The National Center for PTSD Dissemination & Training Division (NCPTSD D&T) is accepting applications for the 2017 Postdoctoral Fellowship year. The NCPTSD D&T Fellowship is a two-year program sponsored by the Office of Academic Affiliations, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and provides an academic affiliation with the Stanford University School of Medicine. – See more at:

Fellows devote the majority of their time to patient-oriented research and education activities and 25% to direct patient clinical care. The program is a mentorship-based experience where fellows work with a primary and secondary mentor on ongoing and/or independent research projects, publish and present findings, and prepare applications to funding agencies for research support. Potential research areas include PTSD treatment effectiveness trials, innovations in treatment applications, health services research on access and quality of PTSD care, telemental health trials testing video, internet, or smart phone-based interventions, and implementation science studies on mechanisms for expanding adoption of best care practices. Content areas of special focus include sleep, substance abuse, mental health service delivery in primary care, military sexual trauma (MST), and disaster response.

Clinical training includes intensive experience working with both female and male Veterans and in individual and group modality. Training options include participation in residential, substance abuse and outpatient environments. Fellows are exposed to a variety of evidence-based therapies including Prolonged Exposure (PE), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation (STAIR), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). In their second year, fellows will have the opportunity to provide clinical supervision to less advanced trainees.

The overarching goals in the NCPTSD D&T program are for fellows to develop the full range of skills required for independent functioning as a psychologist, and the skills required to function effectively as a psychologist in a high priority area of health care for Veterans (e.g. PTSD).

Fellows are expected to demonstrate, by the end of their tenure (2 years), competence in the following areas: Clinical assessment, diagnosis, and intervention; Consultation, supervision, and teaching; Scholarly inquiry; Organization, administration, management, and program evaluation; Professional, ethical, and legal issues; and Cultural and individual diversity.

Application Deadline

Application due date is January 9, 2017. All application materials must be received by us on or before this date. Incomplete applications will not be read by the Postdoctoral Selection Committee.

Interviews will be conducted by telephone, skype, or in-person in late January and in February with acceptance notifications occurring on February 28, 2017.


In order to apply to the NCPTSD D&T VA Advanced Fellowship program, you must submit via email the required application materials listed below.

1. A personal statement of professional goals and interests that strictly follows the instructions. Please review the NCPTSD Fellowship Training Brochure, which describes our program’s training goals and opportunities with Training Faculty. In your letter please describe:

  • Your previous educational, clinical and research experiences;
  • Your areas of clinical and research interest and its alignment with the NCPTSD emphasis area and mission;
  • Specific clinical and research goals, and objectives for your Fellowship year;
  • You career “next steps”

Statement of interest should be no more than two pages and include the names of the three individuals expected to provide references.
2. Current Curriculum Vitae;
3. Work sample, such as a published manuscript on which you are first author or other written product that highlights your work relevant to PTSD emphasis area;
4. Three letters of reference from faculty members or clinical supervisors who know your research work well. One of these letters must be from your primary research mentor. Letter writers should email an electronic copy from their university or agency email address, and this will be considered an official “signed” copy. We encourage letter writers to send documents as Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat files.


Applicants must have obtained a doctorate from an APA-accredited program in clinical or counseling psychology and completed an APA-accredited internship in clinical or counseling psychology. Social Work or Nursing applicants must have a doctorate from an accredited program and have appropriate clinical training. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
Minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Fellowship Program is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to enhancing diversity within our staff and trainees.

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