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Postdoctoral Fellowship

Postdoctoral Fellowship

The fellowship is for a psychology doctoral graduate who is seeking advanced training in university or college counseling center work. The position is full time for one calendar year at the downtown Chicago campus. The start date is in early August. The clinical duties include: providing individual (both short-term and long-term), couples and group counseling; initial intake interviews; crisis intervention; case management; and consultation with students, faculty, staff and parents; possible supervision of practicum students; and other duties as assigned. The Fellow will spend at least 60% of her or his time providing clinical services.

The Fellowship is designed to provide both generalist training and specialized experience working with a diverse population of university students regarding a range of mental health and developmental concerns. The Fellow will participate in a clinical training seminar, staff meetings, and intake disposition team meetings. In addition, the Fellow may have the opportunity to take an active role in one or more areas of service, specifically outreach, training, and/or general Center administration.

Training Opportunities

Clinical Experience: The Postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to develop advanced clinical skills with a highly diverse client population across many domains including presenting problems, psychopathology, and development and life-stage issues; socioeconomic, cultural, racial and religious backgrounds and sexual orientations; and educational and career interests.  Post-doctoral fellowship experiences include:

  • Brief therapy (12 session model)
  • Long-term therapy
  • Potential for couples and/or group therapy
  • Intake and triage assessment
  • Crisis evaluation
  • Case management and referral
  • Consultation to students, faculty and staff

Outreach Experience: Postdoctoral fellows will have the opportunity to collaborate with other members of the Roosevelt community. The Counseling Center staff offers programs and services in a variety of formats, including:  workshops, seminars, table events, interactive games, internet-based information and interventions, and informational brochures and articles. The content of the wellness programs and services varies depending upon the needs of the University community and the trainees’ skills and interests. Opportunities may include:

  • Writing an article for our Illuminations newsletter
  • Developing and presenting seminars or workshops
  • Training and in-services for Resident Assistants
  • Orientation and first year student programming
  • Sexual responsibility and drug prevention programming
  • Creation of an original outreach project

Training and Supervisory Experience:  Fellows may also have the opportunity to participation in the extern selection and orientation training process, group supervision of externs and peer advocates, and conducting seminars on outreach and diversity. These opportunities will be provided depending on interest and availability.

Supervision and Training

The Counseling Center staff is committed to training and shares the philosophy that supervision and mentoring are essential in helping a post-doctoral candidate to advance in professional confidence, competence, and autonomy. Our goal is to support and prepare new professionals to move forward with skill, creativity, and flexibility into professional positions in a range of settings, with a focus on counseling centers.

Individual Supervision: The post-doctoral fellow will receive at minimum 2 hours of supervision a week with a licensed clinical psychologist. Supervisors primarily embrace an integrative theoretical orientation that relies upon a psychodynamic/relational emphasis, utilizing multicultural, feminist, developmental, systemic and cognitive behavioral theories.

Clinical Seminar: During this weekly, one-hour seminar, the fellow, externs, and psychologists rotate case presentations and didactic presentations. Topics primarily focus on therapy, ethics, and multi-cultural competency, with some variation depending on need and interest. In addition to honing consultative skills, the post-doctoral fellow will also have the opportunity to further his or her oral, written, and case conceptualization skills during the course of the seminar.

General Information


Applicants must have completed all degree requirements for a Ph.D or Psy.D in Counseling or Clinical psychology at the time of employment. Preference will be given to candidates from APA-accredited academic programs who have completed APA-accredited internships. The strongest applicants will demonstrate a professional commitment and interest in university or college counseling centers and student development.

Compensation and Benefits

The position’s stipend is $29,000 for a 12-month period. Benefits include: health insurance, vacation time, and professional development leave with potential funding.

Application Process

Applications are OPEN and close on January 23, 2015. To apply, please visit this link on the HR site at

Required materials to apply:

  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. 3 Letters of Recommendation (at least 2 from clinical supervisors)

Roosevelt University welcomes women, LGBT, disabled, international, minority-classified individuals as applicants for all positions.

For more information, please see our webpage at or feel free to contact Dr. Kusha Murarka at 312-341-3548 or

Roosevelt University Counseling Center
430 S. Michigan Ave. AUD 470 - Chicago, IL 60605
1400 N. Roosevelt Blvd. Rm 114 - Schaumburg, IL 60173 - (312) 341-3548