Career Opportunities

Postdoctoral Position

Dr. Simpson and her team seek to hire a postdoctoral fellow for a 2 year position. Candidates should have a PhD or PsyD in clinical psychology, or an MD or MD-PhD degree.

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. Depending on the applicant’s experience and career trajectory, the position could include more clinical work, more clinical or biological research, or a mixture of both. There is a range of research studies that candidates could work on (see "Current Studies"). Given Dr. Simpson’s collaborations, applicants with an interest in genetics, imaging, experimental therapeutics, or mental health are especially encouraged to apply.

Estimated start date: July 1, 2019.  

Interested applicants should submit a copy of their CV and a cover letter detailing their experience with anxiety and OCD and describing their research and career goals to Dr. Blair Simpson, Formal applications will be accepted on-line starting 12/1 (

Research Assistant Positions

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 part of the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at New York State Psychiatric institute at Columbia University Medical Center. The mission of our center is to improve the lives of individuals with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related problems, by advancing our understanding of and the 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.

Duties: Candidate will be responsible for coordinating and monitoring clinical trials and biological research protocols in the areas of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and related disorders. The position will involve working on teams with both clinicians and scientists and will expose one to a wide range of research, while also providing in-depth experience with clinical populations. Duties may include: patient recruitment and scheduling, patient screening, data collection and management, neurocognitive testing, brain imaging procedures, 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 have research experience, be curious about the brain mechanisms underlying behavior, want to work with this clinical population and have excellent technology skills and a working knowledge of data management software e.g., excel, SPSS, and/or Matlab). Those who like a fast pace, multi-tasking, and working on interdisciplinary teams are encouraged to apply.

Interested applicants should submit a copy of their CV and a cover letter detailing their experience with anxiety and OCD and describing their research and career goals to Rachel Middleton, Formal applications are now being accepted at

Volunteer Research Assistant Positions

This position has been filled. However, you may inquire if you are interested in learning about future volunteer opportunities at

Our volunteers, interns, and externs are engaged in a wide variety of exciting research and take on many roles. We are seeking individuals with a history of academic excellence, who can dedicate time to our center. If you fulfill the requirements listed below, please submit your C.V. and cover letter, including the names and contacts of three references to Dr. Marina Gershkovich:


  • Must be able to provide at least one-year commitment
  • Substantial time commitment of 10-15 hours per week
  • Obtained at least a Bachelors or Masters degree in a related field
  • Strong interest in research, particularly anxiety disorders
  • Passion for psychology, psychiatry, neurology, and/or medicine
  • Stellar academic record

Thanks for your interest in volunteering at the Center for OCD and Related Disorders!