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Postdoctoral Residency Program

2020-21 Post-Doctoral Residents
Our Residents (L-R): Front:  Dr. Carly Knauf, Dr. Tyler Hatchel
Back: Dr. Judy Goodman-Fermin (Training Director), Dr. Kristina Mendez, Dr. Isabelle Creste,
Dr. Michael McGlenn, Dr. Ben Metta Penhas, Dr. Danielle Hanley            


The residency program at the University of California, San Diego Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) involves supervised experience working as an integral member of a team of clinicians serving over 39,000 diverse undergraduate and graduate students. Our main focus is to provide advanced training in an environment that facilitates professional growth and development. The postdoctoral residency year focuses on the integration and refinement of professional skills in a supervised environment in preparation for licensure and professional work in a variety of mental health settings and those within higher education. Responsibilities include provision of short-term counseling/psychotherapy, group therapy, initial evaluation and assessment, referrals, crisis/urgent care counseling, outreach and consultation to the campus community, serving as consultant to one of six undergraduate colleges or major campus programs, delivery of training, and administrative committee work. One postdoc is housed at the Student Health Center with a focused practice within a behavioral health setting. In addition, the resident will work with a department on campus to provide ongoing consultation, outreach, and collaboration.

Residents typically provide 20 hours of clinical work per week, which includes initial evaluations, groups, brief individual and couples therapy, psycho-educational workshops and a bi-weekly on-call shift. Clinical training focuses on brief therapy. Residents receive 2 hours of individual clinical supervision, one hour of group supervision, and participate in a weekly multidisciplinary case conference. Additionally, residents participate in a weekly Postdoctoral Support Group, as well as professional development meetings and training seminars. There are several areas of emphasis for outreach and consultation that residents are assigned, which gain them exposure to specific populations and consultation with specific campus groups. In addition, residents participate in several formal (our site is an authorized provider of CE units by the California Board of Psychology) and informal trainings that are offered throughout the year for all professional staff on topics such as Law and Ethics, Supervision, Suicide Prevention, and various clinical topics.

The residency fulfills licensure requirements for postdoctoral supervised practice in the state of California. Residents receive over 1700 hours of supervised experience with at least 25% of their hours being dedicated to direct, clinical service.

  • If you have any further questions regarding training opportunities at CAPS, please email Dr. Judy Goodman Fermin , Training Director, or call her at (858) 534-3755.

Aims and Objectives of the Residency

The goal of the residency program is to provide advanced training in Health Service Psychology and enhance professional identity as a psychologist so that graduates are eligible for independent practice and employment in a variety of settings in professional psychology, with specialized experience in college counseling centers, student health centers or other services/centers within higher education. We are committed to training professionals for the independent and interdependent professional practice of psychology within a community psychology model of service delivery. We provide a unique training opportunity for the application of therapy, outreach, consultation and multicultural counseling to a diverse student population.

Specific objectives include:

  • Consolidation of clinical skills by maintaining a regular caseload, facilitating groups, attending formal and informal training, and receiving weekly supervision with cases.
  • Continued strengthening and integration of awareness, knowledge and skills pertaining to working with diverse college populations.
  • Consolidation of crisis management skills through managing urgent cases on personal caseload and managing regular urgent care shifts with appropriate supervision and back-up support.
  • Consolidation of outreach and consultation skills through outreach and consultation opportunities, shadowing, and ongoing consultation and mentoring from secondary supervisors.
  • Hone skills essential to function and thrive in a University Counseling Center.


