Postdoctoral Fellow

Posted Date: 
Tuesday, May 3, 2022
STRONG STAR Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Position Description: 

UT Health San Antonio and the STRONG STAR Consortium

2-Year Postdoctoral Fellowship Targeting Chronic Pain in Primary Care Settings Using Behavioral Health Consultants

Beginning Summer or Fall 2022

Fort Hood, Texas (1 hour North of Austin)

STRONG STAR Consortium within the UT Health San Antonio Division of Behavioral Medicine is seeking a competent and motivated postdoctoral psychology fellow to serve as a research therapist for a study funded by the Department of Defense (DoD). The aim of the study is to better understand how to improve functioning and readiness for active duty service members and beneficiaries who experience chronic pain. Study recruitment is occurring in the primary care clinics located on or nearby the military installation of Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. Individuals must be willing to serve as behavioral health consultants and provide brief, targeted behavioral and cognitive assessments and interventions within the primary care setting. The fellow will receive expert training and supervision in delivering Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain from the Defense Health Agency and the Principal Investigators CAPT Jeff Goodie and Dr. Don McGeary.

Participation in other research opportunities is likely. Prior postdoctoral fellows have published articles in high quality, peer-reviewed journals, co-authored book chapters, and presented research at national and international conferences. Other achievements by STRONG STAR fellows include being awarded student loan repayment through the NIH and being hired on as faculty of the Department of Psychiatry following a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship.

This position will support the STRONG STAR clinic at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. Under the leadership of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, the STRONG STAR Consortium is a multi- institutional, multidisciplinary research group of over 150 collaborating national scientists and clinicians funded by the DoD and Department of Veterans Affairs to develop and evaluation approaches for the prevention and treatment of combat-related PTSD and other deployment related problems.

Position Requirements: 

Qualifications for this position include a doctoral degree in clinical or counseling psychology. Previous experience with military service members, veterans, or beneficiaries, working in primary care clinics or treating chronic pain are preferred but all applications are welcomed.

Our fellows receive a competitive salary ($53,760) as well as exceptional health care and retirement benefits. Psychology Fellows are required to have completed an APA Accredited Internship and APA Accredited Doctoral Program. All applicants must have the unrestricted ability to work in the US.

How to Apply: 

For more information about STRONG STAR, please see our website:


To begin the application process, please send the following to Abby Blankenship, PhD at and Don McGeary, PhD at

1) CV and 2) Statement of Interest

Contact Name: 
Abby Blankenship, PhD
Contact Email: 
Deadline to Apply: 
Friday, September 30, 2022
Job Number: 

All postdoctoral appointments are designated as security sensitive positions. UT Health San Antonio is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer including protected veterans and persons with disabilities.