The postdoctoral fellowship focuses on administrative, teaching and clinical responsibilities. The fellowship is particularly suited for applicants pursuing careers in academia or clinical leadership, and it is an excellent springboard to psychoanalytic institute training as well as clinical positions.
Fellows also manage the Professional Psychology Program's Center Clinic, where they assign cases, facilitate scheduling and operations, consult on psychiatric referrals and act as primary points of contact for externs. For more information about the fellowship please see our Post-doc Fellowship Brochure.
Application Deadline: December 1
The program invites applicants to our postdoctoral fellowship program for a preferred starting date in August.
"This program has helped me learn not only what I want to do but also who I want to be. I feel like I'm getting to know this field while getting to know myself."
MPsy ’18, PsyD ’20
About the Fellowship
- Clinical Responsibilities
All fellows play active roles in the leadership of the Center Clinic, our program’s training clinic and a large community mental health center serving the District of Columbia and neighboring jurisdictions.
Through clinical experience, fellows develop advanced clinical skills in assessment and various modalities of psychotherapy, as well as skills in research, teaching, supervision and clinic administration.
Clinical responsibilities include:
Co-leading clinic teams Developing and conducting training for student clinicians and supervising clinic externs in psychological assessment and various modalities of psychotherapy Teaching an assessment practicum to second year students and participating in a weekly didactic seminar Other activities depending on their interests and on program needs, often including advanced clinical work, research, teaching, and development of new program initiatives
- Faculty Mentorship
Fellows are mentored and supervised by PsyD Program core faculty members, several of whom are graduate psychoanalysts. Our faculty is collegial and diverse in our backgrounds, training and psychodynamic/psychoanalytic theoretical orientations. Faculty interests include family therapy, group therapy, short-term psychodynamic psychotherapies, psychodynamic treatment of severely disturbed patients, psychoanalytically informed approaches to psychological assessment, work with children and adolescents, integrative clinical approaches, neuropsychology and clinical and theoretical scholarship. Most members of our core faculty are actively conducting quantitative or qualitative research.
- Roles and Benefits
Fellows receive academic appointments as a professorial lecturer in clinical psychology and participate as active members of our program faculty. Depending on interest and performance, fellowships can sometimes be extended for a second year. First- and second-year fellows receive a competitive salary, vacation, a contribution towards health insurance, travel support for presentations at professional meetings and a generous package of other university benefits. The number of first-year fellowships available varies from year to year.
Contact the Director of Clinical Training for questions regarding the fellowship.
- Doctoral degree in clinical or counseling psychology from an APA-accredited, psychoanalytically or psychodynamically oriented program, or completion of re-specialization programs in clinical or counseling psychology with strong psychodynamic backgrounds that qualify applicants for licensure.
- Expertise, sufficient to supervise doctoral students, with the Comprehensive System and/or R-PAS approaches to the Rorschach (Note: Applicants who lack sufficient Rorschach experience may be considered if they are willing to develop these skills through tutorial work with a member of our program faculty in the spring and summer before beginning the fellowship.)
To apply, please submit required materials via email to the Director of Clinical Training by December 1.
- Letter explaining your interest in the postdoctoral fellowship program and your career aspirations
- Complete and updated curriculum vitae
- Official copy of your doctoral degree transcript
- If your transcript must be mailed, please send it to:
ATTN: Katherine Marshall Woods, Director of Clinical Training
Professional Psychology Program
1922 F Street NW, Suite 100,
Washington DC, 20052
- A sample treatment report
- A sample de-identified comprehensive psychological evaluation, including both cognitive assessment and personality assessment (this must include the Rorschach)
- Contact information for three references, including your dissertation chair or doctoral project director and supervisors familiar with your psychotherapy and psychological assessment work
Questions? Contact the Director of Clinical Training