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Postdoctoral Fellowships and Research Training

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences offers numerous postdoctoral fellowships and other research training opportunities across a range of interest areas. Below is a list of some the formal fellowships and research training we offer, but there are also numerous opportunities available with individual researchers. In addition to the information provided here, interested persons should review the work of the various laboratories and research groups within the department and contact those researchers directly if they wish to explore specific opportunities.

Adult Clinical Neuropsychology | Aging and Dementia Training ProgramAlexander W. SchweizerAnxiety DisordersBehavioral Neurology/Neuropsychiatry | Behavioral Sleep Medicine | Child and Adolescent Psychology  |  Clinical Health Psychology/Rehabilitation Psychology | Geriatric Psychiatry | Human Behavioral Pharmacology of Substance AbuseSchizophrenia and Molecular Psychiatry Interdisciplinary Training in Psychiatry and Neuroscience | Maryland Regional Fellowship Training in Geriatrics

Johns Hopkins University offers a comprehensive salary program and excellent benefits in a smoke and drug free workplace. The successful candidate(s) for these positions will be subject to a pre-employment background check. EOE/AA/D/V

Index of Research Programs, Labs, and Projects in the Department of Psychiatry


Adult Clinical Neuropsychology

The residency in adult clinical neuropsychology at Johns Hopkins provides two years of advanced training and supervision in the clinical application of scientific knowledge of normal and abnormal brain function and behavior, across the life span, to postdoctoral psychologists. The program includes didactic and practicum experiences in assessment and intervention that are consistent with the Policy Statement of the Houston Conference on Specialty Education and Training in Clinical Neuropsychology. Its aim is to develop in psychologists the clinical competencies that enable them to qualify for certification in clinical neuropsychology by the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN/ABPP).  The residency program was one of the original members of the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (APPCN), but is no longer participating in the match program.

For more information about our clinical programs and faculty visit the Medical Psychology webpages.

Download the Adult Clinical Neuropsychology Fellowship Program brochure

For further information or to apply, contact:

Jason Brandt, Ph.D., ABPP(CN)
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Director, Division of Medical Psychology
The Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
600 N. Wolfe Street, Meyer 218
Baltimore, MD 21287-7218
phone: 410-955-2619
fax: 410-955-0504
e-mail: jbrandt@jhmi.edu


Aging and Dementia Training Program

The goal of this pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training program is to train young investigators in age-related cognitive and neuropsychiatric disorders. It is an interdisciplinary program, funded by the National Institute on Aging, affiliated with the Department of Neurology and the Department of Psychiatry at the School of Medicine, the Department of Mental Health at the School of Public Health and the Department of Psychology and Brain Sciences at the School of Arts and Sciences.

Postdoctoral fellows are expected to engage in original research under the supervision of a faculty member. Doctoral trainees must complete the required coursework for their degree program, complete qualifying examinations and a research dissertation.

Please contact Dr. Marilyn Albert for further information (malbert9@jhmi.edu).

1620 McElderry Street
Reed Hall East – 2
Baltimore, MD 21205


Alexander Wilson Schweizer Fellowship

The Alexander Wilson Schweizer Fellowship funds up to a two-year position in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, which is renowned for its tripartite mission of research, teaching, and clinical care. The Fellowship is a permanently endowed fund, whose income is used to support fellows working in depression or bipolar disorder. Historically, these funds have supported physicians expanding their clinical expertise, developing educational programs for the public about mood disorders, and/or working in our genetics laboratory to uncover the causes of mood disorders. Geneticists and neuroscientists are also encouraged to apply for the fellowship.

Applicants must have a M.D. and have completed a general psychiatry residency, or hold a Ph.D. in a related area of study. The Alexander Wilson Schweizer Fellowship is novel as applicants are encouraged to propose innovative ideas which will accelerate our understanding and treatment of depression and bipolar disorder or improve care and education. Close mentorship and supervision is provided by Dr. James Potash, Dr. Karen Swartz, and other faculty. Diverse opportunities for research and advanced clinical practice are available.  For more information about the Schweizer Fellowship.

