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Post-Doctoral Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment

Sierra Pacific Mirecc

Sierra Pacific Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center
Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment

Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment brochure

The Sierra Pacific Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) at VA Palo Alto is now acceptingapplications from Psychologists for its two-year post-doctoral Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Researchand Treatment. The mission of the Sierra Pacific MIRECC is to build an integrated system of clinical, research, and educational efforts designed to improve the clinical care for aging veterans with dementias and with PTSD. Dementia and PTSD share common clinical symptoms including cognitive difficulties, sleep disorders, and agitation and the Sierra Pacific MIRECC aims to evaluate current approaches and develop new treatments for these clinical problems. In support of this mission, the Sierra Pacific MIRECC Fellowship provides specialized training in two emphasis areas: Geropsychology and PTSD

Fellows devote the majority of their time to patient oriented research and education activities and 25% to direct patient clinical care. In collaboration with their mentors, Fellows will develop and implement a research project, publish and present findings, participate in grant writing, and utilize the latest technology for educational activities and clinical service delivery. The Sierra Pacific MIRECC Fellowship is formally affiliated with Stanford University School of Medicine. Indeed, Fellows enjoy affiliative privileges that include access to key academic resources and additional support through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at Stanford.

Applicants must have received a doctorate from an APA or CPA accredited graduate program in Clinical, Counseling, or Combined Psychology or PCSAS accredited Clinical Science program. Persons with a doctorate in another area of psychology who meet the APA or CPA criteria for respecialization training in Clinical, Counseling, or Combined Psychology are also eligible. Applicants must have also completed an APA or CPA accredited psychology internship program. Fellows must be U.S. citizens. The current annual postdoctoral fellowship stipend is $53,402.

In order to apply to our fellowship program, you must submit via email the required application elements listed below. The fellowship brochure is updated in the fall of each year and may be obtained by emailing the Fellowship Director, Kaci Fairchild, PhD, ABPP at JenniferKaci.Fairchild@va.gov. This year the due date will be December 15, 2017. All application materials must be received by us on or before this date.

  1. A signed letter of interest that details your previous educational, clinical, and research experiences; your areas of clinical and research interest and its alignment with the MIRECC emphasis area(s) and mission; specific clinical and research goals for your fellowship; and your career goals.
  2. A current curriculum vitae
  3. A work sample, such a published manuscript on which you are first author or other written product that highlights your work relevant to the identified emphasis area
  4. Three signed letters of recommendation. One of these letters must be from your primary research mentor.

Further information can be obtained by contacting the Fellowship Director preferably by email at JenniferKaci.Fairchild@va.gov or at (650) 493-5000 X 63432.

Sierra Pacific MIRECC Fellowship Faculty Interests

Sherry Beaudreau, PhD, ABPP: late life subsyndromal psychiatric symptoms and cognitive impairment; behavioral interventions with a strong interest in problem solving therapy; predictors of treatment response; male sexual dysfunction and sleep disorders

Amit Etkin, MD, PhD: basic neurosciences of emotional and cognitive neurocircuitry; cross-sectional neuroimaging of psychiatric disorders; neural mechanisms of psychotherapeutic, pharmacological and brain stimulation treatments; neuroscience-based brain training interventions

Kaci Fairchild, PhD, ABPP: effects of physical activity on cognitive function; psychosocial interventions for dementia and TBI caregivers; biological and neuropsychological mechanisms of physical exercise; cognitive training

Claudia Padula, PhD: providing novel, innovative, and exciting science to improve treatment outcomes for Veterans with addiction; use of multimodal brain imaging techniques, cognitive and neuropsychological measures, socio-demographic and clinical information in personalized medicine

Allyson Rosen, PhD, ABPP-CN: understanding, preventing, and treating age-related brain degeneration through structural and functional neuroimaging, clinical neuropsychology, and non-invasive brain stimulation

Blake Scanlon, PhD: management of neurodegenerative disease and dementia; caregiver education and skill building; mobile technologies; cognitive, neuropsychiatric, and biological markers for neurodegeneration

Joy Taylor, PhD: modifiable risk factors for dementia; genetic risk factors, and correlates of brain/cognitive reserve; cognitive aging; multivariate analysis of longitudinal data

Julie Weitlauf, PhD: women Veteran’s physical and mental health; impact of interpersonal violence and PTSD on psychosocial functioning; preventative women’s health care; factors associated with women’s peri- and post-menopausal health and mortality risks

Lea Williams, PhD: advanced imaging and computational approaches (e.g., MRI, EEG; genomics; tests of emotional and cognitive performance); neural mechanisms of mental illness; translational medicine; predictors of treatment response

Jamie Zeitzer, PhD: effects of light on human health; artificial lighting and circadian system, alertness centers, and mood regulators; role of circadian and sleep systems in brain-based diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, breast cancer, SCI, PTSD, and TBI