Clinical Training Opportunities

Postdoctoral Fellowship

About the Postdoctoral Experience

Northeastern's Counseling Services has a long history of involvement in various levels of clinical training. Originally serving as a practicum site for masters-level training, the office began to offer pre-doctoral internships to students in Clinical Psychology in 1994. After 10 years of training interns, our office moved to a postdoctoral training model in 2004.

The focus of the postdoctoral experience involves the development of professional independence and interests while completing supervised hours to meet licensure requirements. This is accomplished by joining the clinical team with full involvement in office activities, including:

  • Providing clinical services (individual, couple and group therapy)
  • Conducting initial assessments
  • Receiving and providing supervision
  • Interviewing and selecting doctoral level trainees
  • Providing outreach and consultation to the university community
  • Coordinating and participating in professional development meetings
  • Facilitating consultation meetings
  • Participating in clinical and administration meetings

Stipend and Benefits

The stipend for the postdoctoral year is $30,000. Additionally, postdoctoral fellows are provided the complete State of Illinois employee benefit package, which includes health, dental and life insurance, retirement programs and other features. Faculty-level library privileges and a university-based email account are provided; access to the University's recreational facilities is also available.


By the start date of the postdoctoral fellowship, candidates must have completed all requirements for their doctoral degree in Clinical or Counseling Psychology. Previous experience in a college or university counseling center is desirable.

Application Procedures

To apply, please send the following materials:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal statement - In your personal statement, please address the following: What are your goals for the postdoctoral year, and how have these goals developed over the course of your professional training? Also, please describe your approach to your work and how it fits with who you are as a person and as a psychologist.

    • Send your application materials to:

      Dr. Miki Koyama
      Student Health & Counseling Services
      Northeastern Illinois University
      5500 N. St. Louis Ave.
      Chicago, IL 60625-4699

      Application and Timeline

      We will start reviewing applications beginning March 1. Application review will continue until both positions are filled. Postdoctoral fellowships will begin in early August and continue for 12 months.

      For More Information

      If you have other questions about the postdoctoral program, contact Dr. Miki Koyama at or (773) 442-4650.