Program Information: Kansas City VA Medical Center - Psychology

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2340
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Kansas City VA Medical Center
Department: Psychology
Address: 4801 Linwood Blvd
(MHC 116A3)
Kansas City, Missouri 64128
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Kansas City, MO-KS
Distance from Major City: 0
Phone: 816-861-4700x55320
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: Kristen Davis-Durairaj
Chief Psychologist: Briget Lanktree
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 35
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 07/17/2023
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 2
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 33892
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, 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 The psychology internship at KCVA offers a generalist training program what allows interns exposure to several key areas (general mental health, PTSD, SUD, assessment), with elective opportunities in other services areas that include primary care, focused assessment (i.e., cognitive or neuropsychological assessment or health assessment), and serious mental illness.
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: 11/15/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: N/A
Tentative interview date: N/A
Interview process description:

Candidates who are offered interviews for internship at KCVA will be given the choice of interviewing with us on one of two interview days, typically between the hours of 8:00 am and 1:00 pm (the week of interviews is Jan 09-13).  Candidates will interview individually with teams of training staff and will be provided time with the current interns and postdocs if desired.  Due to COVID-19, candidates will not have the opportunity to tour the facility this year. We have some pictures of facility/space.  We will hold all virtual interviews this year (video or phone). Candidates will be notified by email from the Training Director; applicants who are not offered interviews will also be notified by 12/15/2022.  

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Wright State University Pacific Graduate School of Psychology University of Kansas University of Saint Thomas Illlinois School of Professional Psychology, Argosy-Chicago University of North Dakota University of Missouri Kansas City Palo Alto University Nova Southeastern University William James College Hofstra University John F. Kennedy University Auburn University Brigham Young University
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 (if applicable): 500
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):
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology
APA-Accredited Accepted
Non-Accredited Not Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree
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 primary goal of the program is to provide an emphasis on both breadth and intensity of training that allows interns to have a solid, well-rounded training experience.  Our focus is on helping interns better learn to understand and assist individuals who are experiencing significant psychological problems.  Additionally, the experiences provided in our program require a broad array of clinical skills that are important in helping individuals in many different settings outside of a VA Medical Center.

The philosophy of training at KCVA is best described as a "scholar-practitioner" model. The training experiences have a strong clinical focus. Knowledge and use of empirically supported processes and interventions and models of evidence-based practice are expected and encouraged in all aspects of the program.  The training program at the Kansas City VA Medical Center is a generalist program that provides all trainees the opportunity to work closely with a diverse patient population under supervision of a psychology staff with a broad range of interest and expertise.  One of the goals of this internship is to provide the necessary skill set that will enable the intern to function effectively in a professional role in a variety of employment settings. 

We also value a developmental approach to training in which tasks of increasing difficulty and complexity are given to interns throughout the course of their internship as they demonstrate their ability and readiness to take on new responsibilities.   Supervision is expected to match the needs of the intern in a way that facilitates professional development and progression.  Thus, the intensity of supervision diminishes over the course of the rotation and internship as the intern matures into a role approaching colleague rather than student.  By the internship’s end, we expect to play more of a consultant role for the interns, rather than that of a supervisor monitoring every decision and move.  Continued professional growth is fostered through ongoing examination of current research to inform clinical practice and through encouraging interns to learn and utilize treatments that he or she may not have been exposed to in the past.  Supervision will also generally be matched to the needs of the intern and the intensity of this supervision is expected to diminish as the intern transitions into the role of a psychologist.  

A focus of our internship is fostering the growth and integration of interns' personal and professional identities.  We emphasize the need for balance in our lives.  This results in our insistence on a 40-hour work week and encouraging our interns to pursue interests outside of psychology, such as recreation, exercise, family, and friendships.  Professional identity development, especially in the areas of employment location and selection, is assisted by seminars about job searches, licensure, program development, mental health administration, and supervision.  Additionally, the Director of Training spends significant time with the interns, both individually and as a group, encouraging and facilitating completion of the dissertation, exploring possible career paths, and assisting in conducting appropriate, timely and successful job searches.  In addition, psychology staff are very open to providing informal assistance in these areas.  Finally, the atmosphere in Mental Health at KCVA is quite collegial.  We value our interns highly, appreciating them both as professional colleagues and as fellow human beings. 

KCVA provides services to diverse populations and strives to create a therapeutic environment for, and ensure ethical treatment of, patients with diverse backgrounds and characteristics. Thus, an important goal of the psychology training program is to increase trainees’ knowledge and skills in working with a wide range of clients from different cultural backgrounds. 

Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: 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:
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Community Intervention:
Crisis Intervention:
Brief Psychotherapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Long-term Psychotherapy:
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 : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)


Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Integrated health care - primary:
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 2022-2023
Number of Completed Applications: 14 35 36 51 34 32
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 12 17 18 22 27 24
Total number of interns: 2 2 2 2 2 2
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 2 2 2 2 2 2
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 2 0 1 2 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 0 2 1 0 0
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 1 1 2 2 0 1
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 1 0 0 2 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 32 7 0 0 3 10
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 50 56 5 7 41 115
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 2 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 2 0 1 2 1 1
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 2 0 0 2 0 1
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 1 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 1 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0 0