Job opportunities

Openings for professionals in the field of child traumatic stress. The newest postings appear at the beginning of the page. Job opportunities will remain posted for candidates to view and submit resumes for three months.

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Post-Doctoral Position

Urban Youth Trauma Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL

The Urban Youth Trauma Center (UYTC) in the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) has an immediate opening for a post-doctoral fellow in its new national dissemination and implementation project called Unifying Neighborhoods in Trauma Effectiveness (UNITE) for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). 
The post-doctoral fellow will work with UYTC Co-Directors, Drs. Jaleel Abdul-Adil and Liza Suarez, to expand existing UYTC training and dissemination efforts to targeted urban communities across the country including Chicago (IL), Los Angeles (CA), Oakland (CA), Laredo (TX), and Toledo (OH). 
Specific UNITE goals are to: 1) develop a national media campaign to raise awareness of the needs of youth exposed to violence and involved in court, juvenile justice, and law enforcement systems; 2) disseminate UYTC’s treatment approaches to NCTSN partner sites within targeted cities; and 3) replicate the YOUTH-CAN model in specific neighborhoods in target cities to create a forum for a powerful national collaboration to improve the lives of youth and families affected by violence. 
Specific UNITE post-doctoral fellow tasks will use a train-the-trainer model to work with targeted communities as a model for: 1) recruiting and retaining local youth serving agencies; 2) co-leading UYTC trainings and subsequent online/in-person consultations for targeted communities; and 3) helping coordinate nation-wide implementation and evaluation efforts. 
The UYTC post-doctoral fellow position will be up to a two-year position (renewable after the first year contingent upon satisfactory performance review).


•    Ph.D. in Psychology, Social Work or a related social science
•    Flexibility for periodic travel to selected sites
•    Strong interest in national dissemination and implementation
•    Ability to help recruit, retain, and support a national network of urban agency participants
•    Strong oral and written communication skills


Interested applicants should a cover letter, updated curriculum vitae, and 2 letters of recommendation to Dr. Abdul-Adil at Any questions about this position can be sent through voicemail or email to Dr. Abdul-Adil.

Multiple Positions (Faculty)

The Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College/CUNY
New York, New York

Multiple openings beginning September 2015: The Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College/CUNY invites applicants for open positions at any rank.

The Silberman School of Social Work (formerly Hunter College School of Social Work) has a national reputation as a leader in public urban education. Established in 1958, the School's mission is to prepare highly competent social work leaders to work in a variety of professional roles, settings, and communities in New York and other major urban centers in order to improve the lives of poor, vulnerable, and stigmatized people and the communities in which they live. The School is located in a state-of-the art building in the historic and vibrant New York City neighborhood of East Harlem. Our curriculum, scholarship, agency partnerships and innovations in social policy and practice reflect a commitment to recruiting and educating a diverse student body that values cultural complexity and social justice for New Yorkers, their neighborhoods, and its work force. The School has 43 full-time faculty, 1200 MSW students, is in the process of initiating a BSW program, and, in conjunction with The CUNY Graduate Center, offers a Ph.D. in Social Welfare. The School hosts major research and training partnerships.

Applications from candidates with a strong scholarly record in the area of early childhood and/or child mental health trauma teaching and research work are encouraged to apply for a faculty position at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.

They will have the opportunity to be associated with have our strong NCTSN child trauma specialty program for second year SW students. It integrates coursework, training in an evidenced based child trauma treatment and specialized field placements focused assessing and treating children and youth exposed to trauma. Opportunities exist for research on such topics as: developing trauma-informed programs and use of implementation science principles.

Full professor rank appointments based on the candidates research and teaching experience are possible are this is an open rank position.


Applicants must have an earned doctorate in social work or a related field. Preferred qualifications include applicants who have an MSW degree, successful teaching experience in clinical practice with individuals, families, and small groups; at least two years of practice experience, and a proven track record of funded research. Applicants with demonstrated success in agency and community based partnerships that provide opportunities for faculty scholarship and the development of improved service models and delivery systems are especially encouraged to apply. We are especially interested in applicants with a strong scholarly record in the areas of early childhood, mental health with children or youth, community practice or organizational, management & leadership.
Rank and salary: Dependent on academic background and experience.


