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Post-doctoral Psychology Fellowship / Governor Murphy Fellowship

The PREP Program at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center is recruiting a full-time Governor Murphy Fund postdoctoral fellow to start July 2008.

The PREP program at MMHC has been providing cutting edge treatment to young adults with psychosis and their families for more than 10 years. Through the use of recovery-focused individual, group, and family treatment, PREP works with young adults experiencing psychosis to attenuate symptoms, preserve functioning, and counteract accompanying neuropsychological deficits, thus preventing long-term disability. PREP draws on the research and clinical literature and integrates strategies from both recovery-focused and CBT treatments to intervene early in the course of psychosis. In Boston, PREP is unique in having as its primary goal early intervention with young people from disenfranchised neighborhoods or economically disadvantaged circumstances, the population traditionally served by MMHC. The intended outcome of the PREP program is to help young people remain in the mainstream of society with work, school, and family life and to turn their course of illness away from the lost social roles and repeated hospitalizations that have historically attended schizophrenia. The medical director of the program, Dr. Suzanna Zimmet, is a board certified psychiatrist and clinical instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Zimmet has provided training and consultation in the treatment of young adults with psychosis for many years.

The Governor Murphy Fund Fellowship is dedicated to enhancing training opportunities for individuals committed to working on behalf of people with serious mental illness. MMHC, in collaboration with the Commonwealth Research Center (CRC), has a long history of integrating research and clinical work to promote the treatment and rehabilitation of people with serious mental illness. Clinicians at MMHC dedicate themselves to provide interventions that reflect respect for the humanity of people with serious mental illness, ease misery from the symptoms of mental illness, and support people's strivings for meaningful lives. MMHC has been at the forefront of developing and offering new treatments to people with serious mental illness. Integral to the care at MMHC is the close relationship to clinical researchers working to better understand serious mental illness and to evaluate the efficacy of pharmacologic and psychosocial treatments. Working with a CRC research mentor, the Murphy fellow is expected to participate in a research project that contributes to the literature on evidence-based treatments.

Training Objectives

  • Establish competency in providing CBT treatment to young adults with psychosis.
  • Develop leadership and administrative skills necessary for directing a program.
  • Participate in clinical research or program evaluation, with potential for publication.
  • Complete pre-licensure requirements for supervised postdoctoral clinical practice.


Training experiences and duties can be tailored to the individual's interests and qualifications of the applicant.

Basic duties include

  • Conduct comprehensive psychosocial diagnostic assessments.
  • Provide individual outpatient PREP treatment.
  • Lead and co-lead PREP treatment groups.
  • Conduct in-services to DMH programs as described above.
  • Supervision of psychology practicum students.
  • Collaborate on PREP program evaluation and other clinical research project(s).

Optional experiences include

  • Development of research projects or clinical services unique to individual interests or areas of specialization.
  • Presentations in clinic-wide didactics (e.g. weekly grand rounds, seminars, etc.).

Applicant Requirements

  • Doctoral degree from an APA-approved Ph.D. or Psy.D. program in clinical psychology.
  • Previous experience in clinical assessment and treatment of individuals with serious and persistent mental illness.
  • Experience applying cognitive-behavioral treatments to behaviorally disordered individuals.
  • Background in research design and methodology, statistics, and preparation of manuscripts.
  • Background in neuropsychological or cognitive behavior experience, strong individual and family treatment skills, and a demonstrated interest in severe mental illness preferred.

Application Process

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Interested applicants should send a CV and letter of interest to:

Michelle Friedman-Yakoobian, Ph.D.
Massachusetts Mental Health Center
180 Morton Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Contact Information

Michelle Friedman-Yakoobian, Ph.D.
Massachusetts Mental Health Center
180 Morton Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130