Postdoctoral Fellowship

Premier Sport Psychology is currently accepting applicants for the Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship position for August 2020.

Postdoctoral Fellowship
Company: Premier Sport Psychology, PLLC
Location: Minneapolis metro area in Minnesota
Type: Full-Time (2-year position)
Benefits: Retirement, Insurance, Professional Development/CEs


Premier Sport Psychology is a rapidly growing private consulting practice based in Minneapolis, MN that provides both performance-enhancement and mental health services to athletes of all ages and levels. Premier Sport Psychology contracts with several professional teams, the University of Minnesota Athletic Department (we provide all “in-house” sport psychology services to the 750+ student-athletes), USA National Teams, and several other universities in the Midwest. In addition, we serve a broad spectrum of individual athletes, business owners, executives, etc. in our private practice.

Position Summary:

Premier Sport Psychology is pleased to offer a full-time, 2-year Postdoctoral Sport Psychology Fellow position beginning summer/fall of 2020. The position is designed for an individual who is interested in working as part of a sport psychology consulting practice, in a variety of settings combining clinical work, performance-enhancement and outreach with an athletic population. This position can be considered supervised professional experience under the direction of Minnesota licensed psychologist supervisors.


Provide direct individual counseling and mental skills training to athletes; facilitate team meetings/team-building activities; provide leadership coaching/consultation to coaches; develop, promote and lead workshops and/or presentations to local, regional and/or national sport organizations/medical clinics/athletic teams; conduct outreach and marketing ventures to grow new business; foster referral relationships. If interested, conduct ADHD assessments for athletes. If interested, become involved in business/industrial and organizational side of consulting practice. Possible opportunities exist to have clinical rotations in collegiate or professional athletic settings and/or sports medicine organizations (based on availability and interest/skills). Participate in case management, business meetings, and professional development activities; receive 2 hours of supervision per week. Other duties as assigned (e.g., content development for website, workbooks, online coaching resources; assist with administrative activities, etc.). Hours can be applicable toward licensure requirements as specified by the Minnesota Board of Psychology. Potential opportunity to move into an entry-level sport psychologist position upon completion of a successful post-doctoral fellowship.


A Ph.D. or Psy.D. in Clinical/Counseling/Educational Psychology from an accredited institution of higher education. Completion of APA-accredited internship. Experience working with athletes. Excellent clinical, presentation, communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to form and nurture relationships with medical providers, administrators, and coaches. Self-motivated and disciplined with a willingness to be a team player. Creative and willing to invest hard work in growing a sport psychology practice. Organizational skills, follow-through, respectfulness of boundaries, openness to feedback, and ability to work independently in a responsible and professional manner are all essential to this position. Completion of dissertation required prior to commencement of position. Understanding of and strict adherence to the Minnesota Board of Psychology legal guidelines and American Psychiatric Association ethical guidelines.

Preferred Skills:

Experience working with athletes of all ages (youth to professional) and all sports/fields of competition and/or AASP certification. ADHD assessment experience. Specific experience working with youth/high school student-athletes, coaches, sports medicine staff and multidisciplinary treatment teams. Training and experience in performance-related issues. Ability to present to groups and strong public speaking skills. Crisis intervention experience.


Compensation is competitive with other postdoctoral positions. Depending on performance and workload, bonus opportunities are available. Premier Sport Psychology will also provide benefits including contributions to a retirement plan, 7 paid holidays, 10 PTO Days and malpractice insurance. The position will also receive professional development time and funds (to be determined throughout the year).


To apply for the Postdoctoral Fellowship, please submit the following by February 7th, 2020:

Cover letter expressing your interest in the Postdoctoral Fellowship, work experience, and why you believe you would be a great fit for the position.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

3 Letters of Recommendation from individuals familiar with your clinical work.


All Questions and submissions should be referred and addressed to:

ATTN: Dr. Ben Merkling
Premier Sport Psychology
7401 Metro Blvd, Suite 510
Edina, MN 55439


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