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Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Because CINDRR shares a unique relationship with its university partners (University of Florida and University of South Florida), the Center is able to offer recent PhD graduates who want to pursue a career in occupational therapy, physical therapy, or another research health sciences field, post-doctoral fellowships at the VA while they continue their studies.  Students have an opportunity to participate in Veteran research which is unavailable at most universities. Ongoing Veteran research topics include:  TBI; SCI; stroke; community reintegration; web, telephone and therapist support for caregivers of Veterans with dementia; GIS systems analysis, nursing home and community living center comparisons; among other topics of current interest to the VHA.

IMMEDIATE OPENINGS! CINDRR provides a NIDILRR-funded project to support 6 post-doctoral fellows interested in Disability Policy over the next 5 years. The project will train postdoctoral fellows in conducting high-quality, multidisciplinary, disability policy research in the area of community living and participation for Veterans with disabilities. This project collaborates with the Gainesville and Tampa CINDRR sites to bring opportunities to project fellows through immediate experience in ongoing disability policy-related projects focused on Veterans with disabilities. Through the training program, the project (1) increases capacity in the field by providing postdoctoral training in disability policy research to six postdoctoral fellows, including at least one fellow from a minority or underserved population; (2) conducts disability policy research, which results in fellow participation in 10 collaborative research projects, 10 conference presentations, 10 research grant proposals, and 10 peer reviewed publications; and (3) advances each postdoctoral fellow to the next stage in their research career through career development support. Dissemination activities include a Disability and Rehabilitation Policy Seminar, planned and implemented by fellows, which provides practical experience in establishing a research network for research dissemination.

NIDILRR Announcement

CINDRR offers a 2 year HSR&D post-doctoral fellowship for researchers and physicians interested in pursuing careers in VA Rehabilitation Health Services Research.  Please contact Gail Powell-Cope (Tampa) or Sergio Romero (Gainesville) if you are interested in these opportunities or have questions.

Gail Powell-Cope (
Sergio Romero (

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In addition, the Tampa location of CINDRR provides a 1 year Patient Safety post-doctoral fellowship to develop leaders with vision, knowledge, and commitment to lead patient safety efforts in collaboration with the James A. Haley VA Hospital and the University of South Florida. 

Please contact Dr. Tatjana Bulat ( if you are interested in this opportunity.

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