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Positions Available

Positions are available at the National Center for PTSD, including fellowships and internships. The VA is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship Programs

Approved pre-doctoral internships and postdoctoral fellowships for psychology are offered at some Center Divisions, see below. For Fellowship Requirements, see the bottom of this page. For internships, please see the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (www.appic.org*).

Current Positions




Position: Clinical Psychologist
Division: Dissemination and Training
Location: Menlo Park, CA
Descriptor: Smartphone Applications/Web Content Development Specialist
Length of position: Permanent
Anticipated Start Date: As soon as the position can be filled

The phone apps clinical psychologist will lead development of smartphone apps to aid in the recovery of people living with PTSD. Our Division has already developed several smartphone apps to help people manage mental health symptoms or to support delivery of evidence-based psychotherapies. Our PTSD Coach app has been downloaded over 120,000 times in 77 countries. The individual selected for this position will possess strong expertise in smartphone app development, web-based intervention, and/or instructional design to serve as the lead content expert in refining our existing apps and developing new products.

Major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide leadership to the larger phone app development teams.
  • Participate in NCPTSD D&T Division projects related to areas of expertise.
  • Support the NCPTSD training programs as needed and as relevant to technology by serving on committees, presenting at seminars/national conferences, and performing other activities as assigned.
  • Provide treatment to Veterans with PTSD and their families.
  • Serve on Medical Center or Healthcare System, VISN, and/or National VA committees or task forces as needed.

Requirements

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and licensed clinical psychologists.

Preferred Experience

Ability to manage all aspects of Smartphone apps projects: application design, content development for Smartphone and web materials, leadership of apps/web application teams for specific projects, coordination with collaborators and technical developers, project marketing, preparation of official reports, and facilitation of evaluation activities.

How to Apply

Position has been listed at: USA Jobs. Here are some tips about applying for positions on USA Jobs:

  • We have been told that it is in the best interest of candidates to upload a CV and to fill out all of the information in the USA Jobs web template.
  • You must upload a college transcript for your doctoral degree, and the transcript must include the language "degree conferred" and a date - if it does not, you will be considered ineligible.
  • If you have any questions about the application process or the posting itself, please contact the number listed within the posting - we are not allowed to answer questions related to this process.

Contact Information

Robyn D. Walser, PhD
National Center for PTSD
Dissemination and Training Division
795 Willow Rd, Menlo Park, CA 94025
Phone: (650) 493-5000, 1-2-22039
Robyn.Walser@va.gov

The Department of Veteran Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
Location: Boston, MA
Descriptor: Clinical Research with Emphasis on Women's Mental Health and PTSD
Length of position: Two years
Anticipated Start Date: September 2015

The VA Boston Healthcare System is accepting applications for a two-year research fellowship in women's mental health to begin September 2015.  The primary objective of this training program is to produce clinical researchers who are qualified to function as independent clinician investigators in women's mental health, with a particular focus on the scientific study of stress, trauma, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  The fellowship represents one track within an interdisciplinary Advanced Fellowship in Women's Health, is closely affiliated with the Boston University School of Medicine and is housed within the Women's Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD (WHSD-NCPTSD). These facilities offer outstanding resources that include didactic training, technical support personnel, well-equipped psychophysiology and cognitive research laboratories, advanced computing facilities, and a broad range of professional expertise.

Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in ongoing research projects conducted by program faculty, initiate independent research projects, conduct secondary analyses on existing data sets, prepare applications to federal and other funding agencies for research support, and provide direct clinical services to patients under the guidance of a clinical supervisor. Fellowship graduates should have the potential to be role models in leading, developing, conducting, and evaluating innovative research, education, and clinical care in health issues pertaining to women veterans. Learn more about Women's Health Sciences Division and Staff, National Center for PTSD faculty and research interests.

