Program Information: Psychology Service

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1414
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Durham VA Medical Center
Department: Psychology Service
Address: Psychology Service (116B)
Mental Health Service Line
508 Fulton Street
Durham, North Carolina 27705-3875
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: (Durham -- just a few miles from Research Triangle, Raleigh, Chapel Hill)
Phone: 919-286-0411x177562
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Member of APPIC since: 09/02/2013
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Jessica Fulton
Chief Psychologist: Stacey Kovac
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 34
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 4
Position Information
Start Date: 08/03/2020
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: 27107
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): 10 Federal holidays; 13 annual leave days; 13 sick leave days; professional leave (6 days, with additional days for conference presentations / travel, subject to approval); intern can choose from several federal employee health benefits plans. Dissertation defense leave is provided, as relevant.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Throughout the training year, interns are engaged in a variety of clinical / training activities in two different 6-month rotations, on four days (M - Th); these two rotations (each amounting to two days per week) are the primary clinical experiences. In total, interns complete four "halftime" rotations over the course of the year. On Fridays, Durham VAMC interns have at least four (4) hours of protected research / program evaluation time - and also may participate in evidence-based psychotherapy (e.g., CPT or PE) consultation groups. Didactic series and other learning activities fall primarily on Fridays and one other day per week. Generally, interns work 40 - 45 hours per week; but, the expectation is 40 hours per week. The routine workday is 8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.
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: Preferred
Interview notification date: 11/25/2019
Interview notification date time zone: Eastern Standard Time
Tentative interview date: 12/10/2019
Interview process description:

Interviews are offered via phone or in-person. Interview modality (phone vs. in-person) will not affect your interview ratings.

3 interview dates will be offered to invited internship candidates, including two interview dates in December (December 10 and 11, 2019) -- plus one in January (January 22, 2020).  (Note:  We will make every effort to accommodate candidates' interview date preferences.)             

Interview day consists of group meetings with rotation supervisors; 3 individual interviews with faculty; plus, both group and one individual meeting with current (2019-2020) interns.

(Note:  Requests to meet with specific rotation supervisors will be accommodated, to the extent possible.  But, interview dates with larger numbers of candidates may make specific supervisor interviews impracticable.)

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: University of Washington; Boston University; San Diego State University / UC-San Diego - Joint Program; Duke University; University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill; University of Georgia; West Virginia University; Virginia Tech; Emory University; University of North Carolina - Greensboro; University of North Texas; University of Tulsa; University of Houston; U of Southern Mississippi; SDSU / UCSD; Jackson State University; University of Binghamton / SUNY; Case Western Reserve University; Northern Illinois University; Temple University; Florida State University; University of Nebraska-Lincoln; University of Memphis; University of Missouri-Columbia; University of Missouri-St. Louis; Drexel University; University of Arkansas-Fayetteville; University of Nevada-Las Vegas; University of Toledo
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 ranking deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 300
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 75
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 Not 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

See internship website:

The updated brochure for 2020-2021 will be uploaded, a.s.a.p.  Relatively few changes to the internship will be described, but note that U.S. citizens from Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) accredited graduate (Ph.D.) programs in clinical or counseling psychology are now eligible.  That is, doctoral students from APA- or CPA-accredited programs are encouraged to apply.  Additionally, students from clinical science --  Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS) accredited  -- programs are also encouraged to apply.

For candidates who are considering an internship at the Durham VAMC, please see some other training options (e.g., postdoctoral fellowships, advanced research fellowships) at the Durham VAMC.

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
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other: Home-based primary care

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Group Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Community Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Consultation/Liaison: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)


Health Psychology: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
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: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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)
Forensics/Corrections: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Geropsychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Feminist Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Religion/Spirituality: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Program Development/Evaluation: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Supervision: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Research: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Administration: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Integrated health care - primary: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Integrated health care - specialty: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)

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: 151 162 155
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 57 58 58
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: 8 8 8
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0 0
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 8 7 7
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 9 4 6
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 83 57 43
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 8 8
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 6 5 5
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 1
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 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: 2 3 1
Independent Practice: 0 0 1
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