Department : Psychology MH11-PS

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1365
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: John D. Dingell VA Medical Center
Department: Psychology MH11-PS
Address: 4646 John R
Detroit, Michigan 48201-1932
Country: United States
Metro Area: Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI
Distance from Major City: 0
Phone: 313-576-1000x65908
Fax: 313-576-1091
Training Director Email:
Co-Training Director Email:
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: Eileen Bent PhD
Chief Psychologist: Michelle Abela PhD
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 25
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 4
Position Information
Start Date: 07/26/2024
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: 36828
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): 11 Federal Holidays
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site A typical day varies, but likely includes provision of clinical services (such as individual or group therapy, assessment, or consultation), as well as clinical supervision, and participation in interdisciplinary clinical team meetings.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? No
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: Preferred
Interview notification date: 12/04/2023
Tentative interview date: 12/13/23, 1/8/24, 1/19/24
Interview process description:

Interviews will be conducted virtually this year.  Interview dates are quite tentative at this point, but are antiicpated to be held on 12/13/23, 1/08/24, and 1/19/24.   


How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: We have matched with interns from multiple programs throughout the country.
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): 400
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 100
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
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: It is important to note that a Certification of Registration Status, Certification of US Citizenship, and drug screening are required to become a VA intern. The Federal Government requires that applicants to VA positions whose birth certificate states "male" who were born after 12/31/59 must sign a Pre-appointment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration before they are employed. Exceptions can be granted only by the US Office of Personnel Management; exceptions are very rarely granted. It is not necessary to submit this form with the application, but if you are selected for this internship and fit the above criteria, you will have to sign it. All interns will have to complete a Certification of Citizenship in the United States prior to beginning the internship. We will not consider applications from anyone who is not currently a U.S. citizen. The VA conducts drug screening exams on randomly selected personnel as well as new employees. Interns are not required to be tested prior to beginning work, but once on staff they are subject to random selection as is other staff. Interns and Postdoctoral Residents are subject to fingerprinting and background checks. Match result and selection decisions are contingent on passing these screens. Please also note that, at this time, psychology trainees are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or request a medical or religious exemption.
Program Description

The Psychology Staff at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center has offered training programs for graduate students in clinical psychology for over fifty years. The Internship Program emphasizes a practitioner-scholar model of training. The Program is designed to contribute to the development of a "clinical attitude," the desire to understand people in order to help them. Its primary goal is the development, through practical experience and didactic presentations, of those skills necessary for providing a variety of psychological services within a general medical center setting. This is achieved by presenting the student with the opportunity to work with a variety of patients and a diversity of psychological approaches to patient care and assessment. A secondary goal of the Program is to contribute to the Mission of the medical center in providing high quality psychological services to patients and their families. The metropolitan Detroit area is a cosmopolitan community that is home to an extremely diverse population with social, cultural, and academic activities reflective of that diversity. Many people are pleasantly surprised to learn that the area is home to a large professional community, many colleges and universities, varied entertainment venues, extensive cultural resources, and a great number of outstanding restaurants. The Training Program is concerned with the multi-dimensional richness of all the identities that a person (client, intern, staff member) brings to the setting, including ethnicity, sexual role, race, cultural attitudes, and individual personality within those factors. The Psychology Section staff and students are a diverse group of people. This cultural diversity is a synergistic source of strength, creativity, and liveliness. Students from diverse cultural backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

For the 2024-2025 training year, we will be recruiting for 6 interns across 4 tracks: general internship (2 positions), interprofessional general mental health (1 position), neuropsychology (2 positions), and health psychology (1 position). 

Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
International Students:
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
People without housing: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Individual Therapy: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Couples Therapy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: Experience (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention:
Crisis Intervention: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: Experience (21% to 30%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care: Experience (21% to 30%)
Evidenced Based Practice: Experience (21% to 30%)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students :


Health Psychology: Experience (21% to 30%)
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Physical Disabilities: Experience (21% to 30%)
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Serious Mental Illness: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Anxiety Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Trauma/PTSD: Experience (21% to 30%)
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:
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Experience (21% to 30%)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary: Experience (21% to 30%)
Integrated health care - specialty:

Please note that some of the above experiences depend on the track to which the intern matches and the rotations selcted.

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 2022-2023 2023-2024 2024-2025
Number of Completed Applications: 43 143 54 104 68 64 58
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 30 61 40 53 50 49 42
Total number of interns: 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 6 6 6 2 6 6 3
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0 0 0 4 0 0 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 6 6 6 6 5 5 6
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 0 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 8 7 21 0 10 4 2
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 140 83 115 210 97 276 120
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
2022-2023 2023-2024
Academic teaching:
Community mental health center: 0 0
Consortium: 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0
Hospital/Medical Center: 1 0
Veterans Affairs Health Care System: 3 0
Psychiatric facility: 0 0
Correctional facility: 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0
School district/system: 0 0
Independent practice setting: 2 0
Other (Academic Psychology Department): 0 0
Link to Program's Trainee Admissions, Support, and Outcome Data: