Program Information: VA Palo Alto Health Care System - Psychology Service (116B)

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1147
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Department: Psychology Service (116B)
Address: 3801 Miranda Avenue
Palo Alto, California 94304-1290
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA
Distance from Major City: About 30 miles south of San Francisco and 20 miles north of San Jose
Phone: 6504935000-65476-
Fax: 650-852-3445
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Jeanette Hsu
Chief Psychologist: John McQuaid
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 66
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 6
Position Information
Start Date: 08/28/2023
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 15
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 41113
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): 11 Federal holidays;13 annual leave days; 13 sick leave days; up to 10 days professional leave; intern can choose from several federal health benefits plans. Professional leave granted for conference attendance, postdoc interviews, dissertation defense and graduation ceremony. Up to $1000 can be approved for reimbursement of conference attendance registration and other educational course fees. Free parking and available public transit subsidy benefit.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site See internship brochure for more details.
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:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/15/2022
Tentative interview date: N/A
Interview process description:

Applicants are notified by email if invited to interview. All interviews will be virtual, via Zoom, and are scheduled for a full day between mid-December 2022 and the third week of January 2023 (multiple dates available including 12/15, 12/16, and 1/3 through 1/23). The day includes a 60-minute orientation, several 30-minute individual interviews with multiple staff, and a meeting with current interns over lunch. Requests to meet with specific staff will be considered but cannot be guaranteed.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Please see intern brochure for a listing of recent interns' graduate programs.
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: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: No
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 300
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 50
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable): 400
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:
Program Description

The VA Palo Alto Health Care System Psychology Internship program is committed to the scientist-practitioner model of psychology. The internship program at VA Palo Alto is a member of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science, a coalition of doctoral training programs and internship sites that share a goal of producing and applying scientific knowledge to the assessment, understanding, and amelioration of human problems.

Palo Alto has broad strengths in training. We have a large staff of distinguished psychologists who represent a broad range of areas of expertise and are dedicated to training and supervision of our future psychology colleagues. Perhaps more than any other psychology internship program in the nation, Palo Alto has numerous opportunities for training in a wide variety of settings and, therefore, the program is able to offer a training experience individualized to the particular intern’s training needs and goals. There are rotations for training in psychological and neuropsychological assessment, and for training in interventions with adults and families in geriatric settings, medically-based settings including primary care and physical rehabilitation, inpatient and outpatient mental health settings, and residential PTSD and substance use treatment settings. There are opportunities to do clinical research, either as part of rotations that are primarily clinically-focused, or in rotations that emphasize health services research, program evaluation and implementation/dissemination, or translational research. These experiences are intended to supplement and complement training experiences obtained in your graduate program.

Assignment to rotations and selection of supervisors is based primarily on the intern's training needs and interests, and are determined after the Match. The internship year is divided into two six-month periods. Within each 6-month period, interns typically spend half-time at each of two sites. In addition to training assignments, interns have Wednesday afternoons set aside for a year-long intern seminar series. There are multiple other optional didactics available to interns (e.g., training in EBTs, CE conferences, grand rounds, track and rotation-specific seminars). We believe that psychologists should be prepared to work as members of interprofessional health care teams, interacting collaboratively with the full range of disciplines that provide health care services. Most of our care settings are interprofessional. Interns' professional development is emphasized and supported throughout the year.

Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Family: 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
Other: Veterans and active-duty service members and family members

Treatment Modalities

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


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

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: 294 229 191 224 231 203
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 96 94 95 95 96 94
Total number of interns: 15 15 14 15 15 15
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 15 15 14 15 15 15
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 14 13 12 10 15 15
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 2 2 5 0 0
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 14 11 10 15 14 13
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 4 4 0 1 2
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
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written
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 1 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 15 14 14 14 13 15
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 9 8 9 1 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 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 1 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: 0 1 1 4 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 4 5 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 1 0 0 1 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