VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment at VISN 2 - MIRECC / CoE
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VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment at VISN 2

Fellowships Focused on Serious Mental Illness, Suicide, and Homelessness


Our mission is to pursue a discovery-to-recovery approach for serious mental illness in veterans by determining causes, identifying predictors, and developing treatments that overcome barriers and enable recovery.

We have partnered with the Office of Academic Affairs, the National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans, and the Department of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai to create three fellowship positions in our Advanced Fellowship Program. The 2-year, interdisciplinary fellowship trains psychiatrists, psychologists, and other doctoral-level professionals to become leading recovery-oriented researchers and care providers in high priority areas of mental health including serious mental illness, suicidality, and homelessness.

The primary appointment is at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx, and the secondary appointment is at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in Manhattan. The MIRECC is chaired by Marianne Goodman, MD, and its research programs are internationally recognized in a broad range of areas including cognitive neuroscience, electrophysiology, neuropsychology, cognitive behavioral therapy for psychosis, dialectical behavior therapy, clinical psychopharmacology, health services, and implementation science.

Individualized, mentored research and clinical training is combined with a state-of-the-art curriculum that emphasizes research methods, statistics, epidemiology, mental health systems, quality improvement methods, education, and service delivery. 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. The mentorship team includes MIRECC faculty members, as well as other faculty from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.


Postdoctoral Residency Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data


Psychiatry Fellowship

Overview:The Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) of the New York/New Jersey Veterans Healthcare Network is accepting applications from psychiatrists for a 2-year Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment. The fellowship program aims to train psychiatrists to become leading recovery-oriented clinical researchers with a focus on serious mental illness. Our mission is to pursue a discovery-to-recovery approach for serious mental illness by determining causes, identifying predictors, and developing treatments that overcome barriers and enable recovery.

Program Description:The Fellows’ primary appointment will be at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center (JJPVAMC) in the Bronx, NY, with a secondary appointment at the affiliate Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in Manhattan, NY. Training opportunities will reside in the research, clinical, and educational programs at both institutions. Fellows devote approximately 75% of their time to research activities, research-related clinical activities, and educational activities, and 25% to developing advanced clinical skills in direct patient care. Individualized, mentored research and clinical training are combined with a state-of-the-art educational curriculum that emphasizes research methods, statistics, epidemiology, mental health systems, quality improvement methods, education, and service delivery. VA Fellowship sites are linked electronically for didactic, academic, and research efforts. Our interdisciplinary program aims to train physicians to become outstanding clinical researchers in high priority areas of mental health. 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.

Faculty:The JJPVAMC MIRECC faculty is internationally recognized for serious mental illness research in schizophrenia-spectrum disorders, severe affective disorders (e.g., bipolar disorder), and suicide. Research areas of expertise and interest among the faculty include using neuroimaging, psychophysiology, and molecular biological techniques to better understand the neurobiology of serious mental illness; psychosocial and behavioral approaches for the treatment of psychosis (e.g., CBT for psychosis), suicide (e.g., dialectical behavioral therapy), and cognitive impairments associated with schizophrenia, depression, and suicide (e.g., cognitive remediation, aerobic exercise); digital mobile assessment and interventions (MHealth); predictors of neurocognitive and daily functioning (e.g., exercise, sleep), and implementation science to promote evidence-based practices. More information about MIRECC Fellowship faculty members and their research interests can be found at https://www.mirecc.va.gov/visn2/ContactInfo.asp Fellows’ mentorship can also include other faculty from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai https://icahn.mssm.edu/about/departments/psychiatry.

COVID-19: We have adopted measures to allow training activities to be conducted remotely, when possible, and will continue to collaborate with our fellows so that they can safely meet their training needs and professional goals throughout their fellowship.

Start Day: The start day is flexible and will usually begin between July 1st and October 1st, 2023.

Stipend and Benefits: 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 James J. Peters VA Medical Center and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Eligibility: 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.

Application Due Date: December 15, 2022.

