Program Information: Mental Health Service Line

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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: Mental Health Service Line
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
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Andrea Burns
Chief Psychologist: Michael Martin
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 65
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 08/01/2022
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: 27706
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Life 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: 11/01/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Optional
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/15/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/10/2022
Interview process description:

All applicants will be notified of their interview status by 12/15/21. Applicants are notified by e-mail at the address provided in the AAPI. Interviews are expected to occur on four consecutive dates from Monday 1/10/22 through Thursday 1/13/22. We plan to offer virtual interviews only, and we hope to be able to offer an optional open house for applicants in late January 2022 after interviews and rankings are complete. 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: 2021-2022 Mercer University St. Louis University University of Tennessee - Knoxville Mercer University University of Miami Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis University of North Carolina - Charlotte 2020-2021 Baylor University Chicago School of Professional Psychology East Tennessee State University Howard University La Salle University University of Iowa Western Michigan University 2019-2020 Duquesne University Georgia State University Miami University The University of Memphis University of Indianapolis University of Mississippi 2018-2019 Howard University Kent State University Northern Illinois University Nova Southeastern University University of Houston University of Kentucky University of Miami 2017-2018 Catholic University of America Pacific Graduate School of Psychology University of Akron University of Louisville University of Maryland at College Park Wright Institute 2016-2017 Duquesne University Florida State University Georgia State University Georgia State University Rutgers University – New Brunswick University of Cincinnati 2015-2016 Emory University Emory University Georgia State University University of Georgia University of Texas – Austin University of Texas – Austin 2014-2015 California School of Professional Psychology – San Francisco at Alliant University Emory University Jackson State University 2013-2014 Argosy University University of Mississippi University of North Carolina, Greensboro 2012-2013 Florida Institute of Technology Loma Linda University University of Southern Mississippi 2011-2012 Marquette University University of Georgia University of South Carolina
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: 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 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:
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 at: for more information.

Internship Training Opportunities


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

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
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 :


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%)
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%)
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Feminist Therapy:
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%)

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: 147 149 193 101 107
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 47 52 57 55 60
Total number of interns: 6 7 7 7 7
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 6 7 7 7 7
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 5 6 6 4 5
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 1 1 3 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 5 6 5 6
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 3 2 1 2 1
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 2 5 7 5 6
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 25 30 47 27 110
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 1 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 5 6 6 0 6
Community Mental Health Center: 1 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 3 3 0 6
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 1 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 1 0 1
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 1 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 1 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 1 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 1 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 1 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0