Postdoctoral Fellowship - Forensic Psychology

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Postdoctoral Fellowship - Forensic Psychology

New Orelans, LA and Jackson, LA
Open Date:
Dec 18, 2020

The Forensic Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship at Eastern Louisiana Mental Health System is offered through the Forensic Neuropsychiatry division of the Tulane Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Fellows will be responsible for conducting forensic evaluations at Eastern Louisiana Mental Health System (ELMHS) located in Jackson, LA and participating in forensic research. Fellows will be responsible for performing a wide variety of forensic mental health assessments as part of an interdisciplinary treatment team. A wide range of evaluations are requested at the state hospital and include competency to stand trial (CST) evaluations, evaluations for malingering, psychodiagnostic clarification, intellectual and cognitive evaluations, and risk evaluations. Evaluees are justice-involved individuals who have been adjudicated not guilty by reason of insanity (NGRI) or deemed incompetent to stand trial by the court. Fellows will be responsible for selecting, administering, scoring, and interpreting psychological tests with the goal of writing high-quality integrated forensic reports. Additionally, fellows will have the opportunity to participate in administrative and clinical meetings, conduct research, and supervise other trainees under the umbrella supervision of a licensed psychologist. Fellows will attend forensic training seminars and scheduled didactics, including landmark case seminars and expert witness seminars. Participation in the annual mock trial conducted jointly with the Tulane Law Clinic and the Tulane Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship is expected. Travel to New Orleans during the week may be necessary for participation in classes or training seminars. 




1. Completion of PhD in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in forensic psychology at an APA-accredited program by start of the fellowship

2. Completion of an APA-accredited internship in forensic psychology by start of the fellowship

3. Eligibility for state or provincial licensure or certification for the independent practice of psychology by start of the fellowship


1.  Ability to use and interpret forensic psychological assessment instruments and the ability to obtain relevant data through third-party data gathering and a comprehensive forensic interview

2. Ability to integrate results and formulate interpretations consistent with data, relevant for the conclusions related to the legal question

3. Excellent forensic report-writing skills, including the ability to write an accurate, comprehensive, and defensible integrated forensic report focused on the referral/psycholegal issue

4. Excellent time management, organizational, and self-management skills

5. Excellent communication skills and the ability to work in high-stress situations;

6. Working knowledge of, and practice consistent with, the Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychologists and the APA’s Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct for Psychologists

7. Ability to initiate and manage forensic research projects


1. Interest and ability to provide expert testimony in a clear, articulate manner, consistent with ethical and practice guidelines

2. Eligibility for board certification in Forensic Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) at the conclusion of the fellowship

3. Interest in conducting forensic research

Application Instructions:

Candidates must apply in Interfolio and provide the following: 

1. Cover Letter

2. CV

3. Three letters of recommendations

4. Unofficial Transcript

5. Copy of a redacted forensic evaluation 




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Posted: 1/7/2021
Application Due: 4/7/2021
Work Type: Full Time