Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychology
New York, NY 
Posted 27 days ago
Job Description
  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Regular/Temporary: Temporary
  • End Date if Temporary: August 28, 2025
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Building: Lerner Hall
  • Salary Range: $70,000 - $70,000
The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The above hiring range represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Position Summary

The postdoctoral traineeship is a 12-month position designed for recent graduates of an APA-approved clinical or counseling PhD or PsyD psychology program who are seeking licensure and are interested in receiving supervised experience in college mental health practice. We currently have an opening for one position. Under the supervision of licensed clinicians, the postdoctoral trainee provides direct clinical services to patients served by Columbia Health Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS). Trainees are provided extensive supervision with senior clinicians working in a wide range of treatment modalities, participation in a continual case conference on the application of psychodynamic thinking to college mental health practice, a weekly seminar, access to in-service presentations, and other professional development opportunities.

We currently have an opening for one position. Some hybrid work options may be considered.


  • Provides psychological evaluations, including diagnostic and risk assessment, based on a review of present problem(s), mental status, current symptoms, and of the student's developmental, social, psychological, family, academic/employment, and treatment history.
  • Conducts treatment planning sessions assessing students' subjective level of distress and acuity, and arranging for appropriate follow-up care, be it at CPS or off-campus.
  • Provides short-term and moderate-term psychotherapy and crisis intervention for Columbia students.
  • Work with licensed clinicians in coordinating, implementing, and facilitating therapy groups and/or psycho-educational workshops.
  • Staff Urgent Concerns clinic one evening per week.
  • Participates in one or more elective rotations from among Eating Disorders Tea, Trauma Support Team, Behavioral Health Initiative, and Consultation and Outreach.
  • Performs other appropriate responsibilities as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Completion of all requirements for a Ph.D. or Psy.D. in clinical or counseling psychology from an APA-approved program prior to beginning the traineeship.
  • Completion of an APA-approved pre-doctoral internship in psychology.
  • Inpatient experience or other demonstrated ability to work with patients with serious psychopathology.
  • Excellent clinical, interpersonal, and communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Completion of Ph.D. or Psy.D.
  • Experience in working with adolescents; demonstrated research skills.
  • Training and experience in one or more of the following: eating disorders, alcohol and other substance abuse, group therapy, learning disability assessment, multicultural counseling.

Other Requirements

  • Some evening hours and on-call duties are required.

Special Instructions

Applicants may indicate a preference for elective training in up to two of the following areas: Eating Disorder Concerns, Trauma Support, Behavioral Health, Outreach & Consultation. In addition to standard application materials, applicants must submit a de-identified clinical writing sample.

Anticipated start date: August 30, 2024

Email the following to Debra Domenech, Ph.D., Associate Director for Postdoctoral Training at:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Detailed letter of interest including your interest in any of the electives
  • Three letters of recommendations
  • De-identified clinical writing sample
  • Official graduate school transcript

For more information about the postdoctoral fellowship in general, and these specialized tracks, please visit us at:

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Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
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