Contact Karen Swartz, M.D., at kswartz1@jhmi.edu


Anxiety Disorders Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences announces a postdoctoral fellowship in the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders. The fellows will split their time between The Johns Hopkins Burn Unit where they will engage in the psychological evaluation and treatment of patients with major burn injury, and the Anxiety Disorders Clinics at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and The Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The position provides a fairly even split between clinical and research activity and requires knowledge and experience in cognitive-behavioral techniques. Fellows also take part in various departmental and campus-wide didactics and seminars, participate in ongoing projects, and develop independent investigations. Additionally, fellows are encouraged to develop and present abstracts and submit original manuscripts from project data. The goal is to develop research expertise and to benefit from training in anxiety disorders in preparation for advanced academic or clinical appointments.We are most interested in applicants who have completed an American Psychological Association-accredited program and internship and whose degree will be awarded by the time of the fellowship. Applications should contact James A. Fauerbach, Ph.D. , Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, jfauerba@jhmi.edu, for additional information.


Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry Fellowship

The Johns Hopkins Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry (BN & NP) Fellowship Program is a two-year program accredited by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS). The fellowship is a joint effort by the Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry. The fellowship provides supervised clinical experience, a didactic program, and research opportunities. At the end of the training, fellows will be eligible to take Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry certification examination.

Click here for a PDF of the BN & NP Fellowship goals and curriculum.

For further information or to apply, contact one of the following:

Vani Rao, M.D.
Director, Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry Fellowship
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Division of Geriatric and NeuropsychiatryPsychiatry
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
550 N. Broadway, Suite 308
Baltimore, MD 21205
Phone: 410-955-6158
Fax: 410-614-8042
Email: vrao1@jhmi.edu

Nathan E. Crone, M.D.
Associate Director, Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry Fellowship
Associate Professor of Neurology
Divisions of Epilepsy, Clinical Neurophysiology, and Cognitive Neuroscience
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
600 N. Wolfe St., Meyer 2-147
Baltimore, MD 21287
Phone: 410-955-6772
Fax: 410-614-8042
Email: ncrone@jhmi.edu


Behavioral Sleep Medicine Postgraduate Fellowship

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is accepting applications for a one-year clinical (75%) and research (25%) fellowship. Second year opportunities with greater focus on research may be possible.

Primary goals of the fellowship are to provide requisite training, supervision, and clinical experience for state liscensure and certification in Behavioral Sleep Medicine by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Fellows will participate in a weekly sleep medicine seminar with Department of Medicine, Pulmonary and Neurology sleep medicine fellows. Behavioral Sleep Medicine fellows are also expected to attend a monthly Neuroscience of Sleep Seminar. The Johns Hopkins Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at the Bayview Medical Center is part of the Division of Geropsychiatry/Neuropsychiatry and is closely aligned with the Johns Hopkins Sleep Disorders Centers at both the Bayview Medical Center and The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Fellows will be encouraged to provide behavioral consultations for these Centers.  

Research training will be provided by matching the fellow's interests with ongoing faculty research. Activity in a research project is expected. Preference will be given to candidates with strong research interests and potential. Fellows will have access to active research mentorship in four broad areas:  (1) sleep in neuropsychiatric / behavioral disorders  [e.g., drug abuse (amphetamine-type stimulants, benzodiazepines or opioids), sleep & neurotoxicity, traumatic brain injury, dementia, trauma / anxiety disorders]; 2) sleep in medical disorders (e.g., rheumatologic disease, chronic pain, burn injury, cardiovascular disease, breast cancer); 3) psychiatric, physiologic and behavioral dimensions of primary sleep disorders (e.g., restless leg syndrome, primary insomnia,  sleep-disordered breathing, sleep bruxism, circadian rhythm disorders, and parasomnias), 4) physiologic and neurocognitive consequences of sleep deprivation.

