Post-Doctoral Fellowship


**We are no longer accepting applications for the 2021 fellowship cycle.

Please check back for updates on our 2022 fellowship and feel free to email with questions** 

We are excited to offer a two-year fellowship in DBT.

We are offering two postdoctoral positions this year - one in adult DBT, and one in adolescent DBT.

Candidates may request to be considered for one or both tracks. 

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, prolonged exposure (PE), cognitive processing therapy (CPT), exposure and response prevention (ERP), and/or behavioral parent training (BPT). 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 with PTSD. We are extremely proud to have three clinicians who are board certified by the DBT-LBC.

Why train with us: 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. Cases and supervision in non-DBT interventions and modalities (e.g., CBT, PE, CPT, BPT, self-compassion, ERP) 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) previous training and experience in providing DBT; and (3) interest in providing supervision and training as part of their long-term career goals. For the adolescent fellowship position, previous training and experience in providing DBT with adolescents is strongly preferred; minimally, prior training and experience working with adolescents is required.


The post-doctoral fellow will: complete intakes to provide an initial assessment and case conceptualization of clients referred to the clinic; conduct individual and group DBT; participate on our 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, supervision) 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, as well as preparation for licensure in North Carolina. 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. Please specify whether you would like to be considered for the adult track, the adolescent track, or both tracks.

  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.

Timeline: Applications will be accepted until December 15th. Applications submitted by December 1 will be given priority. Interviews will occur in January and February. Offers will be made in February, aligning with the APPIC post-doc timeline.

Start Date: Start date is flexible (June - Sept 2021), depending on date of internship completion.