Postdoctoral Fellow


Counseling and Psychological Services
Last Posted:

Wed, Apr 7th, '21


Open until position is filled.

Start Date:

Starts on Monday, August 9, 2021* (*Start date may be negotiable)

Last Updated:

Wed, Apr 7th, '21

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  • Full Time

Northwestern University Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Northwestern University
Chicago, Illinois

 Starts on Monday, August 9, 2021* (*Start date may be negotiable)

 Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


Northwestern University CAPS is offering a postdoctoral fellowship at the Chicago Campus CAPS office. Northwestern Chicago CAPS provides services to graduate and professional students from the School of Medicine, School of Law, The Graduate School, and School of Journalism among other programs.

The Postdoctoral Fellowship is designed for doctoral graduates in psychology who are seeking licensure and are interested in integrating clinical work with outreach and consultation in the college mental-health setting. At least 70% of the fellow’s time will be spent delivering clinical services, and the remainder of the time will be a combination of outreach, consultation, supervision, professional development, and other activities.

Northwestern CAPS is staffed by a multidisciplinary team including psychologists, clinical professional counselors, clinical social workers, psychiatrists, and program assistants. We offer a full range of clinical, training, outreach, and consultation services. CAPS has a long history of running comprehensive training programs including an APA-accredited doctoral internship in psychology. CAPS is committed to social justice and diversity in all forms and participates in continuing professional development in this area.

CAPS typically provides individual psychotherapy within a brief treatment model, although postdoctoral fellows have the opportunity to work with selected clients on a longer-term basis. Additionally, CAPS offers an extensive group therapy program, the Stress Management Clinic, Let's Talk (informal drop-in consultation for students), Question-Persuade-Refer suicide prevention training, and other outreach and education programs. On a rotational basis, CAPS staff provide afterhours and weekend mental-health consultation to a third-party mental-health agency that works directly with calls from students in crisis.

Postdoctoral fellows are expected to provide individual and group counseling services, intake assessment, telephone triage, crisis intervention, afterhours emergency on-call services, outreach programming, consultation with systems, and all other administrative activities.  As members of the CAPS Training Committee, fellows are an integral part of the Intern Selection Committee that reviews, interviews, and ranks internship candidates for the APPIC national match. Fellows receive two hours of individual clinical supervision per week. Some evening and weekend hours are required. During the COVID-19 pandemic, telemental health services through videoconferencing and telephone have been used to follow health and safety guidelines. 

More information can be found at:


CAPS is a unit within the Division of Student Affairs at NU and is highly utilized by students and other campus community members seeking consultation. CAPS has offices on both the Evanston and Chicago campuses. NU has a total student population of approximately 21,000 students across both campuses, with approximately 18,500 of these students attending classes in the Evanston campus. The Chicago office serves primarily graduate and professional students while Evanston office serves both undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to our clinical services, CAPS reaches over 10,000 NU community members through outreach and educational programming on both campuses. CAPS also has a training program, including an APA-accredited Doctoral Internship in Psychology at our Evanston office and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship on both campuses. CAPS is a learning organization, in that our strategic planning, priority setting, clinical services, and professional development are informed by local data collection as well as benchmarking with national trends and peer institutions. CAPS also identifies very closely with the vision, values and guiding principles of our umbrella organization, the Division of Student Affairs.




Application Instructions

To apply, please submit the following:

  • A cover letter which includes:
    • A description of your interest in the postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern CAPS specifically.
    • An explanation of how the postdoctoral training at CAPS relates to your professional goals.
    • A description of any special interests you would like to pursue as a postdoctoral fellow.
  •  A current Curriculum Vita.
  • A completed Application Form which is available at:
  • The Application Form asks for information regarding educational and training history as well as a place to indicate the names and contact information of three professional references, at least one of which should be your primary internship clinical supervisor.
  • Graduate program transcripts. Unofficial graduate transcripts are acceptable. Official transcripts may be requested for applicants who receive an interview.

Note: The doctoral degree must be completed before the Postdoctoral Fellowship begins.

Send application materials (cover letter, curriculum vita, Application Form, graduate program transcript) via e-mail to Christine Cox at:

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.