About the Postdoctoral Experience

Northeastern Illinois University Student Counseling Services has a long history of involvement in various levels of clinical training. Since 2004, Counseling Services has offered postdoctoral training in psychology, providing advanced professional training in a multicultural university counseling setting.

The focus of the postdoctoral experience involves solidifying clinical and supervision skills, deepening self-awareness and self-reflection, strengthening multicultural competency, and developing professional independence while completing 1,750 supervised hours to meet licensure requirements in the state of Illinois. This is accomplished by joining the clinical team in:

  • Direct clinical services (intakes, walk-ins, crisis intervention, and individual, couples and/or group therapy)
  • Outreach and consultation to the University community
  • Training and supervision activities (e.g., individual and/or group supervision, involvement with the training seminar, and involvement with the search processes for trainees)
  • Training, clinical and administrative meetings
  • Individual supervision and supervision of supervision

Stipend and Benefits

The stipend for the postdoctoral year is $50,000. Additionally, the postdoctoral fellow is 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 at a reduced fee.


By the start date of the postdoctoral fellowship, candidates must have a completed doctoral degree from an APA-accredited program in Clinical or Counseling Psychology. Previous experience in a college or university counseling center is desirable.

Application Procedures

To apply, please submit the following materials in one PDF in the following order (Upload PDF file in Workday via this link: Specialist-PostDoctoral Fellow)

  1. Cover letter
  2. Vita
  3. Employment Application
  4. Statement of Annuitant Status
  5. 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 clinical work and how it fits with who you are as a person and as a psychologist.
  6. Three letters of recommendation
  7. Official graduate school transcripts 

Upload your application materials in one PDF file to:

Dr. Jennifer Knuepfer
Specialist-PostDoctoral Fellow


Application and Timeline

We will begin reviewing applications on Feb.1, 2024, and will accept applications until the position is filled. The postdoctoral fellowship will begin Aug.12, 2024, and continue for 12 months.

For More Information

If you have other questions about the postdoctoral program, contact Dr. Jennifer Knuepfer by email at neiucsapp@neiu.edu or telephone at (773) 442-4650.