a number of different modalities, Somatic Experiencing Level 2, DBT, Internal Family Systems, polyvagal informed treatment, CBT for Sleep, and Cognitive Processing Therapy. I often weave the learnings from the other trainings into sessions with clients and my weekly group supervision with students. Psychology is a career path that requires lifelong learning. I believe I model this to my students and post docs. I consistently attend monthly trainings to enhance my own skills in EFT and EMDR. I videotape my own challenging cases and consult with others when I am feeling stuck. I have my own “yuck” hard to watch sessions. I ask the same of my post doc residents. Tape and watch your sessions, explore the places where you feel stuck and bring those to supervision as well as moments of triumph. I run a bi-weekly EFT consultation group to EFT clinicians seeking support with their couples. Together we can find your growth edges and I will support and encourage you along the way. Will I be able to get all my hours? All of my previous post docs have met their hour requirements, that said, it does take time to build a client base. The best method for building the base is being available to respond to inquiries. The post doc screens most of the inquiries. This provides you with the option to select clients that you might be interested in working with and also hones your skills to market yourself to potential clients. Currently nobody in my practice works on the weekends. I have found it is helpful for post doc residents to set aside two evenings to see clients, as this is when many people are available to come in. We offer both in person and zoom sessions. You are welcome to work on a Saturday and stagger your schedule to bring in more clients. You are also building hours through supervising practicum students. Supervising others is one of the most rewarding parts of my work and I love to help others learn to supervise effectively. Work-life Balance Value. Doing this type of work can be emotionally exhausting for the therapists, and work life balance is very important. I have found that doing 20 hours of direct time with clients is my own personal limit on a weekly basis. I do not expect more than that of my post doc residents. I prefer that the remaining 20 hours be used for watching your own sessions, watching those of your students, reading, and learning from my very extensive library of training videos. When in your future career will you have the time to really do this? Previous postdocs have conveyed that the emphasis on reflective practice is a strength of this site.
Baker Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation
Baker Neuropsychology specializes in conducting neuropsychological, psychoeducational, and psychological evaluations of children, adolescents, and adults. Our office shares office space with another neuropsychology practice, which results in a very collegial training environment. Postdoctoral residents have the opportunity to learn to use qEEG/brain mapping (which is involved in most neuropsychological evaluations), and see a limited number of clients for psychotherapy (yet this is not required). The clinic has three neuropsychologists, two master's level psychotherapists, and seven doctoral practicum students. Residents learn to perform in-depth differential diagnostic interviews, develop extensive and carefully tailored recommendations, and share these with clients and parents. Residents are expected to work from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (weekdays only, no weekend hours).
Buwalda Psychological Services
Private practice. Residency requires 40 hours per week. Open Monday through Thursday 9 to 7. The site offers DBT, trauma training, and sex offender treatment training. In addition, there is training in neuropsychology. Clientele is diverse. Most clients are forensic, either family court, criminal court, or civil court involvement. There are several therapy clients that are nonforensic in nature of referrals. The office focuses heavy on assessment, psychological evaluations, neuropsychological evaluations, and psychosexual evaluations and risk assessments. There are multiple therapy opportunities that can include individual, family, couples, and group. Clients suffer from trauma, including sexual victimization, domestic violence, sexual offending, substance use, PTSD, and additional mood disorders.
CENTER Psychology & Consulting
CENTER Psychology & Consulting has been affiliated with the Arizona Psychology Training Consortium since 2020. This private practice setting offers psychological services for children and families from preschool through high school, and assessment and consultation services for adults. Residents may choose to focus on working with preferred age ranges, as well as a variety of presenting issues. There are learning opportunities in specialized areas of neuropsychology, health psychology, and clinical psychology. With the support of high quality, targeted didactics offered through the Arizona Psychology Training Consortium, this residency meets all Houston Guideline requirements should the resident choose to pursue board certification in neuropsychology. The training focus includes understanding unique needs in private practice while continuing to develop professional autonomy. Specialties at CENTER include neurodevelopmental disorders, learning disorders, anxiety and mood disorders, and chronic illness/chronic pain issues. Diagnostic services include comprehensive neuropsychological assessment, psychoeducational assessment, developmental assessment, and gifted assessment. Consultation services include diagnostic interviews, brief interventions, referrals for treatment, screening and parent education. Therapeutic services include mind-body integrative approaches, psychotherapy for children, adolescents, parents, and families, mindfulness training, and supportive psychotherapy. Other services include parent workshops, wellness coaching, Lunch and Learns, and talks at schools and in the community. Please visit https://centerpsychaz.com for additional information.
