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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


Boston, MA
Boston, MA

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 2017 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 the majority of their time to patient-oriented research and education activities and 25% to direct patient clinical care. 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), Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation (STAIR), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). In their second year, fellows will have the opportunity to provide clinical supervision to less advanced trainees.

The overarching goals in the NCPTSD D&T program are for fellows to develop the full range of skills required for independent functioning as a psychologist; and the skills required to function effectively as a psychologist in a high priority area of health care for veterans (e.g. PTSD).

Fellows are expected to demonstrate, by the end of their tenure (2 years), competence in the following areas: Clinical assessment, diagnosis, and intervention; Consultation, supervision, and teaching; Scholarly inquiry; Organization, administration, management, and program evaluation; Professional, ethical, and legal issues; and Cultural and individual diversity.

Fellows will start in September 2017. The current annual stipend for first year postdoc fellowship at VA Palo Alto is $50,227.50. We expect the second year stipend amount to be no less than first year's and may include cost of living increase.

Requirements

Application materials should be submitted via email to Chetali.Gupta@va.gov AND Douglas.Olive@va.govApplication materials should be submitted via email to Chetali.Gupta@va.gov AND Douglas.Olive@va.gov

1. A personal statement of professional goals and interests that strictly follows the instructions. Please review the NCPTSD Fellowship Training Brochure, which describes our programs training goals and opportunities with Training Faculty. In your letter please describe:

- Your previous educational, clinical and research experiences

- Your areas of clinical and research interest and its alignment with the NCPTSD emphasis area and mission

- Specific clinical and research goals and objectives for your Fellowship year

- Your career "next steps"

Statement of interest should be no more than 2 pages and include the names of the three individuals expected to provide references.

2. Current Curriculum Vitae

3. Work Sample, such as a published manuscript on which you are first author or other written product that highlights your work relevant to PTSD emphasis area

4. Three letters of reference from faculty members or clinical supervisors who know your research work well. One of these letters must be from your primary research mentor. Letter writers should email an electronic copy from his/her university or agency email address, and this will be considered an official "signed" copy.

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.

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

Contact Information

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Chetali Gupta, MPH (Fellowship Coordinator) at chetali.gupta@va.gov and for program content; please contact Marylene Cloitre, PhD (Fellowship Director) at 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: Staff Investigator
Location: Boston, MA
Descriptor: PTSD Research

Overview

We anticipate one or more career positions with duties that begin in 2018. 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, aging, and health or health disparities 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

Position openings may become available for the Fall of 2017 or Winter of 2018 as the result of new grant funding. 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:

Andrea Carney (Andrea.Carney@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: NIMH Postdoctoral Fellowships
Location: Boston, MA
Descriptor: PTSD Research

Overview

Collaborating research groups at the VA Boston Healthcare System anticipate two open positions in the NIMH-funded postdoctoral fellowships to begin September 1, 2018. These two-year training positions are designed to prepare researchers for academically-oriented careers involving the psychology and neurobiology of stress-related disorders. Previous fellows have launched successful careers in both universities and academic medical settings.

The fellowship program is affiliated with Boston University School of Medicine but is located primarily at the Jamaica Plain Campus of VA Boston. These include the Behavioral Science and Women's Health Sciences divisions of the National Center for PTSD, the Translational Research Center for TBI and Stress Disorders, the Neuroimaging Research for Veterans Center, and the Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research. The participating research programs offer outstanding resources that include technical support personnel, well-equipped laboratories, advanced computing facilities, and a broad range of professional expertise. The salary and benefits package is competitive, and supplemental funds will be available to support further coursework and other educational opportunities, conference attendance, and travel.

The program offers training in several core areas. Candidates may contact the following program leaders prior to application for more information about the specific cores: Clinical Neuroscience and Neuroimaging: David Salat, Ph.D. (salat@nmr.mgh.harvard.edu), Molecular Biomarkers and Genetics: Mark W. Miller, Ph.D. (mark.miller5@va.gov), Assessment, Diagnosis, and Epidemiology: Brian Marx, Ph.D. (brian.marx@va.gov), Treatment Development and Optimization: Denise Sloan, Ph.D. (denise.sloan@va.gov), and Implementation and Dissemination: Terry Keane, Ph.D. (terence.keane@va.gov).

Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in active research projects conducted by program faculty, initiate independent research projects, conduct secondary analyses on existing data sets, prepare grant applications to federal and other funding agencies, and learn about all aspects of laboratory management.

Each fellow will have a senior faculty member assigned to serve as primary mentor. For license-eligible fellows, arrangements are available outside the program to provide direct clinical services to patients under the guidance of a clinical supervisor.

Requirements

Applicants must be U.S. Citizens and have completed all requirements for their doctoral degree prior to starting the program.

How to Apply

Preliminary applications should include a statement of professional interests and goals, a curriculum vita, and contact information for three professional references to the contact listed below. Minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Materials will be reviewed and interviews arranged on a first-come basis.

Contact Information

Materials can be sent electronically or by mail to:

Denise Sloan, PhD (denise.sloan@va.gov)
National Center for PTSD (116B-4)
VA Boston Healthcare System
150 South Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02130-4817

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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