Fellowship Programs

Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program

The Mission of the Stanford/VA Alzheimer's Center is to provide leadership in the field of research and treatment of Alzheimer's disease by integrating research and clinical practice. Funded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, California Department of Health Services, and other sources, we offer information, referral services and comprehensive diagnostic assessments of individuals with memory problems. In addition to providing caregiver support, community education, and professional training, the center plays an important role in developing a central pool of information on Alzheimer's disease in California. Fellows in our program will acquire an excellent understanding of:

  • Research methodology
  • Cognition
  • Memory disorders
  • Geriatric issues in memory
  • Educational and therapeutic support groups

We also offer an introduction to psychological law, advocacy issues, and multi-disciplinary team meetings. We are a collaborative center, linked with nine other centers in Northern and Southern California. Our multidisciplinary staff includes clinicians and researchers from the Stanford University Department of Psychiatry and from the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.

For more information about the fellowship program, please visit http://med.stanford.edu/psychiatry/education/Geriatrics.html


MIRECC/CoE VA Advanced Fellowship in Mental Illness Research and Treatment 

The VA Office of Academic Affiliations is offering the VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment at 26 VA sites through MIRECC (Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center), SMITREC (Serious Mental Illness Treatment, Research, and Evaluation Center), NCPTSD (National Center for PTSD), and COEs (Centers of Excellence). 

These sites participate in the program. Each year, one MD Fellow from psychiatry, neurology, radiology, internal medicine, or other areas of medicine and one Allied Health Fellow from clinical psychology, counseling psychology, social work, nursing or pharmacy are accepted at each site. The VISN 21 MIRECC serves as the national coordinating center for the program, directed by Ruth O’Hara, Ph.D. 

The primary goal of the fellowship program is to train MDs, psychologists and other allied health professionals to become leading clinical researchers in high priority areas of mental health. Over the course of the two-year program, fellows are trained in academic and health systems research, advanced clinical care service delivery, and program administration in an interdisciplinary setting. The fellowship combines individual mentored research and clinical training with state-of-the-art educational experiences. 

For more information about the fellowship program, please visit https://www.mirecc.va.gov/mirecc_fellowship.asp