Clinical Psychology Fellowship Program

Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience
Clinical Psychology Training Program

October 1, 2022

Dear applicants:

Congratulations on being at this point in your graduate training! Thank you for your interest in the Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at the University of Chicago Medicine. We are pleased to provide you with our updated 2023-24 information. We are listed in the Universal Psychology Postdoctoral Directory (https://www.appic.org/Postdocs/Universal-Psychology-Postdoctoral-Directory-UPPD) and will abide by APPIC Selection Standards for the 2023-2024 training year unless otherwise indicated.

Our clinical psychology fellowships are a component of the larger Clinical Psychology Training Program based in the Adult and Child Sections of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago. Our training program includes psychology externships in many different areas, an APA-accredited clinical psychology doctoral internship, and postdoctoral fellowships in psychology. Thus, clinical psychology has been an important component of departmental training for many years and is integrated within the interdisciplinary educational mission of the Department and the larger Medical Center. Our fellowships are designed to train health service psychologists for entry-level practice in academic settings in the specialized areas of cognitive-behavior therapy, clinical health psychology, pediatric psychology, neuropsychology, and trauma. The hallmarks of our program include evidence-based approaches to assessment, consultation, and intervention, and the integration of science and practice. While our programs do include some specific requirements, we attempt to meet our fellows’ specific training goals in order to best prepare for an academic clinical career. Ample supervision is available with opportunities to attend didactics with other trainees. We believe that we offer a challenging and supportive setting for obtaining fellowship training in Clinical Psychology.

Our annual stipend is consistent with NIH salary guidelines for postdoctoral training ($54,840) and is offered as part of a comprehensive package of benefits. For the 2023-2024 training year, we will offer several fellowship positions.

  1. Adult/Clinical Health Psychology (1 position). Materials should be addressed to Shona Vas, Ph.D., ABPP (svas@bsd.uchicago.edu) and Fabiana Araujo, Ph.D. (faraujo1@bsd.uchicago.edu).  
  2. Pediatric Psychology (1 position). Materials should be addressed to Tina Drossos, Ph.D. (tdrossos@bsd.uchicago.edu).
  3. Child Trauma (2 positions). Materials should be addressed to Sonya Dinizulu, Ph.D. (sdinizulu@bsd.uchicago.edu) & Brad Stolbach, Ph.D. (bstolbach@peds.bsd.uchicago.edu).  
  4. Adult Neuropsychology (1 position). This APPCN-member program participates in the APPCN NMS Match System (see brochure).  Materials should be addressed to Joseph Fink, Ph.D., ABPP. (jfink@bsd.uchicago.edu) and uploaded to the UChicago portal.

Our application deadline is Thursday, December 15, 2022 (11:59 EST). Materials should be uploaded to our REDcap portal using these links:

Applicant Portal: Please complete your application here. You will be asked to upload your CV, cover letter, unofficial transcript, a deidentified neuropsychological report which is required for the Neuropsychology Fellowship.

Reference Portal: We require three letters of recommendation which can be uploaded here. If you are on internship and your internship Training Director (TD) is not one of your letter writers, we require a separate letter from your Internship Training Director indicating that you are on track to complete the internship program. If your TD is one of your existing references, this issue may be addressed in the recommendation letter

For our Adult/Health, Pediatric, and Trauma fellowships, you will be contacted by email if you are selected for a virtual interview. Interviews will occur on Thursdays January 19th and January 26th, 2023. We intend to follow the APPIC Selection Standards. Applications for positions that remain open after the Common Hold Date (2/27/23) will be reviewed on a rolling basis until filled.

Before deciding to apply to our program, please review our materials very carefully. You might also find it useful to review our internship brochure to learn more about our department, our training philosophy, our faculty, and available didactics. Our fellows’ clinical experiences are distinct from those of interns and internship rotations are not available to fellows. We want you to fully appreciate the structure of our Department within which our clinical psychology training programs are embedded. We hope that you will apply to our fellowship because you believe it is a “great fit” with your long-term career goals. We will provide you with appropriate supervision, mentorship, and support for your professional development as a health service psychologist who is able to integrate science and practice in an academic environment.

We wish you luck as you complete your degree! We look forward to reviewing your application and possibly meeting you “in person.” Feel free to contact us by email if you have further questions.

