Postdoctoral Fellowships

Adult Mood and Anxiety Disorders Postdoctoral Fellowship

Based in midtown Manhattan, the postdoctoral fellowship in mood, anxiety, and personality disorders within Columbia University Irving Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry places emphasis on clinical training with adult outpatients seeking psychiatric intake and consultation, individual therapy, and group psychotherapy. The fellow will treat a diagnostically diverse patient population across two partnered outpatient sites providing targeted, empirically supported treatments for mood, anxiety, and personality disorders, including but not limited to DBT, CBT, mindfulness-based, and psychodynamic therapies. Additionally, the fellow will have an opportunity to hone specialization in trauma, family, and couples' interventions. The fellow will also participate in a Columbia Day Treatment rotation as well outpatient groups (skills groups, process groups). The fellow will work with and learn from an interdisciplinary team, participate in weekly supervision, didactics, team meetings, grand rounds, clinical outreach, and professional development opportunities tailored to their interests and expertise.

Contact: Elizabeth Loran, PhD

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Child and Adolescent Postdoctoral Fellowships

Announcement: Child and Adolescent Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Thank you for your interest in the Clinical Child Psychology Post-doctoral Fellowship and Clinical Psychology Post-doctoral Fellowship focused on Transitional Aged Youth. After much consideration, we have made the difficult decision to pause the fellowships for the 2023-2024 training year. Our goal is to restructure and reorganize the fellowship to take full advantage of our robust clinical services and create a more advanced training experience for post-doctoral fellows. We not only want to provide the opportunity for fellows to further develop clinical skills but also hope to offer distinct development as a clinical supervisor and the chance to introduce foundational skills for leadership roles. We look forward to re-opening recruitment for the 2024-2025 training year. Please direct any inquiries about training to Dr. Thomas: If you would be interested in learning about opportunities for staff positions, please reach out to Dr. Saraydarian:


Yolanda Thomas, Ph.D.
Director of Psychology Education and Training
Manager of Psychology Programs Education and Training
New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry)

Lisa Saraydarian, Ph.D.
Director of Psychology Outpatient Behavioral Health
New York Presbyterian Hospital – Columbia University Medical Center
Assistant Professor in Medical Psychology, CUMC

Clinical Child Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship

The fellowship is conducted within the Pediatric Psychiatry Department of the Ambulatory Care Network of New York Presbyterian Hospital. The Pediatric Psychiatry Department largely serves children, adolescents and families from Washington Heights, an urban and predominantly Latinx community. The fellowship offers the opportunity to build a clinical training experience based on the fellow’s interests and department sub-specialties, rotating through our outpatient clinic settings, school-based settings and the community through a home-based crisis intervention program. Depending on the fellow’s chosen specialization, training would involve supervision in a variety of treatment modalities including cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, dialectical behavior, and psychodynamic psychotherapies with a particular emphasis on training in empirically supported interventions. The full-time clinical fellowship also would involve supervised clinical experiences in evaluation and family therapy. The fellow participates in weekly individual and group supervision (6-8 hours), team disposition and case conference meetings, a professional development seminar and Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds. Opportunities to teach, supervise and receive supervision of supervision are also integrated into the fellowship. The fellow can elect to engage in a scholarly project in collaboration with a faculty member.

Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship focused on Transitional Aged Youth

The main training site for this fellowship is the Washington Heights Youth Anxiety Center that provides outpatient evidence-based individual, group and collateral treatment to predominantly Latinx adolescents aged 16-28 years old who present with anxiety and other comorbid diagnoses. The fellowship will also include working 2 days per week within a high school based primary care clinic disseminating information to school staff about anxiety screening and treatment, as well as providing workshops and treatment for students. Training involves 3 hours of individual supervision per week and attending Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds, professional development seminar, and weekly team staff meeting.

Family PEACE Trauma Treatment Center Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship

*Not currently accepting applications for the 2020-2021 training year

The Family PEACE Trauma Treatment Center (FPTTC) is an outpatient mental health service that is a National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Category III center. The primary mission of the FPTTC is to provide high quality trauma treatment for infants, toddlers and pre-school age children and their caregivers with the goal of interrupting the intergenerational transmission of violence and trauma. Children ages zero to five are referred with their caregivers where there has been exposure to trauma. The fellowship at FPTTC provides trainees with the opportunity to train in two evidence-based, relationship-based, attachment and trauma-informed models of treatment: Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) and Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC). Fellow will also receive training in Alternative for Families Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT). The fellow will access 3 hours of individual and group supervision and will have theopportunity to attend community trainings on such topics as early childhood mental health, domestic violence, child abuse, and child welfare. Fellows will also have access to ongoing didactics and case conferences to help deepen the clinician’s knowledge in the following topics: perinatal and postnatal psychiatry, short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy, dyadic therapy, systems, case formulation and professional development.

