Program Information: Psychology Service

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2166
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Boise Veterans Administration Medical Center
Department: Psychology Service
Address: 500 W. Fort Street
Boise, Idaho 83702
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: Located in Boise ID
Phone: 208-422-1000x7644
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: Cody Maddox
Chief Psychologist: Mark Heyne
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 23
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 07/18/2022
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: 26297
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Comp Time , Dissertation Release Time, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, 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 are expected to commit a minimum of 40 hours a week to the internship experience. Trainees are required to travel as part of the optional Rural Health minor rotation; all other rotations take place on the main campus, located in Boise, Idaho. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Interns can also work from home using VA issued equipment. It is most likely that Interns will have a hybrid schedule, working on campus and at home. The amount of telework will depend on training goals, clinical appropriate care, and personal/public safety. Interns will receive at least four hours (3.0 hours of individual; 1.0 hour group) of supervision a week. It is expected that each intern attend all scheduled didactic presentations, individual/group supervision, journal club, Psychiatry Grand Rounds, interprofessional case conferences, and CE presentations, and actively engage in the training rotations. In addition, interns are encouraged to participate in other training opportunities, including Medical Grand Rounds, Primary Care Seminars, and online educational opportunities.
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: 11/15/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 11/29/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/07/2022
Interview process description:


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the overwhelmingly positive feedback from the 2020 recruiting season, we will not be offering face-to-face interviews. Following recommendations from APPIC, all interviews will be conducted virtually using video teleconferencing.  Applicants will be notified of their interview status at the Boise VAMC. Virtual interviews will be conducted on three consecutive Fridays starting January 7th. Applicants will be required to attend a half day of informational sessions, individual interviews, and a meet-and-greet with current staff and trainees (8:15am - 1:00pm).

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 North Texas Brigham Young University Alliant University/California School of Professional Psychology, San Francisco Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Stanford Consortium East Tennessee State University Our Lady of the Lake University Idaho State University George Fox University Fielding Graduate University University of Northern Colorado Pacific Graduate School of Psychology University of Montana Adler University University of Anchorage Pacific University Regent University Florida Institute of Technology Washington State University University of Denver Bowling Green University University of Colorado Boulder
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: 350
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 50
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 Boise VAMC Psychology Internship Program is committed to training professional psychologists in applying current scientific research in the practice of psychology, with a particular focus on preparing psychologists for interprofessional and rural health care practice. As such, the Clinical Training Committee's (CTC) goals include 1) training well rounded generalists with experience in a variety of identifiable populations (e.g., rural, women, and ethnically and geographically diverse groups) and a range of problems; 2) training future clinicians to inform their practices with extant scientific research, as well as develop their abilities to think critically in addressing areas in which clinical research is limited; 3) encouraging interns to become both consumers of and participants in research; and 4) facilitating overall professional development. Additional program information is available in our training brochure:


The program supports four positions with two tracks: (3) general track (216611) and (1) neuropsych track (216612).  For applicants interested in the neuropsychology track, we will accept applicants with a minimum of 450 combined direct care hours (assessment and intervention) who have a demonstrated emphasis on assessment.  Applicants may only apply to the general or the neuropsychology track.


Internship Training Opportunities


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


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

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: 99 102 79 84
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 41 40 40 30 39
Total number of interns: 4 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 4 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 0 1 2 2 3
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 4 3 2 2 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 4 3 4 4 4
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 7 10 8 11 7
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 76 128 60 15
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: 3 4 3 3 2
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 4 4 4 3 2
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 1 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 1
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 1
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 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0