Mclean Hospital


Post-Doctoral Training Opportunities

McLean Hospital offers numerous opportunities for post-doctoral training in a variety of mental health specialties. Our fellowships allow for focused training in child/adolescent, adult, and older adult psychiatric care.

Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship

The primary goal of the one-year, full-time Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at Mass General Brigham is to provide outstanding training for future addiction psychiatry experts. The fellowship, led by Roger D. Weiss, MD, offers clinical rotations at multiple Harvard Medical School teaching hospitals including Massachusetts General Hospital, McLean Hospital, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Fellows engage in a small tutorial-style program with Harvard Medical School faculty.

Fellows are expected to gain competence and excellence in the practice of addiction psychiatry in public, private, and academic settings, learning evidence-based treatments and participating in the development of the field’s knowledge base through research and writing.

This fellowship is for graduates of accredited psychiatry residencies during the PGY-V year and is designed to meet the objectives of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Graduates of the fellowship pursue careers in the clinical care of substance use disorders, addiction research, and psychiatry education.

Training Experience

Core training includes an overview of the field of addiction psychiatry with an emphasis on identification, assessment, diagnosis, and successful treatment. Training is provided in individual, group, and family therapy using techniques that include motivational interviewing, education, cognitive behavior therapy, relapse prevention, psychopharmacology, dynamic psychotherapy, and twelve-step facilitation.

A spectrum of levels of care, including inpatient, partial hospital, outpatient, hospital consultation, and methadone maintenance outpatient clinics, gives fellows access to a variety of patient care experiences. Fellows are exposed to a range of twelve-step and other self-help programs and are exposed to a diverse urban and suburban population from heterogeneous socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. Patients cover a range of substance use disorders, as well as co-occurring psychiatric and medical conditions.

How to Apply

More information and the application process for the Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship may be found on the MGH website.

Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship

Through a series of well-supervised clinical and educational experiences, the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship at Mass General Brigham provides training opportunities for the acquisition of knowledge and practice in the prevention, diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of psychiatric signs, symptoms, and disorders seen in older adults.

This fellowship makes use of the clinical, didactic, and research expertise of Mass General Brigham institutions including Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital. In addition, Hebrew Senior Life offers a continuum of long-term care options for older adults, providing additional clinical experience for fellows.

To develop competencies in the psychiatric care of geriatric patients, fellows participate in a series of supervised clinical rotations throughout the full range of clinical settings (inpatient psychiatry, inpatient medical/surgical, outpatient, long-term care facilities, and community).

At McLean Hospital, fellows provide care for inpatients with and without dementia. They also participate in a weekly didactic/clinical experience in geriatric substance misuse treatment. Additional levels of care are incorporated through rotations at other Mass General Brigham institutions. Interested fellows may also participate in research or the preparation of a manuscript to be submitted for review and possible publication in a journal.

The Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship at Mass General Brigham is an ACGME-accredited fellowship, which fulfills the specialized post-residency training requirement necessary for ABPN certification in the subspecialty of geriatric psychiatry. This is a one-year program, with one to two fellowship positions available each year.

How to Apply

More information and the application process for the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship may be found on the MGH website.

Sidney R. Baer Fellowship in Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry

The Sidney R. Baer Fellowship in Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry is designed to prepare physicians for a career in behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry through a firm grounding in the basic fundamentals of behavioral neurology, clinical practice, and research.

Physicians receive the finest educational experience available to develop into outstanding behavioral neurologists and neuropsychiatrists. The two-year fellowship provides clinical and research training for physicians who have completed a residency in neurology or psychiatry and fulfills the requirements for subspecialty certification in behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry by the United Council of Neurological Subspecialties.

Under the leadership of Bruce H. Price, MD, program faculty consists of an interdisciplinary group of health and behavior specialists including behavioral neurologists, neuropsychiatrists, psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, and addiction specialists. The faculty is committed to the teaching and training of psychiatry and neurology residents, and behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry fellows in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

At McLean Hospital, fellows participate in the outpatient behavioral neurology clinic, inpatient multidisciplinary neurobehavioral rounds, inpatient consultations, and neuroradiology rounds. A typical fellow spends half of his/her time in supervised clinical practice, with the rest of the time divided between teaching activities and research training.

