Varda Shoham Clinical Scientist Training Initiative

SSCP is pleased to announce the first recipients of the Varda Shoham Clinical Scientist Training Initiative. Please see the grant application for more information on this new initiative.

Past Awardees


VA San Diego Psychology Service/UCSD Dept of Psychiatry

Disseminating Evidence-Based Transdiagnostic Anxiety-Focused Group Treatment

Goals: provide training to approximately 15 providers, including psychology practicum students, interns, and postdoctoral fellows, across 6 settings in transdiagnostic anxiety-focused group treatment.

University of Mississippi Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Division of Psychology.

Integrating Modular Approaches to Evidence-Based Practice in Internship Training

Goals: develop the infrastructure for interns to use Practicewise, the electronic implementation of the Modular Approach to Therapy for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma or Conduct Problems (MATCH-ADTC), as well as a core set of common clinical outcomes electronically.


Mississippi State University Department of Psychology 

Disseminating and Measuring Empirically Supported Treatments in a Rural Area

Goals: advance a rural clinic that disseminates empirically-supported treatments to underserved patients. The grant will help to (1) provide an increase in technological and material resources available to the clinic; (2) establish an online patient data repository to monitor treatment change; and (3) conduct a supervisory workshop hosted by an in-house clinical supervision expert. The goal of this project is to continue the transition of the clinic from a site that offers primarily testing services to one that can also offer empirically­-supported therapeutic interventions.

Center for Palliative Care at the James Cancer Hospital and Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University 

Inpatient psycho-oncology and palliative care distress screening: Utilizing technology to enhance screening, intervention, and outcomes assessment

Goals: purchase a tablet PC to 1) improve the efficiency of patient screening and communication of results and recommendations to other medical team members, 2) refine the distress screening measure, and 3) report on outcomes of the interventions. The clinical data that would be captured using electronic distress screening would allow us to better understand the areas of psychological distress experienced by palliative care inpatients and enhance our ability to modify and target psychological interventions to address patient distress.

University of Rhode Island Department of Psychology

Enhancing therapy and clinical training through evidence-based assessment of psychotherapy progress and outcomes: A three-pronged plan.

Goals: 1) To increase graduate student knowledge and understanding of issues related to the empirically-based assessment of psychotherapy progress and outcomes, we will invite one or more experts in the assessment of therapy progress and outcomes to campus. 2) To identify a group of psychometrically strong and culturally-sensitive assessment measures which meet the needs of the therapists and clients. 3) To develop a database for use in the assessment of treatment progress and outcome useful at both the level of the individual and the group (clinic). 

Texas A&M University Psychology Clinic & Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program

Marrying Clinical Practice & Research at Training Clinics: Real-Time Feedback on Client Psychotherapy Outcome

Goals: integrate routine treatment monitoring through evidence-based assessment to track treatment progress and provide real-time feedback to student therapists and their supervisors on client’s psychotherapy outcome.


George Mason University, Department of Psychology

Clinical Science in Practice: Creating a Sustainable Research Database

Purpose:  The award will be used to support a graduate student to develop a computer database that will serve both to monitor clinical
outcomes and as a research database at the departments’ Center for Psychological Services.

Tampa VA Hospital

Provision of Empirically Valid Clinical Supervision

Purpose: The award will be used to develop and evaluate a region-wide training program in competency-based supervision of clinical
psychology trainees.

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Division of Psychology

Integrating the Evidence-Based Practice Process into the Training of Clinical Psychologists

Purpose: The award will be used to develop the infrastructure for students to collect outcome data by purchasing two tablet computers
(e.g., iPad) that patients will use in the clinic waiting room. The funds will also be used to educate students in the measurement
technology used by PROMIS ( to assess clinical outcomes.
SSCP Calendar,
Nov 9, 2011, 10:19 AM