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Undergraduate Training

A variety of opportunities are available for undergraduate research assistants to be involved in our ongoing research projects. Undergraduate research assistants are primarily responsible for data scoring and entry as well as hands on involvement with some aspects of assessments. Ample opportunities for observing ongoing clinical and research studies as well as interaction with graduate students and Dr. Ollendick are available. In addition, several of our research assistants have presented research projects at national research conferences and have gone on to complete graduate programs in psychology.


Graduate Training

Since joining the faculty of Virginia Tech in 1980, Dr. Ollendick has advised and mentored over 30 outstanding graduate students. Students have come to study from all parts of the Untied States and from several foreign countries including Australia, China, Iceland, and India. These highly competent students have routinely obtained top-level internship placements at sites such as Brown University Medical School, Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins Medical School, Medical University of South Carolina, University of Florida Medical School, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School, and Yale University Medical School. Moreover, most graduates have obtained academic positions at major medical schools and research universities.

Mentoring is accomplished by having the graduate student become immersed in an active and vibrant clinical research team. Although leader of the team, Dr. Ollendick strongly values and encourages independence and autonomy, as well as collaborative working relationships with him and his other graduate students. Typically, Dr. Ollendick takes one new graduate student per year and that student quickly becomes involved in all phases of graduate education. Although graduate education can be and is demanding, it can also be fun and rewarding. The collegial team atmosphere makes such possible.

The Graduate School recently interviewed Dr. Ollendick on a number of areas of graduate studies including recruitment, research, and program statistics. Additionally, Dr. Ollendick recently delivered a lecture Fears, Phobias, Rituals, and Traumas: A Lifetime Journey for the University Distinguished Professor podcast series. The lecture is available for download in MP3 format (32.8 Mb).


Post-Doctorate Training

Possibilities also exist for post-doctoral training and education. The Center typically has one or two post-doctoral associates who are frequently associated with specific research projects - projects chosen either by the applicant or to serve as a Project Director or Project Coordinator of major funded grants. K-Award recipients are especially encouraged. Such postdoctoral experiences afford the applicant the opportunity to become involved in collaborative research projects, advanced clinical training, specialized instruction, and, in general, the skills required for the future professoriate.