Mclean Hospital
Training at McLean


The Fernside Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Addiction Psychology provides training in the psychological treatment of individuals with moderate-to-severe substance use disorders (SUDs), many of whom have co-occurring psychiatric conditions. Fernside, a McLean Hospital Signature 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 SUDs 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 2-3 patients, meeting 3-4 times weekly, as well as leading 3-4 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 2 hours per week, in addition to 1-hour-weekly group supervision with licensed clinicians. Supervision also takes place at multidisciplinary rounds, which meet every weekday for a total of 5 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, 2018. The deadline for application is February 1, 2019.

To apply, please send curriculum vitae and cover letter, along with 3 letters of recommendation or contact information for 3 references.

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