Program Information: Psychology Internship Training Program

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1244
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Pacific Islands Health Care System, VA
Department: Psychology Internship Training Program
Address: Spark M. Matsunaga Medical Center
459 Patterson Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96819-1522
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: Located in Honolulu, HI at Tripler Army Medical Center Army Base 2 miles from airport
Phone: 808-433-0322
Fax: 808-433-7511
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: Shiloh Jordan
Chief Psychologist: Dennis Perez
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 35
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 07/05/2022
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: 29003
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class:
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Living in the diverse cultural environment of Hawaii. Working with psychology staff who have a strong value for community, are highly committed to training, and value quality patient care for our Veterans.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns work within interdisciplinary teams across rotations. Activities include providing direct service (e.g., therapy and psychological assessment), involvement in teaching and consultation, and program development/special project implementation. Interns engage in a range of duties representative of the range of activities of the professional psychologist within a health care system.
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: 11/08/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Not Offered
Interview notification date: 12/15/2021
Tentative interview date: 12/20/2021
Interview process description:

In lieu of an in-person interview, the selection committee will invite applicants being considered for ranking to a) submit a work sample and b) participate in a competency-based online interview.* We offer online interviews in lieu of phone/video or in-person interviews to provide convenience to our applicants and allow applicants the opportunity to be reflective in their responses. We also conduct interviews in this manner to reduce potential bias in the selection process, while enabling individuals to participate in the interview process regardless of socioeconomics (i.e. ability to fund travel to interviews). We want the competencies and qualities of the interns to be what is reviewed within the interview process rather than interviewing skill, degree of charisma, or other variables that are not relevant to being a quality professional psychologist. Candidates are given a two week window (end of December/beginning of January) in which to complete the online interview at their convenience.

In addition, those applicants being considered for ranking are invited to attend an optional open house (all current VAPIHCS interns and the majority of the psychology staff participate in this event). For the 2021-2022 selection years, we will be hosting this event as a hybrid both virtually and in-person. For those attending the open house in-person, we will host a potluck lunch (subject to change in accordance with best interest of publich health). The open house is scheduled to take place on Thursday, January 27h, 2022. We schedule the open house at the end of the application season in order to reduce potential conflict for applicants with other interviews and to also enable applicants to experience a little aloha after the emotional marathon of selections. The purpose of the open house is to assist applicants in deciding how to rank our program by providing greater insight into the training program, talk with our current interns, have questions answered, and meet some of our psychology staff. Perhaps most importantly, it provides an opportunity to experience the atmosphere and attitude of the program. Please note that our ranking of candidates is based on the written application packet, work sample, and online interview. An applicant choosing to not participate in the open house is not a factor in our ranking of candidates. Regardless of attendance at the open house, we offer internship candidates the opportunity to be connected with psychology training staff and current trainees to better learn about the site.

 * Applicants requesting accommodation due to disability for the online interview or virtual participation in the open house are asked to request such assistance by contacting the Training Director at 



How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: See Website/Program Brochure
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:
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours:
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:
Program Description

Please see Our six psychology interns work in a variety of clinical rotations offered by psychologists throughout the VA Pacific Islands Health Care System (VAPIHCS) in residential/inpatient, outpatient mental health, primary care, telehealth/rural, and specialty care clinics. Interns develop individualized training plans gaining experience in three to five different clinical rotations with individual supervision in each rotation from the psychologist responsible for that service. Five of the intern positions are designated as Generalist positions (Program Code 124411). The sixth position is designated as Generalist with an emphasis in rural health (Program Code 124412). Our training program has a scientist-practitioner orientation based in diverse clinical experiences with a focus on evidence-based practice and a sensitivity to ethnic, cultural, and individual differences. We are seeking bright, conscientious, personable, diverse, and well-qualified applicants with sound clinical practicum training in psychological assessment, individual and group therapy with adults, and ability to function with autonomy under supervision. We value a commitment to learning, initiative, flexibility, and maturity. The training program also includes six psychology postdoctoral resident positions (two in PTSD, one Rural and Underserved Populations, one in Primary Care-Mental Health Integration, one in Military Sexual Trauma & Women's Health, and one in LGBTQ+ Health Care). Please see the program brochure available on the program website for adaptations to rotations and the learning environment related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
Students: 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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Primary Care: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)


Health Psychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Women's Health: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
HIV/AIDS: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Physical Disabilities: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Serious Mental Illness: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
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:
Geropsychology: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Religion/Spirituality: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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:

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: 78 72 75 100 96
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 46 45 41 51 52
Total number of interns: 6 6 6 6 6
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 6 6 6 6 6
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 4 4 3 4 4
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 2 3 2 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 6 6 5 5
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 1 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 0 2 2 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 72 40 60 67 25
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 1 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 6 5 6 6 5
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 1
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 5 2 5 5 3
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 1 1 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 1 0 1 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 0 0 1
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 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