Program Information: MHBS/Psychology Service (116B)

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1225
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital
Department: MHBS/Psychology Service (116B)
Address: 13000 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Tampa, Florida 33612-4798
Country: United States
Metro Area: Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
Distance from Major City:
Phone: 813-972-2000x6727
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since: 09/01/2007
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Jessica Vassallo
Chief Psychologist: Ronald Gironda
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 100
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 07/06/2020
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 8
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 26166
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): All Federal Holidays off; 5 days authorized absence for approved professional activities (e.g., conferences, workshops, etc.); eligible for Dependent Care and Medical Care Flexible Spending Accounts
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns spend four of the five week days on clinical rotations. Activities include conducting psychological/neuropsychological assessment, providing individual/group/psychoeducational interventions, and consulting to medical and allied health professionals depending on the particular rotation selected. Administrative duties include writing reports of assessment results, psychotherapy notes, etc. in the computerized medical record. Two hours each week are spent in scheduled face-to-face supervision although additional curbside supervision is the norm. Two core therapy cases (outside the clinical rotation) are also seen during the week in addition to one hour of supervision with the core case therapy supervisor. Wednesdays are devoted to didactics, when interns attend various seminars (e.g., Assessment Seminar, Psychotherapy Seminar, etc.).
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsNo
Do Psychology Interns/Postdocs Have the Opportunity to Supervise Practicum Students?No
Is this program fully affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Is this program partially affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 11/01/2019 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is: Optional
Interview notification date: 12/06/2019
Interview notification date time zone: Eastern Standard Time
Tentative interview date: 01/10/2020
Interview process description:

Offers are extended to either participate in a group interview day or have a telephone interview. Interviews are on two Fridays in January (1/10/20 & 1/17/20). Intern applicants meet with faculty and interns for individual interviews and they also get an overview of the program as well as brief presentations on each clinical rotation. There is a meeting with the interns to ask questions and receive a tour of the facility. The group interview day typically lasts from 8:00am to 4:00pm.


How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Visit Website
We have matched with interns from these programs: University of Florida, Kent State University, University of Houston, University of Missouri - St. Louis, University of Miami, Wayne State University, Drexel University, University of South Florida, University of Illinois - Urbana, George Washington University, University of Cincinnati, University of Southern Mississippi, Auburn University, Florida State University, Seton Hall University, Roosevelt University, State University of New York - Albany, University of Alabama - Birmingham, University of Central Florida, Florida Institute of Technology, Wayne State University, to name a few.
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: Yes
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours:
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours:
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited Accepted
Non-Accredited Not Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree Not Accepted
This institution, department, internship, or postdoctoral program requires trainees to sign a statement about personal behavior and/or religious beliefs as a condition of admission and/or retention in the program: No
How to obtain text of statement:
Other Requirements:
Program Description

The Tampa VAMC offers an APA-accredited internship for students desiring broad-based experiences in assessment, therapeutic intervention, and consultation in a general medical setting. We are a scientist-practitioner program and emphasize the importance of research-informed clinical work and clinically-informed research. We have a generalist clinical psychology internship with three tracks: 1.) General Track, 2.) Neuropsychology Track, and 3.) Trauma Track. During the training year, students complete four clinical rotations that meet the requirements for their particular track/program. In addition to the clinical rotations, interns are expected to maintain a caseload of two therapy cases, and attend two year-long training seminars (Assessment and Psychotherapy Seminars). A Neuropsychology Seminar is also required for the Neuropsychology Track Interns (optional for other interns). Additional didactic opportunities are available through the hospital or across the street at the University of South Florida, College of Medicine and Dept. of Psychology. Please see our website for a complete listing of available rotations. Applicants interested in the Neuropsychology program may rank only that program. Other applicants may rank either the General track, the Trauma track, or both.  Cover letter should indicate program preference. Neuropsycholgy- and Trauma-focused rotations are available only to the respective track interns for the first half of the internship year.

Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Family Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Group Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Community Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Consultation/Liaison: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Crisis Intervention: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Primary Care: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)


Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
HIV/AIDS: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Physical Disabilities: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Adult: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Serious Mental Illness: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Anxiety Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Substance Use Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Research: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Integrated health care - specialty: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)

Additional information about training opportunities: Not all rotations or experiences may be available at all consortium sites, and some internship programs may not have updated this information recently. Please consult the program's web site or other application materials for a complete description of the training opportunities available at each site.

Summary of the Characteristics of the Specified Internship Class
2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
Number of Completed Applications: 100 112 157
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 70 74 80
Total number of interns: 8 8 8
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 8 8 8
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 6 6 7
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 2 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 7 7 8
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 1 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 8 4 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 81 156 146
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 8 8 8
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 5 4 7
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 1 0 0
General Hospital: 0 1 0
Other Medical Center: 0 3 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 1 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 1
Independent Practice: 1 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0