About the Program

Ben Taub Hospital, a county-funded general hospital, was built in 1963 to serve the needs of the Houston area. The Psychiatry Service at Ben Taub provides inpatient and outpatient treatment for medically indigent and psychiatrically impaired persons. As a member of the psychiatry team, the postdoctoral fellow will provide assessment and therapy services to psychiatric patients in the outpatient and inpatient setting. For the upcoming academic year (2018-2019), two full-time postdoctoral fellowships will be available for the Ben Taub Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine Adult/Child Track.

Postdoctoral fellows of the Ben Taub/Baylor Adult/Child Track will complete their fellowships through Ben Taub Mental Health Services located at Ben Taub. During the fellowship year, postdoctoral fellows will spend six months in the Ben Taub MHS outpatient clinic and six months on the adult acute psychiatric inpatient unit at Ben Taub. On the outpatient rotation, fellows will provide psychological assessments and therapy services to psychiatric outpatients and serve as a primary clinician in the Adolescents in Motion Program and the Intensive Outpatient Program. On the inpatient rotation, the fellow will become an integral member of two multidisciplinary treatment teams. Fellows function as consultants on the treatment teams and provide services that include individual therapy, group therapy and brief psychological assessments to patients admitted to the inpatient unit. The fellow will also have opportunities to conduct psychological assessment and consultation services to medical inpatients through the hospital Consultation and Liaison Service. In addition to the primary rotation duties, each fellow will have the opportunity to choose an elective rotation (e.g., geriatric, research, specialized outpatient groups, human trafficking patients, assessment). Fellows will also have opportunities to work with psychiatry residents, teach psychology seminars to medical students, and participate in ongoing research protocols. See Rotations for more information on the description of each rotation.

Members of both the Baylor psychology and psychiatry faculty provide supervision as appropriate to the clinical work being done and research activities pursued by the fellow. See Psychology Fellowship Faculty. A full range of educational opportunities at Baylor and the Texas Medical Center is available, including Baylor Psychiatry Grand Rounds, onsite workshops and regularly scheduled training activities (e.g., individual and group supervision), as well as a postdoctoral seminar series for Baylor-affiliated fellows in the Houston area. The fellow may also develop a research project for presentation and/or publication during their term and engage in a variety of teaching and training opportunities.

This fellowship meets the licensure requirements for the state of Texas and the fellow is encouraged to pursue licensure in Texas during the fellowship year. The training program is flexible and tailored to the fellow's interests and needs based on agreement of supervisors and fellow. Some activities are required, but there is considerable room for customization within the general categories of training activities.