University of the Sciences (USciences) has a need for a qualified candidate for the position of Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellow in the Student Health & Counseling/Division of Student Affairs Department. This position is a full-time, 12-month appointment running from mid-August 2021 to mid-August 2022. The Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellow will assume a range of responsibilities including: clinical assessment and treatment, campus outreach and education, systems consultation and liaison, and supervision and training of practicum students. The Fellow serves as a member of the senior staff group within Counseling Services under the direct supervision of licensed psychologists.
The fellowship offers several distinct strengths as an opportunity for continued professional development, including:
An immediate work environment and culture that emphasizes professionalism, clinical excellence, and a strong commitment to the larger institutional mission of educating future health professionals and laboratory scientists while still insisting on professional self-care, work/life balance, teamwork, communication, and positive mutual regard for all members of the team (degreed professionals as well as administrative support staff).
Highly collaborative working relationships with senior colleagues that emphasize self- and other-awareness, explicit communication and feedback, and gradual ownership of one’s clinical and broader professional authority as a psychologist.
Robust opportunities for continued growth as a mental health clinician through service delivery to a culturally and economically diverse population of highly motivated and intelligent young adults, the majority of whom are pursuing accelerated training and licensure in the allied health professions (Pharmacy, Pre-Medicine/Dental/Veterinary, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, Health Psychology, etc.). We treat mental illness, promote stage-appropriate identity development, address maladaptive coping with intensive psychosocial stressors, as well as fostering enhanced academic and professional performance in otherwise well-adjusted student clientele.
Intensive consultation and liaison with campus stakeholders (faculty, staff, and administrative leaders), with particular emphasis on early identification, referral, and response to the needs of academically and psychologically at-risk students. We serve as client advocates, case managers and resource consultants at the boundary/interface of academic and student affairs.
Conduct Evaluation and Treatment of individual undergraduate and graduate students using a range of modalities, including: intake assessment/triage, crisis intervention, time-limited case consultation, ongoing counseling, outside referral and periodic on-call coverage.
Deliver Educational Outreach to the Campus Community on a range of psycho-educational topics, including Date Rape Prevention, Stress Management and Eating Disorders Awareness/ Positive Body Image, Orientation to Counseling Services.
Assist with the Graduate Psychology Training Program, involving supervision and training of masters- and/or doctoral-level practicum students, active participation in weekly case conferences.
Represent Counseling Services at weekly campus-wide at-risk student review meetings and assist students and stakeholders with navigation of student medical leave procedures and overall resource coordination.
Support Division of Student Affairs needs, such as New Student Orientation (June) & New Student Arrival (August), as well as Departmental, Division- and University-wide administrative initiatives.
Pursue Opportunities for Further Professional Development, including completion of “supervised practice” hours and preparation for licensing exam.
Please Note: Applicants must have completed their dissertation prior to starting the post-doctoral fellowship.
Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) or Counseling Psychology (Ph.D. or Ed.D.) from an APA-accredited program, and license-eligible (with the exception of any post-doctoral hours).
Completion of an APA-accredited internship program.
Minimum of 1 - 2 years’ experience with assessment and treatment of college student population, as well as campus-based consultation and outreach.
The finalist will be required to successfully pass a background check.
Demonstrated commitment to and experience with a diverse student population, as well as with health-professionals-in-training and/or laboratory scientists. USciences enrolls a student body consisting of nearly 40% of students who are of East-, South- or Southeast Asian descent and a large percentage of students are from immigrant families or are themselves first-generation immigrants.
Applicants with advanced training, experience, and expertise (specific areas of clinical proficiency, familiarity with specific ethnic minority student group needs, outreach/prevention, supervision, etc.) will be given special consideration.
Candidates must submit a formal fellowship application to be considered for an onsite interview. Applications must be submitted electronically. Please submit the following materials through the application portal. Applications will be reviewed as received until position is filled. Incomplete applications cannot be reviewed. A select number of finalists will be contacted to schedule an on-site and/or telephone/Zoom interview.
Letter of interest
Three letters of recommendation (at least two of which must be from prior clinical supervisors).
In addition, applicants who have not successfully completed their dissertation defense by time of application must provide a letter from their committee chair documenting the anticipated timeline for dissertation completion and formal awarding of doctoral degree.
Note to Applicants:
When applying to this position, on the “My Experience Page” and under the “Resume/CV” heading where it is indicated to “Upload a File” please attach all the required documents separately and then click the upload button.
USciences values and supports a diverse and inclusive place to learn and work. Minorities, Females, Individuals with Disabilities, and Veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.
About the Community:
USciences is a part of the University City District (UCD) which has world-renowned anchor institutions, small businesses, and residents. Our area is rich with health systems that provide direct patient care as well as numerous opportunities for collaborative research and clinical practice. Our institution is within walking distance to the Philadelphia VA, Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and a city health center. UCD is also a vibrant place to work and live. It’s a destination for eclectic food, boasts excellent public transit, and also has bike lanes and numerous bike share locations. With a Walk Score of 90, it is one of the most walkable neighborhoods in Philadelphia. For more information about UCD, please visit their website at: https://www.universitycity.org/
The University/College: University of the Sciences is located in the University City district of Philadelphia. This diverse area is home to two major research universities, an academic healthcare system, and world renowned Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a Veterans Administration hospital. These provide a rich variety of clinical and research opportunities for students and faculty. The campus is minutes from the culturally vibrant city center of Philadelphia. University of the Sciences is internationally recognized for its unique range of life science and health science majors within the University.