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Neuroscience Research Training

The Durham VAMC and Duke University maintain an outstanding reputation as an academic center in the Neurosciences.  Neuroscience training opportunities are currently served by a VA Research Enhancement Award Program (REAP) focused on the general theme of neuronal hyperexcitability in neuropsychiatric disease. Fellows in the Neuroscience Core will have access to the entire course catalogs in the Duke community, including undergraduate and graduate programs within the departments of Neurobiology and Pharmacology, and will also take advantage of the numerous seminars offered by the Duke neuroscience community.

Facility and Training Resources

Medical Center resources are numerous. The library is well stocked and equipped with all major computer literature search services and free photocopying. Books and professional articles not housed in the Medical Center can be obtained easily via an interlibrary loan system, or acquired quickly from the nearby Duke Medical Library where fellows have privileges. Each fellow has an office or cubicle equipped with a computer, and has access to the networked hospital computer system, which in turn provides access to each patient’s electronic medical record. A number of restaurants/cafeterias are available, both within the VA and Duke Medical Centers and in nearby establishments.

Fellowship Logistics:

Qualifications for Fellowship:    Applicants must be U.S. citizens, must have completed requirements for their doctorate in clinical or counseling psychology from an APA-approved program by start date of the fellowship, and must have completed an APA-approved clinical internship. Experience within the Veterans Healthcare Administration system is a plus.

Stipend:  $43,527 plus benefits

Benefits:  Health Insurance, 13 days paid vacation and up to 13 days of sick leave, additional authorized absence may be approved for educational opportunities.

Application:  To apply, the following are required: 


 Letter of interest that specifies (a) how you envision this training would further your  professional development, (b) your theoretical orientation, (c) your prior training or exposure to the area(s) of emphasis to which you are applying, and (d) your professional and research interests.  Indicate which area(s) of interest and track(s) to which you are applying.  If applying to more than one area of emphasis or track, please rank order your

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