VA Advanced Fellowship in Mental Illness Research and Treatment

The VA Advanced Fellowship in Mental Illness Research and Treatment is a highly competitive program that only recruits two fellows each year: one Allied Health fellow and one MD fellow. Over the course of the two-year program, fellows devote 75 percent of their time to research and educational activities and 25 percent to clinical training. In collaboration with their mentors, fellows will also develop and implement a research project, publish and present findings, participate in grant writing, and utilize the latest technology for educational activities and clinical service delivery.
 
The primary goal of the fellowship program is to train MDs, psychologists and other allied health professionals to become leading clinical researchers in high priority areas of mental health. A special emphasis of the fellowship program is to train fellows to conduct translational research that brings basic science to clinical practice.
 
Requirements
 
MDs
MD applicants must have completed ACGME-accredited 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 also have current ECFMG sponsorship.
 
Allied Health Professionals
Eligible psychologists and allied health professionals must be U.S. citizens. Psychologists must have graduated from an APA accredited doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology. Completion of an APA accredited internship in clinical or counseling psychology is also required. Allied health professionals must have graduated from an APA accredited doctoral program. For the eligibility requirements for other Allied Health disciplines, please contact margaret.gere@va.gov.
 
For inquiries about the application, please contact:
 
Elaine Peskind, MD                                                                 Tracy Simpson, PhD
University of Washington Northwest Network                  VA Puget Sound Health Care System
Phone: (206) 277-3965                                                           Phone: (206) 277-3337
Email: peskind@uw.edu                                                         Email: tracy.simpson@va.gov