How to Apply

Applications should include a cover letter summarizing professional interests and goals, and a curriculum vita.  In addition three letters of reference should be sent directly from letter writers. First consideration will be given to applications received by January 1, 2015, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Graduate training in clinical or counseling psychology is preferred, but applications are welcome from candidates in related fields.  Applicants must have completed all requirements for the doctoral degree prior to starting the program. Minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. The salary and benefits package is competitive. The VA Boston Healthcare System is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact Information

Amy Street, Ph.D.
Women's Health Fellowship Director
National Center for PTSD
VA Boston Healthcare System
Email: amy.street@va.gov

Applications should be submitted via email to Dr. Amy Street, amy.street@va.gov.

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Position: Postdoctoral Fellowships
Location: Boston, MA
Descriptor: Clinical Psychology with Emphasis on PTSD

Postdoctoral positions through the VA Boston Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program are APA accredited and are located within the VA Boston Healthcare System (VABHS). VABHS has affiliations with both Boston University School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School; it is anticipated that fellows will receive dual appointments with these affiliates during their fellowship year.

The structure of the VA Boston Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program follows a multiple practice format as defined by APA's Policy Statements and Implementing Regulations. The Fellowship Program is organized into two separate areas: (1) the substantive traditional practice area of Clinical Psychology, and (2) the specialty practice area of Clinical Neuropsychology. Within the Clinical Psychology Training Program, we offer training in nine areas of emphasis ("tracks"): Geropsychology, General Mental Health, Behavioral Medicine, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Substance Abuse, Dual Diagnosis, Interprofessional Mental Health, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Healthcare, and Returning Veterans and Substance Abuse.

Training for Clinical fellows accepted into the PTSD track is for the duration of one year. Salary and benefits are competitive. Training in the PTSD track occurs within the two local VA divisions of the National Center for PTSD (Behavioral Science and Women's Health Sciences). PTSD faculty provide advanced clinical training within specialized outpatient programs for male and female veterans. Additionally, staff are active in research and offer a range of research opportunities to complement the clinical emphasis of the PTSD training program.

The Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Brochure and application instructions can be downloaded from the VA Boston Psychology Fellowship website. The online brochure details information about all APA Accredited Fellowship programs available.

How to Apply

Please see specific instructions and eligibility at the website listed above. Minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Contact Information

Amy K. Silberbogen, PhD,
Psychology Service (116B),
VA Boston Healthcare System
150 South Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA, 02130.
Email: amy.silberbogen@va.gov

Email inquires for the PTSD Fellowship can be directed to:
Dr. Steve Quinn (Steve.Quinn@va.gov) or Dr. Eve Davison (Eve.Davison@va.gov).

General inquires about the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program can be directed to the Training Director, Dr. Amy Silberbogen.

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Position: Research Health Scientist
Division: Pacific Islands Division
Location: Honolulu, HI
Descriptor: Research in PTSD
Length of position: Full Time - Permanent
Anticipated Start Date: Immediately

The Department of Veterans Affairs, National Center for PTSD, Pacific Islands Division, Honolulu, Hawaii, is seeking two GS-13 level Research Health Scientists with cross-cultural or health disparities expertise with a mental health focus. Best qualified candidates will have received R01-level research grants as well as a publication record that has impacted the field in the area of cross cultural factors or health disparities with a mental health focus, preferably with military or veterans.

Salary is competitive, based on credentials and experience. Position is "hard salary" not dependent upon grant reception, although active research portfolio is expected. Position is full-time with excellent benefits (medical, dental, vision), paid leave, and a generous 401(k) plan. Staff has potential for salary to be supplemented by additional collaborations with the University of Hawaii. National Center for PTSD research staff work closely with National Center for PTSD researchers, other leaders in the VA and DOD, and with University colleagues. VA researchers are able to apply for VA R&D funding, which has far higher rates of funding than NIH.

Requirements

Minimum requirement is a doctoral degree in a relevant area (clinical, social, or experimental psychology; epidemiology, sociology, medical anthropology, etc), with demonstrated skills in research, publication, grant writing and management, and presentations in the area of mental health care disparities, underserved populations, and/or preventive clinical and educational intervention modalities in underserved populations, especially addressing culturally-appropriate factors and/or treatment of trauma-related mental health conditions in war-zone and other trauma populations.

How to Apply

Potential applicants are encouraged to send a curriculum vita with cover letter and names of anticipated professional references to contact listed below. Position has been listed at: www.usajobs.gov (search for Research Health Scientist GS-0601-13; (duty location appears as Tripler, Ft. Shafter, Kapalama, Camp Smith, HI). Reviews of all applications will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled.

Contact Information

James L. Spira, PhD, MPH
National Center for PTSD
Pacific Islands Division
3375 Koapaka Street, Suite I-560
Honolulu, Hawaii 96819
James.Spira@va.gov

The Department of Veteran Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Position: Postdoctoral Fellowships
Location: Honolulu, HI
Descriptor: Clinical Psychology with Emphasis on PTSD

The National Center for PTSD at the VA Pacific Islands Health Care System offers one-year fellowships available through the multidisciplinary PTSD Training Program. Training includes clinical assessment and treatment for Veterans, weekly didactics in PTSD, and involvement in research in PTSD and/or cultural psychology. Appointment begins September of each year.

How to Apply

Please go to our training program website at: http://www.psychologytraining.va.gov/honolulu/ for information on how to apply, application requirements and, application deadline.

Contact Information

Dr. Allison Aosved, Director of Psychology Training
VA Pacific Island Health Care System
459 Patterson Rd
Honolulu, HI 96819
Phone: (808) 433-0322
Email: allison.aosved2@va.gov

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Position:VA-Sponsored Advanced Fellowships
Location: Menlo Park, CA
Descriptor: PTSD Research and Treatment

The National Center for PTSD, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, and Stanford University offers two-year term fellowships designed to train physicians, psychologists, and other health professionals in clinically-related PTSD research. Two incoming Fellows (one physician and one non-physician) are funded each year. Fellows will work in the Dissemination and Training division of the National Center for PTSD and will be affiliated with Stanford University School of Medicine.

The primary objective of the training program is to prepare individuals for academically-oriented careers in clinical research, health services research, or implementation science aimed at improving care for veterans with PTSD. Fellows devote 75% of their time to research and education activities and 25% to clinical training.

Fellows will conduct an educational project and have exposure to large-scale dissemination/implementation projects to improve PTSD services in VA. Fellows receive additional clinical training and supervised practice in PTSD treatment. Fellows will benefit from a rich educational and clinical environment at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Stanford University, and the National Center for PTSD, and will participate in a biweekly video-teleconference seminars with VA Mental Health Fellows throughout the country. Non-physician Fellows will start around September, 2014. Physician Fellow start dates are flexible, between July and September 2014.

Fellows receive additional clinical training and supervised practice in PTSD treatment. Fellows will benefit from a rich educational and clinical environment at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Stanford University, and the National Center for PTSD, and will participate in a biweekly video-teleconference seminars with VA Mental Health Fellows throughout the country.

How to Apply

Applications for the Non-Physician and Physician tracks are being accepted as of November 15, 2013. Interviews will begin in early January 2014 with acceptance notifications no later than March 15. Applications should include a personal statement of professional goals and interests, a curriculum vita, and three letters of reference. Applications can be sent via email or surface mail. Minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Psychologist applicants must have obtained a doctorate from an APA accredited program in clinical or counseling psychology and completed an APA accredited internship in clinical or counseling psychology. Social Work or Nursing applicants must have a doctorate from an accredited program and have appropriate clinical training. Associated Health Fellows must be U.S. citizens. Associated Health Fellow stipends are currently $50,006 annually with yearly increases.

