We are on the leading edge of clinical and research training

From bench to bedside, researchers in the program are developing new ways to improve treatment and understand the causes of eating disorders. Our training projects examine eating disorders and range from molecular genetic studies to clinical trials.


The team includes research faculty, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, residents, medical students, and postgraduate and undergraduate trainees.

Postdoctoral Training

At any given time, we may have openings for MD and PhD fellowships. To inquire about research post-doctoral fellowships, please contact our Associate Research Director, . For information about clinical post-doctoral fellowships, please see below:

Clinical Postdoctoral Fellowship in Eating Disorders

The Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders (CEED) in the Department of Psychiatry at the UNC-CH School of Medicine invites applications for a Clinical Post-Doctoral Fellowship Position. This is a full-time, two-year position with a flexible start date of August or September 2020.  The UNC CEED is an evidence-based program that provides outstanding multidisciplinary inpatient and outpatient care for individuals with eating disorders. The fellow’s primary responsibilities will include conducting comprehensive eating disorder evaluations, providing individual and group psychotherapy, and family based treatment. Advanced training and supervision will be provided on both inpatient and outpatient levels of care.  Our training philosophy is based on the scientist-practitioner model: we provide fellows with advanced skills in the practice of psychology and integrate research and clinical services in a specialized eating disorder treatment facility. The CEED works with a number of trainees at different levels including graduate students from a variety of disciplines, psychology interns, dietitians, medical students, and residents, offering the opportunity to provide supervision and also collegial interaction with peers.  Following the completion of training, the fellow will be prepared to function independently at the assistant professor level within a medical school or other professional setting.  The position will be primarily clinical but research opportunities may be available including access to professional development lectures and journal clubs. More information about CEED can be found on our website (http://www.med.unc.edu/psych/eatingdisorders).

Qualified applicants will have a strong background in Clinical /Counseling Psychology and will have completed their doctoral training and internship at APA-accredited programs by the start of the fellowship year (flexible target of 9/1/2020), and must be eligible for provisional licensure in NC.  A clinical or research background in eating disorders or evidence of dedication to the field of eating disorders is encouraged but not required. Experience with cognitive-behavioral therapy or dialectical behavior therapy is required.

To apply, please send a letter of interest detailing previous experience, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation to Maureen Dymek-Valentine, Ph.D., <mdymek@med.unc.edu>). Letters of reference must be sent electronically, directly by the letter writer.  Label all application materials in this format (Last Name fellow application month year). Applicants are encouraged to apply early in this academic year, and our final application deadline is January 15,2020.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Training

This is an ideal research experience for local students interested in attending graduate programs for psychology, social work, nutrition, public health, genetics and medical school. Students are also encouraged to attend our weekly research meetings, journal club, and didactic seminars each Tuesday morning. To apply as a student trainee, you must be able to commit to work with our program for two consecutive semesters and devote 10 hours a week. We also require trainees to have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Facility with Spanish and graphic design are highly desirable. Psychology 395 credit is available to the undergraduate trainees offered positions in our lab. Psychology 395 class times change by semester. Trainees are also sometimes given honor’s thesis mentorship, depending on the length and quality of their contribution to the research program.

The application form for trainees can be downloaded here and additional information about the training program can be found here. Applications are due by August 1st, December 1st, and April 1st for the following semester. We conduct interviews each August, December, and April for the following semester. We will contact you for an interview if you have made it to the second round of the application process and will announce acceptance into the program by the end of the semester. Questions? For more information contact our trainee coordinator, .

Note: Applicants are required to submit a completed application form and a current unofficial academic transcript. Detailed instructions can be found on the first page of the application. Please do not use Google Chrome to open the application.

Summer Research Fellowship

Summer research fellowships are highly competitive positions open to undergraduate, postgraduate, and graduate students. Many of our summer fellows have been in the first years of a graduate program (e.g., clinical psychology, epidemiology). These positions are open for competitive applicants interested in an 8-week 40 hours a week research experience working in the Center. Those accepted to the program receive a one-time $2,500 stipend. Please note, we are not able to provide housing or dining services. Fellows are given project and mentor assignments based on their experience and interests. Fellows also attend our weekly research meetings, journal club, and didactic research seminars, shadow clinical care in our inpatient and outpatient programs, and attend an expert lecture series offered to the fellows by research faculty. This series offers fellows an introduction to a wide range of topics in the eating disorders field (e.g., genetics, bariatric surgery, family-based treatments). One to two summer fellows are selected each year. The application form can be downloaded here. For more information contact our summer fellowship coordinator, . Applications are due by March 15.

Note: Summer research fellowship applicants are required to submit a completed application form, one letter of recommendation, a current CV, and a current academic transcript. Detailed instructions can be found on the first page of the application.