Contact: Wanda Vargas, Ph.D.
Phone: 646-317-5515

Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD)

The Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD) specializes in evidence-based outpatient treatment for individuals of all ages struggling with anxiety, mood, and related disorders. CUCARD is overseen by Clinic Founder Dr. Anne Marie Albano and Clinical Director, Dr. E. Blake Zakarin, and is staffed by senior clinical psychologists who are highly skilled in cognitive behavioral therapy. Postdoctoral fellows will learn about the implementation of cognitive behavioral therapy through a range of specialized experiences including individual therapy, group therapy, conducting in vivo exposures within and outside the clinic, and assisting with school observation visits. Trainees will consult directly with our staff psychiatrist to learn effective models of collaborative, team-based care. In addition, fellows will participate in weekly group and individual supervision. This will provide the opportunity for intensive training on their own cases as well as the opportunity for seeing how senior clinicians handle problems they encounter when implementing and adapting evidence-based practice to meet the needs of their patients. CUCARD further enhances training through weekly seminars focusing on a variety of topics, including case formulation-based treatment for anxiety and related disorders, ADHD & behavioral disorders, ethics, and a variety of other theoretical and practical topics focusing on the development of young professionals. Finally, as research and the conduct of empirically-supported treatment is a core value of the clinic, fellows will have the opportunity to take part in research being conducted at the clinic and to participate in manuscript preparation.

Contact: Sarah Frankel, Ph.D.
Phone:(212) 342-0203

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Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD) – Westchester

Affiliated with the Child and Adolescent Division of Columbia University’s Psychiatry Department, CUCARD Westchester specializes in evidence-based clinical services for anxiety and related disorders in children, adolescents and young adults. The position will provide advanced training and supervision in the assessment and cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxiety, OCD, and related difficulties within an academic faculty practice setting. The postdoctoral fellow will provide individual and group therapy through our outpatient service as well as through CUCARD Westchester's Anxiety Day Program (, which offers intensive treatment for adolescents whose anxiety symptoms are severely limiting their ability to attend school or function in other settings. There will be opportunities to collaborate with faculty on presentations and consultation services in the local community, as well as other clinical and academic activities. The fellow will receive weekly supervision and will attend didactic seminars both at CUCARD Westchester and within Columbia University’s Department of Psychiatry. 

Contact: Anthony Puliafico, Ph.D.
Phone: 646-317-3585

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Pediatric Psychology Fellowship - Hematology, Oncology & Stem Cell Transplantation

*Funding secured; Offer will depend on lifting of Hiring Freeze. Updates will be provided when applications are reviewed.

The Pediatric Psychology Fellowship is based in the Pediatric Hematology, Oncology & Stem Cell Transplantation outpatient clinic and inpatient medical service at Columbia University Irving Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. The fellowship is primarily clinical in nature, with opportunities to participate in clinical research. Fellows will address comorbid psychological conditions in patients with a range of malignant and non-malignant hematological and oncological conditions, from birth to young adulthood. Common referrals include adjustment, internalizing and externalizing conditions, concerns during survivorship, end-of-life, and academic difficulties. The fellowship provides training in initial psychological diagnosis and interviewing, short-term therapy (cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing) and consultation liaison services. This is a one-year fellowship, with the possibility of a second year. Fellows receive individual supervision including live supervision, as well as opportunities for professional development. They will participate in didactics in Psychiatry and Hematology/Oncology/SCT, as well as multidisciplinary rounds in Hematology/Oncology/SCT. The breakdown of inpatient vs. outpatient and in-person vs. telemedicine services will be dependent on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic, and may shift during the course of the externship. 

Those with experience in pediatric psychology are strongly encouraged to apply.

Contact/Supervisor: Dara Steinberg, Ph.D.
Application Process:Please submit a CV, cover letter, 2 letters of recommendations, and a letter of readiness.

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Promise Program at Columbia University Irving Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital

The Promise Clinic at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian (CUIMC/NYP) provides comprehensive neuropsychological assessment and advocacy to youth from marginalized and vulnerable communities in New York City. The clinic primarily evaluates individuals presenting with neurodevelopmental conditions, including LD, ADHD, ASD, and behavioral/psychiatric difficulties. There are also opportunities to work with patients who present with various complex medical conditions such as pediatric cancers, sickle cell disease, seizure disorders, genetic disorders, and neonatal complications. We have a subspecialty Spanish Bilingual Program in order to evaluate and assess children who are Spanish language dominant. The Promise Program post-doctoral neuropsychology fellowship is a two-year, full time position in which trainees are supervised in providing comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations and advocacy. Fellows regularly collaborate with multidisciplinary treatment teams, receive training in educational/legal advocacy, conduct school observations and attend IEP meetings when needed. Fellows will receive weekly individual and group supervision, attend weekly didactic seminars, participate in weekly team case conference meetings. Fellows also have the opportunity to attend departmental, community and agency trainings on related mental health topics, special education services, and special education law.

Contact: Meghan Tomb, PhD or Ana Garcia, MS
Phone: 212-342-1600
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