If interested, please provide a cover letter specifying primary area of scholarship and records of funded research, a curriculum vitae, and names of three references to:

Chair, Search Committee
Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College/CUNY 2180 Third Ave @ 119th Street, New York, New York 10035 Email:
Candidates are also required to apply online at:
Applicant review: Review of application will begin in September 2014 and continue until final candidates are identified.
Hunter College is an EO/AA/IRCA/ADA employer. Females, minority members, disabled persons and veterans are
encouraged to apply.

The Director of Clinical Services

Yonkers, NY

ANDRUS, a leader in the field of treatment and services for children and families, and the home of the Sanctuary Institute, is seeking a Director of Clinical Services for its campus programs.
The Director of Clinical Services:
•    is responsible for ensuring excellence in clinical treatment provided to students participating in campus programs, including IEP driven services and services through Departments of Social Services.
•    is responsible for the leadership of a dynamic and committed team of clinicians, which includes LCSW, LMSWs, PhD psychologists, psychology interns and case managers.
•    is a valued member of a close working campus leadership team, and also collaborates closely with the Orchard School leadership, Residential leadership, Sanctuary core team, and other valued teams.
•    is expected to support the training and education of clinical team members, play a role in the develop in creative and best practice interventions, and support the development of strong campus teams across departments
•    will provide clinical leadership and direction for the clinical program including but not limited to supervising and defining individual treatment, family and group therapy; the implementation of evidence informed programming; the development of additional specialized clinical programs; as well as the development of programs or tools that support the social and emotional learning of the entire community.
•    The Director of Clinical Services is also responsible for the overall management of the clinical budget, ensuring compliance to requirements and standards of clinical care, supervision of assistant directors and overall oversight of the functioning of the department.
•    The Clinical Director reports directly to the Director of Campus Programs.

Skills and Knowledge Required: 

The qualified candidate will possess:
•    Masters in Social Work with required license (LCSW)  or PhD with license
•    Must have minimum of 6 years in the field and at least 4 of that in a supervisory position.
•    experience in supervising individuals and some experience managing documentation demands and budgets
•    Ability to manage competing demands
•    very strong clinical skills and vision
•    excellent organizational skills
•    Commitment to the Sanctuary Model and its tenants, expertise in trauma informed care and knowledge of best practices in the field
•    Excellent oral and written communication skills
•    Valid NYS Driver’s License
•    Experience Working with children with mental health needs, and working with children with severe behavioral difficulties.
•    Good Computer Skills


For consideration, please send a cover letter and resume to HR-JP Department at 1156 North Broadway, Yonkers, NY 10701 or email or fax 914-965-3883.

ANDRUS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Bellevue Hospital Center
New York City

Bellevue Hospital Center anticipates multiple psychologist positions for a collaborative project with the New York City Administration for Children’s Services, the city agency responsible for juvenile justice (JJ) services. Psychologists will work within NYC’s two secure juvenile detention centers to assist and guide ACS staff in providing trauma-informed care for youth in detention, and will perform psychological assessment and psychotherapy with residents. Full or part-time positions may be available. Responsibilities may include: (1) train JJ counselors and mental health clinicians in leading skill-building groups with detention residents ages 12-18; (2) facilitate the implementation of a skill-building group program across one or both detention centers; (3) co-lead groups as part of the training process; (4) deliver ongoing supervision and consultation to skills group leaders; (5) train JJ staff about the impacts of psychological and emotional trauma on JJ-involved youth and on staff; and ways to more effectively serve traumatized youth; (6) perform psychological assessments with detention residents; and (7) perform psychotherapy with detention residents. The psychologists will work primarily on-site at one or both of NYC’s 2 juvenile locked detention facilities in Brownsville, Brooklyn; and Mott Haven, Bronx.


The successful candidates will be adept at building strong multidisciplinary working relationships with providers from varied disciplinary and educational backgrounds; be conversant in evidence-based mental health interventions; and have demonstrated ability to work effectively with multiproblem children/adolescents and families. Doctorate in psychology and New York state license required. Experience with a juvenile justice population is desirable. Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred. Qualified candidates will be eligible for a clinical faculty appointment within the New York University Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.


