Program Information: Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1423
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Veterans Affairs New Jersey Health Care System
Department: Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences
Address: 151 Knollcroft Road, Bldg 143 (116A)
Lyons, New Jersey 07939
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA
Distance from Major City: Holland Tunnel:15 miles=EO Campus;34 miles=Lyons Campus
Phone: 908-647-0180x6442
Fax: 908-604-5251
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: Norman Mosley
Chief Psychologist: Sam Spinelli
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: 09/06/2022
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 8
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 30178
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class:
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, 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 Internship hours are from 8:00-4:30 including lunch. 4 days are typically spent on clinical rotations including assessments. One full day each week is spent in didactic seminars.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum Students
Do Psychology Interns/Postdocs Have the Opportunity to Supervise Practicum Students?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: 11/02/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes, with additions
An onsite interview is:
  • Preferred
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/15/2021
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

The New Jersey VA will follow the latest guidance for interviewing from APPIC and APA for the interviews this year. Historically we have strongly preferred in-perons interviews but this past year our interviews were 100% virtual. Applicant’s chosen for interviews will be offered to join one of several group orientation meetings led by the Director of Training.  An overview of the program will be presented along with questions and answers.  Each applicant will be interviewed individually by a member of our Training Committee. Applicants will meet in small groups with our current interns. This will occur in-person or virtually on the same day depending on guidance from APPIC/APA.  Efforts are made to match applicants with an interviewer in their areas of clinical interest.  Applicants will be contacted by email and/or their cell phone.  Please check your cell phone voice mails regularly during this period.  Interviews will be scheduled in mid-late November and completed in December.  Applicants who are not offered an interview will be notified via email on approximately December 15th.


How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Please see program brochure for a list of recent program matches.
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: No
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 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: 1) Applicants must be U.S. Citizens. 2) Applicants must be from APA accredited graduate programs in order to qualify for VA internships. 3) The VA requires a criminal background check, physical, fingerprinting, and urine/drug screen as a condition for internship.
Program Description

The VA New Jersey Health Care System is comprised of 2 medical centers 20 miles apart (East Orange & Lyons), plus several outpatient clinics and the Bloomfield Vet Center. Our population is diverse with respect to ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status. Comprehensive mental health services are provided to veterans in areas such as acute psychiatry, outpatient mental health, long-term psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery, geropsychology, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorders, military sexual trauma, behavioral medicine including oncology, and health psychology. Training rotations are typically six months in duration with opportunities for major and minor clinical assignments within each rotation. Concentration in areas of clinical interest may be possible. We employ a practitioner-scholar model. Our training program exposes interns to the scientific principles of practice through readings, seminars, and supervision. Our rotation supervisors offer diverse perspectives, including psychodynamic, CBT, ACT, Mindfulness, integrative, & evidence-based approaches. Rotations and clinical activities are determined by the intern’s level of training and skill, with a progressive increase in complexity of cases and level of autonomy as competence is demonstrated. Supervised instruction is offered in the use of various assessment measures including cognitive and neuropsychological instruments. Interns develop increased competency in writing comprehensive integrated psychological reports. In support of the program's clinical and academic aims, we offer a series of well-developed seminars one full day per week.  Interns develop advanced competencies in the 9 Profession Wide Competencies required by APA including intervention (group & individual), assessment, multicultural & individual diversity, ethics, legal standards, professional conduct, supervision, consultation/interprofessional collaborative care, and professional issues. Please review our brochure for the specific details of rotations, seminars, and the structure and philosophy of our large, well-developed training program.

Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

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


Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Physical Disabilities: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Serious Mental Illness: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Anxiety Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Program Development/Evaluation: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Supervision: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Integrated health care - specialty: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)

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: 102 105 105 106 104
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 48 46 48 50 48
Total number of interns: 8 8 8 8 8
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 8 8 8 8 8
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 5 6 6 4 4
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 3 2 2 4 4
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 8 6 6 6 6
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 2 2 2 2
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 6 6 6 7 5
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 22 21 18 19 21
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 1
Postdoctoral Fellow: 5 8 5 5 6
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 2 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
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 1 1 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: 1 0 1 2 1
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 1 0 0