At Massachusetts General Hospital, training focuses on neurobehavioral rounds and didactic teaching, Journal Club, and monthly meetings of the Psychiatric Neurosurgery Committee. Options for additional experiences in conjunction with neuropsychology, EEG, electroconvulsive therapy, and neuroimaging are also available. Fellows are expected to present research results at regional and national meetings and to submit their work for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Salary support for fellows comes from funds provided by private foundations or individual grants obtained by the fellow.

Clinical Overview

The Neurology Consultation Service works with McLean Hospital’s many inpatient programs including those specializing in substance use disorders, bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety, schizophrenia, and geriatric psychiatry. Fellows oversee the inpatient consultation service and supervise psychiatry and neurology residents. Responsibilities include initial workups, daily patient follow-ups, acting as the liaison between clinical staff associates and hospital staff, and monthly Journal Club presentations.

The service also provides outpatient behavioral and cognitive-oriented neurological consultations and addresses behavioral issues in outpatients with traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, demyelinating disorders, movement disorders, cognitive decline, dementias, stroke, sleep disorders, and psychiatric illness.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted from late April through September of the preceding year with interviews completed by September. Applicants must submit a letter outlining their interest and objectives for subspecializing in behavioral neurology or neuropsychiatry, along with a curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference. For more information, please email Deborah Dubuque or call 617.855.2354.

McLean Hospital
Department of Neurology
115 Mill Street, Mail Stop 206
Belmont, MA 02478

Women’s Mental Health Psychiatry Fellowship

The Center of Excellence in Women’s Mental Health Psychiatry Fellowship is a full-time, 12-month PGY-V clinical fellowship at McLean Hospital designed to provide training in multimodal and evidence-based treatments for the major mental health issues facing women today. These include trauma, eating disorders, substance use disorders, borderline personality disorder, and mood and anxiety disorders.

Working in different levels of care—inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, and outpatient—with women often with co-occurring disorders and at different points in their treatment, the fellowship provides in-depth exposure to the mental health challenges unique to women. Led by Amy Gagliardi, MD, clinical director of the Center of Excellence in Women’s Mental Health, the fellowship aims to provide outstanding training in women’s mental health to future clinical and academic leaders.

The fellowship rotations include the Gunderson Residence, the Hill Center for Women, the Dissociative Disorders and Trauma Inpatient Program, 3East (an adolescent DBT program), and the Klarman Eating Disorders Center. The fellow meets weekly with individual clinical supervisors and with program leadership on each rotation, weekly with Dr. Amy Gagliardi for clinical case review, and monthly with Dr. Shelly F. Greenfield, chief of the Center of Excellence in Women’s Mental Health and chief academic officer of McLean Hospital.

The fellow participates in at least one outpatient longitudinal experience in evidence-based treatments designed for women, including co-leadership of the outpatient Women’s Recovery Group, an empirically-validated, gender-specific group therapy for women with substance use disorders. The fellow also gains experience in the medical aspects of women’s mental health (including pregnancy, postpartum, and menopause) through a two-month part-time rotation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

At McLean, the fellow has the opportunity to provide cross-divisional clinical consultations and engage in a scholarly project. Professional conferences, divisional educational meetings and trainings, and other relevant learning opportunities at McLean are also included as a part of the fellow’s curriculum of learning.

Read more about the fellowship.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should provide a CV, personal statement, and at least three letters of recommendation including one from the applicant’s psychiatry residency training director. Applications are accepted starting April 1 and final determinations are made in October.

For more information about the fellowship and application process, or to submit your application, please contact Amy Gagliardi, MD.

Fernside Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Addiction Psychology

The Fernside Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Addiction Psychology provides training in the psychological treatment of individuals with moderate-to-severe substance use disorders, many of whom have other co-occurring psychiatric conditions. Fernside, a McLean Hospital Signature Addiction Recovery Program, is a 30-day residential treatment program, a setting that balances clinical casework with ample supervision.

Post-doctoral fellows master techniques including cognitive behavioral relapse prevention, motivational interviewing, and integrated group therapy for the treatment of coexisting substance use and mood disorders. Fellows also are trained to adapt other evidence-based therapies, including dialectical behavior therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy, to this patient population. Clinical experiences include treatment in the group, individual, and family setting, as well as case management.

Training Overview

Post-doctoral fellows generally follow two to three patients, meeting three to four times weekly, as well as leading approximately four groups per week. There are also opportunities for elective clinical experiences at other McLean Hospital programs, depending on the fellow’s educational needs and interests. Time for professional development activities is also provided.

Individual supervision is provided at least two hours per week, in addition to one-hour-weekly group supervision with licensed clinicians. Supervision also takes place at multidisciplinary rounds, which meet every weekday for a total of five hours per week. Supervisors hold academic appointments at Harvard Medical School and are licensed psychologists or psychiatrists. During regular work hours, supervisors are always present at the clinical site and are available to meet patients with the fellow or for urgent consultation.

How to Apply

Applicants must have a doctoral degree in psychology (PsyD or PhD). Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis beginning on November 1. The deadline for application is February 1.

To apply, please send a curriculum vitae and a cover letter, along with three letters of recommendation or contact information for three references.

For more information or to submit application materials, please contact Rocco A. Iannucci, MD, Director, Fernside.

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Eating Disorders Psychology

The Klarman Eating Disorders Center at McLean Hospital offers a full time 12-month post-doctoral fellowship, which includes an appointment in psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

The Klarman Center is a 20-bed, open-door, acute residential treatment center and a seven-day per week, 12-hour per day step down partial hospital treatment program. We treat young women ages 16 to 26, and occasionally older, who suffer from a primary diagnosis of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. Many patients also have coexisting psychiatric illnesses including major depression and bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders including obsessive compulsive disorder, trauma and PTSD, personality disorders, and substance use disorders which are treated simultaneously with the eating disorder.

The intensive treatment model offers individual therapy three times per week with one clinician, family therapy once to twice per week with a second clinician, full psychiatric assessment and psychopharmacological interventions, nutritional counseling, and a robust daily group therapy schedule.

Candidates will carry a mix of individual therapy and group therapy assignments with an opportunity to also carry family therapy cases if interested. Our large multidisciplinary team meets twice per week for two hours in clinical rounds where all patients are discussed at length. Admissions are conducted with the full assigned team meeting with the patient and family together.

Two hours per week of individual clinical supervision will be provided in addition to a weekly psychologist-led group supervision for trainees of all disciplines. There are numerous additional training opportunities to attend McLean Hospital’s Grand Rounds weekly, Schwartz Rounds and special offerings through the Center of Excellence in Women’s Mental Health, which includes the Klarman Center.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation.

For more information or to submit application materials, please contact Program Director Patricia Tarbox, LICSW.

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Adult and Geriatric Clinical Neuropsychology

McLean Hospital’s Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Adult and Geriatric Clinical Neuropsychology, led by Allen Schiller, PhD, and Donald A. Davidoff, PhD, is a full-time, two-year program in which fellows gain experience by conducting neuropsychological evaluations with geriatric inpatients and outpatients while working in conjunction with an interdisciplinary team.

Additional responsibilities include administering neuropsychological and psychodiagnostic evaluations for adult and geriatric patients with neuropsychiatric disorders in an outpatient clinic, collaborating with the Memory Disorders Clinic, and participating in a neurobehavioral consultation team.

Extensive didactic programming offered through McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School includes neuropsychology topics, geriatric psychiatry, neuroradiology, neurology, and projective testing. Individual and group supervision is provided in accordance with APA and licensing requirements. Research opportunities are available dependent upon the fellow’s area of interest. Fellows will have academic appointments at Harvard Medical School and are offered a salary and full medical benefits.

How to Apply

Application materials include a completed fellowship application, a curriculum vitae, a letter of interest, three letters of recommendation, and one sample neuropsychological report. All materials must be received by stated December deadline of each year and in-person interviews are conducted in January.

Applicants must complete all requirements from an APA-approved doctoral program by the fellowship start date of September 1.

For more information, or to submit application materials, please contact Allen Schiller, PhD.

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Child/Adolescent Clinical Neuropsychology

Child and Adolescent Testing Service (CATS), part of the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Services at McLean Hospital, offers advanced training in child and adolescent neuropsychological and psychodiagnostic assessment for post-doctoral trainees and post-licensed psychologists who wish to gain specialized training.

