James A. Haley Veterans Hospital Neurorehabilitation OT Fellowship Program - James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital - Tampa, Florida
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James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital - Tampa, Florida


James A. Haley Veterans Hospital Neurorehabilitation OT Fellowship Program

How to apply:

To apply please email Katherine.Litman@va.gov the following documents by April 30th: 

  1. Completed Application for Health Professions Trainees (see link below)
  2. Resume
  3. One-page essay explaining why a fellowship is important to you and why you chose the VA as a fellowship site
  4. Two letters of reference
  5. Copy of Valid OT license and NBCOT certificate OR transcripts showing an expected graduation date prior to the start of the fellowship and proof of scheduled NBCOT test

Fellows are employed full-time by the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital for the year-long program, thus must be a U.S. citizen and possess a current OT license/certification. There are no tuition fees associated with this fellowship. 
Download the informational brochure here
Download application here Application for Health Professions Trainees

Interviews will be conducted during the month of May. The Fellowship Program is scheduled to start late August and end one year later.
About the Program:

The James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital Neurorehabilitation OT Fellowship Program is dedicated to advancing the knowledge and skills of an OT practitioner pursuing a Board Certification in Physical Rehabilitation.

Philosophy: We believe in the development of occupational therapists into highly skilled practitioners through exposure to education processes with a balance between didactic/academic and experiential/clinical environments

Mission: To provide occupational therapists with the knowledge and abilities to advance their skills in the practice area of physical rehabilitation to become an advanced practitioner in this practice setting through:

  1. Using evidence-based practice when evaluating and providing interventions to clients
  2. Effectively evaluating the outcomes of services delivered
  3. The use of scholarly activities/opportunities
  4. Engaging in collaborative inter-professional and cross sectoral partnerships
  5. Increasing awareness of the unique occupational needs of veterans and active duty service members

Why choose our fellowship program?

The Neurorehabilitation OT fellowship program at the JAHVA includes two distinct rotations in between the Polytrauma Center and the Spinal Cord Injury and Diseases Center. Both settings hold CARF accreditation for a diverse group of programs including, Brain Injury Specialty Program Inpatient, Post-Deployment Rehabilitation and Evaluation Program, Brain Injury Specialty Program Outpatient, Brain Injury Specialty Residential Rehabilitation Programs, Assistive Technology Supports/Services, SCI Acute Inpatient Rehab, SCI Outpatient Rehab, and SCI Home Care.  This provides the fellow with a unique opportunity to learn from experienced mentors in an exciting and challenging environment that is held to the highest standards of accreditation in the nation. The fellow will work directly with on-site faculty with designations of Assistive Technology Professional, Certified Hand Therapist, and Certified Brain Injury Specialist, with many years of experience.

Clinical Training

Clinical training consists of managing a caseload of patients with neurological involvement, one-on-one mentoring sessions with highly experienced clinical staff, as well as a didactic curriculum component with established scholarly activities. Fellows will have opportunities to participate in interdisciplinary patient rounds, journal clubs, staff in-service presentations, national work groups and mentoring OT masters/doctoral students. Applicants should be AOTA members and be committed to pursuing Board Certification in accord with AOTA requirements.


The JAHVH Neurorehabilitation OT Fellowship Program will focus on the fellow’s development of knowledge, competency, and advanced practice skills in the following core elements:

    • Advanced Knowledge
    • Evaluation
    • Interventions
    • Interpersonal Skills
    • Outcomes
    • Ethical Practice
    • Scholarly Practice

OT Fellowship Program Director: Katherine Litman, MOT, OTR/L
Clinical Faculty/Mentors: Kerri Martin OTR/L, CBIS

     Justin Kampff, OTR/L, ATP

     Barbara Taylor CHT, OTR/L

     Ursula Draper ATP, OTR/L
     Kurt Hemphill, OTR/L



Contact Info


  • Bldg. 38

Contact Number(s)

  • 813-972-2000 Ext. 4001

Hours of Operation

  • 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.