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In this two-year Fellowship through the Center for Applied Psychological and Family Studies, a postdoctoral fellow in clinical/counseling psychology or family therapy pursues research and receives clinical training at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. Fellows are trained to become clinical and scientific leaders in how to provide measurement-based care.

The Postdoctoral Fellowship in Dissemination & Implementation Research & Outcome Evaluation is designed for those interested in:

  • Measurement-based care
  • Outcome evaluation
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Access to The Family Institute Staff & Clinics

As a Research Fellow, you will have access to The Family Institute's staff practice and its Bette D. Harris Family & Child Clinic, which provides more than 90,000 therapy sessions to more than 7,500 individuals, couples and families from all walks of life annually, making it an ideal context for clinical training and research. There are also numerous clinical training opportunities ranging from our DBT and CBT programs to working with couples and families.

Research Opportunities

The Fellow will be part of a growing research program dedicated towards providing Measurement Based Care. Under the direction of Jay Lebow, Ph.D., ABPP, Senior Scholar for Clinical Research Integration, the fellow will gain expertise in conducting dissemination and implementation research as well as outcomes evaluation. You will analyze and conduct research on:

  • Data from our electronic health record, including depression, anxiety, romantic relationship functioning and parent/child relationship measures for existing clients
  • Past studies using the Systemic Therapy Inventory of Change (STIC®) — a multi-systemic and multi-dimensional online measurement and feedback system that assesses and tracks change in client systems

The fellow will also work with Dr. Erika Lawrence, Director of Translational Science; Jana Jones, President & CEO; and Dr. Richard Zinbarg, Chief Scientist and Research Consultant.

We encourage Fellows to incorporate their own research interests and questions into existing and proposed research.

We Provide Benefits to All Fellows

The fellowship position offers teaching opportunities, mentorship and career development as well as the following benefits:

  • Paid holidays
  • 20 days of paid time off
  • Health insurance
  • Paid professional liability insurance
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Eligibility Required to Apply

Preferred applicants will have completed a Ph.D. (or Psy.D.) in clinical/counseling psychology or a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy. The applicant should have strong interests in psychotherapy research and data analysis.

Important Application & Interview Dates for 2021

  • Applications are due on January 15, 2021
  • Fellowship positions start on September 1, 2021
Steps to Apply

An application is considered complete when all required documents have been received. All applicants will be notified by letter of the faculty’s decision as quickly as possible.

Required application documents:

  1. The Postdoctoral Clinical Research Fellowship Application

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2. Statement of research interests

3. Cover Letter — Explain why you are applying for this fellowship and how you feel it fits with your career plans

4. Curriculum Vitae — Include information about your research and clinical training experiences, employment and education history, as well as any publications, presentations and professional affiliations

5. Graduate Transcripts

6. Three Letters of Recommendation — At least two of the letters should be from individuals who have direct, evaluative knowledge of your research abilities and experience. At least one letter must speak to your clinical skills and experience as well. Letters should be e-mailed directly from the recommender.

Application materials should be sent in one email to:

Kristen Catuara
Assistant Director of Administration, Education Programs

The Family Institute at Northwestern University 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 Family 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.

If you have questions about the fellowship program in general, please contact Laura Levin, Ph.D., Director of the Fellowship Program, at Questions specifically pertaining to the nature of the research experiences should be directed to Jay Lebow, Ph.D., Senior Scholar, at