Women’s Health and Trauma Psychology – Post-Doctoral Fellowship
Faculty/Clinical Faculty | Medical College - Main Campus | Psychology

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Rush University Medical Center in downtown Chicago is recruiting Postdoctoral Fellows in the Section of Outpatient Psychotherapy in the Center for Women’s Behavioral and Mental Health.

The Fellows will be an integral member of the Center for Women’s Behavioral and Mental Health (CWBMH) at Rush, where we provide evidence-based assessments and treatments to women with perinatal mood, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders; women struggling with sexual or reproductive health issues; and survivors of sexual violence. The CWBMH is a multidisciplinary team which collaborates with obstetricians and gynecologists to improve the mental health of women who are pregnant, postpartum, or dealing with other reproductive or sexual health concerns including coping with pelvic pain, sexual functioning, or fertility concerns. Fellows will conduct evaluations and treatment within the CWBMH and will participate in clinical research on traumatic stress in the perinatal period. Fellows will also gain experience co-leading Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills groups in the Outpatient Psychotherapy Clinic.

Fellows will receive training in multiple evidence-based treatments (e.g., CBT, ACT, DBT, IPT, CPT, exposure therapy) and refine case conceptualization of a range clinical presentations, most which involve an interpersonal violence and trauma history. Fellows will participate in clinical research projects, which will provide experiences conducting clinical trials research, mentorship in preparation of grant proposals, access to treatment outcomes databases, and opportunities to engage in scholarly work through conference presentations and publications. This postdoctoral fellowship is an exciting opportunity to gain valuable clinical experience working with a multidisciplinary team at a major academic medical center, while also being able to provide direct clinical care to women during a medically and psychologically vulnerable time in their lives. The CWBMH clinic also serves women residing in Chicago’s underserved communities, thus providing the opportunity to address the many intersectional factors that impact women’s mental health. The postdoctoral fellowship is for one year, with a possible option of extending it to an additional year by mutual agreement.

The ideal candidate will have experience working with perinatal women and women who have experienced interpersonal trauma and violence. Experience or interest in evidence-based trauma treatments (especially exposure-based treatments) and interest in conducting group therapy (DBT) is strongly desired. Qualified candidates will have a strong research background and some publications, and will be interested in establishing a career as a scientist-practitioner. Qualified candidates must have an APA approved doctorate in Clinical or Counseling Psychology. 

For a complete application, please submit a cover letter, CV, and two letters of recommendation. 

Rush University Medical Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or Protected Veteran status.

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