Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health

Fellowship Opportunities

Evaluation Center Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Evaluation Center based on a long-standing public-academic partnership between the City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services and the University of Pennsylvania Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research (CMHPSR) offers postdoctoral training in behavioral health services research. The Center oversees and carries out key research and evaluation activities for the City of Philadelphia behavioral system and supports the system in setting data-driven policy priorities to improve quality of public behavioral health care.

The fellowship will offer opportunities to evaluate community-based programs including, but not limited to school-based behavioral health care for children, inter-system behavioral health care for adults entering jail, and transition care coordination for adolescents with psychiatric disorders. Through the fellowship, postdocs will strengthen their quantitative research and analytical skills; learn how to develop interdisciplinary research collaborations and partnerships with public systems of care; and collaborate on manuscripts and presentations. The fellow will be given work space, time for independent research development and mentorship. 

The successful candidate will be expected to work as part of the Evaluation Center team to manage and analyze quantitative longitudinal data based on multiple data sources (including both administrative and primary data), carry out data management and statistical analysis; consult with the Evaluation Center team on primary data collection, research methods and statistical analyses; and write policy briefs to disseminate research findings. The fellow will also assist supervising graduate and undergraduate students.

Start Time

Summer 2016. The position is contingent upon funding; initial appointment is for one year but a two-year appointment is possible, and desirable.


Applicants must have a PhD by the time of the appointment. Possession of statistical and database programming expertise (SAS preferred) to transfer data to analytic-ready data files in analyzing behavioral health care programs and conducting trend analyses is necessary. Previous experience working with community service providers and/or public systems of care is preferred.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit (1) Cover letter; (2) CV; (3) writing samples; and (4) the names of three professional references to Dr. Christina Kang-Yi at

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For more information about the CMHPSR, please visit:


Fellowship in Community Services Psychiatry

The University Of Pennsylvania Department Of Psychiatry through The Center of Excellence and Innovation in Public Psychiatry offers one- or two-year post residency fellowships annually. The fellowship was created as a cooperative program with community mental health partners and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The fellowship is designed as subspecialty training for psychiatrists who plan leadership careers in the public sector. The core of the fellowship consists of supervised work at collaborating public sector agencies in Philadelphia. These field placements are complemented by an academic curriculum that teaches clinical, leadership and administrative/management skills that will provide fellows with the tools and expertise to become part of the next generation of leaders in public psychiatry. The fellowship is designed to immerse fellows in clinical team leadership experiences and wide exposure to the range of services in the system in Philadelphia. Each fellowship experience is individually designed to enhance the skills of the fellow and provides a range of clinical practice sites and academic opportunities. Each fellow is expected to complete an independent research or organizational project as part of the fellowship.

The fellowship has two salary models. Fellows can commit to one year at $90,000 plus benefits or two years at $120,000 for the first year of the fellowship and market rates for community psychiatrists for the second year. Additional funding is available for conference and educational activities.


Trevor Hadley, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry at the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research serves as the primary academic and research mentor for fellows and Co-Director of the Center of Excellence and Innovation in Public Psychiatry.

Kristin Vanzant, MD, Medical Director of Horizon House and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania is Co-Director of the Center of Excellence and Innovation in Public Psychiatry.

Anthony Rostain, MD, MA, Director of Education for the Department of Psychiatry, serves as primary liaison to departmental and medical school teaching programs.
Additional clinical supervision will be provided by mentors recruited from the ranks of Philadelphia community psychiatrists.

Interested applicants should contact Dr. Trevor Hadley at

Application Form:

Public Psychiatry Fellowship Application Form


Post-Doctoral Fellowship Opportunity

"Services System Research in Mental Health and Substance Abuse"

CMHPSR  invites applications for one- and two-year post-doctoral research and policy fellowships. The program provides an excellent opportunity for social scientists to improve their knowledge of mental health systems and gain experience in applying qualitative and quantitative research methods to the evaluation of mental health systems. Services system research involves the study of the organization, financing, delivery and outcomes of care in the context of a changing relationship between the private and public sectors. The research focuses on vulnerable populations such as persons with serious mental illness, children with autism and the intersection of policy and practice.  Some of the fellowships are partially supported by the City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and others by a variety of NIH and other grant funds.

The Center seeks applications from persons with a PhD, MD, or equivalent doctoral degree and a strong commitment to a career in mental health services research. Past applicants have come from both qualitative and quantitative backgrounds in disciplines such as anthropology, demography, social welfare policy, health administration, clinical, and community psychology. Applications are accepted throughout the year. Both recent graduates as well as those seeking to enhance their skills in new areas are welcome to apply. Stipends vary with experience. Interested applicants should contact Dr. Rinad Beidas at


Postdoctoral Fellowship Opening

2013 – 2014 in School or Clinical Psychology

The Center for Mental Health Policy & Services Research, a division of the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry, offers Postdoctoral training for psychologists who plan clinical or research careers in autism intervention, beginning in July 2013.   The Center has a reputation for close collaboration with local government agencies, school districts and early intervention providers.  In 2008, the Center received funding from the National Institutes of Health and the Institute of Education Sciences to conduct a randomized controlled trial of two autism interventions in the School District of Philadelphia.  This unique collaboration between Penn and the district resulted in a lasting partnership through which we conduct research and provide training and support in autism intervention.

The Center also partners with UCLA and Rochester University on a multi-site longitudinal study of evidence-based practice for students with autism in mainstream and specialized placements.  This research examines the implementation and sustainability of playground and classroom-based intervention in large public schools.

In addition to this research, the Center currently holds consultation contracts with the School District of Philadelphia and Philadelphia’s early intervention system to provide ongoing training and consultation to classroom-based staff who teach children with autism.

The core of the postdoctoral training offered consists of supervised consultation work at collaborating public elementary and early intervention sites in Philadelphia.  Applicants will consult with general education and special education staff working with students diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.  Field experience is complemented by training in clinical, research, leadership and administrative / management skills that will provide fellows with the tools and expertise to become part of the next generation of leaders in psychology.

Successful applicants will have completed a doctoral degree in clinical or school psychology, or a related field.  They will be familiar with school-based consultation models like performance feedback, have a foundational knowledge of behavioral strategies and Applied Behavior Analysis, and have demonstrated capacity to work effectively in schools to ensure successful academic and behavior plan implementation.  Applicants will join other fellows in co-curricular activities, including assessment, intervention development, professional development and research.  Applicants must be able to drive to local school districts.

Salary is consistent with NIH guidelines.  Additional funding is available for conference and educational activities.  Interested applicants should contact David Mandell, ScD


Post-Doctoral Fellowship Opportunity

2014-2015 McMorris Postdoctoral Fellowship in Autism Training

The McMorris Autism Training Program represents a collaboration between the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and the Center for Autism Research at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  The purpose of the program is to train the next generation of researchers who will identify factors that affect treatment response among individuals with autism.  This type of research will require at least two parallel efforts.  First, given the heterogeneity of autism, more research is needed to understand how to best match individuals with autism to the best treatments.  This matching will require better measurement of autism symptoms and their variation across individuals, developing predictive biomarkers, and applying these metrics to develop more personalized treatments.  Second, more research is needed to understand the active mechanisms of existing interventions, and the most effective and precise ways to apply these active components on a large scale to improve outcome for individuals with autism. 

The Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research has an active research program in testing the effectiveness of autism interventions in community settings, and in determining the best ways to implement evidence-based practices for individuals with autism in these settings so that they are effective and sustain over time.

The Center for Autism Research (CAR) conducts and supports state-of-the-art research into understanding the causes and treatment of autism. Active studies focus on biomarkers, early detection, genetics, genetic syndromes associated with autism, co-occurring conditions, and focused interventions.  Methodologies include neuroimaging, genetics, animal models, brief interventions, and complex clinical characterization.  CAR also supports a large training program across multiple disciplines in basic and clinical sciences that includes both research and clinical mentorship.

The McMorris Autism Training Program is designed for scholars who will engage in translational research and study moderators of response to autism treatment. Successful fellowship candidates will have a terminal doctoral degree (PhD, MD, ScD, etc.), and a strong foundation in autism or other relevant research.  Fellows will receive mentored research training to enhance their research skills and prepare them for a faculty position in a major university or medical setting.  Applicants pursuing a clinical license will also accrue clinical hours and supervision. The McMorris Autism Training Program has a core group of ~20 mentors spanning many disciplines, from basic to applied research, who actively collaborate with each other, forming an excellent system for supporting the needs of fellows whose interests cross disciplines.  Information about mentors can be found on the CAR website (search “Our Team – Researchers”).  In addition, we encourage applicants to identify potential mentors from other relevant disciplines.

Scholars will work closely with a mentor to generate cross-disciplinary research questions from existing data sets and ongoing studies, and conduct independent research projects.  The fellowship experience will serve to extend, refine and enhance skills necessary for professional and career development, and will enable the individual to broaden his/her scientific background by acquiring new research capabilities. Fellows will benefit from a biweekly seminar that will create a regular discussion around moderators and mediators of treatment response from across multiple disciplines.  Fellows will be expected to develop skills in project planning, recording and interpretation/evaluation of data, and communication of results. Fellows will also be expected to further develop their technical, lab management, and manuscript/grant writing skills; and will present their ideas, plans and results in seminars, lectures, poster sessions and national meetings.  Fellows will also supervise research assistants and provide mentorship to undergraduate and graduate students.

Application Elements
  • Current CV
  • Statement of research interests/project proposal and training goals (2-3 pages)
  • Three letters of recommendation

All materials should be sent by email directly to Erica Reisinger, MSEd (  

Applications are strongly encouraged before April 1, but will be accepted after April 1 on a rolling basis, with start dates anytime this calendar year.


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