Weight Management Externship

Externship in Adult Behavioral Weight Management

Supervisor: Andrea Busby, Ph.D.

1 Position

Overview: This is an advanced psychotherapy externship designed to provide training in assessment and treatment in behavioral weight management through the Chicago Weight Program, an interdisciplinary medical and behavioral weight loss program staffed by a psychologist, physician, nurse practitioner, nurse, and dietician. Externs will provide evaluation, consultation, and individual short-term evidence-based treatments for patients with overweight and obesity, including cognitive-behavioral and acceptance-based treatments. Externs will participate in a multidisciplinary treatment team, and may have the opportunity to co-lead program orientation sessions. Externs will see up to 8 patients per week (both independently and together with Dr. Busby), and will have the opportunity to shadow program practitioners from other disciplines to learn about all facets of medical obesity treatment. All trainees will receive at least one hour of individual supervision provided by Dr. Busby. Additional individual or group supervision may be provided by an intern and/or another staff member.

Didactics: Didactic training includes the Health Psychology seminar, Endocrinology grand rounds (ENDORAMA), attendance at disease-specific information sessions, and discussion of relevant health psychology reading materials. Externs are able to attend other didactics, such as Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Professional Issues Seminar, and Psychiatry Case Conferences.  

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

  • Able to devote 16-20 hours per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays:
    • One full day per week (Tuesdays mandatory) in clinic at 150 East Huron St.
    • One full day per week (Thursdays mandatory) in Hyde Park for supervision and didactics
  • Current enrollment in an APA-accredited doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology
  • Completion of Master’s degree at the time of application
  • At least 2 previous practicum experiences, with one of them involving provision of psychotherapy
  • Training year runs from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

Application: Students interested in applying for the Adult Behavioral Weight Management Externship should send the following materials by electronic mail to Dr. Andrea Busby (abusby1@medicine.bsd.uchicago.edu) by November 21st, 2016.

  1. Letter of interest
  2. Current curriculum vita (CV)
  3. Copy of current academic transcript
  4. Three letters of recommendation (one must be from a current faculty member supervising your training and two should be from individuals familiar with your clinical work). Letters should be emailed directly or sent by regular mail to the following address:

Andrea Busby, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine, Section of Endocrinology

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, Adult Section
The University of Chicago
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC1027
Chicago, IL 60637

Applications should be complete prior to November 21st, 2016 for full consideration. Questions about the externship should be directed to Dr. Busby via e-mail. Qualified candidates will be invited to interview in December 2016. Offers will be extended on an ongoing basis. Please note that we DO NOT follow ACEPT guidelines.