Electronic submissions of letters of interest and CVs should be sent to:  Alan S. Elliot, Ph.D., Director of Psychology, Bellevue Hospital Center at

Clinical Psychologist

Mildred and Frank Feinberg Division of the Unified Behavioral Health Center for Military Veterans
Bay Shore, NY 11706

We are seeking candidates with strong clinical, interpersonal, and organizational skills for the Mildred and Frank Feinberg Division of the Unified Behavioral Health Center for Military Veterans and their Families that is being co-sponsored by the North Shore - LIJ Health System and the Northport VA Medical Center. Located in Bay Shore, Long Island, the Center represents a unique collaborative effort between a VA Medical Center and a not-for-profit Health System to evaluate and treat veterans and their family members (including children) under one roof. Most veterans will be treated by VA personnel, and family members will be treated by North Shore-LIJ personnel, with a cross-talk methodology to optimally treat the family unit. This full time staff psychologist position will be part of the North Shore-LIJ personnel contingent.


Clinical duties:

  • Primary Therapist: Provide evaluations, diagnostic assessment, and evidenced based therapy for individuals and families. Candidate should be competent in the delivery of psychotherapy to children, adults, and families. While the population primarily consists of family members of Veterans, there are opportunities to work with Veterans as well.
  • Group Therapist: Develop, organize, lead, and supervise group psychotherapy.
  • Training/Supervision: Offer training and supervision to fellows and other psychology trainees.
  • Treatment Team Member: Participate in the ongoing development and maintenance of the cross-talk methodology that is at the heart of this collaborative model with the VA.
  • Research: Participate in research projects and program evaluation that is being conducted at the site.
  • Other Responsibilities: Participate in departmental meetings and obtain continuing education.


  • Candidates must have completed their doctorate from an APA accredited program in clinical, counseling, or school-clinical psychology.
  • Candidates must have completed their internship in clinical psychology.
  • Candidates must possess a valid New York State License to practice Psychology
  • Clinical training and experience working with children
  • Experience working in an outpatient setting
  • Experience with evidenced based treatments

Experience with military service members/veterans and families is a plus. Groups historically underrepresented in Psychology are encouraged to apply. Please submit cover letter and CV to:

Mayer Bellehsen, PhD
The Mildred & Frank Feinberg Division
of the Unified Behavioral Health Center
132 East Main Street
Bay Shore, NY 11706
Tel: 631-647-2539

Spanish-speaking Clinician for Study of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy with Children Exposed to Violence

Child HELP Partnership at St. John’s University
Queens, NY

Child HELP Partnership at St. John’s University seeks a qualified, clinician with bilingual proficiency in Spanish to provide empirically-supported assessment and therapy for traumatized, multi-cultural youth and their caregivers in non-traditional outpatient settings. Position is part of a multi-year, federally funded grant (Project CONNECT) to evaluate evidence-based practices for children exposed to violence. Project CONNECT is studying Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT), adapted for Latino, Caribbean, and African-American children who have experienced physical abuse/assault, sexual abuse/assault, dating violence, and/or witnessed domestic violence.  The hired clinician will receive training in AF-CBT and have the opportunity to be certified in the model.  Clinical work is conducted at community-based sites in Queens, NY and travel from site-to-site is required.

Child HELP Partnership is a clinical research program designed to serve traumatized, multi-cultural preschoolers, children, and adolescents, and their families.  Program staff includes psychologists, post-doctoral fellows, social workers, mental health counselors, graduate students, and undergraduate volunteers.  Under the leadership of Dr. Elissa Brown, licensed clinical psychologist, we provide outreach, assessment, psychotherapy, and case management services in both our clinic and community-based sites. Child HELP Partnership aims to provide these services in multiple languages.  We also conduct community-building efforts to disseminate these trauma-informed, evidence-based services.  Our community partnerships include: Child Protective Services, Legal Aid, Queens Family Court, local schools, Queens Library branches, and Queens Child Advocacy Center.  As an affiliate member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the Child HELP Partnership also collaborates with national experts.

As a clinical research program, Child HELP Partnership is committed to evaluating every component of treatment and service delivery.  Dr. Brown has received funding from federal, state, and private agencies to develop, test, and disseminate assessment and treatment techniques for traumatized children and their families. In addition to the aforementioned project, Child HELP Partnership has compared trauma-specific cognitive behavioral therapies to other forms of psychotherapy for physically abused children and their families, and children and their mothers bereaved due to September 11th.


Applicant must fall under one of these categories:
1)    Doctoral student or recent graduate of a program in Clinical, Counseling, or School Psychology. Doctoral students in psychology may apply if they have fulfilled all requirements with the exception of the dissertation (ABD) by the position start date. Postdoctoral applicants working towards licensure may apply.  

2)    NYS Licensed Master or Clinical Social Worker.

