Program Information: Psychology Predoctoral Internship

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2347
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Robley Rex VAMC
Department: Psychology Predoctoral Internship
Address: 800 Zorn Avenue
Building 24
Louisville, Kentucky 40206
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 0
Phone: 502-287-4926x
Fax: 502-287-4404
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 & Lead / Director: Shay Kirkpatrick PsyD
Chief Psychologist: Karen Grantz PsyD
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 37
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/01/2022
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: 26297
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Health Insurance, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above):
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Typical work day involves 4 hours of psychotherapy (individual, couples, and/or group), 1 hour of clinical supervision, 1 hour of treatment team, and 2 hours of documentation/consultation time. On days when intern is in a Psychological Assessment rotation, the day would involve 3-4 ours of in-person psych testing with remaining time used to receive supervision, score tests, interpret scores, and write up report. The structure of each day is largely dependent upon the rotation, as some are more consultative in nature.
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: 11/01/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: The data is not updated for current year. We are showing the previous data.

Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

Our interview process consist of a 45-minute video conference with one or more members of our internship committee. We begin interviews in early January through the rest of the month. Interviews will be offered via email. Requests to speak or correspond with particular staff are welcome. We will offer an Open House in mid to late December.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Spalding University Argosy University University of Kentucky Nova Southeastern University Fielding Graduate University Eastern Kentucky University University of Tennessee at Knoxville Clinical Psychology University of Georgia Counseling Psychology University of Louisville Clinical Psychology Michigan School of Professional Psychology Clinical 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 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: 4
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited Not Accepted
Non-Accredited Not Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree 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

Training Model and Philosophy: Our independent training program focuses on breadth of clinical skills, while highlighting comprehensive mental health care. This includes a focus on knowledge and consideration of research guiding clinical practice. Emphasis is placed on utilization of empirically supported treatments. The internship integrates both major and minor rotations with a general mental health setting, allowing for interns to develop skills in a variety of settings and create a unique training experience. This is a full-time, 2000 hour predoctoral psychology internship.

Program Goals:

  • Interns will develop competence with assessing and diagnosing mental health disorders that appear in the veteran population.
  • Interns will develop competence in providing psychological interventions to adults with a range of diagnoses. Trainees will be exposed to a range of therapeutic orientations and techniques with an emphasis on empirically supported modalities.


  • Interns will display an understanding and appreciation of ethnic, cultural, gender, and sexual diversity.
  • Interns will develop into culturally-competent practitioners of psychology by exploring their own assumptions, values, and biases; seeking to understand the worldview of the culturally-differnt client; and learning the necessary skills to provide culturally appropriate interventions and techniques.
  • Interns will develop competence in conducting psychological evaluation and assessment of veterans with a variety of diagnostic concerns. An emphasis is placed on developing competence in diagnostic interviewing and administration/interpretation of psychometrically-validated instruments assessing personality and cognitive abilities.
  • Interns will develop competence with crisis intervention and the assessment of suicidal/homicidal ideation and behaviors.
  • Interns will develop competence in providing effective consultation, feedback, and translation of psychological principles to colleagues, other disciplines, patients, and families.
  • Interns will develop personal characteristics and professional behavior consistent with professional standards and ethical guidelines. They will learn to how to build and utilize interprofessional relationships.
  • Interns will develop the ability to utilize supervision well and how to incorporate feedback into their practice. They will learn VA policies and how to administer clinical treatment within the VA system.
  • Interns will develop competence with the ethical and legal practice of clinical psychology.

These goals are achieved through participation in a variety of clinical and scholarly activities. Possible clinical activities include rotations within: 

  • Team-Based Outpatient Mental Health Care (General Psychology)
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Geriatric Extended Team
  • Substance Use Disorder Treatment Program
  • Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI)
  • The Posttraumatic Clinical Team (PCT)
  • Neuropsychology
  • Compensation & Pension
  • Pain Psychology


 Interns will train one day a week as members of an outpatient general mental health care team throughout the internship year. The duration of this placement allows adequate time for interns to become fully integrated into an interdisciplinary care team and to develop an experiential knowledge of team care provision. Each of these teams will provide interns regular supervision by a licensed psychologist and an opportunity to evaluate and treat a variety of mental health disorders experienced by veterans.

In addition to participation in outpatient general mental health, interns choose among major and minor rotations from the above programs. The major rotations are two days/week while the minor rotations are one day/week. All rotations are six months in length. During these rotations and through didactic seminars, interns will be exposed to a variety of treatment modalities and empirically-based treatments, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Prolonged Exposure, CBT for Substance Use Disorders, CBT for Depression, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. Generalist training is also facilitated through individual and group supervision, in addition to weekly didactic trainings.

Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other: Veterans

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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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 :


Health Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Serious Mental Illness:
Anxiety Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Forensics/Corrections: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation:
Supervision: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Integrated health care - primary: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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: 24 51 27 35
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 18 24 23 23
Total number of interns: 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 2 1 2 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 2 1 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 3 2 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 1 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 14 18 14 16
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 30 62 30 35
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 1 0 0 0 1
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 3 3 0
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 1 3 1
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
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: 1 0 1 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 1 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: 1 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 1 0 1
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 1