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VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Suicide Prevention - Utah | Rocky Mountain MIRECC

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Utah Fellowship

Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment in Suicide Prevention (Utah)

Salt Lake City, Utah (APPIC-Member)

Application Deadline: pending

Application Procedures

Applications are currently being accepted for the Rocky Mountain MIRECC VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment, which is housed at the Salt Lake City MIRECC. This is a two-year position commencing in the fall of 2026. Programmatic emphasis is on the brain and behavior as they relate to suicide and serious psychiatric disorders. The Fellow’s distribution of effort will be 75% research and 25% clinical.

The mission of the Rocky Mountain MIRECC Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship Program is to train psychologists to become outstanding clinical researchers in the high priority area of mental health care for Veterans, specifically in the area of suicide. The clinical and research focus of the Rocky Mountain MIRECC is the treatment and assessment of individuals with severe psychiatric disorders, including combat related syndromes, who are also at risk for suicide. There is an emphasis on the accurate evaluation of the interaction between cognition and suicide in individuals with psychiatric diagnoses. There is also an emphasis on the neurobiology of individuals with severe psychiatric disorders who are also at risk for suicide.

Numerous research opportunities are available. Information regarding Rocky Mountain MIRECC activities can be found at:

To learn more, view our Utah Fellowship Brochure. [PDF opens in new tab/window]

Fellows will be provided with local and national didactic training opportunities. Information regarding the Department of Veterans Affairs Mental Illness, Research, Education, and Clinical Centers Fellowship Program can be found at:

To apply, candidates should submit the following:

  1. A letter of interest that identifies career goals, expectations, and the goodness of fit with the mission of the Rocky Mountain MIRECC
  2. A current curriculum vitae including a summary of prior research experience
  3. Letter of completion from academic and internship/residency programs
  4. Three letters of recommendation
  5. Sample de-identified neuro/psychological evaluation report and a summary regarding number and types of neuro/psychological tests administered and reports written. (Some background in neuropsychological assessment is preferred.)

Please note: Violation of confidentiality in a work sample (ANY INCLUSION OF ANY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION – e.g., name of high school, name of work setting, etc.) will result in immediate termination of the applicant from consideration and contact with the applicant and applicant's Training Director to notify them of the violation. Please make it very easy for us to determine that you have de-identified the document by putting a header at the top of the document stating so, using “Mr. Xxxxx”, etc.


  1. Fellowship Administration and Financial Assistance [PDF opens in new tab/window]
  2. Resource and Administrative Assistance Policy [PDF opens in new tab/window]

Sending Application Materials

Application Deadline: pending

All Salt Lake City application materials should be sent to:


Deborah Yurgelun-Todd, Ph.D.
Rocky Mountain MIRECC
VA Salt Lake City Health Care System
500 Foothill Drive
Building 16, Room GA35
Salt Lake City, Utah 84148
Phone: 801-582-1565 x 2707
FAX: 801-584-5669

The program is structured so that there is an opportunity for the Psychology Fellows to gain adequate hours toward licensure.

Prior to beginning the postdoctoral experience, candidates are expected to have attained a high level of accomplishment in generalist training, and to have a modest amount of focused training in their emphasis area. In particular, we expect Psychology Fellows to have completed their doctoral training and internship. Trainees must be eligible to receive salary from the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System.

Last Updated 29 March 2024

Contact Information


Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC (RMR VAMC)
1700 N Wheeling St, BLDG A2
Aurora, CO 80045


VA Salt Lake City Health Care System
500 Foothill DR
Salt Lake City, UT 84148
801-582-1565 x2821