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Postdoctoral Fellowships and Research Training

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences offers numerous postdoctoral clinical and research opportunities across a range of interest areas. Below is a list of the formal fellowships and research training we offer, but there are also numerous additional 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.

Postdoctoral Clinical and Research Training

NIH T-32 Postdoctoral Research Training

Postdoctoral Psychology Training

To find more opportunities with individual researchers: Index of Research Programs, Labs, and Projects in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Postdoctoral Clinical and Research Training

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

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:

Milap Nowrangi 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
5300 Alpha Commons Dr.
Baltimore, MD 21225
Phone: 410-550-2295
Fax: 410-550-5992
Nathan E. Crone, M.D.
Associate Director, Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry Fellowship
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

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 Board Certification in Behavioral Sleep Medicine by the Board of Behavioral 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 Behavioral Medicine 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 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
Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology
Director, Division of Behavioral Medicine, Johns Hopkins Bayview, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
600 North Wolfe Street, Meyer 1-108
Baltimore, MD 21287
Phone: 410-550-7000

Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship

The geriatric psychiatry fellowship is a one-year clinical post-graduate training position that 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. The fellowship is funded in part by a Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program grant from the Health Research and Services Administration and also through philanthropic support. Graduates of ACGME accredited residencies in general psychiatry are eligible for the fellowship.

Supervised clinical rotations include (among others): geriatric psychiatry inpatient service, geriatric psychiatry day hospital, geriatric psychiatry outpatient clinic, memory clinic, service, and in-home experiences as well as rotations in consultation-liaison psychiatry, long-term hospital medical psychiatry and electives. Structured didactics are provided on a weekly basis. Opportunities for research experiences are widely available, and scholarly endeavor is an expectation of the program. Close mentorship and supervision is provided by the program director and key faculty.

Consistent with the goals of the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program to enhance health outcomes for older adults by integrating geriatrics with primary care, the fellowship is integrated across the Johns Hopkins Divisions of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry as well as Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology.

The training takes place in the rich clinical, teaching, and research environment of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

For further information or to apply, please contact:

Susan Lehmann, M.D.
Clinical Director, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry
Director, Geriatric Psychiatry Day Hospital
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Member, Miller-Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
600 N.Wolfe Street, Meyer 4-181
Baltimore, MD 21287
Phone: 410-955-3917
Fax: 410-614-8761


Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship

The Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 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 psychosomatic medicine. The fellowship is incorporated into a one-year clinical training program at the Johns Hopkins Bayview and Johns Hopkins Hospital campuses. Graduates of ACGME accredited residencies in general psychiatry are eligible for the fellowship.

Supervised clinical rotations include (among others): 1) consultation-liaison psychiatry service including dedicated half day on the burn-wound service, 2) community psychiatry outpatient clinic with focus on integrated care, and 3) elective outpatient clinics  which include opportunities to rotate through the HIV, transplant, or psycho-oncology clinics.  Structured didactics are provided on a weekly basis in conjunction with the geriatric psychiatry and neuropsychiatry seminar series. Opportunities for research experiences are widely available, and scholarly activity is an expectation of the program. Fellows also receive teaching opportunities including direct supervision of residents, medical and physician assistance students in addition to formal didactics in teaching skills. Close clinical supervision and mentorship for scholarly productivity is provided by the program director and key faculty. For further information about the program, please contact the training director:

Durga Roy, M.D.
Director, Consult-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Phone: 410-550-9616
Fax: 410-550-1336

Please submit applications to:

Denise Rosado
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
4940 Eastern Avenue, 4th Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21224

Phone: 410-550-0064

NIH T32 Postdoctoral Research Training

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 (

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

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:

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

fax: 410-550-0030

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

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

Interdisciplinary Pain Research (NIH/NINDS T32 supported)

The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine offers a postdoctoral training program for both basic science and clinical researchers interested developing an academic career in pain research. Candidates must obtain their doctoral degree (MD, PHD, PSYD, DDS, etc.) prior to starting the fellowship. The training program is intended to develop postdoctoral trainees’ skills to become independent investigators in the interdisciplinary field of biobehavioral pain research. Candidates with some background in neuroscience or pain with evidence of commitment to a research career are preferred. The training program (1-2 years) incorporates coursework, mentored research experiences, an individual integrated research project, seminars, and exposure to professional development skills, including grant proposal and manuscript writing. In rare cases a third year may be possible. 

The overarching goal of the postdoctoral program is to prepare the next generation of innovative research leaders to work cooperatively within an interdisciplinary team to address the complex problem of pain. This program is supported by an NIH NINDS T32 training grant. The neuroscience of pain will be emphasized throughout the training. The fellowship incorporates coursework and mentored research experiences in at least two scientific domains that are synthesized by: 1) an integrated research project, 2) an extramural grant application, and 3) the writing and publishing of papers.

The training objectives are to: 1) develop an enhanced foundation in the neuroscience of pain; 2) engender a broad conceptualization of pain that includes, but is not limited to, neurobiologic, cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and social processes; 3) develop skills for communicating, networking and collaborating with scientists in other disciplines; and 4) design and conduct an integrative pain research project. Each fellow will be collaboratively mentored by two core faculty with distinct domains of pain-related research expertise in either: 1) neuroscience, 2) clinical research and 3) behavioral or social science. Program faculty cut across the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health.

