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Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychology

Columbia Health

Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychology

  • 530341
  • Morningside
  • Columbia Health
  • Full Time
  • Opening on: Oct 13 2022
  • Grade 10
  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Bargaining Unit:
  • Regular/Temporary: Temporary
  • End Date if Temporary: 8/26/2024
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range:

Position Summary

The postdoctoral traineeship is a 12 months position designed for recent graduates of an APA approved clinical or counseling PhD or PsyD psychology program who are seeking licensure and are interested in receiving supervised experience in college mental health practice. Under the supervision of licensed clinicians, the postdoctoral trainee provides direct clinical services to patients served by Columbia Health Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS). Trainees are provided extensive supervision with senior clinicians working in a wide range of treatment modalities, participation in a continual case conference on the application of psychodynamic thinking to college mental health practice, a weekly seminar, access to in-service presentations and other professional development opportunities.


  • Provides psychological evaluations, including diagnostic and risk assessment, based on a review of presenting problem(s), mental status, current symptoms and of students’ developmental, social, psychological, family, academic/employment, and treatment history
  • Conducts treatment planning sessions assessing students’ subjective level of distress and acuity, and arranging for appropriate follow up care, be it at CPS or off-campus
  • Provides short-term and moderate-term psychotherapy and crisis intervention for Columbia students
  • Work with licensed clinicians in coordinating, implementing, and facilitating therapy groups and/or psycho educational workshops
  • Staffs Urgent Concerns clinic one evening per week
  • Participates in one or more elective rotations from among: Eating Disorders Team, Trauma Support Team, Behavioral Health Initiative, and Consultation and Outreach
  • Performs other appropriate responsibilities as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Completion of all requirements for a Ph.D. or Psy.D. in clinical psychology from an APA approved program prior to beginning the traineeship
  • Completion of an APA approved pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology
  • Inpatient experience or other demonstrated ability to work with patients with serious psychopathology
  • Excellent clinical, interpersonal, and communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Candidates who have completed the Ph.D. or Psy.D.
  • Experience in working with adolescents; demonstrated research skills
  • Training and experience in one or more of the following: eating disorders, alcohol and other substance abuse, group therapy, learning disability assessment, multicultural counseling

Other Requirements

  • Some evening hours and on-call duties required.

Special Instructions

Applicants may indicate a preference for elective training in up to two of the following areas: Eating Disorder Concerns, Trauma Support, Behavioral Health, Outreach & Consultation.  In addition to standard application materials, applicants must submit a de-identified clinical writing sample.  

For more information about the postdoctoral fellowship in general, and these specialized tracks, please visit us at

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