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VISN 6 MIRECC > Postdoctoral Fellowships


Postdoctoral Fellowships

Three Mid-Atlantic (VISN 6) MIRECC sites have been awarded VA Advanced Fellowships. Although all sites have a post-deployment mental health focus, each site has particular specialty programs and areas of strength. More information on the VA Advanced Fellowship program and application instructions are available on the Fellowship Program pages.

Durham VAMC

The Durham VAMC in Durham, NC is affiliated with Duke University School of Medicine. Our close affiliation with Duke provides easy access to numerous additional offerings, including Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds, Psychiatry department and Psychology department colloquia, as well as specialized offerings from the Center for Human Genetics, the Brain Imaging and Analysis Center, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, among others. Durham is the hub site for our MIRECC, and the home of our major research labs: Genetics, Interventions, Health Services, Neuroscience, Neuroimaging, and Neurocognitive. For more information about the Durham VA Healthcare Center, visit our website.

Christine Marx, MD
Site Director for Physician Special Fellowship

Patrick Calhoun, PhD

Site Director for Psychology/Allied Health Special Fellowship

Richmond VAMC

The Central Virginia VA Health Care System's VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment in Richmond, VA, supports the professional development of health service psychologists to become leading clinicians and clinical researchers in post-deployment mental health recovery and rehabilitation for critical areas such as traumatic brain injury (TBI) and substance use disorders (SUD). Over the course of the two-year program, Fellows receive intensive mentoring and didactics in clinical research competencies such as grant writing, research design, and ethics while receiving supervised clinical training in cutting-edge treatments and programs. Through our partnership with McGuire’s Rehabilitation Psychology Fellowship, Psychology Fellows seeking board certification may develop a training plan that fulfills eligibility requirements for board certification in Rehabilitation Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). The McGuire VAMC’s Advanced Fellowship Program is affiliated with the VA Mid-Atlantic Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). For more information about the Richmond VA Healthcare Center, visit our website.

Scott McDonald, PhD
Site Director for Psychology/Allied Health Special Fellowship

Salisbury VAMC

The W.G. (Bill) Hefner VAMC in Salisbury, NC is one of the fastest growing VAMCs in the nation with numerous specialty programs and particular strengths in the areas of PTSD and TBI. We are affiliated with Wake Forest School of Medicine, providing fellows with access to their neuroscience and translational medicine programs. In-person weekly Advanced Neuropsychology and Neuroanatomy seminars are provided. The training program is designed to meet criteria of the Houston Guidelines for postdoctoral training in neuropsychology, thus ensuring that Fellows are eligible to apply for board certification in neuropsychology at the completion of the two-year fellowship. Three of the five neuropsychologists on staff, including both of the program directors, are board certified in clinical neuropsychology. Clinical rotations can include bedside testing in the Community Living Center and outpatient testing through the Polytrauma, ADHD, and Neuropsychology clinics. MIRECC fellows can be expected to obtain all clinical hours needed for licensure via direct clinical care and clinical research. The majority of a Fellow’s time is spent on research and educational activities. Research topics may vary, but a unifying theme in the lab is neuropsychological functioning and neuroimaging of TBI and comorbid conditions in combat Veterans. Core staff include a neuropsychiatrist, neuroscientist, and three neuropsychologists. For more information about the Salisbury VA Healthcare Center, please visit our website.

Robin Hurley, MD
Site Director for Physician Special Fellowship

Holly Miskey, PhD
Site Co-Director for Psychology/Allied Health Special Fellowship

Robert Shura, PsyD
Site Co-Director for Psychology/Allied Health Special Fellowship

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