The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences offers specialty training for psychology trainees of varying training levels. All positions include high quality clinical training, supervision, and didactic experiences, and many include an opportunity for research involvement as well.

Psychology Internship/Residency

The psychology doctoral internship/residency is a one-year, American Psychological Association-accredited, full-time training program that fulfills the internship requirement for doctoral programs in health services psychology. The program includes three tracks: health psychology, neuropsychology, and child/adolescent/pediatric psychology. Detailed information can be found on our program website.

How to apply: See program website.
Contact Information: Lauren Bradley, PhD

Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowships

Postdoctoral Fellowships in psychology are available in a variety of specialty areas. Position availability varies from year to year and applicants are encouraged to contact fellowship directors with questions.

Autism Spectrum Disorders

The Autism Assessment, Research, Treatment, and Services (AARTS) Center is recruiting for a postdoctoral fellowship offering specialized research and clinical training autism. Fellows will supportive a range of clinical research studies, conduct diagnostic evaluations, maintain an individual therapy caseload and lead therapy groups. Additional opportunities include school consultation, inpatient consultation and community training.

Contact Information: Allison Wainer, Ph.D.

Behavioral Medicine/Obesity/Disordered Eating/Outpatient Psychotherapy

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Rush University Medical Center is seeking applicants with an interest in health psychology, obesity, and disordered eating for a 1-2 year postdoctoral fellowship. The fellow will provide behavioral health assessment and intervention with patients with obesity, as well as assessment and treatment of common psychological disorders. The proportions of these experiences can be tailored to the applicant’s preferences and needs. Services are provided in the Outpatient Psychotherapy Clinic located in the beautiful Westgate Building on the Rush campus.

The position includes pre-surgical evaluation and treatment of bariatric surgery candidates (gastric bypass/sleeve gastrectomy) and treatment of emotional, stress, and binge eating and can include work with patients with diabetes as well as general outpatient psychotherapy with a diverse group of patients. The position is primarily clinical, but also includes the opportunity to conduct obesity-related and diabetes-related research in our research lab (Drs. Joyce Corsica, Lauren Bradley, Mackenzie Kelly, and Aviva Ariel-Donges). Opportunities for teaching psychology interns as well as group didactic/training opportunities are also available. The salary and benefits package is competitive.

Applicants should be recent graduates of an APA-accredited clinical psychology program, have completed an APA-accredited internship, and have a strong background in cognitive behavioral therapy, health psychology, and obesity treatment. Obesity and/or disordered eating research background preferred.

Rush is an EOE employer, and encourages applications from minority and culturally diverse candidates.

Anticipated availability for 2022-2023: Yes 
Starting date: July 1st-July 15th is preferred.
How to apply: Applicants should submit a statement describing professional experience/career goals and fit with the position as well as a current curriculum vita (please note: letters of recommendation are not required during first stage) by e-mail to: Joyce_Corsica@rush.edu.
Application Deadline: February 1, 2022 but we encourage application as soon as possible
Contact Information: Joyce Corsica, PhD

Community Behavioral Health

Postdoctoral fellowships are available through the Section of Community Behavioral Health.

How to apply: Contact the program for additional details.
Contact Information: Anne Rufa, PhD

Rehabilitation Psychology

The Rush University, Section of Geriatric and Rehabilitation Psychology offers a Postdoctoral Fellowship as a two-year, full-time training program in rehabilitation psychology. The program uses a scientist-practitioner model to develop skills in core rehabilitation psychology competencies and prepare trainees for independent practice and eligibility for board certification in rehabilitation psychology. Rehabilitation Psychology Post-doctoral Fellow works in the Section of Geriatric & Rehabilitation Psychology. This training position provides the training and clinical hours necessary for licensure as a psychologist with training experiences focused on the inpatient and outpatient mental health care of individuals with acute and chronic illnesses and acquired disability as well as older adults. Responsibilities include inpatient assessment and treatment, outpatient psychotherapy, engagement with ongoing scholarship in the section, and assisting in the administration of the inpatient service. 

All applications must be submitted directly to the fellowship director by email with all graduate transcripts sent via traditional mail. The following is required to complete the application:

  • Letter of interest, no longer than 2 pages single-spaced describing career goals and interests and how these fit within the Rush program.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • All graduate transcripts
  • Three letters of reference

The deadline for applications is 12/16/2022. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Invitations for interview for qualified candidates will be issued for interview dates to occur in early January through February. Candidates for invited interviews must attend a virtual or in person interview, and those who elect to complete a virtual interview may also arrange an optional in-person tour and visit after their interview, at the applicant’s discretion. Those interviewing virtually will be given equal consideration to those interviewing in person, and there is no expectation that any or all applicants attend an in-person interview or visit.

 

Anticipated availability for 2023-2024: 1 position 
How to apply: For further information or to apply, please contact Dr. Abigail Hardin at Abigail_Hardin@rush.edu. Please send letter of interest, CV and three letters of reference directly to Dr. Hardin electronically.  Please have transcripts sent directly via mail to:

Attn: Dr. Lauren Bradley
Rush University Medical Center
1645 W. Jackson Blvd
Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60612


Contact Information: Abigail Hardin, Phd, ABPP

Neurobehavioral Psychology

Rush NeuroBehavioral Center (RNBC) in Skokie, IL as part of Rush University Medical Center (RUMC) is offering full-time advanced training in psychological/neuropsychological assessment for one postdoctoral trainee. This is a 24-month fellowship from mid-August 2022 through mid-August 2024, with a stipend and hospital benefits.

The RNBC fellowship involves comprehensive assessment of children, adolescents, and young adults with developmental, attention, learning, autism spectrum, behavioral and/or psychiatric disorders. There are also opportunities to work with a medically diverse population that includes neuropsychological assessments of patients with mild traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, hydrocephalus, chromosomal disorders, extreme prematurity, and other neurological sequelae. The assessment battery is individualized to each individual to explore his/her strengths and weaknesses. The evaluation battery typically includes assessment related to intellectual functioning, academic achievement, various aspects of attention, memory, executive functioning, receptive and expressive language, and emotional and behavioral functioning. Fellows also obtain training in how to interface and collaborate with school systems, including conducting school observations and attending IEP meetings.

RNBC has a large training program for advanced practicum students who have an interest in neuropsychological assessment. The fellows will help supervisors with teaching standardized administration, scoring of assessments, interpretation of data, and integration of findings. The fellows will also aid in score checking student files and providing first round report edits to 4-5 students per month. There are weekly didactic seminars, grand rounds at RUMC, monthly journal club meetings, bi-monthly fact-finding exercises, and staff meetings that the fellow is encouraged to attend. There is also the option of testing as part of a multi-disciplinary team, which includes working with our speech and language pathologist and psychiatrist. In addition to neuropsychological testing, the fellow will have the opportunity to co-lead social skills groups and parent training seminars.

Basic Responsibilities:

  • Complete 4-5 comprehensive assessment batteries per month
  • Help to score check student files and provide feedback to students
  • Provide first round edits on reports to 4-5 students per month
  • Participate in school IEP and 504 plan meetings with primary supervisor where appropriate
  • Conduct school observations when needed
  • Attend weekly didactic seminars that cover a variety of topics in assessment and neuropsychological issues.
  • Present once per quarter on didactic topic of your choice and help to run group supervision of practicum students
  • Attend weekly clinic meetings
  • Opportunities to attend weekly grand rounds and monthly journal club meetings remotely through RUMC
  • Participate in quarterly fact-finding exercises as preparation for pursuing board certification
  • Receive weekly individual supervision with your primary supervisor
  • Help maintain testing closet organization and ordering of assessments
  • Research involvement is expected through collaboration with our research department at RNBC (a variety of projects to become involved with) and protected time is allotted each week towards these endeavors. Fellows are supported in presenting an abstract/poster presentation at a local or national conference their first year and contributing to a publication of at least one journal article their second year of fellowship.

Rush University System for Health (RUSH) is an academic health system whose mission is to improve the health of the individuals and the diverse communities it serves through the integration of outstanding patient care, education, research and community partnerships. RUSH comprises Rush University Medical Center, Rush University, Rush Copley Medical Center and Rush Oak Park Hospital, as well as numerous outpatient care facilities. Rush University, with more than 2,500 students, is a health sciences university that comprises Rush Medical College, the College of Nursing, the College of Health Sciences and the Graduate College. Numerous national organizations have recognized Rush for the quality of care we provide, including U.S. News & World Report, which ranked Rush University Medical Center among the top 50 hospitals in five specialties in its 2019-2020 Best Hospitals issue. In 2021, Rush University Medical Center ranked second out of 101 U.S. academic medical centers assessed in Vizient’s Quality and Accountability Ranking. In 2019, Rush was designated a leader in LGBTQ health care equality by the Human Rights Campaign for the 10th consecutive year, and was one of only five hospitals from across the nation to be recognized by the American Hospital Association as an honoree for its annual Equity of Care Award.

Prior neuropsychological testing and clinical experience with children and families is required and candidates must possess excellent clinical and written communication skills. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, CV, three letters of reference, an unofficial transcript, and one sample de-identified neuropsychological report by January 1, 2021 to:

Ashley Lambert, PsyD
Clinic Director
Ashley_Lambert@Rush.edu


For questions and inquiries, please contact:
Dr. Amanda Lucchetti (Amanda_lucchetti@rush.edu) or Dr. Lindsay Duffy (Lindsay_duffy@rush.edu)

Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

The Autism Assessment, Research, Treatment, and Services (AARTS) Center and the Department of Pediatrics offer a joint postdoctoral fellowship providing specialized clinical training in neurodevelopmental disabilities. The focus is diagnostic assessment and treatment of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and related neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., Fragile X Syndrome, Phelan-McDermid Syndrome) in both multidisciplinary clinic and translational research settings.

Anticipated availability for 2020-2021: Not currently accepting applications.
How to apply: Applications should include a cover letter and CV
Contact Information: Allie Wainer, PhD

Neuropsychology

Two postdoctoral fellowships in neuropsychology are available through the Rush Neuropsychology Service. One position includes times split between the Neuropsychology Service and the Rush Road Home Program for veterans and their families.

Anticipated availability of Neuropsychology Service position for 2021-2022: Yes (1 position)
Anticipated availability of Neuropsychology Service + Road Home Program position for 2021-2022: Not currently accepting applications
How to apply: Contact the program for additional details.
Contact Information: Chris Grote

Supportive Oncology

The Rush University Cancer Center and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago are recruiting two full-time Postdoctoral Fellows for a one-year fellowship in  Psychosocial Oncology for our growing, interdisciplinary program serving individuals with cancer. One fellow will function across multiple disease-sites, while one will have a more specialized experience with the Bone Marrow Transplant program. The ideal candidate will have clinical experience in psycho-oncology or working with patients with serious physical illness. Candidates should also have a research background with some publications, be knowledgeable in advanced statistics, and will be interested in establishing a scientist-practitioner career. Additional information is included in the UPPD. 

Anticipated availability for 2022-2023: Yes (two positions).
How to apply: See the Universal Psychology Postdoctoral Directory
Contact Information: Lauren Rynar, PhD

Trauma and Women’s Health

Postdoctoral fellowships are available through the Outpatient Psychotherapy clinic with specialty training through the Center for Women’s Behavioral and Mental Health. Fellowships are a blend of clinical training (outpatient psychotherapy, individual and group) and research. Positions are 1 year with the option to complete a second year based on individual training goals.  