  • Integration of Science and Practice
  • Individual and Cultural Diversity (awareness, knowledge, & skills)
  • Legal and Ethical Standards
  • Professionalism (professional values, attitudes and behaviors)
  • Clinical Competence (intervention, therapeutic skills, crisis intervention, group psychotherapy)
  • Consultation and Interpersonal/Interdisciplinary Skills (outreach and consultation skills)

Training Setting

The University of California San Diego (UCSD) is known as one of the top research universities in the world, located in beautiful La Jolla, California. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), a unit within the UC San Diego Health cluster of Student Health and Wellbeing, delivers campus-based mental health services for a wide range of psychological problems and clinical conditions within the undergraduate, graduate, and professional school student clientele. CAPS staff and Postdoc Residents provide multicultural, multidisciplinary, and student centered psychological services within a community based setting, To that end, a primary decentralized strategy has been employed in locating CAPS staff members within the university setting. CAPS staff and Postdoctoral residents have a primary office location in one of the six undergraduate colleges on the UCSD campus or at the Student Health Center. About two thirds of the professional staff have been grouped into small teams and placed in offices within or near the administrative complexes of the six undergraduate colleges on the UCSD campus. These colleges include Revelle College, John Muir College, Thurgood Marschall College, Eleanore Roosevelt College, Earl Warren College and Sixth College. Each of these colleges have their own separate sets of general education requirements and academic philosophies as well as having their own separate academic advising service.

The remaining CAPS staff are housed on Revelle Campus in a central service office. Other staff have offices at the Women’s Center, OASIS and the International Center. The decentralized nature of CAPS allows for the application of the community mental health model which is deeply ingrained in the provision of services provided. Because the colleges are the places on campus where programs involving residential life, undergraduate activities, and academic advising are centered, they can be productive staging areas for psychological outreach and consultation services. In exchange for office space and the informal assistance of college support, the college outreach team, usually consisting of an Postdoc and two senior staff members, serve as in-house, psychological consultants to the administration of the college.

Trainees and staff spend the majority of the time in these locations providing direct services. Most of the CAPS’ administrative meetings, Postdoc training seminars, group services and emergency/urgent care services take place at the central service offices. As a result there is frequently a mix of college counselors and Postdocs with Central staff throughout the week. This encourages professional enrichment as well as reinforcing the staff's primary identification with CAPS. Additionally, since the Central Service is removed from the colleges and their administrative complexes, its location offers a more private entry-point for undergraduate students seeking services.

Training Experiences

The formal and informal training opportunities that strengthen the resident’s knowledge base, in concert with clinical experience, allow the residents to further consolidate their learning and to meet the competencies and objectives of the Residency. Throughout the year the residents work with various staff in different capacities. These training opportunities include:

  • Orientation training which encompasses learning about CAPS policies and procedures, electronic record-keeping, urgent care procedures, and the campus system. This training lasts approximately two weeks and occurs on a one-time basis.
  • Individual supervision is provided for two hours every week.
  • Group supervision is provided for one hour every week. Each week the focus varies on the following topics: ethics, multicultural issues, supervision and clinical psychology topics relevant to the training experience.
  • Research seminar occurs twice per quarter, allowing residents to discuss, develop and receive guidance and supervision in research skills and resident research project (see below).
  • Secondary supervision is provided as needed on a weekly basis and may entail supervision related to group therapy, consultation, outreach, or requested areas of specialty.
  • Co-facilitation of groups and workshops with senior staff.
  • Case Review Teams offers an opportunity to discuss case conceptualization and explore ethical dilemmas and uses of transference and countertransference within multidisciplinary teams. Case teams are offered for one hour every week.
  • Formal professional development training is offered on a quarterly basis and typically entails professional topics such as licensure, career development, and negotiation.
  • Monthly, informal meetings where staff or invited community psychologists discuss the integration of their treatment modalities and their professional journeys and work both in and out of counseling center settings.
  • Formal half-day or all-day in-service trainings on professional topics such as ethics and supervision are offered three to five times throughout the year.
  • Informal trainings are offered frequently throughout the year to keep the staff up to date on pertinent topics (e.g. working with Disability Services).
  • Throughout the year the residents work with various staff and have the opportunity to learn from their expertise.
  • Residents attend CAPS staff meetings which allow them to learn about the administrative functioning of a University Counseling Center.

