Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Directors Welcome

Welcome to the UCSD Eating Disorders Center Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program! Our program aspires to educate and train future researchers and clinicians to be on the cutting edge of eating disorder science and practice. The UCSD Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research is an international leader in employing new treatments based on research on the neurobiology of anorexia and bulimia. Our center provides high quality, state-of-the art care to adults, adolescents, and children. Research from our center is responsible for advancing the eating disorder field's understanding of how neurobiological processes create and sustain eating disorders. It is our goal to recruit talented eating disorder clinicians and researchers who can further our center's mission of providing high quality care and developing innovative new treatments for eating disorders.

Our programs are growing quickly and we are currently accepting applications for both clinical and research postdoctoral fellows. Individuals in our program have the opportunity to train alongside world renowned eating disorder expert, Dr. Walt Kaye, and a team of other highly skilled researchers and clinicians. Fellowship programs are individualized to the trainee and opportunities are available in multiple clinical settings to encourage diversity of training. See below for a description of available fellowship positions.

We welcome your interest in our program. Please contact me to inquire more about our fellowships. If you wish to apply for any of the positions listed below, please email me a cover letter and CV indicating which position(s) in which you are interested.

Leslie Anderson, PhD -photo

Leslie Karwoski Anderson, PhD

  • Training Director
  • UCSD Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • University of California, San Diego
  • 4510 Executive Drive, Suite 315
  • San Diego, CA 92121

  • landerson@ucsd.edu
  • (858) 534-8068

Program Description

The UCSD Eating Disorder Center for Treatment and Research in conjunction with the Department of Psychiatry offers 2 year, full-time fellowships in clinical psychology and research. Research fellowships are dependent on funding. Clinical psychology fellowships are fully funded with excellent benefits, including health insurance, vacation leave, and sick leave. Fellowship start dates are typically July 1st but are flexible based on conclusion of internship training. The clinical psychology fellowships are consistent with the scientist-practitioner model of training and are a good fit for those with demonstrated research experience and a desire to pursue clinical careers within a university medical setting. Supervision and career mentorship are provided by licensed clinical psychologists. All clinical and research fellows attend a weekly didactic eating disorder seminar. The following fellowship opportunities are available:

UCSD Eating Disorder Center Clinical Postdoctoral Fellowships

Clinical postdoctoral fellows complete training in our Adult, Adolescent, and/or Pediatric Programs. We treat individuals with Anorexia Nervosa (AN), Bulimia Nervosa (BN), Binge Eating Disorder (BED), Avoidant-Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS), and Other Specified Eating or Feeding Disorder (OSFED), a category that includes subclinical eating disorders and atypical eating disorders (e.g., exercise bulimia, purging disorder). Additionally, our adult program offers targeted treatment for other conditions that are seen in patients with eating disorders, including substance abuse/dependence and trauma. The training experience for clinical fellows includes weekly didactics, opportunities for intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Family-Based Therapy (FBT), and the chance to work closely with a multidisciplinary team. Many of our postdocs stay on in permanent positions. Responsibilities include individual, group, and family therapy, with opportunities to participate in treatment development research.

Required Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology
  • APA accredited doctoral program
  • APA accredited pre-doctoral internship preferred
  • Previous experience in treatment of eating disorder patients
  • In-depth knowledge and demonstrated skill in provision of individual, group, and family psychotherapy
  • Preference for demonstrated experience in providing therapy to individuals with eating disorders at different levels of care, including residential/inpatient, day treatment, outpatient, and IOP
  • Preference for DBT and FBT trained candidates

Rady Children’s Hospital Medical Behavioral Unit Clinical Postdoctoral Fellowship

A separate clinical postdoctoral fellow is being recruited for the inpatient, Medical Behavioral Unit (MBU) located at Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego. The MBU specializes in the medical stabilization of eating disorders using a multidisciplinary approach. The Psychology team plays an integral role in the treatment team by providing Family Based Treatment (FBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to patients during stabilization. Our inpatient unit serves children, adolescents, and adults in the southern California area. Postdoctoral fellows will receive intensive training in individual, group and family based therapy and may also have opportunities to participate in cutting-edge research, if interested. Postdoctoral fellows in this position will also have the opportunity to work with other pediatric psychology populations providing consultation services to the neurology, nephrology, gastroenterology and hospital medicine teams at Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego.

Required Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology
  • APA accredited doctoral program
  • APA accredited pre-doctoral internship preferred
  • Preference given to candidates with previous experience working within a multidisciplinary team in a hospital setting
  • Preference given to DBT and FBT trained candidates or candidates with previous pediatric psychology experience

Clinical Research Postdoctoral Fellowship

The clinical research fellowship will offer specialized training in treatment development and treatment outcomes evaluation. The UCSD Eating Disorder Center is developing cutting edge treatment for eating disorders based on research on neurobiology and temperament. The program also has a number of ongoing studies examining the delivery of treatment in different formats, such as intensive family weeks and treatment delivery in community outpatient mental health clinics.

Required Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology
  • APA accredited doctoral program
  • APA accredited pre-doctoral internship preferred
  • Experience in treatment of eating disorder patients
  • In-depth knowledge and demonstrated skill in provision of individual, group, and family psychotherapy
  • Preference for demonstrated experience in providing therapy to individuals with eating disorders at different levels of care, including residential/inpatient, day treatment, outpatient, and IOP
  • Preference for DBT and FBT trained candidates

Current Postdoctoral Fellows

Clinical Psychology Fellows

Kim Claudat, Ph.D.
La Jolla Outpatient Clinic
Dani Gonzales
La Jolla Outpatient Clinic
Michelle Jones
La Jolla Outpatient Clinic
Laila Madni
La Jolla Outpatient Clinic
Alissa Maitino
La Jolla Outpatient Clinic

Research Fellows

Laura Berner, Ph.D.
Research Postdoctoral Fellow
Tiffany Brown
Research Postdoctoral Fellow

Past Postdoctoral Fellows

2015-2016

Molly Berman, Ph.D.
Psychologist, Hematology/Oncology and Nephrology Units, Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego
Ali Ely Inacker, Ph.D.
Emily Hennrich, Ph.D.
Jackie Shiels, Psy.D.
Child and Family Psychologist, Fremont Kaiser

2014-2015

Stuart Murray, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry Department, University of California, San Francisco

2013-2015

Anne Cusack, Psy.D.
Adult Program Manager, Staff Psychologist, UCSD Eating Disorders Center
Tamara Maginot, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist, Rady Children’s Hospital Medical Behavioral Unit
Jessie Menzel, Ph.D.
Pediatric Program Manager, Staff Psychologist, UCSD Eating Disorders Center
Ana Ramirez, Ph.D.
Adolescent Program Manager, Staff Psychologist, UCSD Eating Disorders Center

2012-2014

Sarah Gillis Eckhardt, Ph.D.
Psychologist, Center for the Treatment of Eating Disorders at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
Stephanie Knatz-Peck, Ph.D.
Director of Intensive Family Therapy Program, Staff Psychologist, UCSD Eating Disorders Center
Erin Parks, Ph.D.
Director of Outreach and Admissions, UCSD Eating Disorders Center

2010-2012

Jennie Lacy, Ph.D.
Family Program Manager, Staff Psychologist, Veritas Collaborative
Danyale McCurdy-McKinnon, Ph.D
Private Practice, Clinical Psychology Director, UCLA Fit for Healthy Weight Clinic