Company Name:

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital


Grand Rapids, Michigan

Approximate Salary:

Not Specified

Job Category:

Fellowship, Behavioral Medicine, Clinical Psychology, Rehabilitation, Post-Doctoral Residency

Work Setting:

Hospital/Hospice (including VA Med Centers)

Position Type:

Full Time

Date Posted:

October 3, 2019

Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital offers a one-year postdoctoral psychology fellowship position in interdisciplinary pain rehabilitation. This fellowship offers specialized training in assessment and treatment of chronic pain, including but not limited to musculoskeletal pain, chronic headaches, migraine, fibromyalgia and complex regional pain syndrome. Fellows receive specialized training in pain neuroscience and evidenced based treatments for chronic pain with an emphasis on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Fellows obtain experience in the delivery of pain psychology services within an interdisciplinary outpatient setting. Fellows develop expertise in differential diagnosis; cognitive, behavioral and psychosocial problems associated with chronic pain; and consultation and collaboration with interdisciplinary team members in the delivery of integrative rehabilitative treatment services. A variety of medical education opportunities also exist.

This position primarily involves clinical training, working with a predominately adult population presenting with a variety of chronic pain conditions. Approximately 70% of time is dedicated to clinical service activities, which include: intake assessment, individual psychotherapy, and interdisciplinary team meetings. Additional opportunities may involve pre-surgical assessments for spinal cord stimulators and group therapy, depending on availability. In addition, 4 hours per week will be dedicated to research/program evaluation, 4 hours to didactics, and 2 hours to individual supervision.

Fellows are required to develop an independent research or program evaluation project, in collaboration with current staff. Results of this project will be prepared for a conference presentation and/or journal submission as well as presented at a Mary Free Bed educational event. Research supervision will be provided by Julia Craner, PhD, ABPP.

This program seeks to prepare fellows for a career in clinical health psychology with a focus on chronic pain and interdisciplinary care. There is one position available for the 2020 - 2021 year.

SETTING: Mary Free Bed is a not-for-profit, nationally accredited rehabilitation hospital located in Grand Rapids, MI that serves thousands of children and adults each year through inpatient, outpatient, sub-acute rehabilitation, orthotics and prosthetics and home and community programs. With the most comprehensive rehabilitation services in Michigan and an exclusive focus on rehabilitation, Mary Free Bed physicians, nurses and therapists help patients achieve outstanding clinical outcomes. In 2014, Mary Free Bed and the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (MSUCHM) created a partnership to expand Mary Free Bed into a teaching and research hospital and launched the Division of Rehabilitation Medicine.

For more than 30 years, the Mary Free Bed Pain Rehabilitation Program has worked with individuals suffering from chronic pain conditions to help them restore function, and the hope and freedom to live full and productive lives. The program offers 10 to 12 weeks of treatment in an interdisciplinary team model, including physicians, physician assistant, nursing, physical therapists, occupational therapists, pain psychologists and support staff. Originally based on the hospital’s main campus in Grand Rapids, MI, the program has undergone a period of growth recently and now operates programs and service in satellite locations (Holland, Kalamazoo, and Traverse City). For additional information, please visit the program website at

FACULTY: The faculty within the Mary Free Bed Pain Rehabilitation Program includes eight licensed psychologists across several locations, four of whom are based in Grand Rapids and would provide direct supervision for the postdoctoral fellow, and one masters-level psychologist. Fellows will have opportunity to collaborate with all psychology staff through weekly psychology team meetings. Psychologists with the Pain Rehabilitation Program enjoy a close relationship with our colleagues in the Mary Free Bed Psychology Department that specializes in rehabilitation psychology and clinical neuropsychology. Core clinical faculty include: Kimberly Bancroft, Ph.D. (Fellowship Director), Julia Craner, Ph.D., ABPP, John Carton, Ph.D., Rachel Gabelman, Ph.D., Eric Lake, M.A., and Evan Parks, Psy.D.

QUALIFICATIONS: By their start date, qualified applicants will have successfully completed a PhD or PsyD in a regionally accredited graduate training program in psychology, and obtain a Michigan Doctoral Education Limited License (TLLP). Preference will be given to applicants from an APA-accredited doctoral program including a one-year APA-accredited internship program; applicants with a background in psychological practice in medical settings; clinical, health or rehabilitation psychology; training in research methodology/statistics; and applicants with an ultimate interest in a career oriented in rehabilitation, health or pain psychology.

SALARY & BENEFITS: The position has an annual salary of $50,000 and includes health benefits, 18 days of paid time off, 6 paid holidays, and a $1,500 stipend for continuing education activity, subject to approval.

APPLICATIONS: The anticipated fellowship start date is Sept. 1, 2020, though start date can be flexible between July 1 and Sept. 1, 2020. On-site interviews are preferred and will be scheduled in early February. Offers will be extended on or around February 21, 2020. Interested applicants are asked to provide a letter of interest that includes the applicant’s anticipated date of dissertation defense, curriculum vita, graduate school transcripts and three letters of reference and complete an online application ( Applications materials must be received by January 10, 2020. Letter of interest and curriculum vita should be uploaded during the online application process while letters of reference and graduate school transcripts should be sent directly to Kevin Duffy, Senior Employment Specialist. Mr. Duffy can be reached at 616-840-8318 or Mailing information is: Kevin Duffy, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Human Resources, 235 Wealthy Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. For fellowship specific questions, contact Dr. Kimberly Bancroft at

LIFE IN GRAND RAPIDS: Named as one of US News and World Reports “Best Places to Live”, Grand Rapids, Michigan offers residents the complete package and is attracting college students, young families and professionals with its healthy job market, affordable housing and outdoor recreational activities. A scenic spot perched on the Grand River – Michigan's longest waterway – Grand Rapids has evolved from its 19th-century roots as a hub of furniture production to the modern-day metro area offering a range of thriving neighborhoods, schools, recreational activities and cultural opportunities, including museums, theater, professional sporting events, year-round outdoor activities and amusement parks. Communities throughout the region are growing and becoming increasingly diverse. Grand Rapids has an affinity for public art and plays host to Art Prize, an annual art competition and festival that turns the city into a walking art museum. Despite being the second largest metro area in Michigan, Grand Rapids exudes small-town charm and Midwest friendliness. No matter where you live in the greater Grand Rapids region, you are within minutes of an inland lake, within an hour of Lake Michigan and within a few hours of the natural wonders of Northern Michigan.

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