Program Information: Mental Health Service, Psychology Section, Internship Program

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2221
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Orlando VA Medical Center
Department: Mental Health Service, Psychology Section, Internship Program
Address: Orlando VAMC - Lake Nona
Mental Health - 2H
13800 Veterans Way
Orlando, Florida 32827
Country: United States
Metro Area: Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL
Distance from Major City: 10 miles southeast of downtown Orlando
Phone: 407-631-2349x
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Member of APPIC since: 01/04/2013
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Mary Beth Shea
Chief Psychologist: Steven Herman
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, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Central Florida lifestyle: theme parks, beaches, rocket launches, warm weather year-round, general paradise!
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Work schedule is typically 8 - 4:30. Interns will have 3 rotations over the course of the year, during which they will grow from a graduate student frame of reference to a junior colleague in our 100+ person psychology staff. There are 12 rotations to choose from, in outpatient mental health, specialty mental health, and medical psychology. On each rotation, interns will carry their own caseload, under the close supervision of doctoral faculty. Up to 8 hours may be dedicated to enriching experiences such as evidence based psychotherapy training and consultation or minor rotation experiences. One day a week is reserved for educational activities.
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: 11/17/2019 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: 12/18/2019
Interview notification date time zone: Eastern Standard Time
Tentative interview date: 01/03/2020
Interview process description:

Applicants for Internship must have advanced standing in a clinical or counseling psychology doctoral program approved by the American Psychological Association or Canadian Psychological Association. All applicants must receive the written endorsement of their program Training Director as having completed all departmental requirements for Internship eligibility, including all coursework and qualifying examinations and progress toward the dissertation/research project.

Applications are encouraged from all geographical areas.  The Orlando VA Medical Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer; we are committed to ensuring a range of diversity among our training classes, and we select candidates representing different kinds of programs and theoretical orientations, geographic areas, ages, racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, disabilities, and life experiences. All things being equal, consideration is given to applicants who identify themselves as military Veterans.

Doctoral students who are interested in applying for an internship position in our program should follow the online Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) application instructions.

Intern applicants must:

  1. Have completed at least three years of graduate course work in an APA- or CPA-accredited clinical or counseling psychology training program in good standing. Applicants from programs on probation will not be considered.
  2. Have successfully defended the dissertation proposal.
  3. Have completed a minimum of 500 hours assessment/intervention supervised clinical practica, with preference given to 300+ hours intervention and 200+ assessment hours. Applicants with fewer than 500 clinical hours at the time of application should indicate a plan to accrue the necessary hours prior to starting internship.
  4. Be a citizen of the United States.

The AAPI (APPIC Application for Psychology Internships) online application portal should be used by all interested students to apply to the Orlando VA Medical Center Psychology Internship Program.  All applications must be submitted online. News and information about the APPIC Online Application process, along with instructions about how to access the service, can be found at, click on "AAPI ONLINE." There is a training video describing the basic functionality for the Applicant (Student) portal under "TRAINING RESOURCES."

When you enter the general APPI site, click on Directory Online, and then Search for Internship Programs. Orlando VAMC is listed under Florida. Orlando VA Medical Center Program number is 2221. Most of the information about our internship can be found on our APPIC page. However, if you find that you have more specific questions, you are encouraged to email the internship program training director directly for clarification. Your graduate program training director should be a useful resource in helping you navigating the AAPI applicant portal. When you enter the general site, scroll down and click on "The Applicant Portal of the 2020-21 AAPI Online is now available."

Your online AAPI application package should also include: a Verification of Internship Eligibility and Readiness, completed by University Director of Training, current official graduate transcript(s), three letters of reference from faculty members or practicum supervisors who know you and your work well, cover letter and curriculum vitae.

Complete application packets must be received by us by 11:59 PM Eastern Time Zone November 17, 2019 for consideration for internship appointment beginning the following July. Individual interviews will be conducted by invitation only, following initial evaluation of application materials. Applicants invited for interviews will be notified by December 19, and an interview date scheduled during early January. Interviews may also be conducted via video tele-conference or by phone.

