Program Information: Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital Division

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1587
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: South Texas Veterans Health Care System
Department: Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital Division
Address: Psychology Service (116B)
7400 Merton Minter Blvd.
San Antonio, Texas 78229-4404
Country: United States
Metro Area: San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
Distance from Major City:
Phone: 210-617-5300x16302
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Member of APPIC since: 1980
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Allyson Ruha
Chief Psychologist: Emma Mata-Galan
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 85
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 2
Position Information
Start Date: 07/06/2020
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 7
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):
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Tour of duty typically 8am-4:30pm; day may include inter-disciplinary team meetings, individual and group work, assessments, structured learning activities/didactics, and supervision.
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: 11/01/2019 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Time Zone: Central Standard Time
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is: Preferred
Interview notification date: 12/01/2019
Interview notification date time zone: Central Standard Time
Tentative interview date: 12/03/2019
Interview process description:

Internship Interviews will be held during separate dates in December and January; applicants should plan to be with us from 8am-1pm; specific Emphasis area interview dates will be forthcoming.

Applicants are scheduled to spend individual time with the Training Director, two faculty members within the emphasis area, one postdoctoral fellow, and current interns.  There is also time allotted for a tour of the hospital and a final group meeting with the Training Director for any remaining questions.  Phone interviews can be arranged for applicants unable to travel for the on-site interview.


Interview Dates:

December 3-10, 2019

Jan 6-10 and 14-16, 2020

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: 2019-2020 training year: Alliant IU/CSPP- Sacramento Baylor University Florida State University Louisiana Tech University University of Colorado- Denver University of Maryland at College Park University of Pennslyvania 2018-2019 training year: Chicago School of Professional Psychology Nova Southeastern University Our Lady of the Lady University San Diego State University/UC-San Diego Southern Illinois University University of North Texas University of Tennessee- Knoxville
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: Yes
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by ranking 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: 4
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Not 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 doctoral internship at South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS) is designed to provide exemplary training for applicants who desire careers in public-sector clinical psychology. The emphasis is to train interns to provide quality care in medical care settings, especially to Veterans of the United States military. Our philosophy is that all practicing psychologists should have a solid foundation in general clinical psychology, and therefore the doctoral internship is first and foremost a well-rounded year of training in general clinical psychology. All interns are expected to obtain general training in a variety of assessments and interventions with a variety of patient populations.

For interns who have specialty career interests, we offer special emphasis/focus areas in primary care/mental health integration, neuropsychology, geropsychology, trauma psychology, serious mental illness, and rural mental health, in addition to our general clinical psychology position. The Primary Care/Mental Health Integration emphasis is designed for applicants interested in pursuing a career in treating Veterans with psychological disorders in primary medical care settings, and in treating Veterans who need assistance with different kinds of health problems. The Neuropsychology emphasis is designed for applicants interested in pursuing a two-year postdoctoral followship in Neuropsychology followed by a career in neuropsychological assessment and treatment.  The Geropsychology emphasis is designed for applicants interested in pursuing a career working with the elderly, and provides an introduction to general geriatric issues, including gero-neuropsychology, and may include palliative care and end-of-life issues. The Trauma Psychology emphasis focuses on treating Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder resulting from combat and other traumas. Interns with these specialty interests are required to take one specialty rotation that prepares them for more advanced training in their specialty areas. The Serious Mental Illness emphasis aims to train applicants interested in pursuing a career in psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery services and evidence based treatments for Veterans with serious mental illness. The Rural Mental Health emphasis intern is housed primarily at the Kerrville VA Medical Center with a focus on evidence based care and treatment services provided to a rural population. 

It is anticipated that interns in good standing (and interest) in the various emphasis areas will continue on into our postdoctoral fellowship program; the Primary Care/Health Psychology intern entering into the Primary Care/Health Psychology postdoctoral fellowship, the Geropsychology intern entering into the Geropsychology postdoctoral fellowship, and the Trauma Psychology Intern entering the Trauma Psychology postdoctoral fellowship; the Serious Mental Illness intern entering into the Psychosocial Rehabilitation postdoctoral fellowship; and our Rural Mental Health intern entering the Rural Mental Health postdoctoral fellowship. We also offer a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology, and applicants for that position are recruited nationally. We also offer postdoctoral fellowships in Substance Use Disorders/ Homelessness, Health Psychology/Behavioral Sleep Medicine, Palliative Care, and an additional Rural Mental Health position.  All postdoctoral fellows will receive some training in areas beyond their own specialty, as the program is a general clinical fellowship.


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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Family Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Group Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Primary Care: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)


Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Physical Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Learning Disabilities:
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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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: 137 125 164
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 60 65 67
Total number of interns: 7 7 7
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 7 7 7
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 6 4 4
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 3 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 6 5
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 4 1 2
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written
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: 7 7 6
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 7 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 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: 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 1
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 0
Independent Practice: 0 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