COPA Health Services
Fellows have the opportunity to work and learn collaboratively with senior providers and multidisciplinary treatment staff in a large, urban, fast-paced integrated health setting. The program offers a generalist training track consisting of distinct rotations, with an emphasis on integrated health, psychotherapy, and developmental disabilities. Postdoctoral training experiences are currently being offered at one of our the Integrated Health Clinics (or one Outpatient Clinic) with rotations in the Community Integration/Residential Services, ADHD Testing, Employment programs, or Staff Training and Development. Fellows carry out professional duties within COPA Health such as conducting intake assessments providing clinical interventions or consultations, serving as fully functioning members of multidisciplinary treatment teams. Fellows will also have the opportunity to provide supervision to practicum students and co-facilitate group supervision for interns and practicum students.
Desert Sage Health
Desert Sage Health provides outpatient services to the West Valley of Maricopa County, Arizona. It is in-network with most major private insurances. Comprehensive evaluations are provided for ages 5 years old and older, and include psychological assessment, ADHD evaluations and Autism evaluations. Services include individual therapy, family therapy, couples/marriage therapy, and group therapy. Desert Sage treats a variety of presenting issues including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, trauma/PTSD, ADHD, anger, alcohol and substance abuse, behavioral issues, grief, and life transitions. Our site is unique because we provide a variety of services to a moderately diverse population. We are located close to Luke Airforce Base and often receive referrals from the base. Work hours are determined collaboratively and typical consist of a Monday- Friday schedule.
Gentry Psychological Services
The psychologists at Gentry PBS have been extensively trained in the areas of assessment and treatment of a variety of childhood struggles and disabilities. Most evaluations conducted at Gentry PBS are done with more than one psychologist to provide collaboration between our professionals. Our doctors believe that a team approach to evaluation and diagnosis allows us to look at each case from multiple perspectives to be sure that we are making the best clinical decisions possible, while we also work closely with parents and caregivers to get information and input from those who know our patients the best. Gentry PBS provides comprehensive, diagnostic evaluations to help identify and understand a child’s strengths and needs. Testing also helps to provide a better understanding of a child’s behavior and learning. The goal of a comprehensive evaluation is for parents to have a complete understanding of their child’s current functioning, diagnosis, and treatment needs. Information is gathered through a variety of sources, and often includes a diagnostic clinical interview with parents; direct testing of intelligence, academic achievement, executive functioning skills, phonological processing, speech and language, and/or the ADOS-2 (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule); interviews with teachers and related service providers, and social-emotional and behavioral questionnaires. Gentry PBS also conducts observations in the natural setting, such as school, home, or a community location, when appropriate. Once evaluations are completed, parents are provided with a comprehensive evaluation report. We will meet with parents for a feedback session to go over all assessment results and recommendations, and answer any questions you may have. Some children, especially those at-risk of autism spectrum disorder, do not perform or act as they typically might when they are observed or evaluated in traditional doctor’s office or medical setting. If necessary for younger children, Autism Spectrum diagnostic evaluations can also be conducted in a different, more natural environment, while still using the “Gold Standard” in autism spectrum diagnostic instruments in the field of psychology. Gentry PBS has experience in working with and diagnosing many childhood challenges and disabilities including, but not limited to: Autism Spectrum Disorder, AD/HD, Learning Disorders and/or Dyslexia, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Selective Mutism, and Attachment Disorder. Additionally, Gentry PBS conducts testing for giftedness. Expected work hours are typical, Monday-Friday (9am-5pm), but we are flexible with options to do indirect work from home. No evening or weekend work. Our site provides numerous benefits: Health Insurance, Dental, 401(K) with 3% match, Life Insurance, PTO, Stipend towards EPPP study materials, Cell Phone, Computer. We also help set aside dedicated EPPP study time for the resident. The post-doctoral experience at GentryPBS is heavily focused on evaluation and diagnostics. There is also a heavy focus on Autism, specifically testing/diagnosing very young children, but we also conduct many educational assessments (LD, Dyslexia, ID), psychological assessments (ADHD, Anxiety, OCD, Depression), behavioral assessments (ADHD, ODD/CD, FBAs) and have some opportunities for expert witnessing work (if interested). Our psychology team also works closely with our Speech/Language Therapists, BCBAs, and other professionals when we perform monthly multidisciplinary evaluations (Psych/Speech/BCBA/OT/Feeding). Finally, we have many opportunities for the resident to engage in 1:1 therapy or parent training, as our psychological supervisors have expertise with CBT, DBT, ACT, etc.
Levitan and Associates
Levitan & Associates Psychological Services (LAPS) provides a variety of clinical, forensic, consultation, supervision, and training services to the greater Phoenix area. Clinical services include individual, couples, and family psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric clientele. LAPS uses a variety of theoretical orientations and modalities, coupled with various evidence-based interventions including behavior and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT), mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT), eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), animal assisted therapy (AAT), and biofeedback. Comprehensive, neuropsychological, and developmental evaluations are provided to assist with diagnostic clarification, treatment planning, academic services, cognitive and disability assessment, and pre surgery clearance. Work hours are normal business hours, with flexibility for evenings and weekends, if requested.