Outreach and Emphasis Areas

In addition to providing outreach and consultation services within the individual colleges where postdoc offices are located, Postdoc Residents will be matched to one of the following emphasis areas for 3-5 hours of focused outreach and consultation experiences, with the exception of the Behavioral Health Specialty which is a fully embedded experience:

  • Urgent Care Psychology: The postdoc in this area focuses their efforts on providing emergency and urgent psychology services. They work in collaboration with the Assistant Clinical Director in coordinating the walk-in urgent services for students at CAPS as well as the Daily Drop In workshops. They also provide urgent care back up services and Brief Telephone Assessments along with the CAPS clinical social work team. They may also assist with Postevention outreach following traumatic events on campus.
  • Flourishing Initiatives/Positive Psychology: The postdoc in this area focuses on providing outreach and consultation to the campus community that focuses on Student Success, Development, Retention, and Flourishing along with the psychologist manger of this program. Projects include the coordination of “May is Mental Health Month”, consultation with UCSD Healthy Campus Network, First Year Experience, training and supervision opportunities to the CAPS Wellness Peer Educators, as well as outreach and consultation for student organizations on campus and the campus community centers.
  • Community Centers Outreach: The postdoc in this position collaborates with an identified community center psychologist in determining places/spaces on campus to focus on for outreach, training and consultation serving under-represented student groups. This is based upon needs of the campus community and goals of the resident. Past communities identified have been undocumented students, international students, black students, Latinx students and, Asian students to name a few.
  • Graduate Students: The postdoc assigned works in collaboration with the Graduate Student program manager providing consultation, training and outreach services for the various graduate student populations on campus (masters and doctoral level students). This includes the Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, Business as well as the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. Activities have included providing workshops on topics such as imposter syndrome, questioning career transitions and graduate student support groups.
  • Behavioral Health Specialty: This is an embedded experience in which the postdoc assigned will be housed at the UCSD Student Health Services Center. The postdoc will work collaboratively with a CAPS psychologist and psychiatrist providing mental health services for students seen at the Student Health Center. They will also work in partnership with the medical health professionals at the center providing consultation services within a behavioral health framework.
  • Wellness Peer Educator Program: The postdoc in this emphasis is involved in the coordination of the CAPS Wellness Peer Educator Program. This will include the training and development of CAPS undergraduate Wellness Peer Educators, the supervision and implementation of preventative interventions (i.e. outreach presentations, workshops, and tabling events), and helping to build a healthier and more inclusive campus community via programming that is culturally informed and promotes social justice values/principles.

Resident Research Project

In order to develop and enhance program evaluation and research skills, each resident is responsible for participating in a research, program evaluation, or program development project. This project is supervised by a psychologist mentor at UCSD CAPS. At the beginning of the training year, postdocs will meet with the CAPS Information Systems (IS) Director, along with several identified CAPS psychologists interested in research, to discuss and identify possible projects. Postdocs will be matched with a mentor with similar research interests and propose a project to the IS Director. The IS Director will review proposed projects and provide feedback and guidance on the selection of a project that is both meaningful and practical to complete within the timeframe of the residency year. Postdocs will meet with their mentor periodically throughout the year and at the end of the year will present to CAPS staff on their projects in a half day research showcase.

Program Responsibilities

The residency program assumes the following responsibilities to ensure residents receive comprehensive, ethical, and professional training:

  • The residency program will provide orientation to residents which highlight the following:
    • University system; CAPS Center
    • Statement of goals for their residency
    • Review of the standards and guidelines
    • Access to and review of Policies and Procedures Manual (P&P)
    • Review of competency expectations and evaluation criteria
  • The residency program will provide supervision by licensed psychologists who adhere to professional legal and ethical guidelines.
  • The residency program will provide ongoing formal and informal feedback to facilitate the professional development and growth of the residents. These forums for feedback include, but are not limited to:
    • Self-evaluation at beginning, mid, and end of residency year.
    • Written evaluations at mid and end of residency year.
    • Quarterly meetings with Training Director and informal meetings as necessary.
    • Regular, weekly meetings with primary supervisor.
    • As needed meetings with secondary supervisors e.g., in emphasis areas, or colleges.
    • Regular supervisors’ meetings may generate additional feedback session.

