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MHI Postdoctoral Fellowship

The MHI Fellowship in Military Health supports a post-doctoral scholar in their pursuit of improving the health of service members, veterans, and their families. The fellowship is competitive and selected bi-annually. The fellowship provides significant opportunity to interface with key leaders from the military health community in order to advance their academic career as well as the mission of the MHI.

Our current fellow, Casey Straud Psy.D, completed his doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Nova Southeastern University in 2017. His focus of research during his doctoral degree included risk and protective factors, psychological interventions, and treatment outcomes for trauma exposure in military and para-military populations. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. On his fellowship, Dr. Straud serves as a supervised therapist on psychotherapy trials utilizing evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral therapy interventions for PTSD. Additionally, he is actively involved in STRONG STAR– CAP research projects related to PTSD and military health.

MHI hosts a semi-annual grant workshop series on topics designed to assist faculty in successfully applying for DoD medical research grants. Topic areas include an introduction to the basic framework of the DoD and issues of military relevancy, how to construct a DoD research pre-proposal and full proposal, and how to properly execute grants. Workshops are listed in our events section as scheduled. Workshops are typically hosted in the fall and the spring.

Distinguished lectures

MHI hosts a series of Distinguished Lectures in Military Health. Past speakers include Dr. Charles Figley who spoke about Compassion Fatigue in a caregiver context and Dr. Dale Smith who spoke about the history of military medicine. Most recently Dr. Jon Kerstetter spoke on Resiliency and Transformation – A Soldier/Doctor’s Journey. In addition to their university-wide lectures, these doctors also provide educational opportunities across all schools. Please visit our blog for more details and photos. Scheduled lectures will appear in the events section of our website.

Pilot projects

MHI sponsors pilot translational research projects in areas related to military health. Current pilot projects have included topics such as PTSD and Trauma. Visit our research page for more information about our current pilot projects. To inquire about how to apply, please contact us.