Department : Directorate for Mental Health Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1152
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Naval Medical Center, San Diego
Department: Directorate for Mental Health Services
Address: Naval Medical Center
34800 Bob Wilson Drive
San Diego, California 92134-5000
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA
Distance from Major City:
Phone: 619-532-6062
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Armed Forces Medical Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Armed Forces Medical Center
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: William Hunt
Chief Psychologist: William Hunt
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 27
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 09/05/2023
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: 96333.00
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Life Insurance, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Salary includes tax-free housing allowance specific to cost of living in San Diego housing market.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Typical intern workday starts 7:00 to 7:30 AM, depending on rotation, and consists of a combination of psychological assessment (interview diagnostic evaluations and/or psychological testing), individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, consultation with other healthcare providers, and consultations with Active Duty patients' military commands. Extensive individual and group supervision is interspersed throughout the week. Didactic training occurs Tuesday and Friday afternoons. Several times during the year, interns will attend full day or multiday trainings. During those trainings, interns do not have clinical responsibilities.
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: 11/14/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Preferred
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 11/18/2022
Tentative interview date: 11/29/2022, 11/30/2022, 12/01/2022
Interview process description:

Applicants MUST be enrolled in APA-accredited doctoral programs in clinical or counseling psychology.  We cannot and will not make exceptions to the APA accreditation requirement.

VERY IMPORTANT: There are two parts to the Navy internship applications: the standard APPI and an application used to determine eligibility for commissioning as a naval officer.

The Navy application is completed with the help of a Navy Medical Programs Recruiter. Applicants are strongly encouraged to make contact with a recruiter as early as possible, preferably in July/August. Initiating contact with a recruiter after 1 October increases the risk that the application will not be completed by the 16 December,2022 Navy Recruiting deadline. (The Navy application includes a medical evaluation and there are frequently delays in getting those appointments scheduled).

PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for submitting APPI’s to the Navy internships is 14 November 2022. The deadline for completing the Navy commissioning application is 16 December 2022.

As of the date of this writing, we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation.  For this interview year, we are planning to offer virtual interviews from November 29-December 1.  Selected applicants will be contacted via phone or email by the Program Director no later than 18 November 2022 to schedule an interview. Interviews are typically with two program representatives (faculty members and active duty Navy psychologists), and last for 60-90 minutes. Additionally, applicants will have the chance for discussion with current interns.  Applicants who are offered an interview are welcome to visit the program in person, but whether an applicant visits in person will not be factored into the selection/ranking process.    

Applicants who are applying to both Navy sites (San Diego and Walter Reed in Bethesda, MD) are strongly encouraged to conduct interviews with both sites.  Applicants considering ONLY the San Diego Navy Internship MUST interview with San Diego faculty.

Alternate dates for interviews can be arranged.

Applicants who match with the program are commissioned as Navy Medical Service Corps Officers prior to starting internship, and after internship completion are obligated to serve 3 years on active duty as Navy Psychologists. There is no military obligation for applicants who do not match, but all applicants must complete the recruiting process, including background checks and physical examination, in order to be considered for the internship. Please contact Navy Recruiting in your local area, and ask to work specifically with a Navy Medical Programs Recruiter. 

Please note: The Navy internships have not established a minimum number of practicum hours, or required types of practicum settings, to be considered for our internships.  The numbers of intervention and assessment hours listed below are suggested, not hard and fast requirements.  However, given the predominantly adult focus of our internships, we specifically seek applicants with practicum experience in generalist clinical evaluation and psychotherapy work with adults. Experience with a wide-range of psychological testing with adults (personality, projective, cognitive) is preferred. Experience with adults with major psychopathology is preferred. Applicants with minimal experience with adults, or with adult experience only in narrowly focused specialty areas such as neuropsychological assessment would be at a significant disadvantage in our review and APPIC ranking of applicants.

For additional information, please contact Dr. W. Michael Hunt (, Interim Director, Navy Clinical Psychology Internship Program, Naval Medical Center San Diego.


