Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program

The Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program at Counseling and Psychological Services is a one-year, full-time, paid opportunity for advanced clinical or counseling psychology students to specialize in college mental health upon completion of a Ph.D. or PsyD.

Within a short-term psychodynamic treatment model, trainees conduct intake assessments and build an individual psychotherapy caseload, which includes both brief treatments and several longer-term therapy cases. Under ongoing supervision, disposition decisions are made regarding treatment options within the program and referrals to outside resources. Trainees present cases and attend year-long didactic and clinical seminars, as well as administrative and themed clinical meetings.

Opportunities to work with psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers with special experience in areas such as eating disorders, trauma, substance use, diversity, acculturation, sexual and gender identity concerns, and veterans’ concerns are available and encouraged.

Electives are typically offered in Eating Disorders and Concerns; Trauma Support; and Group Therapy/Community Support/Outreach, among other potential electives responsive to the needs and interests of the population served. Applicants may indicate interest in any elective(s); expressed interest will neither commit an applicant nor guarantee placement. Note that participation in one or more electives does not require an additional time commitment.

Contact Dr. Debra Domenech for more information about the postdoctoral fellowship training program.

In addition to broad exposure to all facets of college mental health, trainees serve on the Eating Disorder (ED) Multidisciplinary Treatment Team composed of psychologists, social workers, a psychiatrist, a nurse practitioner, a physician, and a nutritionist. The ED Team provides comprehensive care for students presenting with a range of eating concerns including individual psychotherapy, psychopharmacological evaluation and management, medical evaluations, nutrition rehabilitation, and consultation services to the larger university community.

Trainees receive weekly individual supervision with an ED Specialist, attend weekly clinical team meetings, co-facilitate a support space, and conduct one dedicated intake each week with a student seeking treatment for their eating concern(s). Training is provided on the assessment and treatment of eating disorders, and specifically in assessing for an appropriate level of care in a college health setting. When clinically appropriate, trainees assist students in identifying and getting connected with services offering a higher level of care in the community and coordinate various outreach and educational on-campus activities related to eating concerns, weight management, nutrition, and body image.

In addition to broad exposure to all facets of college mental health, trainees serve on the CPS Trauma Support Team which provides survivors of recent and past trauma with individual psychotherapy, psychoeducational/support group spaces, psychopharmacological evaluation and management, and referrals for appropriate care on- and off-campus. The team collaborates with other units of Columbia Health and within the university as a whole to provide assistance with crisis intervention and coordination of care with relevant services and works especially closely with Columbia’s extensive Sexual Violence Response Program.

Trainees receive weekly individual supervision from a psychologist with a strong background in trauma-informed treatment, attend weekly clinical conferences, co-facilitate a group for survivors, and typically conduct one dedicated intake each week for a student seeking trauma support. The fellow will gain an understanding of how to navigate trauma support and sexual and intimate partner violence within a university setting, learn about various trauma treatment models, and have the opportunity to present their cases and receive feedback from the Trauma Support Team.

This elective will, in addition to giving trainees broad exposure to all facets of college mental health, provide an opportunity to co-lead a variety of groups, participate in psychoeducational workshops, and help design and implement outreach events and community support gatherings.

The trainee will receive supervision from a psychologist with a strong background in Group Therapy and gain a deeper understanding of group formation from recruitment to termination. Depending on student demand, and current service delivery arrangements, trainees may have the opportunity to co-lead confidential psychotherapy groups; mindfulness and meditation groups; groups that support students in their identities; workshops for couples and for international students; psychoeducational skills-based groups promoting everything from distress tolerance to sleep hygiene to more effective study strategies; among other options.

How to Apply

The position requires matriculation at an American Psychological Association-accredited clinical or counseling program with completion of a Ph.D. or PsyD. in clinical or counseling psychology prior to start date, (last week in August). We will begin accepting applications for the 2021-22 academic year early this November. Deadline for submission is January 22, 2021. Please check back for updates.

To apply, complete the online master application, attach a resume, and email the following to Debra Domenech, Ph.D., Counseling and Psychological Services at dd2034@cumc.columbia.edu:

  1. detailed letter of interest;
  2. separate statement indicating reasons for interest in a specialized track; 
  3. updated curriculum vitae;
  4. three letters of reference;
  5. brief clinical writing sample, (de-identified case write-up or test report), and
  6. graduate school transcripts.