VISN 5 - VA Interprofessional Fellowship Program in PSR and Recovery Oriented Services - MIRECC / CoE
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VISN 5 - VA Interprofessional Fellowship Program in PSR and Recovery Oriented Services


History & Purpose

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced its commitment to interprofessional clinical care and training in psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery for Veterans with serious mental illness in 2002. Through collaboration between Mental Health Services and the Office of Academic Affiliations, three VA healthcare sites were selected and funded to begin the VA Interprofessional Fellowship Program in Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery (PSR). In 2006, VA announced the expansion of the PSR fellowship program to four additional sites.

The purpose of the Interprofessional PSR Fellowship Program is to develop future mental health leaders with vision, knowledge, and commitment to transform mental health care systems in the 21st century by emphasizing functional capability, rehabilitation, and recovery.

Program Overview

The Interprofessional PSR Fellowship Program is a state-of-the-art clinical training program that focuses on the theory and practice of psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery. Individualized, mentored clinical and research training is combined with a curriculum that emphasizes a comprehensive psychosocial rehabilitation approach to service delivery, education, and implementing change in a mental health care setting.

Fellowship Positions & Disciplines

The PSR Fellowship Program is a year long, and each PSR fellowship program has up to four full-time fellow positions. The fellows come from a range of disciplines, including nursing, social work, psychology, psychiatry, vocational rehabilitation, clinical pastoral education, and occupational therapy. Fellows come to the fellowship with previous experience in working with Veterans with serious mental illness.

Clinical Training

The fellowship program utilizes a comprehensive psychosocial rehabilitation approach to restore a veteran's full potential following the onset of a serious mental illness. Fellows are involved in a number of clinical training experiences such as veteran and family education; enhancement of residential, social, and work skills; cognitive behavioral therapy; motivational interviewing; pharmacotherapy; and provision of intensive care coordination.

Education Dissemination Project

Fellows are required to develop and implement an "Education Dissemination Project" in order to enhance the education of health professionals and the quality of care provided to Veterans at their respective fellowship sites. The projects enhance the psychosocial rehabilitation beyond the training site. The projects focus on a variety of dissemination efforts such as developing continuing education or research conferences for health professionals, curricula for health professions training programs, patient education materials, or clinical demonstration projects. Fellows are also encouraged to take leadership roles by developing didactic projects and disseminating educational materials through a variety of efforts (e.g., planning regional invitational meetings, developing a training website) in order to educate health professionals and advance psychosocial rehabilitation training and collaboration.

Didactic Training

Each PSR fellowship program tailors its fellowship and discipline-specific seminars. The seminars include, but are not limited to, case presentations, workshops, coursework, conferences, and supervision. The Hub Site coordinates a monthly seminar series that offers a unified, comprehensive education and training for fellows across the seven PSR Fellowship sites. All PSR fellows are invited to attend the didactic seminar series as it is an opportunity to learn more about psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery. It is also an opportunity to potentially collaborate with other PSR sites on various psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery projects.

Additional Training Opportunities

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (PRA) Conference and Certification. Fellows are encouraged to attend the annual PRA Conference for additional psychosocial rehabilitation training and are encouraged to submit their "Education Dissemination Projects" for conference presentation consideration as part of their dissemination efforts. At the end of their fellowship year, fellows are eligible to apply for PRA certification as Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioners. Most PSR fellowship programs encourage their fellows to obtain certification.

Fellowship Sites

The VISN 5 Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center at Baltimore, Maryland, is the Administrative Hub Site for the VA Interprofessional Fellowship Program in Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery. The Hub Site was established in the summer of 2007 to help coordinate education, training and recruitment efforts across the funded PSR fellowship programs and serves as official liaison between sites and the Office of Mental Health Services and the Office of Academic Affiliations.

