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Postdoctoral Clinical-Research Fellowship in Eating Disorders

  • 1.  Postdoctoral Clinical-Research Fellowship in Eating Disorders

    Posted 24 Sep, 2020 16:53

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    The Johns Hopkins Eating Disorders Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine is accepting applications for a two-year Clinical Research Postdoctoral Fellowship in Eating Disorders starting in January 2021. The Department of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins Hospital was rated as the #1 Psychiatry Department in 2020 by US News and World Report. Approximately 80% of previous fellows acquired initial positions as faculty or staff at Johns Hopkins or other academic medical centers. This fellowship position provides opportunities to obtain both research and clinical experience in eating disorders, with dedicated research vs. clinical time for fellows estimated to be 50%/50%.


    Ongoing clinical research projects include factors affecting outcome of hospital-based behavioral treatment, the role of anxiety in the onset and maintenance of disordered eating, and studies of eating behavior that examine decision-making, food choice, and the use of meal-based interventions. Additionally, fellows may engage in studies examining the onset or recurrence of disordered eating post-bariatric surgery, the use of psilocybin as a treatment for severe and enduring anorexia nervosa, and relapse prevention. The position includes the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues studying animal models of eating disorders and the neuroscience of feeding behavior and neuroimaging, as well as mentorship in the areas of grant writing, data management, and manuscript preparation.


    Our clinical treatment program includes a behavioral hospital-based, integrated inpatient-partial hospitalization specialty program for patients diagnosed with Eating and Feeding Disorders. Treatment is provided by a multidisciplinary team dedicated to providing evidence-based quality care, with a focus on weight restoration and normalization of eating behavior. Our outpatient and consultation clinic additionally provides initial psychiatric evaluations, outpatient cognitive-behavioral and family-based treatment and continuing care focused on relapse prevention for patients discharged from our inpatient-partial hospitalization programs. Fellows will receive training in pre-surgical psychiatric evaluations for patients considering bariatric surgery, as well as providing pre- and post-surgical treatment for this population. Fellows will have the opportunity to work across levels of care and will provide individual and family-based therapy in the outpatient clinic and co-lead group therapy on our inpatient-partial hospitalization service. One on one weekly supervision appropriate for obtaining licensure will be provided.


    Didactic opportunities include attendance at the Johns Hopkins Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science's weekly Grand Rounds and Departmental Research Conference as well as weekly divisional research and clinical seminars. Financial and mentorship support is provided for attendance and presentation at annual eating disorder conferences (ICED, AED). This program is designed to prepare our fellows for an academic career in eating disorder research, and includes a strong clinical component.



    Candidates must have a PhD or MD, past research experience including data management and familiarity with SPSS. Knowledge of advanced statistical methods is preferred. The successful applicant will also need to meet training and credentialing requirements necessary to practice clinically under the supervision of a Ph.D. or M.D. in the State of Maryland.


    To learn more about the Johns Hopkins Eating Disorders program, visit our website:



    To apply, send a cover letter and C.V. to:


    Dr. Angela Guarda,

    Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

    Director of the Eating Disorders Program

    Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

    600 N. Wolfe Street, Meyer 101,

    Baltimore, MD 21287


     or by email to Tracey Farrow:

    Colleen Schreyer PhD
    Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
    Baltimore MD
    (410) 502-6309