SCDMH Postdoctoral Fellowship in Forensic Psychology

tHE sOUTH cAROLINA dEPARTMENT OF mENTAL hEALTH IS Currently Accepting Applications

Deadline 1/3/2020

Training Goals

The SCDMH Postdoctoral Fellowship in Forensic Psychology is designed to prepare psychologists to function as specialists in the area of criminal forensic assessment.

Training Opportunities

The SCDMH Postdoctoral Fellowship in Forensic Psychology is divided into two, six-month rotations, each of which provide extensive exposure to criminal forensic evaluations.

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The South Carolina Department of Mental Health/Division of Inpatient Services offers a unique opportunity for psychology fellows to develop both breadth and depth of knowledge and skill related to forensic psychological practice, particularly in the area of criminal forensic evaluation alongside the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. The American Board of Forensic Psychology (ABFP) accepted the postdoctoral fellowship program for their Five-Year Experience Waiver as of July 2018.

The fellowship offers extensive evaluation, diagnostic, and forensic experience through performing a variety of forensic evaluations in our Forensic Evaluation Services Department, to include competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility/capacity to conform conduct, and Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) evaluations.

The fellowship also offers didactic and training experiences through a yearlong combination of practical experience coupled with educational (e.g., forensic readings) and training seminars (e.g., landmark cases) under the direct supervision of our training director, licensed forensic practitioners, and the forensic psychiatry fellows and training staff.

Selection Criteria

The South Carolina Department of Mental Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, ethnicity, national origin, disability, age, or sexual orientation.

It is preferred that prospective fellows have a Ph.D./Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology and have completed an APA accredited internship. All degree requirements are to be completed by the start of the fellowship. Previous forensic experience is strongly preferred, though not required.

We are looking for incoming fellows who have the following:

  • The ability to conduct productive interviews and mental status examinations
  • The ability to administer, interpret, and score commonly used psychometric measures
  • The ability to write succinct and relevant reports that effectively incorporate extensive data sets
  • The ability to communicate findings to audiences with varying familiarity with psychological knowledge

SCDMH graduated its first DIS Forensic Postdoctoral Fellows on August 30, 2019

On August 30th, 2019, the DIS Forensic Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship capped off its first year of training with a graduation ceremony for its first two fellows, Dr. Kelsey Laxton and Dr. Jeffrey Washelesky. 

The Fellowship focuses on training fellows in performing criminal forensic evaluations through experiences gained in the Forensic Evaluation Service (FES).  The Fellowship has been accepted as an experience waiver site by the American Board of Forensic Psychology.

In collaboration with the  DMH Office of General Counsel and USC, this training covers interview techniques, diagnostics, and assessments related to evaluating competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, and conducting sexually violent predator evaluations.  Graduates of the program are prepared to practice as independent licensed psychologists, and trained in the art of courtroom testimony.