Department : Psychology Internship

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1235
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Atlanta VA Health Care System
Department: Psychology Internship
Address: 1670 Clairmont Road, MHSL (116)
Decatur, Georgia 30033
Country: United States
Metro Area: Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA
Distance from Major City: About 4 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta
Phone: 770-492-2748x424234
Fax: 404-327-4942
Training Director Email: andrea.burns@va.gov
Co-Training Director Email:
Web Address: https://www.va.gov/atlanta-health-care/work-with-us/internships-and-fellowships/psychology-training-program/
Brochure Website's Address: https://www.va.gov/atlanta-health-care/work-with-us/internships-and-fellowships/psychology-training-program/
Primary Agency Type: Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Member of APPIC since:
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director: Andrea Burns
Chief Psychologist: Michael Martin
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 125
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 3
Position Information
Start Date: 07/29/2024
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 6
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 35321
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Federal holidays; personal and professional leave
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns work the required 8-hour federal business day (usually 8am-4:30pm). Interns may spend additional time after hours completing documentation, writing reports, and on other administrative tasks. During the workday interns spend the majority of their time engaged in direct clinical service activities, with additional time allotted for supervision, treatment team meetings, and didactics.
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: 11/01/2023 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are: Not Offered
A Virtual Interview is: Required
Interview notification date: 12/15/2023
Tentative interview date: 1/8/24, 1/9/24, 1/10/24, 1/11/24
Interview process description:

All applicants will be notified of their interview status by 12/15/23. Applicants are notified by e-mail at the address provided in the AAPI. Applicants declining an invitation to interview will not be ranked by the program. Interviews are expected to occur on four consecutive dates from Monday 1/08/24 through Thursday 1/11/24. In accordance with APPIC guidelines we plan to offer virtual interviews only. On the day of interviews, applicants will receive an overview of the training program from the Director of Training and select members of the training staff, spend time with the current intern class, and participate in several individual, 30-minute interviews with members of the training staff. Applicants are not guaranteed to interview with any particular staff member and requests are not accepted.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: 2023-2024 Emory University - Clinical Ph.D. Georgia State University - Clinical Ph.D. Mercer University - Clinical Psy.D. Mercer University - Clinical Psy.D. Nova Southeastern University - Clinical Psy.D. St. Louis University - Clinical Ph.D. 2022-2023 Adler University – Clinical Psy.D. Florida State University – Clinical Ph.D. Georgia Southern University – Clinical Psy.D. University of Wyoming – Clinical Ph.D. Utah State University – Combined Ph.D. Yeshiva University – Clinical Psy.D. 2021-2022 Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis – Clinical Ph.D. Mercer University – Clinical Psy.D. Mercer University – Clinical Psy.D. St. Louis University – Clinical Ph.D. University of Miami – Clinical Ph.D. University of North Carolina – Charlotte – Clinical Ph.D. University of Tennessee – Knoxville – Counseling Ph.D. 2020-2021 Baylor University – Clinical Psy.D. Chicago School of Professional Psychology (Argosy Teach-Out) – Clinical Psy.D. East Tennessee State University – Clinical Ph.D. Howard University – Counseling Ph.D. La Salle University – Clinical Psy.D. University of Iowa – Counseling Ph.D. Western Michigan University – Clinical Ph.D. 2019-2020 Duquesne University – Clinical Ph.D. Georgia State University – Clinical/Community Ph.D. Georgia State University – Counseling Ph.D. Miami University – Clinical Ph.D. The University of Memphis – Clinical Ph.D. University of Indianapolis – Clinical Psy.D. University of Mississippi – Clinical Ph.D. 2018-2019 Howard University – Clinical Ph.D. Kent State University – Clinical Ph.D. Northern Illinois University – Clinical Ph.D. Nova Southeastern University – Clinical Psy.D. University of Houston – Counseling Ph.D. University of Kentucky – Counseling Ph.D. University of Miami – Clinical Ph.D. 2017-2018 Catholic University of America – Clinical Ph.D. Pacific Graduate School of Psychology – Clinical Ph.D. University of Akron – Counseling Ph.D. University of Louisville – Counseling Ph.D. University of Maryland at College Park – Counseling Ph.D. Wright Institute – Clinical Psy.D. 2016-2017 Duquesne University – Clinical Ph.D. Florida State University – Counseling/School Ph.D. Georgia State University – Clinical Ph.D. Georgia State University – Counseling Ph.D. Rutgers University – Piscataway/New Brunswick – Clinical Psy.D. University of Cincinnati – Clinical Ph.D. 2015-2016 Emory University – Clinical Ph.D. Emory University – Clinical Ph.D. Georgia State University – Clinical/Community Ph.D. University of Georgia – Clinical Ph.D. University of Texas – Austin – Counseling Ph.D. University of Texas – Austin – Counseling Ph.D. 2014-2015 California School of Professional Psychology – San Francisco at Alliant University – Clinical Psy.D. Emory University – Clinical Ph.D. Jackson State University – Clinical Ph.D.
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 application 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): n/a
Does your program require applicants to submit supplemental materials (i.e., an assessment report and/or a case/treatment summary):
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: https://www.va.gov/oaa/hpt-eligibility.asp
Program Description

The psychology doctoral internship program at the Atlanta VA promotes the development of generalist skills across the profession-wide competency areas defined by APA. These competencies include research, ethical and legal standards, individual and cultural diversity, professional values, attitudes, and behaviors, assessment, intervention, fundamental supervision skills, and consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills. Emphasis is placed on learning the most current philosophical and technical approaches backed by empirical research and current professional standards. All training rotations provide ample opportunities for supervised direct clinical experience. All supervisors provide individualized evaluation and feedback on clinical skills and the intern's professional growth as it occurs within a clinical setting. Please see our online brochure for more information:

Psychology Training Program | VA Atlanta Health Care | Veterans Affairs

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

Infants:
Toddlers:
Children:
Adolescents:
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
LGBTQ+: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking:
French-speaking:
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
Students:
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
People without housing: Yes
Other: Veterans

Treatment Modalities

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

Experience

Health Psychology: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Women's Health: Exposure (1% to 20%)
HIV/AIDS: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: Experience (21% to 30%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Neuropsychology-Child:
Serious Mental Illness: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Anxiety Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Trauma/PTSD: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Sexual Abuse: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Forensics/Corrections:
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Pediatrics:
School:
Counseling:
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality:
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: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Administration: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - specialty: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Other:

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: https://www.va.gov/atlanta-health-care/work-with-us/internships-and-fellowships/psychology-training-program/  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 2023-2024 2024-2025
Number of Completed Applications: 147 149 193 101 107 170 100
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 47 52 57 55 60 70 57
Total number of interns: 6 7 7 7 7 6 6
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 6 7 7 7 7 6 6
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 5 6 6 4 5 3 3
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 1 1 3 2 3 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 5 6 5 6 5 6
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 3 2 1 2 1 1 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 2 5 7 5 6 2 5
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 25 30 47 27 110 18 16
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
2022-2023 2023-2024
Academic teaching: 0
Community mental health center: 0 0
Consortium: 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0
Hospital/Medical Center: 2 0
Veterans Affairs Health Care System: 2 0
Psychiatric facility: 0 0
Correctional facility: 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0
School district/system: 0 0
Independent practice setting: 1 0
Other (Academic Psychology Department): 0 0
Link to Program's Trainee Admissions, Support, and Outcome Data: https://www.va.gov/atlanta-health-care/work-with-us/internships-and-fellowships/psychology-training-program/