Postdoctoral Clinical Research Fellowship Program


The two-year Postdoctoral Clinical Research Fellowship program, which includes the Madigan Family Fellowship and the Dr. John J.B. Morgan Fellowship, provides funding for postdoctoral fellows to pursue research and receive clinical training at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. The Fellowship Program aims to train scientist-practitioners who will become clinical and scientific leaders in the field of family psychology.

The Dr. John J.B. Morgan Postdoctoral Fellowship facilitates the training of scientist-practitioners in the tradition of Dr. John J.B. Morgan, a nationally-known psychologist affiliated with Northwestern University from 1925 until his death in 1945. The Dr. John J.B. Morgan Fellowship is supported by grants from the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation. The Madigan Family Postdoctoral Fellowship is jointly sponsored by the School of Education and Social Policy of Northwestern University and The Family Institute at Northwestern University.

The Family Institute's research program, which is affiliated with Northwestern University's Psychology Department, conducts research on the systemic context of psychopathology, behavioral medicine, couple and family dynamics, mental disorders, and psychotherapeutic change. Please visit our Research area for more information about the ongoing research at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. The Family Institute provides more than 60,000 therapy sessions to individuals, couples and families per year, making it an ideal context for conducting clinical research.

One Postdoctoral Fellow is recruited each year to work on a specific program of research conducted at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. Morgan and Madigan Postgraduate Fellows are recruited in alternate years, but have similar research, training, and clinical responsibilities. The Fellowship also provides some protected time to develop individual research interests. The Fellowship Program's clinical, research, and training opportunities are described below.

The Madigan Family Clinical Research Fellowship 
at The Family Institute at Northwestern University


The two year fellowship is an opportunity for a very talented and accomplished newly emerging mental health professional at the doctoral level to develop and improve their skills and knowledge in regard to: 1) the psychotherapeutic treatment of families, couples and individuals from a multi-systemic and integrative perspective; 2) the conduct of empirically informed research pertaining to the assessment of and subsequent prediction and tracking change within clients systems; 3) evaluating the outcomes of therapy with different types of client systems; 4) feeding change data back to relevant stakeholders (therapists, clients, supervisors, program directors, etc.). Fellows work closely with Drs. Jacob Goldsmith and Richard Zinbarg, and the research and clinical staff of the Institute.

In this two-year Fellowship, a postdoctoral fellow in clinical/counseling psychology or family therapy pursues research and receives clinical training at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. The Institute conducts research on couples and family dynamics, mental disorders, and psychotherapeutic change. The Family Institute’s staff practice and its Bette D. Harris Family and Child Clinic annually provide over 71,000 therapy sessions to more than 6,500 individuals, couples and families from all walks of life, which makes it an ideal context for clinical training and research.

The Fellow will be part of the research program of the Institute’s Epstein Center for Psychotherapy Change. The fellow will work closely with the research team in exploring and analyzing data from ongoing studies with the Systemic Therapy Inventory of Change—STIC®. The STIC, a multi-systemic and multi-dimensional online measurement and feedback system, assesses and tracks change in client systems and feeds these data back to therapists in real time throughout the course of therapy. Therapists share STIC data with clients to facilitate collaborative assessment, treatment planning and progress evaluation. This Fellowship trains Fellows to become clinical and scientific leaders in family psychology/therapy and integrative, empirically informed and multi-systemic therapy.

Preferred applicants should have completed a doctorate in clinical or counseling psychology, or marriage and family therapy. Demonstrated commitment and passion for couple and family therapy as well as the integration of science and practice are requirements for this position. The capacity to develop research questions, pursue empirical solutions to those questions and produce quality research publications are also required. Lastly, the capacity to work well with diverse colleagues, supervisors and clients is also required.

Benefits include a $42,000 stipend, access to Northwestern University Libraries and Northwestern University Wildcard benefits, 4 weeks of paid time off, health insurance and liability insurance, opportunities for professional development. The fellowship position offers teaching opportunities, mentorship, and career development. Upon completion of the fellowship, the fellow should have the supervised clinical hours required to become licensed in the state of Illinois.

If you have questions about the Clinical Research Postdoctoral Fellowship program, please contact Timothy Dwyer, PhD, Director of the Fellowship Program at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dr. John J.B. Morgan Fellowship


The Family Institute actively seeks applicants from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups so that our body of students, fellows, faculty and staff will more closely reflect the diversity of American society. Furthermore, The Institute is committed to broad inclusiveness and affording equal opportunity to all without regard to age, gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation or physical ability.