Postdoctoral Fellowship in Psychosis Treatment and Recovery

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We are no longer accepting applications for the 2023-24 Academic Year.

The SPIRIT Lab offers an annual postdoctoral fellowship in Psychosis Treatment and Recovery. The fellowship is intended to provide intensive and specialized training in the conduct of research, training, implementation, and direct clinical care of psychosis-specific interventions. The fellow will be exposed to and participate in implementation and mental health services research on evidence-based treatments and promising practices for psychotic spectrum disorders. In addition, fellows will gain clinical experience directly providing and training others in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis, Individual Resiliency Training, and/or family interventions for adults with both first episode and persistent psychosis. Fellows will also participate in a novel assessment service to help clinicians across the state to better identify, diagnose, and manage psychotic conditions. Postdoctoral fellows will receive supervised clinical training sufficient for licensure eligibility.

The primary setting for the psychosis treatment and recovery fellowship is Harborview Medical Center, based at the University of Washington in downtown Seattle. Fellows will have the opportunity to serve individuals with psychosis and their support systems on the psychiatric inpatient units, Harborview Mental Health and Addiction Services, and the First Episode Psychosis Coordinated Specialty Care team at Harborview.

How to Apply

Applicants who have earned a PhD or PsyD in clinical or counseling psychology, have a strong interest in a career in academic psychology specializing in psychosis treatment, and have had previous training in cognitive behavioral therapy and/or other evidence-based treatments for individuals with serious mental illness are encouraged to apply.  Culturally diverse and bilingual candidates are especially encouraged to apply. Postdoctoral applicants must be graduates of APA-accredited doctoral programs in clinical or counseling psychology, have completed an APA-accredited internship, and be U.S. citizens. Please send a curriculum vita with a cover letter and two letters of recommendation via email to

Past Fellows

Jessica Maura, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, AY 2019

Dr. Maura received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Miami and completed an APA accredited internship from the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan.

Her research has focused primarily on the impact that culture and other psycho-social factors have on the diagnosis and treatment of Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders, as well as examining the efficacy of culturally adapted interventions for Schizophrenia.

Akansha Vaswani Bye, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, AY 2020

Dr. Vaswani Bye received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and completed an APA accredited internship at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School.

Her doctoral research focused on de-prescribing and the importance of identifying rational and evidence-based prescribing practices grounded in informed consent and patient-centered care.

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