Program Information: Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1118
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, San Diego
Department: Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine
Address: Kaiser Permanente Department of Psychiatry
4660 Palm Avenue
San Diego, California 92154
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA
Distance from Major City: 4 outpatient clinics in metro San Diego
Phone: 619-662-5712x
Fax: 619-662-5375
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Other
Additional Agency Types:
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatric or Pediatrics
  • Community Mental Health Center
  • Private Outpatient Clinic
  • Other
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Michelle Cuevas
Chief Psychologist: Catherine Jervey
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 7
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 3
Position Information
Start Date: 08/21/2023
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 4
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 33363.20
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): This site offers 2 weeks vacation; 5 days sick pay; 3 days "education leave" (for work on dissertation or other educational activity); 7 holidays (Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, and Independence Day); 3 days for post-doctoral/employment interviews or dissertation defense; seminars/workshops which the interns attend, along with Department staff
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns will have the opportunity to engage in individual and group therapies, attend seminars/didactic trainings, attend staff and other required meetings. Interns will complete psychological and neuropsychological assessments at least 2 days per month. The days are spent in an outpatient clinic interacting with therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, and managers.
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: 11/01/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/09/2022
Tentative interview date: 1/10/2023, 1/11/2023
Interview process description:

Interview invitations are sent by email by December 9. Applicants attend one of two virtual program orientation sessions on Tuesday 1/10/23 or Wednesday 1/11/23, which is followed on the same morning by a virtual individual interview with two members of our psychology staff. Applicants have the opportunity to meet and talk with current program interns, our program's Training Director and psychologist supervisors.  The program lasts from 8:30am to 12:00pm Pacific Standard Time (PST). At this time, the orientations/interviews are held virtually in compliance with current CDC recommendation and Kaiser Permanente guidance.  Our program abides by E.E.O. standards, and invites applications from diverse applicants. 

With regard to citizenship, we do not require US citizenship to apply and be considered for interview.  For operational reasons, our psychology internship program does not hire those who now, or will in the future, need a student visa (e.g. F-1 CPT, F-1 OPT, or F-1 OPT STEM) or employer sponsorship in order to obtain or maintain immigration work authorization. For the purpose of this statement “employer sponsorship” includes, but is not limited to H-1B, TN, E-3, O-1, AC-21, I-140 portability (including J Supplement for I-485) and permanent residency (“Green Card”) documentation.



How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: For 2022: Alliant International University - San Diego; Wright Institute; Pepperdine University For 2021: Alliant International University - Los Angeles; Fuller Theological Seminary; Palo Alto University; University of Oregon For 2020: Alliant International University - Los Angeles; Loma Linda University; Palo Alto University For 2019: Alliant International University - Los Angeles; Alliant International University - San Diego; Fuller Theological Seminary; University of Nevada - Las Vegas For 2018: Spalding University; American School of Professional Psychology - Argosy Southern California; Loma Linda University For 2017: Alliant International University; Arizona State University; Loma Linda University; Roosevelt University For 2016: William James College; University of Denver; Loma Linda University; Alliant International University For 2015: Fuller Theological Seminary; Alliant International University; Palo Alto University Over 18 years of our program we have matched with students from programs all across the United States.
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 start of internship
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 250
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 40
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
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: Yes
How to obtain text of statement: If matched with our program, Kaiser's HR department requires a standard pre-employment physical exam and a background check. All interns must pass a drug screening, which includes screening for use of cannabis. Failure to pass the drug screening would result in forfeiture of the internship placement. Except where prohibited, KP requires its employees, interns, students, and volunteers to be fully vaccinated or meet a qualifying exemption. California-based Workforce Members are subject to additional booster requirements as well. If the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) determines that additional vaccination doses are required for individuals to maintain fully vaccinated status, Workforce Members must obtain any such additional vaccination.
Other Requirements: Supplemental material required: Deidentified psychological or neuropsychological test report and deidentified clinical case summary/conceptualization/treatment plan, uploaded on AAPI website.
Program Description

Our program is in Kaiser's Department of Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, a large outpatient department. Kaiser Permanente is a non-profit health maintenance organization, the largest group practice, pre-payment plan and the largest non-governmental health care delivery system in the U.S. Kaiser has more than six million members nationally, and approximately 550,000 members in San Diego County. Interns work as members of a multi-disciplinary clinical team - seeing children, adolescents, and adults in therapy; doing psychological and neuropsychological testing; and having opportunities to work as co-therapists in group therapy programs. They also participate in "minor rotations" which includes the Emergency Room at one of the main medical centers (where interns can shadow a licensed mental health provider) and a San Diego Youth Services placement (where interns conduct therapy and provide assistance to at-risk youth from the community).  Interns are considered "essential workers" and the safety of staff and patients is KP's top priority.  Interns are afforded up to 20% of their time to pursue "elective" interests - allowing for flexibility in clinical and training pursuits, and opportunity to work with staff from various disciplines and with various areas of expertise.  We have an extensive seminar program throughout the year, covering a broad range of topics (e.g., Mind Over Mood; Cognitive Processing Therapy; DBT; crisis intervention; psychopharmacology; psychological assessment; diversity; professional and ethical issues). Interns also take part in professional development seminars, along with the professional staff of the Department.  Each intern works with a Primary Supervisor throughout the year, as well as with other clinical supervisors - offering exposure to varying theoretical orientations and the opportunity to work with staff with various clinical specialties. There is an emphasis on the use of virtual appointments for psychotherapy and testing intakes.  We place a high priority on providing a nurturing and supportive environment for our interns. Our goal is to assist our interns in their transition from graduate students to solidly trained, professional psychologists.

Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: 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
Other: With respect to SES level, most clients have Kaiser insurance/membership through employee groups or individual/family payment plans or government subsidies (i.e., Medi-Cal).

Treatment Modalities

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


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

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: 115 122 117 132 160 91
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 36 36 40 40 36 36
Total number of interns: 4 4 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 4 4 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 1 2 1 3 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 3 3 2 3 1 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 4 4 4 4 3 4
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 0 1 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 10 22 5 31 13 12
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 21 97 138 131 143 85
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 1 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 4 4 3 4 4 3
Community Mental Health Center: 2 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 1 0 1 1 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 1 1 1 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 2 0
Other Medical Center: 1 0 2 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 1 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: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0 1
Independent Practice: 1 1 0 2 1 2
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 1 0 0 1
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0 0