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Three 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

Richmond VAMC

Salisbury 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.

Site Director for Physician Special Fellowship
Christine Marx, M.D.
Email: marx0001@mc.duke.edu

Site Director for Psychology/Allied Health Special Fellowship
Patrick Calhoun, Ph.D.
Email: patrick.calhoun2@va.gov

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The Hunter Holmes McGuire VAMC in Richmond, VA is affiliated with Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, home to nationally known research leaders. Areas of expertise include behavioral genetics, twin studies, mood disorders, and schizophrenia. There is an extensive array of ongoing research and databases available. Richmond VAMC is a tertiary care medical center and specialty care center for the VA in many areas. In addition to PTSD and OIF/OEF/OND clinics, this site houses one of the VA’s four Polytrauma centers. Richmond VAMC offers many unique training opportunities in research. Two MIRECC research projects are active. In addition, Mental Health and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation staff have developed multi-site research programs in neurobehavioral recovery and interventions. One area of emphasis is sleep disorders and the effects of PTSD interventions that target sleep issues.

The opportunities in clinical training for fellows will include involvement in inpatient, outpatient, and specialty care clinics. Fellows will rotate through specialty programs that reflect their clinical and research interest, as well as areas that are identified in supervision as requiring further training. Fellows will be able to gain expertise in PTSD, Substance Abuse, Polytrauma, Primary care, and Spinal Cord Injury.

Site Co-Directors for Psychology/Allied Health Special Fellowship
Scott McDonald, Ph.D.
Email: scott.mcdonald@va.gov

Treven Pickett, Psy.D.
Email: treven.pickett@va.gov

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The W.G. (Bill) Hefner VAMC in Salisbury, NC is affiliated with Wake Forest School of Medicine. Fellows will have access to many of that institution’s neuroscience and translational medicine programs, as well as the opportunity to complete a MPH during the Fellowship. Salisbury is one of the fastest growing VAMCs in the nation, with many specialty programs. This site is particularly strong in the areas of PTSD and TBI. Clinical rotations can include the inpatient PTSD program, as well as many outpatient programs serving returning Veterans with TBI and/or PTSD. Psychology fellows can be expected to obtain all clinical hours needed for licensure via direct clinical care and clinical research. There are three neuropsychologists, one with ABCN board certification and two who are currently seeking board certification through ABPP. The Psychology program is designed to meet criteria of the Houston Guidelines for postdoctoral training in neuropsychology, thus ensuring that Fellows are eligible to apply for ABPP board certification at the completion of the two-year fellowship. The program is also seeking APA accreditation.

Site Director for Physician Special Fellowship
Robin Hurley, M.D.
Email: robin.hurley@va.gov

Site Director for Psychology/Allied Health Special Fellowship
Kristin Humphrey, Ph.D.
Email: kristin.humphrey@va.gov

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Contact

Durham VAMC Site
Study Coordinator
919-416-5915
mireccstudies@va.gov

Richmond VAMC Site
Robin Lumpkin
804-675-5000 Ext. 4251
robin.lumpkin@va.gov

Salisbury VAMC Site
Mary Peoples
704-638-9000 Ext. 2956
mary.peoples1@va.gov