Mar 07, 2019

Clinical Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellow, Addiction Treatment and Clinical Research

  • University of Toronto, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • Toronto, ON, Canada
Postdoc Abnormal Addictive Behaviors Clinical Health Postdoctoral

Job Description

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is a dynamic, academically oriented hospital that promotes integration of research and clinical care. Fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, CAMH is Canada’s largest mental health research and teaching institute and a World Health Organization (WHO) collaborating site. Research at CAMH aims to translate understanding of the causes of mental illness and addictions into more effective treatments.

A clinical psychology post-doctoral fellowship in addiction treatment and clinical research is available for the 2019-2020 academic year. The fellowship will be based in the CAMH Addictions Division and the Ambulatory Services outpatient program. The primary roles of the fellow will be 1) to complete postdoctoral training in the assessment and treatment of substance use disorders in the context of a multidisciplinary outpatient addiction program, and 2) to complete training in clinically oriented research on substance use disorders. Both roles will involve engaging in treatment services for outpatients under the supervision of a licensed clinical psychologist. The position will also include clinical roles on grant-funded projects in the areas of addiction neuroscience and addiction treatment (e.g., randomized trials). Opportunities for supervising junior trainees will also be available.

This position requires a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and the completion of an accredited clinical psychology internship program as of the fellowship start date. Strong experience in the clinical assessment and treatment of concurrent disorders in an outpatient context is required. Demonstrated proficiency in empirically based treatment approaches (e.g., cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing) is required. Experience with group treatment approaches is desirable. The ideal candidate will have strong interests in the delivery and evaluation of substance use disorder interventions, and will possess the ability to independently engage in clinical assessment and intervention roles with weekly supervision. Experience with human subjects research in the area of substance use disorders, in particular experience with treatment outcome/evaluation research, is highly desirable. Eligibility to apply for registration with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (in either a supervised practice or autonomous practice role) as of the fellowship start date is required. However, completion of the registration process prior to or during the fellowship start date is not required.

The successful candidate will possess strong attention to detail, strong communication, interpersonal and leadership skills, and will be responsive to deadlines and performance feedback. The ability to work effectively in a fast-paced hospital environment is essential, as is the ability to collaborate effectively with a multidisciplinary treatment team comprised of medical and allied health staff. The successful applicant will be expected to support a healthy workplace that embraces diversity, encourages teamwork and compiles with all applications and regulatory requirements. The ideal candidate will be highly motivated to pursue a career in substance use disorder treatment and/or treatment research.

This is a 12-month, full-time, contract position commencing in August/September 2019. Subsequent fellowship support may be available, but is not guaranteed. Applicants will have the opportunity to apply for independent fellowship funding during the first fellowship year if desired. The starting salary for this position is $55,000 CAD. Due to being classified as a non-permanent trainee position, this position does not include a specified benefits package. Non-Canadian applicants are welcome to apply.

To apply please send a current CV, a statement of interest, and contact information for three professional references to Dr. Christian Hendershot ( Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


University of Toronto


Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

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