Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychology Diversity

Columbia University,

Columbia University Counseling and Psychological Services
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Last Posted:

Sun, Jun 23rd, '24


Position open until filled

Start Date:

August 31, 2024

Last Updated:

Sun, Jun 23rd, '24

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  • Full Time

Columbia Health is among the nation’s largest and most comprehensive student health programs, serving a diverse undergraduate and graduate student population in the stimulating and dynamic academic environment of a leading research university located at the heart of New York City. Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS), the primary mental health provider for approximately 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students, is staffed by 60 Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers and Postdoctoral Fellows. We currently have one opening for a postdoctoral fellow. 

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.  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.  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.

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Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer - Race/Gender/Disability/Veterans. It is committed to a workforce of faculty and staff that reflects the diversity and talent of New York City, the larger metropolitan area, and the nation.  

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Annual salary $70,000
  • Columbia offers a generous benefits package including medical, dental, vision (with no waiting period), life insurance, well-being services, family support as well as 12 vacation days, 12 holidays, and New York City safe/sick time.

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: