EDUCATION

Contact:

Dr. Andre Tapp, M.D.
Deputy ACOS Mental Health Service
VA Puget Sound Health System
American Lake Division
Tacoma, WA 98493
andre.tapp@med.va.gov


Richard J. Pollard, Ph.D.
Deputy Director, Addictions
VA Puget Sound Health System
American Lake Division
Tacoma, WA 98493


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Chronic Mental Illness and Neuropsychology Fellowship

A postdoctoral fellowship is available at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, American Lake Division, for individuals who have completed a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. The primary goals for this postdoctoral fellowship are: (1) develop an understanding of the diagnostic, clinical and pharmacological issues related to schizophrenia; (2) develop an in-depth knowledge of the current practice of psychiatric rehabilitation as well as new pharmacological and clinical approaches to the treatment of schizophrenia; (3) develop an understanding of the neuropsychological sequela within schizophrenia including the effect of antipsychotic medications on cognition and the relationship between cognition and functional outcome; (4) develop skills providing clinical services to individuals with a chronic mental illness and their families; and (5) develop research looking at issues related to schizophrenia including neuropsychological sequela and/or community outcome. This fellowship will provide many opportunities to become involved in the treatment of schizophrenia, including program development, provision of clinical services, and development research.

Clinical activities will include neuropsychological and psychological testing for individuals with a chronic mental illness as well as individuals serving in control groups. The fellow will provide diagnostic interviews and diagnostic testing to patients for both research and clinical purposes. The fellow will have the opportunity to obtain experience providing emergency evaluation and consultation to Psychiatric Emergency Services. The fellow will also provide psychotherapy to patients and families both within an inpatient and outpatient setting as needed.

Research activities will include developing a research project to examine an area of his/her own research interests within the Model Schizophrenia Program, which provides clinical treatment for schizophrenia as well as opportunities for research development, program evaluation, study coordination, and treatment outcome research. The fellow will be involved in studies relating to pharmacological trials of new atypical antipsychotics within a schizophrenic population.

Didactic activities will include seminars, grand rounds and lectures related to chronic mental illness, provision of mental health services, and neuropsychology, and other mental health topics. Some funds will also be available for attendance at national or international conferences.

Please contact the faculty preceptors below for more information and how to apply.

Dr. Andre Tapp, M.D.
Deputy ACOS Mental Health Service
VA Puget Sound Health System
American Lake Division
Tacoma, WA 98493
andre.tapp@med.va.gov


Richard J. Pollard, Ph.D.
Deputy Director, Addictions
VA Puget Sound Health System
American Lake Division
Tacoma, WA 98493


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