Department : Psychology Section, Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences Service

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1198
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Bay Pines VA Healthcare System
Department: Psychology Section, Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences Service
Address: 116B Psychology Internship Training Program
P.O. Box 5005
Bay Pines, Florida 33744
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
Distance from Major City: Tampa ~30 miles; St Petersburg ~5 miles
Phone: 727-398-6661x14678
Fax: 727-398-9515
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Psychology Department
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Zoe Proctor-Weber PsyD, PhD
Chief Psychologist: Rodrigo Velezmoro
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 55
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 07/17/2023
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 7
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 26297
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): With the approval of the current rotation supervisor and the Training Director, each Intern may be allocated up to five (5) days of authorized Administrative absence (LN - Administrative) for educational purposes (e.g. to attend conferences, institution approved research presentations, VHA interviews, dissertation defense etc...) as per VA Handbook 5011, Part III, Chapter 2, Section 12 which states that employees, including trainees, may be given authorized Administrative absence without charge to leave when the activity is considered to be of substantial benefit to VA in accomplishing its general mission or one of its specific functions, such as education and training. While LN leave may be approved at the service level, it is up to the discretion of HR and the Facility Director to finalize approval.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns are assigned to their clinical rotations for approximately 32 hours per week. Clinical time includes individual supervision, direct patient care/group and individual intervention and assessment of Veterans, interdisciplinary team meetings, case conferences, inpatient rounds and administrative work (standard note documentation, assigned readings etc.). On Fridays, Interns engage in interactive educational didactics/seminars and research. Structured learning activities include a focus on assessment and intervention, multicultural diversity, ethics and legal issues and the provision of clinical supervision. Interns also participate in weekly group supervision with the TD and peer consultation activities.
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: 12/11/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Not Offered
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/05/2022
Tentative interview date: 01/12/23, 01/19/23
Interview process description:

BPVAHCS Internship Application and Interview Process

Third or fourth year graduate students in APA approved clinical or counseling doctoral psychology training programs who are interested in applying for an internship position in our program should follow the online Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) application instructions.

Your online AAPI application package should also include: a Verification of Internship Eligibility and Readiness completed by your graduate program Training Director, all official graduate transcript(s), three letters of reference from faculty members or practicum supervisors who know you and your work well, a cover letter, and a curriculum vitae.

You may ask to be considered (ranked) in one program/major area of emphasis (track).

 ___ General Psychology    ___ Neuropsychology

The cover letter should clearly state your preference for General Psychology or Neuropsychology emphasis training.

AAPI application packets must be completed by Midnight on December 11, 2022 for consideration for Internship appointment beginning the following July. Individual interviews will be conducted by invitation only, following initial evaluation of application materials. Applicants invited to interview and attend the Open House will be notified on or before December 19, 2022.

The Bay Pines Internship Open House/Interview day(s) will be held virtually on Thursday January 12, 2023 and Thursday January 19, 2023. The Open House/Interview day(s) will be conducted from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST. The morning will include a program overview with the TD, followed by rotation presentations and Q&A with our training staff. The afternoon will include a meet and greet with our current interns, a slide show of our facility, staff, beautiful campus, and community followed by interviews with TC staff. If you are unable to join us for one of our OPEN HOUSE/INTERVIEW dates, we will arrange for your interviews to be conducted virtually at a time convenient to you. 


  • AAPI applications are reviewed by an administrator for completeness and eligibility.
  • Completed applications are initially reviewed and rated by current members of the Training Committee who make recommendations to invite applicants for interviews.
  • The Training Director reviews the resulting recommendations.
  • The Training Director finalizes the list of applicants invited for interviews.
  • Emails are sent to all applicants notifying them of interview selection decisions.
  • Interviews are scheduled with Training Director or TC staff member designee.
  • Each perspective Internship candidate is interviewed individually by two members of the Training Committee using video-teleconference. The candidates will also have the opportunity to meet with members of the training staff and current Internship cohort during (1) of the two OPEN HOUSES. Interns provide feedback to the Training Committee. Additionally, applications submitted by candidates are reviewed and rated by one current Intern.
  • TC member and Intern ratings of application packets and interviews are compiled and an overall rating score is generated.
  • The Training Committee meets to review ratings and rank applicants into specified tracks.
  • The Training Director submits the final lists to the APPIC - National Matching System for matching.
  • After the final match list is posted, successfully matched candidates are contacted by the Training Director.

