Program Information: NAVY INTERNSHIP, Behavioral Health Consultation and Education Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1348
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Department: NAVY INTERNSHIP, Behavioral Health Consultation and Education Services
Address: Navy Clinical Psychology Internship (Bldg 7)
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
8960 Brown Drive
Bethesda, Maryland 20889-5629
Country: United States
Metro Area: Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
Distance from Major City: 7 miles north of Washington, DC
Phone: 301-319-2997
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Armed Forces Medical Center
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Richard Bergthold
Chief Psychologist: Sheila Houghton-Antonucci MSW, LCSW, USPHS
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 15
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 09/05/2022
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 5
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 89051
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Salary includes tax-free housing allowance specific to cost-of-living in the DC/MD/VA metro area.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Working hours are typically 7:30a to 4:30p with some extended days depending on rotation. Rotations are largely focused on direct patient care under supervision, with additional time devoted to scheduled and unscheduled supervision, didactics, and military-specific training and duties.
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:
  • Required
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 11/15/2021
Tentative interview date: 12/07/2021
Interview process description:

Applicants MUST be enrolled in an APA-accredited doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology. We cannot make exceptions to the APA accreditation requirement.

VERY IMPORTANT: There are two parts to the Navy internship applications: the standard AAPI and an application used to determine eligibility for commissioning as a naval officer.

The Navy application is completed with the help of a Navy Medical Programs Officer Recruiter. Applicants are strongly encouraged to make contact with a recruiter as early as possible, preferably in July-August. Initiating contact with a recruiter after 1 October increases the risk that the application will not be completed by the Navy Recruiting Command deadline. (The Navy application includes a medical evaluation and there are frequently delays in getting those appointments scheduled).

**The deadline for submitting AAPI to the Navy internships is 8 November 2021. The deadline for completing the Navy commissioning application is 15 December 2021.

The Navy Psychology community is continuing to adjust to the changing requirements associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the start of this pandemic, we have transitioned to on-line interviews for all of our training programs. We hope to be able to conduct in-person interviews later this year, but we are unable to commit to that at this time. At the very least, applicants will be required to participate in virtual interviews for each internship to which they are applying. Any opportunities for in-person interviews will be communicated in the fall of 2021. 

Interviews will be conducted for the internship program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center between 7 & 9 December 2021. Applicants who are selected for interviews will be contacted via email by the Walter Reed Program Director in mid-November 2021 to schedule an interview.

Applicants who are applying to the internship program at Walter Reed will be required to participate in an on-line interview. If in-person interviews become permissible, applicants will be afforded the opportunity to attend an open house at Walter Reed and complete their interviews in person. If this is the case, an in-person interview at one of the two Navy sites (Walter Reed or San Diego) would be recommended, although not required.

Applicants who match with the program are commissioned as Navy Medical Service Corps Officers prior to starting internship and after internship completion are obligated to serve 3 years on active duty as Navy Psychologists. There is no military obligation for applicants who do not match, but all applicants must complete the recruiting process, including background checks and physical examination, in order to be considered for the internship. Please contact Navy Recruiting in your local area, and ask to work specifically with a Navy Medical Programs Officer Recruiter. 

To locate the Medical Programs Officer Recruiter nearest you, go to - Click on “Find a Recruiter” located at the bottom of the page. Type in the zip code where you will be located at the time you would like to work with a recruiter. Click on “Officer Recruiter.” Again, when contacting the recruiting office, ask specifically to speak with a Medical Programs Officer Recruiter. Small recruiting offices may not have Medical Programs Officer Recruiters, but they can easily direct you to the nearest one. 

The Navy internships have not established a minimum number of practicum hours, or required types of practicum settings, to be considered for our internships.  However, given the predominantly adult focus of our internships, we specifically seek applicants with practicum experience in generalist clinical evaluation and psychotherapy work with adults. Experience with a wide-range of psychological testing with adults (personality, projective, cognitive) is preferred. Experience with adults with major psychopathology is also preferred. Applicants with minimal experience with adults, or with adult experience only in narrowly focused specialty areas such as neuropsychological assessment, would be at a significant disadvantage in our review and APPIC ranking of applicants.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Richard Bergthold (, Director, Navy Clinical Psychology Internship Program, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

How to obtain application info: Email the Program
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: A sampling of programs of recently matched applicants: University of Notre Dame, NOVA Southeastern University, University of Tennessee, Jackson State University, Yeshiva University, Loyola University, Roosevelt University, Fordham University, Fuller Theological Seminary, Hofstra University, and The George Washington 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 ranking deadline
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: Prior to being placed on our program's match ranking list applicants must meet age, security background check, and medical qualification requirements for Navy officer commissioning.
Program Description

U.S. NAVY CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY INTERNSHIP PROGRAM: The training model is that of Practitioner-Scholar, with two primary training aims: 1) to provide the trainee with experiences and skills needed to function competently as a broadly-trained clinical psychologist, and 2) to equip the intern with additional knowledge and skills needed to practice competently within the Navy. Training stresses exposure to multiple theoretical orientations and techniques. Rotations include Adult Outpatient, Health (to include Integrated Behavioral Health Consultation in Primary Care, Behavioral Sleep Medicine, and Pain Management), Inpatient, and Psychodiagnostic Assessment (to include Psychiatric Consultation and Liaison). Adult outpatient rotation involves supervised diagnostic interviews, military specialty evaluations and short-term treatment (evidence-based treatments, cognitive-behavioral, short-term dynamic and other techniques). Health rotation focuses on learning a consultative model in a primary care setting (internal medicine clinic, womens health clinic), involves brief evaluations of medical patients with recommendations and interventions aimed at symptom reduction and functional outcome. Health also includes a rotation in Behavioral Sleep Medicine and the Pain Clinic. Psychodiagnostic Assessment rotation is a consultation service providing psychological assessment to the inpatient services, intensive outpatient treatment programs, and other medical center departments, and includes self report and performance tests, personality, and projective testing to assist with diagnosis, treatment planning and disposition. The Inpatient rotation involves admission, diagnosis, stabilization, treatment and disposition of patients on two services: a psychiatric inpatient service and a neurobehavioral inpatient service. Rotation includes opportunities for multidiscinplinary management and treatment of complex patients, with exposure to a wide range of severe pathology. The rotation also includes opportunities for neuropsychological screening experience with returning wounded Service members. Trans-rotational long-term individual cases are carried through the year with weekly supervision. PTSD cases are seen trans-rotationally using different treatment approaches. Didactic seminars are presented throughout the year and range from 2 hours to two-day workshops. Previous Seminar topics include: MMPI-2, MCMI III, PAI, Psychodynamic Theory and Practice, Assessment and Treatment of Suicidal Patients, Ethics, Operational Psychology, Cultural Competence, Working with Transgender Patients, and Military Sexual Trauma, to name but a few. The Navy Clinical Psychology Internship Program is located at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland on the former site of the National Naval Medical Center. The program received 10 year re-accreditation by APA in 2018.

Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Other: Military

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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Consultation/Liaison: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Crisis Intervention: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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%)


Health Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Women's Health: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
HIV/AIDS: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Serious Mental Illness: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Offenders:
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%)
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: 45 36 42
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 32 36 30
Total number of interns: 6 6 5 6 6
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 6 6 5 6 6
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 0 2 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 6 4 4
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 5 5
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 11 4
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 33 42
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 3 1 2 1 2
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 0 0 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 6 6 6 5 6
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
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 0
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: 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