3)    NYS Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Recent graduates of MHC programs may apply if they are seeking hours for licensure.

Applicant must have experience/worked with:
o    Cognitive-behavioral therapy
o    Multicultural populations, particularly Latino, Caribbean, and African-American
o    Children and adolescents
o    Traumatized individuals
o    Research programs

Fluency in Spanish is required for this position.



Application Requirements:
•    Letter of interest that summarizes previous experience and goals for training
•    Curriculum vita
•    Two letters of recommendation

Applicants should send applications to:

Dr. Elissa Brown
Child HELP Partnership
Center for Psychological Services, Seton Complex
St. John’s University
152-11 Union Turnpike
Queens, NY 11367

Director of Clinical & Community-Based Services

Virginia Home for Boys & Girls (VHBG)
Richmond, VA

VHBG has an excellent opportunity for a proven leader in mental health services to expand Clinical and Community-Based Services. We have a strong plan in place to grow quality programs and are looking for someone with the skills and resources to execute that plan. Our current services include Outpatient Counseling, Intensive In-Home Counseling, Home-Based Services, Mentoring, and Psychiatry. The Director will meet DBHDS and DSS licensing requirements for administration of services at a minimum to include; a Master’s Degree in a human services related field and licensed in clinical social work (LCSW) or professional counseling (LPC). Substantive experience in clinical leadership and supervision in a licensed mental health agency preferred. Expertise in Trauma-Informed Care a plus.


If interested please go to  to complete an application, and submit resume and cover letter. Human Resources, VHBG, 8716 W. Broad Street, Henrico, VA 23294 Fax: (804) 270-0479

Virginia Home for Boys and Girls, established in 1846, believes that Central Virginia’s children and families should have access to a quality, innovative, and individualized array of resources that enable them to be safe, strong, and successful in their lives.

Senior Associate Implementation (Doctoral Position)

Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut, Inc.
Farmington, CT

The Senior Associate will work on multiple initiatives focused on implementation of evidence-based practices for children, predominantly on trauma-focused practices. The Child Health and Development Institute (CHDI) is the Coordinating Center for multiple implementation, training, and quality improvement programs focused on improving care for children exposed to traumatic events. These initiatives span the Connecticut behavioral health, child welfare, law enforcement, and juvenile justice systems. The primary responsibilities of this position will be to oversee implementation activities, to infuse implementation science and research, and to participate as a faculty member in implementation activities.

Skills and Knowledge Required: 

Candidates must meet all of the following requirements:
•    Possess a Ph.D. in psychology, public health, social work, child development, or closely related field, with at least 2 years post-graduate work experience
•    At least one year experience with program implementation/implementation of evidence-based practices
•    At least two years’ experience with children’s behavioral health and associated evidence-based treatments
•    Evidence of scholarly publication and research
•    Must be extremely organized, efficient, and a good team player
•    Must possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills and be comfortable collaborating with a range of professionals (e.g. behavioral health, child welfare, juvenile justice, law enforcement)

Some or all of the following are highly desired:
•    Experience with trauma-focused treatment models, including TF-CBT
•    Experience with research design and evaluation, particularly implementation science research
•    Experience with quality improvement of behavioral health treatments and using data to inform practice
•    Training in trauma-informed care and/or evidence-based practices
•    Experience with the Learning Collaborative/Breakthrough Series model
•    Experience with training, especially related to trauma and/or evidence-based practices
•    Knowledge of the child welfare, juvenile justice, law enforcement, and/or mental health systems in Connecticut
•    Experience with large data sets and statistical analysis using SPSS
•    Experience managing grant/contract budgets

Responsibilities will likely include:
•    Apply implementation science and research to evidence-based practice implementation initiatives, primarily using the Breakthrough Series Collaborative/learning collaborative methodology
•    Develop and monitor implementation and sustainability strategies and plans
•    Develop evaluation plans and analyze implementation data for quality improvement/evaluation purposes
•    Participate as an implementation team/faculty member in training and consultation activities
•    Assist with development of publications and research reports
•    Supervision of project staff
•    Manage project budgets
•    Assisting with grant/contract applications and reporting requirements
•    Work with staff from state agencies and/or behavioral health providers to inform development of implementation and consultation activities



Compensation will be based on experience, and a generous benefit package is provided.

