Program Information: Behavioral Health (116)

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1496
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: VA Medical Center, Syracuse
Department: Behavioral Health (116)
Address: 800 Irving Avenue
Syracuse, New York 13210-2796
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City:
Phone: 315-425-4400x53488
Fax: 315-471-0219x
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Daniel Purnine
Chief Psychologist: Cheryl Seifert
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 22
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 2
Position Information
Start Date: 08/22/2022
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 4
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 27030
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): 104 hours vacation, 104 hours sick leave, 10 Federal holidays, up to 5 "professional development" days (e.g., conferences, VA postdoctoral interviews, dissertation defense), individual offices with networked computer.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site A typical day involves a mixture of client contact hours, supervision, report-writing, preparation, team meetings, didactics, etc. A typical week includes involvement with Outpatient Mental Health, Assessment, and various specialty clinic rotations. One day per week is largely dedicated to didactics, meetings, and case-conferences.
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: 11/07/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 11/30/2021
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

As a result of the COVID pandemic, we plan to use virtual media (e.g., Zoom) rather than in-person meetings, but to follow a format that generally resembles our typical interview days. Applicants are generally interviewed on 1 of 4 available dates from mid-December through early/mid-January. Interview days begin with a group of approximately 8 candidates present to hear an overview of the program by all Psychology Staff. This is followed by two individual interviews with training supervisors, a group meeting with current interns who share their own experiences of the program, and facility tours. Many staff members are available for briefer individual meetings later in the day, depending on applicants' interests. As the situation evolves, further adjustments are likely; any substantial changes to this process will be shared with applicants and will be reflected in revisions of this description.

Tentative interview days for this selection cycle:  December 6 & 10, January 7 &10.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Multiple matches with: Binghamton Univ., Bowling Green, Drexel, Kent State, La Salle, Purdue, SUNY Albany, Syracuse Univ. See brochure for additional information.
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 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: 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-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:
Program Description

The Syracuse VAMC Psychology Internship follows a practitioner-scholar model and emphasizes generalist skills as well as exposure to specialty clinics and populations. In addition to three General Track positions, we offer one position in the Primary Care Behavioral Health Research Track.

For all Interns, training is anchored by year-long experiences in the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic (~14 hours/week), Assessment/Psychological Testing (7 hours/week), and Seminars and meetings (~4 hours/week). Approximately 15 hours/week are available for minor rotations across a variety of specialty clinics and services (General Track) or specialty services and clinical research focused on behavioral health in primary care (Research Track).

Within the General Track, minor rotations are available in Primary Care - Mental Health Integration (PCMHI), Pain Clinic, PTSD Clinical Team (PCT), Substance Treatment Service (STS), Rehabilitation Psychology/SCI, Home-Based Primary Care (HBPC), and Research. Additional training experiences are available in various group therapies. In each six-month semester, Interns establish a weekly schedule that may include one or more of the above clinical experiences.

Interns in the Primary Care Behavioral Health Research Track will gain intensive clinical and research experience with the Center for Integrated Healthcare (CIH), which is located on-site. CIH research examines brief interventions for trauma/PTSD, anxiety, depression, insomnia, suicide prevention, alcohol use, mindfulness, wellness, and treatment access/utilization. With acceptable performance on internship, this Intern would be encouraged to apply for acceptance to a 2-year CIH research post-doctoral fellowship located in Syracuse or Buffalo, based on Intern preference. Interns will devote about 6 hours to each of the following:

a) providing specialized clinical services (e.g., PCMHI, HBC, PCT, STS),

b) delivering clinical services as a study interventionist in PCMHI-based clinical trials,

c) other research experiences, such as data analysis and manuscript writing, supervising practicum students, CIH education and implementation activities, structured clinical assessments, pragmatic aspects of running clinical trials, and grant writing.

For all Interns, one day a week is devoted to didactics and group supervision/case conferences. Training is available in Evidence-Based Psychotherapies (EBPs), including Cognitive Processing Therapy,  Prolonged Exposure Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia, among others. Please see our brochure for more information regarding rotations, EBPs, and our philosophy of training.


Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Students: 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:
Group Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Primary Care: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Evidenced Based Practice: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Evidence Based Research: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Supervision of Practicum students :


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

In addition to clinical rotations, interns attend Special Topics seminars, Assessment seminars, Diversity Seminars, Case Conferences, Team Meetings, and have access to Grand Rounds at SUNY Upstate Medical School.

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: 58 64 43 39 43
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 28 31 28 27 28
Total number of interns: 3 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 3 4 4 4 3
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs:
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2 2 3 4 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 2 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
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0 1 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 3 3 2 2 2
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 1
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 1 3 3 2 1
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 1 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 1 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: 1 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 1 2
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 1 1 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0