To be considered, applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from an American Psychiatric Association accredited program by the time the fellowship starts. The first year stipend is consistent with National Institute of Health recommendations for postdoctoral fellows and also includes benefits. To apply, please send a two page (maximum) cover letter before January 15, 2009 describing:

1) Your behavioral sleep medicine BSM and/or relevant clinical experience.

2) Your career goals.

3) What you would like to accomplish during this postdoctoral fellowship to advance your career goals.

4) One or two research areas from the list above in which you are interested and the reasons for interest.

5) When your degree is expected, including the dates of your successful dissertation defense

Please include: a copy of your curriculum vitae; graduate school transcript(s), and two letters of recommendation from clinical supervisors who comment on your clinical strengths and weaknesses. Applicants may also send a copy of a manuscript in submission, in press, or published (optional). Successful applicants must demonstrate strong clinical skills in health psychology / behavioral medicine or training in cognitive-behavior therapy. Specific predoctoral experience in behavioral sleep medicine is a plus. Strong candidates will have a telephone interview with the training director and a follow-up interview with the potential research mentor. We especially encourage applications from members of ethnic and racial minority groups. Johns Hopkins is a non-discriminatory/affirmative action employer. Send all application materials to:

Michael T. Smith, Ph.D., C.B.S.M
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Johns Hopkins Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program,
Director of Research and Clinical Training
600 North Wolfe Street, Meyer 1-108
Baltimore, MD 21287

msmith62@jhmi.edu

Phone: 443-287-2384


Child and Adolescent Psychology

The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry within the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions offers a two year postdoctoral fellowship designed to provide supervised experiences in Child-Clinical and Pediatric Psychology.

During the first year of the fellowship, the clinical focus will primarily include assessment, consultation and treatment services provided to clinically impaired youth who are served by our inpatient, outpatient and day hospital programs. The full range of psychopathology is represented within these programs; however, the outpatient programs will emphasize patients seen through our specialty clinics.  Within this context, clinical supervision is offered by nationally recognized experts in the following disorders:  Tics and Tourette syndrome, Depression, ADHD, OCD and other Anxiety Disorders.

During the second year of the training program, the clinical focus will include patients that are seen through our Pediatric Psychology Service; in particular, the fellow will participate within multidisciplinary clinics that involve patients seen through Otolaryngology, Urology, GI, Burn and Dermatology. Didactic training includes the weekly Grand Rounds and research conferences offered by the Department of Psychiatry; in addition, there will be weekly divisional research and clinical seminars provided. 

In conjunction, training opportunities are available through other departments within Johns Hopkins University or at allied institutions. Postdoctoral fellows will also participate in divisional research opportunities involving developmental psychopathology and pediatric psychology.

The minimum stipend for an entry level position is $36,996 plus health insurance (the exact stipend may be adjusted for cost of living increases). The fellow is afforded 2 weeks vacation; additional time is provided for sick leave and to attend at least one professional conference.

Interested applicants must complete all requirements for a doctorate in clinical pediatric or school psychology before July 1, 2013. Ideally, the start date will be July 1, 2013; however, adjustment in start date can be considered on a case-by-case basis. Review of applications will begin January 4, 2013 and continue until the positions are filled. Send vita and three letters of recommendation t
 
Dr. Carisa Perry-Parrish
Director of Training, Pediatric Psychology
Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Johns Hopkins University Medical Institutions
1800 Orleans St, Bloomberg Children’s Center 12N
Baltimore, Maryland 21287
 
Materials can also be submitted via email: cparris5@jhmi.edu (for email submissions, please note in the subject “Fellowship Application”)


Clinical Health Psychology/Rehabilitation Psychology Fellowship

The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences has a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical health/rehabilitation psychology. The position emphasizes promoting and studying adjustment for patients with complications from major burn injury. The primary responsibilities of the fellow are coordination of a National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) -funded Burn Model System project (BMS) with local and national collaboration projects, as well as evaluation and treatment of patients admitted to the

