January 10, 2014

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Anxiety Disorders at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders


We anticipate hiring several clinical postdoctoral fellows starting July 1, 2014 or September 1, 2014 at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD) in NYC.  While gaining a broad set of experiences and advanced education in the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety and related disorders, each fellow will have the opportunity to specialize in one or two of the following areas:

1.  School refusal program:  This fellowship will concentrate on gaining expertise in the functional assessment and prescriptive treatment of school refusal behavior following the model outlined in Kearney and Albano (2007).  Under the mentorship of CUCARD senior psychologists, the fellow will be involved in all aspects of working with families and schools engaged in remediating school refusal behavior, from direct patient care to working with school personal and families to promote return to school and healthy functioning.

2.  Coaching Approach behavior and Leading through Modeling (CALM), a Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for early-onset anxiety disorders:  This fellowship is focused on implementing the adaption of PCIT known as "CALM" (Puliafico, Comer & Albano, 2012) for youngsters ages 3 through 8 years who present with anxiety and related disorders.   The fellow will also treat traditional PCIT cases with youth presenting with externalizing conditions.  PCIT and CALM clinicians gain the benefit of experience in patient care through live coaching and supervision by senior psychologists at CUCARD.

3.  Launching Emerging Adults Program:  The Launching Emerging Adults Program (LEAP) at CUCARD integrates the core components of effective cognitive behavioral treatments for anxiety disorders in older adolescents and young adults (ages 16-28) with specific components designed to address patient-caretaker dependency, role transitions, and attainment of behaviors necessary for independent adult functioning.  This program is part of a larger collaborative NY Presbyterian Hospital Youth Anxiety Center.

Duties:  Overall responsibilities will include conducting diagnostic/intake evaluations and individual, family and group psychotherapy utilizing empirically supported treatments.  School evaluations, treatment planning and consultation, and behavioral programming are also conducted as needed.   Applicants should have a strong background in CBT and experience evaluating children, adolescents or adults using the ADIS interviews and treating patients across the anxiety disorders spectrum.  Experience with Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is a bonus.

Opportunities for teaching, publishing, and professional presentations are also made available. Qualified applicants should hold a PhD or PsyD from an APA-approved clinical psychology program, with completion of an APA approved internship.

The Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD) is a specialized CBT/evidence-based treatment clinic that is part of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University in NYC.

CUCARD is comprised of a highly energetic, vibrant and fun group of clinical psychologists who all have expertise in treating the anxiety and mood disorders.  The postdoctoral fellow will be supervised by our licensed staff including Dr. Albano, will conduct group therapies with Dr. Albano and other staff members, and will be mentored individually and by the collective group.  Participation in ABCT and APA's Division 53 will be encouraged and benefits include a travel stipend. Applicants should send a cover letter, vita, and three letters of reference to Anne Marie Albano, PhD, CUCARD, 3 Columbus Circle, Suite 1425, New York, NY  10019.

See our soon-to-be updated website for more information about CUCARD: www.anxietytreatmentnyc.org

Kearney, C.A., & Albano, A.M. (2007).  When children refuse school:  Therapist manual.  New York:  Oxford University Press.
Kearney, C.A., & Albano, A.M. (2007).  When children refuse school:  Parent guide.  New York:  Oxford University Press.
Puliafico, A.C., Comer, J.S., & Albano, A.M. (2012) Coaching approach behavior and leading by modeling: Rationale, principles, and a session-by-session description of the CALM Program for early child anxiety.  Cognitive and Behavioral Practice.

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