Post-Doctoral Fellowship


This position has been filled.

We anticipate offering another postdoctoral fellowship for 2021-2022 - please check back!

Who we are: The TAP Clinic is an outpatient private practice located in Durham, NC. We place a strong emphasis on evidence based practices; all of our clinicians have advanced training in DBT, CBT, ACT, PE, and/or CPT. We see clients in a variety of therapy modalities, including individual, couples, families, and groups. In addition, we are committed to providing outstanding training to graduate practicum students, post-doctoral fellows, and other learners in the mental health field. We offer a comprehensive DBT program for adolescents (middle and high school) and adults that is implemented with fidelity to the model, and we offer the DBT-PE protocol for Stage 1 clients who meet criteria for both BPD and PTSD. We are extremely proud to have three clinicians who are board certified by the DBT-LBC. In addition, all other clinicians on our DBT team are in the process of applying for certification.

Why train with us: We are offering a one-year fellowship with an opportunity to renew for a second year. Post-doctoral fellows will have direct supervision by Dr. Lorie Ritschel and Dr. Kathryn Byars, both of whom are Linehan Board Certified clinicians. In addition, Dr. Ritschel is a trainer of DBT through Behavioral Tech, LLC. Supervision is provided utilizing audio or video recordings of therapy sessions with a focus on DBT adherence. In addition, the TAP Clinic offers evidenced-based treatment for depression, anxiety, trauma, perfectionism, shame, and behavioral dysregulation; cases and supervision in non-DBT modalities can be provided and tailored based on the fellow’s preferences and experiences. We offer a competitive salary and retirement benefits, and we are located in the affordable and vibrant city of Durham, NC (#10 Place to Live in the US).

Our ideal post-doctoral fellow will have: (1) completed their doctoral training at an APA accredited clinical psychology program; (2) training and experience working with adolescents, families, and adults; (3) previous training and experience in providing DBT; and (4) interest in providing supervision and training as part of their long-term career goals. Previous training and experience in providing DBT with adolescents is strongly preferred.


The post-doctoral fellow will: serve as an intake coordinator to provide an initial assessment and case conceptualization of clients referred to the clinic; provide individual and group DBT to adolescents and adults; participate on DBT consultation team; provide CBT or other evidence-based therapies based on relevant training and experience; and have the opportunity to develop an independent project (e.g., community trainings, research) that aligns with the fellow’s career goals. Year one of the fellowship will focus on case conceptualization and the provision of individual and group DBT therapy with adolescents and adults. Year two will focus on working toward DBT certification and developing skills in the provision of training and supervision.

Interested applicants should submit the following materials:

  1. Brief (1-2 pgs) cover letter detailing your career goals, areas of expertise, and experience and training in DBT;

  2. Current CV detailing clinical and research experience;

  3. Two letters of recommendation (at least one must be from a clinical supervisor);

  4. The names of two recent (past 3 years) clinical supervisors and their contact information (may be the same or additional from the letters of recommendation). Please be aware that your references may be contacted as part of the application process. Do not provide references that are unaware or unwilling to be a reference for you.

Completed applications can be emailed to Dr. Byars at along with any additional questions. Applications will not be considered until they are complete.

5726 Fayetteville Rd

Suite 101

Durham, NC 27713

Phone:  919-237-3321


Fax: 919-287-2829