Post-Doctoral Fellowships and First Employments

In order to be eligible to sit for the licensure exam in New York State, doctoral program graduates must complete a 1-year post-doctoral fellowship (or the equivalent). Typically, alums complete this work with a limited permit from the New York State Department of Education.

Recent Post-Doctoral Fellowships completed or begun by Psy.D. Program graduates:

  • Catherine Adams, Psy.D. is working at the South Beach Psychiatric Center
  • Adi Avivi, Psy.D. is completing a post-doc at North Shore-Long Island Jewish
  • Victoria Stein, Psy.D. is a completing a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Center for Cognitive Health at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and moving onto a 2nd year in the psychotherapy program at New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute.
  • Kathleen Källström-Schreckengost, Psy.D. is completing a 1-year post-doc at Montclair State University
  • Eric Pollak, Psy.D. is completing a post-doc at Yeshiva University Counseling Center
  • Michelle Conti, Psy.D. is currently a post-doc fellow in the child welfare program at Westchester Institute for Human Development in Valhalla, NY. This is an APPIC post doc fellowship.
  • Dustin Kahoud, MS (September, 2014) will be at the Derner Institute at Adelphi
  • Kristin Kunkle, MS (September, 2014) will be at the Outpatient CBT post-doctoral training at Columbia University Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders
  • Jennifer Andersen, MS (Expected 2014 graduate) will be at Andrus in Yonkers
  • Jennifer Renz, MS (Expected 2014 graduate) will be at North Shore-Long Island Jewish in Glen Oaks, NY as a post-doctoral fellow.
  • Shamshy Schlager, MS (September, 2014) will be at Cognitive Behavioral Associates for a post-doctoral training year.
  • Cassie Fichter, MS (September, 2014) will be a St. Luke’s Hospital
  • Erica Meyers, MS (Expected 2014 graduate) will be at the CU-CARD NIH Study

Once a post-doctoral fellowship (or the equivalent) is completed, graduates take the Examination for the Practice of Professional Psychology (EPPP). Upon passing the exam, students are then licensed psychologists, ready for their first employment as a licensed professional psychologist.

Recent first employment announcements of Psy.D. program alum include:

Eric Pollak, Psy.D.
Graduated in 2013
The Center for Anxiety (New York, NY) has announced that Eric Pollak, Psy.D. will be joining their staff in September 2014. Dr. Pollak received his masters and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from LIU-Post, where his research focused on predictors of self-esteem in Orthodox Jewish adolescents. Dr. Pollak completed a predoctoral internship at the VA Hudson Valley providing evidence-based treatment for PTSD, substance abuse, and insomnia to US Armed Forces veterans, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Yeshiva University Counseling Center where he provided individual treatment, crisis intervention, campus outreach, and several well-attended workshops for students on sleep hygiene. He is also trained in CBT-I (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia) and CPT (Cognitive Processing Therapy) for victims of trauma. Clinically, Dr. Pollak provides clinical services to children, adolescents and adults for insomnia, low self-esteem, PTSD and other anxiety disorders, and he is strongly committed to the dissemination of evidence-based, culturally/spiritually-sensitive treatments to under-serviced communities.


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