Policies and procedures regarding internship offers and acceptance recommended by the APPIC and the Council of Directors of Clinical Training Programs will be followed for the appointment of interns.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Univ of Cincinnati, Univ of Colorado, Chicago School of Psychology, Univ of Delaware, Florida State university, Fuller Theological Seminary, Idaho State Univ, University of Indianapolis, Eastern Kentucky Univ, Long Island Univ, Louisiana Tech Univ, Michigan State University, University of Mississippi, Univ of Notre Dame, Nova Southeast Univ, Ohio State University, Palo Alto Univ, Pacific University, Indiana Univ of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Rosalind Franklin Univ of Medicine and Science, St. Mary's Univ, State Univ of NY, Univ of Colorado, Univ of South Carolina, Univ of South Dakota, Texas A&M Univ, Virginia Tech, Washington State, and Xavier Univ.
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: Yes
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 300
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 200
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 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: APA-accredited doctoral program required. A total, minimum number of DOT verified, COMBINED Face to Face Intervention and Assessment Contact Hours of 500 is strongly recommended for consideration. Candidates who have less than the required number of hours at the time of application should submit a plan in writing of how the remaining hours will be accrued prior to the beginning of the internship year. Also, candidates who have had direct, observed supervision of their work will be prioritized. Please be sure to specify this as "live supervision," if applicable, or explain how supervision was accomplished if not direct and observed.
Program Description

The mission of the Orlando VA Psychology Internship program is to develop ethical and competent psychologists capable of delivering high quality care through evidence-based practice for the purpose of improving the quality of life and well-being for America’s Veterans. The program provides a generalist training for professional psychologists. Within the generalist training, the internship promotes a scientific attitude and approach to clinical activities through an emphasis on evidence-based practice.

The internship year is divided into three rotations of four  months each.  As a generalist program, we expect interns to participate in an array of rotations that emphasize core psychologist functions, including psychotherapy and assessment. Rotation selection is based on the individual intern’s preference as well as their identified training needs.

We have a wide array of choices for rotations. Rotations are available in Mental Health Clinic, Trauma Recovery, Inpatient Psychiatry, Psychosocial Rehabilitation in Serious Mental Illness, Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment, Neuropsychology, Substance Use Disorders Treatment, Primary Care Mental Health Integration, Pain Management/Biofeedback, Consultation & Liaison, and Geropsychology. primary rotations are 3-4 days per week for 4 months each. Please refer to our online brochure for additional information on the rotation offerings and faculty profiles.

Interns may also elect to participate in additional training experiences in evidence-based psychotherapies (EBP) or with faculty who serve in non-traditional professional roles or provide nontraditional experiences. Minor rotations are available in Care Transitions and Mental Health Outreach, Couples and Family Therapy, Forensic Topics, Geriatric Assessment, Health Psychology, Pain School, Psychology Administration, and Whole Health and Complimentary/Alternative Medicine. Some of the major rotations are also available as minor experiences for those who want a sampling of the experience without doing the whole rotation. Minor rotations and EBP training/consultation can total up to 8 hours per week and may span across rotations.

EBP training and consultation is available in Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and CBT for Substance Use Disorders. Others EBPs and minor rotations may be available, depending on available faculty.

All clinical activities of interns are supervised by professional clinical staff.  At a mininum, each intern will participate in four hours of face-to-face supervision per week. The number of hours spent in direct patient contact performing clinical activities varies across rotations and experience levels.

VA has a renewed focus on measurement-based care. As psychologists, we are committed to taking the lead in using standard measures to demonstrate the effectiveness of our interventions. Applicants should be familiar with common objective and projective personality instruments, as well as measures of cogntive functioning.

Didactic instruction is an essential component of the intern's clinical training experience.  Didactic series are intended to supplement and enrich the development of specific clinical skills practiced in the rotations, and increase understanding of pertinent professional and clinical issues. 

It is a goal of the program to create a supportive and challenging learning environment that enriches each intern’s professional development while respecting individual differences. At the end of the internship year, interns will be particularly equipped for working with Veterans and prepared for entry into the current health care environment, with generalist training and experience in interdisciplinary approaches to patient management.


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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Group Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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: 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:
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)


Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Physical Disabilities: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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: 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:
Geropsychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Multicultural Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Supervision: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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)

As a Veteran population, there is a higher percentage of male patients than female. Our most common mental health diagnosis is depression and related disorders, followed by PTSD and related sequalae of trauma. Interns will have the opportunity to learn evidence-based practices in the treatments of these and other disorders. Special emphasis experiences are available in geropsychology, neuropsychology, military sexual trauma, eating disorders, dialectical behavior therapy, substance abuse, pain disorders, sleep disorders, homelessness, serious mental illness, medical psychology, women's health, interdisciplinary teams in primary care settings, and more.

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: 124 125 122
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 52 49 45
Total number of interns: 8 7 7
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 8 7 7
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 3 5 3
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 5 2 4
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 8 6 7
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 2 1 4
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 36 93 38
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: 4 4 5
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 6 6 5
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 2 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 2
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: 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