FVAMC Appoints New Coordinator in Mental Health Service Line - Fayetteville VA Coastal Health Care System
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Fayetteville VA Coastal Health Care System


FVAMC Appoints New Coordinator in Mental Health Service Line

September 10, 2012

FAYETTEVILLE,  NC – Fayetteville VA Medical Center (VAMC) appointed a new Coordinator of Military Sexual Trauma to provide quality mental health care to Veterans. 

Dr. Sylvia Branson-Ellis was recently appointed as the Coordinator of Military Sexual Trauma (MST) at Fayetteville VA Medical Center (VAMC) on August 1.  Dr. Branson will work with the Mental Health Service Line to provide coordination of services, program development, and direct patient care to male and female Veterans seeking services for MST at the medical center and the Community Based Outpatient Clinics.

Dr. Branson received her Doctor of Psychology Degree from Wright State University School of Professional Psychology in 1989. She also holds a Master of Science Degree in Community Mental Health from Florida A&M University, and a B.A. in Psychology from Spelman College.  She completed her internship at the Pittsburgh, Pa VAMC in Clinical Psychology. 

Her professional experience includes service in both the public and private sectors of mental health.  Upon completing her internship she was the Coordinator of Emergency Services at St. Mary's, a private hospital in Amsterdam, New York.  Employed as a senior administrator for Cumberland County Mental health for eleven years, she held positions as Clinical Director of Adult Services and the Director of Psychological Services.  She also served the community as a private provider. 

Dr. Branson is a certified Health Service provider and has been licensed with the NC Psychology Board since 1993.  Dr. Branson joined Fayetteville VAMC mental health service line as a clinical psychologist in 2003.  During this time she delivered clinical services to Veterans in outpatient mental health with special emphasis in MST.

Dr. Branson-Ellis can be contacted at Fayetteville VAMC (910) 488-2120 ext. 5482.
The Fayetteville VAMC provides primary, specialty and mental health care for almost 50,000 Veterans living in 21 counties in North and South Carolina.   The medical center focuses on three priorities to include:  providing access to safe, high quality patient care and service, be an employer of choice and be a good steward of our resources – time, space, people, and dollars.

Media members with additional questions or interview requests should contact Robin DeMark, Public Affairs Officer at robin.demark@va.gov or by calling (910) 488-2120, ext. 5991.