Anticipated availability for 2022-2023: Yes (1-2 positions)
How to apply: Contact the program for additional details
Contact Information: Natalie Stevens, PhD

Veteran/Trauma Psychology

Fellows work within The Road Home Program: The National Center of Excellence for Veterans and Their Families at Rush. Road Home is part of the Warrior Care Network as a Midwest regional center for the treatment of PTSD through a two-week intensive outpatient program (IOP) focused on combat and military sexual trauma. Road Home also provides individualized care on an outpatient (OP) basis to Veterans and their loved ones to help heal the invisible wounds of war. Fellows play an integral role in our clinical program and have ample opportunity to treat Veterans as well as adult family members and their children (depending on the fellow’s interests and backgrounds). Training is ongoing through individual and group supervision, didactics, and implementation of various evidence-based treatments with a focus on Cognitive Processing Therapy.

Anticipated availability for 2022-2023: Yes (three positions).
How to apply: See UPPD for additional details. For a complete application, please send a cover letter that describes your careers goals and how RHP can facilitate your continued professional development, CV, and two letters of recommendation to Faculty Recruitment at faculty_recruitment@rush.edu.
Contact Information: Brianna Werner, PhD

Psychology Practicum/Externship Positions

Practicum/Externship positions are available for graduate students in PhD and PsyD programs in the Chicago area.

Advanced Child and Adolescent Therapy and Assessment Practicum

Externs provide both therapy and assessment services within the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic. This clinic provides quality care to 5-18 year old children and adolescents presenting with a wide array of behavioral, mood and anxiety disorders. Although our families come from an array of socio-economic backgrounds, the majority come from a lower SES, minority population. Externs carry a caseload of between 5-8 patients per week and complete 10-12 assessments over the course of the training year. They receive weekly supervision in both aspects of their training along with a weekly rotation of case conferences, seminars and journal clubs.

Anticipated availability for 2022-2023: Yes (two positions).
How to apply: Please send a cover letter, C.V., two letters of recommendation (at least one letter from a current clinical supervisor) and sample assessment report (de-identified) to Jon Goldner, PhD.
Contact Information: Jon Goldner, PhD

AARTS Center Psychology Practicum

The Autism Assessment, Research, Treatment, and Services (AARTS) Center offers an advanced practicum for clinical psychology trainees seeking experience related to neurodevelopmental disorders. The AARTS Center serves individuals on the autism spectrum and their families across the lifespan, from infancy through adulthood. Trainees participate in multidisciplinary diagnostic evaluations for individuals with concerns related to autism and neuropsychological evaluations for children with complex medical history. Advanced trainees also have opportunities to gain treatment experience in parent training, individual psychotherapy, and group therapy as well as to support ongoing research at the AARTS Center.

Anticipated availability for 2022-2023: Yes. Practica are scheduled to begin in July 2022.
How to apply: Applications should include a cover letter, CV, writing sample (e.g., deidentified report) and two letters of recommendation.
Contact Information: Jenn Moriuchi, PhD

Early Childhood Behavioral Health

The Building Early Connections (BEC) Center offers an advanced practicum for clinical psychology trainees seeking experience related to young child behavioral health and integrated primary care. BEC seeks to improve systems of care within Rush and the larger West Side community for the most common social-emotional, behavioral, and developmental concerns in children 8 years old and younger. Children referred for BEC services present with a wide array of externalizing, internalizing, social-communication, and developmental challenges.

Trainees deliver short-term (1-6 sessions) parent-focused behavioral therapy, co-facilitate evidence-based parenting groups, and conduct brief telephone triage assessments with newly referred families. Trainees will receive weekly supervision, both live and outside of sessions, along with weekly didactic experiences (e.g., clinical rounds/case conference, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds, teaching seminars).

Anticipated availability for 2022-2023: Yes (1 position available). Externships are scheduled to begin in July 2022.

Trainee Requirements: Must be in 3rd or 4th year of graduate training.

