Program Information: Psychology Service (116B)

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1139
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: VA - Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Center
Department: Psychology Service (116B)
Address: 351 E. Temple Street
Los Angeles, California 90012-3328
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA MSA
Distance from Major City: Located in downtown Los Angeles
Phone: 213-253-2677x24837
Web Address: (click on
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Kimberly Newsom
Chief Psychologist: Paul Lo
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 18
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 2
Position Information
Start Date: 08/01/2022
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: 30031
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, 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 Interns at VA Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Center typically work 7:30am-4pm and are engaged in various clinical activities, didactic seminars, supervision, and administrative duties throughout the day. Please see our brochure for a full description of our training program (click on the "Psychology" tab and then the "Downtown Los Angeles" tab at
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: 11/01/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Required
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/15/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/03/2022
Interview process description:

We offer 4 interview dates during the first two weeks of January (tentative dates are Jan. 3rd, Jan. 4th, Jan. 10th, and Jan. 13th). All interviews will be virtual due to ongoing contingency planning influenced by our guiding principles of safety and equity as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. LAACC will maintain its traditional interview structure, with applicants likely attending a 1/2  day virtual interview event, where they will be provided with the following: An overview of the program delivered by the Director of Training, followed by individual meetings with staff members and interns for 3 consecutive 30-minute interviews, an opportunity to meet with the current intern class as a group, and a wrap-up at the end in order to answer any last minute questions.  Our staff are also available for follow up questions via e-mail or telephone.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Previous interns have come from a wide variety of graduate programs. Most recently, we have matched with interns from the following programs: Arizona State University Fairleigh Dickinson University Iowa State University Loma Linda University Nova Southeastern University Palo Alto University Pepperdine University PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium Rutgers University University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Washington State University
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: Yes
If NOT a U.S. Citizen, Authorization to Work or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in the US is Required: No
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: Yes, by application deadline
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 500
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 100
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology 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: To review the VA-wide eligibility requirements for psychology training programs, please visit
Program Description

Located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, VA LAACC is an ambulatory care facility that provides comprehensive medical and mental health services to a diverse population of veterans. Our psychology internship program offers didactic, experiential, and practical training activities in a number of outpatient mental health areas. Our goal is to train interns to be generalist clinicians who are competent in all of the APA profession-wide competency areas, and ready to handle the demands of a job as a postdoctoral resident or entry-level psychologist in a wide range of psychology settings. With this in mind, interns receive training in a broad spectrum of clinic settings including: general mental health, behavioral medicine, posttraumatic stress disorder, substance use disorder treatment, primary care mental health integration, psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery, woman's mental health, and psychodiagnostic assessment. Interns are trained in a variety of evidence-based practices and engage in seminars, supervision, and didactics to support their learning and professional development. The clinic is housed in a 5-story state-of-the-art building and is part of the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (GLAHCS), although separate and distinct from the other GLAHCS training programs. Our psychology service currently consists of 18 full-time psychologists and 2 part-time psychologists, with growth in staff expected this coming training year.  All psychology staff members currently participate in the internship training program. For more details about training opportunities and supervision at LAACC, please view our brochure. 

Note: When submitting your AAPI, the VA LAACC program name is listed as VA Greater LA Health Care Svs Ambulatory Center

Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
International Students:
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Individual Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Evidenced Based Practice: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students :


Health Psychology:
Women's Health: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
HIV/AIDS: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Anxiety Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Feminist Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Religion/Spirituality: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - specialty:

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: (click on   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
Number of Completed Applications: 89 96 86 96 93
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 40 45 42 41 44
Total number of interns: 4 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 4 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 1 2 4 3
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 3 3 2 0 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 4 4 3 3 4
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 1 1 0
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 1 14 5 5 4
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 47 24 21 26 19
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 1 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 3 4 4 4 4
Community Mental Health Center: 2 0 0 0 1
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 2
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 1 4 3 2 1
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 1 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 1 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 1 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0