Fellows will have academic appointments at Harvard Medical School. Led by Jennifer White, PhD, and Susan Parks-Cohen, PhD, the CATS training opportunity involves participation in a multidisciplinary team assessing learning and behavioral problems associated with neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders.

Training components include assessment, case conferences, presentation of results to parents, school consultations, intensive supervision, and participation in didactic seminars.

All trainees must have coursework completed in projective assessment, neuropsychological and cognitive assessment, and have experience working with children and adolescents in a testing context. Trainees must complete all doctoral requirements, including dissertation, prior to the start of the fellowship. The clinic offers one full-time two-year post-doctoral position. A stipend and medical benefits are available.

How to Apply

We are currently accepting applications for our September 2020-August 2022 training position. Applicants are encouraged to submit a full application by January 31, 2020, but potential candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as applications will be reviewed in the order they arrive.

Acceptance is based on receipt of a formal agreement form from Graduate Program, Clinical Affiliation Agreement, and McLean Hospital HR protocol (CORI check, etc.).

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, a letter of intent, and two de-identified sample reports.

For more information or to submit application materials, please contact Susan Parks-Cohen, PhD.

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Child/Adolescent Clinical Psychology

McLean Hospital’s Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Child/Adolescent Clinical Psychology, led by Fairlee C. Fabrett, PhD, is a full-time, 12-month program in which fellows gain experience as part of the Adolescent Acute Residential Treatment (ART) Program treatment team.

The ART helps adolescents stabilize so that they may pursue further treatment in a partial program or outpatient setting. The program assists adolescents in becoming experts at understanding their emotional experience so that they have a better chance of managing emotionally overwhelming circumstances, interpersonal conflicts, and self-destructive urges after discharge.

The program uses a unified approach to treatment, which combines strategies from dialectical behavior therapy and cognitive behavior therapy. This treatment model helps patients develop the language necessary to describe emotional experience—including physical sensations, emotional thoughts, and emotion-driven behaviors. It also helps clinicians teach patients skills that can help in times of distress and cravings and that help with emotion regulation.

Additional components of treatment include case management, classroom-based skills training, individual and family meetings, expressive music and art therapies, skills coaching, group and milieu therapy, and recreational therapy.

This position is ideal for individuals who are interested in a mentored clinical training opportunity in the treatment of adolescents with an array of psychiatric diagnoses. As part of patient treatment teams, fellows carry clinical cases, conducting individual and family therapy, and are responsible for case management. They also lead and co-lead groups and are expected to create and lead a patient group that fits into the ART’s treatment philosophy. Fellows are integrated into biweekly clinical rounds, learning to discuss a case (presenting problem, formulation, ongoing mental status, treatment goals, and progress).

The ART offers seminars throughout the week on a variety of topics, and fellows have the opportunity to attend McLean’s Grand Rounds and other professional training lectures. The fellowship also includes a proposal for appointment in psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, a clinical summary of a child/adolescent patient, and three letters of recommendation (including at least one from someone in the applicant’s academic program regarding anticipated completion of degree). Applications are due by November 8, 2020.

Applicants must have completed internship training required for a doctoral degree in clinical or school psychology. In addition, candidates must have completed and passed their doctoral dissertation prior to beginning their post-doctoral fellowship.

For more information or to submit application materials, please contact Fairlee C. Fabrett, PhD.

Beckwitt-Hughey Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Adolescent Clinical Psychology

McLean Hospital’s 3East is home to the Beckwitt-Hughey Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Adolescent Clinical Psychology. The position is open to both psychologists and social workers who are interested in a mentored, clinical training opportunity in the treatment of emerging borderline personality disorder (BPD) in adolescents.

The fellowship serves to increase the number of clinicians with specific expertise in treating patients with this disorder, allowing more individuals to receive specialized care. The successful candidate will have had training in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and have had clinical experience with adolescents. Under the supervision of 3East’s director of training, Michael Hollander, PhD, the selected fellow will acquire knowledge in evidence-based treatments for BPD.

This is a full-time 12-month position and includes an appointment in psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit a personal statement outlining their qualifications, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation. Applications are due by December 10.

For more information or to submit application materials, please contact Michael Hollander, PhD.

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