New York State Psychiatry Institute
  • 15-Oct-2021 to 01-Dec-2021 (EST)
  • PI- Anxiety, Mood, Eating and Related Disorders
  • New York, NY, USA
  • $52,545 including location pay
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Full benefit package based on percentage of effort


The Center for OCD and Related Disorders at the New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC), directed by Blair Simpson, MD, PhD, seeks to hire two postdoctoral fellows: the first to start by December 1, 2021 and the second to start Summer, 2022. This position will involve joining Dr. Simpson's research program, which is focused on translating science into new understanding and treatments for anxiety and OCD. Candidates will participate in a variety of research studies (see http://columbiapsychiatry.org/ocd) including a new study that is a collaboration with Dr. Edna Foa at the University of Pennsylvania and will examine how hormones may alter activity within the brain's fear network as well as the clinical response to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Other studies include developing scalable ways to disseminate cognitive behavioral therapy for OCD into community practice and examining novel therapeutics and the brain and genetic mechanisms underlying anxiety and OCD. Starting salary for this position is $52,545 with the potential for a higher starting salary commensurate with training and experience.

Duties include project oversight, supervision of externs and research assistants, clinical evaluations of research participants and delivery of CBT (both within and outside of research studies) to those with OCD and anxiety, and, depending on the career interests of the candidate, data analysis and writing of papers and grants. Clinical supervision to meet psychology licensure requirements is provided.

Minimum Qualifications: Candidates should have a PhD or PsyD in clinical psychology, or related degree.

This position is ideal for someone with prior experience in OCD research who wants to work in an outstanding academic medical center, join an interdisciplinary team that conducts cutting-edge patient-oriented translational research, and receive expert training in the evaluation and treatment of anxiety and OCD. Note: Those who already know that they want to pursue a full-time research career should apply in parallel to CUIMC's NIMH-funded T32 fellowship in mood, anxiety, and related disorders, with Dr. Blair Simpson as their mentor; this path provides protected time for the fellow to develop their own research projects and prepares them to apply for a NIMH K-level training grant and to launch an independent research career. Please see the fellowship website (http://columbiapsychiatry.org/research/aaer_disorders) for eligibility and deadlines. If you plan to apply for this T32 fellowship, please note this in your cover letter.



In accordance with NYS Office of Mental Health regulations, RFMH employees at NYSPI are required to be vaccinated with at least one dose of vaccine against COVID-19 by Monday, November 1st, 2021, and to be fully vaccinated by December 10, 2021.


To Apply: Submit a resume and cover letter on our website at: https://nyspi.applicantpro.com/jobs/ . Only applications submitted through our website will be considered.

The Research Foundation is a private not-for-profit corporation and is not an agency or instrumentality of the State of New York. Employees of the Research Foundation are not state employees, do not participate in any state retirement system, and do not receive state fringe benefits. Excellent Benefits Package. Employer/Minority/Women/Disabled/Veteran Employer. VEVRAA 41 CFR 60-300.5(a) compliant.


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