VA Mid-Atlantic MIRECC Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship position (Richmond, VA)
Richmond, Virginia, USA
Richmond VA Medical Center
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
ADVANCED ALLIED HEALTH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM IN
MENTAL ILLNESS RESEARCH AND TREATMENT
HUNTER HOLMES MCGUIRE VETERANS AFFAIRS MEDICAL CENTER
The Mid-Atlantic Mental Illness and Research Education Clinical Center (MIRECC) at the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Richmond VAMC) in Richmond, Virginia, is accepting applications for one, 2-year Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship position. MIRECC locations are nationally recognized training centers of excellence dedicated to improving the long-term functional outcome of individuals with mental illness through innovative research, clinical care, and educational programs. The primary goal of the VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment is to train physicians, psychologists, and other allied health professionals to become outstanding clinical researchers in high priority areas of VA mental health. Fellowship sites have a nationally and locally collaborative focus, with the electronic delivery of didactic, academic, and research resources.
The Richmond VAMC’s MIRECC Fellowship Program is designed to support the development of clinician-researchers in the area of post-deployment mental health, a high priority area within mental health. Fellows devote the majority of their time to patient-oriented research and 25% to direct patient clinical care. Additionally, the fellowship encompasses education and administrative experiences that support the Fellow’s professional goals. Individualized, mentored research and clinical training is combined with a state-of-the-art curriculum emphasizing research methods, statistics, epidemiology, mental health systems, quality improvement methods, education, and service delivery. In collaboration with their mentors, Fellows 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. Career development is also emphasized, and with mentor support and guidance, Fellows are expected to develop a 2-5 year career trajectory beyond the formal fellowship experience.
As a participating Mid-Atlantic Region (VISN 6) MIRECC site in the and in collaboration with partnering VA Medical Centers (Durham, Salisbury, and Hampton), active research protocols underway at the Richmond VAMC include a registry of over 2000 U.S. military veterans who have served since 2001 and the investigation of neuropsychiatric sequelae associated with OEF/OIF military deployment such as TBI and PTSD. Possibilities for research collaboration with other on-site centers include the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) and the VA TBI/Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center (PRC), as well as chances to meaningfully interface with Psychology and Psychiatry Departments at our academic affiliate, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Supervised clinical activities are offered throughout the medical center including the Serving Returning Veterans (SeRV) Clinic, the Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center, and through Mental Health Service programs such as the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Clinic and Substance Abuse Treatment Program. The specific clinical opportunities undertaken by each Fellow will depend on their specific interests and training goals. The Psychology Section and Mental Health Service at the Richmond VAMC supports an APA-accredited psychology internship program, and an APA-accredited specialty program in Rehabilitation Psychology. The presence of these two programs, along with the MIRECC Fellowship Program, contributes to an atmosphere of learning and fellowship for psychology trainees, along with opportunities for peer-to-peer interaction and consultation, as well as clinical and research supervision. Additional information about the program can be found in our Fellowship Brochure at www.psychologytraining.va.gov/richmond/.
The VA funds each Fellow’s stipend beginning at approximately $43,094 per year, with yearly increases.
For application information or additional information about the VA VISN-6 MIRECC Psychology Fellowship Program at the Richmond VAMC, please review our Fellowship Brochure at www.psychologytraining.va.gov/richmond or contact Scott McDonald, Ph.D. at 804-675-5000 x3633 or email@example.com.
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