Department : Dept of Psychiatry/Dept of Veterans Affairs

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1101
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: UAB-BVAMC Clinical Psychology Internship Consortium
Department: Dept of Psychiatry/Dept of Veterans Affairs
Address: 1720 2nd Avenue South, CPM
Birmingham, Alabama 35294-0019
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Distance from Major City:
Phone: 205-934-9938x
Fax: 205-934-4659
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Consortium
Additional Agency Types:
  • Academic Health Center
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatric or Pediatrics
  • Community Mental Health Center
  • Consortium
  • Medical School
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Melissa Greenfield
Chief Psychologist: Tiffany Nowell
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 50
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 07/27/2023
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 10
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 27479
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Health 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 Hours vary depending on rotation though the standard hours are 8 am to 5 pm. Interns conduct diagnostic interviews, administer and score tests, and provide intervention to selected populations consistent with training goals. An intern can elect to participate in a faculty member's research and receive protected time to do so. Other activities include attending intern specific seminars or general learning activities such as institutionally sponsored seminars or department grand rounds.
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?Yes
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: 11/01/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Not Offered
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 11/15/2022
Tentative interview date: 12/9/2022, 12/12/2022, 1/9/2023, 1/12/2023
Interview process description:

Interview offers are made via email. For this application cycle, individuals will interview virtually. Applicants will have 3-4 individual faculty interviews and at least 1 current intern interview.  Applicants to the Child track interview exclusively with faculty members at Sparks Clinics and Children's Hospital.  

Birmingham VA Internview Dates: 12/12/2022 and 1/12/2023

UAB Psychiatry Interview Dates: 12/12/2022 and 1/9/2023

UAB Child Interview Dates: 12/9/2022 and 12/12/2022

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: No
If NOT a U.S. Citizen, Authorization to Work or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in the US is Required: Yes
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a Canadian Citizen, Authorization to Work in Canada or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in Canada is 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 (if applicable):
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable): 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: The following links detail requirements for the VA track. All VA interns are required to show proof of covid-19 vaccination, and no waivers are permitted for trainees at the Birmingham VA. Interns must meet federal eligibility criteria for training at a VA facility. These criteria include selective service registration for all birth-assigned males, completion of vaccinations required for federal healthcare workers (including COVID-19 vaccination), and background security screening, among several other requirements. Additional information regarding VA trainee eligibility requirements is available at Please note that prospective interns are exempt from pre-employment drug testing, but may be subject to random drug testing as VA employees. Interns may be subject to termination for test refusal or if illegal drug use is confirmed on the basis of verified test results, even if a particular drug is considered legal in some states. Additional information is available at The Children's Hospital of Alabama has a strict nonsmoking policy on its campus.
Program Description

The UAB Department of Psychiatry initiated a doctoral clinical psychology internship in 1965. Soon after, UAB joined forces with the Birmingham VAMC to start the UAB-BVAMC Internship Consortium.  Due to significant growth in our psychology services at both institutions since the initiation of the consortium in the 1960s, we have begun the process of dissolving the consortium relationship. BVAMC and UAB are each seeking accreditation as independent internships. We have both submitted self-studies to APA and await scheduling of site visits. We will remain an accredited consortium during the 2023-2024 training year. We are working closely with APA and are utilizing an option to independently apply for accreditation while we remain an accredited consortium. We will dissolve the consortium after independent accreditation has been achieved, while closely considering the timing in relation to our internship cohorts. While it’s true that big changes are coming to the consortium, one thing that has NOT changed is our commitment to high-quality psychology training.

While we will remain a consortium for the 2023-2024 training year, interns will complete all rotations within their matched site—either BVAMC or UAB, and any performance improvement plans, probation/termination decisions, or grievances will be handled internally within the matched site. All consortium interns participate in a weekly didactic seminar together.

Birmingham VA: The Birmingham VA internship track consists of 2 6-month semesters. Within each semester, interns choose a combination of major and minor rotations across a variety of settings including Primary Care (both in clinic and home-based primary care); a General Mental Health Clinic, as well speciality mental health clinics such as the PTSD Clinical Team, Substance Treatment and Recovery, Telehealth Team, and Behavioral Sleep Medicine, a Blind Rehabilitation Center, and the Pain Rehabilitation Outpatient Program.  Interns receive training in a variety of evidence-based psychotherapies and are typically able to obtain certification in Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD. Following internship, our trainees frequently accept staff positions in VAMCs or complete postdoctoral training within VAMCS or academic medical centers. 

UAB: The UAB tracks offer an incredible variety of training opportunities. We have a wide range of populations and specialty clinics at one of the premier medical settings in the South. Stipend sites include the Department of Psychiatry, Family Medicine, and Civitan International Research Center (Child). Other training sites include Departments of Neurology, Preventive Medicine, Childrens Hospital, and Spain Rehabilitation Center. Interns can choose 3 major and 3 minor rotations where they train for 4 months each during the year or they may choose two major and minor rotations where they train for 6 months.  Major rotations are only available through the stipend sites while minor rotations are available within any affiliated UAB or Childrens department. Because of the variety of minors, interns can specialize within a generalist framework. We have faculty members providing behavior sleep medicine services, functional movement disorders interventions, trauma intervention, and a specialty clinic for the LGBTQ+ population. Interns strongly invested in a career as neuropsychologists can easily obtain the 50% neuropsychological experience requested by APA Division 40 by choosing certain minor and major rotations. Most rotations are easily adaptable to the interns level of knowledge: to offer an initial experience or enhance mastery. In addition, we offer multidisciplinary training opportunities when available. Following internship, our interns most frequently continue their training in postdoctoral experiences, are employed in medical settings, or enter private practice. UAB offers postdoctoral fellowships in several areas including neuropsychology, inpatient/outpatient psychiatry, internal medicine, and preventive medicine, as well as others. Opportunities vary depending upon the funding mechanism and change yearly. For more information, feel free to contact the Training Director or specific faculty members.

Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: 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: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Community Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Consultation/Liaison: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
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: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Evidence Based Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)


Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Eating Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Physical Disabilities: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Learning Disabilities: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Developmental Disabilities: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Adult: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Child: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Serious Mental Illness: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Anxiety Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Pediatrics: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
School: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Integrated health care - specialty: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)

Additional information about training opportunities: Not all rotations or training experiences may be available as described in the APPIC Directory. Please consult the program's application materials or their website at:  for a complete description of the training opportunities available at this training site. IF the site has not updated their information by August 1, feel free to contact the Training Director for additional information.

Summary of the Characteristics of the Specified Internship Class
2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022 2022-2023
Number of Completed Applications: 100 100 106 123
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 50 55 76 87
Total number of interns: 8 8 8 9 8
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 7 8 8 9 8
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 8 8 5 8 8
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0 0 3 1 0
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 8 8 8 9 7
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 0 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 20 20 5 3
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 100 85 100 41
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0 0 0 1
Postdoctoral Fellow: 7 0 8 8 8 6
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 2
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 1 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0 0