How to obtain application info: Email the Program
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Numerous doctoral (Ph.D. and Psy.D.) programs throughout the United States.
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: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by ranking deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 500
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 50
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 Not Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited Not 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: Just to emphasize above info, in order to be considered for the internship applicants MUST be enrolled in APA-accredited doctoral programs in clinical or counseling psychology. Additionally, prior to being placed on our program's Match ranking list, applicants MUST meet all background check and medical history/physical exam requirements for Navy Officer commissioning.
Program Description

U.S. NAVY CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY INTERNSHIP PROGRAM: The training model is that of Practitioner-Scholar, with two primary training aims: 1) to provide the trainee with experiences and skills needed to function competently as a broadly-trained clinical psychologist, and 2) to equip the intern with additional knowledge and skills needed to practice competently within the Navy.  Training stresses exposure to multiple theoretical orientations and techniques and spans five rotations each lasting about ten weeks plus a Transrotation experience lasting the entire year.  Rotations include Adult Outpatient Mental Health and Psychological Assessment, Health Psychology, Two Operationally-focused rotations (one focusing on Navy service members and the other on Marines), and Inpatient and Emergency Mental Health. 

Adult Outpatient rotation involves provision of outpatient assessment and therapy to active duty military members, military retirees, and their families.   Services provided include interview assessment and psychotherapy with general mental health outpatients and formal psychological testing in the Psychological Assessment program.

Health Psychology rotation responds to health psychology consults from other medical services including cardiology, neurology, oncology, and the pain clinic, among others. These consults usually request psychological evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment for problems including sleep disorders, chronic pain, poor adherence to prescribed medical regimens, functional neurological symptom disorder, and anxiety disorders co-occurring with physical illnesses and injuries. Interns treat these problems with behavioral and health psychology interventions such as mindfulness, biofeedback, stress-management techniques, and cognitive behavioral strategies.  Interns also will have opportunities for participating in interdisciplinary and structured group interventions for managing chronic illness and stress. 

Mental Health Operational Outreach rotation primarily serves active duty Navy personnel and provides psychology-related consultation for those sailors’ military commands.  Psychological services typically include interview assessment and brief psychotherapy.  The focus of this rotation is assessing fitness and suitability for military duties and consulting with military commands.  Interns also work directly with Navy psychiatrists who are embedded with Navy Fleet Surgical Teams.   

During the Marine Corps Mental Health Rotation, the intern works at both the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) San Diego, and the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar.  This rotation involves brief assessments of Marine Corps recruits experiencing psychological difficulty in adjusting to Marine Corps boot camp and assessment and treatment of Marine Corps staff members. The rotation emphasizes development of competence in mental health consultation with Marine Corps commands and Marine Corps air squadron flight surgeons. 

On the Inpatient Mental Health/Emergency Mental Health Rotation interns become competent with the admission, diagnosis, treatment and disposition of patients with severe mental health disorders of such severity as to require emergency evaluation and, often, hospitalization.  Interns spend five weeks of this rotation on the Inpatient Service and five weeks on the Emergency Mental Health Service. The intern is part of a multidisciplinary treatment team (comprised of staff psychiatrists and psychologists, psychiatric residents, nurses, social workers and hospital corps staff) and is immediately responsible for patient care to the credentialed staff psychiatrists who head the Inpatient and Emergency Mental Health teams.  During this rotation, the intern will stand the weekend day in-house mental health watch, once every other week.   

Additional training includes several full day or multi-day trainings in evidence-based interventions, Grand Rounds, Training Directors’ Rounds, didactic seminars presented throughout the year, training in clinical supervision, a diversity journal club, and, whenever possible, a number of military “field trips”.  One such trip lasts approximately one week and takes place aboard a major Navy combat ship at sea.  This gives the interns a firsthand overview of life at sea for crew members, of resilience and positive adaptation, and of clinical issues that arise in the Navy Fleet.  A similar trip is scheduled to the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton to enhance intern understanding of the same factors specific to the Marine Corps.  The Navy Clinical Psychology Internship Program is located at Naval Medical Center San Diego in San Diego, California.  The program was previously re-accredited by APA for the maximum time limit and is currently undergoing the re-accreditation process.

Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: 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
Other: All clients are active duty military, retired military, or their adult family members.

Treatment Modalities

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


Health Psychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Women's Health: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Serious Mental Illness: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Anxiety Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Trauma/PTSD: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders:
Counseling: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Vocational/Career Development: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Multicultural Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation:
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:

Consultation with multidisciplinary medical and mental health care treatment teams and providers, and consultation with military commands of active duty mental health patients.

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: 31 38 33 37 33 24
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 31 33 32 35 33 23
Total number of interns: 6 6 8 10 6 5
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 6 6 8 10 6 5
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 2 3 1 4 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 5 4 5 9 2 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 6 4 6 8 4 2
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 2 2 2 2 3
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 5 5 6 5 0 6
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 30 94 68 51 38 23
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 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 0 0 1 0
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 0
Military Medical Center: 6 6 6 8 9 6
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: 0 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