How to Apply:Applicants are asked to submit the following documents to Dr. Chi Chan at chi.chan1@va.gov:chi.chan1@va.gov

  • A letter of interest that includes: (a) career goals and how these align with the mission of the VISN 2 MIRECC; (b) chosen primary research mentor and how the applicant’s education, research, and clinical experience aligns well with this mentor’s research program**; and (c) the clinical and research skills that the applicant would like to hone during their fellowship
  • A current Curriculum Vitae;
  • A signed letter of completion or expected completion from graduate program
  • Three letters of recommendation;
  • Graduate School Transcripts.
  • A writing sample.
  • (optional) A two-page proposal for the research project the applicant plans to pursue with the guidance of their chosen mentor.

**Please note that applications will only be considered when a specified mentor has been identified in the cover letter . A close working relationship with an identified mentor allows our Fellows to maximize their productivity and develop a successful career trajectory. Applicants are encouraged to consult with their chosen mentor early in the application process.

Our fellowship is an equal opportunity training program. The VA VISN 2 MIRECC encourages applications from qualified candidates of all backgrounds including but not limited to ethnic and racial minorities, women, sexual minorities, and persons with disabilities. Persons with a history of military service, demonstrated interest in working with Veteran, forensic, and/or at-risk persons, and/or from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Please feel free to contact the Fellowship Director, Dr. Chi Chan with any additional questions at chi.chan1@va.gov


Psychology Fellowship

Overview: The Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) of the New York/New Jersey Veterans Healthcare Network is accepting applications from psychologists for a 2-year Post-Doctoral Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Health Research and Treatment. The Fellowship program is APA accredited* and aims to train psychologists to become leading recovery-oriented clinical researchers with a focus on serious mental illness in veterans. Our mission is to pursue a discovery-to-recovery approach for serious mental illness by determining causes, identifying predictors, and developing treatments that overcome barriers and enable recovery.

Program Description: The Fellows’ primary appointment will be at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center (JJPVAMC) in the Bronx, NY, with a secondary appointment at the affiliate Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in Manhattan, NY. Training opportunities will reside in the research, clinical, and educational programs at both institutions. Fellows devote approximately 75% of their time to research activities, research-related clinical activities, and educational activities, and 25% to developing advanced clinical skills in direct patient care. Individualized, mentored research and clinical training are combined with a state-of-the-art educational curriculum that emphasizes research methods, statistics, epidemiology, mental health systems, quality improvement methods, education, and service delivery. VA Fellowship sites are linked electronically for didactic, academic, and research efforts. Our interdisciplinary program aims to train psychologists to become outstanding clinical researchers in high priority areas of mental health. 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.

Faculty: The JJPVAMC MIRECC faculty is internationally recognized for serious mental illness research in schizophrenia-spectrum disorders, severe affective disorders (e.g., bipolar disorder), and suicide. Research areas of expertise and interest among the faculty include using neuroimaging, psychophysiology, and molecular biological techniques to better understand the neurobiology of serious mental illness; psychosocial and behavioral approaches for the treatment of psychosis (e.g., CBT for psychosis), suicide (e.g., dialectical behavioral therapy), and cognitive impairments associated with schizophrenia, depression, and suicide (e.g., cognitive remediation, aerobic exercise); digital mobile assessment and interventions (MHealth); predictors of neurocognitive and daily functioning (e.g., exercise, sleep), and implementation science to promote evidence-based practices. More information about MIRECC Fellowship faculty members and their research interests can be found at https://www.mirecc.va.gov/visn2/ContactInfo.asp. Fellows’ mentorship can also include other faculty from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai https://icahn.mssm.edu/about/departments/psychiatry.

COVID-19: We have adopted measures to allow training activities to be conducted remotely, when possible, and will continue to collaborate with our fellows so that they can safely meet their training needs and professional goals throughout their fellowship. Applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Chi Chan at chi.chan1@va.gov for additional questions about the Bronx VA’s COVID-19 policies.

Start Day: The start day is flexible. The fellowship will begin between July 1st and October 1st, 2023.

Stipend and Benefits: Salary and benefits are competitive. Our fellowship is an equal opportunity training program.

Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. citizens, hold a doctorate from an APA accredited program in clinical or counseling psychology, and be enrolled in or have completed an APA accredited internship in clinical or counseling psychology. Doctoral requirements, including dissertation, must be completed prior to the start of the fellowship.

Application Due Date: Applications are due December 15, 2022.

How to Apply: The program is using the APPA CAS (APPIC Psychology Postdoctoral Application) online system. For more information about the application process please go to https://www.appic.org/Postdocs/APPA-CAS-Postdoc-Application-Information The APPA CAS application cycle usually opens around Oct 1st.

Applicants are asked to submit the following documents:

  • A letter of interest that includes: (a) career goals and how these align with the mission of the VISN 2 MIRECC; (b) chosen primary research mentor and how the applicant’s education, research, and clinical experience aligns well with this mentor’s research program**; and (c) the clinical and research skills that the applicant would like to hone during their fellowship
  • A current Curriculum Vitae;
  • A signed letter of completion or expected completion from graduate program
  • Three letters of recommendation;
  • Graduate School Transcripts.
  • A writing sample.
  • (optional) A two-page proposal for the research project the applicant plans to pursue with the guidance of their chosen mentor.

**Please note that applications will only be considered when a specified mentor has been identified in the cover letter . A close working relationship with an identified mentor allows our Fellows to maximize their productivity and develop a successful career trajectory. Applicants are encouraged to consult with their chosen mentor early in the application process.

The VA VISN 2 MIRECC encourages applications from qualified candidates of all backgrounds including but not limited to ethnic and racial minorities, women, sexual minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals with personal lived experience with serious mental illness.

Please feel free to contact the Fellowship Director, Dr. Chi Chan with any additional questions at chi.chan1@va.gov

Postdoctoral Residency Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data
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*Accreditation is provided by the APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation:
750 First St, NE Washington, DC 20002-4242 / apaaccred@apa.org / (202) 336-5979


VA National Center on Homelessness among Veterans (NCHAV) VISN 2 Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Overview: The VA National Center on Homelessness among Veterans (NCHAV), in collaboration with the VA Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA), has created a postdoctoral fellowship program for those interested in recovery-oriented care for Veterans who are homeless, criminal justice involved, or at risk for homelessness or criminal justice involvement. The NCHAV Fellowship is open to clinicians or non-clinicians with a doctoral degree or who have completed all requirements toward a doctoral degree from an accredited institution. Fellows will have a formal connection with NCHAV and operational partners and be on the cutting-edge of the latest research, policy, and education developments in Veteran homelessness/criminal justice involvement. They will be expected to work with a NCHAV mentor along with a local mentor out of VA VISN 2. NCHAV Fellows will have opportunities to interact and collaborate on projects, including funded travel to meet in-person at the annual American Public Health Association Conference.

Program Description: The Fellows’ primary appointment will be at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center (JJPVAMC) in the Bronx, NY, with a secondary appointment at the affiliate Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in Manhattan, NY. Training opportunities will reside in the research, clinical, and educational programs at both institutions. Fellows devote the majority of their time to research activities, research-related clinical activities, and educational activities, and the remaining time developing advanced clinical skills in direct patient care if appropriate. Individualized, mentored research and clinical training are combined with a state-of-the-art educational curriculum that emphasizes research methods, statistics, epidemiology, mental health systems, quality improvement methods, education, and service delivery. VA Fellowship sites are linked electronically for didactic, academic, and research efforts. Our interdisciplinary program aims to train professionals to become outstanding clinical researchers in high priority areas of mental health. 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, if appropriate, clinical service delivery.

Faculty: Within the VA system, Veteran justice issues fall under the umbrella of homelessness research and services. Veteran justice issues are therefore a partial focus of NCHAV and a potential focus of the NCHAV postdoctoral fellowship. The VISN 2 Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) Veterans Justice Lab, led by Dr. Emily Edwards, is excited to offer specialized opportunities and training for professionals interested in the NCHAV postdoctoral fellowship program. Research within the Veterans Justice Lab focuses broadly on identification and management of risk factors for Veteran justice involvement, homelessness, and suicide. Fellows can expect to develop skills in program development and evaluation; analysis of large, epidemiological datasets; complex statistical analysis; all aspects of research project development, execution, interpretation, and dissemination; interdisciplinary care coordination; and clinical intervention with at-risk Veterans. Those interested in learning more about the Veterans Justice Lab are encouraged to contact Dr. Emily Edwards at Emily.Edwards5@va.gov.Other VISN 2 MIRECC faculty are internationally recognized for serious mental illness research in schizophrenia-spectrum disorders, severe affective disorders (e.g., bipolar disorder), and suicide. Research areas of expertise and interest among the faculty include using neuroimaging, psychophysiology, and molecular biological techniques to better understand the neurobiology of serious mental illness; psychosocial and behavioral approaches for the treatment of psychosis (e.g., CBT for psychosis), suicide (e.g., dialectical behavioral therapy), and cognitive impairments associated with schizophrenia, depression, and suicide (e.g., cognitive remediation, aerobic exercise); digital mobile assessment and interventions (MHealth); predictors of neurocognitive and daily functioning (e.g., exercise, sleep), and implementation science to promote evidence-based practices. More information about MIRECC Fellowship faculty members and their research interests can be found at https://www.mirecc.va.gov/visn2/ContactInfo.asp. Fellows’ mentorship can also include other faculty from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai https://icahn.mssm.edu/about/departments/psychiatry.

Selection Process: The selection process for candidates is based largely on match between career goals and the opportunities provided by the NCHAV Fellowship. The National Center on Homelessness among Veterans (the Center) promotes recovery-oriented care for Veterans who are homeless or at risk for homelessness. The Center conducts and supports research; assesses the effectiveness of programs; identifies and disseminates best practices and integrates these practices into polices, programs, and services for homeless or at-risk Veterans; and serves as a resource center for all research and training activities carried out by the Department and by other Federal and non-Federal entities with respect to Veteran homelessness. Applicant's personal statements will be viewed as the primary source of information about the fellows, with letters of reference carefully checked to substantiate statements made in the statement and to ensure high levels of personal and professional integrity on the part of applicants. We have a systematic process for reviewing and ranking applicants once applications are received.

COVID-19: We have adopted measures to allow training activities to be conducted remotely, when possible, and will continue to collaborate with our fellows so that they can safely meet their training needs and professional goals throughout their fellowship.

Start Day: The start day is flexible and will usually begin between July 1st and October 1st, 2023.

Stipend and Benefits: Stipends and benefits are competitive.

Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. citizens, hold a doctorate from an accredited program or have completed all requirements toward a doctoral degree from an accredited institution. Doctoral requirements, including dissertation, must be completed before the start of fellowship.

Application Due Date: December 15, 2022.

How to Apply:Applicants are asked to submit the following documents to Dr. Chi Chan at chi.chan1@va.gov:chi.chan1@va.gov

  • A letter of interest that includes: (a) career goals and how these align with the mission of the VISN 2 MIRECC; (b) chosen primary research mentor and how the applicant’s education, research, and clinical experience aligns well with this mentor’s research program**; and (c) the clinical and research skills that the applicant would like to hone during their fellowship
  • A current Curriculum Vitae;
  • A signed letter of completion or expected completion from graduate program
  • Three letters of recommendation;
  • Graduate School Transcripts.
  • A writing sample.
  • (optional) A two-page proposal for the research project the applicant plans to pursue with the guidance of their chosen mentor.

**Please note that applications will only be considered when a specified mentor has been identified in the cover letter . A close working relationship with an identified mentor allows our Fellows to maximize their productivity and develop a successful career trajectory. Applicants are encouraged to consult with their chosen mentor early in the application process.

Our fellowship is an equal opportunity training program. The VA VISN 2 MIRECC encourages applications from qualified candidates of all backgrounds including but not limited to ethnic and racial minorities, women, sexual minorities, and persons with disabilities. Persons with a history of military service, demonstrated interest in working with Veteran, forensic, and/or at-risk persons, and/or from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Please feel free to contact the Fellowship Director, Dr. Chi Chan with any additional questions at chi.chan1@va.gov

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