Postdoctoral Clinical Research Fellowship Program

The Madigan Family Clinical Research Fellowship at The Family Institute at Northwestern University

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will be part of the research program at the Center for Applied Psychological and Family Studies. The fellow will work closely with Dr. Erika Lawrence, Director of Translational Research at the Center. Research is conducted at all stages of the NIH-Based stage model (theory and manual development, efficacy and effectiveness trials, as well as nationwide dissemination and implementation of existing interventions). The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to work on two lines of research: (1) conducting an RCT to evaluate the effectiveness of and elucidate the mechanisms of change in a group intervention targeting perpetrators of intimate partner violence, including the indirect benefits for victims still living with perpetrators; and (2) Implementing and assessing the effectiveness of a novel couple intervention in which treatment components are matched to couples based on an assessment of their specific skill deficits (conflict, support, intimacy). Fellows are encouraged to incorporate their own research interests and questions into existing and proposed research during their fellowship. The post-doctoral fellow’s work will include grant writing, data analyses, and manuscript publication, as well as some time spent conducting clinical assessments, interventions and supervision. Emphasis is placed on enhancing the post-doctoral fellow’s skills in becoming an intervention scientist and in grant-writing and publications.

In this two-year Fellowship, a postdoctoral fellow in clinical/counseling psychology or family therapy pursues research and receives clinical training at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. The Institute conducts research on couples and family dynamics, mental disorders, and psychotherapeutic change. The Family Institute’s staff practice and its Bette D. Harris Family and Child Clinic annually provide over 71,000 therapy sessions to more than 6,500 individuals, couples and families from all walks of life, which makes it an ideal context for clinical training and research.

Preferred applicants have completed a doctorate in clinical or counseling psychology, or marriage and family therapy. Demonstrated commitment and passion for couple and family therapy as well as the integration of science and practice are requirements for this position. The capacity to develop research questions, pursue empirical solutions to those questions and produce quality research publications are also required. Lastly, the capacity to work well with diverse colleagues, supervisors and clients is also required.

Benefits include a $47,476 stipend, access to Northwestern University Libraries and Northwestern University Wildcard benefits, 20 days of paid time off, health insurance and liability insurance, opportunities for professional development. The fellowship position offers teaching opportunities, mentorship, and career development.

How to Apply

  • Interested applicants should apply on the Applying for a Fellowship page of our website.
  • The application deadline is January 5, 2018 and interviews for selected candidates are held in early February.
  • You may submit materials electronically or by postal mail.
  • If you have questions about the Clinical Research Postdoctoral Fellowship program:
    Please contact Danielle Black, PhD, Director of the Fellowship Program at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Fellowship Program at The Family Institute is supported, in part, by gifts and grants from individuals, families and foundations. Your contribution will help us train the thought leaders of tomorrow and advance the science and practice of mental health care. To make a donation, or to learn more about naming a Fellowship through an endowment gift, please contact the Development office at 312-609-5300 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .