United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Mental Health


Training Opportunities

COE 17 Returning War Veterans 



The VISN 17 Center of Excellence for Research on Returning War Veterans offers numerous training programs and practica for undergraduates, post-baccalaureates, graduate students, pre-doctoral interns, and postdoctoral fellows. Interested candidates should contact Dr. Andrew Cook at andrew.cook@va.gov for more information. Specific information about the Postdoctoral Fellowship is provided below:

OAA Advanced Fellowship in Mental Illness Research and Treatment

Each year the VISN 17 Center of Excellence (COE) for Research on Returning War Veterans accepts two postdoctoral researchers for its Office of Academic Affiliations, VA Fellowship Training Program. This Fellowship Program is one of 23 fellowship sites nationwide, with a hub site in Palo Alto, CA. The overarching purpose of the Program is to prepare postdoctoral clinical psychology fellows for specialized training in research with Veterans who suffer from PTSD, SUD, and/or TBI.

This interdisciplinary program aims to train psychologists to become outstanding clinical research leaders in high priority areas of mental health. 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. Fellows devote 75% of their time to research and educational activities and 25% to clinical training. The COE has five Core areas in which Fellows will receive leadership and research experience:

  1. Neuroimaging and Genetics Core,
  2. Assessment Core,
  3. Treatment Development and Treatment Outcome Core,
  4. Business Administration Core, and
  5. Education and Dissemination Core.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applicants must complete all requirements of an APA-Accredited doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology and an APA-Accredited internship in clinical or counseling psychology prior to entering the program. Applications are accepted from applicants who are currently in the process of completing these requirements.

Interested psychologists and associated clinicians who meet the eligibility requirements should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to Dr. Andrew Cook. The cover letter should indicate the reasons for your interest in our fellowship training program, a brief overview of your clinical and research experiences, and how you see this program fostering your professional and career goals.