Career Opportunities

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

The Center for OCD and Related Disorders at the New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC), directed by Blair Simpson, MD, PhD, seeks to hire two postdoctoral fellows, each for a 2-year position, to start Summer, 2022.  Salary commensurate with training and experience.

This position will involve joining Dr. Simpson’s research program, which is focused on translating science into new understanding and treatments for anxiety and OCD. Candidates will participate in a variety of research studies (see including a new study that is a collaboration with Dr. Edna Foa at the University of Pennsylvania and will examine how hormones may alter activity within the brain’s fear network as well as the clinical response to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Other studies include developing scalable ways to disseminate cognitive behavioral therapy for OCD into community practice and examining novel therapeutics and the brain and genetic mechanisms underlying anxiety and OCD. Duties include: project oversight, supervision of externs and research assistants, clinical evaluations of research participants and delivery of CBT (both within and outside of research studies) to those with OCD and anxiety, and, depending on the career interests of the candidate, data analysis and writing of papers and grants. Clinical supervision to meet psychology licensure requirements is provided.

Candidates should have a PhD or PsyD in clinical psychology, or related degree. This position is ideal for someone who wants to work in an outstanding academic medical center, join an interdisciplinary team that conducts cutting-edge patient-oriented translational research, and receive expert training in the evaluation and treatment of anxiety and OCD.  Interested applicants should send a copy of their CV and a cover letter addressing the reasons that they are interested in the position, their clinical experience with anxiety and OCD, and their career goals to: The deadline for applications is December 1, 2021.

Note:  Those who already know that they want to pursue a full-time research career should contact Dr. Simpson immediately and apply in parallel to CUIMC’s NIMH-funded T32 fellowship in mood, anxiety, and related disorders, with Dr. Blair Simpson as their mentor; this path provides protected time for the fellow to develop their own research projects and prepares them to apply for a NIMH K-level training grant and to launch an independent research career. Please see the fellowship website ( for eligibility and deadlines.


Research Assistant

Description: The Center for OCD and Related Disorders, directed by Dr. Blair Simpson, is seeking a full time Research Assistant. The Center for OCD and Related Disorders is located in the New York State Psychiatric Institute, affiliated with Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Its mission is to improve the lives of individuals with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related problems, by advancing our understanding of and treatment for these disorders. This position is ideal for someone interested in translating science into new treatments for patients with anxiety, OCD and related disorders and who is considering applying to either medical or graduate school. We would like to hire someone who could start as soon after November 1, 2021 as possible.

Duties: The candidate will be responsible for helping to run clinical research studies under the supervision of Dr. Simpson and her team. The job will expose one to a wide range of research, while also providing in-depth experience with patients with OCD and/or anxiety disorders. Duties include: helping with participant recruitment, screening, and scheduling, clinical assessments, neurocognitive testing, brain imaging procedures, data management, IRB procedures, grant applications, and/or manuscript preparation. Because of the training involved, a two-year commitment is requested.

Education: Preferred BA or BS in Biology or Psychology or other related field.

Training & Experience: The ideal candidate will be curious about the mechanisms of behavior, have research experience, excellent interpersonal skills, and a working knowledge of data management software (e.g., Excel, SPSS, RedCap), and want to work with this clinical population. Those who thrive working on interdisciplinary teams and in a fast-paced environment and who are smart, ambitious, creative, organized, and fun are encouraged to apply.

To Apply: Interested applicants should send a copy of their CV and a cover letter addressing the reasons that they are interested in the position, their prior experience with research, and their career goals to: An online application process is expected to go live October 15, 2021 and will be posted on our website (