Training Opportunities

Interested applicants may find information and application instructions for the Center’s various training opportunities by clicking below:


Postdoctoral Fellowships in Implementation Research in Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment

The Penn Center for Mental Health (CMH) at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine invites applications for post-doctoral fellowships. This one-of-a-kind, interdisciplinary training program at the intersection of implementation science, public policy, and mental health provides an excellent opportunity for social scientists to improve their knowledge of implementation science, behavioral economics, public mental health systems, qualitative and quantitative research methods, and how to conduct research that can improve outcomes for our most vulnerable citizens. The center’s research addresses the needs of individuals with psychiatric and developmental disabilities across the lifespan. Penn CMH has a longstanding commitment to postdoctoral training, and offers a unique environment in which to train early-stage investigators. Over the past three decades, faculty have collaborated closely with community agencies, including Philadelphia’s Departments of Health and Behavioral Health and the School District of Philadelphia. Through these partnerships, we have created unique opportunities to embed postdoctoral trainees in the settings in which they hope to conduct research.

Through our partnership with Penn’s Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE), Penn Medicine’s Nudge Unit, and our Penn ALACRITY Center, postdoctoral trainees also can learn strategies to apply psychological insights about behavior change to implementation science in mental health.

We anticipate having two fellowship positions available through our NIMH funded T32, The Academic-Community Experience (ACE): A postdoctoral training fellowship in implementation science to promote mental health. Each T32 fellow will be assigned one of the following mentors, depending on their interests: Rinad Beidas, PhD; Hilary Bogner, MD, MSCE; Dianne Chambless, PhD; David Mandell, ScD; Steven Marcus, PhD; or David Oslin, MD. These experienced mentors will guide T32 fellows in developing an independent research agenda.

In addition to mentorship, postdoctoral fellows will have access to an abundance of resources, including opportunities to:

  • Develop an individualized research program under the mentorship from a core faculty member and secondary mentor chosen from faculty in the broader Penn community.
  • Take courses specific to the fellow’s individual needs and interests
  • Interact with community partners from the city and state as part of our relationships with the Department of Behavioral Health, Community Behavioral Health, the School District of Philadelphia, and Penn Medicine
  • Attend seminars that include monthly professional development didactics, national implementation science experts at least twice a year, a bimonthly implementation science works-in-progress meeting, and a monthly implementation science journal club
  • Access pilot funds and receive a budget annually for professional development and networking
  • Conduct both primary data collection and secondary data analysis

For more details on CMH faculty, resources, and projects, visit

Appointment: Summer or fall 2022. Appointments are for one year, and are conditional upon the renewal of our training grant from the National Institute of Mental Health.

Eligibility: The Center seeks applications from persons with a PhD, MD, or equivalent doctoral degree and a strong commitment to a career in mental health services research and implementation science. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at Penn CMH. We are committed to recruiting and supporting individuals of diverse backgrounds, especially those who are underrepresented in science. Past applicants have come with training in qualitative or quantitative methods, and from disciplines such as clinical psychology, school psychology, community psychology, social work, public health, nursing, economics, and anthropology. Recent graduates and those seeking to enhance their skills in new areas are welcome to apply. While we are open to supporting individuals with a variety of interests, we especially encourage applications from those interested in digital health, integrated behavioral health care, substance use disorders, global mental health, HIV/mental health, or behavioral economics. Stipends vary with experience.

Applications: Please submit your application by October 15, 2021 for full consideration: The application asks you to provide demographic information (optional), brief academic history, your CV, cover letter, up to 3 published manuscripts or writing samples, and the names and emails of three references.

NB. Re: COVID-19: It is difficult to anticipate the impact of Covid-19 on our typical processes. Our plan is to conduct all interviews virtually for this year to ensure the safety of prospective fellows and our team.





The Fellowship in Community Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Department of Psychiatry through The Center of Excellence and Innovation in Public Psychiatry offers one-year post residency fellowships annually. The fellowship was created as a cooperative program with community mental health agency partners and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The fellowship is designed as subspecialty training for psychiatrists who plan leadership careers in the public sector. The core of the fellowship consists of supervised work at collaborating public sector agencies in Philadelphia. These field placements are complemented by an academic curriculum that teaches clinical, leadership and administrative/management skills that will provide fellows with the tools and expertise to become part of the next generation of leaders in public psychiatry. The fellowship is designed to immerse fellows in clinical team leadership experiences and wide exposure to the range of services in the system in Philadelphia. Philadelphia is a particularly rich environment for community psychiatry opportunities with a unique funding structure for behavioral health services. The active participation of the city Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services provides unique opportunities for fellows to be involved in a variety of public policy experiences. Each fellowship experience is individually designed to enhance the skills of the fellow and provides a range of clinical practice sites and academic opportunities. We strive to create a creative learning environment with didactic and experiential learning experiences. To apply, please fill out and submit this application. Further information about the Fellowship in Community Psychiatry can be found here.

For questions contact:

Rachel Talley, MD:


Rachel Talley, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, is Director of the Fellowship in Community Psychiatry and Co-Director of the Center of Excellence and Innovation in Public Psychiatry.

Larry Real, MD, Medical Director of Horizon House and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania is consultant to the Fellowship in Community Psychiatry and Co-Director of the Center of Excellence and Innovation in Public Psychiatry.


Interested applicants may find information and application instructions for the School Psychology Internship program by clicking here.



CMH offers community-focused training experiences for clinical and school psychology doctoral students seeking clinical training in the assessment and treatment of children with autism.

Students will work as part of a collaborative team under the supervision of licensed psychologists in a variety of community-based and school settings.

Supervised field work hours for the BCBA credential can be provided as part of the practicum experience.

We have three openings for the upcoming training year. A one-year commitment is required:

School-based consultation to teachers of children with autism in public schools

• Implement naturalistic behavioral interventions for preschool-aged children with ASD and related disorders within a therapeutic day program.

• Facilitate social skills groups for school-aged children with ASD

Comprehensive treatment-planning evaluations for individuals with autism in a specialized autism clinic.

All programs offer supervision, didactic training, and field experience in:
• School consultation
• Evidence-based interventions for children with autism
• Community-based implementation of interventions for children with autism
• Comprehensive and integrated assessments to guide treatment planning for individuals with autism

Interested students should contact Keiran Rump, PhD at:
(215) 746-8104