Associate Psychologist, Mood Disorders Center

Organizational Summary
The Child Mind Institute is an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Our teams work every day to deliver the highest standards of care, advance the science of the developing brain and empower parents, professionals and policymakers to support children when and where they need it most. Together with our supporters, we’re helping children reach their full potential in school and in life. We share all of our resources freely and do not accept any funding from the pharmaceutical industry.

Job Summary
The Child Mind Institute offers a professional training program within our Mood Disorders Center designed to prepare candidates for a successful career in child and adolescent psychology. Year one is a traditional post-doctoral fellowship consisting of individual and group supervision, training didactics and 15-20 hours per week of direct clinical care. If the candidate receives full licensure in year one, year two includes a 50% increase in compensation, clinical productivity requirements of 20-24 hours per week, direct administrative support, supervision of clinical externs, and increased independence while continuing to receive training and supervision. The fellowship will begin as early as July 15, 2018. Consideration will also be given to candidates who complete their predoctoral internship by the end of August 2018. This is an exempt position, located in our New York City headquarters, and offers a competitive salary and full benefits, as well as support for attending a conference or continuing education training.

The Mood Disorders Center is one of four programs that comprise our rapidly expanding clinical treatment services of the Child Mind Institute. The Center offers cutting edge, tailored treatment services for children, adolescents, and young adults suffering from mood disorders and related concerns, including depressive disorders, bipolar disorder, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, suicidality and self-harm, and emotional dysregulation, as well as comorbid diagnoses such as anxiety and ADHD, and includes our adherent Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program for preadolescents, adolescents, and young adults. The Center is dedicated to giving children and families the tools and support they need to improve their functioning and flourish at home, school, and in the community.

The Center’s clinicians are experts in the field in providing comprehensive clinical care. They work intensively with children, parents, and teachers, and utilize a wide range of evidence-based intervention approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Behavioral Activation, mindfulness-based interventions, Parent Management Training (PMT) tailored for individuals with mood disorders, and when needed, provide intensive interventions to youth. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in all facets of our multidisciplinary group practice, and contribute to a dynamic, collaborative team.

The Mood Disorders Center of Child Mind Institute offers an extraordinary opportunity for a qualified clinician to receive structured postdoctoral training in a unique, innovative academic setting. Training focuses on the accurate diagnosis and use of evidence-based treatment for children, adolescents, young adults, and their families. Clinical training and experience includes conducting semi-structured clinical assessments, individual, family, and group clinical work (including co-leading DBT groups), participating in intensive interventions, didactics, comprehensive individual and group supervision, providing education in the community, supervision of externs (with oversight and training in providing supervision), and exposure to research. Fellows will receive specialized training in CBT, DBT, and other evidence-based treatment for mood disorders, emotional dysregulation, and comorbid disorders, and also participate in evidence-based trauma interventions with youth through the Trauma and Resilience Service of our Anxiety Disorders Center. Fellows are strongly encouraged and guided to develop areas of interest and specialization.

As a component of the training experience, the post-doctoral fellow will participate in a variety of learning experiences at the Child Mind Institute. Specifically, fellows will attend multidisciplinary case conferences, clinical meetings with center staff, and attend lectures through our Visiting Professor Series, consisting of renowned experts in mental health. Fellows will also be given the opportunity to give presentations at schools and local community organizations. Additionally, there will be opportunities to collaborate with website writers on specific topics for the Child Mind Institute website and with other services within the Child Mind Institute.

The ideal candidate will possess exceptional clinical skills in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults, including experience with mood disorders and individuals with emotional dysregulation, and will have training and SOME prior experience in using CBT and DBT. The position will provide postdoctoral clinical hours and supervision needed for licensure.

Primary Faculty

The Mood Disorders staff includes leading clinical psychologists. Center staff regularly collaborate with pediatric neuropsychologists, child and adolescent psychiatrists, child and adolescent psychologists and social workers, and other staff from our multidisciplinary clinical team.

Jill Emanuele, PhD, Senior Director, Mood Disorders Center

Lindsay Brand, PhD, Associate Psychologist

Stephanie Dowd, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist

Lindsey Giller, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist

Alexandra Hamlet, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist

Stephanie Samar, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist


  • Ph.D. or Psy.D. degree from an APA-accredited or CPA-accredited program in clinical, counseling, school-clinical, or school psychology
  • Full completion of doctoral degree by the beginning of the postdoctoral fellowship
  • Obtain New York State Limited Permit to practice psychology by the start of the fellowship
  • Successful completion of APA-accredited internship
  • Flexibility in work hours to meet productivity goals and deadlines
  • Team player and ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Demonstrated professional attitude and ability to interface with senior management, clinicians, and staff

Application Details and Instructions

Click here to apply. Please submit the following:

  • Cover letter (attention: Jill Emanuele, Ph.D., Senior Director, Mood Disorders Center and Kenneth Schuster, Psy.D., Director of Training)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A treatment summary or case conceptualization (no more than 2-3 pages) representing your use of evidence-based interventions with a child, adolescent, or young adult, preferably an individual with a mood disorder or emotional dyregulation.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled, and applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Any questions or inquiries can be directed to Jill Emanuele, Ph.D., Senior Director, Mood Disorders Center (

Employment at Will Relationship: This position description does not constitute a guarantee that employment will continue for any specified period of time. Rather, employment is at the mutual consent of the employee and Child Mind Institute, and can be terminated at will by the employee or by Child Mind Institute.

Child Mind Institute reserves the right to modify the job description and/or reporting relationship at any time.

Child Mind Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Child Mind Institute is committed to recruiting and maintaining a diverse staff; individuals from all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

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