VA Fellowship in Psychosis, Suicide, and Major Mental Illness

Our mission is to pursue a discovery-to-recovery approach for serious mental illness in veterans by determining causes, identifying predictors, and developing treatments that overcome barriers and enable recovery.

The Department of Psychiatry has partnered with the Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) of the New York/New Jersey Veterans Healthcare Network to create two postdoctoral fellowships to study and treat mental illness in veterans—a psychiatry fellowship, and a psychology fellowship. The 2-year, interdisciplinary fellowships train psychiatrists and psychologists to become leading recovery-oriented researchers and care providers with a focus on serious mental illness and suicidality in veterans.

The primary appointment is at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx, and the secondary appointment is at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in Manhattan. The MIRECC is chaired by René Kahn, MD, PhD, and its research programs are internationally recognized in a broad range of areas including cognitive neuroscience, electrophysiology, neuropsychology, cognitive behavioral therapy for psychosis, dialectical behavior therapy, clinical psychopharmacology, health services, and implementation science.

Individualized, mentored research and clinical training is combined with a state-of-the-art curriculum that emphasizes research methods, statistics, epidemiology, mental health systems, quality improvement methods, education, and service delivery. In collaboration with their mentors, fellows will 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 mentorship team includes MIRECC faculty members, as well as other faculty from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Psychiatry Fellowship

Applicants must have completed ACGME-accredited residency training, be board-eligible or board-certified, and have an active, unrestricted U.S. license to practice medicine. International medical graduates must also have a current visa and an ECFMG certificate that is valid indefinitely. Applicants on a J-1 visa must have current ECFMG sponsorship as well.

Start date: Flexible.

Application due date: Accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

How to apply: Interested candidates who meet eligibility requirements should submit the following item to the Fellowship Director, Dr. Yulia Landa, at yulia.landa@mssm.edu:

  1. Cover letter including the reasons for your interest in this particular fellowship training program, a brief overview of your previous clinical and research experiences, how you see this program promoting your professional and career goals, possible projects/research initiatives, and fit with mentors at the MIRECC
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. 3 letters of recommendation
  4. Graduate school transcripts
  5. Writing sample

Psychology Fellowship

Our interdisciplinary and APA accredited program aims to train psychologists to become outstanding clinical researchers in high priority areas of mental health. Fellows devote the majority of their time to patient-oriented research, education activities, and direct patient clinical care. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, hold a doctorate from an APA accredited program in clinical or counseling psychology, and be enrolled in or have completed an APA accredited internship in clinical or counseling psychology. Doctoral requirements, including dissertation, must be completed prior to the start of the fellowship.

Start date: Between July 1 and Oct. 1, 2021.

Application due date: Dec. 1, 2020.

How to Apply: The program is using the APPA CAS (APPIC Psychology Postdoctoral Application) online system. For more information about the application process, please visit www.appic.org/AAPI-APPA/APPA-Postdoc-Application-Information. Applicants are asked to submit the following:

  1. A letter of interest that includes:
    • Career goals and how these align with the mission of the VISN 2 MIRECC
    • Chosen primary research mentor and how the applicant’s education, research, and clinical experience aligns well with this mentor’s research program**
    • The clinical and research skills that the applicant would like to hone during their fellowship
  1. A two-pageproposal for the research project the applicant plans to pursue with the guidance of their chosen mentor
  2. A current Curriculum Vitae
  3. A signed letter of completion or expected completion from academic and internship / residency programs
  4. Three letters of recommendation
  5. Graduate school transcripts

**Please note that applications will only be considered when a specified mentor has been identified in the cover letter. A close working relationship with an identified mentor allows our fellows to maximize their productivity and develop a successful career trajectory. Applicants are encouraged to consult with their chosen mentor early in the application process. Faculty bios can be found at www.mirecc.va.gov/visn2/ContactInfo.asp.

Please feel free to contact the Fellowship Director, Dr. Yulia Landa with any additional questions at yulia.landa@mssm.edu.

The VA VISN 2 MIRECC encourages applications from qualified candidates of all backgrounds including but not limited to ethnic and racial minorities, women, sexual minorities, and persons with disabilities.