CHDI is an independent, non-profit subsidiary of the Children’s Fund of Connecticut, which was established in 1992. Working in partnership with state and regional agencies, hospitals, universities, and other organizations, we combine direct funding with research, policy analysis, advocacy, and technical assistance.

The mission of the Institute is to improve the quality of care for all children, emphasizing family-centered, comprehensive care that encompasses both physical and behavioral health. Collaborating with the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, the University of Connecticut, and Yale University, we strive to advance sustainable improvements in primary and preventive health and mental health care practices and policy for all the state's children, with a particular focus on disadvantaged or underserved children and families. CHDI develops, trains, disseminates, evaluates, and expands effective models of practice in children’s health, mental health, child welfare, juvenile justice, education, and other settings.

Only applicants meeting the qualifications described will be considered. To apply, email (1) a current CV and (2) cover letter with qualifications, specifically addressing your experience related to the job responsibilities above, to Lori Schon at Position is available immediately, will remain open until filled, and is contingent upon available funding.

The Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut is committed to providing equal access to our employment environment and ensures that all employment-related decisions are in accord with the principles of equal opportunity.

Assistant/Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Mental Health Services & Policy Program

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (NUFSM) seeks
Chicago, IL

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (NUFSM) seeks a full-time faculty member to join the leadership team of the Mental Health Services & Policy Program (MHSPP). This faculty position will include two primary responsibilities: (1) providing administrative supervision for MHSPP’s contracted services to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, and (2) developing/maintaining an externally funded research program in mental health, child welfare, or child trauma services research or a related field. In addition, the successful candidate for this position will be expected to mentor trainees in psychiatry and psychology.  The position also includes opportunities to teach in NUFSM graduate programs and collaborate with academic and external partners.

As a multidisciplinary research and educational program, MHSPP’s mission is to provide research, evaluation, outcomes management, technical assistance and training that helps improve the lives of individuals and families that receive publicly funded mental health services. MHSPP is home to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network Center for Child Trauma Assessment and Service Planning, which focuses on enhancing trauma-informed assessment and interventions within child-serving systems across the country.

The successful candidate will have a doctoral degree, experience directing a large, externally funded research project, and history of successful grant funding (preferably from a federal agency). In addition, the successful candidate will have a record of successful mentorship of students, fellows or junior faculty colleagues. Experience working within large public sector child welfare or mental health systems is preferred.  Experience or interest in using data to influence health policy is also highly desirable.

The successful candidate will qualify for appointment in the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in the Clinician-Educator Track. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Start date is negotiable. In order to ensure full consideration, applications should be received by August 31, 2014. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Position will remain open until filled.


Applicants should address their correspondence to: Mina Dulcan, MD, c/o Debra Walker, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 446 E. Ontario St., Ste. 7-200, Chicago, IL 60611.

Send CV and letter of interest in PDF form to:
Debra Walker, Business Coordinator

Northwestern University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity in Child & Adolescent Evidence-Based Trauma Treatment

Child & Adolescent Psychology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Division of Child and Adolescent

Applications are being accepted for one (possibly two) post‑doctoral fellowship in community-based trauma treatments for post-Hurricane Sandy recovery focusing on Child and Adolescent populations. Funded as part of a full trauma services grant from NYS Department of Child and Family Services, the position begins September 1, 2014 and is funded through September, 2015.


Applicants must have a Ph.D. in related field of Psychology (Clinical, Counseling School-Clinical Combined), experience with childhood trauma, experience in school settings, and training in cognitive-behavior therapy preferred. The applicant should have the organizational skills necessary to manage the daily operations of a large-scale implementation across numerous schools. The fellow will be involved in all aspects of the program including (but not limited to): prevention programming, recruitment, outreach, training, supervision of other psychology trainees, treatment implementation (CBITS & TF-CBT primarily) and data management and analysis, with possible manuscript preparation and publications. This opportunity is a limited grant-funded position and IS NOT part of our APA accredited Child Clinical Fellowship. Candidates must have completed all requirements for doctoral degree and be eligible for a New York State Limited Permit to practice. Groups historically under-represented in Psychology are encouraged to apply.


Salary is $37,500 per annum with full benefits. Interested applicants should send an email with their curriculum vitae, a brief statement of interests and goals, copy of student transcript and minimum of two letters of recommendation to Peter J. D’Amico, Ph.D., ABPP, Director of Child & Adolescent Psychology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Division of Child and Adolescent. Please send application materials together in one email to: