Clinical and Research Postdoctoral Fellowships in Portland, Oregon

The Portland Psychotherapy Clinic, Research, & Training Center is offering multiple one-year clinical and research psychology fellowships to begin in the late summer of 2022. The position is flexible depending upon the match between the interests of the fellow and the needs of the center.

There are three possible fellowship tracks that are available for applicants:

1. Anxiety disorders track – The anxiety disorders track focuses on learning structured time-limited treatments (based on exposure principles and acceptance and commitment therapy) for anxiety and obsessive-compulsive and related disorders in children, adolescents, and/or adults. The fellow will also have time set aside for administrative and research activities within the anxiety specialty clinic.

2. Research track – Fellows participating in this track will spend between 50-80% of their time in research and the remainder providing clinical services. They may also have the opportunity to participate in analyzing research data, writing papers, and potentially collect pilot data on an original research project. Our current research staff consists of two postdoctoral fellows, three psychologist-investigators, a full and part time research coordinator, and various contractors. Research areas the postdoc could be involved in include:

  • A randomized trial of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for social anxiety disorder that we are currently conducting
  • The etiology and maintenance of social anxiety with a focus on shame and interpersonal factors
  • Shame, compassion, and alcohol use
  • Shame and self-compassion as moderators of treatment outcome
  • The interpersonal behavior and social signaling of highly self-critical and shame prone individuals
  • Interventions for shame and self-criticism
  • The role of shame in relation to racism and social justice
  • Psychedelic science as it relates to a variety of topics

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3. Clinical specialty track – This track focuses on the provision of clinical services and the development of the fellow’s expertise in their chosen area of focus. Areas where specialty supervision can be provided include: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), working with shame and self-criticism, anxiety disorders, PTSD/trauma, and psychedelic harm reduction/integration.

Fellows in any track may have the opportunity to co-lead ACT and compassion-focused classes/groups. They will also have the opportunity to supervise practicum students.

The ideal candidate will have clinical training in ACT, behavior therapy, RO DBT, psychedelic assisted therapy, emotion-focused therapy, or compassion-focused therapy approaches. Fellows will receive at least two hours per week of supervision per week, which is sufficient for licensure in Oregon. Also, free of charge, fellows can attend any of the dozens of training events that Portland Psychotherapy hosts every year, led by leading experts in ACT, psychedelic assisted therapy, diversity/equity/inclusion, and many other topics. We also host a monthly didactic series focused on diversity, equity, cultural competency, and anti-racism. You can read more here about our activities and commitment to foster diversity, equity, anti-racism, and inclusion in our staff and local community.

About Portland Psychotherapy:

Portland Psychotherapy is based on a social enterprise model that attempts to contribute to the social good in four areas:

  1. Our local community– through providing clinical services (including a reduced fee), psychotherapy training and workshops, supervision of trainees, and support for local therapists
  2. The wider community– through contributing to scientific research and scholarship, dissemination of innovations, and participation in national and international organizations
  3. Employees– providing an excellent place to work with high quality of life for employees
  4. The natural environment– through managing our environmental footprint in sustainable ways that minimize our negative impact on the planet

All profits generated at Portland Psychotherapy are used to fund the social good efforts listed above. This includes the clinic’s low fee services and training programs. In addition, these funds are what support all the research our center conducts including dedicated salary support for doctoral researchers, research coordinators, or trainees involved in research. Our funding structure protects Portland Psychotherapy from the vicissitudes of grant funding and allows us to focus on furthering science rather than chasing grants. This also allows our clinicians to operate in a true scientist-practitioner model through opportunities to both contribute to and benefit from research conducted in the center. More information about our unique business model can be found here. A listing of our scientific publications can be found here. More about our research lab can be found here.

We are a collaborative group of skilled clinicians and researchers who work together to provide the highest quality of care to those we serve and to use our work to contribute to the broader scientific community. We all have a shared commitment to using science to address the problem of human suffering. We are motivated to develop and maintain expertise in what we do and are continually training and educating ourselves to excel in our areas of expertise. We are looking to add additional team members who share this vision. We strongly value cooperation and collaboration among our staff. Portland Psychotherapy is also highly committed to affirming inclusivity and diversity. Our center’s organizational structure allows us to serve clients with and without insurance, as well as those in financial need through sliding scale and low fee services.

Portland is a fantastic city that is often ranked as one of the most livable cities in America. The city has a vibrant and growing community of ACT clinicians and researchers and Portland Psychotherapy is seen by this community as a leading center for evidence-based therapy, ACT, psychedelics, training, and research. Our center is housed in a beautifully restored 1889 Victorian home in the vibrant N. Williams corridor area of Portland which provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere for clients and staff alike. For more information about building please see our website.

Minimum requirements: Doctoral degree in Clinical or Counseling Psychology. Demonstrated interest in and experience with evidence-based therapies.

This is a full-time position (i.e., 40 hours per week). Portland Psychotherapy strives to provide its staff with a high level of flexibility and autonomy and supports its employees in developing a sustainable work-life balance. The schedule is reasonably flexible and requires daytime hours. Portland Psychotherapy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an affirming and inclusive environment for all employees. Persons from historically disadvantaged populations including gender, sexual, and racial minorities are encouraged to apply.

Pay will be about $54,000 and comes with a benefits package that includes paid vacation, health insurance, retirement plan, disability and life insurance, public transportation support, travel, and training funds. We sometimes have postdocs who do two year fellowships. A contract for a two year position results in higher pay during the first year than a single year position.

Deadline for applications: We have extended our deadline to January 9, 2021 in response to the disruptions from the recent COVID surge. Email curriculum vitae, a cover letter indicating your specific interests in our positions, and have three letters of reference emailed directly to: [email protected]. Please indicate which track you are interested in when applying. You may apply to more than one track by indicating that in the cover letter. If you are interested in a two-year position please also state that in your cover letter.