Department : Psychology

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2172
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Madison VA
Department: Psychology
Address: 2500 Overlook Terrace
Building 22 116B
Madison, Wisconsin 53705
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 0 miles to Madison, WI
Phone: 608-256-1901x
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: Amanda Bohlig
Chief Psychologist: Michael Messina
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 19
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 2
Position Information
Start Date: 08/12/2024
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 5
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 33469
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Up to 5 days of administrative leave provided for professional development activities including(e.g., fellowship interviews, dissertation defense, and conference attendance).
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns spend their day involved in a variety of clinical, didactic, and supervision activities, as well as attending various interdisciplinary team meetings on their selected rotations. Patient-care training, such as assessment and psychotherapy, make up the majority of activities in a given day and week.
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: 11/01/2023 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are: Not Offered
A Virtual Interview is: Required
Interview notification date: 11/22/2023
Tentative interview date: 01/05/2024, 01/09/2024, 01/11/2024
Interview process description:

All interviews days will be virtual during the 2024-2025 recruitment season. All applicants selected to interview are required to participate in a video interview with a small panel of training staff and current trainees. Applicants who do not participate in an interview will not be ranked. Interview dates: 1/5/24, 1/9/24, 1/11/24

Virtual interview days will include an "open house" style formate to complement the applicant interview. During the open house portion program staff will provide an overview of the training program and available clinicial rotations, as well as facilitate a Q and A.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Last 5 Years: University of Colorado Boulder (Clinical) University of Tennessee Knoxville (Counseling) Fielding Graduate University (Clinical) Spalding University (Clinical) Washington State University (Clinical) University of Central Florida (Clinical Psych) University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa (Clinical Psych) University of Wisconsin - Madison (Counseling Psych) University of Hartford (Clinical Psych) University of Nevada - Reno (Clinical Psych) University of Washington (Clinical Psych) Marquette University (Counseling Psych) Clark University (Clinical Psych) University of Indianapolis (Clinical Psych) University of Missouri-Columbia (Counseling Psych) University of Wisconsin-Madison (Clinical Psych) University of North Carolina - Greensboro (Clinical Psych) University of Kansas (Clinical Psych) Midwestern University (Clinical Psych) Illinois Institute of Technology (Clinical Psych) University of Minnesota (Clinical Psych) University of Mississippi (Clinical Psych) Palo Alto University (Clinical Psych) University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee (Counseling Psych) Ohio University (Clinical)
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 (if applicable): 250
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 50
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 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: Applicants must have completed a minimum of 3 years of graduate training, successfully defended Master’s degree (if a Master’s degree is required by graduate program), passed comprehensive examinations, and have an approved dissertation proposal (if a dissertation is required for graduate program completion) by the date of application. To be eligible, applicants must be US citizens and have registered for Selective Service (if male and born after 1959). Lastly, if matched with our program, incoming interns will be required to provide proof of up-to-date vaccinations and screening for tuberculosis to their academic program’s training director to facilitate onboarding.
Program Description

The Psychology Internship Program at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital (Madison VHA) is accredited by the American Psychological Association (our next site visit will be in Fall 2023). The program is also a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and abides by its policies and procedures. Our previous interns have pursued careers in the VA healthcare system, universities, academic medical centers, and other settings.

The overarching mission of our Internship Training Program is to provide our interns with the experiences necessary to function as ethical, scientifically grounded, psychologically flexible, and highly skilled psychologists, who are ready to move on to postdoctoral or entry-level psychologist positions in clinical, academic, or research positions. Our objectives are to train interns to provide patient-centered care within multidisciplinary team treatment settings and to develop competence with an increasing number of clinical challenges as they progress within the program. Our training program celebrates individual differences and diversity. We place a high value on attracting a diverse group of trainees and on emphasizing the importance of psychology’s role in combatting systemic oppression and promoting social justice. Throughout the training year, we include a focus on individual and cultural diversity across our training opportunities and support interns in their growth as multiculturally skillful practitioners. The primary focus of the internship year is training. Delivery of patient-centered care, in the context of multidisciplinary patient-aligned care teams, is an essential vehicle through which training occurs, but is secondary to the educational mission of the internship. Toward this end, interns collaborate with staff to plan their training experiences in a manner that balances their individual training goals and needs with availability of training experiences.

The Madison VA Hospital in which our training program resides is an Equal Opportunity Employer; we are committed to ensuring a range of diversity among our training classes, and we select candidates representing different kinds of programs and theoretical orientations, geographic areas, ages, racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, disabilities, and life experiences. In particular, we seek to increase the presence of under-represented groups as providers of psychological services. All things being equal, consideration is given to applicants who identify themselves as Veterans; as members of historically underrepresented groups on the basis of racial or ethnic status; as representing diversity on the basis of sexual orientation; or as representing diversity on the basis of disability status. These factors may be indicated on their application.


For additional information, please see our website and training brochure at:


Application information: We require applications submitted through the APPIC portal and request the standard APPI including 3 letters of recommendation, CV, Essays, and Graduate Transcripts.



Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Students: 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: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: Experience (21% to 30%)
Crisis Intervention: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: Exposure (1% to 20%)
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 : Experience (21% to 30%)


Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health: Experience (21% to 30%)
Eating Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: Experience (21% to 30%)
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities:
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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Substance Use Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: Experience (21% to 30%)
Supervision: Experience (21% to 30%)
Research: Experience (21% to 30%)
Administration: 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)

The % of concentration in any given training area listed above is largely contingent upon training track and clinical rotations selected.


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 2023-2024
Number of Completed Applications: 94 120 100 130 123 85 72
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 39 52 49 62 78 60 55
Total number of interns: 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 4 3 4 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 2 1 1 1 1 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 5 5 3 4 4 4
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 2 0 0 2 1 1 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 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 (1st Placement)
Academic teaching:
Community mental health center: 0
Consortium: 0
University Counseling Center: 0
Hospital/Medical Center: 1
Veterans Affairs Health Care System: 3
Psychiatric facility: 0
Correctional facility: 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0
School district/system: 0
Independent practice setting: 1
Other (Academic Psychology Department): 0