Application Process



The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is announcing postdoctoral residency opportunities for 2020-21. The Residency is a 12 month, full time appointment. The stipend is $53,000 plus university benefits. The Residency begins August 1, 2021 and ends July 29, 2022. Please visit our website for information about our center: https://caps.ucsd.edu.

The Residency provides advanced clinical training with a focus on mental health in higher education and involves supervised experience working as an integral member of a team of clinicians serving approximately 39,000 diverse undergraduate and graduate students. Responsibilities include, provision of short-term counseling/psychotherapy, group therapy, initial evaluation and assessment, and crisis and urgent care. Residents will participate in a clinical outreach/consultation emphasis 3-5 hours per week which will be assigned based on demonstrated interest/experience and needs of the center. We are a decentralized counseling center and residents are housed within the seven colleges on the UCSD campus, affording the resident a unique and embedded consultation experience. **Upon arrival, residents will be involved in outreach and teaching activities which includes the facilitation of a 4 week College Success Strategies course as part of a Summer Bridge program for incoming underrepresented students and conducting a section of a First Year Experience Course for students.

The optimal candidate will possess the following: demonstrated interest and experience working with diverse multicultural, university populations, strong clinical and crisis management skills, outreach delivery experience, organizational skills, basic computer skills, and excellent communication and written skills.

Residents receive approximately 1700 hours of supervised experience with at least 25% of their hours being dedicated to direct, clinical service.


Applicants must have completed an APA-accredited internship and possess a doctoral degree from an APA-accredited program by the start date of the Residency. After selection, a background check is conducted that verifies that candidates have no criminal or other record that would preclude employment in the University's judgment. Formal hiring is contingent on these requirements.

Application Procedures

Our program will be using the APPA CAS (APPIC Psychology Postdoctoral Application-Centralized Application System). Please submit the following materials electronically to the APPA CAS system by Monday, January 4, 2021 (midnight PST):

  • Cover letter indicating your specific interest in UCSD Counseling and Psychological Services.
  • Curriculum vita.
  • Completion Letter from your Graduate Program Director of Training, or dissertation Chair, specifying dissertation status and projected timeline for completing all requirements for the doctoral degree. If you have completed your degree, a copy of your diploma or other indication from your graduate program is acceptable.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who have knowledge of your clinical work. One letter must be from your Internship Training Director which also includes a statement indicating good standing in the program and exact completion date of internship (if the internship is already completed, please submit certificate or similar documentation).

**During the COVID-19 pandemic, all mental health services, outreach and training are conducted remotely via telehealth, and will continue until it is safe to resume in-person services, as directed by San Diego County Health and University officials.

For additional information, please contact:

Judy Goodman-Fermin, Ph.D.
Training Director
UC San Diego Counseling and Psychological Services

