Clinical Psychology Fellowship Program

The University of Chicago Medicine
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience
Clinical Psychology Training Program

October 30, 2018

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 2019-2020 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 2019-2020 training year.

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 and pediatric psychology. 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 2019-2020 training year, we will offer two postdoctoral fellowships in clinical psychology, with one position each. Please review the specific description, requirements and follow the application instructions for each fellowship. Application materials for the Adult Clinical Health Psychology fellowship should be sent to Dr. Shona Vas (svas@yoda.bsd.uchicago.edu) and application materials for the Pediatric Psychology fellowship should be sent to Dr. Tina Drossos (tdrossos@yoda.bsd.uchicago.edu). Our annual stipend is consistent with NIH salary guidelines for postdoctoral training and is offered as part of a comprehensive package of benefits.

Our application deadline is Tuesday, January 1, 2019 (11:59 CST). You will be contacted by email if you are selected for an interview. Interviews will occur between mid-January and mid-February, 2019.

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. We want you to fully appreciate the structure of our clinical psychology training program and what we have to offer. 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 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

Shona N. Vas, Ph.D.

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

Contact Information: svas@yoda.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 on two behavioral health rotations. Options include integrated primary care, women’s health, adult consultation-liaison, psycho-oncology, and gastroenterology.  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, 2019. Preferred start date is July 1, 2019, but can be flexible.  An on-site interview with faculty, staff, and trainees will be required. To apply please electronically send an updated curriculum vitae and cover letter describing qualifications and interest to:

Shona Vas

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

svas@yoda.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

Three letters of recommendation should be emailed directly to Dr. Vas. 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.

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 skill set 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 psychosocial needs of the Adolescent/Young Adult (AYA) program within the Section of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology.  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, 2019. Preferred start date is July 1, 2019 but can be flexible.  An on-site interview with faculty, staff, and trainees will be required. To apply please electronically send an updated curriculum vitae and a cover letter describing qualifications and interests to:

Constance Drossos

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
 

Three letters of recommendation should be emailed directly to Dr. Drossos. 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.