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Psychology Training and Education Programs 

At Shepherd Center, our psychology training and education programs create a distinctive learning environment within a premier neurorehabilitation hospital. We prioritize the role of mental health experts as integral members and leaders within the interdisciplinary rehabilitation and care teams. This philosophy allows for direct and immediate communication concerning patient care, ensuring the implementation of the most effective and evidence-based treatment interventions for patients and their families. 

Guiding these training and education programs is our experienced psychology staff, who deliver psychological services throughout the entire neurorehabilitation process, from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to inpatient acute care and outpatient post-acute care. The interventions provided include emotional, cognitive, behavioral, pain, and process-related issues associated with the catastrophic injuries and illnesses treated at Shepherd Center. 

Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowships

Clinical Neuropsychology

This 24-month postdoc fellowship specializes in assessing patients in the acute and chronic phases of their neurologic recovery. 

Applications for the 2023-2025 training cycle are now closed. Please check back for future fellowship training opportunities. 

Rehabilitation Psychology

This 24-month postdoc fellowship specializes in assessing psychological issues in patients and families that may affect rehabilitation progress.

Applications for the 2023-2025 training cycle are now closed. Please check back for future fellowship training opportunities. 

Clinical Psychology Graduate Pre-Doctoral Externships

Our clinical psychology externship program is designed for advanced doctoral graduate students who have completed courses in Assessment, Evidence-Based Intervention, and Ethics. Additionally, students should be interested in the practice of rehabilitation psychology or neuropsychology with neuromedical populations. Practicums, providing hands-on experience, are typically scheduled 2-3 days per week, spanning 9-12 months. 

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Undergraduate and Graduate Psychology Training Opportunities

For students aspiring to make a difference in the field of psychology, we offer a supportive environment where you can cultivate your skills and knowledge. Whether you are currently enrolled in undergraduate studies or seeking advanced training at the graduate level, we have opportunities tailored for you. For further details on our current undergraduate and graduate training opportunities, please send one email to both Laurie Baker, PhD, ABPP-RP, at and Punam Rahman, PsyD, ABPP-Rp,

About Shepherd Center

Shepherd Center is a private, not-for-profit hospital based in Atlanta, Georgia, specializing in treating spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neuromuscular disorders. Postdoctoral residents and fellows in Shepherd's graduate medical education programs are immersed in a dynamic healthcare environment, working alongside experienced clinicians dedicated to helping patients rebuild their lives with hope, independence, and dignity. 

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