October 17, 2013

2 Postdoctoral Fellowships at the University of Rochester Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide

The VA VISN 2 Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention and the affiliated University of Rochester Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide (UR-CSPS) are pleased to announce the availability of 2-year postdoctoral fellowship positions for psychologists, physicians and associated health professionals. The program is supported by the VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment. Program Goal: To prepare the next generation of leaders and innovators in suicide prevention research, education and clinical care. We offer specialized training focused on suicide prevention strategies, with emphasis on at-risk populations including older Veterans, Veterans with substance use disorders, and Veterans with sleep disorders. We also offer unique clinical and research opportunities in crisis response strategies and other brief interventions to address suicide risk.
Fellowship Activities: Participants spend approximately 75% time in research and 25% in related clinical activities, work closely with senior research and education mentors, participate in core didactic offerings of the VA Hub Site and UR-CSPS, obtain advanced clinical training in VA sites matched closely to research interests, prepare at least 1 paper for publication and 1 national presentation each year, complete a suicide prevention education project, and submit at least one grant proposal.

Senior Training Faculty:
Matthew Barry, DO                Robert Bossarte, PhD              James Bridges, PhD
Eric Caine, MD                        Ken Conner, PsyD, MPH          Glenn Currier, MD, MPH
Yeates Conwell, MD               Wendi Cross, PhD                   Claudiu Dumitrescu, PsyD
Deborah King, PhD                  Kerry Knox, PhD                      Shirish Patel, MD
Wilfred Pigeon, PhD               Gary Warner, PhD

Fellowship Directors:
Psychologist program:            Deborah King, PhD
Physician program:                 Yeates Conwell, MD  

Application:   Send letter of interest, CV, graduate transcripts and 3 letters of recommendation by to:
                        Deborah King, PhD
                        Department of Veterans Affairs
                        400 Fort Hill Ave (COE)
                        Canandaigua, NY 14424

Preferred deadline for submission of application materials:  December 16, 2013 
Start Date:  Flexible July 1 - October 1, 2014  
Stipend:  Starting at $43,283 for Year 1
Benefits:  VA fellows are eligible for health insurance (for self, married spouse and legal dependents), life insurance, 10 paid holidays, four hours of sick leave and four hours of annual leave for each two week pay period, authorized absence without charge to leave for activities deemed to be of substantial benefit to VA or activities that advance education and training.

*Please note that we can only accept applicants who are US citizens, students in good standing in an APA-accredited clinical or counseling psychology doctoral program, and have successfully completed an APA-accredited psychology internship. Entry into the program requires completion of a doctoral degree, including dissertation defense, from an APA-accredited Clinical or Counseling program prior to the start date of the fellowship.

For more information contact: Deborah King, PhD at deborah_king@urmc.rochester.edu(585) 393-7950.

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