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Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Child HELP Partnership

Administrative/Professional --> St. John's College

Queens, NY
ID: 218807-951

St. John’s established in 1870, has three New York City campuses; a graduate center in Hauppauge, NY; international locations in Rome, Italy; Limerick, Ireland; and Paris, France; and study abroad locations around the world. The Princeton Review and other top rankings consistently recognize the University’s outstanding academics, diverse student body, dynamic internship and volunteer opportunities, focus on student life, and diverse study abroad offerings. St. John’s University offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in its six colleges and schools, with a growing number of programs offered online. The University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and 12 other major academic and professional associations. 


A dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion is at the heart of our mission.  As a Catholic and Vincentian university, St. John’s is committed to institutionalizing practices of inclusive excellence to ensure that we welcome and celebrate the intrinsic worth of all members of our community.  We will become an even stronger university as we enhance equity at every level of our institution.  As noted in our Vision Statement, our graduates will excel in the competencies and values required for leadership and service in a rapidly evolving world.  


Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Child HELP Partnership in Dissemination of Interventions for Child Trauma


Child HELP Partnership (CHP) at St. John’s University was recently awarded a Treatment and Services Adaptation Center (Category II) grant to join the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. The CHP Center will train and support the delivery of evidence-based, culturally adapted trauma interventions for children exposed to disaster, sexual abuse, family violence, race-based trauma, COVID-19, and traumatic deaths. Through this project, major stakeholders in children’s mental health–school personnel, parents, and mental health providers–will work in partnership to create a continuum-of-care at 18 sites nationwide.


The post-doctoral fellow will learn and implement each of the interventions at the CHP clinic in Queens, NY. Specifically, they will learn and deliver system-level psychoeducation, early intervention delivered after trauma (Skills for Psychological Recovery), and treatment for traumatized children and their caregivers (i.e., Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Alternatives for Families-A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy). The fellow will then coach CHP Center sites as they implement the interventions. The fellow also will assist with the evaluation of the project.


Job Requirements


· Doctoral degree in clinical, counseling, or school psychology (trainees who are ABD are welcome to apply)

· Training and experience in cognitive-behavioral therapy

· Experience working with traumatized children and families

· Interest in outcomes and/or dissemination research

· Strong clinical and organizational skills

· 2-year commitment


· Fluency in Spanish


Below is a detailed description of the job responsibilities:


Clinical work

· Learn and conduct Trauma Psychoeducation and outreach with community partners

· Learn and conduct Evidence-Based Engagement, Trauma Assessment, Skills for Psychological Recovery, Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy



· Supervise doctoral students at the CHP clinic on assessments of children and caregivers, including assessments of risk

· Participate in Train-the-Trainer for Trauma Psychoeducation, Evidence-Based Engagement, and Trauma Assessment such that they train CHP Center sites across the country

· Coach CHP Center sites on the Interconnected Systems Framework, the evidence-based system to coordinate school, parent, and mental health needs



· Work on manuscripts and conference presentations

· Mentor undergraduate and graduate students on research methods, data management, and statistical analysis

· Co-author grant proposals


Child HELP Partnership (CHP), a specialized mental health program in child trauma at St. John’s University (, has an opening for a post-doctoral fellow. The post-doctoral fellow will report to Dr. Elissa Brown, Child HELP Partnership Executive Director. The fellowship involves clinical work and research in interventions for the prevention and treatment of trauma in children and families.


The Child HELP Partnership mission is to protect children from trauma and its emotional impact. We are dedicated to: (1) Healing children after exposure to violence and disaster by providing evidence-based therapies free-of-charge, (2) Empowering multicultural communities by adapting these services for them, (3) Enhancing Learning of professionals across the country by training them in these evidence-based approaches, and (4) Public education about trauma and prevention. Evaluation techniques are embedded in every aspect of Child HELP Partnership to ensure the effectiveness of all programs.


“All persons hired are required to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, subject to the reasonable accommodation provisions of applicable law.”


St. John’s offers a competitive compensation program which is commensurate with your qualifications, experience, and contingent upon the departmental budget. We also offer an extremely comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our workforce. Along with exceptional benefits such as medical, dental, life insurance, long term disability insurance, tuition remission, generous 403(b) employer contribution, employee assistance program, and liberal paid time off policies, faculty and staff can also enjoy St. John’s performing arts, libraries, bookstores, dining facilities, campus recreation and sporting events. 


Any offer of employment is subject to receipt by St. John’s University of satisfactory references, verification of employment and education. 


St. John’s University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

This position is located at 8000 Utopia Parkway, Queens, NY. View the Google Map in full screen.