Training and Professional Development at CAPS

2016-17 Post-Doctoral Residents
Front Row: (L-R) Dr. Niyatee Sukumaran, Dr. Ginger Villareal Armas, Dr. Judy Goodman-Fermin (Training Director)
Back Row: Dr. Shannon Franklin, Dr. Roberto Luna, Dr. Ronald Ma, Dr. Sochanvimean Vannavuth


Welcome to the Training Program at Counseling and Psychological Services! Our APPIC-approved post-doctoral residency training program is an integral part of our work and training philosophy at CAPS.  Our emphasis on the development of the whole individual and/or group extends beyond our work with students and the University population; it also applies to our strong commitment in training professionals for the independent and interdependent practice of psychology.  With our emphasis on a community psychology model of service delivery, CAPS provides unique training opportunities for the application of therapy, outreach, consultation, and multicultural counseling to a diverse student population. Our program emphasizes the importance of diversity, inclusion, and equity from individual and systems perspectives.

  • Our Post-Doctoral residency training program provides intensive training in the provision of direct clinical services, outreach, and consultation.
  • Post-doctoral residents will have extensive training in crisis intervention.
  • Residents will have an opportunity to be matched with a clinical emphasis or specialization.
  • Our Training Program also organizes and sponsors Continuing Education opportunities for faculty, staff, and other professionals. CAPS is a provider for the California Psychological Association Continuing Education program, and presents professional development and training programs that meet the requirements for the California Board of Psychology.
  • If you have any further questions regarding training opportunities at CAPS, please email Dr. Judy Goodman Fermin , Training Director, or call her at (858) 534-3755.

Post-Doctoral Residency Program

The residency program at the University of California, San Diego Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) involves supervised experience working as an integral member of a team of clinicians serving over 30,000 diverse undergraduate and graduate students. Our main focus is to provide an environment that facilitates professional growth and development. The postdoctoral residency year focuses on the integration of professional skills in a supervised environment in preparation for licensure and professional work. Responsibilities include provision of short-term counseling/psychotherapy, group therapy, intake and assessment, referrals, crisis/urgent care counseling, outreach and consultation to the campus community, serving as consultant to one of six undergraduate colleges or major campus program, delivery of training, and administrative committee work. In addition, the resident will work with a department on campus to provide ongoing consultation, outreach, and collaboration.

Residents typically provide 20 hours of clinical work per week, which includes intakes, groups, brief individual and couples therapy, and a bi-weekly on-call shift. Clinical training focuses on brief therapy. Residents receive 2 hours of individual clinical supervision, one hour of group supervision, and participate in a weekly multidisciplinary case conference. Additionally, residents participate in a weekly Postdoctoral Support Group, monthly professional development meetings, and quarterly professional development trainings. Residents can choose from several areas of emphasis which gain them exposure to outreach to specific populations, consultation with specific campus groups, or unique clinical expertise. Several formal and informal trainings are offered every year on topics such as Law and Ethics, Supervision, Suicide Prevention, and various clinical topics.

The residency fulfills licensure requirements for postdoctoral supervised practice in the state of California. Fellows receive over 1700 hours of supervised experience with at least 25% of their hours being dedicated to direct, clinical service.

Goals and Objectives of the Residency

The goal of the residency program is to provide comprehensive training in order to strengthen and consolidate the fellows’ knowledge, skills and attitudes in the area of professional psychology. Additionally, it is crucial for residents to work towards the development of their professional identity as a psychologist. Through the comprehensive training at CAPS, it is expected that residents will gain competence and be prepared for independent practice in psychology Specific objectives include:

  • Consolidation of clinical skills by maintaining a regular caseload, facilitating groups, attending formal and informal training, and receiving weekly supervision with cases.
  • Continued strengthening and integration of awareness, knowledge and skills pertaining to working with diverse college populations.
  • Consolidation of crisis management skills through managing urgent cases on personal caseload and managing regular urgent care shifts with appropriate supervision and back-up support.
  • Consolidation of outreach and consultation skills through outreach and consultation opportunities, shadowing, and ongoing consultation and mentoring from secondary supervisors.
  • Hone skills essential to function and thrive in a University Counseling Center.


  • Professionalism {demeanor and conduct, ethics, supervision, & professional development}.
  • Clinical Competence {clinical evaluation, therapeutic skills, crisis intervention, group psychotherapy, outreach, & consultation}
  • Multicultural Competence {awareness, knowledge, & skills}
Activities which allow the postdoctoral resident to meet competencies and objectives of the Residency:

The formal and informal training opportunities that strengthen the resident’s knowledge base in concert with clinical experience allow the fellows to further consolidate their learning. Throughout the year the residents work with various staff in different capacities. These training opportunities include:

  • Orientation training which encompasses learning about CAPS policies and procedures, electronic record-keeping, urgent care procedures, and the campus system. This training lasts approximately two weeks and occurs on a one-time basis.
  • Individual supervision is provided for two hours every week.
  • Group supervision is provided for one hour every week by the Training Director.
  • Secondary supervision is provided as needed on a weekly basis and may entail supervision related to group therapy, consultation, outreach, or requested areas of specialty.
  • Co-facilitation of groups and workshops with senior staff.
  • Case Review Teams offers an opportunity to discuss case conceptualization and explore ethical dilemmas and uses of transference and countertransference within multidisciplinary teams. Case teams are offered for one hour every week.
  • Formal professional development training is offered on a quarterly basis and typically entails professional topics such as licensure, career development, and negotiation.
  • Monthly, informal meetings where staff discuss the integration of their treatment modalities and their professional journeys.
  • Formal half-day or all-day in-service trainings on professional topics such as ethics and supervision are offered three to five times throughout the year.
  • Informal trainings are offered frequently throughout the year to keep the staff up to date on pertinent topics (e.g. working with Disability Services).
  • Throughout the year the residents work with various staff and have the opportunity to learn from their expertise.
  • Residents attend CAPS staff meetings which allow them to learn about the administrative functioning of a University Counseling Center.
The residency program assumes the following responsibilities to ensure fellows receive comprehensive, ethical, and professional training:
  • The residency program will provide orientation to fellows which highlight the following:
  • University system; CAPS Center
  • Statement of goals for their residency
  • Review of the standards and guidelines
  • Access to and review of Policies and Procedures Manual (P&P)
  • Review of competency expectations and evaluation criteria
  • The residency program will provide supervision by licensed psychologists who adhere to professional legal and ethical guidelines.
  • The residency program will provide ongoing formal and informal feedback to facilitate the professional development and growth of the fellows. These forums for feedback include, but are not limited to:
  • Self-evaluation at beginning, mid, and end of residency year.[see link]
  • Written evaluations at mid and end of residency year. [see attached]
  • Quarterly meetings with Training Director and informal meetings as necessary.
  • Regular, weekly meetings with primary supervisor.
  • As needed meetings with secondary supervisors.
  • Regular supervisors’ meetings may generate additional feedback session.

Links for residents and trainees:


UCSD CAPS Post-Doctoral Residency for 2017-18


UCSD Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is announcing post-doctoral residency opportunities for 2017-2018. The Residency is a 12 month, full time appointment. The stipend is $43,000 plus university benefits. The Residency begins July 31, 2017 and ends July 27, 2018. Please visit our website for information about our center: http://ucsd.caps.ucsd.

The Residency provides advanced clinical training and involves supervised experience working as an integral member of a team of clinicians serving over 30,000 diverse undergraduate and graduate students. Responsibilities include, provision of short-term counseling/psychotherapy, group therapy, intake and assessment, and crisis and urgent care. Residents will participate in a clinical outreach/consultation emphasis 4-6 hours per week which will be assigned based on demonstrated interest/experience and needs of the center. We are a decentralized counseling center and residents are housed within the six colleges on the UCSD campus, affording the resident a unique and embedded consultation experience.

The optimal candidate will possess the following: demonstrated interest and experience working with diverse multicultural, university populations, strong clinical and crisis management skills, outreach delivery experience, organizational skills, basic computer skills, and excellent communication and written skills.

Residents receive approximately 1700 hours of supervised experience with at least 25% of their hours being dedicated to direct, clinical service.


Applicants must have completed an APA-accredited internship and possess a doctoral degree from an APA-accredited program by the start date of the Residency. After selection, a background check is conducted that verifies that candidates have no criminal or other record that would preclude employment in the University's judgment. Formal hiring is contingent on these requirements.

