Program Information: Department of Behavioral Health

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1965
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Madigan Army Medical Center
Department: Department of Behavioral Health
Address: 9040A Jackson Ave
Tacoma, Washington 98431
Country: United States
Metro Area: Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
Distance from Major City: 15 miles SW of Tacoma, WA & 45 miles SW of Seattle, WA
Phone: 253-968-6041
Fax: 253-968-3731
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Armed Forces Medical Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Armed Forces Medical Center
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Thomas Patterson
Chief Psychologist: Daniel Christensen
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 24
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 2
Position Information
Start Date: 10/21/2022
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: 54176
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Additional tax-free pay of at least $28,898 (housing and subsistence allowances calculated for this duty location without dependents), minimum salary listed above includes only base pay (O-3 without dependents and 0-2 years of service), individuals with prior military service and/or dependents may be entitled to higher pay, please consult the following website for details: Other benefits include all those granted to Active Duty Army officers such as: military discounted/tax free grocery/department stores, paid moving expenses, paid workshop attendance (nationally recognized consultants), use of recreational facilities and special events, low-cost life insurance, full healthcare coverage, and dependent insurance benefits (low-cost dental options).
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Monday through Thursday, interns are assigned to core and elective clinical rotations. Dependent on the rotation, during those days their time is dispersed between seeing individual patients, conducting assessments, co-facilitating groups, and engaging in scheduled individual supervision. Fridays are spent in didactics, group supervision, case conferences, and military-specific trainings. Upon successful completion of internship, graduates are eligible for the one-year clinical psychology post-doctoral residency program here at Madigan Army Medical Center.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum Students
Do Psychology Interns/Postdocs Have the Opportunity to Supervise Practicum Students?
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: 11/14/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes, with additions
An onsite interview is:
  • Optional
  • Preferred
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/06/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/07/2022
Interview process description:

Please submit a de-identified (potentially identifying information removed) Integrated Assessment Report as supplemental information on your AAPI.  Ideally, this work sample will be from a practicum training experience.  If you choose to use an example from your classroom training, please clearly indicate that the example is from your coursework and not from practicum. 

Application materials are first reviewed by a panel of our faculty members.  Applicants will be notified via email that they are either: 1) invited to interview with us in-person, 2) invited to interview with us via video teleconferencing platform (e.g., Skype, Zoom) or telephone, or 3) not invited to interview with us at this time. 

If invited to an in-person interview, you are recommended to attend if able as applicants will gain a better sense of the culture and climate of both our program and the local area.  The in-person interview process takes a full day (approximately 730am to 4pm).  Interview day consists of multiple interviews with many members of our faculty team, program leadership, and departmental leadership as well as a tour, informational briefing, and dedicated lunch time to socialize with current and former trainees at our site.    

Video teleconference or telephonic interviews will be scheduled with two members of our faculty team/program leadership during the month of December (possibly into January as needed) and take approximately one to two hours.

Please note that due to COVID-19 we reserve the right to change our interview procedures to promote health and safety.

Please also note that due to COVID-19 we anticipate that applicants may have some difficulty meeting minimum hours requirements.  We encourage you to still apply and provide a brief comment about how hours have been decremented as a result of COVID-19 and we will still consider your application in its entirety. 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Telephone 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 application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 400
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 150
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 Not Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited Not 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: Please see the following APPIC page for important details about military internships: All applicants should be familiar with the unique aspects of applying to a military internship. Applicants must meet requirements to become a commissioned officer in the US Army in order to match with this internship site. All applicants who match with this internship site become commissioned officers in the US Army and incur an Active Duty Service Obligation (typically three years following completion of training). In addition to completing your AAPI, you must apply with your local US Army Health Care Recruiter at Select "Healthcare Students & Professionals" on the "Contact Us" page to search for a Health Care recruiter in your area. It is recommended to contact your recruiter and begin the Army application process as soon as possible - do not wait for interview notification to occur before speaking with a recruiter.
Program Description

The aims of this training program are to produce highly qualified, autonomous, and professional psychologists who are capable of functioning within a variety of applied settings in the Army and to develop the professional competencies and identity that will serve as a solid basis for a career in health service psychology. 

The philosophy of our Internship is based on the Practitioner-Scholar model.  The focus is on training in adult assessment, treatment, and consultation in an outpatient setting.  Training is supplemented in specialty areas such as neuropsychology, primary care psychology, pediatric psychology, intensive outpatient psychology, and child and family psychology.  Interns are encouraged throughout the year to develop and to utilize their critical thinking skills, their knowledge of the scientific literature, and their ability to evaluate new research findings as a basis for clinical service delivery.  Training focuses on the application of ethical decision-making skills and respect for individual differences and cultural diversity throughout experiential and didactic activities.  The program recognizes it is essential to begin at each students’ level of professional development and provide opportunities through which existing skills are refined and new skills are acquired.

For the upcoming training year we will accept 6 full-time Interns who enter active duty as commissioned officers at the rank of Captain.  Interns should plan to attend the Direct Commission Course in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma and/or the Basic Officer Leadership Course in San Antonio, Texas in the summer prior to beginning the Internship in the fall or after completion of Internship training in the winter.

Please access website for addition information on the Clinical Psychology Internship Program at Madigan Army Medical Center:

Upon successful completion of internship, graduates are eligible for the one-year clinical psychology post-doctoral residency program here at Madigan Army Medical Center.  Most of our graduates stay for residency after completing internship, so we encourage you to visit their program website for more information:

Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
International Students:
Low income:
Other: Active Duty Military

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Group Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Community Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Consultation/Liaison: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Crisis Intervention: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students :


Health Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Women's Health: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Neuropsychology-Child: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Anxiety Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Pediatrics: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - specialty: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)

Specific training experiences will vary based upon the elective rotation completed by each intern.

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: 41 35 26 31 18
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 16 16 16 16 16
Total number of interns: 6 6 6 6 2
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 6 6 6 6 2
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 3 3 2 2 0
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 3 3 4 4 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 6 5 5 6 2
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 1 1 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
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 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 5 6 6 6 5
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 1 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 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: 0 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 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 1
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0