Postdoctoral Psychology Residency

Portland Mental Health and Wellness offers 4-6 postdoctoral psychologist resident (postdoc) placements each year, half in our Outpatient Psychotherapy Services and half in our Intensive Outpatient Programs with a small outpatient caseload.

All Postdoc positions at Portland Mental Health & Wellness are full-time, 12-month positions, starting in September and ending in August. Under the supervision of the Director of Clinical Training, postdocs will provide comprehensive services necessary for the promotion of optimal mental health, prevention and treatment of psychiatric disorders, and ongoing health maintenance services. Postdocs may be asked to provide therapy and assessment services to individuals, families, and groups of all ages, and to work in collaboration with others involved in the health of the patient(s).

Clinicians at PMHW generally practice from relational and process-oriented models and focus on the whole person in the context in which they live. Staff psychologists practice from gestalt, psychodynamic, and other person-focused and process-oriented frameworks. Therefore, supervision utilizes a therapeutic model in an effort to both support and challenge our trainees to attend to both their patients and their own process. Strong attention is paid to navigating ethical and legal matters, and sharpening your sense of how you wish to work as a professional to maintain a fulfilling career. We place an emphasis on professional development, holding central the goal of preparing postdocs for licensure and beyond. Additionally, we encourage postdocs to stay on at our practice post-licensure.

Postdocs will provide a variety of treatment services, including the following:

  • Individual, group, and couples/relationship therapy
  • Psychological assessments (including Gender Affirming Surgery Assessment)
  • Care coordination with our psychiatric team and other clinicians
  • IOP clinical assessment & group therapy (IOP position only)

Postdocs will also participate in many training activities, including:

  • Biweekly didactic seminars
  • Facilitation of the interprofessional case consult
  • Individual and group supervision by licensed psychologists
  • Weekly check-ins with the Director of Clinical Training
  • Assessment didactics and supervision
  • Peer consultation

IMPORTANT:  Please note that as of now, the Oregon Board of Psychology requires that interns are supervised by psychologists no less than two years to qualify for residency.  Applicants are responsible for complying with requirements of the Oregon Board of Psychology, so make sure to review requirements carefully when applying to Portland Mental Health & Wellness.

For questions regarding the postdoc training program, please contact the Director of Clinical Training, Laurel Fuson-Lang, PsyD, at

Current opportunities, to start in the fall of 2024:

Postdoctoral Psychologist Resident for Outpatient Psychotherapy Services

Postdoctoral Psychologist Resident for Intensive Outpatient Programs