Program Information: Department of Student Health

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1606
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: University of Virginia
Department: Department of Student Health
Address: Counseling and Psychological Services
P.O. Box 800760
Charlottesville, Virginia 22908
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 110 miles southwest of Washington, D.C.
Phone: 434-243-5150x
Fax: 434-243-6693
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: University Counseling Center
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Matthew Zimmerman
Chief Psychologist: Nicole Ruzek
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 14
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 08/01/2022
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 3
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 33300
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Comp Time , Dental Insurance, 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 Interns will engage in brief screenings, intake assessments, individual and group psychotherapy, crisis intervention, outreach and consultation, seminars, supervision, and meetings over the course of a given week. Each day will differ depending on the training and clinical schedules.
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?Yes
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
An onsite interview is:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/03/2021
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

Applicants invited to virtually interview will be contacted by telephone by December 3, 2021, and applicants not invited will receive e-mail notification by that same date. All interviews will be through  live video (Zoom, Webex) with no in-person interviews. The required virtual interviews will be with supervising staff, current interns and the training director, and are scheduled for the week of January 3, 2022. Applicants may request their date preference for interviews. The interview schedule includes interviews with pairs of supervising staff, a Q&A with current interns, and Q&A group meetings with the training director. Interviews with staff will include general questions about your interests and clinical and supervisory experiences. One interview will include discussion of a vignette provided at the time and serves as a basis for a collaborative discussion. 

Informational videos are posted on the CAPS training website and you are encouraged to view them prior your interviews as you gather your questions for us. Posted videos will give information about core aspects of CAPS training, agency culture, integrated care at Student Health, our new building, experiences of former interns, and other useful and fun information. We hope to give you a feel of the people, the place and the work. It is expected that your live interviews will occur on the same day, between the range of 9a and 3p depending on schedules.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: University of Cincinnati Point Park University University Tennessee, Knoxville, Counseling University of South Carolina, Clinical Carlow University (Pennsylvania), Counseling Northeastern University, Clinical Radford University, Counseling Psychology Rutgers University, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Clinical University of Denver, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, Clinical University of Virginia, Department of Psychology,Clinical Fordham University, Clinical The George Washington University, Program in Professional Psychology Florida State University, Educational & Psychological Learning Systems University of Virginia, Combined Clinical/School Psychology Program & Clinical Psychology Program Florida Institute of Technology, School of Psychology University of Maryland at College Park, Clinical Psychology Program and Counseling Psychology Program Howard University, Clinical Psychology Program Virginia Commonwealth University, Counseling Psychology Program Pacific University American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University Pennsylvania State University, Counseling Psychology Program James Madison University Loyola University Maryland Rosemead School of Psychology The George Washington University, Clinical Psychology Department
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: No
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: 300
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 0
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
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: Interns are required to undergo and pass a drug screen, TB test and background check as part of University of Virginia policy.
Program Description

U.Va. CAPS American Psychological Association accredited program provides culturally informed and evidence based doctoral internship training in Health Service Psychology (HSP) within a multidisciplinary university counseling center context. Psychologists practicing within university counseling centers are recognized as providing Health Service Psychology if they are duly trained and experienced in the delivery of preventive, assessment, diagnostic and therapeutic intervention services relative to the psychological and physical health of clients. The internship program offers three full-time, 12 month positions.

Our internship program provides a structured and progressive training experience with the explicit goals of fostering the development of core clinical and counseling skills, as well as professional attitudes and behavior. It is the intention of the training program to develop compassionate and authentic professionals prepared for general health service psychology practice in a wide range of clinical settings, with a focus on individual and group psychotherapy, crisis intervention, supervision provision, and outreach and university consultation. CAPS also nurtures the development of individual interests and beginning specialties, and deeply values an affirming attitude towards all forms of diversity. We fully support the training of psychologists who are competent to serve all members of the public as described in Preparing Professional Psychologists to Serve a Diverse Public (APA, 2013) as an essential component of our profession.

The internship program is based on a developmental-practitioner approach that builds on the knowledge and skills that interns acquire during doctoral training and prepares them for entry level positions as health service psychologists. Training activities are primarily experiential, supported by didactic material, to facilitate learning in the provision of clinical services to students, outreach and consultation with University community members, utilization of research and scholarly material to support evidenced-based practice, and provision of supervision. Interns further develop knowledge, skills and attitudes to support professional functioning in the areas of ethics, cultural and individual difference, use and provision of supervision, inter-professional and interdisciplinary clinical consultation, communication/interpersonal skills, and overall professional values and attitudes. Our individual psychotherapy training focuses upon the application of contemporary attachment and emotion informed brief therapy models integrated with skills-based practice as clinically indicated. Group therapy is predominately informed by process and psycho-educational models of treatment.

Noted strengths of our program include training in contemporary brief relational and integrated psychotherapies, group therapy, outreach and community consultation, risk assessment and crisis intervention, supervision provision, and the integration of cultural training into all aspects of the program. In addition, as members of multidisciplinary treatment teams, interns benefit from the opportunity to hone clinical skills in a collegial atmosphere that recognizes the complexity of human experience and values multiple clinical perspectives.

Internship Training Opportunities


Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Older Adults:
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: 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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Consultation/Liaison: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Evidenced Based Practice: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Evidence Based Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)


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

Interns have the opportunity within the University Counseling Center context to develop a subspecialty or niche. Common areas of interest have included eating issues and body image concerns, autistic spectrum, transcare, LGBTQ related issues, substance abuse/misuse, trauma, brief therapy, neuroaffective/emotion focused therapies, multicultural counseling and group therapy. Experience takes the form of increased individual and/or group work in the area of interest, supervision pairings with staff having expertise in those areas, and participation on specialty multi-disciplinary treatment teams at UVA Student Health.

Areas of interest are discussed with the Training Director during Orientation in order to support increased focus on subspecialty.

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: 82 65 51 42 62
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 24 24 21 21 24
Total number of interns: 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 3 3 1 2 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0 0 2 1 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2 2 1 2 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 1 2 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 2 2 3 3 2
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 21 21 9 19 23
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 1 1 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 3 3 1 1 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 1 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 1 1 1
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: 3 2 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 1 1
Independent Practice: 0 0 1 1 1
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 1 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0