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Actively enrolling on a rolling basis! Doctoral-level candidates are encouraged to apply.

The Johns Hopkins Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program is accepting applications for a one-year clinical fellowship starting Fall 2023.  This fellowship is housed in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences on the Bayview Medical Center campus and is accredited by the Society for Behavioral Sleep Medicine (SBSM). Primary goals of the fellowship are to provide requisite training, supervision, and clinical experience to be eligible for state licensure and certification to become a Diplomat in Behavioral Sleep Medicine (DBSM) by the Board of Behavioral Sleep Medicine.

Clinical Care:

Fellows will learn to flexibly deliver cognitive behavioral treatments for a range of sleep disorders using a case-conceptualization approach. Most patients are adults with insomnia, often with co-existing psychiatric and/or medical conditions.  Additionally, fellows will obtain experience in the assessment and treatment of other sleep disorders, including cognitive behavioral approaches to improve CPAP adherence, treatment of circadian rhythm disorders, and parasomnias, as well as scoring and interpreting clinical actigraphy data. Interested fellows may also maintain a small caseload of general psychotherapy patients and/or obtain training in presurgical psychosocial bariatric assessments and weight management interventions.


Fellows will participate in a weekly sleep medicine seminar with Department of Medicine, Pulmonary, and Neurology sleep medicine fellows. Fellows will be expected to present at this seminar at least once during the year on a topic of their choosing. Behavioral Sleep Medicine fellows are also expected to attend a bi-monthly Sleep Research Seminar. In addition, fellows will have access to lectures offered in the rich academic environment of the Johns Hopkins University campus both within and outside the department.


In addition to training in the delivery of high quality clinical care, fellows will have the option to participate in research training, provided by matching the fellow's interests with ongoing faculty research and mentorship in four broad areas:  (1) sleep in neuropsychiatric / behavioral disorders  [e.g., drug use (amphetamine-type stimulants, benzodiazepines or opioids), sleep & neurotoxicity, traumatic brain injury, dementia, trauma / anxiety disorders]; 2) sleep in medical disorders (e.g., rheumatologic disease, chronic pain, burn injury, cardiovascular disease, breast cancer); 3) psychiatric, physiologic and behavioral dimensions of primary sleep disorders (e.g., restless leg syndrome, primary insomnia,  sleep-disordered breathing, sleep bruxism, circadian rhythm disorders, and parasomnias), 4) physiologic and neurocognitive consequences of sleep deprivation. Fellows will be afforded the opportunity to collaborate and co-author manuscripts, conference presentations, and book chapters during their training.   

Training faculty include Molly Atwood, PhD, Luis Buenaver, PhD, DBSM, and Michael Smith, PhD, DBSM.


Who should apply:

To be considered, applicants must have completed a PhD in Clinical Psychology from an American Psychiatric Association or Canadian Psychological Association accredited program by the time the fellowship starts. The stipend is consistent with National Institute of Health recommendations for postdoctoral fellows and includes generous benefits. Candidates must obtain their doctoral degree (MD, PHD, PSYD, DDS, etc.) prior to starting the fellowship.


Successful applicants must demonstrate strong clinical skills in health psychology / behavioral medicine or training in cognitive behavioral therapy. Specific predoctoral experience in behavioral sleep medicine is a plus. Strong candidates will be offered the choice of a virtual or in-person interview with the Training Director and secondary faculty supervisor. We especially encourage applications from members of ethnic and racial minority groups. Johns Hopkins is a non-discriminatory/affirmative action employer. 


How do I apply?

To apply, please send and a two-page (maximum) cover letter before Dec 5, 2022 describing:

  1. Your behavioral sleep medicine and/or relevant clinical experience

  2. Your career goals

  3. What you would like to accomplish during this postdoctoral fellowship to advance your career goals

  4. When your degree is expected, including the dates of your successful dissertation defense


Please include: a copy of your curriculum vitae; graduate school transcript(s), and two letters of recommendation from clinical supervisors who comment on your clinical strengths and weaknesses. 

Send all application materials to:

Molly Atwood, PhD

Director of Clinical Training, Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

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