VA Connecticut Advanced Fellowship in Mental Illness Research and Treatment
Oct 17, 2018
The VA Office of Academic Affiliations is sponsoring a VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System (VACHS), West Haven campus. The VA Advanced Fellowship Program offers individualized, mentored clinical research and clinical training in two high priority emphasis areas— substance use disorders and dual diagnosis (SUD), and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These emphasis areas are supported through two major VA research infrastructures: the Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) and the National Center for PTSD (NC-PTSD) Clinical Neurosciences Division. Each year, the fellowship recruits two psychologists for a two-year Fellowship, one in SUD/dual diagnosis at the MIRECC and one in PTSD at the NC-PTSD . The psychology Fellowship is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. The next site visit will be in 2021. Full brochure available at  Applications are due 12/1/2018. See brochure for details. Fellows develop individualized research plans with an appointed VA/Yale mentor and collaborating faculty. A research mentor meets weekly with the fellow to establish and supervise the research training plan.  Typical training plans also include collaboration and papers with at least one collaborating faculty member.  Substance use/dual diagnosis mentor areas of expertise include medication development and testing for nicotine and cocaine addictions, e-cigarettes, sex differences in tobacco use, and genetics research (Sofuoglu); motivational interviewing and implementation science (Martino); money management in addictions treatment (Rosen), counseling for veterans presenting to compensation and pension hearings (Rosen, Meshberg-Cohen); pharmacotherapy and other treatments for PTSD and AUD  (Petrakis); and suicidal ideation and high-risk behavior and DBT-skills-based treatments (Decker). PTSD faculty areas of expertise include psychotherapy for PTSD and chronic pain (Harpaz-Rotem); engagement in PTSD treatment (Harpaz-Rotem, DeViva); imaging and decisionmaking (Levy); translational neuroscience focused on the glutamatergic system (Abdallah); translational psychiatric epidemiology including trauma-related disorders across the lifespan (Pietrzak); and pharmacotherapy for PTSD and AUD and other substance use disorder (Petrakis).  Collaborating faculty available to work with fellows have expertise in homelessness and mental health services research with Veterans with severe mental illness (Tsai), ketamine (Krystal, Averill, Abdallah), cognitive-behavior therapy for SUD (Carroll), PTSD and suicide risk (Averill), epidemiological and program evaluation research (Hoff), ecological momentary assessment (MacLean), epidemiological research including use of extensive VA administrative data (Rosenheck), and PTSD-SUD treatment (Meshberg-Cohen).  All faculty have websites with details about their interests at      Contact the director of training with any questions about availability of mentors or collaborating faculty.
VA Connecticut Advanced Fellowship in Mental Illness Research and Treatment West Haven, CT, USA Postdoc