Johns Hopkins Regional Burn Center

. Due to the vast impact of burn injury, fellows will be able to engage in research indiverse areas such as PTSD, pain, sleep, body image, and treatment adherence behavior. Fellows will assist in ongoing BMS studies and develop related self-initiated research projects. Specifically, fellows are expected to develop and present abstracts and submit original manuscripts from BMS project data. The position requires knowledge andexperience in cognitive-behavioral techniques, and provides a fairly even split between clinical activity and protected research time. Fellows also take part in various departmental and Hopkins-wide didactics and seminars, participate in ongoing projects outside the BMS, and develop independent investigations. The goal is to develop research expertise in longitudinal designs and randomized trials of behavioral interventions. Further, the fellowship is aimed to provide knowledge and expertise in rehabilitation and clinical health psychology methods in preparation for advanced academic or clinical appointments in medical settings.?We are most interested in applicants who have completed an American Psychological Association-accredited program and internship and whose degree will be awarded by the time of the fellowship. Experience in critically ill or injured populations is favorable but not required.

Fellows will spend 50% of hours engaged in clinical activities. This is typically dedicated to working with patients with burn injuries. It is possible that substantial clinical work may be dedicated to working with outpatients with anxiety disorders (e.g., doing assessments and CBT, and assisting in training psychiatry residents). Another possible option is to do clinical work with populations served by the Rehabilitation Psychology service (e.g., patients seen in a rehabilitation context with wide range of known or suspected central nervous system dysfunctions).

Assessments and interventions seek to ameliorate the impact of impairment on function and participation in all of these patients. Fellows will engage in treatments as part of an interdisciplinary team, which includes surgery, intensivists, psychiatry, social work, occupational and physical/occupational therapy, speech/language pathology, and nursing. Applicants should contact James A. Fauerbach, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, jfauerba@jhmi.edu, for additional information.


Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship

This one year clinical fellowship is accredited by the accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The fellowship provides training leading up to eligibility to sit for the American Board of psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) subspecialty board in geriatric psychiatry. Supervised clinical rotations include inpatient, outpatient, assisted living, nursing home, and in-home experiences. Structured didactics are provided on a weekly basis, as are several teaching and research experiences. Close mentorship and supervision is provided by the program director and key faculty. Opportunities for research experiences are widely available. The training takes place in the rich clinical, teaching, and research environment of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, as well as on the affiliated Fairhaven/Copper Ridge campus in Sykesville, Maryland. For more information about our clinical programs, please visit our webpage at www.hopkinsmedicine.org/psychiatry/clinical/geriatric.html

Training Director and Key Faculty: Peter Rabins (training director), Constantine Lyketsos, Susan Lehmann, Paul Rosenberg, Martin Steinberg, Adam Rosenblatt, Vani Rao. Graduates of ACGME accredited residencies in general psychiatry are eligible for this training program. For further information or to apply, contact:

Peter Rabins, M.D., M.P.H.
Meyer 279, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
600 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21287-7279
Phone: 410-955-6737 / Fax: 410-614-1094
e-mail: pvrabins@jhmi.edu


Human Behavioral Pharmacology of Substance Abuse

Areas of research training include:

  • Clinical pharmacology of drugs of abuse
  • Medications development research
  • The cognitive neuroscience and behavioral toxicity of drugs of abuse
  • Abuse liability assessment
  • Behavioral treatment of substance abuse
  • Pharmacological treatment of substance abuse
  • Integration of behavioral and pharmacological treatments
  • Psychiatric comorbidity
  • Behavioral and neuropsychiatric assessment
  • Cognitive and psychomotor function
  • HIV risk behavior assessment
  • Clinical trials research methods and management
  • Addiction and pregnancy
  • Women's health issues

A broad range of abused substances is studied - opioids, cocaine, sedatives, alcohol, hallucinogens, club drugs, tobacco, caffeine. For more information about program resources, faculty, and publications see the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit website: www.bpru.org

For further information or to apply, contact:

George E. Bigelow, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Director, Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit (BPRU)
The Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine
5510 Nathan Shock Drive
Baltimore, MD 21224-6823
phone:410-550-0035
fax: 410-550-0030
e-mail: bigelow@jhmi.edu


Schizophrenia and Molecular Psychiatry

The Molecular Psychiatry Program (MPP) at Johns Hopkins University offers an interdisciplinary pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training to address pathological mechanism and novel treatment strategy for schizophrenia and related disorders. This program is funded in part by the National Institute of Mental Health, including P50 Silvo O. Conte center grant. We utilize many resources available at Johns Hopkins to perform multifaceted research. These approaches include molecular biology, neuroscience, biomedical engineering, human genetics, and clinical epidemiology together tackling science in a comprehensive manner. We support many clinical fellows and basic science scholars (e.g., postdoctoral fellows) who share an interest in the interface of clinical psychiatry and basic science. We currently have 5 pre-doctoral and 20 post-doctoral trainees (both M.D., and Ph.D.) with more opening slots.

 Learn more:

For further information or to apply, contact:

Akira Sawa, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Director, Johns Hopkins Schizophrenia Center
Director, Molecular Psychiatry Program
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
600 N. Wolfe Street, Meyer 3-166
Baltimore MD 21287
Phone: 410-955-4725
Fax: 410-614-7292

E-mail: asawa1@jhmi.edu


Interdisciplinary Training in Psychiatry and Neuroscience

This program permits individuals who have completed their residency in psychiatry or neurology or a doctoral program in any relevant area to participate in either clinical or basic science training relating to neuropsychiatric diseases.  Postdoctoral fellows have the opportunity to do laboratory or clinical research with one of our faculty members, whose expertise include:

  • Molecular biology and genetics
  • Cell biology and biochemistry
  • Mouse genetics
  • Neurobiology and behavior
  • Clinical neuropsychiatry
  • Human genetics
  • Brain imaging

There is also a seminar and course program, individually tailored to the trainee. For more information about program faculty, publications and laboratories, please visit our website at http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/psychiatry/neurobiology

Applications from individuals who are members of under-represented minorities, have disabilities, or are from an economically disadvantaged background are strongly encouraged.

For further information or to apply, contact:

Christopher A. Ross, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Division of Neurobiology, Department of Psychiatry
Ross Research Building, Room 618
720 Rutland Avenue
Baltimore MD, USA, 21205


Maryland Regional Fellowship Training in Geriatrics

This two year training program supported by a grant from the Health Research and Services Administration (HRSA) provides training for future academic leaders in geriatric psychiatry, geriatric medicine, and geriatric dentistry. The program is fully integrated across the Johns Hopkins Divisions of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry, Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, and the University of Maryland's School of Dentistry.

Psychiatry trainees are also enrolled in the Division's accreditation Council for graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited one year clinical fellowship leading up to eligibility to sit for the American Board of psychiatry and Neurology subspecialty board in geriatric psychiatry. Supervised clinical rotations, in collaboration with geriatric medicine and dentistry, include inpatient, outpatient, assisted living, nursing home, and in-home experiences. Structured didactics are provided on a weekly basis, as are several teaching and research experiences. Close mentorship and supervision is provided by the program director and key faculty. Opportunities for research experiences are widely available.

The training takes place in the rich clinical, teaching, and research environment of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, and the Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, as well as on the affiliated Fairhaven/Copper Ridge campus in Sykesville, Maryland. Training Director for Psychiatry and Key Faculty: Constantine Lyketsos (training director), Peter Rabins, Susan Lehman, Chris Durso (Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology), Janet Yellowitz (Dentistry). Graduates of ACGME accredited residencies in general psychiatry are eligible for this program.

For further information or to apply, contact:

Constantine Lyketsos, MD, MHS
Division of Geriatric and Neuropsychiatry
550 North Broadway, Suite 308
Baltimore, MD 21205
phone: 410-955-6158
fax: 410-614-8042
email: kostas@jhmi.edu

 
 
 
 
 
 

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