Chicago Center for Family Health

FICH Doctoral Fellowship Program

Important Dates:

Location: Chicago, IL

Contact Person:

John Rolland

Contact Information:

Next Application Due:

January 15, 2020

Next Interview Date:
March 2020

Next Start Date:

September 2020


Pre-doc, Post-doc, both, or either:

Trainees per year:


$34,00: Additional with Illinois license


6 paid holidays

15 days PTO, 2 personal days, 5 sick days

Additional PTO for Conference attendance

University Access


52 weeks


The Chicago Center for Family Health (CCFH) offers a one-year full- time pre/post-doc fellowship.

CCFH, founded in 1991 by Co-Directors, John Rolland, M.D. and Froma Walsh, Ph.D., is internationally recognized as one of the foremost family systems-oriented training institutes. CCFH is renowned for its innovative community- based, resilience-oriented practice model to strengthen families at risk, in crisis, or facing persistent life challenges. It provides state-of-the-art post-graduate training in family therapy and family systems-based health care in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of specialists. See CCFH website to learn more about programs and faculty (

The Fellowship, in its 22nd year, has generated leaders in the field of family-oriented integrated healthcare. Former Fellows have gone on to excel in highly productive careers in academic, behavioral science director, training, research, and practice positions nationwide and in contributions to the field through publications, presentations, and emerging leadership in national organizations (CFHA, AAMFT, and AFTA).

The primary clinical placement is with Illinois Masonic Medical Center Family Practice, which has a longstanding reputation of supporting family and psychosocial aspects of health care within an integrated care framework.  Other partnering institutions for secondary placement have included: University of Chicago Kovler Diabetes Center and Division of Integrative Medicine, Northwestern Comprehensive Cancer Centers and risk-screening programs, the MS Society of Illinois, and Gilda’s Club Chicago.

The Fellowship provides a rich learning experience in collaborative care/integrated practice and work with psychosocial and relational challenges of chronic illness, disability, or loss. Trainees gain state-of-the-art practice knowledge and expertise, using family, couples, group/multi-family group and individual modalities. Led by John Rolland, M.D., Steven Zuckerman, PhD, and Froma Walsh, PhD, CCFH provides seminars, workshops, and individual, group, and on-site placement supervision. Responsibilities include participation in multidisciplinary teaching conferences, teaching residents and medical students about the integration of family systems approaches in a variety of health care settings, Primary Care Psychosocial/Counseling Track for family practice residents, and collaboration with healthcare providers. Fellows rotate through specialty services including newborn, memory disorders, and in-patient care, and may develop or join an ongoing clinical research project related to families and health care.

To apply, please send your Curriculum Vitae, three letters of reference, academic transcript, GRE scores, and a cover letter, explaining your interest in the fellowship to: