November 11, 2015

Suicide Research Fellowship

 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 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.
Training Faculty:
Matthew J. Barry, DO
James T. Bridges, PhD
Peter C. Britton, PhD
Eric D. Caine, MD
Kenneth R. Conner, PsyD, MPH
Yeates Conwell, MD
Wendi F. Cross, PhD
Claudiu Dumitrescu, PsyD
Stephanie A. Gamble, PhD
Denise L. Henderson, PhD
Janet Kemp, RN, PhD
Deborah A. King, PhD
Kerry L. Knox, PhD
Jill M. Lavigne, PhD
Shirish Patel, MD
Wilfred R. Pigeon, PhD
Kimberly A. Van Orden, PhD
Gary Warner, PhD
Fellowship Directors:  Deborah A. King, PhD and Yeates Conwell, MD
 Application:   Send letter of interest, CV, graduate transcripts and 3 letters of recommendation to:
Deborah King, PhD                              or         Kathleen Vishneski
Department of Veterans Affairs           
400 Fort Hill Ave (COE)
Canandaigua, NY 14424
Preferred deadline for submission of application materials:  January 4, 2016
Start Date:  Flexible July 1 - October 1, 2016  
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 website or contact Deborah King, PhD at 393-7950.

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