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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.orgLink will take you outside the VA website. VA is not responsible for the content of the linked site.).

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Boston, MA
Boston, MA
White River Junction, VT
White River Junction, VT

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

The National Center for PTSD Division of Dissemination and Training is accepting applications for the 2016 Postdoctoral Fellowship year. The Fellowship is a two year program sponsored by the Office of Academic Affiliations, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and provides an academic affiliation with the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Overview

Fellows devote 75% of their time to research and education activities and 25% to clinical training. The program is a mentorship-based experience where fellows work with a primary and secondary mentor on ongoing and/or independent research projects, publish and present findings, and prepare applications to funding agencies for research support. Potential research areas include PTSD treatment effectiveness trials, innovations in treatment applications, health services research on access and quality of PTSD care, telemental health trials testing video, internet, or smart phone-based interventions, and implementation science studies on mechanisms for expanding adoption of best care practices. Content areas of special focus include sleep, substance abuse, mental health service delivery in primary care, military sexual trauma (MST), and disaster response.

Clinical training includes intensive experience working with both female and male veterans and in individual and group modality. Training options include participation in residential, substance abuse and outpatient environments. Fellows are exposed to a variety of evidence-based therapies including Prolonged Exposure (PE), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation (STAIR). In their second year, fellows will have the opportunity to provide clinical supervision to less advanced trainees.

Fellows will start around September, 2016. Current annual stipend for first year postdoc fellows at VA Palo Alto is $50,006.

Requirements

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. Minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Fellowship Program is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to enhancing diversity within our staff and trainees.

How to Apply

Application Deadline. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. Preference will be given to candidates who complete their applications by January 11. Interviews will begin January 18, 2016 with acceptance notifications occurring no later than February 29, 2016.

Applications should include a personal statement of professional goals and interests, a curriculum vita, and three letters of reference. The statement of interest should be no more than two pages and include the names of the three individuals expected to provide references. Applications should be addressed to the fellowship director, Dr. Marylene Cloitre.

Questions about the program content should be directed to the fellowship director, Marylene Cloitre, PhD at marylene.cloitre@va.gov.

Contact Information

Email application materials to Chetali Gupta: Chetali.Gupta@va.gov

Mail application materials to:
Chetali Gupta, Program Manager
National Center for PTSD (MPD-334), Rm B-242
VA Palo Alto Health Care System
795 Willow Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Phone: (650) 493-5000 ext 25588
Email: marylene.cloitre@va.gov

More information: Please visit www.paloalto.va.gov/services/mental/ncptsdfellowship.asp

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

Overview

The VA Boston Healthcare System is accepting applications for a two-year research fellowship in women's mental health to begin September 2016. 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 the Women's Health Sciences Division faculty and research interests.

Requirements

Requirements for a position are a doctoral degree plus demonstrated skills in research, scientific publication, and grant writing. Clinical psychologists must have training and clinical internship from APA-accredited programs, as well as existing professional licensure or eligibility for licensure.

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, 2016, 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 (116B-2)
VA Boston Healthcare System
150 South Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02130-4817
Email: Amy.Street@va.gov
Submit applications via email to Dr. Amy Street.

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Position: Staff Investigator
Location: Boston, MA
Descriptor: PTSD Research

Overview

We anticipate one or more career positions with duties that begin in 2017. A major focus of National Center research is adjustment following military service, but candidates who have background in related areas or with other types of trauma are welcomed. Trauma-related topics in the areas of sleep, health, or aging are among current priorities.

Division staff participate in the training and supervision of postdoctoral fellows and predoctoral interns. Faculty appointment at the Boston University School of Medicine is anticipated. Salary and benefits are competitive.

Requirements

Requirements for a position are a doctoral degree plus demonstrated skills in research, scientific publication, and grant writing. Clinical psychologists must have training and clinical internship from APA-accredited programs, as well as existing professional licensure or eligibility for licensure.

How to Apply

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a curriculum vita with a cover letter, reprints, and the names of anticipated professional references to the contact listed below. Materials will be reviewed on a first-come basis until available positions are filled. Formal position posting and the application process will follow federal procedures via the USAjobs.gov website. U.S. citizenship is required.

Contact Information

Danny Kaloupek, Ph.D.
National Center for PTSD (116B-2)
VA Boston Healthcare System
150 South Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02130-4817
Email: Danny.Kaloupek@va.gov

The Department of Veteran Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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

Overview

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.

How to Apply

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. 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.

The Department of Veteran Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Position: Research Assistant
Division: Behavioral Science Division
Location: Boston, MA

Overview

We anticipate one or more research assistant positions with start dates beginning in the fall - winter of 2016 to the summer of 2017. Research assistants work closely with clinical psychologists on a variety of research activities in the area of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Responsibilities for these positions include: collecting data from research subjects and testing clinical patients, entering data and managing databases, performing statistical analyses, conducting library research, and assisting in the preparation of grants, manuscripts, and professional presentations.

This is an ideal opportunity for individuals with a Bachelor's degree who want to strengthen their research skills before applying to a graduate or professional program. Applicants should possess a keen interest in a career involving research.

Requirements

Requirements for a position are a bachelor's degree in psychology or in a health science, allied scientific or social science field plus several college level courses in psychology. Other important qualifications include strong computer skills, a background in research methodology and statistics, and the maturity and interpersonal sensitivity necessary for working in a clinical setting.

How to Apply

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit 1) a letter outlining interest in a position and personal career goals, 2) a resume or curriculum vita, 3) a current transcript (unofficial copies are acceptable), and 4) the names of two individuals who can serve as professional references.

