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    Postdoctoral Clinical Fellowships


    Postdoctoral Clinical Fellowships, Information and Application

    Behavioral Medicine and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

    Division of Behavioral Medicine
    Department of Community Medicine
    Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute

    Application Procedure
    About Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute
    Mission Statement
    Goals and Objectives
    Clinical Programs
    Supervised Clinical Experience
    Training Meetings and Seminars

    Application Procedure

    • Completed Application (Download the 2020 Postdoctoral Fellow Application)
    • Letters of Reference from Three Clinical Supervisors
    • Letter From your Director of Internship Training Verifying Your Status in Fulfilling Your Clinical Training Experience
    • Letter from Dissertation Director Verifying Status of Dissertation.
    • CV
    • Graduate Transcript
    • Copies of Relevant Publications


    Send To:

    Deb Elliott-DeSorbo, Ph.D.
    Director, Postdoctoral Training Program
    Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute
    1129 Macklind, Saint Louis, MO 63110
    [email protected]

    The Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer. Concerned with the diversification of our training opportunities, we encourage minority applicants to identify themselves.

    Applicants must have completed all requirements for the Doctoral Degree and must have received the Doctoral Degree from an APA accredited program or from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, including an APA accredited internship or an internship meeting APPIC standards.

    About Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute

    The Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute, which was established in 1995, is an academic affiliate of Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center. Our faculty and staff support the academic mission of the University in many ways. They are frequent contributors to professional journals and at professional meetings, and they participate in advanced training of family practice residents, psychologists, social workers, and medical students.

    The main office of the Institute is located in a two-story, modern professional office building. We are located off-campus in the city of St. Louis. The building has a number of private offices, group therapy rooms, patient lounges, conference rooms and clinical library. For our pain management patients, we have an on-site physical therapy department and fitness room. The Institute also has two satellite offices in the metropolitan area, in Chesterfield and Belleville.

    The Institute integrates knowledge and techniques from the behavioral and the medical sciences to provide comprehensive treatment for a wide range of health problems. Treatment approaches include cognitive and behavioral therapies and other empirically supported therapies in individual or group formats. Since 1983, the Division of Behavioral Medicine (Saint Louis University) has worked with many types of patients from those with general counseling needs to the most complex, requiring specialized multidisciplinary care.

    Our multidisciplinary teams (including psychologists, psychiatrists, physicians, nurses, physical therapists, spiritual directors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and other professionals) collaborate with referring clinicians, and organizations. We have the ability to assess each patient and tailor the most effective treatment plan.

    Mission Statement

    Our Institute is dedicated to the promotion of mental and physical health by integrating knowledge from the behavioral sciences with the latest advances of contemporary medicine. In pursuit of our mission, and as an affiliate of Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center, we strive to:

    Deliver compassionate, interdisciplinary patient care attentive to the vital relationship between body, mind, and spirit.

    Discover new knowledge and effective treatments by conducting scientific research and staying abreast of progress in the field.

    Educate healthcare students and professionals to ensure future availability of behavioral medicine services.

    Advance community awareness of behavioral medicine principles to prevent illness and enhance health.

    Goals and Objectives

    The goal of the fellowship is to teach psychology fellows to work within multi-discipline, methods, and treatments of physical diseases and behavior disorders.

    Our objectives for the fellows are as follows:

    1. To learn how to evaluate patients and form coherent treatment plans.

    2. To appreciate issues related to the current healthcare environment and to relate effectively with other healthcare professionals.

    3. To provide effective individual and group therapy to clients.

    4. To attain proficiency in at least one area of sub-specialization

    (e.g., anxiety disorders, psychology and religion, or eating disorders, etc.)

    Clinical Programs

    Depending on funding, 1 – 3 fellowships are available in specialized behavioral programs. In addition to their primary area of concentration, fellows will also see individual clients presenting with a full spectrum of psychological difficulties. The Director of Training is based at the Macklind office and will have, at a minimum, one hour of weekly contact with all fellows. Fellowships are scheduled to begin each year in September. Program areas are:

    1. Center for OCD and Anxiety-Related Disorders (COARD)

    The Center for OCD and Anxiety-Related Disorders (COARD) is a multi-disciplinary program for the evaluation, treatment and study of phobias, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and anxiety-related problems. The COARD offers state-of-the-art, comprehensive treatment including medication, cognitive and behavioral therapies, and other adjunctive interventions. A full spectrum of care is offered including intensive outpatient, day treatment, individual, group, and family therapy. As a regional and national resource for consumers and professionals, the Center also offers comprehensive evaluations for patients from outside the St. Louis area, case consultations to professionals in other parts of the country, and specialized, intensive treatment for individuals with anxiety disorders that have not benefited from prior treatment.

    2. Eating Disorders Program (EDP) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program (DBT)

    Based upon interest, we would be open to considering post-doctoral fellows within our Eating Disorders Program and/or our Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program as well.

    3. Psychology and Religion Program (This track will not be offered in 2020-2021).

    Our nationally recognized Psychology and Religion Program includes a variety of multidisciplinary evaluation and treatment options for clergy and religious professionals. Its primary client base is Roman Catholic, but the program is open to all faith traditions and denominations. There is a conscious effort to integrate psychological, spiritual, and medical approaches to healing. The postdoctoral fellow participates in individual and group therapy and psychological evaluations, in the context of both outpatient and intensive therapy. The psychological services for religious professionals include the treatment of obesity, comprehensive psychological testing, and assessment of Fitness for Ministry with an emphasis on combining spirituality with evidence-based practice.

    Supervised Clinical Experience

    Each fellow receives a minimum of two hours per week of individual, face-to-face supervision. In addition, fellows may also receive peer supervision from other licensed staff clinicians. Supervision may include the use of case notes and other supporting materials. Supervisors are responsible for providing fellows with written and verbal feedback regarding their performance and progress. These evaluations are performed twice per year. Informal verbal feedback is provided on an ongoing basis. Fellows have access to due process procedures, as described in the Institute Employee Handbook (under “Problem Solving Procedure,”) in the event of a grievance.

    Trainings Meetings and Seminars

    Throughout the year, fellows attend a weekly, one-hour-seminar series with topics covering theoretical and therapeutic issues related to the fellow’s clinical experience. Topics from previous years include: “Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of OCD,” “Comprehensive Behavioral Interventions for Tics,” “Integrative Treatments for Children with Anxiety,” “Reinforcement Approach to Working with Oppositional Adolescents,” “Spirituality and Wellness,” “Eating Disorders Treatment,” “Pain Management,” “Family Therapy,” and “Finding your First Job.” The seminar sessions are taught by the faculty and staff of the Institute. To complement supervision and the seminar series, fellow are required to read a variety of materials from a reading list (e.g., treatment manuals, book chapters, and research articles). These readings are designed to enhance skill-building and to complement the other training experiences. Fellows also have access to other resources available at the Institute (e.g., library, internet, and other educational materials).

    Fellows are expected to apply for a provisional license in the State of Missouri upon acceptance into the fellowship. Individual supervisors and the Director of Training will assist new fellows in the completion of their applications. The provisional license permits the fellow to take the license exam prior to the end of their fellowship, therefore receiving their licensure upon the completion of their fellowship.

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