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Postdoctoral Residency – Roseville/Sacramento

Sacramento Valley Consortium (Roseville/Sacramento and South Sacramento)

Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center
Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center

The city of Roseville is firmly rooted in the Northern Sacramento Valley and was named for the wild roses that grow in the area. It is the most populous city in Placer County with over 140,000 residents and lies 16 miles northeast of Sacramento. Roseville’s scenic natural areas, extensive park system and bike trails, excellent schools and job opportunities attract individuals, families and retirees to the area. Within an hour’s drive there are Gold Rush towns to explore, water sports in nearby lakes and rivers, and skiing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Given its proximity to Sacramento, Roseville offers easy access to a large city, while still providing the best of suburban living, including renowned dining, arts, and retail shopping. Roseville is an easy day trip to the coast, San Francisco, Napa, Lake Tahoe or Sonoma County. The cost of living is moderate compared to other California communities and more affordable than the SF Bay Area.

Kaiser Permanente has three medical centers and 10 medical offices in the four-county greater Sacramento region. The Kaiser Roseville service area includes the hospital center on Eureka Road and outpatient facilities in Roseville, Folsom and Lincoln. Approximately 365,000 KP health plan members receive care in this service area. The Roseville Psychiatry Department serves a range of patients, with a variety of clinical presentations.

Program Curriculum

Equity, Inclusion & Diversity

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) are vital parts of training in North Valley. We have a diverse staff, which is reflected in our diverse supervision team. In addition to regional didactics, here are some of the local JEDI trainings we offer:

  • Cultural Humility and Unconscious/Implicit Bias
  • Multicultural Assessment
  • Telebehavioral Health: Ethical, Clinical, and Cultural Considerations
  • Culturally Aware Feedback Informed care
  • Working with African-Americans in a Medical Setting
  • Muslim American Populations in Behavioral Health Settings
  • Black Men’s Experience of Police Harassment
  • Gender Affirming Surgery Evaluations

Furthermore, Journal Club is specifically focused on JEDI issues and research. Trainees are also invited to join the local JEDI improvement planning group for the North Valley.

Didactic Training

Regularly scheduled weekly didactic seminars, formerly held at the consortium level, are now organized, and administered regionally for all KP NorCal postdoctoral residents. Residents are required to attend a two-hour weekly virtual seminar, which focuses on developing competencies and expertise in clinical areas most relevant to their day-to-day work.

Our Regional Mental Health Training Program also sponsors seminars for continuing professional development. The seminars are offered at select times during the year for all KP mental health trainees and staff at Kaiser Northern California Medical Centers. We bring in local and national experts on a variety of cutting-edge topics in mental health treatment and research. Residents are required to attend these monthly seminars. Regional seminar dates and a list of speakers and topics can be found on the Regional Mental Health Training Programs website. In addition, many of the presentations are recorded and available under the continuing education lecture library webpage.

Seminars and Meetings

Meetings and seminars are aimed at supporting professional developmental and clinical growth. Postdoctoral residents can expect to attend the following meetings.

Weekly Huddle: 15-minute meeting with training director to review and prepare for the day.
All Staff Meeting: Monthly meeting with department staff. Focus is on operations and department announcements.
Journal Club: Weekly meeting to review research. Research articles are selected by the trainee. Twice a month the research article is focused on a Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion topic.
Trainee Hike: At the start and end of the training year we hike in the Auburn Forest to reflect on the training year and connect as a cohort.
Research Hour: Postdoctoral residents are provided 1 hour per week to complete their research project.
Mentorship: Postdoctoral are offered the opportunity to mentor a practicum or master’s trainee. The resident also has the option to be a mentee through our regional mentorship program. Both opportunities are voluntary.
Supervision: Postdoctoral residents are given the option to supervise a practicum trainee.
Licensure preparation: Residents are provided 1 hour per week to prepare for licensure.



All postdoctoral residents are supervised by licensed psychologists and are assigned to a primary supervisor and a secondary supervisor. These clinical supervisors meet with their assigned resident one hour per week for individual face-to-face supervision. Thus, each resident has two hours of individual supervision per week.

