We provide comprehensive training in conducting mental health services research, especially at the intersection of implementation science and mental health, to undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral trainees, and more.

Our program includes:

  • Preparation/Training for:
    • academics, clinicians, researchers, post docs and students.
    • behavioral health service professionals, such as counselors and educators, and certifying peer supports, such as Older Adult Peer Specialist and Trauma Peers.
  • Clinical training for school and clinical psychology trainees with an interest in autism services.
  • Consultation in identifying training needs and developing trainings and programs.


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 impact the needs of 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 new partnership with Penn’s Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE), postdoctoral trainees also have the opportunity to learn about and apply psychological insights and methods of behavior change to implementation science in mental health. While these methods and related opportunities are particularly germane to our NIMH-funded T32 and projects funded through our NIMH-funded ALACRITY Center (P50), they are available to all postdocs in our center, in consultation with their primary mentors.

We have up to 4 fellowship positions available through two different tracks. Please specify which track you are applying to in your cover letter. You may indicate more than one track in your cover letter. If you have questions about the tracks, please reach out to Rinad Beidas, PhD, Director of Implementation Research (

Track 1 (T32): Two positions are 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. The primary responsibility of the T32 fellow is to develop an independent research agenda.

Track 2 (Project postdocs): Up to two positions are available through our portfolio of NIMH funded projects, including a P50 on the intersection of behavioral economics, participatory design, and implementation science (PIs: Rinad Beidas, PhD; David Mandell, ScD; and Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD). The primary responsibility of project fellows are to assist with the scientific administration of these projects; as well as develop their own independent research agenda.

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

  • Develop an individualized research program under the mentorship from a core faculty member and secondary mentorship from other faculty in the broader Penn community. This includes opportunities to engage in both primary data collection and secondary data analysis.
  • Participate in coursework specific to the fellow’s individualized needs assessment.
  • Interact with community partners from the city and state level as part of CMHPSR’s relationships with the Department of Behavioral Health, Community Behavioral Health, and the School District of Philadelphia.
  • 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 travel budget annually for professional development and networking.

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

Appointment: Summer or fall, 2020.

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. Past applicants have come from both qualitative and quantitative backgrounds in disciplines such as clinical psychology, school psychology, community psychology, social work, public health and anthropology. Both recent graduates as well as those seeking to enhance their skills in new areas are welcome to apply. We encourage applications with interests in digital health, integrated behavioral health care, substance use, global mental health, or behavioral economics. Stipends vary with experience.

Applications: Please submit your application by October 15th, 2019 for full consideration: You will be asked to provide demographic information, brief academic history, your CV, cover letter, up to 3 published manuscripts and/or writing samples, and the names and emails of three references.


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. A major part of this program is the ongoing support of a community of previous fellows in the mentoring and supervision of the new fellows. 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 Services provides 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. Fellows are expected to complete an independent research or organizational project as part of the fellowship. Fellows are compensated at $90,000 plus benefits for the  year. Additional funding is available for conference and educational activities.

For questions contact:
Trevor Hadley PhD:

Larry Real, MD:

Rachel Talley, MD:


Trevor Hadley, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry at the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research serves as the primary academic and research mentor for fellows 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 Co-Director of the Center of Excellence and Innovation in Public Psychiatry.

Rachel Talley, MD, Psychiatrist at Horizon House and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, is Associate Director of the Fellowship in Community Psychiatry

To apply, please fill out and submit this application. Further information about the Fellowship in Community Psychiatry can be found here.


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