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VA Interprofessional Advanced Fellowship in Addiction Treatment

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Program Overview

The Interprofessional Advanced Fellowship in Addiction Treatment program provides two years of research, education, and clinical learning opportunities to eligible physicians and associated health professionals at the doctoral (psychologists, pharmacists, nurses) and master’s level (social workers, chaplains). Fellows spend at least 75 percent of their time in research and education and up to 25 percent in clinical care at selected VA sites. Mentors of national stature provide guidance to fellows in one of seven rich learning environments (Boston, MA; Madison, WI; Dallas, TX; Pittsburgh, PA; San Antonio, TX; San Diego, CA; West Haven, CT). Fellows are trained to be role models in leading, developing, conducting, and evaluating innovative research, education, and clinical care in health issues pertaining to Addiction Treatment.

The seven sites are linked by the Addiction Treatment Coordinating Center (ATCC) which is the education, coordination, and dissemination resource for fellows and directors, led by Co-Directors Dr. Adam Gordon (adam.gordon@va.gov) and Dr. Karin Daniels (karin.daniels@va.gov). To reach the Coordinating Center, please contact Andrea Confer at andrea.confer@va.gov or 412-360-3211.

VA Advanced Fellowships in Addiction Treatment Site List



VA Boston Healthcare System (Boston, MA)

Co-Director: Deborah Brief, PhD Telephone: 857-364-4689
Co-Director: John Renner, MD Telephone: 617-248-1022
Application materials should be submitted to bostonaddictionfellowship@va.gov

Academic Affiliates:
Boston University School of Medicine Website
Harvard Medical School Website

Focal Areas
  • Treatment of PTSD and substance use disorder co-morbidity
  • Web and Mobile application development for SUD and PTSD
  • Implementation and dissemination of web and mobile technologies in clinical settings
  • Minority stress, trauma, and substance use disparities among LGBTQ individuals
  • Best practices and treatment development for LGBTQ veterans with trauma and addictions
  • Medications for substance use disorder treatment
  • Neurobiological and cellular mechanisms of addiction
Disciplines Accepted: Medicine, Psychology


 VA North Texas HealthCare System (Dallas, TX)

Co-Director: Jamylah Jackson, PhD, ABPP Telephone: 214-857-3601
Co-Director: Geetha Shivakumar, MD, MSCS Telephone: 214-857-3602

Academic Affiliate: Dallas UT Southwestern Medical Center

Focal Areas
  • Clinical Translation Studies in Addiction
  • Trauma and Substance Use
  • Epidemiological Approaches using the VA National Database
  • Psychoeducation for HCV and Alcohol Behaviors
  • Homelessness in Veterans
  • Suicide Assessment and Intervention
  • Integrated Stepped Care of Patients with HIV and Alcohol Use Disorders
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Leadership training
Disciplines Accepted: Medicine, Psychology, Pharmacy


William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital (Madison, WI)

Co-Director: Randall Brown (Physician Applicants)
Co-Director: Jessica Cook (Psychology Applicants)
Co-Director: Ashley Snyder (Social Work Applicants)

Academic Affiliates:
University of Wisconsin-Madison
UW Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program

Focal Areas
  • Addiction health services research
  • Technological applications in treatment
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Behavioral health integration into general medical settings
  • Treatment engagement and retention
  • Quality improvement
  • Development of effective tobacco dependence treatments

Disciplines Accepted: Medicine, Psychology, Social Work, Conditions co-occurring with smoking (e.g., psychiatric disorders, substance use, chronic pain)



VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (Pittsburgh, PA)

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South Texas Veterans Health Care System (San Antonio, TX)

Director: Rajendra Badgaiyan, MD Telephone: 210-612-6586

Academic Affiliates:

University of Texas at San Antonio
University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy

Focal Areas
  • Alcohol and opioid use disorder pharmacotherapy
  • Interdisciplinary research and clinical training
  • Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) in primary care settings
  • VHA quality improvement program training (practice facilitation), implementation, and analysis with emphasis on alcohol use disorder prevention and management
  • Co-morbid disorders
  • Chronic pain and substance use disorder
  • Polytrauma clinical triad (PCT) - TBI, PTSD, pain
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and substance use disorder
Disciplines Accepted: Medicine, Psychology


VA San Diego Healthcare System (San Diego, CA)

Co-Director: Tamara Wall, PhD (psychologist position inquiries) Telephone: 858-552-8585 x2485
Co-Director: Scott Matthews, MD (physician position inquiries) Telephone: 619-497-8454

Psychology application materials should be submitted via the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC)
Psychology Postdoctoral Application (APPA CAS) website: https://appicpostdoc.liaisoncas.com/
Physician application materials should be submitted by email to: vafellowship@ucsd.edu

Academic Affiliate:
University of California, San Diego – Department of Psychiatry

Focal Areas
  • Comorbidity and treatment outcome research
  • Tobacco-related research
  • Brain imaging and neuropsychological sequelae
  • Etiology and genetics of substance use disorders
Disciplines Accepted: Medicine, Psychology


VA Connecticut Healthcare System (West Haven, CT)

Co-Director: Dave Pilkey, PhD (psychology position inquiries) Telephone: 203-479-8059
Co-Director: Ellen Edens, MD (physician, chaplains, or other discipline position inquiries) Telephone: 203-985-9569
Co-Director: Steve Martino, PhD   Telephone: 203-932-5711 x2468
Co-Director: Ismene Petrakis, MD   Telephone: 203-932-5711 x2244

Academic Affiliate:

Yale School of Medicine – Department of Psychiatry

Focal Areas
  • Behavioral pharmacology and medications development
  • Psychotherapy treatment development
  • Randomized clinical trials
  • Conditions co-occurring with addiction (chronic pain, PTSD, serious mental illness)
  • Health services
  • Implementation science
Disciplines Accepted: Medicine, Psychology, Chaplaincy

Eligibility

Applicants will be eligible to participate provided they have completed all requirements needed to be a fully credentialed independent practitioner in their field at a VA facility, with the exception of certain associated health disciplines that require fellowship training prior to licensure. Please see a complete list of eligibility requirements on page 4 of the Education of Advanced Fellows Handbook (https://www.va.gov/OAA/Advanced_Fellowships/Home.asp).

Application Process

Application materials should be submitted electronically, directly to the applicant’s site of interest and include a cover letter, CV, and three letters of reference. The cover letter should describe the individual's interest in the program, educational, clinical, and research experience relevant to application, and career goals.