Program Information: Psychology

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2176
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Canandaigua VA Medical Center
Department: Psychology
Address: 400 Fort Hill Ave
Canandaigua, New York 14424
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 26 miles South East of Rochester
Phone: 585-393-7695x
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: Claudiu Dumitrescu
Chief Psychologist: James Bridges
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 13
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 2
Position Information
Start Date: 07/04/2022
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: 27030
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above):
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Depending on the rotation in which the intern is participating, a typical weekday may contain the following duties with designated time allotted for appropriate break /self care: 1. Morning report with interdisciplinary team 2. Check in with clinic supervisor about upcoming cases 3. Group or individual therapy clients or Neuropsychology/personality assessment clinics 4. Review assessment results or group/individual therapy cases with supervisor 5. Complete notes
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: 12/03/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/13/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/07/2022
Interview process description:

Given COVID-19 related safety guidelines, we will continue to offer virtual interviews as the primary option. Due to the historical large number of applicants, we  schedule two interview days in early part of January which are annouced at the time of the interview notification.  Selected applicants are notified of the interview dates by letter and/or email. Interview days  consist of virtual group open house followed by virtual individual internviews with faculty from both Canandaigua Medical Center campus and the Rochester Outpatient Clinic.  

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Roosevelt University University at Buffalo Yeshiva University Fuller Theological Seminary Pacific University American University Biola University Alliant IU/CSPP-Sand Diego Southern Connecticut State University Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine University of Indianapolis University of Akron Fordham University (Rosehill) Mississippi State University University of Rochester William James College Seattle Pacific University Binghamton University/SUNY Howard University University of Southern Mississippi West Virginia University Nova Southeastern University University of Kansas Palo Alto University’s Pacific Graduate School of Psychology-Stanford Consortium
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: Yes, by application deadline
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 300
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 150
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required:
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:
Program Description

The Canandaigua VA Medical Center consists of 14 patient care buildings situated on 150 acres. Located just outside Rochester, NY in the beautiful Finger Lakes region. At present, the CAN VAMC consists of medical and mental health outpatient clinics as well as Community Living Centers. Notable services offered today at Canandaigua VA include Long-term Care, Nursing Home Care, Hospice/Palliative Care,  General Mental Health Care, Outpatient and Inpatient  Neuropsychological evaluations, Alcohol/Drug Rehabilitation, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder MH care, Home-Based Primary Care, the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery program, and the Homeless Program. In 1997, the Rochester Outpatient Clinic became affiliated with the Canandaigua VA Medical Center as part of a general reorganization occurring throughout the VA. ROPC, also known as "Calkings Rd. clinic" is large a outpatient facility, offering a full array of outpatient medical, behavioral health, psychiatric, and specialty care services.

The Department of Veterans Affairs established the Center of Excellence (CoE) at Canandaigua VAMC in August, 2007 as a prevention and research center with the primary goal of reducing the morbidity and mortality in the Veteran population associated with suicide. To this end, the Center's mission is to develop and study Veteran-focused, evidenced-based, public health approaches to suicide prevention. The CoE at Canandaigua seeks to meet this mission through serving as a national, regional and local resource on suicide research and prevention and mental health through two key Cores: the Epidemiology and Interventions Research Core and the Education, Training and Dissemination Core. The CoE also supports implementation research on several of VA's National Initiatives, including VA's National Suicide Crisis Line and the Suicide Prevention Coordinator Program. Taken together, the CoE's activities constitute a public health approach to suicide prevention.

Additional information including the program's brochure may be found at

Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
French-speaking: Yes
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: 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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Group Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Community Intervention: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Consultation/Liaison: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Crisis Intervention: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Primary Care: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Women's Health: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Adult: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Serious Mental Illness: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Anxiety Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Forensics/Corrections: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Research: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Administration: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Integrated health care - primary: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Integrated health care - specialty:

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: 25 76 87 49 49
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 19 52 49 23 21
Total number of interns: 3 4 3 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 4 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 3 3 3 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 1 0 0 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 1 4 3 2 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 2 0 1 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program
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: 2 3 3 3 3
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 2 2 4 2 2
Military Medical Center: 0 1 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 1 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 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 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0