Postdoctoral fellowships

Each fall, SHIP accepts applications for research and clinically-focused postdoctoral fellowships.

T32 Research Focused Fellowship

Research focused fellowships are part of the NIMH funded Biobehavioral Research Training Program (T32MH019938; Schatzberg & Manber co-PIs). This fellowship offers research training aimed to help clinically trained postdoctoral fellows develop skills and experiences to promote their future independent investigative careers in the mental health field.

T32 research fellows interested in behavioral sleep medicine focused research can apply to be mentored by Dr Manber. This 2-year fellowship offers didactic courses, training in preparing and submission of grant proposals (usually career development grants), access to archival data, experience preparing manuscripts, and up to one day a week of supervised clinical training. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Manber directly to discuss research interests prior to applying.

Clinical Fellowship

SHIP also offers a clinical fellowship in behavioral sleep medicine. This one-year fellowship is housed in the Department of Psychiatry on the main Stanford University campus and is a part of the APA accredited Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. The fellowship is accredited by the Society for Behavioral Sleep Medicine and enable trainees to fulfill eligibility requirements for the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Certification exam.

Clinical fellows receive comprehensive professional training through supervised patient care and didactics. Clinical fellows are provided opportunities to participate in research, train and help supervise graduate students, submit and present abstracts at scientific conferences, write manuscripts, and deliver presentations about sleep topics.

Patient care

Supervised by clinical psychologists certified in behavioral sleep medicine (CBSM), fellows learn behavioral sleep medicine as it applies to a clinically heterogeneous case load. The majority of patients are adults with insomnia disorder, often comorbid with other psychiatric, medical, and/or sleep disorders. The program also provides training in behavioral sleep medicine approaches to other sleep disorders, including circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders, nightmare disorder, other parasomnias and CPAP adherence. Our service also provides treatment to many children and adolescents; fellows interested in exposure to pediatric behavioral sleep medicine should state this in their application. There are also opportunities for interested fellows to maintain a small caseload of adult general psychotherapy patients.


Didactics opportunities cover a range of sleep medicine topics (including those offered off-site at the Stanford Center for Sleep Science and Medicine), as well as those provided to the broader APA accredited Clinical Psychology Fellowship Program. The latter include ethics and professional development seminars that cover topics relevant to clinical fellows (e.g., paths to licensure, academic job searches). Fellows can also attend lectures offered in the rich academic environment of the Stanford University campus both within and outside the department.

Research and scholarly opportunities

Clinical fellows are encouraged to participate in research related activities in addition to their clinical training. Historically, most fellows have taken advantage of these opportunities and have taken a lead on conference abstracts and presentations at professional meetings and participated in preparation of manuscripts. Current and recently completed projects that clinical fellows have the opportunity to engage with include RCTs of CBT for insomnia comorbid with depression, perinatal insomnia, and insomnia comorbid with sleep apnea, as well as research on emotion regulation and bruxism and dissemination of CBT-I.

Lab meetings

Clinical postdoctoral fellows attend biweekly lab meeting where lab members take turns presenting on sleep related topics, recent published articles, or projects they are involved in. This collaborative meeting is an opportunity to contribute to each other’s research projects, write joint papers, and design new studies. We also have a few guest speakers each year.

Professional development

Beyond the opportunities described above, fellows can also help supervise and mentor graduate students and deliver behavioral sleep medicine presentations in other departments as well as in the community at large.

Training Faculty

Rachel Manber, PhD, CBSM, Professor, Director - Stanford Sleep Health & Insomnia Program
Norah Simpson, PhD CBSM, Clinical Assistant Professor, Associate Director -Stanford Sleep Health & Insomnia Program
Other training faculty: Donn Posner, PhD, CBSM, Adjunct Clinical Associate

Opportunities for graduate students

Graduate students in the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium Program have the opportunity to

  • Become study therapists
  • Participate in ongoing research initiatives
  • Complete their dissertation on a sleep-related topic (mentored by Drs. Manber and/or Simpson

Stanford University Psychology Graduate students interested in sleep research sometimes join our lab and can be co-mentored by our faculty. We also have limited opportunities for graduate students in other programs to be involved in research.

Medical students and undergraduates

Stanford Medical students who are interested in behavioral sleep medicine or dissemination related research are encouraged to contact Dr. Manber to discuss opportunities to become involved in ongoing initiatives and research.
SHIP also offers opportunities for undergraduates at Stanford University and other outside universities to participate in research projects. Please contact Dr. Manber to learn about current research opportunities for undergraduates.

Other mental health/medical professionals

SHIP offers limited opportunities for other mental health or medical professionals to gain experience in behavioral sleep medicine research and clinical work. Interested professionals should contact Dr. Rachel Manber to discuss potential opportunities.