Center for Addiction Research and Education (CARE)

Center for Addiction Research and Education (CARE)

Clinical Psychology Fellowship with an Emphasis on Addiction Psychology

care.jpgTwo fellowship positions are available in Addiction Psychology at the University of Virginia Health System in the Department of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences, Division of Neurobiology, Center for Addiction Research and Education. Individuals interested in developing a career in clinical research specializing in addiction and related or co-occurring health and psychological issues are encouraged to apply.

Fellows work closely with a multi-disciplinary research team led by the Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, Professor Bankole Johnson, the Medical Director, Dr. Nassima Ait-Daoud, and the Director of Clinical Psychology Training within the addictions sub-specialty, Dr. J. Kim Penberthy. Additional team members include clinical and experimental psychologists, basic science researchers, genetists, psychiatrists, nurse-practitioners, and research specialists. The research team has a long, successful record of securing NIAA and NIDA funded grants. Fellows participate in multiple funded projects in two state-of-the-art research clinics called the Center for Addiction Research and Education (CARE).  One clinic is located in Charlottesville, while the larger clinic is located in Richmond, Virginia, but funded and run by UVA. Ongoing clinical research studies include innovative combination treatments (i.e., CBT or MET and new medications) for alcohol dependence, cocaine dependence, methamphetamine dependence, and combinations of substance use disorders. In addition, there are ongoing research studies exploring the impact of behavioral interventions in preventing fetal alcohol syndrome, as well as improving compliance with HIV medication in cocaine dependent individuals, and a study exploring binge-eating in alcohol dependent individuals. Additional studies are being proposed and funded, including innovative combination treatments for co-occurring substance use disorders and psychiatric illnesses, such as chronic depression and PTSD. The vast majority of the clinical work conducted by Fellows is funded by research and as such, enhances the ability to accumulate clinical hours, but also fully participate in ongoing research. Fellows will also have the opportunity to develop small, original research projects in one of the current areas of research, or a related area in which the Fellow has a strong interest. Fellows will spend their time primarily at one of the two clinics, either in Charlottesville or Richmond as described below.

Assessment and Clinical Focus (75%)

  • Conducting initial diagnostic interview with potential study participants by administering Structured Clinical Interviews for the DSM-IV (SCID-IV and MINI) and other diagnostic assessments and examinations in order to assess suitability for enrollment in the clinical research studies.  25%
  • Delivering manualized and/or specialized psychotherapy treatment (individual and group psychotherapy) to study patients using various therapeutic approaches (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy, Mindfulness Based Therapies), which may require additional training and potentially consequent certification. 50%
  • Conducting neurocognitive testing and other assessments as required by the study protocols. 5%
  • Optional: Delivering specialized psychotherapy treatment to private patients who are not enrolled in any research studies, but who present with co-occurring substance use disorders and psychiatric or medical problems.

Educational & Professional Development (15%)

  • Assisting research faculty with manuscript writing, grant writing and submission and study design. Writing and presenting abstracts, posters, seminars or symposium regarding clinical research being conducted at the research centers. 10%
  • Attending or participating in ongoing seminars, lectures or study-related meetings either locally or nationally. 5%
  • Monthly Psychology Fellows Meeting

Teaching/Training of Others (10%)

  • Assisting faculty in teaching junior trainees, such as presenting training on the SCID, or lectures on CBT for addiction to medical students, residents and practicum students. Opportunities to present Grand Rounds or presentations to the Division of Neurobiology also exist and are encouraged. 10%

Core Faculty:

  • Jennifer Kim Penberthy, Ph.D. (Director of Training)
  • Nassima Ait-Daoud, M.D. (Medical Director)
  • Karen Ingersoll, Ph.D.
  • Jennifer Hettema, Ph.D.
  • Bankole Johnson, M.D., Ph.D. (Chairman of Department)

Current Fellows:

  • Christopher Gioia, Ph.D.
  • Andrea Konig, Ph.D.

APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR CARE: Not seeking applicants for 2012



Dr. J. Kim Penberthy
Center for Addiction Research and Education
1670 Discovery Drive, Suite 110
Charlottesville, VA 22911
Phone: (434) 243-0570