Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Trauma and Health Psychology

The Departments of Psychiatry and Surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has an opening for a one-year post-doctoral resident in Trauma and Health Psychology for the training year 2021-2022. The fellowship start date is Aug. 1, 2021.


The goal of the fellowship is to provide the fellow with clinical training focused on developing advanced competencies in trauma and health psychology to prepare them for independent practice in an integrated care academic medical center environment. We aim to prepare the fellow to leave fellowship as an early career psychologist who can thrive in multidisciplinary, specialized health care settings, provide high-quality evidence-based care, and promote the crucial role of collaborative care in promoting physical and psychological wellness. The fellowship strives to provide clinical experiences and mentorship that fosters development of the fellow’s professional identity as an integrated care professional. We aim for the fellow to develop expertise in interdisciplinary communication, promotion of psychological health to other healthcare professionals and to the public, and as scholars who are able to utilize clinical science to develop evidence-based healthcare programs to meet the needs of underserved communities. We seek to recruit fellows who are interested in improving population health and health equity through interprofessional collaboration and education.

The fellow will provide inpatient and outpatient care to socioeconomically diverse injured trauma survivors who require surgical intervention at a Level I Trauma Center. Fellows will have the opportunity to work with a wide range of patients including those with internal and orthopedic injuries, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, limb amputations, and polytrauma. Little Rock provides a unique opportunity to work with urban, suburban, and rural populations from across the state of Arkansas. The fellow will also be involved in clinical training opportunities in both inpatient and outpatient settings within UAMS Health.

The fellow will also have the opportunity to participate in the UAMS Division of Surgical Research which strives to elevate clinical, basic science, and translational research across the entire UAMS Surgery Department. The division values and promotes interdisciplinary research collaborations and integration of behavioral health principles into surgical research. The fellow may also have opportunities to collaborate with the Clinical Informatics research team, the UAMS Institute for Digital Health and Innovation (IDHI), or the Center for Implementation Research. The fellow may have the opportunity to mentor or co-mentor medical students or initiate their own research projects.

Optional Opportunities – UAMS is currently one of the few Level I Trauma Centers in the United States to implement post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) risk screening and brief intervention on a trauma service. Depending on interest and ability, the fellow may also have the opportunity to participate in ongoing program implementation and evaluation efforts or initiate small program development projects related to the care of injured or critically ill patients. The fellow may also participate in additional program development projects within the Department of Psychiatry including internship recruitment efforts, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and training program evaluation.

Additional information pertaining to our training opportunities, rotations, eligibility requirements, and application procedures can be found in our program brochure. (Click here for the brochure).

Important Dates
Start Date: Aug. 1, 2021
Applications Due: Jan. 11, 2021 by 5 p.m. CST
Interviews: Will be held remotely on a rolling basis
Training period: Aug. 1, 2021 – July 31, 2022

Contact Information

Training Director
Sacha McBain, PhD
Associate Director, Center for Trauma Prevention, Recovery, and Innovation
Assistant Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Surgery
Division of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
4301 W Markham Street
Little Rock, AR 72205

Administrative Questions and Support
David Miles
Psychiatric Research Institute
4301 W Markham Street, Slot 554
Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone (501) 320-7302