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Advanced Fellowship Program in Psychosis and Major Mental Illness for Physicians and Psychologists

These programs are actively recruiting physicians and psychologists (or other licensed associated health fellows) for a 2 to 3- year fellowship program. The primary goal of these programs is to train physicians and psychologists to become leading clinical researchers in psychosis and major mental illnesses. Over the course of the program, fellows are trained in academic, clinical, 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 Desert Pacific MIRECC research programs are internationally recognized in a broad range of research areas including cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging, electrophysiology, neuropsychology, animal models, geriatric psychiatry, psychosocial interventions, cognitive remediation, clinical psychopharmacology, health services, and implementation science. The MIRECC faculty have a strong commitment to translational research that links basic science to clinical research and clinical research to interventions and services research.

Full- or Part-Time Positions Available:

Full-time fellows allocate the majority of their effort to professional development activities, including research training, designing experiments, writing manuscripts, preparing grant submissions, and developing sustainable academic careers.

Part-Time positions are also available for fellows with unrestricted clinical practice licenses (usually physicians (PDF) ). Part-time fellows participate in all training and research activities, but spend 50% of their time providing professional clinical service (with commensurate compensation) at the VA or UCSD.


  • Eligible physicians must have completed ACGME-accredited training in psychiatry or related specialty, be board-eligible or board-certified, and have an active, unrestricted U.S. license to practice. International medical graduates must also have a current visa and an ECFMG certificate that is valid indefinitely. Applicants on a J-1 visa must also have current ECFMG sponsorship.
  • Eligible psychologists (or associated clinicians) must be U.S. citizens. They must have graduated from an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology. Completion of an APA accredited internship in clinical or counseling psychology also is required for psychologists.
To Apply: Applicants who meet eligibility requirements should contact Gregory Light; (858) 552-8585, extension 2261.