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Creating a Clinical Pipeline

A group of very promising social workers are primed to enter our field and make an impact, thanks in part to a Cohen Veterans Network initiative.

The CVN Scholars Program provides stipends for graduate students pursuing professional careers in support of veterans’ mental health. Our CVN Scholars have unique opportunities to participate in field training and military-related mental health care training.

Two members of the Cohen Veterans Network senior leadership team sat down with four of the seven Columbia University CVN Scholars last week.


“This opportunity has been wonderful. It is so impressive to see the passion and commitment of the CVN clinicians first hand,” said Allison Shiffler, CVN Scholar.

Shiffler is currently training at our Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at NYU Langone Medical Center. The CVN Scholars Program has students across the nation. While Gina Bartolomeo is in Washington, D.C. at the Walter Reed Medical Center, Sean Dunigan is gaining experience at the West Haven VA in Connecticut, and Bettina Salfeld is with the Manhattan VA.

“It is an ideal situation for us to position a cohort of students each year to help staff our clinics with quality, military competent clinicians,” said Crystal Shelton, CVN Vice President for Clinical Programs. Shelton is pictured (second from left) with the scholars above.

The CVN Scholars Program is currently in place at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice, the Columbia University School of Social Work, and the University of Southern California Suzanne-Dworak Peck School of Social Work. The program will be expanded in future years and plans to integrate with every Cohen Clinic.


By Anthony Guido, CVN Vice President of Communications & Marketing