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Postdoctoral Fellow - Psychology Department (Clinical)

Are you passionate about a career where you can make a difference and receive personal fulfillment? Do you bring experience providing psychological assessments and clinical treatment services to children, adolescents, and/or transition-age youth with complex psychiatric profiles and their families? If this describes you, then the Albert J. Solnit Children’s Center is looking for you to be a part of our team!

Become a Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow:
The State of Connecticut, Department of Children and Families (DCF) is seeking a qualified individual for a Postdoctoral fellow (Clinical) position. This is a part-time, 34 hour per week position. Hours are first shift with one evening shift per week. You would be located at Solnit South, 915 River Road Middletown, CT, which is conveniently located near all that downtown Middletown has to offer.

In this role, we would empower you to:
  • Act as an experienced case manager collaborating with community systems of care.
  • Implement evidence-based practices.
  • Work as a member of a multidisciplinary clinical team.
  • Lead other staff in the coordination and implementation of clinical psychological services.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Who we are:
Solnit is widely recognized as a center of excellence for the family-centered treatment of children and youth with serious emotional disturbances. This state-administered Psychiatric facility provides comprehensive care to children and adolescents under the age of eighteen, with severe mental illness and related behavioral and emotional problems who cannot be safely assessed or treated in a less restrictive setting. The South Campus consists of four co-ed hospital units and three female adolescent psychiatric residential treatment facility cottages.

Our 67-acre campus is centrally located in Middletown, Connecticut with a beautiful view overlooking the alluring Connecticut River. The Solnit Center facilities support our dedication to helping youth improve their individual and social competencies.

  • Leading Comprehensive Benefits: Competitive salary structure, excellent health & dental coverage, and retirement plan options.
  • Work-Life Balance: Generous vacation, personal, and sick time with many things to love about living, working, and playing in our state.
  • Making a Difference in Your Community: Make an impact and serve the public through significant work. Check out this video below to see what it's like to be a state employee:
We hope you take this opportunity to continue your career with us and make an impact by serving your state!


Application Information:
  • All State employees shall follow the guidelines as listed in Executive Orders 13F (3a) and 13G (3a).
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • Please ensure that your application is complete before submitting it. Applicants will be unable to make revisions once their application is submitted into the JobAps system. Applicants who submit and subsequently withdraw their application will not be able to resubmit for the same posting.
  • To simplify the application process, we no longer request a resume, nor is there a designated area in the application to upload one.
Throughout the Recruitment Process:
  • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (Finish) your responses. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
  • At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • The immediate vacancies are listed above, however applications to this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies in this job classification.
  • Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Elizabeth Weston at


In State facilities, this class is accountable for the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders or participating in other psychological services involving diagnostic testing, behavior modification, program development and evaluation, community outreach, education and training, rehabilitation and/or research.


Selects and administers diagnostic tests to patients/clients with psychopathological manifestations; analyzes results of tests and develops treatment plans; conducts individual and group psychotherapy, family counseling and community consultations under supervision; makes recommendations for transfer, discharge and follow up activities; participates in development, implementation and coordination of new service programs; conducts psychological research; writes professional reports; may assist in supervision of psychology interns; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of abnormal and clinical psychology with a general knowledge of other psychological disciplines; considerable knowledge of selection, administration, scoring and evaluation of intelligence, achievement, personality and diagnostic tests; knowledge of psychological research techniques; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; ability to make psychological diagnosis and prognosis; ability to conduct psychotherapy; ability to provide consultation and training services; ability to write case histories, discharge summaries and professional reports; ability to relate experimental data to treatment modalities.


Applicants must have graduated from an educational program approved by the Board of Examiners of Psychologists with consent of the Commissioner of Public Health. Generally, this will be interpreted as possession of a doctorate degree in psychology from a college or university program which is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) or as otherwise determined by the Board and the Commissioner. Applicants possessing degrees from other than APA accredited programs must first gain acceptance from the Department of Public Health.


A doctorate degree in clinical or counseling psychology as indicated above and completion of a one (1) year clinical internship.


  • Experience providing psychological assessment and treatment services to adolescents with complex psychiatric profiles and their families.
  • Experience writing treatment plans.
  • Experience providing case management services in collaboration with systems of care.
  • Experience implementing evidenced based practices.
  • Experience working as part of an interdisciplinary team.


1. Incumbents in this class may be required to be fluent in a foreign language or proficient in the use of the American Sign Language.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.


Incumbents in this class may be required to lift and restrain patients/ clients; may have some exposure to communicable/infectious diseases and to risk of injury from assaultive/abusive patients/clients; may be exposed to disagreeable conditions.


The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.