Eating Disorders Program

The University of Chicago Eating Disorders Program

Supervisor: Jennifer Wildes, Ph.D.

1-2 positions

Overview: The University of Chicago Eating Disorders Program provides evidence-based assessment and treatment services to adolescents and adults with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, avoidant restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), and related feeding and eating problems. Treatment modalities include cognitive behavioral and family-based interventions.

Externs will join a multidisciplinary team comprised of psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers with extensive expertise in eating and weight disorders. Extern responsibilities include: 1) conducting diagnostic assessments to guide treatment recommendations; 2) providing evidence-based outpatient psychotherapy to adolescents and their families, as well as adults; and 3) participating in multidisciplinary team rounds (Mondays from 12-1). Other responsibilities may include managing the Eating Disorders Program research database (e.g., collecting and entering data); assisting with the maintenance of IRB protocols; and developing original research abstracts/papers. Attendance on Mondays is mandatory, but other days are negotiable. All trainees receive at least one hour of individual supervision per week provided by Dr. Wildes. Additional supervision in individual and groups formats may be provided by a psychology intern, postdoctoral fellow, or another Eating Disorders Program staff member.

Didactics: Externs are expected to participate in a weekly Eating Disorders Program didactics meeting that includes assigned readings and discussion of relevant clinical materials (e.g., treatment manuals). Externs also will have the opportunity to attend Eating Disorders Program research meetings, as well as a variety of didactics offered through the Department of Psychiatry, depending on the days they are on site.

Requirements: Please read the following list carefully to determine whether you are eligible to apply for this externship.

  • Able to devote 15-20 hours per week to the externship. Must be on-site on Mondays.
  • Current enrollment in an APA-accredited doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology.
  • Completion of Master’s degree at the time of application.
  • Completion of graduate coursework preferred.
  • At least 2 previous practicum experiences, with one of them involving provision of psychotherapy.
  • Training year runs from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

Application: Students interested in applying for the University of Chicago Eating Disorders Program Externship should send the following materials by electronic mail to Dr. Jennifer Wildes ( by Friday, November 16, 2018. 

  1.  Letter of interest
  2. Current curriculum vita (CV)
  3. Copy of current academic transcript
  4. Two letters of recommendation (one letter must be from a current faculty member supervising your training).  Letters should be emailed directly or sent by mail to the following address:

Jennifer Wildes, Ph.D.

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

The University of Chicago
5841 S. Maryland Ave, MC 3077
Chicago, IL 60637

Questions about the externship may be directed to Dr. Wildes via email.  Qualified candidates will be invited to interview between November 26 and December 14, 2018. Offers may be held until 9 am on December 17, 2018.