VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment

The San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center is one of over 20 sites of the US Department of Veteran Affairs's Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment. The San Francisco site’s fellowship focuses on research in dementia and posttraumatic stress disorder. The primary goal of the fellowship is to train psychiatrists and psychologists to become leading clinical researchers in high priority areas of mental health. Over the course of the two-year program, fellows are trained in academic and health systems research, advanced clinical care service delivery, and program administration in an interdisciplinary setting. The fellowship combines individual mentored research and clinical training with state-of-the-art educational experiences. The fellowship has a 75% research/25% clinical split. See fellowship website for full description.


Each year, one MD fellow from psychiatry, neurology, radiology, internal medicine, or other areas of medicine and one allied health fellow from clinical psychology, counseling psychology, or pharmacy are accepted at each site.

See fellowship webiste for requirements.

For the eligibility requirements for other allied health disciplines, please contact Sherry Beaudreau.

How to Apply

Interested MDs, psychologists, and allied health professionals who meet the eligibility requirements should send a cover letter and curriculum vita.


The program combines individualized, mentored research and clinical training with a state-of-the-art curriculum that emphasizes research methods; statistics; epidemiology; mental health systems; quality improvement methods; education and service delivery. Each site is affiliated with a MIRECC, SMITRECC, NCPTSD, or COE, and an affiliate academic institution. Fellowship sites are linked electronically for didactic, academic, and research efforts.

Fellows devote 75% time to research and educational activities and 25% to clinical training. In collaboration with their mentors, fellows will develop and implement a research project, publish and present findings, participate in grant writing, and utilize the latest technology for educational activities and clinical service delivery.


Angela Waldrop, PhD, co-director

Kristine Yaffe, MD, co-director


Department of Veterans Affairs:

Core Faculty

Affiliated Faculty


Leadership in research, education, psychiatric care and public service