CESAMH Fellowship

Fellowship Open House 7.22.15(1)

CESAMH offers a two-year, interprofessional, VA Advanced Fellowship to train MD’s and psychologists, to become outstanding clinical researchers and leaders in high priority areas of mental health research and practice.  Specifically, the CESAMH Advanced Fellowship Program at VA San Diego Healthcare Systems (VASDHS), which is affiliated with the Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego (UCSD), trains early career clinical researchers in the areas of the neurobiology and treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and other trauma-related conditions.   CESAMH’s scope of research ranges from basic science, psychophysiology, and genetics through pharmacological and psychosocial interventions and their implementation.  With this strength in multidisciplinary, translational research, CESAMH provides an ideal setting in which to train talented physicians and psychologists to become highly productive clinical researchers and leaders.


The CESAMH Advanced Fellowship is one of the 26 OAA-funded Advanced Fellowship in Mental Illness Research and Treatment that offers individualized, mentored research and clinical training.   Fellows devote the majority of their time to patient oriented research and education activities and 25% to direct patient clinical care.  In collaboration with their mentors, Fellows will develop and implement a research project, publish and present findings, participate in grant writing, and utilize the latest technology for educational activities and clinical service delivery.


Qualifications for Psychologists: 1) U.S. citizenship; 2) Males born after December 31, 1959 must have registered for the draft by age 26; 3) Completion of an APA-accredited doctorate in clinical or counseling psychology and an APA accredited professional psychology internship by September 1, 2019. Desirable qualifications include research experience and training in evidence-based practices, as well as career goals involving clinical, research, and leadership activities in VA or other medical center setting. Recruitment of men and women from diverse social and economic backgrounds and diverse cultural and demographic groups is a high priority. The stipend for all first-year positions is currently $51,101 plus benefits with co-pay.


Application Process for Psychologists : Please submit the attached cover sheet, a letter of interest (maximum 2 pages), CV or resume, and 3 letters of recommendation (including one from a research mentor). The letter of interest should include: a statement of interest; a brief summary of educational, research, and clinical experiences relevant to the specific area of interest; a summary of your training needs and goals for the residency; and a statement of your career goals. Materials should be submitted via the APPA CAS by 11:59 pm on December 9, 2018. Applicants should be available for interview on Monday, January 14, 2019. Other interview dates and phone interviews may also be possible. Late applications will be considered only for positions are not filled by applicants who applied by the deadline.

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


Qualifications for MD applicants: 1) must have completed ACGME accredited residency training; and 2) be board eligible or board certified, and have an active, unrestricted U.S. license to practice.  International medical graduates must also have a current visa and an ECFMG certificate that is valid indefinitely.  Applicants on a J-1 visa must have current ECFMG sponsorship as well.  The VA funds Fellows’ stipends in amounts based on previously completed ACGME accredited residency training.


Application Process for MD applicants:  Please send letter of interest, CV, and three letters of recommendation to:

 Laurie Lindamer, PhD

Acting CESAMH Physician Fellowship Director

VA San Diego Healthcare System 116A

3350 La Jolla Village Drive

San Diego, CA  92161


For more information about the OAA-funded Advanced Fellowship see:  http://www.mirecc.va.gov/mirecc_fellowship.asp

  • 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.).

  • 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.