Department : 116A2

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2204
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: VAMC Chillicothe
Department: 116A2
Address: 17273 State Route 104
Chillicothe, Ohio 45601-9718
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 45 miles south of Columbus, OH
Phone: 740-773-1141x11514
Training Director Email:
Co-Training Director Email:
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director: Stephen Owens
Chief Psychologist: Gus Segura
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 21
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 07/15/2024
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: 34762
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Access to VA online library and extensive psychology training library.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site A typical day varies based on assigned major and minor rotation (we offer 8 major and 5 minor rotations). Interns spend 4 days a week conducting therapy, completing assessments, and engaging in interdisciplinary team consultations while on rotations. Thursdays, interns split their time between clinical work, didactic, and supervision activities. We have rotations with a range of emphasis areas, including: PTSD, general outpatient mental health clinic, inpatient acute psychiatry, severe mental illness, geropsychology, primary care mental health integration, pain psychology, and telepsychology.
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?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: 11/12/2023 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are: Optional
A Virtual Interview is: Optional
Interview notification date: 12/01/2023
Tentative interview date: 12/14/23, 1/9/24, 1/18/24
Interview process description:

 Applicants are notified of the program’s desire to invite them for an interview by email. We plan to offer in-person and virtual interviews this year. The interview process is designed to allow both our site and applicants to gather information. We will hold interviews on 3 different dates (tentative): 12/14/23, 1/9/24, and 1/18/24. Each applicant will have three individual interviews, an opportunity to meet with our current interns, and a question/response period with all rotation supervisors. We attempt to match applicants to interviewers based on their specified interests for major and minor rotations.


How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Adler University Albizu University-Miami Campus Albizu University-San Juan Campus Carlos Alliant University Argosy University Bowling Green State University California School of Professional Carlow University Chatham University CUNY-City College Fielding Graduate University, Maryland George Fox University Immaculata University Marshall University Midwestern University, Downers Grove Campus Minnesota School Professional Psychology Northern Arizona University Nova Southeastern University Ohio University Palo Alto University Regent University University Eastern Kentucky University University Illinois Institute of Technology University of Indianapolis University of Wisconsin Wright State University School of Professional Psychology
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 start of internship
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 450
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 50
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Does your program require applicants to submit supplemental materials (i.e., an assessment report and/or a case/treatment summary):
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 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: As a condition of appointment, HPTs must: furnish evidence or a self-certification that they are physically and mentally fit to perform the essential functions of the training program have up-to-date vaccinations for healthcare workers as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and have undergone baseline tuberculosis (TB) screening and testing per CDC health care personnel guidelines (for direct VA-paid HPTs, this means within 90-days of Offer and Acceptance.) Trainees may request a medical or religious exemption from vaccines. Eligibility Requirements for all VHA internship programs: U.S. citizenship. VA is unable to consider applications from anyone who is not currently a U.S. citizen. Verification of citizenship is required following selection. All interns must complete a Certification of Citizenship in the United States prior to beginning VA training. Federal law requires that most males living in the US between the ages of 18 and 26 register with the Selective Service System. Male, for this purpose, is any individual assigned male on their birth certificate regardless of current gender. Males required to register, but who failed to do so by their 26th birthday, are barred from any position in any Executive Agency. Visit to register, print proof of registration or apply for a Status Information Letter. Interns are subject to fingerprinting and background checks. Match result and selection decisions are contingent on passing these screens. Please review In accord with the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Program, interns accepted here may be asked to submit a urine specimen as part of their pre-employment physical. Once on staff they are also subject to random selection for testing as are other employees. Ongoing participation in the internship is contingent on passing these screens. see: Please note: as a Federal training site our program staff and trainees follow the federal guidelines and requirements for the VHA with regard to COVID-based safety measures and vaccinations.
Program Description

The primary goal of the Chillicothe VAMC Psychology Internship program is to expand upon academic graduate studies with the knowledge and skills of evidence-based clinical practice as a psychologist. Our goal is to prepare Interns for entry level or postdoctoral positions in either the public or private sector. We strive to provide generalist training in a range of inpatient and outpatient settings.  To this end, we emphasize the development of intermediate to advanced skills in the profession wide competencies of psychology, in addition to facilitating further development of relative expertise in an area of emphasis (e.g., PTSD, Serious Mental Illness, geropsychology, primary care mental health integration). Each intern completes two 6-month major rotations (3 days per week) and one 12-month minor rotation (1 day per week). See website and brochure for a list of rotations.

Our Internship program is geographically located to allow for a unique training experience with Veteran living in both rural and urban environments. Many of the veterans in our outpatient catchment area live in rural communities and thus Interns will become knowledgeable of the specific challenges and health disparities to which Appalachian Veterans are vulnerable. Interns will develop behavioral competency for culturally-sensitive delivery of services to rural Appalachian Veterans. However, many of the Veterans engaged in our numerous residential programs (inpatient psychiatry, CLCs, substance abuse programs) come from urban areas such as Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, and Huntington, WV. Therefore, internship training will include the opportunity to explore many variables that impact identity development.

Our training program's philosophy for the education and training of doctoral psychology interns is best characterized as a practitioner-scholar model. Students are taught to use science in the service of clinical practice. This is a process that guides all decisions regarding training objectives. The psychology staff views the development of knowledge and skills related to evidence-based treatments as critical to competence in professional practice, and actively guide students through the process of incorporating evidence-based practices into their clinical work across rotations and through didactic experiences.

Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
People without housing: Yes

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: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: Experience (21% to 30%)
Crisis Intervention: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: Experience (21% to 30%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
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: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Women's Health: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Physical Disabilities: Experience (21% to 30%)
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Serious Mental Illness: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Anxiety Disorders: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Trauma/PTSD: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Sexual Abuse: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Forensics/Corrections: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Counseling: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Experience (21% to 30%)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality: Exposure (1% to 20%)
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%)
Administration: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Integrated health care - specialty: Experience (21% to 30%)

We offer 7 different major rotations and 5 minor rotations. An intern's experience will be different depending on rotation assignment. We have rotations with a range of emphasis areas, including: PTSD, general outpatient mental health clinic, inpatient acute psychiatry, severe mental illness, geropsychology, primary care mental health integration, pain psychology, telepsychology, and substance use disorders.

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 2024-2025
Number of Completed Applications: 50 31 50 55 26 20 27
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 44 27 41 42 21 16 20
Total number of interns: 5 5 5 4 3 3 1
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 5 5 5 4 3 3 1
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 3 1 4 1 1 0 0
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 4 1 3 2 3 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 5 4 4 4 2 3 1
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 1 1 0 1 0 0
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 7 5 6 8 4 0 2
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 42 54 24 40 40 11 41
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
2022-2023 2023-2024
Academic teaching:
Community mental health center: 0 0
Consortium: 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0
Hospital/Medical Center: 0 0
Veterans Affairs Health Care System: 3 0
Psychiatric facility: 0 0
Correctional facility: 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0
School district/system: 0 0
Independent practice setting: 0 0
Other (Academic Psychology Department): 0 0
Link to Program's Trainee Admissions, Support, and Outcome Data: