Henry Ford Health System
August 31, 2022
39450 West 12 Mile Road, Novi, Michigan
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Philip Cheng
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Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Psychology: Emphases in Behavioral Circadian and Sleep Medicine, Mental Health

The Thomas Roth Sleep Disorders & Research Center at the Henry Ford Health System is accepting applications for a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship in clinical psychology. The position emphasizes training in clinical and translational research and practice. Clinicians will be trained in delivering behavioral, cognitive, and mindfulness-based treatments for common sleep and circadian sleep disorders, including shift work disorder, delayed sleep phase disorder, and insomnia disorder. Aspiring independent researchers are trained broadly in conducting in-lab experiments, prospective observational studies, and clinical trials. In addition, research training and mentorship includes guidance in grantsmanship, manuscript publication, and statistical analysis. Additional areas of interest and training are in insomnia disorder, depression and suicide, alcohol and substance abuse, mindfulness, pregnancy and postpartum sleep and complications, and telemedicine treatment.

Fellows work alongside a primary mentor (PI: Philip Cheng), while also receiving high-quality training from other investigators in our lab. The HFHS Sleep Center has several current NIH, foundational, and industry funded grants in the areas of insomnia treatment, opioid use disorder treatment, depression prevention, circadian science, perinatal sleep and mental health, telemedicine treatment delivery, and wearable technology for assessing sleep.

Clinical Training

Trainees will receive sufficient clinical duties to earn license-eligibility in the state of Michigan. Clinicians will be trained to expertly deliver cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia, mindfulness-based therapy for insomnia, and other interventions for treating sleep and circadian disorders and mental health disorders. Notably, clinicians will work with pregnant and postpartum women to help them sleep and feel better. Trainees will have ample exposure to telemedicine treatment delivery, and may also have opportunity to help patients navigate digital and mobile health interventions.

Grant writing

Trainees aspiring for careers in research will receive ample training in grant writing, which will include opportunities to attend grantsmanship workshops, and preparing and submitting internal, foundational, and/or NIH grants. As such, fellows are provided with training in all aspects of grantsmanship to make this possible.

Professional Development

We are eager for trainees to be competitive in the job market, should they choose to pursue employment outside of HFHS after fellowship. HFHS offers seminars on job negotiation, tailoring your CV to different positions, networking best practices, engaging stakeholders in research, and conducting health system-based research.

Grand Rounds

HFHS offers a wide range of Grand Rounds across the health system, including Psychiatry, Sleep Medicine, Ethics, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and other areas. This fellowship is open to a candidates with wide-ranging interests, and we aim to personalize training to your goals. As such, trainees are encouraged to attend Grand Rounds that align with their clinical and research interests. Opportunities also exist for fellows to deliver a Grand Rounds lecture or to deliver seminars to sleep medicine fellows.

Mentored-Research Experience

Fellows will participate in ongoing faculty research. Given the breadth of funded studies in our Center, faculty and trainees will work to match the best training experiences with project needs, resulting in fellows serving in various roles. Postdoctoral training is a critical time for developing independence as a researcher. Trainees working toward a career independent research will work with their mentor(s) to develop their own line of research, which can culminate in a grant submission to internal, foundational, or NIH funding opportunities.

Salary and Benefits

The postdoctoral fellowship is a 2-year position, with Year 2 depending on performance in Year 1. Salaries are commensurate with NIH’s NRSA stipend levels and include options for medical, dental, and vision insurance for self and dependents, and vacation/personal time. The fellow will have access to funds to conduct research (up to $10,000 in Year 1, additional funds pending availability in Year 2), as well as financial support to attend scientific meetings, training workshops and seminars, and other professional development opportunities.


Philip Cheng PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in behavioral sleep medicine and circadian medicine. He is interested in how sleep and circadian rhythms can promote psychological health, and how technology can be leveraged to increase the accessibility of treatment for sleep and circadian rhythm disorders and reduce health disparities. He has current funding from NHLBI, NIDA, and the American Academy for Sleep Medicine. Dr. Cheng’s current projects include an NHLBI-funded in-lab experiment examining pathophysiological phenotypes of Shift Work Disorder, as well as an NIDA-funded trial for the treatment of insomnia disorder in patients with opioid use disorder.

Christopher L Drake PhD is director of the HFHS Sleep Center. He is a fully licensed clinical psychologist, and is board certified in Sleep Medicine. He is a world-renowned expert is insomnia and shift work disorder. He has been funded by NIMH, NHLBI, NIDA, and NINR. Dr. Drake’s current projects include an NIMH-funded stepped-care trial to treat insomnia and prevent depression, a prospective observational study examining the effects of trauma and COVID-related stress on sleep, and a clinical trial for the treatment of narcolepsy.

David A Kalmbach PhD is a fully licensed clinical psychologist. He has clinical expertise in behavioral sleep medicine, mindfulness interventions, and perinatal sleep and mental health treatment. He has current funding from NIMH. Dr. Kalmbach’s current and upcoming projects include a clinical trial comparing cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based interventions for perinatal insomnia, testing the effects of rumination and insomnia on perinatal depression and mother-infant bonding, and sleep- and mental health-related predictors of complications in pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Candidates interested in perinatal health, cognitive-emotional dysregulation, and mind-body treatments are encouraged to apply.

Application Process

Competitive applicants must have strong interest in sleep disorders and in delivering mindfulness-based interventions (interest is necessary, but prior training in these areas is not required). Excellent writing skills are highly attractive, particularly for trainees seeking a career in independent research. Applicants should have a PhD or PsyD in Clinical Psychology before the commencement of postdoctoral training.

If you would like to learn more about the position, please contact Philip Cheng PhD at pcheng1@hfhs.org. To apply for the position, send a CV and cover letter stating your research interests and career goals to pcheng1@hfhs.org. There is no firm deadline for applications; applications will be reviewed as they are received. We strongly encourage candidates to reach out early to convey interest and inquire about the position. There will be 1 position for the 2022-2023 academic year. Start date is flexible.

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