Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment: Suicide Prevention 

The mission of the Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Veteran Suicide Prevention is to study suicide with the goal of reducing suicidal ideation and behaviors in the Veteran population. Towards this end, the work of the Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Veteran Suicide Prevention is focused on promising clinical interventions, as well as the cognitive and neurobiological underpinnings of suicidal thoughts and behaviors that may lead to innovative prevention strategies. The Rocky Mountain MIRECC Suicide Prevention Fellowship program is sponsored by the Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA). This fellowship is also fully accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) Commission on Accreditation. Our full-time 2-year postdoctoral program employs a scientist-practitioner model. With guidance from Clinical Supervisors, a Primary Research Mentor, Principal Investigator Faculty, and input/support from the Training Director, Fellows develop an individualized training plan designed to facilitate the transition from internship to entry-level professional. Fellows spend, at a minimum, 10-15 hours weekly in direct clinical service delivery (encompassing evidence-based psychotherapy and suicide risk assessment and consultation) and 10-15 hours of protected time devoted to clinical research in suicide prevention related activities (encompassing clinical research with participants, research meetings, grant/manuscript writing, and administrative tasks). Fellows are expected to complete a meaningful research project during their Fellowship and to consistently show clear markers of research productivity. Fellows are also expected to meet clinical competencies and will participate in decisions regarding clinical rotations relevant to their areas of emphasis and training goals.

Requirements: 

  • Completion of doctoral degree, including defense of dissertation, from an APA-accredited Clinical or Counseling Psychology program before the start date of the Fellowship (early September)
  • Completion of an APA-accredited psychology internship program
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Fingerprinting and background checks
  • Male applicants born after 12/31/1959 must have registered for the draft by age 26

*Failure to meet these qualifications could nullify an offer to an applicant

To apply:

Applicants are asked to submit a statement of interest including a description of their qualifications and the primary research mentor with whom they prefer to work over the course of the fellowship.** Along with that statement, please also submit a current Curriculum Vitae.

**Please note that applications will only be considered when a specified mentor has been identified in the interest letter. While the fellow will interact on some level with all training faculty in the Rocky Mountain MIRECC during the 2-year course of the fellowship, not all faculty are able to provide direct research mentorship at a given time. Please review the faculty pages carefully before submitting your application to determine which mentors are available and whether their research program aligns with your interests and goals. We encourage you to outreach the training director and faculty members directly if you have questions about programs of research.

Available research mentors for the selected 2019-2021 academic years are:

  • Lisa A. Brenner, Ph.D.  – traumatic brain injury, inflammation, the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, the human microbiome, and negative psychiatric outcomes, including suicide; email: Lisa.Brenner@va.gov
  • Bridget B. Matarazzo, Psy.D. – assessment of and interventions for patients at high risk for suicide, implementation and dissemination; email: Bridget.Matarazzo@va.gov
  • Lindsey L. Monteith, Ph.D. – Female veterans, military sexual trauma, suicide prevention, interpersonal and institutional factors, help-seeking and stigma, qualitative research; email: Lindsey.Monteith@va.gov

Inquiries regarding the Fellowship and application materials may be e-mailed to

Jennifer Olson-Madden, PhD
Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Veteran Suicide Prevention
Phone: 303-355-5811
Fax: 303-370-7519
E-mail: jennifer.olson-madden@va.gov

Please CC the identified mentor above when submitting application materials.

  

Please see https://www.mirecc.va.gov/visn19/fellowship/denver.asp for comprehensive details and information about the program and training faculty.