McGady & Associates
We are a clinical and forensic site, where we see a diverse population from toddlers to adults suffering from developmental disorders to psychosis. We provide weekly didactics, certified training opportunities (trauma, DBT, ADOS), and provide numerous opportunities for supervision and feedback from clinical staff. Expected working hours are 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday.
MCP provides opportunities in a variety of different settings including Dr. Husk’s private practice as well as in her consulting roles with NeuroRehab Carr of Scottsdale and Rehab Without Walls. In the private practice setting, residents will be primarily involved in medical records review, clinical interviews with patients and families, and neuropsychological assessment. Residents will also have opportunities to provide feedback to patients and families regarding the evaluation results and recommendations. Residents interested in providing psychotherapy will have the opportunity as an option, not a requirement. Patients are referred for a wide variety of neurological concerns including adult ADHD, learning disabilities, MS, TBI and concussion, MCI, many different forms of dementia, delirium, and many different mental health conditions.
Neuropsychology Ltd is a small private practice in Tucson, AZ with a primary focus on neuropsychological testing and diagnostics for children over 6 years and for adults of all ages. The practice allows for a very diverse patient population, including evaluation of all forms of dementia, neurological disorders such as TBI, MS, CVA, and anoxic brain injury, sport-related concussion assessment, and multiple pediatric disorders, including autism. Training is available for medicolegal assessment and capacity evaluations. Typical office hours are 830-5pm Monday to Friday. PTO, 401k benefits, and health care benefits are available. Residents can also participate in case conferences at Banner Alzheimer's Institute and grand rounds through the Department of Psychiatry.
Phoenix Children's Hospital
The Pediatric Psychology Postdoctoral Residency is housed within the Division of Psychology at Phoenix Children's (PC) healthcare system. PC is ranked as the No. 1 children’s hospital in Arizona and third in the Southwest region by US News & World Reports. Postdoctoral residents/fellows will devote a substantial portion of their time to clinical experience working under the supervision of licensed clinical psychologists across a variety of pediatric psychology subspecialties, with a particular focus on pain along with consultation/liaison (CL) and cystic fibrosis (CF). Typical work hours include about 8:00am-5:00pm Monday through Friday; 6 to 8 weekends in the year where the resident will work with an attending as part of the On-Call Psychology service. Additional opportunities include assisting with our advocacy/outreach project and social media/interview exposure and training
Psychological and Consulting Services
PCS is a forensic private practice that specializes in assessment and treatment of court involved adults and adolescents with problematic sexual and other harmful behavior. We also work with juveniles and children with sexual behavior problems, male sex offenders, female sex offenders, and individuals wanting to be support persons for sex offenders on probation. We are a small private practice with an emphasis on collaboration and consultation. Our team of providers is very important to us. Residents work a 40-hour week but with some flexibility in how that is scheduled. Evening groups are possible on some nights, ending no later than 7pm. No work on weekends.
Psychological Counseling Services
Psychological Counseling Services in Scottsdale, Arizona, is an outpatient, private-practice delivering individual, couples, family and group therapy. They also provide an 8 day Intensive Treatment Program which includes 35 individual treatment hours provided by a team of our therapists. Post doctoral residents will participate as a treatment team member in this program, interpret the MCMI, and develop a treatment summary for clients. In addition to treating a wide range of issues, PCS specializes in treating trauma and sex addiction. Residents have the opportunity to provide group, individual, couples, and family therapy from a variety of treatment modalities. There is some assessment experience, although the focus of the residency is treatment.
The Reuter Center for Neuropsychology and Integrative Counseling (TRC) is a private practice that follows an integrative approach to care, offering neuropsychological assessment and behavioral health counseling for individuals and families across the lifespan. TRC's residency program focuses primarily on neuropsychological assessment, with approximately 75% pediatric and 25% adult/geriatric evaluation. With the support of high quality, targeted didactics offered through the Arizona Psychology Training Consortium, this residency meets all Houston Guideline requirements should the resident choose to pursue board certification. The primary supervisor is board certified through the American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology.
Serin Centers are multidisciplinary, integrated care centers that provide neuropsychological assessment, EMDR and CBT Therapy, and neurofeedback and neuromodulation for children, adolescents, and adults of diverse backgrounds. Specialty areas include ADHD, Autism, Learning Disabilities, OCD, Depression, Brain Injuries, and Trauma. Our culture is supportive, cutting-edge, and less intense than sites that overschedule residents and fellows. Serin Center is unique given the diverse rotations available and the cutting-edge approaches that integrate diagnosis and treatment. Our centers are upscale and in desirable areas to work, multiple supervisors with broad skillsets are available, and our population includes children, adolescents, and adults. Expected hours of work vary between two locations and are generally typical office hours however some schedules may be staggered to start and end later in the day depending on clinic variables.
