VA ADVANCED FELLOWSHIP IN VETERAN MENTAL HEALTH AND SUICIDE PREVENTION
The VA VISN 2 Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention and the affiliated University of Rochester Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide (UR-CSPS) are pleased to announce the availability of postdoctoral fellowship positions for psychologists, physicians and associated health professionals. The two-year program is supported by the VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment.
Program Goal: To prepare the next generation of leaders and innovators in suicide prevention research, education and clinical care. We offer specialized training focused on suicide prevention strategies, with emphasis on at-risk populations including older Veterans; Veterans with depression, PTSD or other mental health disorders; Veterans with substance use disorders and comorbid conditions; and Veterans facing health challenges such as chronic pain and sleep disorders. We also offer unique clinical and research opportunities in crisis response strategies and other brief interventions to address suicide risk. The fellowship is associated with (but not identical to) the UR-CSPS NIMH T32 Research Fellowship in Suicide Prevention. Prospective fellows may apply to both fellowships.
Fellowship Activities: Participants spend approximately 75% time in research and 25% in related clinical activities, work closely with senior research and education mentors, participate in core didactic offerings of the VA Hub Site and UR-CSPS, obtain advanced clinical training in VA sites matched closely to research interests, prepare at least one paper for publication and one national presentation each year, and complete a suicide prevention education project.
Application: Send letter of interest, CV, graduate transcripts and 3 letters of recommendation to:
Deborah King, PhD
Department of Veterans Affairs
400 Fort Hill Ave (COE)
Canandaigua, NY 14424
or Kathleen Vishneski
Application Date: Preferred deadline December 10, 2018
Start Date: Flexible July 1 – October 1, 2019
Salary and Benefits: Stipend starting at $47,624 for Year 1. Fellows are eligible for health and life insurance benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Requirements and Entry into the program requires U.S. citizenship and completion of a
Selection Process: doctoral degree, including dissertation defense, from an APA-, CPA- or PCSAS-accredited clinical or counseling program prior to the start date of the fellowship. Applications from those participating in new VHA psychology internship programs in the process of applying for APA accreditation may be acceptable provided that such programs were sanctioned by VHA Central Office Program Director for Psychology and VHA Central Office of Academic Affiliations at the time of applicant’s enrollment.
Several factors are considered when evaluating an applicant’s overall fit with our program, including level of clinical research competency, area(s) of scholarly interest, promise as an early career investigator, and evidence of a strong foundation of clinical training. Our selection process weighs scholarly productivity (or potential) along with prior research experience, breadth and depth of previous clinical training, and input from references. Prior experience with military and/or Veteran populations or in suicidology is not required, but is viewed favorably. Following review of written materials and academic transcripts, a select number of candidates are invited to interview with the training faculty, consider potential mentors and training goals, and evaluate overall fit with our program.
The VA VISN 2 Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention is committed to promoting and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse work environment. The U.S. Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
Accreditation Status: Non-accredited
For more information: Visit our website, http://www.mirecc.va.gov/suicideprevention/fellowship.asp or contact Deborah King, PhD, at email@example.com,