Department : Odessa Cole, PhD (P3MHN)

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1527
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Portland VA Medical Center
Department: Odessa Cole, PhD (P3MHN)
Address: 3710 SW US Veterans Hosptial Road
Attn: Marilyn Huckans, Training Director, P3MHN
Portland, Oregon 97239
Country: United States
Metro Area: Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
Distance from Major City: VAPORHCS is within the Portland, Oregon Metropolitan area.
Phone: 503-220-8262x53088
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: Jason Steward
Chief Psychologist: Christopher Anderson
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 80
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 06/20/2023
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: 28064
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, 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 See our internship brochure at:
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: 11/04/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Not Offered
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/16/2022
Tentative interview date: 01/09/2023
Interview process description:

Interviews and open house are tentatively scheduled for the week of January 9th.

We will be offering virtual interviews to roughly the top 50% of applicants based on an initial assessment of 1) Clinical Experience (total clinical hours - intervention hours, assessment hours, and supervision hours; total number of integrated reports written), 2) Research Experience (publications; presentations, posters/abstracts; research and grant writing experience), 3) Academic Experience (course grades; teaching experience), and 4) Subjective Impressions (cover letter quality; references; cultural humility, quality of fit). Finalists will also be invited to the Open House (OH), which will be entirely remote due to covid.

Invited finalists are STRONGLY encouraged to attend OH.  All applicants who are invited to OH/interviews are ranked. 

Please consult website for details.

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): 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 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: US Citizenship & APA- or CPA-accredited doctoral program required. Apply via AAPI: Include 3 recommendations and cover letter per requirements on our website. We do not review the standard AAPI essays.
Program Description

The number one priority in the VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS)'s internship program is to give students a positive, supportive training experience. Interns work reasonable hours, are provided ample supervision and didactic opportunities, and are treated as colleagues by the psychology staff. The VAPORHCS predoctoral internship program assists interns as they prepare for future careers or for additional postdoctoral training. We use a generalist model, focusing on skills of assessment, treatment, consultation, and integrated care with diverse patient populations. Each intern participates in three, 4-month long full-time training rotations. Although we offer full-time rotations throughout the year, in Rotations 2 and 3 however, interns can choose to have a major/minor (i.e., 1 day per week minor rotation) if they prefer. We believe that interns experience greater in-depth learning in a particular specialty area, however offer the major minor format to provide greater flexibility and breadth of training opportunites if interns are interested in multiple areas of training. Rotations we offer include Health Psychology, Women's Health, Acute Psychiatry Inpatient Mental Health, Outpatient Mental Health, Neuropsychology, Substance Use Disorder Treatment Program, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Clinical Team, and Primary Care Mental Health Integration. As minor rotations, interns can choose from Neuropsychology (if they have taken this rotation previously as a major/full time), our Outpatient Mental Health Clinic loctations, Women's Health, and our Assessment Clinic. Professional development is a primary focus of our training, as we assist interns in transitioning from graduate school to a professional career.  Please see our website for more details about our program and rotations.

Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Individual Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
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: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Long-term Psychotherapy:
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students :


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

Telemental Health

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: 159 132 128 127
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 59 54 54 60
Total number of interns: 7 7 7 6 6
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 7 7 7 6 6
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 7 6 5 5 5
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0 1 2 1 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 5 5 5 6 6
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 2 2 2 0 0
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 12 11 14 13
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 77 84 60 69
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: 1 0 0 0 0 1
Postdoctoral Fellow: 6 6 6 5 5 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 1 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 4 4 5 3 2 3
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 1 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 3 1 1 1 1 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 1 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 0 0 1
Independent Practice: 0 0 1 2 0 0
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 1 0 0 1 1