San Francisco VA Research Postdoctoral Fellowship
San Francisco, California, United States
San Francisco VA Medical Center
The San Francisco VA Medical Center is recruiting for a two-year Post-Doctoral Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Health Research and Treatment with a focus on PTSD and/or dementia. The fellowship is associated with the Sierra Pacific MIRECC (VISN 21) and affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco.
The fellowship is funded by the Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which sponsors 25 fellowship positions through MIRECC, SMITREC (Serious Mental Illness Treatment Research and Evaluation Center), NCPTSD (National Center for PTSD), and COEs (Centers of Excellence) and their associated academic institutions. The primary goal of the fellowship program is to train psychologists, other allied health professionals, and MDs to become leading clinical researchers in high priority areas of mental health. Over the course of the two-year program, fellows are trained in academic and health systems research, advanced clinical care service delivery, and program administration in an interdisciplinary setting. The fellowship combines individual mentored research and clinical training with state-of-the-art educational experiences.
One highly successful aspect of training has been the video conference seminar series. Twice a month, a leading expert in the field presents to fellows at all sites through the video conferencing system. The didactics emphasize two main areas. One includes presentations on all aspects of career development from grant and manuscript preparation to the role of mentorship. The second emphasis is on the most recent advances in conducting specific components of clinical research in mental health, from genetics to designing the best interventions. There is also a strong emphasis on state-of-the-art methodological approaches to mental health research and practice. Seminar topics last year included VA career development, funding and resources, behavioral genetics, health informatics, and designing clinical trials of behavioral therapies. Ongoing multi-site workshops on manuscript and grant preparation are also provided to the fellows in addition to ongoing weekly biostatistical consultation through the coordinating center.
Fellows devote 75% time to research and educational activities and 25% to clinical training. In collaboration with their mentors, fellows will develop and implement a research project, publish and present findings, participate in grant writing, and utilize the latest technology for educational activities and clinical service delivery. Applicants from doctoral programs in psychology and other allied health professions must be U.S. citizens. Psychology applicants must have graduated from an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology. Completion of an APA-accredited internship in clinical or counseling psychology also is required. (For the eligibility requirements for other allied health disciplines, please contact Bevin.DeMuth@va.gov.)
The stipend for 2014 is $50,006 for the first year of the program with a stipend increase in the second year. These stipends are established by OAA and are adjusted according to rates paid by comparable non-VA postdoctoral fellowship programs.
To apply for this fellowship, contact the Psychology and Allied Health Fellowship Program Director, Angela Waldrop, Ph.D. at Angela.Waldrop@va.gov. Applicants should submit a CV, a 2-page research statement, and 3 letters of recommendation to Angela.Waldrop@va.gov. Although applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, we prefer to receive all materials by January 31, 2014.
VA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, including minorities and women. VA seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.
When applying for this position, please mention you saw this ad in the APS Postdoc Exchange.