Six VA healthcare sites participate in the PSR fellowship program:

  • Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System at Little Rock, Arkansas
  • VA Palo Alto Healthcare System at Palo Alto, California
  • VA San Diego Healthcare System at San Diego, California
  • VA Connecticut Healthcare System at West Haven, Connecticut
  • Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital at Bedford, Massachusetts
  • Durham VA Medical Center at Durham, North Carolina

Fellowship Requirements

Fellows must be U.S. citizens and must be graduates of academic programs that are accredited by the nationally recognized accrediting bodies for the profession. All fellows must possess a master's level degree or above in their respective disciplines, which is a basic requirement to participate in the fellowship program. Applications are invited from psychiatry residents, graduates of doctoral programs in clinical or counseling psychology, master's or doctoral programs in social work,  master's or doctoral programs in mental health nursing, master's programs and doctoral programs in occupational therapy, master's programs in vocational rehabilitation and masters of divinity programs with 4 units of accredited clinical pastoral education.

The Fellowship Program is full time for psychology, vocational rehabilitation, clinical pastoral education, occupational therapy, social work and nursing fellows. Stipends are competitive and are based on location and discipline. Full time fellows are eligible for health and life insurance benefits. All fellows earn annual and sick leave and are entitled to all Federal holidays.

For information regarding VA Psychology Training eligibility requirements, please visit their webpage:

For additional information about VA Psychology Training, please visit their webpage: 


Please see the contact information for the six clinical training sites below, including links to program descriptions and 2019-2020 applications. If current applications are unavailable and for more information, please contact the Fellowship Site Director(s) directly.

Six Fellowship sites are accepting applications beginning in November 2018 from psychologists, social workers, and vocational rehabilitation specialists. In addition, West Haven and Durham are accepting applications from Occupational Therapists, Psychiatry Residents, and Masters of Divinity with at least 4 credits in clinical pastoral education.

Application requirements and deadlines for 2019-2010 vary by discipline and site, please see applications. Candidates from all disciplines will be selected in early 2019.

Bedford, MA
Co-Directors: Brian J. Stevenson, Ph.D., Psychology Service
Elizabeth Naughton, LICSW, Social Work Service
200 Springs Road
Bedford, MA 01730 or (781) 687-3319 or (781) 687-2149

Durham, NC
Co-Directors: J. Murray McNiel, PhD
Julie C. McCormick, LCSW, CPRP
508 Fulton Street
MHSL 116D/Hillandale 2
2 Durham, NC 27705 or (919) 286-0411, Ext. 177777 or (919) 286-0411, Ext. 175111
Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center Announcement
Durham Interprofessional Fellowship Description

Little Rock, AR
Director of Post Doctoral Training: Courtney Crutchfield, PhD
2200 Fort Roots Drive (116/NLR)
Bldg. 170, Office #2N-101
North Little Rock, AR 72114
Applications to: or (501) 257-3471
Inquiries to: Nathaniel Cooney, PhD or (501) 257-3455
Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System Fellowship Brochure

Palo Alto, CA
Director: Stephen T. Black, PhD or (650) 493-5000, Ext. 67556
Psychology Service
VA Palo Alto Health Care System
3801 Miranda Ave (116B)
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Palo Alto PSR Psych Ad 2020-2021

San Diego, CA
Director: Dimitri Perivoliotis, PhD
VA San Diego Healthcare System (116B)
3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92161 (preferred) or (858) 552-8585 x2412

West Haven, CT
Director, PSR Interprofessional Fellowship: Anne Klee, Ph.D., CPRP
Errera Community Care Center
114 Boston Post Road, 2nd Floor
West Haven, CT 06516 or (203) 479-8035
Director, Psychology Training: Joshua Bullock, Ph.D. or (203) 516-8013
Psychiatry Fellowship:
Director of Social Work Training: Michele Roberts 203-479-8004
Director of Occupational Therapy Training: Mary Sperrazza, OTR/L 203-479-8025
Director of Chaplaincy Training: James Cooke, S.S.T.,BCC 203-932-5711x2422
West Haven PSR Social Work Brochure 2019-2020
West Haven PSR Occupational Therapy Brochure 2019-2020
West Haven PSR MD Brochure 2019-2020
West Haven PSR CPE-Chaplain Brochure 2019-2020

For other information, please contact:

Richard Goldberg, PhD
Director of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Fellowship Hub Site
VA Maryland Health Care System
10 N. Greene St.
Attn: MIRECC, Annex Bldg., 7th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201 or (410) 637-1851

Ralf Schneider, MA CPRP, Coordinator of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Fellowship Hub Site or (410) 637-1874