Principal investigators for the grant are School of Medicine professors, Michael T. Smith, Ph.D. and Xinzhong Dong, Ph.D. 

Trainee Requirements: To be appointed to the T32 research training grant, an individual must be a citizen, a non-citizen national of the United States or must have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence (i.e., in possession of a current, valid Alien Registration Receipt Card I-551, or must be in possession of other legal verification of such status). Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible for the T32.

Trainees must have received, as of the beginning date of the appointment, a MD/PhD, MD or PhD or comparable doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution. Written certification by an authorized official of the degree-granting institution that all degree requirements have been met, prior to the date training is to begin, is acceptable. Preference will be given to candidates with strong research interests and potential. Salary will be according to NIH fellowship and training stipend levels.

We especially encourage applications from members of under-represented minority groups. Johns Hopkins is a non-discriminatory/affirmative action equal opportunity employer. 

Applications: Admission to the program is rolling. Applicants who expect to have their doctoral degree conferred within one year are encouraged to apply early, however, fellows cannot start the program until their doctoral degree is conferred. To apply, please send a curriculum Vitae and a one page cover letter describing your career goals and areas of research interest related to pain research to: Michael T. Smith, Ph.D. at: 

Psychology Postdoctoral Training

Adult Clinical Neuropsychology

This program 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:

David Schretlen, M.A., Ph.D.
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

Pediatric Medical Psychology

The Pediatric Medical Psychology Program at Johns Hopkins is expecting openings for a 1-year postdoctoral fellowship. US News and World Report has rated Johns Hopkins Hospital as the #1 hospital 22 times (including 21 years in a row, 1991-2011). Within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry offers a one-year postdoctoral fellowship designed to provide supervised experiences in Child Clinical and Pediatric Psychology. Approximately 85% of previous fellows acquired initial positions as faculty or staff at Johns Hopkins or other academic medical centers; approximately 70% are currently in academic settings. Moreover, many faculty and staff psychologists have developed programmatic initiatives within Johns Hopkins (e.g., multidisciplinary teams with pediatric medical subspecialties, child clinical specialty programs) and have developed similar programs elsewhere. While the focus of our fellowship is clinical, all fellows will be involved in research as well. Divisional research opportunities emphasize topics within developmental psychopathology (e.g., ADHD, emotion regulation, health risk behavior) and pediatric psychology (e.g., coping with chronic illness, adjustment following injury). Didactic training includes weekly Grand Rounds and research conferences offered by the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; in addition, there are weekly divisional research and clinical seminars provided. Learn more about Pediatric Medical Psychology at Johns Hopkins

The clinical focus of the fellowship includes consultation, assessment, and treatment services provided to clinically impaired youth who are served by our inpatient, day hospital, and outpatient programs.  We work with youth as part of our clinical child psychology clinics as well as pediatric behavioral medicine through our medical subspecialty clinics. We serve a diverse population of families from urban, suburban, and rural settings, range of SES, range of ethnic diversity, developmental stage (infant-young adult), referral concerns, and disease presentation.

Within our one-year pediatric psychology fellowship, our fellows will have the opportunity to work with youth who present with a range of medical and/or psychiatric conditions. In particular, the fellow will participate within multidisciplinary clinics within the departments of Child/Adolescent Psychiatry, General Pediatrics/Adolescent Medicine, Otolaryngology, Urology, GI, Burn, Dermatology, Oncology, and Cardiology. Fellows provide inpatient consultations and treatment to children in psychiatric and medical inpatient units. Fellows will consult with medical providers (e.g., pediatric specialists, psychiatrists, surgeons, nurse practitioners), multidisciplinary teams (e.g., nursing, child life specialists, social workers) and families to optimize adherence, improve pain management, enhance adjustment/coping with various medical conditions, and treat comorbid psychopathology. To complement specialty training in pediatric psychology, fellows will receive training in delivery of empirically-supported treatments (e.g., CBT, PMT, Ex/RP, DBT) for a range of psychological disorders and conducting assessment of cognitive/intellectual functioning, executive functioning, academic achievement, and psychological/emotional/social functioning. 

The minimum stipend for an entry-level position is $47,484 plus health insurance (based on NIH guidelines; the exact stipend may be adjusted for cost of living increases). The fellow is afforded 2 weeks of vacation; additional time is provided for sick leave and to attend at least one professional conference. Fellows may be invited to stay a second year based upon performance and mutual agreement.

How to apply: Interested applicants must complete all requirements for a doctorate in child clinical, pediatric, counseling, or school psychology prior to the start date of September 1, 2017 (earlier start dates will be considered). Review of applications will begin December 5, 2016. We expect to host on-campus interviews in January 2017. We will follow APPIC recommendations guidelines for the selection and application process, and we will adhere to the Uniform Notification Date. We encourage all applicants to carefully review the APPIC guidelines as well. Only applications submitted electronically through the APPA-CAS system will be considered (located at, and timely submission of materials is encouraged.  Please direct inquiries to Carisa Perry-Parrish, Ph.D., Director of Training, via email: (please note “Fellowship Application Question – [Your Name]” in the subject line to minimize overlooked emails).  Submission of incomplete materials may result in delayed review.

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
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