Email: jfgoodman@ucsd.edu
Phone: 858-534-3755

Positions are dependent on funding

Former Post-Doctoral Residents & First Job Post-Training Year

YearPost-Doctoral ResidentFirst Job Post-Training Year
2003-04Rina Schul, PhDStaff Psychologist, UCSD
2004-05Christina Lambert, PhD
Natalie Rice-Thorp, PhD
Staff Psychologist, UCSD
Staff Psychologist, UCSD
2005-06Danny Singley, PhDPrivate Practice
Staff Research Associate: UCSD Psychiatry & San Diego VA;
Course Author/Subject Matter Expert – Essential Learning, LLC
2006-07Jim Harbin, PhD
Nima Patel, PhD
Staff Psychologist, UNC-Charlotte
Staff Psychologist, Univ. of Illinois
2007-08Annie Ahn, PhDStaff Psychologist, CSU Fullerton
2008-09Jacinta Jimenez, PsyDStaff Psychologist, UCLA
2009-10Lauren Woolley, PhDStaff Psychologist, University of San Diego
2010-11Autumn Backhaus, PhD
Jose Montes, PhD
Kate Sirridge, PhD
Psychologist, San Diego VA
Staff Psychologist, CSU Northridge
Staff Psychologist, Iowa State University
2011-12Jenss Chang, PhD
Hoku Conklin, PhD
Mark Jesinoski, PhD
Amy La, PhD
Monique Mendoza Crandal, PhD
Jeffrey Poizner, PsyD
Assistant Professor, Azuza Pacific University
Staff Psychologist, Brigham Young University
Staff Psychologist, Community Mental Health Center
Staff Psychologist, UC Irvine
Staff Psychologist, UCSD
Psychologist, San Diego VA
2012-13Doriane Besson, PhD
Brittany Chidley, PsyD
Lauren Feiner, PsyD
Lisa Finlay, PhD
Stephanie Salo, PsyD
Daniel Zamir, PsyD
Staff Psychologist, UC San Diego
Faculty & Private Practice, San Diego
Private Practice, San Diego
Psychologist, Long Beach VA
Staff Psychologist, UC San Diego
Staff Psychologist, UC Santa Barbara
2013-14Susannah Flaherty, PsyD
Koko Nishi, PsyD
Kevin Ramotar, PsyD
Marybeth Rigali-Oiler, PhD
Krystle Rivera, PsyD
Sherry Shaw, PsyD
Psychologist, Bentley University and Rasi Associates
Staff Psychologist, SDSU
Staff Psychologist, UC San Diego
Staff Psychologist, USD
Licensure, Texas
Priv Practice & Staff Psychologist, UC San Diego
2014-15Jonathan Dator, PhD
Robert Lim, PhD
Susana Martinez, PsyD
Pilar Meany, PsyD
Meg Stein, PsyD
Ryan Stevenson, PhD
Staff Psychologist, Providence College, Rhode Island
Psychologist, Kaiser Permanente
Staff Psychologist, UT San Antonio
Private Practice, California
Private Practice, California
Veterans Administration (VA), San Diego
2015-16Ginger Villareal Armas, PhD
Leah Heng Tappero, PhD
Saliha Kozan, PhD
Roberto Luna, PsyD
Katie Spaventa-Vancil, PhD
Jasmine Tilghman, PhD
Post-Doctoral Resident, UCSD
Staff Psychologist, UCSD
Psychologist, Turkey
Post-Doctoral Resident, UCSD
Veterans Administration (VA), San Diego
Staff Psychologist, UC Irvine
2016-17Ginger Villareal Armas, PhD
Shannon Franklin, PsyD
Roberto Luna, PsyD
Ronald Ma, PhD
Niyatee Sukumaran, PhD
Sochanvimean Vannavuth, PhD
Staff Psychologist, Cornell Univ
Staff Psychologist, Univ of San Diego
Staff Psychologist, UCSD
Staff Psychologist, Univ of Washington
Staff Psychologist, UCSD
Staff Psychologist, Univ of Kansas
2017-18Pooja Amatya, PsyD
Morgan Anderson, PsyD
Sheeva Assar, PsyD
Parissa Nili, PsyD
Sachiko Sweetwood, PhD
Matthew Alex Thibeault, PhD
Licensed Psychologist
Private Practice
Staff Psychologist, UC Irvine
Staff Psychologist, USC
Licensed Psychologist
Staff Psychologist, Palomar College & Private Practice
2018-19Kevin Burchby, PsyD
Nicole Chow, PsyD
Shawndeeia Drinkard, PhD
Wesley Kane, PsyD, BSN
Tahirih Moffett, PsyD
Ming-Che Tu, PhD
Private Practice
Staff Psychologist, UC Irvine
Staff Psychologist, Claremont Colleges
Private Practice
Private Practice
Staff Psyhologist, USC
2018-19Miriam Adrianowicz, PsyD
Julie Badarraco, PsyD
Sophie Bryan, PsyD
Kristen Lipari, PsyD
Andy Nguyen, PsyD
Emily Roberts-Parker, PhD