Application Procedures

Our program will be using the APPA CAS (APPIC Psychology Postdoctoral Application-Centralized Application System). Please submit the following materials electronically to the APPA CAS system by Monday, January 2, 2017:

  • Cover letter indicating your specific interest in UCSD Counseling and Psychological Services.
  • Curriculum vita.
  • • Completion Letter from your Graduate Program Director of Training specifying dissertation status and projected timeline for completing all requirements for the doctoral degree. If you have completed your degree, a copy of your diploma or other indication from your graduate program is acceptable.
  • • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who have knowledge of your clinical work. One letter must be from your INTERNSHIP TRAINING DIRECTOR which also includes a statement indicating good standing in the program and exact completion date of internship (if the internship is already completed, please submit certificate or similar documentation).

For additional information, please contact:

Judy Goodman-Fermin, Ph.D.
Training Director
Counseling and Psychological Services
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0304
La Jolla, CA 92093 

Phone: 858-534-3755

Positions are dependent on funding

Former Post-Doctoral Fellows & First Job Post-Training Year

Year Post-Doctoral Fellow First Job Post-Training Year
2003-04 Rina Schul, PhD Staff Psychologist, UCSD
2004-05 Christina Lambert, PhD
Natalie Rice-Thorp, PhD
Staff Psychologist, UCSD
Staff Psychologist, UCSD
2005-06 Danny Singley, PhD Private Practice
Staff Research Associate: UCSD Psychiatry & San Diego VA;
Course Author/Subject Matter Expert – Essential Learning, LLC
2006-07 Jim Harbin, PhD
Nima Patel, PhD
Staff Psychologist, UNC-Charlotte
Staff Psychologist, Univ. of Illinois
2007-08 Annie Ahn, PhD Staff Psychologist, CSU Fullerton
2008-09 Jacinta Jimenez, PsyD Staff Psychologist, UCLA
2009-10 Lauren Woolley, PhD Staff Psychologist, University of San Diego
2010-11 Autumn Backhaus, PhD
Jose Montes, PhD
Kate Sirridge, PhD
Psychologist, San Diego VA
Staff Psychologist, CSU Northridge
Staff Psychologist, Iowa State University
2011-12 Jenss Chang, PhD
Hoku Conklin, PhD
Mark Jesinoski, PhD
Amy La, PhD
Monique Mendoza Crandal, PhD
Jeffrey Poizner, PsyD
Assistant Professor, Azuza Pacific University
Staff Psychologist, Brigham Young University
Staff Psychologist, Community Mental Health Center
Staff Psychologist, UC Irvine
Staff Psychologist, UCSD
Psychologist, San Diego VA
2012-13 Doriane Besson, PhD
Brittany Chidley, PsyD
Lauren Feiner, PsyD
Lisa Finlay, PhD
Stephanie Salo, PsyD
Daniel Zamir, PsyD
Staff Psychologist, UC San Diego
Faculty & Private Practice, San Diego
Private Practice, San Diego
Psychologist, Long Beach VA
Staff Psychologist, UC San Diego
Staff Psychologist, UC Santa Barbara
2013-14 Susannah Flaherty, PsyD
Koko Nishi, PsyD
Kevin Ramotar, PsyD
Marybeth Rigali-Oiler, PhD
Krystle Rivera, PsyD
Sherry Shaw, PsyD
Psychologist, Bentley University and Rasi Associates
Staff Psychologist, SDSU
Staff Psychologist, UC San Diego
Staff Psychologist, USD
Licensure, Texas
Priv Practice & Staff Psychologist, UC San Diego
2014-15 Jonathan Dator, PhD
Robert Lim, PhD
Susana Martinez, PsyD
Pilar Meany, PsyD
Meg Stein, PsyD
Ryan Stevenson, PhD
Staff Psychologist, Providence College, Rhode Island
Psychologist, Kaiser Permanente
Staff Psychologist, UT San Antonio
Private Practice, California
Private Practice, California
Veterans Administration (VA), San Diego
2015-16 Ginger Villareal Armas, PhD
Leah Heng Tappero, PhD
Saliha Kozan, PhD
Roberto Luna, PsyD
Katie Spaventa-Vancil, PhD
Jasmine Tilghman, PhD
Post-Doctoral Resident, UCSD
Staff Psychologist, UCSD
Psychologist, Turkey
Post-Doctoral Resident, UCSD
Veterans Administration (VA), San Diego
Staff Psychologist, UC Irvine