Sincerely,

Shona Vas, PhD

Shona N. Vas, Ph.D., ABPP

Director, Clinical Psychology Training
Director, Cognitive-Behavior Therapy Program
Associate Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience

Contact Information: svas@bsd.uchicago.edu

Note: As we adapt to a world that continues to navigate the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, we recognize the importance of also providing you with information about its impact on our training program. We have continued to respond to the level of risk posed by this disease with the safety of our trainees, staff, faculty, and patients as our paramount concern while continuing to meet the needs of the communities we serve. We are grateful for the scientific strides that have contributed to a greater understanding of the disease and the availability of vaccination. All employees at UCM are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 and influenza (with medical or religious exemptions available in rare circumstances). We currently provide inpatient care, consultation services, neuropsychological assessment, and some integrated care using hybrid models, with appropriate safety protocols for face-to-face contact. Outpatient services for psychiatric care and psychotherapy are also being conducted in hybrid formats. In-person care is available, although some patients continue to request and prefer telehealth. We aim to provide didactics and supervision in person unless video formats are indicated for convenience, flexibility, and safety. In order to address some of the losses associated with remote work such as interprofessional collaboration, socialization among trainees and with our faculty, development of a local support system, and a general sense of community, we currently require fellows and faculty to be on site for a minimum of three days per week. Our training program, Department, Division, and institution follow infection control procedures and national and state regulations as informed by science and safety. We are committed to maintaining the integrity of our training program and the acquisition of profession-wide competencies while balancing the safety of our trainees, faculty, and patients.

The Adult Section of the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago is offering a 1 year postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Health Psychology. The successful candidate will spend 50% of time delivering evidence-based treatment to patients in our outpatient clinics providing assessment and psychotherapy. Patients present with a range of diagnoses and severity and may also have some medical comorbidity.  The remainder of the fellow’s time will be spent in our integrated primary care clinics in the Department of Medicine where diverse patients receive assessment, intervention, and consultation services. The exact nature of the fellow’s responsibilities will be individually determined based on interest, skills, and future career goals. 

In addition to several hours of individual supervision, the fellow may attend didactics with other psychology and psychiatry trainees within the department as well as in other departments/sections of the institution. Opportunities are available to develop teaching/training skills by participating in provision of supervision to psychology externs and working on program development and evaluation. Further, one-half day may be devoted to research on an existing data set or a new project developed by the fellow. These experiences will meet the criteria for license eligibility in Illinois. The development of clinical, educational, and research skills in a multidisciplinary environment will prepare the fellow for a career in an academic medical center. Please note that your university-based graduate program in clinical psychology and your psychology internship must be accredited by the American Psychological Association. Please review our website for more information: https://psychiatry.uchicago.edu/clinical-psychology-fellowship-program .

Applications are due by December 15, 2022 (11:59 EST) using our REDcap portals. Materials should be addressed to:
Shona Vas, PhD, ABPP (svas@bsd.uchicago.edu)
Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
Director, Clinical Psychology Training & Cognitive-Behavior Therapy Program

Shona Vas, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

AND

Fabiana Araujo, Ph.D. (faraujo1@bsd.uchicago.edu)
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience
The University of Chicago
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 3077
Chicago, IL 60637

Fabiana Araujo, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

Applicant Portal: Please complete your application here. You will be asked to upload your CV, cover letter, and unofficial transcript.

Reference Portal: We require three letters of recommendation which can be uploaded here. If you are on internship and your internship Training Director (TD) is not one of your letter writers, we require a separate letter from your Internship Training Director indicating that you are on track to complete the internship program. If your TD is one of your existing references, this issue may be addressed in the recommendation letter.

