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: Richmond, Virginia, USA

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VA MIRECC Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center

Richmond, Virginia

The Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center’s (VAMC) VISN-6 Mid-Atlantic Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program anticipates one opening for a two-year, clinical or counseling psychology postdoctoral Fellow to begin between July 1st and September 30th, 2014. The Richmond VAMC’s MIRECC Advanced Fellowship is designed to support the development of clinician-researchers in the area of post-deployment mental health, which encompasses:

• post-traumatic stress,

• resilience and recovery,

• substance abuse,

• traumatic brain injury (TBI) and polytrauma rehabilitation,

• and other behavioral health concerns commonly faced after warzone deployment.

Fellows devote the majority of their time to patient-oriented research and 25% to direct patient clinical care.

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 research mentors at the VA and at our academic affiliate, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), 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. Mentored research training is available in several areas such as: brain imaging and addictions, genetic and other risk and resilience factors for alcohol use, cognitive functioning in PTSD and TBI, and cohort research methods for the study of post-deployment mental health. Additionally, the fellowship encompasses education and administrative experiences that support the Fellow’s professional goals. Career development is emphasized, and with mentor support and guidance, Fellows are expected to develop a 2-5 year career trajectory beyond the formal fellowship experience.

The Richmond VAMC is a 1A designated, tertiary care referral center located in Richmond, Virginia. The medical center offers a full range of health care services and houses several specialized clinical and research centers including a VA Level-1 Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center (PRC), VA Parkinson\\\'s Disease Research Education and Clinical Center (PADRECC), VA Epilepsy Center of Excellence (ECOE), and the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC), a component center within the Department of Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE).

An historic city and Virginia’s capital, Richmond offers an attractive array of leisure, cultural, and social opportunities not usually found in mid-sized cities. Richmond is proud to support several first-class museums, three prominent universities, a symphony, the American Youth Harp Ensemble, professional ballet and opera companies, and numerous theater groups and a thriving art community. Bisected by the James River, Richmond’s numerous parks and woodlands offer the chance for solitude in nature as well as outdoor sports such as mountain biking and kayaking even when close to the city center. Richmond annually hosts the XTERRA off road triathlon\\\'s East Coast Championship, The SunTrust Richmond Marathon, hosted the 2012 Veteran\\\'s Wheelchair Games, and will host the UCI Road World Championship of cycling in 2015. For these reasons and more, it is easy to see why Richmond was recently voted “the best river town in America” by readers of Outside Magazine (October, 2012).

Memberships and Accreditations:

Our program is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). An application for contingency accreditation was submitted to the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA) in September 2013.. The APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation can be reached at the APA, 750 First St. NE, Washington DC 20002-4242, (202) 336-5979.

For More Information:

Richmond’s VA MIRECC Fellowship Training Brochure:

How to Apply:

Please contact the training director at the e-mail or phone number below to indicate your intent to submit an application and to receive the \\\"Postdoctoral Fellowship Application Form.\\\"

Scott McDonald, Ph.D.

Co-Director, VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Health Research and Treatment

804-675-5000 x3633

Applications will be received until the position is filled.