Training Program

The post-doctoral program in psychology is a forty hours per week program that runs for 24 months. In addition to clinical work, all fellows will participate in the following:


  • 3 hours individual supervision
  • 1.5 hours clinical team meeting
  • 3.0 hours Core Seminar, led by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. and Trauma Center faculty
  • 1+ hour specialty project meeting(s) (dependent on current grant funding)
  • 1 hour research meeting (if relevant)


  • 1.5 hour Lecture Series
  • Professional Development seminar

Note: Fellows may participate in additional seminars or meetings, dependent on specialty track, availability of advanced seminars, and/or participation in grant-funded projects.

The Core Curriculum

Core Seminar - Held Monday mornings from 9:30-12:30, this weekly seminar provides fellows with a theoretical framework for trauma treatment, as well as a rich case study population drawn from the experiences of a diverse practitioner pool. Faculty and guest lecturers are invited to speak on a wide range of theoretical approaches and treatment options. This seminar is led by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., Margaret Blaustein, Ph.D., and Jana Pressley, Psy.D., and includes presentations by many of the Trauma Center faculty.

Monthly Lecture Series - As Medical Director, Dr. van der Kolk either speaks personally on his research or trauma theory, or invites colleagues in the trauma field do the same. These lectures occur once a month on Thursday afternoons between 12:00-1:30 and draw a wide audience from the Boston psychological community.

Additional seminars are often offered through The Trauma Center's Training Institute, and fellows are encouraged to participate in advanced trainings and consultation opportunities throughout the year. In year 2 of the Fellowship, the Core Seminar is replaced by advanced clinical seminars and consultation groups.


Each fellow will be assigned a minimum of two clinical supervisors and one “track” supervisor (research or clinical specialty), one of whom will be designated a primary supervisor. Additionally, each fellow will meet individually on a quarterly basis with the Director of Training and also periodically in a group format with other fellows.

Consultation - Opportunities for consultation on dissociative disorders, EMDR, childhood trauma, and other areas are also available.

Fellowship Tracks

Our full-time positions are funded against a prorated base salary of $50,000 FTE in the first year, with full-time benefits. Fellows will be salaried for 24 or more hours per week as specified below. The remaining time will be funded via fee-for service clinical assignments, including therapy and evaluation sessions; fellows may anticipate earning at least $12,000 FFS income during their first year, with increased fees typical during the second year. Fellows receive a salary increase in the second year of the position, and there may be opportunity for increased salaried hours during year two.

Track Description – Clinical/Research Services

The fellow in this track will be funded 24 hours per week as a clinical research fellow at the Trauma Center at JRI. Specific responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to: clinical research evaluation with children and families for the Trauma Center’s multi-site randomized control trial of Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC), manuscript development for scientific journal submissions, program evaluation/data analysis, database maintenance, and/or other research tasks, as needed. The fellow will also become an active participant in the center’s grant-writing team. Applicants for this position should have some experience working as a research assistant or equivalent. Familiarity with statistical analysis, database organization, and project coordination is desirable. Clinical research evaluation activities occur at three community based mental health clinics. The remainder of the fellow's time will involve outpatient clinical assessment and treatment, as well as the array of training experiences described above.low's time will involve clinical assessment and treatment reimbursed as fee-for-service, in addition to the array of training experiences described above.

Grant Writing Responsibilities:

Fellows who are members of the Trauma Center’s grant writing team will be actively involved in development and submission of six or more federal grants per year, divided about equally between clinical research and service development, evaluation and training grants. Fellows will assume increased responsibility in construction of these grants over time, holding the lead role in grant composition and submission for at least one grant during Y01 of the fellowship, and for 2 or more grants in Y02. While fellows are funded 4 hours per week as members of the grant writing team in Y01 (with the potential to increase hours in Y02 based on aptitude, interest and the availability of funding), the actual weekly work volume fluctuates considerably based upon grant cycles and is more accurately reflected as approximately 200 hours per year.

To learn how to apply:

Postdoctoral Fellowship positions are also available at the MetroWest Behavioral Health Center (MBHC) in Acton, MA. For MBHC positions, please click here.