Clinical Psychology Fellowship Program

Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience
Clinical Psychology Training Program

ATTENTION: LATE-BREAKING FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY in PSYCHOGASTROENTEROLOGY
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October 30, 2023

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 2024-25 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 2024-25 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 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 health psychology, pediatric and child clinical psychology, trauma, and neuropsychology. 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 ($56,484) and is offered as part of a comprehensive package of benefits. For the 2024-25 training year, we will offer fellowship positions in two tracks.

  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. 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). 

Our application deadline is Thursday, December 15, 2023 (11:59 EST). We will be using the APPA CAS portal for application submission and review.

Application: Our program requires a CV, cover letter, and transcript submitted through APPA CAS.

References. We require three letters of recommendation. 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 (TD) 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

You will be contacted by email if you are selected for a virtual interview for all our fellowship programs. Interviews will occur on Thursdays January 18th and January 25th, 2024. We intend to follow the APPIC Selection Standards. Applications for positions that remain open after the Common Hold Date (2/26/24) 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, although there may be some overlap. 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,

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Shona Vas, Ph.D., ABPP

Director, Clinical Psychology Training
Director, Cognitive-Behavior Therapy Program
Associate Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience
Contact Information: svas@bsd.uchicago.edu

Although the COVID-19 public health emergency ended earlier this year, we are aware that the pandemic has had significant effects on health service psychology education and training. We continue to respond to the level of risk posed by COVID-19 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). Our program is primarily in person and on site, although we do offer the flexibility of telehealth to patients who request these services. These telehealth visits are usually provided from on site, although some hybrid work may be possible. We provide didactics and supervision in person unless video formats are indicated for convenience, flexibility, and/or safety. In order to facilitate 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 and faculty to be on site for a minimum of three days per week, with most trainees on site every day. 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. Over the past three years, we learned that it is impossible to have definite expectations for the future, and we recognize that ongoing flexibility and creativity is necessary.

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 the equivalent of 2 days delivering evidence-based treatment to patients in our integrated primary care clinic in the Department of Medicine where diverse patients receive assessment, intervention, and consultation services. The fellow will select an additional day-long or equivalent health psychology rotation in pain, oncology, psychogastroenterology, or reproductive behavioral health. Finally, the fellow will spend a half day providing clinical services to patients in our general adult psychiatry outpatient clinic. 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 the provision of supervision to psychology externs and working on program development and evaluation. Further, the equivalent of one day may be devoted to research or program development using existing data or involving development of a new project. 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 health service psychology and your doctoral 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.

Application: Our program requires a CV, cover letter, and transcript submitted through APPA CAS.

References: We require three letters of recommendation. If you are on an internship and your internship Training Director (TD) is not one of your letter writers, we require a separate letter from your Internship Training Director (TD) 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.

We will be using the APPA CAS portal for application submission and review. Applications are due by December 15, 2023 (11:59 EST) and should be uploaded to APPA CAS.  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

You will be contacted by email if you are selected for a virtual interview. Interviews will occur on Thursdays January 18th and January 25th, 2024. We intend to follow the APPIC Selection Standards. Applications for positions that remain open after the Common Hold Date (2/26/24) will be reviewed on a rolling basis until filled.

The Department of Pediatrics and Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience at The University of Chicago Medicine (UCM) is offering a 1-year postdoctoral fellowship in Trauma Psychology for two fellows. The training experience will involve assessment and treatment of trauma across the lifespan with particular focus on children, adolescents, emerging adults, and family members of those impacted by trauma.

The postdoctoral fellows should have a strong skillset in child/adolescent/family trauma to meet the clinical demands of this position and aspire to building a career in trauma psychology.  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 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 health service psychology and your doctoral 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.

Application: Our program requires a CV, cover letter, and transcript submitted through APPA CAS.

References: We require three letters of recommendation. 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 (TD) 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.

We will be using the APPA CAS portal for application submission and review. Applications are due by December 15, 2023 (11:59 EST) and should be uploaded to APPA CAS.  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

You will be contacted by email if you are selected for a virtual interview. Interviews will occur on Thursdays January 18th and January 25th, 2024. We intend to follow the APPIC Selection Standards. Applications for positions that remain open after the Common Hold Date (2/26/24) will be reviewed on a rolling basis until filled.