Boston College Postdoctoral Fellowship

Boston College,

University Counseling Services
Last Posted:

Tue, Dec 1st, '20


January 4, 2021

Start Date:

August 23, 2021

Last Updated:

Tue, Dec 1st, '20

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  • Full Time

Boston College University Counseling Services offers an eleven-month fellowship for postdoctoral clinical and counseling psychologists who are interested in advanced training in professional psychology in a university mental health setting. Fellows can expect to have an intensive, well-supported experience working with a diverse population of young adults who manifest the full spectrum of psychological and psychiatric problems. Fellows generally exceed Massachusetts' state requirements for license-eligibility by the time they have completed the training year. After the fellowship, former Fellows have gone on to secure employment in university mental health settings, establish themselves in private or group practice, and/or join the staff of various kinds of mental health agencies.

Program philosophy

The fellowship program aspires to provide Postdoctoral Fellows with a training experience concentrated on the advancement and deepening of Fellows' clinical skills as well as the development of expertise in the challenges prevalent in university mental health practice today. We are a relatively large and highly utilized counseling service on a campus of 14,000 students. In this setting, Fellows are actively engaged in the varied roles and functions of our work, which includes evaluation and treatment of both undergraduate and graduate students; crisis and emergency response; group therapy; consultation; and outreach programming. Our students are diverse and talented. As a Jesuit institution of higher education, Boston College is fundamentally vested in integrating students' intellectual development with their personal formation. This makes for a psychologically rich population with which a Postdoctoral Fellow can explore, closely and intensively, the practice of individual psychotherapy. A Fellow’s clinical work and individual supervision, which together form the core of training during the fellowship year, are embedded in the more encompassing experience of being part of a clinical staff that is committed and thoughtful in its work. In formulating client difficulties, we emphasize an integration of psychodynamic, developmental, and culturally-informed approaches. The department has been involved with training psychologists for over twenty-five years, with a focus on training postdoctoral Fellows beginning in 1992.

Program components

Regular didactic and training experiences include weekly supervision (3+ hours), a weekly clinical case conference, a small group peer consultation, a multicultural conversation hour, a series of professional practice seminars, and administrative meetings. During the first two weeks of the fellowship, fellows have concentrated training as part of orientation.

Fellows gain extensive experience in the evaluation and treatment of individual clients. They have the opportunity to co-lead groups; and they participate in the Psychological Emergency Clinician rotation, through which they respond to psychiatric emergencies and crises. Fellows also have opportunities to develop consultation relationships with university partners and campus groups throughout the year.

Diversity and Inclusion

The postdoctoral training program is highly invested in recognizing and honoring diversity among its staff, postdoctoral Fellows, and clients. UCS devotes both resources and attention to fostering an environment that values awareness and appreciation of all aspects of diversity. Our department’s Diversity Committee works to support marginalized and disenfranchised student populations as well as facilitate training and discussion forums for UCS staff with a social justice frame.


Boston College (BC) has 12 undergraduate and graduate colleges and professional schools. BC students are bright, talented, and diverse. Approximately 30% of the student population identify themselves as persons of color, and the graduate student population, in particular, is substantially international. BC fosters an environment in which students are encouraged to integrate their intellectual growth and personal development. The clients seeking our clinical services are articulate, motivated, and still in the process of shaping key aspects of their identities. They are able to make use of self-exploration and insight-oriented interventions as well as cognitive behavioral treatment strategies to achieve pivotal developmental changes. They make up a psychologically rich population with which Fellows can explore closely and intensively the practice of psychotherapy with late-adolescents and young adults.


1.     All requirements of doctoral degree in psychology completed by start date (8/23/21)

2.     Professional experience and competence in multicultural work.  


1.     Ph.D. or Psy.D. in Clinical or Counseling Psychology from an APA-accredited training program

2.     Completion of an APA-accredited or APPIC approved doctoral internship

3.     Experience in a university counseling center


Each fellowship position has a minimum stipend of $45,368 for its eleven-month duration and a full-benefits package that includes medical, dental, vacation, and illness coverage, as well as a range of other perquisites. 


We are committed to having a counseling service that is diverse and strongly encourage applicants of all identities and abilities to apply to our postdoctoral fellowship program. Applicants must have completed all requirements for a doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning and a predoctoral internship that meets APPIC standards prior to beginning the fellowship on August 23, 2021. 

The usual recruitment cycle begins in late-fall, with applications due January 4, 2021. Interviews will be held in late January and early February. All interviews will be on zom this year. Notifications are made on February, 22, 2021 (APPIC uniform notification date).

Completed applications require the following:

1. Personal statement (explain your interest in the fellowship, why you would be a good fit, clinical strengths and growing edges, and training goals)

2. A curriculum vitae

3. Current & official transcripts of graduate work

3. Two letters of recommendation from clinical supervisors

4. Applicant Questionnaire (obtainable from our website).

All application materials can be submitted through APPA CAS (APPIC Psychology Postdoctoral Application) or mailed to:

Julie AhnAllen, Ph.D.

Director of Training Boston College University Counseling Services

Gasson 001, 140 Commonwealth Ave.

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467