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.

Psychiatry fellowships:

Psychology fellowships:

Neuropsychology fellowships:

Child/adolescent fellowships:

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, 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 Fellowships in Adolescent DBT Clinical Psychology and Research

McLean Hospital’s 3East adolescent DBT treatment programs are seeking qualified applicants for the following post-doctoral fellowship opportunities:

  • Girls Intensive Residential Program (Beckwitt-Hughey Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Adolescent Clinical Psychology): Two clinical positions
  • Boys Intensive Residential Program: One clinical position, one 50% research/50% clinical position
  • Girls and Boys Intensive Residential Programs: One 80% research/20% clinical position
  • Partial Hospital and Outpatient Programs: One clinical position

3East is designed to provide individualized programs for teens and young adults who have symptoms of self-harm, impulsivity, depression, anxiety, disordered eating, suicidal thoughts and behaviors, drug and alcohol misuse, and significant interpersonal difficulties. To help patients build the skills and strategies needed to work towards recovery, the program uses dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to teach individuals how to regulate emotions, tolerate stress, build interpersonal skills, and develop self-awareness.

Clinically, the post-doctoral fellow will provide individual DBT, skill training, milieu coaching, parent skills training, and family therapy. Fellows participate in training and the DBT consultation team, as well as weekly clinical seminars, case conferences, and a rich variety of Grand Rounds, colloquium, and other learning opportunities.

Research opportunities (for research/clinical post-doctoral fellowships) include parent and family research, outcomes research, trauma research, BPD and emotion dysregulation research, and the opportunity to write grant applications.

These are full-time, 12-month positions starting September 1, 2022.

Prior to the fellowship, trainees must complete all requirements for their doctoral degree, confirmed by either a letter from their department chair or an official school transcript.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should indicate which fellowship(s) they are applying for and send a personal statement outlining their qualifications, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation via email.

Applications are due by December 1, 2021. Interviews will be scheduled for the week of December 13, 2021.

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Adolescent Psychology

The McLean SouthEast Adolescent Acute Residential Treatment (ART) Program offers a post-doctoral fellowship in adolescent psychology. With a start date in September, the position includes proposed appointment as a clinical fellow in psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

The ART and associated partial hospital program are located at the McLean SouthEast campus in Middleborough, Massachusetts. The ART is a 22-bed, short-term treatment facility for severely emotionally dysregulated teens. Patients are typically admitted as a diversion from an inpatient admission, and are struggling to manage self-harm and suicidal thoughts and actions, in the context of depression, anxiety, frequent significant family struggles, and numerous coexisting issues, including trauma and substance misuse. The coed program has a typical length of stay of about two weeks.

Treatment is intensive and multidimensional. The primary modality is DBT, and all admissions to the community are taught DBT skills several hours a day every day of the week by trained clinical educators. In addition, every admission receives individual and family therapy, as well as case management by a primary clinician. The fellow is responsible for up to four cases at a time, including all of the clinical work with the patient, family, and system. The fellow also leads or co-leads at least two groups per week.

The ART is a general psychiatric program, and as such there is opportunity to work with a wide range of mental health disorders and family configurations. The fellow works as part of a team, including one of the clinical educators and a child psychiatrist. The work is fast-paced, highly varied, and challenging. The fellow will also have opportunities for involvement in psychological testing and research..

Candidates 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.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter indicating interest in the position as well as outlining strengths and interests, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation to Denice Cronin, PsyD.

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Clinical Research

The PediMIND Program offers a full-time, 2-year, post-doctoral fellowship with a primary focus on child and adolescent psychopathology research.

The PediMIND Program aims to identify the brain and behavioral mechanisms underlying psychiatric illnesses in children and adolescents that can be translated into better, more accurate, and effective diagnostic and treatment strategies. Research focuses on bipolar disorder, irritability, non-suicidal self-injury, and suicide in children and adolescents.

The goal of this fellowship is to launch the post-doc’s research career via successful grant and research paper submission. To achieve this goal, the post-doc will receive hands-on mentorship by Daniel Dickstein, MD, FAAP, PediMIND program director, in developmental psychopathology, detailed phenotyping, computerized tasks, and neuroimaging in children and adolescents. The fellowship can be customized based on the post-doc’s interests. Opportunities for outpatient clinical work, to a maximum of one day per week, are provided.

Candidates must have a doctoral degree in clinical psychology (or child psychology) from an APA-accredited program and have completed an APA-accredited internship. Experience with children and adolescents is preferred.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should send their curriculum vitae and cover letter via email to Daniel Dickstein, MD, FAAP.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Child/Adolescent OCD Psychology

The Child and Adolescent OCD Institute (OCDI Jr.) at McLean Hospital offers a full-time, clinical post-doctoral fellowship. The position provides an opportunity for a psychologist with interest in OCD, anxiety, related evidence-based treatments, and clinical research.

OCDI Jr. is a residential program for children and adolescents who present with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety, and related disorders. The program provides cutting-edge treatment delivered in a sensitive and nurturing manner. The primary treatments used are exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). These proven behavioral treatment approaches have been shown to have a profound and positive impact on the lives of children and adolescents struggling with OCD and related anxiety disorders. OCDI Jr. is one of only a few programs in the country to provide this form of residential evidence-based treatment for anxious youth. Clinical opportunities include working within a residential setting to provide individual, family, and group therapy, to those experiencing significant OCD and anxiety.

Candidates must have a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from an APA-accredited program and have completed an APA-accredited internship. It is helpful for qualified individuals to have clinical experience with cognitive behavior therapy and familiarity with OCD, anxiety, and related disorders. Experience with children, adolescents, and parents is preferred.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation via email to Dr. Maria Fraire.