The Internship strictly follows the APPIC match procedures in order to protect an applicant’s rights to freely choose among Internship sites. No person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking related information from any Intern applicant prior to submitting our rank order for matching.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: University of South Florida, Ohio State University, Auburn University, Florida Institute of Technology, Drexel University, University of South Carolina, Texas Tech. University, the University of Minnesota, Adelphi University, University of Mississippi, the Virginia Consortium, University of Florida, Georgia State University, University of California, Santa Barbara, Hahnemann University, Ohio University, University of Connecticut, University of Denver, University of Southern Mississippi, University of Georgia, Penn State University, Indiana State University, University of South Dakota and Wright State University, University of Louisville, University of Miami, University of Missouri - St Louis, Argosy University, Atlanta, Argosy University - Washington, DC., Loma Linda University, University of Texas at Austin, Lehigh University, LaSalle University - PA, Regent University - Virginia Beach, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto, CA, Emory University, University of Tulsa, University of Indianapolis, University of Mississippi, Alliant University/California School of Professional Psychology, San Francisco, University of Houston, Virginia Commonwealth University, Spalding University, Wright Institute, University of Central Florida, Virginia Tech, Fuller Theological Seminary and NOVA Southeastern University; Southern Methodist University; Central Michigan University; Idaho State University; Spalding University; William James College; University of So. Alabama; Northern Illinois University; Rosalin Franklin; Chestnut Hill College; Long Island University, Adler University, Yeshiva University - Ferkauf; University of Maryland; University of Georgia; National Louis University; St Mary's University; Idaho State University; University of South Dakota; Seattle Pacific University, 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: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
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): 250
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable): 500
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: Please see online brochure for all other requirements
Program Description

The fundamental aim of our program is to develop competent Health Service Psychologists who are ready to assume the responsibilities of an entry-level staff Psychologist at the VA-equivalent GS-11 level or advanced practice Postdoctoral Residency position. This Internship experience provides training to obtain competence in patient-centered practices as well as the 9 Profession-Wide competencies of Health Service Psychology practice as outlined in the Standards of Accreditation from APA’s Commission on Accreditation.

The program adheres to a Scholar-Practitioner model. The training of new psychologists is regarded as a serious responsibility by our staff with significant investment of time and energy in all facets of the Training Program. 

The didactic and clinical experiences of this program are designed to facilitate the professional attitudes, competencies and personal resources essential to the provision of high quality patient care of contemporary psychological services. As mentors, the staff seeks to demonstrate and encourage Intern participation in the professional roles of clinician, consultant, team member, supervisor, evaluator, researcher and crisis intervener. The professional growth and development of Interns is enhanced by consistent supervision, varied clinical responsibilities with diverse patient populations, continued didactic training and opportunity for research, teaching and administrative/management involvement.

The Internship year is divided into four major rotations of 3 months each. We offer both a General Psychology and Neuropsychology emphasis track. With Training Committee approval, Interns are encouraged to select 4 rotations from the various rotations offered in order to meet their individual interests and training goals. Neuropsychology emphasis trainees are encouraged to consider a double rotation within the Neuropsychology clinic. Regardless of track, at a minimum, interns are expected to achieve (9) Profession-Wide Competencies in (a) Research, (b) Ethical and Legal Standards, (c) Individual and Cultural Diversity, (d) Professional Values, Attitudes and Behaviors, (e) Communication and Interpersonal Skills, (f) Assessment, (g) Intervention, (h) Supervision and (i) Consultation and Interprofessional / Interdisciplinary Skills. With respect to Research, trainees will select a project that can include applied research/evaluation and/or quality systems (QS) or performance improvement (PI).  Projects can be individual or group based and each student will be assigned a research supervisor and present (at a minimum) at the end of the year R&D Service Research Fair. Additionally, interns interested in additional training in teaching, or management-administration and leadership development may build these competencies into their training plan as well by electing to participate in ongoing administrative activities (e.g. program development) or teaching activities.

Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

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


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

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: 134 120 139 150 149 131
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 57 63 58 43 72 65
Total number of interns: 7 7 7 7 7 7
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 7 7 7 7 7 7
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 5 5 3 4 6 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 2 4 3 1 5
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 7 6 7 5 6 5
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 1 0 1 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 9 6 2 1 5
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 79 79 157 99 68
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 1 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 7 6 7 7 7 7
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 1 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 5 4 6 5 4 3
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 1 2 1 1 1 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 1 4
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 1 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 1 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 1 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0 0