How to apply: Applications should include a cover letter, CV, and two letters of recommendation (at least one letter from a current clinical supervisor). Please send application materials in one email to BEC’s Lead Psychologist, Dr. Emily Wolodiger, at Emily_Wolodiger@rush.edu.

Contact Information: Emily Wolodiger, PhD; Emily_Wolodiger@rush.edu

Neurobehavioral Psychology

Practicum positions are available through the Rush NeuroBehavioral Center.

Anticipated availability for 2022-2023: Yes.
How to apply: Contact the program for additional details.
Contact Information: Ashley Lambert, PsyD

Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Care Program

The PD-MDC is an interdisciplinary, specialized care clinic with several centers of excellence for people with movement disorders, such as Parkinson disease, Lewy Body dementia, Huntington disease, Parkinson-plus/FTD syndromes (i.e., corticobasal syndrome, multiple system atrophy, progressive supranuclear palsy), dystonia, and other rare conditions. PD-MDC Neuropsychology focuses on the diseases’ non-motor symptoms, including neurocognition and behavioral-psychological symptoms. Batteries range in length depending on referral, and may involve same-day result communication with movement disorder neurologists. Beyond rounding in the same clinic space, there are interdisciplinary teams (e.g., DBS & focused ultrasound intervention team, HDSA team) with dedicated meeting times. Furthermore, there may be referrals from general neurology, geriatrics, primary care to include stroke/vascular cognitive impairment, Alzheimer disease, ADHD, pre- and post-surgical patients, genetic conditions, and psychiatric or functional neurologic conditions to round out trainee experiences.

The practicum focuses on developing applied (e.g., referral clarification, test selection-administration-scoring, transdisciplinary communication, integration-report writing, feedback) and knowledge-based (e.g., disease presentation, comorbidities, neuroanatomy, cultural & individual differences) competencies in clinical neuropsychology. Although most germane to movement disorders, the competencies developed in this neuropsychology practicum will generalize to other populations. 

Beyond individual supervision, didactic opportunities include neurological sciences grand rounds, phenomenology video rounds, teams’ case discussions, and other miscellaneous rounds. Although the focus of the practicum is on neuropsychological assessment, there may be opportunities for research, intervention/support group involvement, and Spanish-language supervision depending on 1) trainee interest, skill, and time, and 2), opportunity availability for the semester. These opportunities are considered supplementary to the assessment focus. 

Anticipated availability for 2022-2023: Yes.
How to apply: Please send a cover letter, C.V., two letters of recommendation, transcript (unofficial okay), list of tests administered, and sample assessment report (de-identified) to Drs. Anderson and Gonzalez. 
Contact Information: Sharlet Anderson, PhD & David A. Gonzalez, PhD, ABPP 
 

Supportive Oncology 

Availability for 2022-2023: 2 Positions

Supervisors: Yasmin Asvat, Ph.D, Patricia Fank, Psy.D., Lauren Rynar, Ph.D.

Overview: This is an advanced health psychology externship designed to provide training experiences in Psychosocial Oncology. The Psychosocial Oncology team is an integral part of the Rush University Cancer Center Supportive Oncology Program, which is a comprehensive suite of services designed to improve the quality of life, quality of care, and outcomes for patients with cancer and their caregivers. The mission of the supportive oncology program is to: 1) decrease distress and improve quality of life using evidence-informed practices; 2) connect people with the resources they need; and 3) decrease symptom burden associated with cancer or its treatment.

The Psychosocial Oncology team works to to accomplish this mission via the delivery of consultation, liaison, evaluation, and psychotherapy services in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Specifically, externs will work in two main capacities during the training year: 1) inpatient consultation for hematology/oncology patients who are hospitalized and who have been referred by the primary medical team for psychological evaluation and psychosocial support. 2) outpatient psychotherapy with a focus on coping with cancer and its physical and psychological impact. In caring for patients, externs will work in a multi-disciplinary setting including, but not limited to, to oncology, surgery, internal medicine, social work, psychiatry, palliative care, and nursing.

