Inaugural Rehabilitation Psychology Fellowship 2023-2025

Mission and Vision Statement

Shepherd Center’s Clinical Fellowship Program is committed to providing a positive and dynamic learning experience while developing the advanced clinical skills required for serving the catastrophically injured population. The fellow will be a functioning member of an interdisciplinary team. The fellow will function as a member of the interdisciplinary treatment teams and provide assessment, intervention, and consultation services.

Shepherd Center’s vision is to be the leader in patient care excellence, education, and research across the specialized populations we serve.

Program at a Glance

First Year Rotations: Spinal Cord Injury / Disorder Inpatient Program

The fellow will complete the first year of training in the Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program. This program extends across two hospital floors and ICU dedicated to patients with diagnoses, inclusive of traumatic spinal cord injuries (SCI), non-traumatic injuries (e.g., spinal tumors), spinal cord disorders and diseases (e.g., traverse myelitis, Guillain-Barre Syndrome), and dual diagnosis (ABI and SCI). The fellow will complete rotations with three primary supervisors. Minor rotations will be available when the fellow has completed milestones to add to these experiences.  

Second Year Rotations: Shepherd SCI Day Program

The fellow will spend the second year of training in Shepherd Center's post-acute SCI settings (Shepherd SCI Day Program and Outpatient SCI). The Day Program provides comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation services to individuals with spinal cord injury and other neuromuscular conditions to increase the level of independent functioning at home, work/school, and in the community. Many Day Program patients transition directly from our inpatient units and, if needed, reside in our onsite residential housing building. This allows close patient and family access to treatment and a "warm hand-off" to community re-integration. In the outpatient clinics, fellows gain experience working with individuals who have been living with their injury or illness for extended periods. Minor rotations will be available when the fellow has completed the requisite milestones to add to their clinical training. 


  • Clinical experience in the specialized areas of spinal cord injury/disorder and dual diagnosis with possible opportunities with other clinical populations such as traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, and chronic pain.
  • Access to supervision and mentoring throughout the clinical fellowship from experienced clinicians with diverse backgrounds and expertise.
  • Opportunities to communicate in an effective, professional manner within an interdisciplinary healthcare setting.
  • Full-time salaried position with benefits including 24 days of paid time off per year. Professional development funds are available for conference presentations and travel for educational purposes.
  • Opportunities to develop competencies necessary complete board certification in Rehabilitation Psychology and undertake a career within neurorehabilitation settings.
  • Provides direct patient care, including evidence-based assessment and interventions with individuals and families across the continuum of care.
  • Contributes to existing research via active participation in the KAYAK (Keeping Adolescents and Young Adults Connected) grant. The KAYAK grant aims to develop peer support opportunities and resource networks specifically for adolescents with neurological injury or disease.
  • Develops a strong understanding of the study and application of psychological knowledge and skills on behalf of individuals with disabilities and chronic health conditions through a variety of didactic training opportunities.
  • Maintains ethical, responsible, and professional conduct.

Applications Procedures and Eligibility

Applications are due December 15, 2022, and will be reviewed by January 15, 2023. Top candidates will be offered interviews via video conference, onsite, or at the Mid-Winter RP Conference if needed. Stipends are based on the NIH-fellowship rates (available soon on our website). Employment benefits are comprehensive and competitive. Before beginning the fellowship, candidates must have completed their doctoral degree in clinical or counseling psychology and internship from APA/CPA-accredited programs. Ideal candidates have some experience working with medical or rehabilitation populations.

Application materials: Curriculum vitae, letter of interest detailing career and training goals, three letters of recommendation from professionals familiar with your academic or clinical work (one current supervisor), written clinical case description, and graduate school transcripts.

For more information, please email Dr. Punam Rahman.