The Alpert Medical School of Brown University / Providence Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center

APA Accredited Postdoctoral Fellowship

Primary Care Behavioral Health and Health Promotion/Disease Prevention

The Alpert Medical School of Brown University / Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center (PVAMC) is inviting applications for the Postdoctoral Fellowship in Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) and Health Promotion / Disease Prevention (HPDP) for the 2018-2019 academic year.  The fellowship provides training in diagnostic evaluations, brief evidence-based treatments, clinical supervision to junior colleagues, and program development/management as a member of the interprofessional PCBH and HPDP teams at PVAMC. The fellowship also enhances trainees' knowledge and competence with clinical research by protecting time specifically for this activity (e.g., conducting research, manuscript/grant writing, program evaluation/development, attendance at research meetings). Upon completion of the Fellowship, our Fellows are well-prepared to pursue careers in integrated medical settings, as career development is a key component of the Postdoctoral Fellow’s training.

Our well-established PCBH team provides co-located, collaborative care with PVAMC’s Primary Care Patient-Aligned Care Teams (PACTs).  This includes an open access model for warm handoffs, depression care management, disease-specific consultation, and evidence-based brief treatment for a variety of presenting problems, including depression, anxiety, PTSD of mild-moderate severity, substance use issues, adjustment disorders, bereavement and loss, and coping with medical issues (e.g., diabetes, insomnia, chronic pain, smoking, obesity/weight management). As a key member of the PCBH team, the Fellow will be trained in PCBH administration, clinical supervision of psychology interns, and working within interprofessional teams to promote health and wellness for Veterans treated in Primary Care.

Our HPDP program advises VHA leadership on evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention policy, and provides programs, education, resources, coordination, guidance, and oversight for the field to enhance health, well-being, and quality of life for Veterans.  As part of the HPDP program, the Fellow will work with the Health Behavior Coordinator on initiatives and clinical programming related to tobacco cessation and weight management, including opportunities to facilitate group treatment for tobacco cessation and weight management (as part of the VA MOVE! Program), evaluations and treatment for Veterans in the Bariatric Surgery program, and the opportunity to participate in health coaching and motivational interviewing trainings for primary care team members.

Please note that Providence VA Medical Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to enhancing diversity among our staff and trainees and that the salary for this position is set at $50,941 for the 2018-2019 year.  For more detailed information about the Postdoctoral Fellowship and Providence VA Medical Center, please see our program description:

If you are interested in applying, please submit the appropriate materials through the APPA CAS portal:

Or, feel free to contact Kevin McKay, Ph.D., ABPP at,, or 401-273-7100 x2199 with questions or requests for information.