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VA Maryland Health Care System Clinical Psychology Fellowship in Primary Care - Mental Health Integration (PC-MHI)

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VA Maryland Health Care System
Baltimore, Maryland

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Applications due Friday, March 15, 2024

The Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System (VAMHCS) is pleased to announce recruitment for 1 Postdoctoral Fellowship position in Primary Care – Mental Health Integration (PC-MHI). This fellowship has a focus in health psychology within the primary care setting. Evidence suggests that successful primary care involves the integration of mental health in addressing depression, anxiety, chronic pain, insomnia, substance abuse and health behaviors. PC-MHI psychologists greatly enhance communication between providers and patients. The PC-MHI fellow will address the complex behavioral, mental and physical needs of Veterans in the primary care setting. Primary responsibilities for the fellow will include consultation to primary care staff. Fellows will have the opportunity to provide assessment and treatment for a wide range of psychological and medical issues, including depression, grief, insomnia, psychological distress, stress, adjustment difficulties, diabetes, chronic pain, obesity, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cardiovascular diseases, liver disease and gastrointestinal disorders. The fellow will have the opportunity for program development and assessment projects within the primary care setting and will participate in integrated interprofessional education, didactics, and treatment teams.

***Currently, psychology fellows are permitted to teletrain several days per week with the required supervision; however, this is subject to change per VA guidance.  If teletraining continues into the 2024-2025 training year, fellows will be expected to complete VA teleworking training courses.  The training activities listed above will continue to occur even if teletraining.  We are currently utilizing video and telephonic methods for mental health appointments.  When fellows are required to be  on campus, they are provided with appropriate PPE as well as their own office.  

Additional Information

Agency Type
VA Medical Center
APPIC Membership
APA Accredited
Recognized Specialty
Clinical Psychology
Emphasis or focus area
Primary Care
Other Emphasis
Health Psychology
Research Time
Less than 25%
Training Director
Melisa Schneider, PsyD
Contact Email
Contact Phone
410-642-2411 x22988
Virtual Interviews
Virtual Only
Duration in Months
Hours Per Week
# of Licensed Supervisors
Number of Positions
Applications recieved last year
Will follow APPIC Selection Standards
Estimated offer date
Thursday, March 7 2024
Created Date
Tuesday, November 15 2016
Unfilled Positions
Fringe Benefits
Fringe benefits: Annual and sick leave are accrued at the rate of 4 hours per pay period and the fellows are entitled to 11 federal holidays per year. Fellows may use up to 5 days of authorized absence for attendance to activities that promote education (conferences, workshops) and professional development (job interviews); they may also apply for up to $1000 of travel and tuition expenses for training or conference experiences consistent with their training goals. Fellows are eligible for federal health insurance (including vision and dental) but not life insurance or retirement programs.
Research opportunities
The main focus of research opportunities is program development and program evaluation with the PC-MHI setting.
Application Instructions
The following documents are required for application to our program and should be submitted via APPA CAS. We will accept applications through 3/15/24 but will be evaluating applications on a rolling basis and may fill the vacancy sooner as a result. This position will start on 8/26/2024 for the 2024-2025 training year. 1. A letter of interest that outlines career goals, clinical and research experience, and goodness of fit with the mission of the VA Maryland Health Care System Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship in Primary Care – Mental Health Integration (PC-MHI) 2. A current curriculum vitae 3. Official graduate transcripts 4. A signed letter of status from graduate program with anticipated completion date, including expected dissertation defense date 5. Three signed letters of recommendation, one of which must be from an internship supervisor 6. A de-identified assessment report appropriate to the training program emphasis 7. A research sample (ie: poster, article) relevant to the fellowship content area 8. Federal form: Application for Associated Health Occupations (10-2850D), which may be obtained via the website: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850d-fill.pdf 9. Federal form: Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306), which may be obtained via the website: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.PDF Applications are being accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until a selection has been made. If you have any questions, please email Dr. Schneider at Melisa.Schneider@va.gov

This record was last updated on Tuesday, February 20, 2024

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