Program Information: Bronx VA Medical Center - Psychology Program

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1446
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Bronx VA Medical Center
Department: Psychology Program
Address: 130 W. Kingsbridge Road
Bronx, New York 10468
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA
Distance from Major City:
Phone: 718-584-9000x5215
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Psychology Department
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Laura Pratchett
Chief Psychologist: Julie Thysen
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 24
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
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: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): In addition to vacation and sick leave (13 days of each during the training year), interns are allowed up to 3 days of administrative leave to attend conferences, trainings, or other activities that are in line with the intern's training goals. In addition, interns can apply for additional funding to attend a conference or training during the internship year.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site There is not a typical day on internship, as the intern is involved in multiple training experiences, tailored to the specific training goals of the intern. Interns generally complete two six month rotations, each rotation including a combination of standard experiences (such as general outpatient mental health, PTSD/Neuropsychology) and elective minor experiences including health psych orientated rotations, Couples Therapy, Acute Inpatient Mental Health, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Geripsychology. Our Neuropsychology Track interns have fewer psychotherapy electives as a minimum of 50% of their training year is spent participating in activities related to neuropsychology. Some experiences will carry through the year, including PTSD, Couples Therapy, allowing for long term work. They will complete 2080 hours of training including at least 520 hours of direct patient contact. Interns will be given at least four hours of weekly supervision, including at last two hours of individual supervision as well as group supervision that provides an opportunity to practice supervision skills and address professional development. Additionally, interns will participate in at least three hours of weekly didactic instruction including training in EBPs.
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: 11/01/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Not Offered
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 11/29/2022
Tentative interview date: N/A
Interview process description:

Candidates will be informed by e-mail by November 29th whether or not they have been invited to interview. Interviews occur in late December and early January and include an Open House forum, opportunity to meet with current interns, and interviews with two staff members and a current intern. Interviews are a two-way process: a chance for us to meet and learn more about you, and an opportunity for you to meet us and get a better understanding of our program. For the 2023-2024 internship class, we will be following guidelines and exclusively offering virtual open houses and interviews to support safe and equitable practices. While we value the increased accessibility offered by virtual interviews, we understand that choosing an internship is a major decision made more difficult by the inability to actually visit our hospital.   Thus, we encourage you to reach out at any time with questions that will help you make an informed decision.  We adhere strictly to the selection process guidelines established by the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC).

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 (if applicable):
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable): 4
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 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

Track 1)  (Program Code 144611) is our General Internship Track.  We have openings for 6 interns within this track.  The General Internship Track offers a year-long PTSD rotation as well as a broad range of 6- and 12-month sub-rotations.

These sub-rotations are: Mental Health Outpatient Clinic (required), Acute Mental Health Inpatient, Geripsychology, Substance Abuse Treatment, Spinal Cord Injury Clinic, Primary Care Clinic, Neuropsychology, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Couples Therapy (Emotion Focused Therapy) and Sleep Disorders Treatment.

 Track 2) (Program Code 144612) is our year-long Neuropsychology Track.  We have openings for 2 interns within this track. The Neuropsychology Track is designated for those interested primarily in specialty neuropsychological training, devoting roughly 50 percent of time to neuropsychology.  Generally applicants applying to this Track have plans to continue onto Neuropsychology Post-doctoral Programs.  The year-long Neuropsychology Track includes 6- and 12-month sub-rotations including Mental Health Outpatient Clinic, Acute Mental Health Inpatient ward, Geripsychology, ALS Clinic, Spinal Cord Injury, Primary Care Clinic.

Across rotations, a main goal is to to foster multicultural competence through cultivating awareness, knowledge, and skills, in working with people from diverse backgrounds with cultural and individual differences.

Applicants should indicate in their cover letter if they are interested in the General Internship Track or Neuropsychology Track. 

The brochure will lay out the specifics of these rotations.


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
Students: Yes
International Students:
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:
Crisis Intervention: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Primary Care: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Substance Use Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Counseling: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation:
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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 2022-2023
Number of Completed Applications: 196 197 177 175
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 73 80 75 76
Total number of interns: 8 8 8 8
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 8 8 8 8
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 7 5 3 5
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 3 5 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs:
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 8 7 7 7
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 1 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0 1 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 0 6 7 8
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 2 3 1
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 3 3 5
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 1 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 1 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 0 0 1 2
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0 0