If you are selected for a virtual interview, you will be notified via email and invited to meet with us on Thursdays January 19th or 26th, 2023. We will follow the APPIC Selection Standards for postdoctoral fellowships. Preferred start date is July 1, 2023 but flexibility may be possible

The Child and Adolescent Section of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at The University of Chicago is offering a 1 year postdoctoral fellowship in Pediatric Psychology.   The post-doctoral fellow should have a strong skillset in child and adolescent health psychology to meet the clinical demands of this position.  The fellow will also need to have a strong research background in areas related to pediatric psychology and be interested in receiving training towards building an academic clinical career in pediatric psychology.  The successful candidate will spend a portion of their time supporting the current integrated care collaborations between the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience and the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics.  Specifically, the fellow will be embedded in The Kovler Diabetes Center, conducting brief psychological screenings and interventions for patients and their families.   Additionally, the fellow will support the psychosocial needs of the Adolescent/Young Adult (AYA) program within the Section of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology. The fellow will also be embedded in a pediatric GI clinic servicing patients with general GI concerns, Celiac disease, IBD, and functional abdominal pain. The fellow will also be responsible for delivering evidence-based assessment, psychotherapy, and consultation services to patients in Child Psychiatry outpatient clinics. Our diverse patient population includes a range of diagnoses and severity, including medical comorbidities.  The successful candidate will also pursue research interests; the exact nature of the research will be individually determined based on skills and future career goals. In addition to several hours of individual supervision, the fellow may attend didactics with other psychology and psychiatry trainees within the Department as well as in other Departments/Sections of the institution. Opportunities are available to develop teaching/training skills by participating in provision of supervision to psychology externs and working on program development and evaluation.  These experiences will meet the criteria for license eligibility in Illinois. The development of clinical, educational, and research skills in a multidisciplinary environment will prepare the fellow for a career in an academic medical center. Please note that your university-based graduate program in clinical psychology and your psychology internship must be accredited by the American Psychological Association.

Applications are due by December 15, 2022 (11:59 EST) using our REDcap portals. Materials should be addressed to:
Tina Drossos, Ph.D. (tdrossos@bsd.uchicago.edu)
Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
The University of Chicago
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 3077
Chicago, IL 60637

Tina Drossos, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

Applicant Portal: Please complete your application here. You will be asked to upload your CV, cover letter, and unofficial transcript.

Reference Portal: We require three letters of recommendation which can be uploaded here. If you are on internship and your internship Training Director (TD) is not one of your letter writers, we require a separate letter from your Internship Training Director indicating that you are on track to complete the internship program. If your TD is one of your existing references, this issue may be addressed in the recommendation letter.

If you are selected for a virtual interview, you will be notified via email and invited to meet with us on Thursdays January 19th or 26th, 2023. We will follow the APPIC Selection Standards for postdoctoral fellowships. Preferred start date is July 1, 2023 but flexibility may be possible. 

The Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Psychiatry at The University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) is offering a 1-year postdoctoral fellowship in Child & Adolescent Trauma Psychology for two fellows. The postdoctoral fellows should have a strong skillset in child and adolescent trauma to meet the clinical demands of this position and express interest in building a career in trauma psychology.  Completion of an APA accredited graduate program and APA accredited internship program (ideally will a focus on childhood and adolescent trauma) are required.  The successful candidates will spend a portion of their time providing trauma-informed interdisciplinary assessments, and trauma-informed or evidence-based treatments.  The candidates must demonstrate a past and current interest in and commitment to serving urban African American or ethnic minority populations living in low resourced communities.  The candidates must also engage in scholarship and research activities, which include using an existing data set, or supporting the development of existing projects, and development of a new project by the fellows.  

The fellows will be key personnel for the Block, Hassenfeld, Casdin (BHC) Collaborative for Family Resilience to help youth and their families’ recovery from immediate and long-lasting effects caused by trauma and violence and will work in collaboration with program partners, including Healing Hurt People-Chicago, the UCM Violence Recovery Program, the Comer Hospital Pediatric Medical Mobile Unit, U-STAR, the REACT Program, and Project FIRE. The responsibilities for the fellows are:  provide direct trauma-focused assessment, and psychotherapy; collaborate with psychiatrists to help address the psychiatric needs for children and families affected by violence and trauma; provide trauma-focused outreach, support, and psychoeducation services in the hospital and in community settings; participate in National Child Traumatic Stress Network collaborative activities, including travel to NCTSN meetings and professional conferences; participate in U-STAR, REACT and Healing Hurt People trauma programming – e.g., case conferences, and staffings. The exact nature of the research will be individually determined based on skills and future career goals.

