Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Viewed as emerging professionals, psychology post-doctoral fellows receive the support and training needed to specialize in university mental health. As full-time junior staff members, post-docs engage in a full range of clinical, administrative, training, and outreach/prevention activities.

Clinical Activities

Post-docs serve on the drop-in crisis team, provide scheduled initial assessments as well as ongoing individual and group psychotherapy. There are usually opportunities for post-docs to provide clinical supervision to a pre-doctoral psychology trainee or master’s level intern. An integral part of the post-doc responsibilities is to help plan and execute outreach and prevention activities on campus, including workshops, presentations, and liaison/consultation on a wide range of issues involving the wellness of the student population.

As junior staff members, post-docs attend weekly staff meetings and professional development seminars. They are encouraged to participate in one or more working committees and clinical specialty teams. In some cases, post-docs lead their own training seminars for doctoral- and master’s-level trainees. Post-docs are encouraged to identify and pursue a clinical specialty related to university mental health practice. Examples include eating concerns, sexual trauma; substance abuse, and working with specific populations or social identities.

Outreach/Prevention Post-Doc

One of the four post-doctoral positions has an outreach/prevention specialization. While providing the clinical services listed above, the specialized post-docs devote approximately 50% of their direct service hours to services delivered to the university community outside of the Wellness-Student Health and Counseling Services offices. The emphasis is on interventions that promote psychological wellness at the community level, which is a burgeoning component of the Wellness mission.

The post-doc specializing in outreach/prevention participates in the primary prevention training of faculty, staff, and students, in the delivery of stress management and wellness workshops, and in programming geared to minority students and other marginalized groups on campus.

As with the general post-doc positions, the outreach/prevention specialization fulfills licensure requirements for supervised clinical experience in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Applicants who anticipate seeking licensure in other states are encouraged to review the applicable state requirements and make them known to the Director of Training at or before the time of application.

Training

Training includes receiving supervision of individual psychotherapy cases for a total of two hours weekly with one or two licensed psychologists. Additional supervision is provided as needed for all other clinical and programmatic services. The post-docs meet as a cohort weekly for a case consultation group.  Regular meetings with the training director cover supervision of supervision, as well as discussion of administrative issues and a focus on developing professional identity as a psychologist in a university counseling setting.

Compensation

Wellness at Penn’s Student Health and Counseling Services offers postdocs a competitive stipend and benefits, including fully paid health insurance, 10 vacation days in addition to the days from Christmas to New Year’s Day, 15 days of sick leave, and five additional days paid time off for approved professional development activities.*  The annual stipend for 2021-22 is $53,760, which is subject to periodic cost-of living increases.

*Post-docs must keep a tally of their total hours as well as clinical service hours to ensure they meet licensure requirements for the state in which they wish to be licensed. This may require the post-doc to make an adjustment in the timing or amount of days off.

Application Requirements

**PLEASE NOTE:  APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED (see below)**

Applicants for the 2022-23 post-doctoral fellowship must provide documentation that they have completed, or are on track to complete, their APA-accredited doctoral internship and doctorate in counseling or clinical psychology from an APA-accredited program by August 1, 2022. Strong preference is given to candidates with clinical experience and demonstrated commitment to working in university counseling, particularly within a multicultural and social justice framework. Experience providing outreach and prevention services within a diverse community is desirable.

The post-doctoral fellowship for 2022-23 begins Monday, August 1, 2022 and ends Friday, July 28, 2023.

Application Deadline: The deadline for submitting applications has been extended to 2/1/22.  We will consider applications received after that date if positions remain open.  Please consult with the Post-Doc Coordinator.

Applications must include:

1. Cover letter specifying your position(s) of interest (Outreach/Prevention or General) and highlighting reasons for your interest.

2. Curriculum Vitae

3. Statement (1000-word maximum), covering:

  • Theoretical orientation and approach to psychotherapy;
  • Clinical and training interests;
  • Career goals;

4. Three letters of recommendation, including:

  • Internship supervisor (please discuss progress on internship and anticipated completion date);
  • Two letters from individuals who know your clinical work (e.g., externship/practicum supervisor)

5. Letter from doctoral program certifying that you are on track to complete all requirements for your doctorate by August 1, 2022.

6. Officially certified transcript from Doctoral Program, only for candidates who have been invited to interview.

We encourage applicants to send materials electronically; however, paper applications will also be accepted. Please ask references to send letters directly to the CAPS Post-Doc Coordinator either electronically or in paper form.

Address all materials and inquiries to:

David Glassman, Psy.D.
Post-Doctoral Fellowship Coordinator
University of Pennsylvania
Wellness at Penn: Student Health and Counseling Services
3624 Market Street, First Floor, West
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2615
Tel: 215-898-7021
Email: dglas@upenn.edu