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ATF: San Diego

VA Office of Academic Affiliations
VA San Diego Healthcare System
San Diego, California

Through a combination of interprofessional training opportunities, our goal is to prepare clinical/counseling psychology fellows and physician fellows for careers as independent addictions treatment providers, researchers, and leaders in the VA and/or an academic setting.

Program Description

The VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) is one of seven sites selected for a VA-funded Interprofessional Advanced Fellowship in Addiction Treatment. Our two-year advanced fellowship is recruiting clinical/counseling psychologists and physicians. Advanced Fellows must demonstrate an interest in pursuing VA and/or academic careers with addiction treatment as a significant focus. Fellows will spend at least 75% of their time in educational experiences and clinical research in addiction treatment. No more than 25% of fellow effort shall be for non-educational clinical service. 

Research and Clinical Opportunities in Addiction

Training consists of didactic coursework and seminars aimed at providing requisite skills for developing into an independent researcher. A central component of the program is an independent research project with extensive mentoring by senior faculty members. The program is enhanced by opportunities for other course work, patient care, and teaching based on training goals.

Research mentors hold appointments at VASDHS and/or the University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego). These include Drs. Tamara Wall and Scott Matthews (Co-Directors), Abigail Angkaw, Robert Anthenelli, Sandra Brown, Neal Doran, Eric Granholm, Igor Grant, Moira Haller, Joanna Jacobus, Nick Mellos, Mark Myers, Sonya Norman, Marc Schuckit, Andrea Spadoni, Susan Tapert, Ryan Trim, and Matthew Worley. Faculty research interests include comorbidity and treatment outcome research, tobacco-related research, brain imaging and neuropsychological sequelae, etiology and genetics of substance use disorders. Please see the UC San Diego, Department of Psychiatry website for research interests of individual faculty mentors as well as additional information about our affiliate.

Focal Areas

The VASDHS and UCSD Department of Psychiatry has many psychologists and psychiatrists who are recognized for their scientific contributions in the areas of alcohol and substance use disorders. Faculty research interests focus on comorbidity and treatment outcome research, tobacco-related research, brain imaging and neuropsychological sequelae, etiology and genetics of substance use disorders.

Application Process

Please submit a letter of interest (maximum 2 pages), CV, and 3 letters of recommendation. The letter of interest should include: a brief summary of educational, clinical and research experiences relevant to addictions and a statement of career goals, including research mentor(s) with whom you might be interested in working. For psychologist applicants, materials should be submitted via the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) Psychology Postdoctoral Application

(APPA CAS) website: For physician applicants, materials should be submitted by email to The application deadline for psychologist positions is December 1, 2019 at 11:59 pm. Late applications will be considered only for positions that are not filled by applicants who applied by December 1st. Applicants should be available for an interview in early 2020. Phone interviews are possible. Please contact Dr. Tamara Wall ( with questions about the psychologist position or Dr. Scott Matthews ( with questions about the physician position.


The following are required for psychologists:
1) completion of an APA-accredited doctorate in clinical or counseling psychology and an APA-accredited clinical psychology internship by September 1, 2020, and
2) U.S. citizenship.

The following are required for physicians:
1) completion of an ACGME accredited residency program,
2) a full and unrestricted license to practice in the U.S. or any of its territories,
3) be board certified or eligible with demonstration of active pursuit of board certification,
4) U.S. citizenship, and
5) if a graduate of a foreign medical school, must have evidence of ECFMG certification.

About San Diego

Skyline of Downtown San Diego, CaliforniaSan Diego enjoys a reputation for a highly desirable climate. The nearby ocean, mountains and deserts allow an unusually wide variety of year-round outdoor activities. Major attractions include the San Diego Zoo, theater, music concerts, professional sports teams, and a rich art scene.