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VA St. Louis Health Care System -Geropsychology

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VA St. Louis Health Care System
St. Louis, Missouri

Starts on Monday, July 19, 2021

Applications due Sunday, January 3, 2021

This program has chosen to follow the APPIC Postdoctoral Selection Guidlines.

The Geropsychology residency is designed with the goal of preparing residents for board certification in the specialty area of Geropsychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology, if they so choose. The resident can expect to develop skills necessary to offer consultation, assessment, and evidence-based treatment to older adults across a breadth of treatment settings (inpatient, outpatient, and in-home). Currently, VA St. Louis Health Care System is a member of the Council of Professional Geropsychology Training Programs.

Clinical Services: The Clinical Geropsychology resident will have opportunities to provide services on interprofessional teams in a variety of settings including the Community Living Center (CLC, primarily a short-term medical rehabilitation setting), Senior Veterans Clinic (outpatient mental health clinic for older adults), inpatient Palliative Care consultation, outpatient Palliative care, and Home-Based Primary Care. The resident may also have the opportunity to train within the neuropsychology outpatient clinic. Interdisciplinary teams may include nurses, physicians, chaplains, physical therapists, occupational therapists, recreational therapists, speech-language pathologists, social workers, dieticians, and pharmacists. Services provided may include evidence based group, family, and individual psychotherapy, environmental/behavioral modification, caregiver support, cognitive assessment, capacity evaluation, hypnotherapy, pain management services, and interdisciplinary consultation. The resident may also be given the opportunity to gain exposure to other areas such as Geriatric Primary Care, Inpatient Geropsychiatry, Spinal Cord Injury, and others.

In addition to providing clinical services, the resident will complete a scholarly activity with a special focus on Geropsychology. Trainees will have the opportunity to participate in the psychology residency didactic series, as well as the Geropsychology journal club, and other didactic and training opportunities. The resident will also have the opportunity to provide vertical supervision and present/teach during grand rounds and staff trainings. Please see our brochure for additional information on this residency opportunity.

It is likely that there may be changes in the structure of the typical training year related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In keeping with APPIC recommendations, the safety of our trainees, supervisors, veterans, and community is of utmost importance. We strive to make the recruitment and selection process as accessible and fair as possible during these times, and we rely on an ethical framework for decision making to guard against bias and lapses. We pledge to use science, evidence-based findings, and the recommendations of public health experts to inform our process and recommended procedures related to all aspects of the trainee experiences. For more information about changes to our program due to the pandemic, please see information contained in our residency brochure.

Additional Information

Agency Type
VA Medical Center
APPIC Membership
APA Accredited
Recognized Specialty
Emphasis or focus area
Health Psychology
Other Emphasis
Research Time
Less than 25%
Training Director
Katherine Goedeker
Contact Email
Contact Phone
314-652-4100 x66726
Virtual Interviews
Virtual Only
Duration in Months
Hours Per Week
# of Licensed Supervisors
Number of Positions
Applications recieved last year
Will follow APPIC Selection Guidelines
Date offers will be made to applicants
Monday, February 22 2021
Created Date
Wednesday, November 28 2018
Unfilled Positions
Fringe Benefits
We offer 15 days of Authorized Absence for conference travel, research presentations, and VA interviews (with the review and approval of MH department leadership). The St. Louis Metro area offers the best of both city and outdoor recreational activities. During your training year you might take in the Festival of Nations, the Great Forest Park Balloon Race, go to the zoo or art museum for free, and visit the one-of-a-kind City Museum. St. Louis is also home to the St. Louis Cardinals and the St. Louis Blues hockey team. The history of St. Louis offers rich opportunities for learning as well. The metropolitan area today was also the “metropolitan” area of the Mississippian American Indians who settled this area from the 15th -19th century. These tribal groups were mound builders and you can still visit Cahokia Mounds right across the river in Illinois. You can visit the St. Louis Old Courthouse where the Dred Scott trial was first held in 1847. You can see homes that were part of the Underground Railroad across the Mississippi in Alton, IL. There are several wineries south and west of St. Louis within easy access for a road trip, and if you would prefer to bike there, Missouri has the trails to do that, too! In fact, St. Louis is known for its confluence of 3 rivers which offers plenty of camping and hiking along national parks and recreation areas. There really is something for everyone in our community.
Research opportunities
All residents are involved in a scholarly project over the course of residency, although IRB-approved studies are typically not feasible within the limited time of a traditional residency. Occasionally residents are able to join other IRB-approved research projects if they are already in development but this is not common.
Additional Comments
We can often accommodate later start dates as needed.
Application Instructions
Applications will be received and reviewed through APPA CAS.

This record was last updated on Thursday, September 24, 2020

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