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ATF: San Antonio

VA Office of Academic Affiliations
South Texas Veterans Affairs Healthcare System
San Antonio, Texas

The primary goals of our two-year fellowship are to train advanced fellows to be leaders who work in interdisciplinary healthcare teams to: (1) conduct innovative research in addictions, (2) learn skills to implement evidence-based clinical treatment for Veterans with substance use disorder, and (3) effectively create and manage clinical services and training initiatives.

Program Description

Fellows spend 75% time in educational, management, and research training, and up to 25% in direct clinical service. Fellows have individualized training and mentoring, to ensure a high quality learning experience. Advanced fellows join an academically rich and vibrant training environment alongside other interdisciplinary health professionals in programs within the VA and faculty affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Research and Clinical Opportunities in Addiction

Previous mentors have had funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Veteran's Administration (VA), and the Department of Defense (DOD). Collaborative research and clinical opportunities are tailored to the fellows' career development plan.

 Areas for research may include (but are not limited to):

  • Alcohol and opioid use disorder pharmacotherapy
  • Interdisciplinary research and clinical training
  • Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) in primary care settings
  • VHA quality improvement program training (practice facilitation), implementation, and analysis with emphasis on alcohol use disorder prevention and management
  • Co-morbid disorders
    • Chronic pain and substance use disorder
    • Polytrauma clinical triad (PCT) - TBI, PTSD, pain
    • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and substance use disorder


The Advanced Fellowship in San Antonio is currently only open to psychologists. Applicants for the fellowship program must:

  1. Be a US Citizen
  2. Have completed an APA-accredited Clinical or Counseling Psychology (or meet APA criteria for re-specialization training)
  3. Have completed an APA-accredited internship
  4. Should demonstrate an interest in pursuing VA careers with addiction research, treatment, or both

Application Process

The application deadline is Friday December 28, 2018. Please submit a letter of interest, CV, and three letters of reference. At a minimum, the letter of interest should describe an applicant's interest in: 1) the research and treatment of addiction, 2) a summary of educational, clinical, and research experience relevant to this research/clinical area, and 3) a statement of career goals. All materials should be submitted electronically to Ms Beverly James at

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