Skip to content
Notification Image

Important! APA's Online Systems Updated.

Password reset will be required.

Read more here >

Edwin Valdiserri Correctional Public Psychiatry Fellowship

Call for applications for FY 2022-2023 are open November 1, 2021 – January 31, 2022.

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 affiliated with 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 or Mental Health Services Conferences
    • Two APA September Component Meetings (including attendance at the All Fellows’ Orientation)
  • 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
  • Receive mentorship from correctional psychiatrists and leaders in the field
  • Gain valuable experience shadowing a mental health professional in a correctional facility
  • Attend courses and workshops at APA meetings and be exposed to training opportunities that develop leaders in public psychiatry
  • Visit to a local model public psychiatry program during select APA meetings
  • 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 American Psychiatric Leadership Fellows allowed)
  • Receive access to a lifetime network of a professional association
  • 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 All Fellows Orientation 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
  • Propose a scientific session for the APA Annual Meeting with guidance from an assigned mentor.
  • Participate in Fellowship teleconferences (a minimum of 75%)
  • Participate in mid-year and year-end evaluations with Fellowship Program Manager.
  • Contribute items for the All Fellows' e-Newsletter and/or submit a post to the APA blog.

Number of Awards

One per year, pending funding


Two consecutive years

Program Term

July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2024

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 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
  • 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

  • January 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. (Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time)

Award Notification



American Psychiatric Association Foundation
c/o Fellowships Team
Email: [email protected]

Medical leadership for mind, brain and body.

Join Today