This is a pre-doctoral psychology program for students living in the San Francisco Bay Area!

Key Components of the Stress and Health Research Assessment Core:

  • Work with a team composed of psychologists, psychiatrists, and scientists who are experts in conducting research on the effects of stress
  • Students have multiple opportunities to attend UCSF and SFVA training in addition to their weekly SHRP training, with specialized training in PTSD assessment
  • Formulate diagnostic profiles, write reports and work with team to determine study eligibility and treatment outcomes of clinical research

SHRP Supplementary Practicum 

What are the roles of practicum students in the Stress and Health Research Program?
  • Practicum students conduct structured clinical interviews at the San Francisco VA Medical Center for research projects with the Stress and Health Research Program (SHRP). 

Program Format

  • 8-10 hours per week of Assessment battery administration with Veteran and civilian research participants (2-4 integrated batteries per week) 
  • Training: 2 hours per week 
  • Group Supervision: 2 hours each week (case conference) 
  • Individual Supervision: 2 hours per month 

Position Requirements

  • M.A./M.S. degree in clinical or counseling psychology or equivalent (2nd year in PhD or PsyD doctoral program) 
  • Knowledge of DSM-5 diagnoses 
  • Availability of at least 14 hours weekly at the SFVA required 
  • Availability for a weekly training and case conference from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. on Tuesdays
  • Previous experience in research and diagnostic assessment (SCID & CAPS) preferred 
  • Knowledge and previous experience in the assessment of PTSD and SUD preferred

 

Meet the 2022-2023 Stress and Health Research Assessment Core!

Pictured from Left to Right: Erika Roach, Liz Roskey, Naomi Kosman-Wiener, Adriana Costa, Induni Wickramasinghe, and Lexie Thomas. 

Liz Roskey, M.A. is a fourth-year graduate student working towards her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Wright Institute.  She has worked as a therapist at several community mental health clinics in the Bay area with specific focus on serving Spanish speakers and individuals with substance use disorders.

Induni Wickramasinghe, M.S. received her Master of Science in Psychology from Palo Alto University in 2021 where she is currently a fifth-year graduate student working towards her doctorate. She has trained at the Palto Alto VA Telemental Health Clinic and with the San Francisco VA PTSD Clinical Team.

Adriana Costa is a fifth-year graduate student working towards her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Wright Institute. Adriana has trained as a school-based therapist and community mental health counselor in the Bay Area. She has also supported incarcerated youth and their families in San Mateo County.

Erika Roach is a third-year doctoral student in Clinical Science at UC Berkeley. In addition to being a member of the SFVA Assessment Core, she is a trainee in the UC Berkeley Psychology Clinic. Her research interests include stress and trauma, emotion regulation, and developmental psychopathology. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Human Biology and her M.A. in Psychology from Stanford University

Lexie Thomas, LMFT, is a third-year doctoral student and Psychology Extern at the VA Northern California Health Care System. She has clinical and research experience working with various populations that faced challenges related to complex trauma, the criminal justice system, severe mental illness/serious emotional disturbance, and chemical dependency. 

Naomi Kosman-Wiener is a fourth-year graduate student working towards her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Wright Institute. She has worked as a psychology trainee at school settings and community mental health clinics in San Francisco and the East Bay, and is currently working as a mentor for second-year students at the Wright Institute. Prior to graduate school, Naomi worked as a counselor at a residential program in San Francisco for teenagers.