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Edwin Valdiserri Correctional Public Psychiatry Fellowship

The Edwin V. Valdiserri Correctional Public Psychiatry Fellowship program has been made possible by a generous gift from Ronald Valdiserri, M.D., M.P.H. in memory of his brother Edwin V. Valdiserri, M.D. and creates a special opportunity for current residents who are interested in public, comminoty, or forensic psychiatry programs to receive additional experience, training and mentorship in a correctional setting.

Program Benefits

  • Attend a minimum of four APA meetings:
    • Two APA Annual Meetings and/or Mental Health Services Conferences
    • Two APA September Component Meetings (including attendance at the Fellowship Forum)
  • Attend Fellows' choice of one of the following:
    • The American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL) Annual Meeting
    • National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) Annual Conference
  • Attend courses and workshops at APA meetings and be exposed to training opportunities that develop leaders in public psychiatry
  • Collaborate with other Public Psychiatry Fellows to plan a workshop at the APA meeting
  • Gain an understanding of APA/APAF governance through service on an APA Council, Committee, or APAF initiative
  • Have the opportunity to sit on the APA Board of Trustees as a non-voting member (one of the Public Psychiatry Fellows allowed)
  • Cultivate a professional network with psychiatrists through exclusive events and engagements with APA leaders. Establish relationships and peer-mentorship with a diverse group of resident fellows with similar career interests and goals

Program Expectations

  • Maintain APA membership and good standing in one’s residency program throughout the fellowship
  • Contribute a minimum of 40 volunteer hours annually in a correctional facility
  • Provide confirmation from your Training Director or Department Chair that this required volunteer service is feasible and can/will be supported
  • Attend two consecutive APA Meetings, the APA September Components Meetings, and all fellowship related activities
  • Participate in the Fellowship Forum during the APA September Components Meeting
  • Participate on an assigned APA Council, Committee, or APAF work group where organizational decisions are made and gain an understanding of APA/APAF governance
  • Participate in Fellowship teleconferences (a minimum of 50%)
  • Participate in mid-year and year-end evaluations with Fellowship Program Manager.

Number of Awards

One per year, pending funding


Two consecutive years

Program Term

July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2025

Eligibility at the Time of Matriculation

  • APA member
  • At least PGY 1 or PGY-2 in accredited U.S. or Canadian psychiatry residency program with two remaining years of training.
  • Have strong interest in Public, Community, or Forensic psychiatry
  • Open to non-U.S. citizens, non-US residents, and graduates of international medical colleges
  • Be willing to contribute a minimum of 40 volunteer hours annually in a correctional facility
  • Be able to receive institutional support for correctional facility volunteer work

You may apply for as many APA/APAF Fellowships during an application cycle based on your eligibility. However, participation in more than one APA fellowship simultaneously is not permitted.

Application Requirements

  • Completed online application form.
  • Curriculum vitae, including if applicable:
    • Special clinical training
    • Creative activity
    • Evidence of leadership and/or collaborative capacity
  • One-page personal statement explaining how the fellowship will impact the applicant's career
    • The personal statement should address the following:
      • Your motivation for applying for the fellowship 
      • Your leadership experiences 
      • Your dedication to public psychiatry and serving underserved populations
  • Three letters of recommendation from psychiatrists, including one letter from the applicant’s training director or department chair. The training director/department chair’s letter must confirm support for applicant’s volunteer work in a correctional facility.

Selection Criteria

The selection committee will be looking for the following competencies in the applicants:

  • Public Service and Leadership: Evidence of volunteer work/activities with underserved populations (not including required residency activities), advocacy pursuits and/or leadership and/or collaborative capacity.
  • Creative Pursuits: Evidence of creative activity (i.e.: research, program development, editorials, etc.). Include presentations, publications, and grants.
  • Academic Record: Undergraduate training, medical school, and graduate training (e.g., MPH), special clinical training and/or any awards received by the applicant.
  • Personal Statement: Quality of the personal statement indicating the applicant’s dedication to serving underserved populations with mental illness.

Application Deadline

February 3, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. (Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time)

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