Post-Graduate Training Opportunities
McLean Hospital offers numerous opportunities for post-graduate training in a variety of mental health specialties. Our fellowships allow for focused training in child/adolescent, adult, and older adult mental health care.
Adult psychology fellowships:
- Fernside Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Addiction Psychology
- Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Eating Disorders Psychology
- Post-Doctoral Fellowship in OCD Psychology
- Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Adult and Geriatric Clinical Neuropsychology
- Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Child/Adolescent Clinical Neuropsychology
- Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Adolescent DBT Clinical Psychology and Research
- Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Adolescent Psychology
- Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Clinical Mental Health Research
- Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Child/Adolescent OCD Psychology
- Post-Doctoral Fellowship in School Consultation
Looking for opportunities for psychiatrists? See our psychiatry fellowships
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 is a 30-day residential addiction 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.
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 18 to 26, and occasionally older, with 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 Division of 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 Judith Halperin, PsyD.
Post-Doctoral Fellowship in OCD Psychology
McLean’s Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Institute (OCDI) offers a full-time, clinical post-doctoral fellowship. The fellowship offers the opportunity to gain advanced training and clinical experience in the delivery of cutting edge, evidence-based treatments for OCD and obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders.
Fellows provide both individual and group-based interventions across residential and partial hospital levels of care, with ample supervision and support from the OCDI’s expert staff. Fellows are also involved with providing training and supervised oversight of doctoral practicum students. There are opportunities to attend a wide variety of didactic trainings and seminars (both within the OCDI and across McLean).
Collaboration with colleagues in the development of presentations and workshops for local, regional, and international conferences is encouraged. The fellowship position includes a joint appointment at Harvard Medical School.
Ideal candidates are well-versed in exposure-based interventions for OCD and/or anxiety spectrum conditions. Candidates should be knowledgeable in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), motivational interviewing (MI), functional analytic psychotherapy (FAP), and/or dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).
Candidates should have completed a doctorate in clinical, counseling, or school psychology (PhD or PsyD) and have completed an APA-approved pre-doctoral internship prior to the fellowship start date. Candidates must have attended a graduate/training program with a focus on cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and evidence-based interventions.
How to Apply
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and two letters of recommendation.
Applications are due by November 30.
For more information or to submit application materials, please contact Nathaniel Van Kirk, PhD.
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.