MIRECC/CoE VA Advanced Fellowship in Mental Illness Research and Treatment - MIRECC / CoE
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MIRECC/CoE VA Advanced Fellowship in Mental Illness Research and Treatment


VA Advanced Fellowship in Mental Illness Research and Treatment

Updated: 21 May 2019

Fellowship Overview and Announcements

Fellowship Overview

The VA Office of Academic Affiliations is offering the VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment at 26 VA sites through MIRECC (Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center), SMITREC (Serious Mental Illness Treatment, Research, and Evaluation Center), NCPTSD (National Center for PTSD), and COEs (Centers of Excellence). Specific Sites are listed on the tabs MIRECC contacts and COE contacts. VISN links take you to the homepage of the VISN. Other links in the lists let you jump to director information for that site.

These sites participate in the program. Each year, one MD Fellow from psychiatry, neurology, radiology, internal medicine, or other areas of medicine and one Allied Health Fellow from clinical psychology, counseling psychology, social work, nursing or pharmacy are accepted at each site. The VISN 21 MIRECC serves as the national coordinating center for the program, directed by Ruth O’Hara, Ph.D.

The primary goal of the fellowship program is to train MDs, psychologists and other allied health professionals 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.

A special emphasis of the fellowship program is to train fellows to conduct translational research that brings basic science to clinical practice. For example, fellows learn how genetic factors are linked to clinical outcomes and how innovative research methodologies yield more clinically relevant information.

One highly successful aspect of training has been the videoconference seminar series. Twice a month a leading expert in the field presents to fellows at all sites through the video conferencing system. The didactic 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. Past seminars have featured presentations on funding mechanisms and career development awards by Theresa Gleason, Ph.D., from VA R&D, Jovier Evans, Ph.D., from the NIMH, and Molly Wagster, M.D., from the NIA.

Additional twice monthly multi-site videoconference workshops on manuscript and grant preparation are also provided to the Fellows in addition to ongoing weekly biostatistical consultation through the coordinating center.

For more information about the fellowship program, contact us by email at sherry.beaudreau@va.gov.

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Fellowship Program Announcement

The Office of Academic Affiliations, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), announces its two-year, post residency, specialized training program in Advanced Mental Illness Research and Treatment at 26 VA sites through MIRECC, SMITREC, NCPTSD, and COE located across the country. This is an interdisciplinary program that aims to train MDs, psychologists and other allied health professionals to become outstanding clinical researchers in high priority areas of mental health research and practice.

The program combines individualized, mentored research and clinical training with a state-of-the-art curriculum that emphasizes research methods; statistics; epidemiology; mental health systems; quality improvement methods; education and service delivery. Each site is affiliated with a MIRECC, SMITREC, NCPTSD, or COE, and an affiliate academic institution. Fellowship sites are linked electronically for didactic, academic, and research efforts.

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.

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Requirements and Application


MD applicants must have completed ACGME-accredited training, be board eligible or board certified, and have an active, unrestricted U.S. license to practice. International medical graduates must also have a current visa and an ECFMG certificate that is valid indefinitely. Applicants on a J-1 visa must also have current ECFMG sponsorship.
Stipends will be based on years of previously completed residency training accredited by the Accrediting Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and index rates approved at the respective VA facility and affiliated university.
Allied Health Professionals
Eligible psychologists and allied health professionals must be U.S. citizens. Psychologists 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.
Allied health professionals must have graduated from an APA accredited doctoral program. For the eligibility requirements for other Allied Health disciplines, please contact sherry.beaudreau@va.gov
Stipend rates are currently $42,239 to $50,006 per annum for the first year of the program with a stipend increase in the second year. These stipends are reviewed biannually and are adjusted according to rates paid by comparable non-VA postdoctoral fellowship programs.


Interested MDs, psychologists, and allied health professionals who meet the eligibility requirements should send a cover letter and curriculum vita to the MIRECC, SMITREC, NCPTSD, or COE Fellowship site/s of their choice.

The VA Office of Academic Affiliations has more information at https://www.va.gov/OAA/Advanced_Fellowships/Fellowship_Overview.asp. Towards the bottom of that page click on: Nomination, Submission, and Application Instructions for VA Advanced Fellowships in Mental Illness Research and Education (Advanced Psychiatry and Psychology).

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MIRECC/CoE Contacts

VA Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven, CT (VISN 1 )/
Yale University
Ilan Harpaz-Rotem PhD
Phone: 203-932-5711 x8642
Email: Ilan.Harpaz-Rotem@va.gov
Mehmet Sofuoglu MD
Phone: 203-932-5711 x4809
Email: Mehmet.Sofuoglu@va.gov
National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD)
Steven Southwick MD
Phone: 203-932-5711 x2464
Email: Steven.Southwick@va.gov
Ilan Harpaz-Rotem PhD
Phone: 203-932-5711 x8642
Email: Ilan.Harpaz-Rotem@va.gov
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VA Western New York Healthcare System at Buffalo, NY (VISN 2 )/
State University of New York at Bufffao
Center for Integrated Healthcare
Laura Wray PhD
Phone: 716 862-8598
Email: Laura.Wray@va.gov
Paul King PhD
Phone: 716 862-6038
Email: Paul.King2@va.gov
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Canandaigua VA Medical Center, NY (VISN 2 )/
University of Rochester Medical Center
Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention
Stephanie Gamble PhD
Phone: 585-369-7320
Email: stephanie.gamble@va.gov
URMC Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide (CSPS)
Yeates Conwell MD
Phone: 585-275-6739
Email: yeates_conwell@urmc.rochester.edu
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James J. Peters VA Medical Center, Bronx, NY (VISN 2 )/
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Yulia Landa PsyD
Phone: 718-584-9000 x 3703
Email: yulia.landa@mssm.edu
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Philadelphia VA Medical Center (VISN 4)
University of Pennsylvania
VISN 4 MIRECC Fellowship Website
Henry Kranzler, M.D.
Phone: (215) 386-6662
Email: Kranzler_h@mail.trc.upenn.edu
Steven Sayers, Ph.D.
Phone: (215) 823-5196
Email: Steven.Sayers@va.gov
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VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, PA (VISN 4)/
University of Pittsburgh
VISN 4 MIRECC Fellowship Website
Gretchen L. Haas, Ph.D.
Phone: (412) 360-2662
Email: gretchen.haas@va.gov
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VA Maryland Health Care System, Baltimore, MD (VISN 5 )/
University of Maryland
Melanie Bennett, Ph.D.
Phone: (410) 637-1852
Email: Melanie.Bennett@va.gov
Beth Klingaman PhD
Phone: (410) 637-1875
Email: elizabeth.klingaman@va.gov
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Durham VA Medical Center, NC (VISN 6 )/
Duke University
Patrick Calhoun, Ph.D.
Phone: (919) 286-0411 x7970
Email: Patrick.Calhoun2@va.gov
Christine Marx, M.D.
Phone: (919) 286-0411 x5112
Email: Christine.Marx@va.gov
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Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center, Richmond, VA (VISN 6 )/
Virginia Commonwealth University
Scott McDonald, Ph.D.
Phone: (804) 675-5000 x3633
Email: Scott.McDonald@va.gov
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W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center, Salisbury, NC (VISN 6 )/
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Robert Shura PhD
Phone: 704-638-9000 x-3175
Email: Robert.Shura2@va.gov
Holly Miskey PhD
Email: Holly.Miskey@va.gov
Robin A. Hurley, M.D., FANPA
Email: Robin.Hurley@va.gov
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VA Ann Arbor Health Care System, MI (VISN 11 )/
University of Michgan, Ann Arbor
Serious Mental Illness Treatment Resource and Evaluation Center
Nicholas Bowersox PhD
Phone: 734-222-7447
Email: Nicholas.Bowersox@va.gov
Paul Pfeiffer MD
Phone: 734-845-3649
Email: Pfeiff@med.umich.edu
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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, TX(VISN 16 )/
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston Fellowship Website
Natalie Hundt, Ph.D.
Phone: 713-791-1414 x10315
Email: Natalie.Hundt@va.gov
Mark Kunik, M.D.
Phone: 713-794-8639
Email: KUNIK.MARKE@va.gov
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Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, Little Rock, AR (VISN 16 )/
University of Arkansas Medical School
Little Rock Fellowship Website
Michael A. Cucciare, Ph.D.
Sara Landes PhD
Email: Sara.Landes@va.gov
Dinesh Mittal, M.D.
Phone: (501) 257-1238
Email: Dinesh.Mittal@va.gov
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Central Texas Veterans Healthcare System, Waco, TX (VISN 17)/
Texas A&M College of Medicine
Center of Excellence for Research on Returning War Veterans
Richard Seim PhD
Phone: 254-297-5170
Email: richard.seim@va.gov
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VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System, Denver, CO (VISN 19 )/
University of Colorado
Denver (ECHCS) Psychology Fellowship Website
Jennifer Olson-Madden, Ph.D.
Phone: 303-355-5811
Email: jennifer.olson-madden@va.gov
Hal Wortzel, M.D.
Phone: (303) 399-8020 x5644
Email: hal.wortzel@ucdenver.edu; hal.wortzel@va.gov
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VA Salt Lake City Health Care System, UT (VISN 19 )/
University of Utah School of Medicine
Salt Lake City Psychology Fellowship Website
Erin McGlade, Ph.D.
Phone: (801) 587-1412
Email: Erin.McGlade@va.gov
Deborah Yurgelun-Todd, Ph.D.
Phone: (801) 582-1565 x2707
Email: Deborah.YurgelunTodd@va.gov
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VA Portland Healthcare System, OR (VISN 20 )/
Oregon Health Sciences University
James Boehnlein, M.D.
Phone: (503) 220-8262 x56200
Email: james.boehnlein@va.gov
Ruth Ann Tskuda, Ed.D., MPH, R.N.
Phone: (503) 273-5227
Email: Ruth.Tskuda@va.gov
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VA Puget Sound Healthcare System, Seattle, WA (VISN 20 )/
University of Washington
Elaine Peskind, M.D.
Phone: (206) 277-3965
Email: peskind@u.washington.edu
Tracy Simpson, Ph.D.
Phone: (206) 277-3337
Email: tracy.simpson@va.gov
Murray Raskind MD
Email: Murray.Raskind@va.gov
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VA Palo Alto Health Care System, CA (VISN 21)/
Stanford University
Jennifer Kaci Fairchild, Ph.D.
Phone: (650) 493-5000 x63432
Email: JenniferKaci.Fairchild@va.gov
Michael Ostacher, M.D.
Phone: 650-849-0494
Email: Michael.Ostacher@va.gov
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VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Menlo Park, CA (VISN 21)/
Stanford University
National Center for PTSD
Marylene Cloitre PhD
Phone: 650.493.5000 x28353
Email: Marylene.Cloitre@va.gov
Steven Lindley MD, PhD
Phone: (650) 493-5000 X 2-25189
Email: Steven.Lindley@va.gov
Amit Etkin MD
Phone: 650-852-3355
Email: amitetkin@stanford.edu
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San Francisco VA Healthcare System, CA (VISN 21 )
Tom Neylan MD
Email: Thomas.Neylan@va.gov
Kristine Yaffe MD
Phone: 415-221-4810 x3790
Email: kristine.yaffe@va.gov
Shira Maguen PhD
Phone: 415-221-4810 x2511
Email: Shira.Maguen@va.gov
Allison Kaup PhD
Email: Allison.Kaup@va.gov
Judith Ford PhD
Phone: (415) 221-4810 x4187
Email: Judith.Ford@va.gov
Daniel Mathalon MD, PhD
Phone: (415) 221-4810 x3860
Email: Daniel.Mathalon@va.gov
Tim Carmody PhD
Phone: (415) 221-4810 x6344
Email: Timothy.Carmody@va.gov
R. Scott Makin PhD
Email: Scott.Mackin@va.gov
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West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, CA (VISN 22 )/
University of California, Los Angeles
Michael Green PhD
Email: mgreen@ucla.edu
Robert Kern PhD
Email: rkern@ucla.edu
Stephen Marder MD
Phone: (310) 268-3647
Email: Stephen.Marder@va.gov
Alexander Young MD
Phone: 310-268-3416
Email: Alexander.Young@va.gov
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VA San Diego Health Care System (VISN 22 )/
University of California, San Diego
Gregory Light PhD
Phone: (858) 552-8585 x2517
Email: Gregory.Light@va.gov
Barton Palmer PhD
Phone: (858) 246-0765
Email: bpalmer@ucsd.edu
Jacob Brass MD
Phone: (619) 497-8454
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VA San Diego Health Care System (VISN 22 )/
University of California, San Diego
Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health (CESAMH)
Laurie Lindamer PhD
Phone: (858) 642-3870
Email: Laurie.Lindamer@va.gov
James Lohr MD
Phone: (858) 642-1246
Email: James.Lohr2@va.gov
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