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.
The primary goal of the VA Advanced Fellowship Program is to train psychologists to become exceptional clinical researchers in high priority areas of VA mental health. The Fellowship follows a scientist-practitioner model and is designed to offer clinical research training and advanced clinical training in an interdisciplinary setting.
Fellows are individually mentored in clinical research and clinical service delivery by VA/Yale faculty. Fellows are primarily housed in either the MIRECC or NC-PTSD, but also interact with other researchers and with clinical programs in the Mental Health Service Line such as the Outpatient Addiction Recovery Service, PTSD and Anxiety Disorders Firm, Neuropsychiatry Firm, Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Health Psychology, Inpatient Psychiatric Unit, and Psychiatric Emergency Room. Fellows work with individual research mentors to develop a training plan that supports the Fellow’s professional goals.
Please visit https://www.connecticut.va.gov/docs/AdvancedFellowshipBrochure-Psychology.pdf for full program brochure and information on how to apply.