Clinical Psychology Fellowship Program

Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience
Clinical Psychology Training Program

*Updated 2/22/22: We have an open position in Child Trauma and an open position in Perinatal Mental Health.

October 25, 2021

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 2022-23 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 guidelines for the 2022-2023 training year unless otherwise indicated. Materials should be submitted through APPA CAS.

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 most recently, 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 clinical health psychology, pediatric psychology, pediatric neuropsychology, and trauma. For 2022-23, we will not be recruiting for pediatric psychology or pediatric neuropsychology fellowships. 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.

For the 2022-2023 training year, we will offer three postdoctoral fellowships in clinical psychology. Our Adult Clinical Health Psychology track will have one position and applications should be addressed to Dr. Shona Vas. Our Trauma Fellowship will have two positions and applications should be addressed to Drs. Brad Stolbach and Sonya Dinizulu. Our annual stipend is consistent with NIH salary guidelines for postdoctoral training ($53,760) and is offered as part of a comprehensive package of benefits.

Our application deadline is Wednesday, December 15, 2021 (11:59 EST) for our Adult and Trauma fellowships. You will be contacted by email if you are selected for a virtual interview. Interviews will occur on Thursdays, January 20th and January 27th, 2022. Applications for positions open after 2/23/22 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, although fellows’ clinical experiences are different than those of interns, and internship rotations are not available to fellows unless specified. We want you to fully appreciate the structure of 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.

NOTE: As we enter the third year of health service psychology training to be impacted 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 both 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 as far as possible with appropriate safety protocols for when face-to-face contact is necessary. Outpatient services for psychiatric care and psychotherapy in particular are being conducted primarily using telehealth methods at this time, although options exist to see patients in person when clinically indicated. We conduct didactics and some supervision virtually in order to support our trainees’ 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 support system for our trainees, and a general sense of community, we currently require trainees, staff, and faculty to be on site for a minimum of two 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 unpredictability and volatile nature of the pandemic, especially with regard to the recent spread of the Delta variant, have demonstrated that it is impossible to have definite expectations for the future, and we recognize that we will need to be flexible and creative as we continue to adapt to this situation. All adaptations will be designed to preserve the integrity of our program and prioritize safety of our trainees and faculty.

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.

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

 

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Health Psychology

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.

Applications are due by January 1, 2021 (11:59 EST) using APPA CAS and should include an updated CV, a cover letter, an official transcript, and three letters of recommendation addressed to Dr. Vas (information below).  A separate letter from your Internship Director of Training commenting on your readiness to graduate is also required. If your DOT is one of your existing references, this issue may be addressed in the recommendation letter. Preferred start date is July 1, 2021, but can be flexible.  A virtual interview with faculty, staff, and trainees will be required.

Shona Vas, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

svas@bsd.uchicago.edu
Director, Clinical Psychology Training & Cognitive-Behavior Therapy Program
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience
The University of Chicago
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 3077
Chicago, IL 60637

*WE WILL NOT BE RECRUITING A PEDIATRIC PSYCHOLOGY FELLOW FOR 2022-23.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Psychology

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 January 1, 2021, using APPA CAS and should include an updated CV, a cover letter, an official transcript, and three letters of recommendation addressed to Dr. Drossos (information below).  A separate letter from your Internship Director of Training commenting on your readiness to graduate is also required. If your DOT is one of your existing references, this issue may be addressed in the recommendation letter. Preferred start date is July 1, 2021, but can be flexible.  A virtual interview with faculty, staff, and trainees will be required.

Tina Drossos, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

tdrossos@yoda.bsd.uchicago.edu
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience
The University of Chicago
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 3077
Chicago, IL 60637

*Updated 2/22/22: We will continue to recruit for one open fellowship position until it is filled.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Child & Adolescent Trauma

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 will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Applications consisting of an updated CV, a cover letter, and an unofficial transcript should be emailed to Drs. Stolbach and Dinizulu (bstolbach@uchicago.edu and sdinizulu@uchicago.edu). Three letters of recommendation addressed to Drs. Stolbach and Dinizulu should be sent directly via email.  A separate letter from your Internship Director of Training commenting on your readiness to graduate is also required. If your DOT is one of your existing references, this issue may be addressed in the recommendation letter. The preferred start date is July 1, 2022, but can be flexible.  Virtual interviews will be conducted as convenient.

Bradley Stolbach, PhD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

Brad Stolbach, Ph.D.
bstolbach@uchicago.edu
Pediatrics

Sonya Mathies Dinizulu, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

Sonya Mathies Dinizulu, Ph.D. 
sdinizulu@uchicago.edu             
Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience

Postdoctoral Scholarship Position Open in Perinatal Mental Health

The University of Chicago has an opening for a one (1) year, full-time postdoctoral scholar in Perinatal Mental Health beginning July 1st, 2022.  The postdoctoral scholar will be under the supervision of Dr. Candice Norcott in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience in the Biological Sciences Division of the University of Chicago. The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience is in the thriving and vibrant community of Hyde Park and partners with the community to explore and develop innovative behavioral health interventions for individuals living on the South Side of Chicago. The postdoctoral scholarship position involves working closely with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, conducting clinical research and developing expertise in delivering and evaluation interventions aimed at improving perinatal mental health. 

Research activities will be focused on a National Institute of Mental Health funded study entitled, “Leveraging the Patient-Provider Relationship to Improve Perinatal Outcomes of Black Women.”  The project is a mixed methods (quantitative and qualitative) study funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) through the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Opportunities and Infrastructure Fund.  The study aims to test the unique effect of awareness of increased maternal health risks for Black women on the association between race-based discrimination and stress.  This study will also begin a program of research addressing patient-provider communication that may attenuate this effect. 

Current interns are encouraged to apply.  Prior to the start of employment applicants must: 1) have a PhD in Clinical Psychology from an APA accredited doctoral program and 2) have completed an internship at an APA-accredited site. Assessment of applications will consider applicants with experience in the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic mental disorders; experience in maternal health; and an interest in addressing health disparities.

Motivated candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, a statement describing your clinical and research interests, achievements, and career goals (1 page maximum), and two (2) letters of recommendations to Dr. Norcott at cnorcott@bsd.uchicago.edu. Compensation in the Biological Sciences Division follows the NIH NRSA Stipend scale. Additional information on benefits and being a postdoc in the University of Chicago Biological Sciences Division can be found at bsdpostdoc.uchicago.edu.

Candice Norcott, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

Bradley Stolbach, PhD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience