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VA Interprofessional Fellowship Program in PSR and Recovery Oriented Services - Palo Alto

Palo Alto Health Care System

About Our Site


Palo Alto VA Medical Center

The Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services across 10 different hospital/clinic sites, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research. Our health care facilities operate 808 inpatient beds, including three Community Living Centers and a 100-bed homeless domiciliary, and over 50 primary care and specialty outpatient clinics, serving over 67,000 enrolled Veterans.  The Psychosocial rehabilitation Interprofessional Fellowship accepts Social Work and Psychology post- graduates.  The Fellowship operates on a three-rotation model. Inpatient Acute Psychiatry serves as the initial immersion site for all fellow rotations placing fellows in immediate contact with veterans diagnosed with severe mental illness.  Veterans Recovery Center (VRC) is the second core rotation due to its strong emphasis on the recovery model.  The VRC immersion supports the fellow in understanding and applying recovery-oriented practice principles.  The third rotation is selected on the individual Fellow’s self-identified training needs and interests.

Our Director

Stephen T. Black, Ph.D

Stephen T. Black, Ph.D

Director of PSR Fellowship & Attending Psychologist Acute Inpatient Psychiatry Clinical Assistant Professor, Affiliated Stanford University School of Medicine

Professional Interests: Suicide, Severely and Persistently Mentally Ill, Forensic Issues, Applied Social Psychology, Suicide, History and Philosophy of Psychology, and Prejudice.



The Fellowship Class of 2022 - 2023


Julia Galeota, MSW

Julia Galeota, MSW

Professional Interests: Recovery-oriented care for people with serious mental illness and PTSD.

Roxanne Ramirez, Psy.D.

Roxanne Ramirez, Psy.D.

Professional Interests: Working with underserved populations - homeless, justice-involved populations in inpatient settings and working within the forensic/legal systems. I enjoy utilizing creative expression, nature-based and positive psychology interventions. I also often use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, compassion-focused, strengths-based, feminist, and multicultural frameworks.

Stephanie Houk, PsyD

Stephanie Houk, PsyD

Professional Interests: Providing recovery-oriented interventions to Veterans living with psychosis and chronic/severe mental illness (SMI). Conducting assessments and interventions related to suicide risk, grave disability, and other legal considerations. Teaching VA providers, trainees, families, and communities about psychosocial rehabilitation models within a trauma-informed and culturally sensitive lens. Facilitating group and individual therapies related to co-occurring trauma and psychosis, including CBT for Psychosis (CBT-P), Social Skills Training (SST), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). Providing bilingual (English/Spanish) mental health services while serving as a collaborative member of interdisciplinary treatment teams for Veterans living with SMI. Areas of clinical and research interests include the intersectional dynamics influencing the psychological well-being of sexual minority women of color; negative symptoms within schizophrenia spectrum disorders; catatonia; and treatment resistant psychosis.

Additional Information

For more information on application process and deadlines, training opportunities:
Stephen Black, 650-493-5000,,
For Social Work applicants: 2023 - 2024 Social Work Fellowship Announcement
For Social Work applicants: Please contact Dr. Black at
For Psychology applicants: 2023 - 2024 Psychology Fellowship Announcement


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