Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology
(Adult Program)

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

The Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at Stanford is committed to providing an environment which is diversity, equitable and inclusive for all who train and work in the program. We actively engage in DEI centered work through didactics, clinical experience and additional training opportunities as well as in our recruitment and retention of fellows and faculty.

Fellows at Stanford are encouraged to explore and connect with the many affinity groups and organizations throughout the School of Medicine dedicated to creating a sense of community for all members of the Stanford community including:

Structure of the Program

The fellowship is structured to provide fellows with a balance of direct clinical training, supervision, educational programming, and professional development opportunities; fellows spend 50% of their time, or 20 hours, in the provision of direct clinical service, with the remaining time comprised of supervision, didactics and non-direct clinical service.  Each fellow’s training year is individually tailored to provide supervised training in general adult psychology as well as in the chosen subspecialty. Fellows receive intensive supervision, including a minimum of two hours of individual supervision, with many fellows receiving additional supervision from our clinical faculty.  Fellows spend a minimum of two to four hours a week in didactics.  The balance of training activities allows residents to gain supervised training in evidence-based practice and prepare them for autonomous practice.

Clinical Subspecialties

The Clinical Psychology Fellowship (Adult Program) is designed to provide both breadth and depth of training, with opportunities for postdoctoral fellows to gain supervised training in the assessment and treatment of adults presenting with a wide variety of psychological disorders, while also allowing for focused training in specific areas of interest.

Stanford offers fellowships in Clinical Psychology in one of the following three subspecialty tracks (please follow the links for more information):

  1. General Adult Psychology (subspecialty psychotherapy; 8 - 10 positions)

  2. Behavioral Sleep Medicine (2 - 4 positions)

  3. Pain Medicine (1-3 positions)


Fellows receive a minimum of four hours of supervision each week. Two hours of weekly individual supervision are provided by our faculty and fellows also receive two hours of group supervision through participation in the weekly didactics.

Didactic Training

Stanford University is a rich learning environment and, as such, fellows participate in many didactic opportunities throughout the year. Below is a list of didactics offered through the fellowship.

Professional Development Seminar

This weekly seminar, led by Drs. Norah Simpson and Janie Hong, explores topics relevant to professional development, including careers in psychology, models of supervision, consultation and liaison work, current developments in evidence-based treatments, and innovative research. In addition, this seminar includes monthly case consultation and journal club presentations by fellows.

Clinical Seminar

In addition to the Professional Development Seminar, adult fellows will spend an additional hour each week in a didactic series that runs quarterly and includes the following seminars:

  • Supervision Seminar
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Seminar
  • Ethics Seminar

Additional Opportunities

In addition to the above seminar training opportunities, the Department of Psychiatry has Grand Rounds every Thursday at noon between October and June. Fellows are welcome to attend a weekly two-hour seminar led by Dr. David Burns on skills training in cognitive behavioral therapy. Interested fellows may also attend a weekly two-hour seminar in biostatistics led by Dr. Booil Jo.

Successful Completion of the Postdoctoral Fellowship

All fellows receive written feedback from their primary supervisors twice yearly: once at the mid-point of the academic year and again at the end of the year. Evaluation is seen as a mutual process, whereby fellows also provide their supervisors with written feedback at the same two time intervals.

In order to successfully complete the postdoctoral fellowship, fellows will attain competency at the beginning licensure level across all seven competencies. In addition, fellows are expected to attend all mandatory didactics, to engage in ethical, professional behavior throughout their time in the fellowship, and to complete the full year of the fellowship.

In the event of a grievance, fellows have access to the due process procedures outlined in our Grievance Resolution Procedure for Postdoctoral Scholars document.

Program Duration

The Clinical Psychology Fellowship is a one-year position. It starts at the beginning of September and ends on August 31st the following year.

When available based on research funding, two-year clinical research fellowship positions are offered in both Adult and Child Psychology. At least 50% of time in the fellowship is dedicated to clinical service provision and training, with the remaining time (<50%) supported by research funding. These positions are associated with specific clinical research initiatives and identified on our website when they are available. They are part of the APA approved clinical psychology fellowship program, and typically also start on September 1st.

Salary and Start Date

Stipend minimum is $73,800 + generous benefits. Benefits include vacation days, sick leave, statutory holidays, as well as a generous health plan. Complete Funding Rates and Guidelines: Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

The postdoctoral fellowship year is anticipated to be 9/5/2024 - 8/31/2025.

Application Requirements, Process, and Dates

Application Requirements

All applicants must have completed:

  1. An APA- or CPA-accredited graduate program in clinical or counseling psychology
  2. An APA- or CPA-accredited internship
  3. All requirements for their PhD or PsyD, including dissertation, prior to beginning their appointment.

Positions are contingent upon funding. Minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Process

Please apply using the APPIC Psychology Postdoctoral Application system. You will need the following information when completing the online application:

  1. A cover letter specifying the position to which you are applying and your aims
  2. Your CV
  3. Three letters of recommendation
  4. If at the time of application your dissertation has not been completed, please submit a letter from your dissertation chair documenting the timeline for completion of the dissertation.

Application Dates

Applications are due by December 3, 2024.

For questions please contact Karen Saltzman (

Positions are contingent upon funding.

Stanford University School of Medicine is committed to fostering a diverse community in which all individuals are welcomed, respected, and supported to achieve their full potential. Our program emphasizes recruitment and acceptance of a diverse class of fellows. We invite applicants to share any information that would be helpful in their application to our program.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.



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