VA Connecticut Healthcare System Fellowships

Clinical Health Psychology

APA-accredited; one-year; 3 slots; John Sellinger is Director. Fellowship training is centered around four key competencies – advanced clinical practice, program development, research, and training. In addition to conducting research in areas relevant to health psychology, Fellows work to develop clinical programs and deliver clinical services across a variety of settings, including primary care, pain clinic, oncology, weight management, stroke clinic, smoking cessation, and inpatient units. Contact John Sellinger, Ph.D., at John.Sellinger1@va.gov or 1-203-932-5711 ext. 3589.

Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Psychosocial Rehabilitation

1 year, APA-accredited. Multidisciplinary; 2 psychology slots. Based at the VA's Errera Community Care Center where there are an array of community-based rehabilitative programs including day and crisis intervention programs (for individuals struggling with mental illness and/ or substance abuse disorders, homelessness), vocational programs, housing programs, homeless outreach and engagement, advocacy and clinical case management programs.  Residents learn different evidence-based practices and undertake innovative outcome-based work.  Many opportunities exist for participating in ongoing collaborative research and scholarly writing. Contact Anne Klee, Ph.D., Program Director at Anne.Klee@va.gov or 1-203-479-8035.

Clinical Neuropsychology

Not currently accredited but applying this year; two years; 2 slots (usually 1 available each year); John Beauvais and Joseph Kulas are the Co-Directors. Fellows are expected to conduct neuropsychological evaluations and participate in research within a large-scale hospital setting. Contact John Beauvais, Ph.D. at John.Beauvais@va.gov or 1-203-932-5711 ext. 2465 or Joseph Kulas, Ph.D., ABPP at Joseph.Kulas@va.gov or 1-203-932-5711 ext. 2470.

Integrated Care Addiction Fellowship

This new 1-year postdoctoral fellowship is non-accredited and open to one fellow per year. It is part of the VA Connecticut Healthcare System Center of Excellence (COE) in Primary Care and the Psychology Service. Fellowship training focuses on preparing a psychologist with addictions expertise to work in an interdisciplinary team-oriented, patient-centered, primary-care based healthcare setting to address the addiction assessment and treatment needs of primary care patients. The fellow will manage a panel of patients exclusively seen by COE members, have program development and teaching responsibilities, and may get involved in research, depending on the fellow’s research interests. Participation in COE seminars and other learning experiences focused on addiction is a key component of the fellowship. Contact Steve Martino, Ph.D., at Steve.Martino@va.gov or 1-203-932-5711 ext. 2468.

Mental Illness Research, Education, & Clinical Center (MIRECC)

Applying now for APA accreditation; two years; 2-3 slots (usually 1-2 available each year). Mehmet Sofuoglu, MD is the Acting Director. Fellows can contact Mehmet Sofuoglu, MD at 1-203-932-5711 ext. 4809 or mehmet.sofuoglu@yale.edu or Mehmet.Sofuoglu@va.gov. Ilan Harpaz-Rotem, Ph.D. and Melanie Scott, Psy.D. are the Co-Directors of Psychology Fellowships. Fellows can specialize in PTSD, addictions, or both and are expected to provide clinical services and conduct research. For applicants interested in PTSD, contact Ilan Harpaz-Rotem, Ph.D. Ilan.Harpaz-Rotem@va.gov or 1-203-932-5711 ext. 2599; those interested in addictions, contact Melanie Scott, Psy.D. at Melanie.Scott2@va.gov or 1-203-932-5711 ext. 4209.

NIDA and NIAAA T32 fellowships in addiction

Two years; 2-3 slots available each year. Ismene Petrakis, MD is the Director of these T32s. Both are predominantly research fellowships, with some opportunity for a little clinical work. Fellows get matched to a Yale faculty member based on research emphases. Contact Joy Ortiz at joy.ortiz@yale.edu or 1-203-932-5711 ext. 7402.

NIMH T32 fellowship in mental health rehabilitation

Two-years; 1-2 slots available each year. Morris Bell is the Director. Fellows receive research training and conduct functional disability interventions. Contact Morris Bell, Ph.D. at Morris.Bell@va.gov or 1-203-932-5711 ext. 2281.