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VA Interprofessional Fellowship Program in PSR and Recovery Oriented Services - Palo Alto

Palo Alto Health Care System

About Our Site


Palo Alto VA Medical Center

The Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services across 10 different hospital/clinic sites, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research. Our health care facilities operate 808 inpatient beds, including three Community Living Centers and a 100-bed homeless domiciliary, and over 50 primary care and specialty outpatient clinics, serving over 67,000 enrolled Veterans.  The Psychosocial rehabilitation Interprofessional Fellowship accepts Social Work and Psychology post- graduates.  The Fellowship operates on a three-rotation model. Inpatient Acute Psychiatry serves as the initial immersion site for all fellow rotations placing fellows in immediate contact with veterans diagnosed with severe mental illness.  Veterans Recovery Center (VRC) is the second core rotation due to its strong emphasis on the recovery model.  The VRC immersion supports the fellow in understanding and applying recovery-oriented practice principles.  The third rotation is selected on the individual Fellow’s self-identified training needs and interests.

Our Directors

Katy Gominger, LCSW

Katy Gominger, LCSW

Co-Director, Psychosocial Rehabilitation Fellowship; Supervisory Social Worker, Acute Inpatient Psychiatry; Peer Support Coordinator, Peer Support Services

Professional Interests: Long-standing interests in topics related to first-episode psychosis, suicide prevention, psychosocial rehabilitation, inpatient mental health operations, and organizational leadership.



Claire Hebenstreit, Ph.D

Claire Hebenstreit, Ph.D

Co-Director of PSR Fellowship; Attending Psychologist, Acute Inpatient Psychiatry

Professional Interests: Severe Mental Illness, Forensic Issues, Ethical Considerations in Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment, Patient Advocacy, Person-Centered Mental Health Care.



The Fellowship Class of 2023 - 2024


Hannah Murphy, MSW

Hannah Murphy, MSW

Professional Interests: I enjoy providing recovery-oriented and age-friendly interventions to Veterans living with serious mental illness (SMI). My interests include conducting treatment planning and interventions related to co-occurring disorders and SMI, as well as advocating for health equity and working to combat mental health stigma.

Additional Information

For more information on application process and deadlines, training opportunities:
Katy Gominger, LCSW; or 650-493-5000, ext. 63787
Claire Hebenstreit, Ph.D; or 650-493-5000, ext. 60076
For Social Work applicants: Palo Alto Social Work Announcement
For Social Work applicants: Please contact Katy Gominger.
For Psychology applicants: Palo Alto Psychology Announcement

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