Physician applicants must have completed ACGME accredited residency training, be board eligible or board certified, and have an active, unrestricted U.S. license to practice. International medical graduates must also have a current visa and an ECFMG certificate that is valid indefinitely. Applicants on a J-1 visa must have current ECFMG sponsorship as well. The VA funds Physician Fellows' stipends in amounts based on previously completed ACGME accredited residency training.

Contact Information

Associated Health (Non-Physician) Fellows
Marylene Cloitre, PhD
National Center for PTSD,
VA Palo Alto Health Care System
795 Willow Road (334-PTSD)
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Phone: (650) 493-5000 ext 28353
Email: marylene.cloitre@va.gov

Physician Fellows
Steven Lindley, MD, PhD,
VA Palo Alto Health Care System
795 Willow Road (116A)
Menlo Park, California 94025
Phone: (650) 493-5000 ext 22977
Email: steven.lindley@va.gov

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Position: VA-Sponsored Advanced Fellowships
Location: West Haven, CT
Descriptor: PTSD Research and Treatment

The Clinical Neurosciences division of the National Center for PTSD at VA CT Health Care System and Yale University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry offer two-year term fellowships designed to advance PTSD research and clinical training among physicians and psychologists who would like to embark on an academic career.

Two incoming Fellows (one physician and one psychologist) are funded each year. Fellows will work closely with research mentors from the National Center for PTSD and Yale University and will conduct their clinical duties at the PTSD Clinic at the West Haven VA. Fellows will carry an appointment at Yale University (MDs as advanced fellows PGY-5/6 and Psychologists as Postdoctoral Associates) and will have full access to all Yale University resources to advance their research and career.

The primary objective of this training program is to prepare individuals for academically-oriented careers in the following areas: clinical neuroscience research, PTSD treatment, and PTSD mental health services research. Other area of research will be considered based on the availability of appropriate mentors.

Fellows will devote 75% of their time to research and education activities and 25% to clinical care. Incoming Fellows will be assigned to work with research mentors who best match their research interests. Research mentors are available from a wide range of departments at Yale University such as psychiatry, neurobiology, the neuroscience program at Yale and the department of psychology. In special cases a secondary mentor may be designated outside Yale University to advance the fellows' research career and interest.

Fellows will work with mentors on ongoing and/or independent research projects, publish and present findings, and prepare applications to funding agencies for research support. Advance clinical training and supervision in Evidence Based Treatment for PTSD is also provided. Fellows will benefit from a rich educational and clinical environment at the Clinical Neuroscience Division of the National Center for PTSD, Yale University, and the PTSD clinic at the West Haven VA Medical Center.

Anticipated start date will be July 1st. A later start date will be considered based on the applicant's needs.

How to Apply

Requirements for Physician and Psychologist applicants are detailed above. International medical graduates applying to the Physician Fellowship must also have a current visa and an ECFMG certificate that is valid indefinitely. Applicants on a J-1 visa must have current ECFMG sponsorship as well.

Priority will be given to individuals applying early, and applications will be accepted until January 31st. Application should include a personal statement of professional goals and interests, a curriculum vita, and three letters of reference. Minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications should be addressed to the program directors:
Drs. Steven Southwick & Ilan Harpaz-Rotem

Please mail applications materials to:
Ann L. Staudt , Administrative Officer
National Center for PTSD
VA CT Healthcare System
950 Campbell Ave/ 151E 
West Haven, CT 06516

Application may be also submitted via email.

Contact Information

Ilan Harpaz-Rotem, PhD
Phone: (203) 937-4760
Email: Ilan.harpaz-rotem@yale.edu

Steven Southwick MD
Phone: (203) 932-5711 ext 2464
Email: Steven.southwick@va.gov

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Fellowship Requirements

Physician fellowship requirements

  • Completed an ACGME, AOA, or equivalent accredited specialty or subspecialty residency training program
  • Have an active, unrestricted U.S. license to practice

Psychology fellowship requirements

  • U.S. citizenship
  • Earned doctorate in psychology from an APA-approved program by start date
  • Completed APA-approved internship

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