Fellowship Opening: MIRECC/CoE Advanced Psychology Fellowship (Richmond, VA)

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2023 Psychology Fellowship Announcement

The Central Virginia VA Health Care System’s (CVHCS) Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC)/Center of Excellence (CoE) VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment (MIRT) anticipates two openings for two-year, research-oriented, clinical or counseling psychology postdoctoral Fellows to begin between July 1st and September 30th, 2023.

Who Are We?
We are one of 25 VA MIRECC/CoE VA Advanced Fellowship Programs in MIRT and are affiliated with the Mid-Atlantic (VISN 6) MIRECC, whose mission is to develop and apply scientific knowledge and best practices to enhance post-deployment mental health and wellness for our Nation's Veterans and their families. We collaborate with our academic affiliate, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), to expand training and mentorship opportunities for our Fellows. More information about the VA MIRECC/CoE Advanced Fellowship Program can be found at VA.gov | Veterans Affairs.

What is the Goal of the Fellowship Program?
Over the course of the two-year program, Fellows receive intensive mentoring and didactics in clinical research competencies such as grant writing, research design, regulatory compliance, and ethics (approximately 75% time) while receiving supervised clinical training in cutting-edge treatments and programs (approximately 25% time). Fellows develop a career-building research program through work with a mentor in a specific area of interest: rehabilitation research (Drs. McDonald and Trost), traumatic brain injury (TBI; Drs. Klyce, Perrin, and Walker), neuroscience and substance use (Drs. Bjork and Reisweber), PTSD (Dr. Amstadter), and health disparities (Drs. Perrin and Trost). Fellows may also collaborate with investigators at VCU and across the Mid-Atlantic MIRECC to learn specific skills, join writing teams, and access other resources that are useful for career development.

Through our partnership with the CVHCS Rehabilitation Psychology Fellowship, Psychology Fellows seeking board certification may develop a training plan that fulfills eligibility requirements for board certification in Rehabilitation Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).

What is an Individualized Learning Plan?
In collaboration with research mentors and the Fellowship Director, Fellows develop an individualized Learning Plan which includes organized, experiential, and sequential learning experiences in research, clinical service, and education during each year of the fellowship based on the goals and objectives of the program and the Fellow. The Learning Plan allows Fellows to tailor their learning experiences in order to best meet their individual training needs, while also providing sufficient structure to help ensure successful completion of training goals. Fellows are expected to develop and implement a research pilot project or design and introduce an add-on module to an existing project, publish and present findings, and utilize the latest technology for educational activities and clinical service delivery.

Central Virginia VA Health Care System
The Fellowship Program is based at the CVHCS’s Richmond VA Medical Center, a 1A designated, tertiary care referral center located in Richmond, Virginia. The training and research infrastructure is shared with our Academic Affiliate, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). The medical center offers a full range of health care services including comprehensive outpatient care to complex inpatient services including internal medicine, surgery, neurology, physical and rehabilitation medicine, intermediate care, acute and sustaining spinal cord injury, skilled nursing home care, palliative care, and primary and secondary levels of psychology and psychiatric care programs.

The CVHCS is the host site for several notable specialized clinical and research centers in addition to the VA Mid-Atlantic MIRECC, including a Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center (PRC), a Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders (SCI/D) regional center, VA Amputation System of Care (ASoC) regional center, VA Headache Center of Excellence, and the Long-Term Impact of Military-Relevant Brain Injury Consortium and Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium (LIMBIC-CENC). The CVHCS has a vibrant research program with 70 investigators conducting more than 270 research studies and an annual budgetary allocation that consists of approximately 7 million dollars. Over 80% of the medical center’s research has a direct impact on patient care, studies in the VA system, and in the community.

Richmond, Virginia

An historic city and Virginia’s capital, Richmond offers an attractive array of leisure, cultural, and social opportunities not usually found in mid-sized cities. While offering easy access to the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay, Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountains as well as being only 90 minutes south of Washington, D.C., Richmond features countless pastimes right at home. Beautiful neighborhoods juxtaposed to modern high rises with striking architecture set the stage for the numerous cultural, educational and recreational events befitting its 229,000 citizens (1,300,000 in the metro area). Bisected by the James River, its numerous parks and woodlands offer the chance for solitude in nature as well as outdoor sports such as mountain biking and kayaking even when close to the city center. Richmond is proud to support several first-class museums, three prominent universities, a symphony, professional ballet and opera companies, and numerous theater groups and art galleries. Richmond also hosts the annual Richmond Folk Festival, a free festival featuring live performances by some of the world’s greatest folk musicians. The Richmond Region is home to exceptional opportunities to learn about African-American history, including the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia, the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, and the Richmond Slave Trail. The city consistently ranks among “Best Places” in America and the South to live, work, and visit in several national publications (Frommers, Niche.com, Huffington Post, Men’s Journal, Southern Living).

Memberships and Accreditations:
The MIRECC Psychology Fellowship at the Central Virginia VA Health Care System holds contingent accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. The next site visit is expected in 2019. The APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation can be reached at the APA, 750 First St. NE, Washington DC 20002-4242, (202) 336-5979. Our program is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC).

For More Information:
We welcome inquiries about our program and available training opportunities (see contact information below). For more information, the Fellowship Brochure for the MIRECC Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship Program at CVHCS can be found at VA Richmond health care | Veterans Affairs.

How to Apply:
Applications are accepted and reviewed, and candidates will be interviewed, on a rolling basis
. The position(s) will remain open until filled. Please refer to the MIRECC Fellowship Brochure for application instructions at http://www.richmond.va.gov/services/Psychology.asp.

Scott McDonald, Ph.D. (Point of Contact)
Fellowship Director
[email protected]

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