CESAMH Fellowship

Fellowship Open House 7.22.15(1)Supported by the Office of Academic Affiliation (OAA), the CESAMH Mental Illness Research and Treatment Advanced Fellowship Program at VA San Diego Healthcare Systems (VASDHS) and affiliated with University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Department of Psychiatry offers early career psychologists traditional training in professional clinical psychology. The primary goal of the fellowship program is to train psychologists to become leading clinical researchers in high priority areas of mental health. Over the course of the two-year program, fellows are trained in clinical research, advanced clinical care service delivery, education, and program administration and evaluation in an interdisciplinary setting, with a focus on stress- and trauma-related disorders, including Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

The fellowship combines individual mentored research and clinical training with state-of-the-art educational experiences. In addition to providing advanced practice training in psychology, the program is designed to develop a force of well-trained clinical researchers to continue to deepen the understanding of the mechanisms of mental illness as well as to design innovative treatments that will ultimately become evidence-based practices. The Mental Illness Research and Treatment Advanced Fellowship program is overseen by the Director of Postdoctoral Residency Program and Director of CESAMH Education and Dissemination Unit, Dr. Laurie Lindamer.

For more information please see the VASDHS/UCSD Psychology Clinical Research Postdoctoral Residency Program. 

  • Kelly Bruno, M.D.

    Kelly Bruno, M.D.

    Kelly Bruno is an MD CESAMH research fellow, also affiliated with the UC San Diego Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine.

  • Jillian Clark, Ph.D.

    Jillian Clark, Ph.D.

    Dr. Clark is a clinical psychology postdoctoral fellow at the Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health (CESAMH). Her research focuses on psychological, cognitive, and social functioning, and interventions to improve functioning in individuals who have experienced traumatic events (e.g., traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury). She is involved in a randomized control trial of Compensatory Cognitive Training in Veterans at risk for homelessness (PI: Elizabeth Twamley, Ph.D.).

  • Royce E. Clifford, M.D., MPH, CDR., MC (FS), USN (ret.)

    Royce E. Clifford, M.D., MPH, CDR., MC (FS), USN (ret.)

    Dr. Clifford is an otolaryngologist engaged in research into tinnitus and blast-induced hearing loss associated with traumatic brain injury (TBI). As part of the Marine Resiliency Study headed by Dr. Baker, she is studying the association of audiologic measures with magnetoencephalography in order to find the source of tinnitus generation for direction of future treatment modalities, along with its effect on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other psychological issues related to TBI. She is also associated with Dr. Allen Ryan, Dr. Caroline Nievergelt, Dr. Matthew Panizzon, and Dr. William Kremen in identification and characterization of genomic sources of tinnitus and hearing loss secondary to TBI with a grant from the Million Veteran Program.

  • Matthew S. Herbert, Ph.D.

    Matthew S. Herbert, Ph.D.

    Dr. Herbert is involved in ongoing and original research focusing on the impact of chronic pain on mental and physical health outcomes, and the utility of experimental pain testing in understanding endogenous pain regulation in veterans with trauma-related conditions. Dr. Herbert also provides clinical services to Veterans within the VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS).

  • Mallory Loflin, Ph.D.

    Mallory Loflin, Ph.D.

    Dr. Loflin’s work focuses on understanding cannabis, both as a potential therapeutic agent and as a substance of abuse. New and emerging data suggest that cannabinoid treatments could be efficacious for a range of conditions that incur massive personal and financial costs to Veterans (e.g., TBI, SUD, PTSD, chronic pain). Dr. Loflin’s work emphasizes differentiating cannabinoid preparations with minimal risk/side-effect profiles from those with greater abuse potential. She also provides clinical services on CESAMH randomized control trials.

  • Anne Malaktaris, Ph.D.

    Anne Malaktaris, Ph.D.

    Dr. Malaktaris is a clinical psychology postdoctoral fellow at the VA Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health (CESAMH). She is involved in a VA-funded randomized clinical trial for veterans with military-related PTSD (Psychosocial Rehabilitation after War Trauma with Enhanced Adaptive Disclosure; PI: Brett Litz, Ph.D.; site PI: Ariel Lang, Ph.D.).

  • Daniel Stout, Ph.D.

    Daniel Stout, Ph.D.

    Dr. Stout is a clinical psychology postdoctoral fellow at the Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health (CESAMH). His research interests focus on the cognitive and affective neuroscience of trauma-related and anxiety disorders. Dr. Stout also provides individual psychotherapy for Veterans through the Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program (BHIP) Team 1 clinic at the VA San Diego Healthcare System.

  • Alexander Talkovsky, Ph.D.

    Alexander Talkovsky, Ph.D.

    Dr. Talkovsky is fellow in clinical psychology with the Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health (CESAMH). His clinical services and research focus on traumatic stress, anxiety, and depressive disorders.