Geropsychology Postdoctoral Fellowship – Salem VA Medical Center in Salem, Virginia

Geropsychology Postdoctoral Fellowship – Salem VA Medical Center in Salem, Virginia

The Salem VA is pleased to announce recruitment for a newly funded Postdoctoral Fellowship position in Geropsychology at the Salem VA Medical Center in Salem, Virginia. 

The Rural Geropsychology Fellow will be exposed to training that is consistent with the Pikes Peak Model for training in professional geropsychology. The provision of services to older Veterans living in rural areas will be emphasized. This position will provide the opportunity to address and resolve the unique difficulties presented by an aging population by providing psychological interventions targeting issues relevant to aging including dementia, caregiver stress, depression, anxiety, pain, grief, and adjustment in lifetime developmental stages. Evidence-based interventions, such as REACH-VA (for caregivers of individuals with dementia) and STAR-VA (an interdisciplinary, non-pharmacological approach to the management of dementia-related behaviors in Community Living Centers (CLC)) are emphasized. The Fellow will also further refine his/her skills in assessing psychological and cognitive functioning (including evaluation of psychiatric disorders, dementia, stroke, TBI). These services will be provided in a variety of inpatient and outpatient treatment settings in a diversity of programs including the Center for Neurocognitive Services’ (CNS) Geropsychology Outpatient Program, the Community Living Center (CLC), the Memory Assessment Clinic, Palliative Care, Home-Based Primary Care, Primary Care-Mental Health Integration, Neuropsychology, and the Evidence-Based Practice Interprofessional Team in the Mental Health Clinic. The Rural Geropsychology Fellow will also work with patients through telehealth in a particular effort to enhance services for Veterans living in rural settings. In addition to the Postdoctoral Fellow training seminar, the Geropsychology Fellow will attend the geropsychology- and neuropsychology-focused didactic series alongside neuropsychology, geropsychiatry, and geriatric medicine fellows. Fellows will also have the opportunity for research and/or program development related to dementia care or other areas of interest. The Rural Geropsychology Fellow is involved in the training and supervision of psychology interns and students, as well as psychiatry residents in CNS. Further, the fellow assumes a leadership role in managing performance improvement activities within CNS. The Rural Geropsychology Fellow will be expected to consult on a regular and frequent basis with staff on interdisciplinary teams in CNS, in the CLC, and throughout the medical center to provide comprehensive, person-centered care for geriatric Veterans and their families.


Applicants must be U.S. citizens who are graduates of APA-accredited doctoral programs in Clinical or Counseling Psychology and have completed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship prior to start date.  All requirements for the doctoral degree, including dissertation, must be completed prior to starting. For additional eligibility requirements please see our brochure.  The start date is expected to occur between mid-August and mid-September.  Fellowship stipend: $42,239 + benefits.

To apply, please send the following:

  1. A letter of intent which specifies your future professional goals and details how the fellowship will contribute toward their achievement
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. A signed “Declaration for Federal Employment”, Optional Form (OF) 306 (you may download this form from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management website at:
  4. Three letters of reference from faculty or other professionals who are well acquainted with you and your qualifications
  5. A letter from your internship Director of Training documenting your status as an intern, whether any probationary or remedial actions have been taken, whether you are on track to successfully complete your pre-doctoral internship, and your anticipated internship completion date
  6. One copy of all graduate school transcripts
  7. If at the time of application your dissertation has not been completed, please submit a letter from your dissertation chair documenting the timeline for completion of the dissertation.

Applications are due by January 3, 2014.

The application materials of candidates are reviewed by the staff psychologists and fellows as they are received.  Reviewers evaluate the applicant’s ability, record of achievement, and degree of potential compatibility with the fellowship program.  These rankings are used to prioritize interview offers. Applicants who do not qualify for consideration will be notified promptly.  Telephone interviews may be used to initially screen applicants. In-person interviews will be required for final candidates.

Email completed applications to the following:

All application materials for the fellowship positions should be sent to:

Jennifer Noell

Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (116C)

Veterans Affairs Medical Center

1970 Roanoke Boulevard

Salem, Virginia  24153



*Please note: reference letters must come directly from the letter writer to Ms. Noell with the subject line format: applicant last name, fellowship position (e.g. Geropsychology), letter writer last name.


If there are questions about the fellowship program or if you need to check the status of your application, please call the psychology office at (540) 982-2463, extension 4188, and indicate that you wish to speak with one of the Postdoctoral Fellowship Coordinators about the fellowship program. You may also contact Dr. Duma via e-mail at and Dr. Belkonen via email at


Please see our brochure at our website.