Department : Psychology Training Program (116B)

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1504
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Cincinnati VA Medical Center
Department: Psychology Training Program (116B)
Address: 3200 Vine Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45220-2288
Country: United States
Metro Area: Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN
Distance from Major City: Located within the city of Cincinnati
Phone: 513-861-3100x4969
Fax: 513-475-6568
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: Brian Zinnbauer
Chief Psychologist: Brian Zinnbauer
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 50
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 2
Position Information
Start Date: 07/17/2023
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: 27341
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): Benefits include 11 federal holidays and 13 days of vacation
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns will usually have a combination of direct service (e.g. intervention, assessment, and/or consultation), supervision, and educational activities each day. The specifics will depend on their training rotations.
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?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: 12/01/2022
Tentative interview date: 12/07/2022, 12/12/22, 01/03/2023, 01/10/23, 01/24/23
Interview process description:

Five afternoon virtual interview sessions are scheduled in December and January. Each session has a group orientation meeting with the Director of Training, a group meeting with the current intern class, and 4 individual interviews - 3 with doctoral staff and 1 with a current intern. Applicants will be notified by email by December 1st whether they will be invited to interview. If so, the interview date will be coordinated by email based on applicant preference.  Per health guidelines, on- site interviews are not offered this year.

Virtual Interviews all take place from 12:00-4:30pm on the following days

  • Wednesday December 7, 2022
  • Monday December 12, 2022 
  • Tuesday January 3, 2023
  • Tuesday January 10, 2023
  • Tuesday January 24, 2023
How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Auburn University Bowling Green State University Case Western Reserve University Central Michigan University DePaul University Eastern Kentucky University Fordham University (Lincoln Center) Indiana University of Pennsylvania James Madison University Lehigh University Loma Linda University Marquette University Miami University Nova Southeastern University Oklahoma State University Pacific University Palo Alto PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium Palo Alto University Purdue University - W. Lafayette Rosalind Franklin University Medicine & Science Saint Louis University Southern Illinois University Spalding University University of Houston University of Arkansas - Fayetteville University of Central Florida University of Cincinnati University of Georgia University of Indianapolis University of Kentucky University of Mississippi University of New Mexico University of North Carolina-Greensboro University of Toledo University of Tulsa University of Wisconsin-Madison Virginia Tech Wayne State University Western Michigan University Wright State University Xavier 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 start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 300
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): 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: The Department of Veterans Affairs, like all federal government agencies, has mandated that all employees and trainees be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Trainees may request a medical or religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine. Eligibility Requirements for all VHA internship programs: U.S. citizenship. VA is unable to consider applications from anyone who is not currently a U.S. citizen. Verification of citizenship is required following selection. All interns and fellows must complete a Certification of Citizenship in the United States prior to beginning VA training. Federal law requires that most males living in the US between the ages of 18 and 26 register with the Selective Service System. Male, for this purpose, is any individual assigned male on their birth certificate regardless of current gender. Males required to register, but who failed to do so by their 26th birthday, are barred from any position in any Executive Agency. Visit to register, print proof of registration or apply for a Status Information Letter. Interns and Fellows are subject to fingerprinting and background checks. Match result and selection decisions are contingent on passing these screens. Please review In accord with the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Program, interns accepted here may be asked to submit a urine specimen as part of their pre-employment physical. Once on staff they are also subject to random selection for testing as are other employees. Ongoing participation in the internship is contingent on passing these screens. see: Please note: as a Federal training site our program staff and trainees follow the federal guidelines and requirements for the VHA with regard to COVID-based safety measures and vaccinations.
Program Description

Our doctoral internship program adheres to a scientist practitioner model of training. We emphasize the acquisition of basic diagnostic and therapy skills and the integration of these skills with psychological theory and research. Interns are offered a variety of opportunities to learn more specific, evidence-based treatments within their rotations. The internship year is structured to maximize exposure to a wide range of experiences, while offering sufficient concentration to provide depth of learning and to build expertise in particular areas. As such, we strive to balance the needs for training in core competencies with opportunities to focus on areas of specialization. Our goal is twofold: to support our interns' particular career interests while providing a well-rounded clinical training experience. Consistent with the APA guidelines on Accreditation, we strive to provide internship education and training in preparation for entry-level practice in professional psychology that is broad and professional in its orientation rather than narrow and technical. Interns are assigned to 2 major rotations (24 hours/week for 6 months each), 1 year-long minor rotation (8 hours/week), and 3 long-term psychotherapy cases. Typically, each of these experiences will be supervised by a different staff psychologist. There are also 2-3 training seminars/week.

There are 4 tracks: General clinical, Neuropsychology, Trauma Recovery Center, and Health Psychology. Applicants are asked to indicate their preferences for track(s) and major rotations in a list at the top of the cover letter submitted as part of the online application. Applicants who match on the Neuropsychology, Trauma Recovery Center, or Health tracks are guaranteed a 6 month rotation in that area.  Applicants who match on the General Clinical Track are guaranteed their first choice from the group of major rotations that includes Acute Inpatient Psychiatric Care, Substance Dependence Treatment, and Substance Abuse/PTSD Treatment.



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
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

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


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

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: 176 180 157 133 150 138
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 75 76 75 75 75 75
Total number of interns: 8 8 8 8 8 8
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 8 8 8 8 8 8
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 4 5 5 6 5 5
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 4 3 3 2 3 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 7 6 7 8 7 8
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 2 1 0 1 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 5 3 9 6 5 4
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 40 89 80 96 83 133
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 1 0 1 0 1
Postdoctoral Fellow: 6 6 7 6 6 7
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 5 0 0 0 2 0
Military Medical Center: 1 1 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 1 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 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 0 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 1 0 0
Independent Practice: 1 0 0 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 1 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0 0