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Wellness & Behavioral Health Resources for NRSA Postdoctoral Fellows


NRSA Fellows are provided wellness and behavioral health services. To learn more about wellness services and programs provided by the Postdoctoral Insurance Plan for NRSA Fellows, please visit the Gallagher Benefit Services page and click on “Documents Library“. There you will find a list of services available to NRSA Fellows.

Penn Behavioral Health (PBH) serves as NRSA Fellows “preferred provider. PBH encompasses the Department of Psychiatry’s direct patient care programs, provided by nationally and internationally acclaimed faculty. More information can be found in the PBH FAQ Guide.


Penn also provides NRSA Fellows with access to Penn COBALT. Penn COBALT connects NRSA Fellows to curated mental health and wellness content, live groups, and individual virtual support. COBALT uses targeted assessments to streamline content and triage PDTs to the right level and type of support. With its embedded scheduling and telehealth capabilities, it provides HIPAA-compliant mental healthcare at a safe distance. The available resources include peers, resilience coaches, psychotherapists, and psychiatrists, as well as podcasts, articles, mindfulness sessions, and other group support.

Choose from a variety of options, including one-on-one appointments with doctors, licensed clinicians, or resilience coaches. Penn Cobalt can help with the following methods of treatment and more:

  • Topic specific discussions
  • Psychotherapy
  • Psychiatry
  • Coping First Aid (CFA)

The CFA program, hosted on Penn COBALT, serves as a resource for individuals who want to speak to someone for support but are not sure they want or need therapy. CFA coaches are trained to address a variety of concerns including those that are work-related, or other stressors, such as being new to Philadelphia, experiencing stress in the family, and much more. Coaches provide a listening ear, assess needs and concerns, and facilitate access to resources, including therapy and other psychological services, when necessary. CFA is free, has flexible scheduling, including during and outside of work hours, and is always confidential.

Through Penn Cobalt, you can book your appointment online for a time that is available and convenient for you. Payment options vary by provider. Services may be free of charge, covered by insurance, or self-pay, and you may choose to filter by your specific payment preferences including scheduling with an EAP counselor. Penn Cobalt also provides helpful articles with personalized recommendations and revolving studio sessions with experts for you and/or your team focusing on topics like current events, staying active and healthy, and more.

Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

Call 988  or  1-800-273-TALK (8255) – The Suicide & Crisis Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States.

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