Opportunities are available to develop teaching/training skills by participating in provision of supervision to psychology externs and working on program development and evaluation.  The fellow may attend didactics with other psychology and psychiatry trainees within the department as well as in other departments/sections of the institution. These experiences will meet the criteria for license eligibility in Illinois. The development of clinical, educational, and research skills in a multidisciplinary environment will prepare the fellows for a career in an academic medical center with an emphasis in trauma psychology.   Please note that your university-based graduate program in clinical psychology and your psychology internship must be accredited by the American Psychological Association.

Applications are due by December 15, 2022 (11:59 EST) using our REDcap portals. Materials should be addressed to:
Sonya Dinizulu, Ph.D. (sdinizulu@bsd.uchicago.edu)
Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

Sonya Mathies Dinizulu, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

AND

Brad Stolbach, Ph.D. (bstolbach@bsd.uchicago.edu)
Associate Professor, Pediatrics and Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience
The University of Chicago
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 3077
Chicago, IL 60637

Bradley Stolbach, PhD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

Applicant Portal: Please complete your application here. You will be asked to upload your CV, cover letter, and unofficial transcript.

Reference Portal: We require three letters of recommendation which can be uploaded here. If you are on internship and your internship Training Director (TD) is not one of your letter writers, we require a separate letter from your Internship Training Director indicating that you are on track to complete the internship program. If your TD is one of your existing references, this issue may be addressed in the recommendation letter.

If you are selected for a virtual interview, you will be notified via email and invited to meet with us on Thursdays January 19th or 26th, 2023. We will follow the APPIC Selection Standards for postdoctoral fellowships. Preferred start date is July 1, 2023 but flexibility may be possible. 

The Adult Section of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at The University of Chicago is offering a full-time 2-year postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology, starting July 2023. The academic medical center program mission is to provide advanced-level clinical, didactic, and academic training, consistent with Houston Conference Guidelines, to produce competent psychologists in the specialty of Clinical Neuropsychology.  Entry requirements include successful completion of an APA/CPA-accredited doctoral education and clinical training program with neuropsychology as major area of study or emphasis, as well as an APA/CPA-accredited internship program that includes substantial training in clinical neuropsychology.  Defense of the dissertation is not required at the time of application, but all requirements for the doctoral degree must be met prior to the beginning of the fellowship.

The fellowship will be primarily focused on adult patient populations, though lifespan neuropsychology experiences are provided through a major rotation in Pediatric Neuropsychology.  Our program serves a demographically diverse patient population with a very wide range of presenting neurobehavioral concerns, with the majority of referrals coming from neurologists.  Most of the fellow’s week will be spent engaged in providing clinical service, primarily including neuropsychological assessment as well as some psychotherapy.  The remaining time will be spent in research and educational activities.  The program components include: 1) development of advanced skill in neuropsychological evaluation of patients, and consultation to patients and professionals sufficient to practice on an independent basis as a clinical neuropsychologist upon completion; 2) development of advanced understanding of brain-behavior relationships via clinical and didactic experiences, as well as completion of a medical neuroanatomy course; 3) scholarly activity (e.g., submission of a study or literature review for publication, conference presentation, or submission of a grant proposal); 4) pedagogical activities (e.g., teaching contributions to the Clinical Neurosciences series, neuroanatomy, case conferences); and 5) training in supervision, including tiered supervision with junior trainees.  Major rotations are available in the Adult Neuropsychology Clinics (on-site and Northwest Indiana satellite clinics), the Center for Comprehensive Care and Research on Memory Disorders, and the Pediatric Neuropsychology Clinic.  Possible minor elective rotations are available with Cognitive Neurology, Consultation and Liaison Psychiatry, Epilepsy Clinic, Behavioral Medicine Clinics, and other experiences that can be designed within this academic medical center environment.  Applicants from underrepresented minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications are due by December 15, 2022 (11:59 EST) using our REDcap portals. Click here for our brochure.

Materials should be addressed to:

Joseph Fink, Ph.D., ABPP/CN
Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
The University of Chicago
5841 S. Maryland Ave., MC 3077
Chicago, IL  60637

Joseph W. Fink, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

Applicant Portal: Please complete your application here. You will be asked to upload your CV, cover letter, and unofficial transcript.

Reference Portal: We require three letters of recommendation which can be uploaded here. If you are on internship and your internship Training Director (TD) is not one of your letter writers, we require a separate letter from your Internship Training Director indicating that you are on track to complete the internship program. If your TD is one of your existing references, this issue may be addressed in the recommendation letter.