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Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital


Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology

Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, in suburban Chicago, is one of the largest and most diversified medical and surgical hospitals in the Department of Veterans Affairs system.  Hines is one of the flagship hospitals in the VA health care system, and is located 12 miles west of downtown Chicago, on a 147 acre campus. The hospital is a tertiary referral center with many specialty services, including some that serve a large U.S. regional area.  Hines is authorized to operate 471 hospital beds, and logged over 631,000 outpatient visits last year.  The hospital staff and students saw approximately 56,000 patients last year. Hines has one of the largest research programs in the VA system, with 553 projects, 159 investigators, and an estimated budget of approximately $20 million (VA and non-VA).

Units and patient programs served by Psychology Service:

Ambulatory Care/Primary Care, Blind Rehabilitation,  Community-Based Outpatient Clinics, Community Living Center (Geriatric), Compensation and Pension, Emergency Department, General Medicine and Surgery, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Program, Home Based Primary Care, Infectious Disease, Inpatient/Residential Rehabilitation Psychiatry, Managing Overweight/Obesity in Veterans Everywhere Program, Memory Disorders Clinic, Mental Health Clinic (Outpatient Psychiatry), Mental Health Intake Center, Mental Health Intensive Case Management, Mental Health Transplants, Neurosurgery, Neurology, Oak Park Vet Center, Patient Centered Medical Home Program, OEF/OIF Primary Care Psychology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Polytrauma Program, Primary Care Mental Health Integration Program, Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center, Spinal Cord Injury & Disorders, Substance Abuse (inpatient and residential), Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, and Trauma Services Program.


Hines is institutionally affiliated with Loyola University of Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, and also maintains affiliations with the University of Illinois-College of Medicine, Chicago, and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Loyola University Medical Center, which shares a campus with Hines, is one of the largest medical centers in the Chicago area, with 523 licensed beds on a 70-acre campus. Interns may follow one of several psychology rotations available at Loyola. Our internship program maintains an affiliation agreement with Loyola that allows interns to rotate there without any administrative difficulties. Most of our interns elect to do a rotation at Loyola.

Psychology Service Staff

The Psychology Service staff is comprised of 50 doctoral-level psychologists, and two program assistants. The broad range of expertise, background and experience represented in the staff at Hines is also reflected in the diversity of their professional assignments throughout the hospital. Most staff members are involved in the training program as either major or secondary supervisors. Some supervisors hold faculty appointments at universities in the Chicago area and are active in funded research endeavors. Our ability to provide both broad-based generalist training in clinical core competencies and a tailored internship experience reflects our wealth of rotational placements and supervisors at Hines and Loyola concurrent with a relatively small internship class.

Psychology Training Programs

The Psychology Service at Hines VA has supported a psychology practicum program since 1947 and a Psychology Internship since 1950. Our Internship Program has been formally accredited by APA since 1976. Seven interns are funded within our Internship Program this year. 

The Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program in Clinical Psychology at Hines VA began in 2008.  Our fellowship program was awarded full APA-Accreditation in 2012 and our next site visit will be in 2019. 

We have seven Fellows for 2017-2018 and will be recruiting six fellows for the 2018-2019 training year.  The Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program in Clinical Psychology has five emphasis areas:

  • Integrated Care Psychology – 1 Fellowship Positions
  • Integrated Care Psychology/Geropsychology -1 Fellowship Position
  • LGBT Mental Health – 1 Fellowship Position
  • Inpatient Medical Psychology – 1 Fellowship Position
  • Neuropsychology – 2 Fellowship Position
  • Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – 1 Fellowship Position

Please refer to our online brochure for a detailed description of our Fellowship Program’s philosophy, training model, programmatic structure, and training opportunities.

The Fellowship year begins September 4, 2018. The stipend is $46,314.
Neuropsychology Fellows in their second year receive a stipend of $48,921. Our application deadline is December 29, 2017.

For additional information, please feel free to contact our Psychology Training Director Caroline Hawk, Ph.D., at 708.202.2444 or at

Questions related to the Program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: (202) 336-5979 / Email:


Caroline Hawk, Ph.D.
Training Director
Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital
708-202-8387 Ext. 22444