October 30, 2014

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Suicide Prevention Research

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 public health approaches and at-risk populations including older Veterans; Veterans with depression, PTSD or other mental health disorders; Veterans with substance use disorders and comorbid conditions; and Veterans facing health challenges such as chronic pain and 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 one paper for publication and one national presentation each year, complete a suicide prevention education project, and submit at least one grant proposal.

Senior Training Faculty:

Matthew Barry, DO
James Bridges, PhD
Eric Caine, MD
Ken Conner, PsyD, MPH
Glenn Currier, MD, MPH
Yeates Conwell, MD
Wendi Cross, PhD
Claudiu Dumitrescu, PsyD
Stephanie Gamble, PhD
Deborah King, PhD
Kerry Knox, PhD
Shirish Patel, MD
Wilfred Pigeon, PhD
Kim Van Orden, PhD
Gary Warner, PhD

Fellowship Directors:  Deborah King, PhD and Yeates Conwell, MD

Application:   Send letter of interest, CV, graduate transcripts and 3 letters of recommendation to:

Deborah King, PhD
Department of Veterans Affairs
400 Fort Hill Ave (COE)
Canandaigua, NY 14424
Kathleen Vishneski
Preferred deadline for submission of application materials:  December 15, 2014 
Start Date:  Flexible July 1 - October 1, 2015  
Psychologist 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, ten 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.
Accreditation Status: Non-accredited

*Prospective applicants must be U.S. Citizens, have completed doctoral degree requirements from an APA-accredited program in clinical or counseling psychology and an APA-accredited pre-doctoral psychology internship.

The VA VISN 2 Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention is committed to promoting and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse work environment. The U.S. Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

For more information:  Visit our websitehttp://www.mirecc.va.gov/suicideprevention/fellowship.asp or contact Deborah King, PhD at deborah_king@urmc.rochester.edu(585) 393-7950

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