Interprofessional Fellowship Program: Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Oriented Services - Psychology Training
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Interprofessional Fellowship Program: Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Oriented Services


History & Purpose

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced its commitment to interprofessional clinical care and training in psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery for Veterans with serious mental illness in 2002. Through collaboration between Mental Health Services and the Office of Academic Affiliations, three VA healthcare sites were selected and funded to begin the VA Interprofessional Fellowship Program in Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery (PSR). In 2006, VA announced the expansion of the PSR fellowship program to four additional sites.

The purpose of the Interprofessional PSR Fellowship Program is to develop future mental health leaders with vision, knowledge, and commitment to transform mental health care systems in the 21st century by emphasizing functional capability, rehabilitation, and recovery.

Program Overview

The Interprofessional PSR Fellowship Program is a state-of-the-art clinical training program that focuses on the theory and practice of psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery. Individualized, mentored clinical and research training is combined with a curriculum that emphasizes a comprehensive psychosocial rehabilitation approach to service delivery, education, and implementing change in a mental health care setting.

Fellowship Positions & Disciplines

The PSR Fellowship Program is a year long, and each PSR fellowship program has up to six full-time fellow positions. The fellows come from a range of disciplines, including nursing, social work, psychology, psychiatry, vocational rehabilitation, clinical pastoral education, and occupational therapy. Fellows come to the fellowship with previous experience in working with Veterans with serious mental illness.

Clinical Training

The fellowship program utilizes a comprehensive psychosocial rehabilitation approach to restore a veteran's full potential following the onset of a serious mental illness. Fellows are involved in a number of clinical training experiences such as veteran and family education; enhancement of residential, social, and work skills; cognitive behavioral therapy; motivational interviewing; pharmacotherapy; and provision of intensive care coordination.

Education Dissemination Project

Fellows are required to develop and implement an "Education Dissemination Project" in order to enhance the education of health professionals and the quality of care provided to Veterans at their respective fellowship sites. The projects enhance the psychosocial rehabilitation beyond the training site. The projects focus on a variety of dissemination efforts such as developing continuing education or research conferences for health professionals, curricula for health professions training programs, patient education materials, or clinical demonstration projects. Fellows are also encouraged to take leadership roles by developing didactic projects and disseminating educational materials through a variety of efforts (e.g., planning regional invitational meetings, developing a training website) in order to educate health professionals and advance psychosocial rehabilitation training and collaboration.

Didactic Training

Each PSR fellowship program tailors its fellowship and discipline-specific seminars. The seminars include, but are not limited to, case presentations, workshops, coursework, conferences, and supervision. The Hub Site coordinates a monthly seminar series that offers a unified, comprehensive education and training for fellows across the six PSR Fellowship sites. All PSR fellows are invited to attend the didactic seminar series as it is an opportunity to learn more about psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery. It is also an opportunity to potentially collaborate with other PSR sites on various psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery projects.

Additional Training Opportunities

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Convention,Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (PRA) Conference and Certification.   Fellows are encouraged to attend the annual NAMI Convention and the PRA Conference, when offered, for additional psychosocial rehabilitation training and are encouraged to submit their "Education Dissemination Projects" for conference presentation consideration as part of their dissemination efforts. At the end of their fellowship year, fellows are eligible to apply for PRA certification as Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioners. Most PSR fellowship programs encourage their fellows to obtain certification.

Fellowship Sites

The VISN 5 Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center at Baltimore, Maryland, is the Administrative Hub Site for the VA Interprofessional Fellowship Program in Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery. The Hub Site was established in the summer of 2007 to help coordinate education, training and recruitment efforts across the funded PSR fellowship programs and serves as official liaison between sites and the Office of Mental Health Services and the Office of Academic Affiliations.

Six VA healthcare sites participate in the PSR fellowship program:

  • Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System at Little Rock, Arkansas
  • VA Palo Alto Healthcare System at Palo Alto, California
  • VA San Diego Healthcare System at San Diego, California
  • VA Connecticut Healthcare System at West Haven, Connecticut
  • Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital at Bedford, Massachusetts
  • Durham VA Medical Center at Durham, North Carolina

Fellowship Requirements

Fellows must be U.S. citizens and must be graduates of academic programs that are accredited by the nationally recognized accrediting bodies for the profession. All fellows must possess a master's level degree or above in their respective disciplines, which is a basic requirement to participate in the fellowship program. Applications are invited from graduates of doctoral programs in clinical or counseling psychology, master's or doctoral programs in social work,  master's or doctoral programs in mental health nursing, master's programs in occupational therapy, master's programs in vocational rehabilitation and masters of divinity programs with 4 units of accredited clinical pastoral education.

The Fellowship Program is full time for psychology, vocational rehabilitation, clinical pastoral education, occupational therapy, social work and nursing fellows. Stipends are competitive and are based on location and discipline. Full time fellows are eligible for health and life insurance benefits. All fellows earn annual and sick leave and are entitled to all Federal holidays.


Applications will be accepted and reviewed at each site until all positions are filled. Application requirements and specifications may differ across sites, so please contact the Fellowship Director at each site of interest.

Bedford, MA
Co-Directors: Brian Stevenson, Ph.D., Psychology Service (116B)
Elizabeth Naughton, LICSW, Social Work Service (122)
200 Springs Road
Bedford, MA 01730  or (781) 687-3319

Durham, NC
Co-Directors: J. Murray McNiel, Ph.D.
Julie C. McCormick, LCSW, CPRP
Hillandale II VA Clinic
1830 Hillandale Road
Durham, NC 27705 or (919) 286-0411, Ext. 17777 or (919) 286-0411, Ext. 15111

Little Rock, AR
Director of Post Doctoral Training: Courtney Crutchfield, Ph.D.
2200 Fort Roots Drive (116/NLR)
Bldg. 170, Office#2N-101
North Little Rock, AR 72114
Applications to: or (501) 257-3471

Inquires to: Nathaniel Cooney, Ph.D., or (501) 257-3455

Palo Alto, CA
Director: Stephen T. Black, Ph.D.
Psychology Service
VA Palo Alto Health Care System
3801 Miranda Ave (116B)
Palo Alto, CA 94304 or (650) 493-5000, Ext. 67556

San Diego, CA
Director: Dimitri Perivoliotis, Ph.D.
VA San Diego Healthcare System (116B)
3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92161 or (858) 552-8585, Ext. 2412

West Haven, CT
Director: Anne Klee, Ph.D., CPRP
Errera Community Care Center
114 Boston Post Road, 2nd Floor
West Haven, CT 06516 or (203) 479-8035

Director of Psychology Training: Joshua Bullock, Ph.D. or 203-516-8013
Psychiatry Fellowship:
Director of Social Work Training: Michele Roberts  203-479-8004
Director of Occupational Therapy Training: Mary Sperrazza, OTR/L  203-479-8025
Director of Chaplaincy Training: James Cooke, S.S.T.,BCC  203-932-5711x2422

For other information, please contact:

Richard Goldberg, Ph.D.
Director of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Fellowship Hub Site
VA Maryland Health Care System
10 N. Greene St.
Attn: MIRECC, Annex Bldg., 7th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201 or (410) 637-1851

Ralf Schneider, MA CPRP, Coordinator of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Fellowship Hub Site or (410) 637-1874