Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Resources

Each fellow has her or his own office. Fellows have access to both Geisel School of Medicine and Dartmouth College libraries. In addition to the faculty, each fellow works with several support staff charged with assisting in scheduling and communications. Finally, employment at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) provides fellows with a generous benefits structure that is consistent with the resident and fellow structures in all departments:

  • The fellowship has a standard salary based on NIH designated postdoctoral stipend levels, currently set at $53,760
  • Fellows also have access to individual health, dental, and life insurance through DHMC
  • Vacation and sick leave are also provided

DHMC is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and minority candidates.

Fellowship supervisors conduct evaluations twice per year at the mid-point and end of fellowship, along with the baseline self-assessment completed by the fellow. Evaluations are used to determine successful progression through the program. For more information on evaluations and matters of due progress and grievance policies, please see our Psychology Postdoctoral Handbook (PDF).

Training opportunities

Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship is designed to provide the most personalized training experience possible in the Adult Outpatient Service at DHMC. As such, fellows are given the option of a “major” and “minor” clinical emphasis during their training year. The fellow will have the opportunity to provide services for the full spectrum of clinical problems, but will prioritize those areas to gain expertise in the domain in which they intend to specialize, while also having the opportunity to develop competencies in another area in order to broaden their skill set. For example, a fellow may select the Anxiety Disorders Service as the major emphasis, and Behavioral Medicine as a minor emphasis. Fellows will also have the opportunity to gain experience in teaching, research, and program development in order to fulfill their training needs.

Anxiety Disorders Service

The Anxiety Disorders Service provides assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder. The primary mentor for this service is Robert Brady, PhD. Fellows will receive advanced clinical service delivery training in exposure-based therapies, cognitive interventions, and acceptance-based interventions. Opportunities for experience in program development and research may also be available as part of Dr. Brady‘s ongoing research on anxiety disorders and physical health outcomes.

Faculty Profiles

Robert Brady, PhD (University of Arkansas) – Dr. Brady joined the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at DHMC and Geisel School of Medicine in 2014. He serves as the Training Director of the Psychology Internship and Fellowship Programs and Director of the Anxiety Disorders Service. His clinical specialty is the delivery of cognitive and behavioral therapies for anxiety and related disorders. He conducts research in the development and implementation of brief, scalable psychotherapies for anxiety and related disorders for delivery in nontraditional mental health settings.

Lauren Szkodny, PhD (The Pennsylvania State University) – Dr. Szkodny joined the faculty at DHMC and Geisel School of Medicine in 2019. She specializes in evidence-based psychotherapies for adults presenting with anxiety disorders, trauma- and stress-related conditions, depression, and personality and relationship problems. Her academic interests include models of psychotherapy integration, and consideration of psychotherapy, therapist, and patient processes. Her research centers on enhancing assessment of anxiety and trauma-related processes.

Digestive Health in Behavioral Medicine Service

The Behavioral Medicine Service offers the Digestive Health fellowship through specialty training in obesity and bariatric medicine, Sleep Medicine, Oncology, and Chronic Pain. The primary mentor for this service is Sivan Rotenberg, PhD. Fellows have the opportunity to participate on multidisciplinary teams and to get involved in related clinical and research projects based on interest, training goals, and need. Fellows also provide some brief evidence-based therapy for general behavioral medicine referrals.

Faculty Profiles:

Sivan Rotenberg, PhD (Concordia University) – Dr. Rotenberg joined the faculty of DHMC and Geisel School of Medicine in December of 2016. She serves Director of the Behavioral Medicine Service and Embedded Psychiatry. Her area of specialization is Health Psychology with an emphasis on weight management interventions and coping with cancer and other medical conditions. At DHMC, she provides embedded services through the Weight and Wellness Center and the Dartmouth Cancer Center.

Jessica K. Salwen-Deremer, PhD (Stony Brook University) – Dr. Salwen-Deremer joined the faculty of DHMC and Geisel School of Medicine in 2018, and has appointments in Psychiatry and Medicine. She is embedded in the section of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, where she provides evidence-based treatments for gastroenterological conditions. She also has expertise in treatment of sleep disorders and chronic pain. Her research primarily focuses on understanding the relationship between sleep and pain in individuals with GI conditions or obesity.

Mood Disorders Service

The Mood Disorders Service provides diagnostic evaluation and intervention for patients presenting with mood disorders, including depressive disorders and bipolar disorders. The primary mentor for this service is Sarah Roane, PhD. Fellows will receive advanced training in evidence-based approaches for treating mood disorders, including cognitive behavioral interventions and integrative interpersonal interventions. Fellows will work collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams and will have the opportunity to become involved program development and research.

Faculty Profiles:

Evan Bick, PsyD (William James College) – Dr. Bick joined the faculty of DHMC and Geisel School of Medicine in 2018; he completed a post-doctoral fellowship in mood and anxiety disorders at DHMC in 2017. He provides outpatient cognitive-behavioral therapy for adults for a variety of mental health concerns, with particular focus areas including psychotherapy for depression, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Additional areas of clinical interest include cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia and anxiety.

Sarah Roane, PhD (University of Louisville) – Dr. Roane joined the faculty at DHMC and Geisel School of Medicine in 2019. She leads the Mood Disorders Clinic and uses evidence-based psychotherapies, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Integrative Interpersonal Therapy, to treat adults with primary mood disorders. Her research interests include risk factors for suicidal behavior and the mechanisms underlying the relationship between depression and physical illness.