Externs will apply assessment and evidence-based intervention skills to the management of: 1) psychosocial concerns including adjustment disorders, depression, anxiety, end of life issues, disease-specific quality of life concerns, treatment non-adherence, and providing support to patient’s caregivers and 2) behavioral symptom management of issues such as pain, sleep difficulties, nausea, and cognitive complaints Externs frequently have opportunities to work closely with other Supportive Oncology providers (psychiatry, chaplaincy, dietetics, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, massage therapy, social work) to provide patients with comprehensive and integrated services. Externs may also have the opportunity to co-lead supportive and/or skills training groups and perform clinical activities with the Bone Marrow Transplant team.

Requirements:

  • Able to devote 2 full-days on site (16-20 hours per week). Current enrollment in an APA-accredited doctoral program in clinical psychology.
  • Completion of Master’s degree at time of application.
  • At least 2 previous practicum experiences, with a preference for previous experience in health psychology.
  • Training runs from 7/1/2022 to 6/30/2023.

Expectations:

  • Outpatient caseload of approximately 4-5 patients per week.
  • Inpatient consultation caseload will vary, with approximately 50% of dedicated rotation time.
  • 1 hour of individual supervision per week.
  • 2 hours of group supervision per month.
  • 1-2 hours of didactic seminars per week in-person or via Webex (Health Psychology didactics, Clinical Psychology resident didactics, Psychiatry Grand Rounds). Didactic training may also include review of assigned readings and training materials.
  • 2 hours per week dedicated for chart review, documentation, and other ancillary tasks.

Note on COVID-19 precautions:
Psychosocial Oncology at Rush operates in a hybrid in-person/virtual mode. Inpatient work is conducted with appropriate PPE as indicated by standard safety protocols at Rush. Outpatient work is conducted either virtually, when indicated in the case of group program and when requested by patients, or in dedicated clinical space. Clinical space is sanitized after every patient visit and patients and providers are required to wear masks and maintain physical distance.

Application: Students interested in applying for the Psychosocial Oncology Externship should send the following materials to Dr. Lauren Rynar via email (lauren_rynar@rush.edu) by January 29, 2021.

  1. Letter of interest
  2. Current CV
  3. Current transcript
  4. Two letters of recommendation (one must be from a clinical supervisor, one from a current faculty member at your training program). Letters should be emailed directly to Dr. Rynar.

Applications are due by midnight on January 28, 2022. Interviews will be conducted virtually between January 28 and February 24, 2022. Offers will be made on a rolling-basis, with all offers made by the final date of February 25, 2022. Students will only hold one offer a time and immediately inform externships that they are declining an offer or cancelling interviews after accepting an offer. If an applicant receives an offer from a less preferred externship site, they are encouraged to reach out to this program to inquire about their standing. We request that applicants refrain from holding multiple offers simultaneously. Please note we do not follow ACEPT guidelines.

Veteran/Trauma Psychology

The Road Home Program: The National Center of Excellence for Veterans and Their Families at Rush offers a practicum for psychology doctoral trainees seeking treatment and assessment experience with Veterans and their families. Road Home provides individualized care on an outpatient (OP) basis to Veterans and their loved ones to help heal the invisible wounds of war. Further, Road Home is part of the Warrior Care Network as a Midwest regional center for the treatment of PTSD through a two-week intensive outpatient program (IOP) focused on combat and military sexual trauma. Externs will receive training in the assessment of PTSD, individual therapy, and group therapy with emphasis on evidence-based treatments. Supervision and professional development are ongoing through individual and group supervision.  

Anticipated availability for 2022-2023: Yes, externships are scheduled to begin in July 2022.  

How to apply: For a complete application, please send a cover letter that describes your careers goals and how RHP can facilitate your continued professional development, CV, unofficial transcript, and two letters of recommendation to Brianna Werner, PhD by January 28, 2022 with interviews to be conducted virtually or in person and offers made on a rolling basis.

Contact Information: Brianna Werner, PhD