Sierra Tucson’s Psychology Department Establishes Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and Announces First-Year Fellows


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Sierra Tucson’s Psychology Department Establishes Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and Announces First-Year Fellows

TUCSON, Ariz. (Sept., 29 2017) – Sierra Tucson, an internationally renowned leader in behavioral and mental health care, has announced that it has instituted its first Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

The program will offer two pre-licensed psychologists an opportunity to operate as part of the Sierra Tucson team under the supervision of Dr. Andrew Stropko and Dr. Lynn Jonen, who will participate as liaisons and consultants within the fellowship program and assist medical departments.

“It is with great pleasure that we announce the postdoctoral fellowship program here at Sierra Tucson,” said Dr. Antoinette Giedzinska-Simons, director of behavioral medicine at Sierra Tucson. “Helping to further educate those seeking a career path in our community is important to us and we expect to see a great deal of success during the first year with our fellows.”

With one-year appointments, the primary goal of the fellowship program is to ensure that the fellows will be eligible to receive their clinical psychology license by the end of their fellowship year.

The program’s first two fellows will bring an extensive amount of experience to their roles. Liz Dampsey received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, Calif. and previously received a Master of Psychology from Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, Calif. She is a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, movement-based expressive arts therapy practitioner and spiritual director, and has extensive training and experience in equine-assisted psychotherapy as well as grief and loss resolution.

David Denny earned a Psy.D. from Midwestern University located in Glendale, Ariz. His interests in psychology are vast, including trauma, co-occurring disorders, equine-assisted psychotherapy and collaborative care. Dr. Denny also has a passion for the outdoors, having been an outdoor educator as a wilderness trip leader, ropes course facilitator and program director. These earlier positions allowed him to witness how individuals and groups interact with the highs and lows that nature delivers.

About Sierra Tucson

For more than 33 years, Sierra Tucson’s longstanding legacy of clinical excellence and compassionate care has resulted in recovery for those struggling with substance use disorder, trauma-related issues, disordered eating, chronic pain, mood and anxiety disorders, and co-occurring disorders. Internationally renowned for its innovative approach to behavioral and mental health treatment, Sierra Tucson was the recipient of the 2016 Organizational Achievement Award by NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals. Sierra Tucson combines integrative and experiential therapies with evidence-based practices to provide a full range of treatment methods.