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Rehabilitation Psychology Fellowship:
Training Model, Mission, & Goals

Training Model

Rehabilitation psychologists at the Harborview Medical Center (HMC) and University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) provide psychological care for patients on the inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation medicine services and consultation for inpatients on nearly every unit in both hospitals through the Rehabilitation Psychology Consult Service. These units include burns, pediatrics, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, neurology, general medicine and intensive care units. Consequently, fellows are exposed to a wide variety of rehabilitation psychology assessment, treatment and consultation and learn to work with interdisciplinary medical teams in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

We believe that sound clinical practice is based on scientific research and empirical support. As such, we ascribe to the scientist-practitioner model of training and encourage our fellows to engage in research and scholarly activities as well as sound clinical practice.


The Mission of the Rehabilitation Psychology Fellowship Program is to produce psychologists with advanced competency in Rehabilitation Psychology and prepared for professional psychology positions particularly in academic, medical and hospital based settings.

The program accomplishes its Mission via an organized sequence of didactic and experiential training activities with focused supervision whereby fellows develop competencies in the area of Rehabilitation Psychology.

Program Goals

The goal of the postdoctoral training program is to develop fellow competencies as applied to the specialized populations, problems and procedures that define the specialty of Rehabilitation Psychology. These competencies include:

  1. Assessment
  2. Intervention
  3. Consultation
  4. Research and Evaluation
  5. Supervision and Teaching
  6. Management and Administration

Program Goals

Fellows work with patients with: catastrophic injury or illness, such as spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, burn injury, stroke, amputation, and multiple trauma resulting in permanent change; chronically disabling conditions, such as progressive or static neurological disorders, chronic pain, orthopedic and musculoskeletal problems; and other major injury or illness requiring prolonged or complicated hospitalization and recovery with concomitant disability.

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