Program Information: MHSL-Psychology (116B)

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1268
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Jesse Brown VA Medical Center
Department: MHSL-Psychology (116B)
Address: 820 S. Damen Ave.
Attn: Director of Training, Psychology 116B
Chicago, Illinois 60612
Country: United States
Metro Area: Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI MSA
Distance from Major City: Downtown Chicago
Phone: 312-569-8387x59241
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: Jamie Mathews
Chief Psychologist: Alexander Schut
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 45
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 06/20/2022
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: 29112
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 00
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above):
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site A typical workday will vary depending on the rotations being followed by the intern and the typical duties held by psychology within that clinical area. Please refer to the training brochure for additional information.
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: 11/02/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: The data is not updated for current year. We are showing the previous data.

Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

Interviews will be virtual and are anticipated to take place on various days in early-mid January 2022, depending on specialty tracks and the number of interviewees invited. The interview day will be approximately 3-4 hours in duration (could be longer if interviewing for multiple tracks). Interviewees will receive a general introduction to the program as a group, after which they will meet with staff for a minimum of three individual interviews, each lasting approximately 30 minutes. The purpose of the interviews is to learn more about the interviewee and to answer questions that the interviewee has about JBVAMC, its internship program, and other relevant topics. This process is designed to allow both parties to adequately assess fit between the interviewee and the program. All interviewees will have the opportunity to meet individually with the Director of Training and to request informational interviews with additional staff if interested. Interviewees will also be able to speak with members of our current internship class. 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs:
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 start of internship
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours:
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours:
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required:
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-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: Interns are required to take the oath of office required of all federal employees. The text of this oath can be found at the Office of Personnel Management's website ( A full list of qualifications/eligibility requirements can be found through our website in the "Application Process" document for the current recruitment cycle.
Program Description

Our program adheres to a scientist-practitioner model of training. Interns pursue one of four tracks:

  1. General (3 positions);
  2. Neuropsychology (1 position);
  3. Health Psychology (1 position); and
  4. Acute Crisis Intervention (1 position).

All tracks provide a breadth of training, including experiences in individual and group therapies.

The Jesse Brown VA Medical Center is a large urban VA in the city of Chicago, whose majority Veteran population is Black/African-American, older, and male. We are also serving an increasing number of women Veterans, LGBTQ+ Veterans, and younger, post-9/11 Veterans . Interns will have the opportunity to work in a variety of clinical settings with a range of mood disorders, PTSD, substance use, serious mental illness, chronic medical problems, and/or psychosocial stessors. There will be an emphasis on cultural factors and intersectionality in clinical care delivery. 

Intervention largely involves evidence-based practices with some opportunities for psychodynamic formulation and intervention. Rotations and supervisors are determined between interns and the Director of Psychology Training to ensure interns' exposure to a broad range of diagnoses and treatment approaches, while taking into account training goals and previous practica experiences that interns have had. Individual rotations are designed to provide interns a deep experience in the rotated clinic.

Opportunities to supervise externs may be available depending on the intern's clinical skills, rotation selection, and training goals. Attendance at an extensive didactic series, including numerous diversity-focused discussions and transtheoretical case conceptualization, is required across the training year.

We seek to promote a balanced experience for our interns and have a strong record of postdoctoral or employment placement of our interns upon completion of internship training. We have a flexible, collegial, and supportive atmosphere, and we take a developmental approach to supervision and training. In 2013, we were reaccredited by the American Psychological Association's Committee on Accreditation. We are currently being reviewed for re-accreditation and are awaiting information about our site visit, which has been delayed due to COVID-19. Please visit our training website for a more detailed description of our program and the staff who participate in training. 

In addition to the typical factors evaluated by most sites (graduate grades, honors, letters of recommendation, etc.), there are some characteristics of a good match to the Jesse Brown VA. Please note that these characteristics are not uniformly to be considered “requirements,” but are merely guidelines designed for helping potential applicants determine if they might find our program to be a good fit for their experiences and qualifications.

  • Three or more practica or other clinical experiences, with at least one of the practica focusing on psychological or neuropsychological testing,  or the applicant should have significant testing  or interviewing experiences in 2 or more practica
  • At least 1500 practicum hours (overall)
  • Dissertation is proposed, with a reasonable plan in place for completing data collection by late August of the internship year
  • Substantial, if not most, clinical experience with adults
  • Demonstrated interest (obvious through the applicant’s clinical and/or research experience) in at least one major clinical training area available at JBVAMC
  • Clinical and/or research experience in working with disadvantaged populations
  • Clinical and/or research experience with racially and ethnically diverse populations
  • Clinical experience and coursework appropriate for the track of interest
  • Some experience in administration of MMPI-2/RF, MCMI-III and WAIS-IV
  • Some experience in writing psychological testing reports, preferably with at least 10 integrated adult reports for General Track applicants (exceptions can be made for COVID-19-related limitations in assessment experience)


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
Students: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Consultation/Liaison: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Crisis Intervention: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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%)
Other: Residential Psychological Care; Home Based Primary Care; Telehealth Delivery


Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Serious Mental Illness: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Anxiety Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Feminist Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Integrated health care - primary: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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: 160 174 180 148 133
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 64 63 66 60 63
Total number of interns: 6 5 6 5 6
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 6 5 6 5 6
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 3 4 1 3 3
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 3 1 5 2 3
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 5 6
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 1 0 0 0
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 7 9 5 4 2
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 29 50 104 124 128
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: 6 0 0 0 5
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 4 1 1 2 3
Military Medical Center: 0 0 1 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 1 4 3 3 1
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 1
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: 1 1 0 1 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