The primary and secondary supervisors are responsible for overseeing the direct delivery of clinical services. The primary supervisor takes the lead role in developing the resident’s learning plan, monitoring their progress, and evaluating their training schedule. The primary supervisor is also responsible for completing the resident’s evaluation after gathering input from other supervisors and staff who may have provided supplementary supervision during rotations or while co-facilitating groups with the resident.

Residents also attend group supervision to present cases to their postdoctoral peers and to learn how to incorporate Feedback Informed Care (FIC) into their practice. Residents gain experience giving and receiving feedback during case consultation which helps them to develop the collegial and supervisory aspects of their professional identities as psychologists.

Community Partnership Program

Reflecting Kaiser Permanente’s core commitment to mental health and wellness in our communities, each trainee will spend at least 32 hours during their training year on a Community Partnership Project that focuses on improving mental health in the local community beyond our Kaiser Permanente patient members. Projects may include presentations on mental health topics or career mentoring in such settings as community colleges/schools, after school programs, and health advocacy or other organizations dedicated to assisting those in need.

The goal of this project is to provide outreach to underserved populations to promote health and advancement. Anchors for the project include developing alliances with individuals and/or systems to improve the lives of those served; providing education and training based on the empirical literature; and presenting relevant outcomes data to partnership stakeholders. Residents will meet with the Community Partnership supervisor to assist with placement and the development of a project.

Psychological Assessment

All postdoctoral residents complete psychological testing as part of their training program. During the training year, residents further their knowledge about test battery design, administration of various tests and measures, interpretation and integration of test results, and communication of test results. Opportunities exist for residents to develop proficiency in both child and adult assessments.

A minimum of two assessments a year are required but there are opportunities to conduct more as well as expand the complexity of the assessment battery based on the resident’s experience, interest, and clinical need. Residents primarily receive assessment supervision in group format with additional modalities for support available as needed. A 6-month rotation in ADHD screening for children is also available. This rotation consists of running a weekly ADHD assessment group and supporting the administrative needs of the service.

Program Evaluation

Each resident is required to undertake a program evaluation project during their training year. The project is selected based upon the resident’s interests and skill set and should fall within the regular scope of departmental services.

It may involve collecting and analyzing data to improve administrative operations, or a quality improvement project aimed at improving or assessing a treatment program or process. Examples include developing and evaluating a treatment group, intake procedure or other new programming; evaluating factors associated with treatment outcomes; or a needs assessment of a service that may be enriched by psychological consultation. Residents meet with the program evaluation supervisor as a group regularly over the course of the training year to review progress on their projects.

Tracks and Rotations

Adult Outpatient Clinic Track

Postdoctoral residents in the Adult Outpatient Clinic can expect to work with a range of presenting difficulties, including behavior and relational problems, depression and anxiety, psychosis, psychosomatic concerns, trauma, personality disorder.

The resident may also be assigned to conduct ADHD evaluations, co-leads therapy groups and assist in the teaching of psychoeducational classes.

The resident in this position may have the opportunity to supervise practicum student(s). This rotation is best suited for residents who are interested in expanding their clinical experience in individual and group treatment, with a minor focus on psychological assessment.

Trauma Informed Care Track

The Trauma Informed Care track is focused on evidence-based treatments for individuals with PTSD/Trauma Related Stress Disorder.

The resident involved in this rotation will have the opportunity to work closely with the Managing Complexities Program (MCP). It should be noted, many of the patients involved in the MCP program have co-occurring histories of trauma and likely Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).

Residents involved in the MCP rotation will focus on aspects of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) in their clinical practice. Additionally, training in Skills Training in Affective Interpersonal Regulation (STAIR) for PTSD is also part of the rotation experience. Individual providers also incorporate elements of Cognitive Processing Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Exposure Therapy into their work with this patient population.

Psychological Assessment Track

Post-doctoral Residents will have the opportunity to assess and evaluate for a range of different psychological issues- including ADHD, personality disorder, ASD, and/or mood disorder, etc. This evaluation process consists of completing an initial intake interview in order to rule out other psychological factors (e.g. examining mood, substance use, and/or psychological factors) which may confound the psychodiagnostics profile. Once the assessment process and report is completed, feedback is provided to the patient via telephone/video/in-person visit (when appropriate).

Postdoctoral residents involved in this track will also have an opportunity to conduct in-depth comprehensive psychological evaluations for diagnostic clarification. These evaluations consist of the administration of several psychological batteries in order to guide treatment recommendations and connect patients with appropriate care.

Here is a list of potential focus areas:

Adult Psychological Assessment
Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment with children


  • Direct Patient Care: 20 hours
  • Non-Patient Care: 9 hours
  • Individual Supervision: 2 hours
  • Group Supervision: 2 hours
  • Journal Club: 1 hour
  • Didactic Training: 2 hours
  • License Prep: 1 hour
  • Community Partnership Project: 1 hour
  • Research/Program Evaluation Project: 1 hour
  • Meetings/other: 1 hour
  • Please note that trainees will work remotely 3 days per week. This is subject to change.

Program Graduates

2022 Cohort

Graduate University/Institute Track/Specialty Rotation Current Position, Specialty & Location
Ann Nguyen Loma Linda University, CA Psychological Assessment Psychologist, Collaborative Care, Kaiser South Sacramento
Katarina Vamvouris Midwestern university- Downers Grove Adult Outpatient Clinic Psychologist, Private Practice, Sacramento
Taylor McKneely Alliant International University- Los Angeles,CA Adult Outpatient Clinic Psychologist, Managing Complexities Program, Kaiser Roseville

2021 Cohort

Graduate University/Institute Track/Specialty Rotation Current Position, Specialty & Location
Kasha Koeslag Alliant International University- Sacramento, CA Psychological Assessment Forensic Evaluator, Forensic Evaluations, CONREP Elk Grove
Zae German Alliant International University- Los Angeles,CA Psychological Assessment Assessment Psychologist, Autism, Kaiser Rancho Cordova
Stacie Lloyd Alliant International University- Sacramento,CA Collaborative Care Lead Senior Research Project Manager, Kaiser Sacramento

2020 Cohort

Graduate University/Institute Track/Specialty Rotation Current Position, Specialty & Location
Hadia Khan California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, San Francisco, CA Adult Family/ Sports Medicine Assessment Psychologist, Psychological Assessment, Kaiser Rancho Cordova
Emily Gosnell California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, Sacramento, CA Adult Outpatient Clinic Assessment Psychologist, Managing Complexities Program, Kaiser Roseville
Alexis Marks-Hicks California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, Sacramento, CA Adult Outpatient Clinic

2019 Cohort

Graduate University/Institute Track/Specialty Rotation Current Position, Specialty & Location
Erica Ironside Pacific University, Hillsboro, OR Adult Outpatient Clinic Psychologist, Outpatient Clinic, Kaiser Sacramento
Heather Duong California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, San Francisco, CA Adult Outpatient Clinic Psychologist, Collaborative Care, Kaiser Roseville
Ania Townsell John F. Kennedy University, Pleasant Hill, CA Psychological Assessment Psychologist, Adult Outpatient Clinic, Kaiser Sacramento

2018 Cohort

Graduate University/Institute Track/Specialty Rotation Current Position, Specialty & Location
Ladan Kahtibijah California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, Sacramento, CA Adult Outpatient Clinic Psychologist, Psychological Assessment, Kaiser Roseville


  • Sacramento Valley Consortium (Roseville/Sacramento and South Sacramento) Accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA)
  • 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 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002 Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: Web:


Psychological Assessment
1660 E. Roseville Pkwy Suite 100
Roseville, CA 95661

Adult Outpatient
1660 East Roseville Parkway, Suite 100
Roseville, CA 95661

Collaborative Care/ Integrated Health
1660 East Roseville Parkway, Suite 100
Roseville, CA 95661

Trauma Informed Care
1660 East Roseville Parkway, Suite 100
Roseville, CA 95661

Training Director

Emilio Licea III, PsyD
Training Program Director

Meet the Roseville/Sacramento Training Team


Member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC)

Additional Resources

Postdoctoral Residency Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data

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