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Clinical Psychology Student And Residency Training Programs

Clinical Psychology Student And Residency Training Programs

header-title-decorationClinical Psychology Student And Residency Training Programs

Trainees have the opportunity to work in a culturally diverse setting with a variety of medical and psychological diagnoses and be part of an interdisciplinary team that includes physicians, nurses, social workers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, recreation therapists, and case managers. Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center has an active Language and Culture Center that provides interpretation services so that staff can provide services to non-English speaking patients, and within the Psychology Department,  we have bilingual staff that can provide services and supervision in Spanish, Russian, Hindi, Telugu, Portuguese and German. We endorse the “apprentice psychologist” training model and provide mentoring. 

Practicum Training 

We maintain an active predoctoral training program and have affiliation contracts with Fuller Theological Seminary, Pepperdine University, University of La Verne and Azusa Pacific University. The Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center practicum program is a member of the Southern California Association of Psychology Training Programs (SCAPTP) with our goal being to provide clinical training to psychology students who are interested in working with patients with cognitive impairments, disability, and acute and chronic medical conditions. We provide an opportunity to learn about the application of psychological assessment and interventions in a medical setting, working on an interdisciplinary team model, and prepare trainees for future training or positions in rehabilitation psychology, primary care psychology, health psychology, and neuropsychology. Additional information about our predoctoral training program can be found in the brochure below, as well as, the Southern California Association of Psychology Training Programs (SCAPTP) website https://www.scaptp.org/. 

Brochure for Rancho Los Amigos Practicum Program 2021 

Resident Training 

We strive to implement requirements for board certification in Rehabilitation Psychology and are full members of the Council of Rehabilitation Psychology Postdoctoral Training Programs (CRPPTP) and operate in accordance with the revised Guidelines for Postdoctoral Training in Rehabilitation Psychology:2013. We offer a one to two-year clinical training program at the residency level in Clinical Psychology with Specialization in Neurorehabilitation Psychology.  Additional information about the residency program can be found in the brochure below, as well as at the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers, Universal Psychology Postdoctoral Directory website https://appic.org/, and Division of Rehabilitation Psychology website http://www.div22.org/ 

Brochure for Rancho Los Amigos Resident Program 2021-22 

Virtual Tour of Rancho Psychology Department 2021-22 

Board Certification and Mentoring 

The American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) increases consumer protection through the examination and certification of psychologists who demonstrate competence in approved specialty areas in professional psychology. Rehabilitation Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology are two of the fifteen specialties. At Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center we have three Board Certified Rehabilitation Psychologists (Dr. Gonzalez, Dr. Saldivar, and Dr. Hoover), and one Board Certified Clinical Neuropsychologist (Dr. Zuverza-Chavarria) on staff. Dr. Gonzalez, Dr. Saldivar and Dr. Hoover have served, or are currently serving on the American Board of Rehabilitation Psychology Board of Directors and are active reviewers of practice samples for board certification and are involved in oral examinations 


Mentoring is a key element of our training programs as we strive to provide professional guidance both during training at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center and beyond. Of note, Dr. Fernando Gonzalez, Chair of Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center’s Psychology Department, was awarded the Mentorship Award in 2013 by the American Psychological Association’s Division 22: Rehabilitation Psychology, for his exceptional dedication to mentoring staff, predoctoral students, postdoctoral trainees, and ABRP candidates. 

Training Committee and Didactics 

All of the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center Psychology Department staff are involved in the training program as supervisors and as presenters in our didactic program. Due to our staff’s recognized expertise in neurorehabilitation psychology, several of our members have private practices that consist of teaching at local colleges, providing psychotherapy, and forensic work. Our didactics are structured to address mood and neuropsychological assessment and topics pertinent to the practice of rehabilitation psychology, as well as, trainings that address working with diverse populations, implementation of a variety of psychological interventions, and topics that address professional practice beyond attaining a doctoral degree. 

For additional information about our training programs, please contact: 

Aida Saldivar, Ph.D., ABPP (RP), QME
Clinical Training Director
Psychology Department, OPB Room 2049
Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center
7601 Imperial Hwy., Downey, CA 90242
Office number: 562-385-6314 / Fax number: 562-385-6678