Program Information: 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: San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA
Distance from Major City:
Phone: 832-284-4080x
Fax: 619-532-6056
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: David Mather Ph.D., ABPP
Chief Psychologist: David Mather Ph.D., ABPP
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 23
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 2
Position Information
Start Date: 09/12/2022
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 6
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 94595.00
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: 11/08/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Preferred
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 11/15/2021
Tentative interview date: 11/30/2021
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 15 December 2021 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 8 November 2021. The deadline for completing the Navy commissioning application is 15 December 2021.

As of the date of this writing, we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation.  While we are hopeful we can offer on site, in person interviews, we expectare also preparing for the possibility that all interviews will be conducted virtually with Naval Medical Center, San Diego faculty on 30 November -2 December 2021. Selected applicants will be contacted via phone or email by the Program Director no later than 15 November 2021 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 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. David Mather (, 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: 500
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 50
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 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

Internship provides training in mental health assessment and treatment of active duty military members, their families, retired military members, and their families. Both outpatient and inpatient work are included. Major skills covered are interview and testing assessment, individual and group psychotherapy, and consultation with other medical services and active duty military commands. Primary individual and group supervision is provided by the faculty's civilian and military licensed psychologists. Adjunct faculty members include psychiatrists, in keeping with the internship's emphasis on multidisciplinary mental health programming. All internship graduates have an obligation to remain on active duty as Navy psychologists for three years after internship completion. Extensive training and supervision is provided in effective consultation with military leaders and personnel regarding the impact of mental health issues on military work performance.

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
Number of Completed Applications: 31 38 33 37 33
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 31 33 32 35 33
Total number of interns: 6 6 8 10 6
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 6 6 8 10 6
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 2 3 1 4
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 5 4 5 9 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 6 4 6 8 4
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 2 2 2 2
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 5 5 6 5 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 30 94 68 51 38
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 0 0 1
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 6 6 6 8 9
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 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 0 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 0 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