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 trainees to specialize in college mental health.

Within a short-term psychodynamic treatment model, trainees conduct intake assessments and build an individual psychotherapy caseload. Trainees also carry longer term therapy cases. Under ongoing supervision, disposition decisions are made regarding treatment options within the program and referrals to outside resources.

Trainees co-lead psychotherapy groups/co-facilitate support group spaces and workshops, and have the option to participate in outreach activities for which supervision is also provided. 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 who either specialize or have interests in areas such as eating disorders, trauma, substance use, diversity, acculturation, sexual and gender identity concerns, and veterans’ concerns are available and encouraged.

Applicants may apply for a specialized track in Eating Disorders Concerns or Trauma Support. These applicants will automatically be considered for the generalist college mental health track as well. 

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

Candidates accepted for the Eating Disorder specialization will, in addition to broad exposure to all facets of college mental health, serve on the Eating Disorder Multidisciplinary Treatment Team. The ED Team is made up of psychologists, social workers, a psychiatrist, a nurse practitioner, a medical doctor, 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. Postdoctoral fellows on this track will 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. The fellow will be provided with training on the assessment and treatment of eating disorders, and more specifically learn how to assess for appropriate level of care in a college health setting. And when appropriate, fellows will assist students in identifying and getting connected with services offering a higher level of care in the community. Fellows may also coordinate various outreach and educational on-campus activities related to eating concerns, weight management, nutrition, and body image. Note that the participation in the Eating Disorders Concerns specialization does not require any time commitment beyond that asked of fellows on the general mental health track.

Candidates accepted for the Trauma Support specialization will, in addition to broad exposure to all facets of college mental health, serve on the CPS Trauma Support Team. The Team provides survivors of recent and past trauma with individual psychotherapy and 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. Postdoctoral fellows on this track will 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. Note that participation in the Trauma support specialization does not require any commitment beyond that asked of fellows on the general college mental health track.

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.