Career and Training
Our training mission is to provide clinical, didactic, and academic training for graduate Ph.D. students who are interested in translational research integrating affective science, stress exposure, and treatment of mood disorders. This advanced practicum is designed for graduate students who are currently enrolled in a doctoral level psychology program (Masters Degree required), and who have had one previous practicum experience.
The Translational Research on Stress and Affective Disorders Practicum (TR-SAD) practicum is sponsored by the Asher Depression Center in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. The aims of our current studies focus on identifying markers of treatment response in clinical trials, examination of the effects of early stress exposure on risk of depression, and applying neuroscience methodologies in clinical research. Please see our website for detailed information regarding our current studies. This permits trainees to gain exposure to a variety of state-of-the-art assessment methodologies across several NIMH-funded studies focused on measurement and treatment of depression and anxiety disorders among adults. Throughout the year, the trainee focuses on clinical screening and clinical interviews, scoring and interpreting test instruments, writing clinical reports, case presentations, monitoring treatment sessions, and attending weekly research and clinical supervision meetings.
Training occurs at the Asher Depression Center, an established clinical research laboratory at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, located downtown at 446 East Ontario Street.
Upon completion of this 12-month externship, trainees will have acquired advanced competencies in the following areas:
Advanced understanding of brain-behavior relationships. This includes didactics regarding current research on neurobiological, affective information science, and clinical perspectives of affective disorders.
Advanced clinical skills in the psychological evaluation of DSM-IV Axis I and II disorders with adults and consultation to patients and professionals sufficient to practice collaboratively. This includes training, reliability testing, and supervision with a clinical research protocol that includes the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV (SCID), Structured Interview for Diagnoses of Personality Disorders (SID-P), and Inventory of Depressive Symptoms – Clinician Rated (IDS-C). Throughout the year, trainees refine their presentation skills of clinical data.
Academic and practical research skills in the range of methodologies of experimental social psychology and social cognition, sufficient to provide a primer on these approaches to encourage future collaboration with other neuroscience laboratories. This includes training to assist with neuroscience and psychophysiology assessment, measurement of clinical status, and learning psychophysiology methodologies (data collection and refinement).
12 month training phase beginning 6/1/2012 and ending 6/1/2013.
Trainees spend two days at the SADLAB from 8:30am to 4:30pm for a minimum of 16 hours per week. Trainees will also attend monthly didactic training meetings.
Individual supervision is essential to nurture professional development in clinical assessment and research activities, preparation for application for internship, and pursuing translational research. Primary individual supervision is provided by Dr. Gollan, a clinical psychologist, a faculty member of the Asher Center. Short group meetings occur once week with Dr. Gollan for in vivo clinical supervision of the research evaluations conducted in the laboratory. Review focuses on skills on clinical screening and clinical interviews, scoring and interpreting test instruments, writing clinical reports, attending training sessions, research meetings, and clinical supervision sessions.
Eligibility and Applications
This site is open to individuals who are enrolled in doctorate programs in clinical psychology and who have already attained a Masters degree. Applicants must have prior experience in psychotherapy and diagnostics, and have completed at least one therapy practicum. We encourage applications to be emailed to Dr. Gollan, and to include the following materials:
- One page letter of intent, stating your training goals for the next year, career goals in the next five years, and previous practicum experience;
- Current Curriculum Vita (include email address for notification of application status);
- School transcript (Unofficial copy is fine);
- Two letters of recommendation (at least one from a current or recent clinical supervisor) either sent by mail or directly via email from the referee.
- Writing sample: Examples include research report, diagnostic report, psychological assessment, or initial evaluation (or other writing sample if not available).
Applicants who accept this Northwestern practicum should understand that prior to commencing the training they will be required to successfully pass a required medical examination which includes a urine drug test and a hospital clinical safety quiz.Please send materials by February 15, 2012 to:
Jackie Gollan, PhD
Re: TR-SAD Practicum
Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science
446 East Ontario Street, Suite 7-302
Chicago, IL 60611
Applicants will be notified when their completed application are received. Selected applicants will be invited for interviews in late February 2012. Offers are made on an ongoing basis. We will not follow the Official “Match Date”, but will oblige candidates whose programs adhere to this agreement.