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Grady Health System

The Grady Health System, the primary teaching facility of the Emory University School of Medicine, is a Level 1 Trauma Hospital that serves a primarily inner-city, minority, and low income population from metropolitan Atlanta and Fulton and DeKalb Counties. The Grady Health System includes a general hospital (the largest in Georgia and among the largest in the country) and a children’s hospital, as well as multiple outpatient clinics for children and adults. Professional services at Grady Health System are provided under contract with Emory University School of Medicine and Morehouse School of Medicine, so that the hospital is a teaching hospital.  Grady is involved in training for all the mental health disciplines; clinical psychology, psychiatry, social work, nursing, occupational and recreational therapy.  Thus, there are many opportunities to engage in interdisciplinary seminars and treatment programs.  Emory University is located approximately 15 minutes driving time from Grady Health System. The psychology faculty includes 12 full-time and 2 part-time licensed clinical psychologists.  In addition, there is an American Psychological Association accredited internship training program based at Grady Health System, which received initial accreditation in 1980, and was fully re-accredited in 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, and 2007. The internship program recently was expanded to include a position at the Center for Rehabilitation Medicine.

Adults with Serious Psychiatric Disorders.  The following half-time positions (pending funding) can be combined with other half-time positions at Grady Health System, for the equivalent of one full-time position. There will be the equivalent of 1-2 full-time positions devoted to work with adults with serious psychiatric disorders. Half-time primarily clinical positions are available in the (1) Grady Outpatient Services, which provides comprehensive biopsychosocial and diagnostic assessments, treatment plans, and brief, goal-oriented individual therapy for adult outpatients; (2) Adult Day Treatment Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program, which offers psychosocial rehabilitation services for adults living in the community; (3) Adult Inpatient Milieu Unit, which offers comprehensive short-term inpatient care for adults with serious and persistent mental illness; and (4) Inpatient Crisis Stabilization Unit, which offers stabilization and brief treatment for adults in acute psychiatric distress. Responsibilities for the positions devoted to work with individuals with serious mental illness include psychological assessments, treatment planning, interventions (individual, group, couples/family), crisis management, interdisciplinary consultation, clinical-research, clinical administration, supervision and teaching, and program development and evaluation. Postdoctoral residents in each of these positions also need to spend ½ day per week conducting comprehensive behavioral health biopsychosocial and diagnostic assessments for consumers who present to the Grady Intake Clinic and helping develop appropriate treatment plans for these consumers. Research is ongoing in a number of areas including: suicide, intimate partner violence, schizophrenia and substance abuse, psychosocial rehabilitation-program evaluation, interactions between PTSD and serious mental illnesses, efficacy of short-term inpatient and outpatient/community interventions, and neuropsychological correlates of psychiatric conditions.

Suicide Prevention Clinical Research. This one year half-time clinical-research position entails involvement on a clinical-research project focused on a group intervention for preventing suicidal behavior in African American women and men (Grady Nia Project, Grady Compassion and Meditation Program). The resident is a member of an interdisciplinary research team and is expected to take a leadership role in the research efforts of the team (e.g., program implementation, community outreach, supervising/training, data analysis, manuscript preparation, grant writing, etc.). The person will also be involved in the conduct of group, individual, and family interventions for suicidal African American women and men. This person will also aid in the recruitment of study participants, which includes community outreach efforts.

Forensic Psychology. Two full time positions will be available in forensic psychology. The postdoctoral resident will be involved in work that focuses on competency restoration of defendants in criminal cases. This novel program is designed to rapidly treat defendants found incompetent to stand trial without transferring them from a county jail to a psychiatric facility. Training experiences include forensic assessment, intervention, and research related to competency restoration.  In addition, the resident will participate in a weekly forensic seminar with forensic psychiatry residents. Other rotations include the following:

  • Georgia Regional Hospital in Atlanta: Forensic psychologists and psychiatrists provide evaluations and treatment for men and women who require an inpatient setting.  Residents conduct 90-day competency to stand trial and violence risk assessments, as well as outpatient forensic evaluations with juveniles.
  • Private practice:  Residents work on federal mitigation evaluations with an experienced forensic psychologist in private practice, as well as receive supervision focused on expert testimony, malingering assessments, and professional development.
  • Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center:  Residents conduct compensation and pension evaluations of veterans under the supervision of forensically trained psychologist who specializes in disability evaluations.
  • Private practice: Residents have the opportunity to conduct sex psychosexual  evaluations with individuals who trained under Dr. Gene Abel.