Program Information: VA Boston Healthcare System Psychology Internship Training Program

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1325
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: VA Boston Healthcare System
Department: VA Boston Healthcare System Psychology Internship Training Program
Address: VA Boston Healthcare System
150 South Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02130
Country: United States
Metro Area: Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH
Distance from Major City:
Phone: 857-364-4335x
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Member of APPIC since: 1990
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Risa Weisberg
Chief Psychologist: Jennifer Vasterling Ph.D.
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 120
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 6
Position Information
Start Date: 08/03/2020
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 18
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 26290.00
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): 10 paid federal holidays; 13 days annual leave; 13 days sick leave; plus 40 hours of official leave for outside educational events / conferences. Tort/malpractice coverage (VA) is provided. Interns also are granted leave for dissertation defense.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? 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: 10/31/2019 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Preferred
Interview notification date: 11/20/2019
Interview notification date time zone: Eastern Standard Time
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

IMPORTANT: The candidate's cover letter should indicate application to no more than two (2) rotations. Interviews are by invitation only.  All applicants will be notified by email on or before November 22, 2019 as to whether they are invited for an interview.  Invited applicants are also notified by regular mail.  Personal interviews are conducted by phone for those applicants who request it and are conducted in-person at the Jamaica Plain Campus of VA Boston for all others.


Interview Process:

  • Invited applicants are scheduled for a full day (8am - 4pm EST) interview experience. Prior to arrival, applicants will negotiate with internship staff to schedule up to four separate interview slots during this time (typically two-three individual interviews and one-two group interviews). The remainder of the day is devoted to learning about our program, via meetings with the Training Director, Admissions Coordinator, Diversity Committee, and current interns.  A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.  See updated website.


Interview Dates:

Invited applicants will be scheduled for an interview on one of 6 interview dates in December and January:

  • Friday December 6, 2019
  • Monday December 9, 2019
  • Wednesday December 11, 2019
  • Tuesday December 17 2019
  • Monday January 6, 2020
  • Wednesday January 8, 2020

Invited applicants will receive an electronic invitation to rank-order their interview date preferences.  This will be sent to their primary email address.  To the extent possible, we will try to accomodate high ranked preferences.


How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs:
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: Yes
If NOT a U.S. Citizen, Authorized to work in the US is Required: No
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a Canadian Citizen, Authorized to work in the Canada is Required: No
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by ranking deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
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
Non-Accredited Not Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree 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: At a minimum, candidates for internship must have completed 3 years of graduate training by the start of internship, and have completed at least 400 practicum hours of intervention and assessment experience (combined). These standards are set to accommodate the different priorities of the various internship training tracks. For example, an applicant with 250 intervention hours might be competitive for the neuropsychology rotation but probably would not be competitive for the more intervention-intensive rotations. Similarly, an applicant with 50 assessment hours would not be competitive for the neuropsychology rotation but might be competitive for another one.
Program Description

The primary objective of the VA Boston Healthcare System Psychology Internship Program is to provide a comprehensive predoctoral training program that assures the development of adequate levels of proficiency across the basic core competencies of clinical psychology including assessment, behavior change and psychotherapy, consultation, attention to issues of diversity, professional ethics, and scholarly inquiry / clinical research. 

We view the internship year as critical in the transition of the individual from graduate student to professional psychologist.  We encourage the development of a professional identity, professional values, and a professional demeanor along with these competencies in the practice of psychology.  The expectation is that by the end of the training year, an intern will be able to function competently and independently (i.e., entry level practice or better) in the core competencies, listed above. 

Within the training program, general skills are emphasized. However, when feasible and appropriate to training needs, the development of specialist skills also is encouraged. We provide training in professional psychology in the following rotations for 2020 - 2021: 

  • General Mental Health;
  • Center for Returning Veterans (OEF/OIF/OND);
  • PTSD Clinical Team;
  • Women's Trauma Recovery Team; 
  • Behavioral Medicine;
  • Substance Abuse Treatment at our Jamaica Plain Campus;
  • Substance Abuse Treatment at our Brockton Campus;
  • Trauma and Addiction Recovery;
  • Neuropsychology;
  • Geropsychology; and
  • Rehabilitation Psychology. 

Our rotations are located at the VA Boston Healthcare System - Brockton, Jamaica Plain (Boston), and West Roxbury campuses; plus, an optional child clinical externship at Boston University (Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders). Our internship is a member of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science (APCS), and we encourage applications from APCS programs.

Internship Training Opportunities


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

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Individual Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Couples Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Primary Care: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Other: As feasible, Supervision of Practicum student/s


Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
HIV/AIDS: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - specialty:

Each of our rotations has a unique focus and different levels of exposure to the treatment modalities and experiences here listed.  For example, the Neuropsycholoyg rotation has a primary focus on assessment and neuropsychology, the Women's Trauma Recovery Team emphasizes individual and group therapy with a focus on women's heatlh, PTSD, and sexual abuse. 

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 2020-2021
Number of Completed Applications: 362 339 321
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 127 122 128
Total number of interns: 19 18 18
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 19 18 18
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 19 17 17
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0 1 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 19 17 18
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 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 1 1 4
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 236 140 96
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
Working on dissertation/Student: 1 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 17 17 17 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 1 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 1 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 2 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0