Contact Information

Materials can be sent electronically or by mail to:

Blasovia Erinna (blasovia.erinna@va.gov)
National Center for PTSD (116B-2)
VA Boston Healthcare System
150 South Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02130-4817

Further information about these positions can be obtained via e-mail andrea.carney@va.gov or by phone (857)364-4143

The Department of Veteran Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Position: Health Science Specialist
Division: Behavioral Science Division
Location: Boston, MA

Overview

We are seeking a Health Science Specialist with duties beginning in the fall of 2016 to serve on a 2 year appointment as a clinical interviewer for a multi-site Department of Veterans Affairs-funded study which will identify a valid cutoff for the new DSM-5 PTSD primary care screen. Primary responsibility will be conducting independent structured diagnostic interviews. Collaborative opportunities with multiple active research programs are available including opportunities for working on manuscripts, grant applications, and independent research.

Requirements

Requirements for the position are a PhD in Clinical Psychology and suitable research and clinical experience, as well as strong interpersonal and organizational skills.

How to Apply

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a curriculum vita along with a cover letter to the contact listed below. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Contact Information

Michelle Bovin, PhD
National Center for PTSD (116B-4)
VA Boston Healthcare System
150 South Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02130-4817
Michelle.Bovin@va.gov

The Department of Veteran Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Position: Doctoral-level Research Assessor
Division: Behavioral Science Division
Location: Boston, MA

Overview

We are seeking full- or part-time Research Assessors with duties beginning in the summer or fall of 2016. Primary responsibilities involve telephone-based interviewing with Veteran research participants and their close informants, along with data collection from participant medical records. Flexibility in work location is possible. There may be additional opportunities to participate in data analyses and preparation of professional presentations and manuscripts.

Requirements

Requirements for position are a doctoral degree plus experience with psychological diagnostic interviewing and assessment. Experience with PTSD assessment and VA medical records is beneficial.

How to Apply

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a curriculum vita along with a cover letter and the names of anticipated professional references to the contact listed below. Materials will be reviewed on a first-come basis until positions are filled.

Contact Information

Anica Pless Kaiser, PhD
National Center for PTSD (116B-2)
VA Boston Healthcare System
150 South Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02130-4817
Anica.PlessKaiser@va.gov

The Department of Veteran Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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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.

Overview

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 December 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 and 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

The Department of Veteran Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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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The Department of Veteran Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Position: Deputy for Research
Location: White River Junction, VT
Descriptor: PTSD Research and Treatment

The White River Junction (WRJ) VAMC and Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine are seeking a Deputy for Research to join the Executive Division of the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (NCPTSD) in WRJ, VT and the faculty of Geisel. The NCPTSD is a Congressionally-mandated, multi-site center for excellence that is dedicated to advancing through research, education, and training the diagnosis, treatment, and social welfare of America's veterans with PTSD and stress-related disorders. The Deputy for Research will assist the Executive Director of the National Center in the development and implementation of scientific research activities of the Center.

Overview

White River Junction, VT is located in the Upper Connecticut River Valley on the NH and VT Border. The Upper Valley is a vibrant, academic and professional community offering excellent schools, lively arts, and an unmatched quality of life in a beautiful, rural setting. Amenities associated with urban areas such as Boston MA, Burlington VT, and Montreal QC are all within a few hours' drive.

Requirements

The successful candidate should be a board-certified psychologist who is a recognized content expert on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Candidates are expected to have a funded research program on PTSD and a history of obtaining extramural funding. Successful candidates will be expected to work collaboratively with other members of the NCPTSD in research and educational endeavors, and opportunities also exist for collaborations outside of the NCPTSD at the WRJ VAMC, the Geisel School of Medicine, and neighboring Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. A faculty appointment commensurate with academic experience will be provided by the Geisel School of Medicine.

How to Apply

Application Deadline. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. The applicant should apply online at USAJOBS.gov. A letter of interest, curriculum vitae and three letters of reference should be addressed to Paula P. Schnurr, PhD, Executive Director for the National Center for PTSD, and sent to Veronica Thurston at Veronica.Thurston@va.gov.

Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine and the WRJ VAMC/NCPTSD are equal opportunity/ affirmative action employers with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, veterans or any other legally protected group.

Contact Information

Veronica Thurston
Phone: (802) 295-9363 ext 5326
Email: Veronica.Thurston@va.gov

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Position: Research Associate
Division: Executive Division
Location: White River Junction, VT

Overview

Research Associate position available immediately (Fall of 2016). The Research Associate will work on the Comparative Effectiveness Research for Veterans with PTSD (CERV-PTSD) clinical trial. CERV-PTSD is an actively recruiting clinical trial that compares two effective psychotherapies for PTSD, and will provide the field with valuable information on individual differences in PTSD treatment effectiveness. The Research Associate will work closely with researchers and clinical psychologists on a variety of research activities on the CERV-PTSD trial. Responsibilities for these positions include: Communicating with study sites on protocol adherence and best practices, entering data and managing databases, performing statistical analyses, conducting library research, and assisting in the preparation of manuscripts, and professional presentations. This is an ideal opportunity for individuals with a Bachelors or Masters degree who want to strengthen their research skills before applying to a graduate or professional program.

Requirements

Requirements for a position are a bachelor's degree in psychology or in a health science, allied scientific or social science field plus several college level courses in psychology. Other important qualifications include strong computer skills, a background in research methodology and statistics, and the maturity and interpersonal sensitivity necessary for working in a clinical setting.

How to Apply

Application Deadline. Applications will be accepted until August 30, 2016. The applicant should apply online at USAJOBS.gov: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/448313700/.

Contact Information

Further information about these positions can be obtained by contacting:

Kristina Caudle
Phone: (802) 295-9363 ext 6955
Email: Kristina.Caudle@va.gov

The Department of Veteran Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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