Postdoctoral Fellowship in MS Pain Psychology

The Johns Hopkins Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation offers a one-year or two-year postdoctoral research and clinical fellowship program in pain psychology. The fellowship provides the opportunity to develop clinical and research experience in chronic pain intervention. This program is not APA accredited.

This fellowship is not recruiting for the 2023 - 2024 training year.

On this page:

Program Information | Qualifications | How to Apply | Contact Us | Program Director

Program Information

Our fellowship in pain psychology provides the opportunity to develop clinical and research experience in chronic pain intervention. The mission is to provide an organized sequence of didactic and experiential education and training activities, with focused supervision and mentoring. The fellow joins a cohort of trainees in our additional fellowship tracks (rehabilitation psychology, neuropsychology and MS psychosocial rehabilitation research). The fellow also develops advanced competencies in chronic pain psychology and, depending on the fellow's interest, can develop advanced competencies in the specialty area of rehabilitation psychology.

The fellowship experience is tailored to meet the fellow’s specific career goals. Training activities include participating in chronic pain research and providing clinical intervention. The specific breakdown of research and clinical activities is flexible, depending on the candidate’s interest and availability of research funding. Specifically, the fellow's primary role is providing CBT and mindfulness interventions for patients with chronic low back pain (as part of a large-scale, multisite, PCORI-funded clinical trial). The fellow can participate in research projects related to this and to participate in other clinical pain research projects in our broader PM&R pain psychology research group. In addition, the fellow can provide pain psychology evaluation and intervention as part of our pain clinic, participate in ongoing Johns Hopkins pain research studies and institution-wide pain didactic opportunities, and, depending on the fellow's interest, obtain rehabilitation psychology specialty training through clinical rotations in other services in our broader training program.

Required Qualifications

  • A doctoral degree in clinical or counseling psychology (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) from an APA-accredited program, and including an APA-accredited internship
  • All degree requirements, including dissertation and internship completion, must be met before starting the fellowship on September 1st
  • Successful completion of a criminal background check if offered a position
  • If offered a position, proof of COVID-19 and flu vaccination in adherence with JHU/JHM vaccination policies

Preferred Qualifications

  • Supervised experience providing psychological assessment and intervention services in pain psychology
  • Research productivity, as evidenced by professional conference presentations and/or peer-reviewed publications
  • Participation in relevant professional organizations
  • All degree requirements should be met by July 31st to allow time for credentialing (those who anticipate being unable to meet this deadline should contact the program director as soon as possible)

How to Apply

All application materials must be submitted through our portal. Materials include:

  • Letter of interest (no longer than two single-spaced pages) that includes:
    • A description of your career goals
    • How your interests/goals fit specifically in our program(s)
    • A statement describing the completion status of your dissertation and anticipated date of graduation
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Three professional letters of reference (submitted by your referees through the online portal)
  • Unofficial graduate transcripts (official transcripts will be requested if an offer is extended)
  • APPCN doctoral training verification form (neuropsychology fellowship applicants only)

More instructions will be provided through the online portal.

Contact Us

For general inquiries, email [email protected]. For program-specific questions, contact the program director below.

Program Director

Rachel Aaron, Ph.D., M.A.

Program Director, Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pain Psychology
Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Email: [email protected]

portrait of Rachel Aaron