We are a full service Psychology and mental health clinic for children teens and their parents. We offer comprehensive evaluations, therapy, parent trainings and workshops, and social emotional learning groups. We specialize in childhood anxiety, selective mutism, tics/TS and other disorders of childhood. We have a small hard -working, supportive, collaborative, and friendly culture. Typical office hours include some evenings and weekend hours.
This is a unique boutique-like practice with positivity and collegial collaboration and support. We are looking for the right person to join our dynamic team, not someone to simply fill the role. We predominantly see children through young adults needing a neuropsychological evaluation for issues rooted in early development, learning, and mental health (i.e., autism, learning disorders, brain injuries, ADHD/executive functioning, tricky differential diagnoses). It is a private pay practice that does not take insurance. This allows us to spend the time necessary with each client and to collaborate with their other providers. We see clients for an extended period of time 4-10 hours over one to several days. The goal is to understand the client's nuanced presentation and those interventions to best serve them. This takes clinical skills, interpersonal skills, self-monitoring, intuition, strong ethics and a desire for personal balance/well being. We feel honored to serve the families that we work with in the practice and strive to deliver the highest clinical service to them across the board in all our interactions. Residents are expected to work 8 am - 5pm and may on occasion need to work after hours writing reports depending on your efficiency.
Spectrum Psychology and Wellness
Spectrum Psychology and Wellness is a group private practice in the southeast valley of the Phoenix Metro area. It was formed to meet the holistic needs of our community. Our approach is strength-based and person-centered. Our practitioners have a variety of specialties that span all ages and stages of life. We specialize in therapy and do not offer assessment or testing services at our practice. Working closely with a team of interdisciplinary mental health providers, residents will develop a professional therapy caseload while managing the administrative responsibilities of private practice. They will offer comprehensive intake assessments, individualized diagnostic summaries from a biopsychosocial lens, collaborative, holistic, strength-based treatment plans, and evidence-based psychotherapeutic care. They will be able to focus on working with preferred age ranges, as well as a variety of presenting issues. There are learning opportunities in group therapy and EHR systems, as well as specialized learning areas of health psychology, trauma, eating disorders, holistic sexuality, chronic pain, and geropsychology. The training focuses on learning about creating and running a therapy private practice while continuing to develop your professional autonomy. There is weekly clinical individual supervision, group supervision, case conferences, and monthly educational didactics. The ideal candidate will be able to work well with others while also being self-motivated, organized, passionate about helping patients and wanting to have a career in private practice. Since we are a small private practice and take insurance, we offer a lower stipend than cash pay, assessment based practices, or government-subsidized practices may. However, we provide an opportunity to be mentored in growing your private practice from the ground up, from a business and marketing understanding to clinical caseload management based on your theoretical orientation, interests, and specialties. Many of our residents to date have chosen to stay with Spectrum following their post-doctoral residency, maintaining their caseload as independent contractors under the business model we help you design, build and grow during your residency. Please feel free to reach out if you would like to speak with any of our former residents! Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Send one copy of the complete application, including a Letter of Interest, CV, Transcript, and three Letters of Recommendation to Dr. Rebbeca Lahann at Rebbeca@SpectrumWellnessAZ.com and one copy to Dr. Elizabeth Capps-Conkle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wooten & Associates
Through consultation and training we demonstrate a philosophy and practice that supports the development of each clinician in characteristics of compassion, insight and understanding. It is both our shared experience and clinical knowledge that energizes the work. We use the principles of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy together with trauma informed and integration of psychodynamically oriented introspection as our organizational framework. We encourage therapists to integrate spiritual truths and practical applications of available psychological constructs to help organize a persons’ experience and facilitate movement. We reflect upon the process that occurs in the therapeutic relationship and the manner in which those same dynamics manifest in a person's life and cause both the therapist and the patient to grow. At Az Womens Recovery Center our training partner we strengthen their services through consultation, supervision and staffing primary and supplemental groups. Together, through sound DBT principles and integrative interventions we strive to support abstinence and harm reduction as a method for building new generations of sober living for our community. With South Phoenix Healthy Start, a federally funded agency that provides resources and support to reduce maternal and infant mortality in our community, we provide therapy services to their participants as well as staff training and support for effective program development that reduces risk and addresses the challenges facing new parents. Residents are exposed to private practice and community mental health models, while participating in individual and multidisciplinary group supervision serving to enhance and develop their professional identity as well as their clinical skills and compassionate understanding of the needs of our community members.