Department : Mental Health Service

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2349
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: VA Medical Center, Martinsburg
Department: Mental Health Service
Address: 510 Butler Avenue
HOPE Center, Bldg 213
Martinsburg, West Virginia 25405
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
Distance from Major City: 75 miles west of DC
Phone: 304-263-0811x4659
Fax: 304-262-1315
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: Jason Malcy Psy.D.
Chief Psychologist: Christopher Hansen
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 24
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 07/29/2024
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: 37885
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Life 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 3 days focused on major rotation and one day for the minor rotation. Rotations will change every four months. If there is interest in extending a minor rotation to six month this can discussed. Five hours of supervision throughout the week. Additional two hours of didactics.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? 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: 12/15/2023 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are: Not Offered
A Virtual Interview is: Required
Interview notification date: 12/22/2023
Tentative interview date: 01/3/2023 - 01/19/2023
Interview process description:

All interviews offered will be virtual to help with reduction in applicant financial burden and reduce potential biases.  All applicants will be notified within a week of the application deadline if able to offer an interview.  Interviews conducted will likely be individual interviews and can be expected to last 45 min- 1 hour.  The DOT and select members of the training committee members will be present for the interviews.  

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Argosy University Pacific Graduate School of Psychology Fairleigh Dickinson University George Washington University Fielding University Nova Southeastern University Alliant IU/ CSPP - San Francisco Divine Mercy University The Wright Institute - Berkeley, CA California School of Professional Psychology Chicago School of Professional Psychology - DC
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): 300
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 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 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: Please see the VA's website explaining eligibility requirements:
Other Requirements:
Program Description

The Martinsburg VA Medical Center is located on 175 scenic acres in the Shenandoah Valley.  Situated in the heart of West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle in historic Berkeley County, the medical center has a service area of more than 126,000 veterans in West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.  The towns surrounding Martinsburg are steeped with history and stunning outdoors rich with recreational opportunities.   The Appalachian Trail is nearby offering miles of scenic hiking and biking trails to explore. The Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers flow through the area offering opportunities for fishing, kayaking, whitewater rafting and tubing.  Overall, the eastern panhandle of West Virginia is a small, friendly community environment with beautiful scenery to enjoy numerous outdoor activities, yet still within a 90 minute drive to the Nation’s Capital.

The Psychology Internship Program is grounded in the practitioner-scholar model, which emphasizes that through the training experience clinical practice is guided by scientific theory and research. Based on this model, the development of knowledge and skills related to evidence based treatments are considered critical to competent and ethical professional practice. Interns are trained in evidence based practices and learn how to incorporate these practices in their clinical work across all rotations. The practitioner-scholar model also acknowledges the complexity of real patients and limitations of the empirical base. Thus, science and research are constantly evolving and informed from the delivery of clinical care while respecting our patients as unique people, accounting for individual, cultural, and societal considerations.

All interns’ experiences are designed to meet our educational model by ensuring the program’s foundations are based upon the following: high quality supervision; training in empirically based assessment and treatments; a broad range of clinical experiences and didactics; specialized training and experience in an intern’s specific interest area; individualized intern experience based upon intern’s goals and level of prior experience/skills/professional development; and research/scholarly activity/quality improvement opportunities.

The training model is competency-based within the practitioner-scholar framework. The internship year is designed to be sequential, cumulative, and graduated in complexity. There will be increased expectations for the interns’ performance in the core competencies as their knowledge, experience, and expertise grow and develop. As the year progresses, interns will be assigned more difficult and complex tasks based upon their level of competency. Initially working under close supervision of experienced and skilled staff members, students will be expected to work with increasing independence as they develop individual competencies. Training will be conducted in a format that encourages growth of the student clinically and professionally throughout his/her time in the program. 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 the role of a colleague, rather than a student. It is during this internship program that future psychologists should receive their final formal year of educational and clinical training experience. The program is dedicated to providing a supportive and collegial environment in which interns receive direct supervision to guide them through their journey of personal and professional development.

Interns will complete three major rotations of four months in duration and two to three minor rotations of four to six months in duration.  Major rotations include Primary Care Mental Health Behavioral Health Integration (PCMHI), Posttraumatic Stress Disorder/Evidence Based Therapy, and Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program (BHIP)/Outpatient Mental Health.  


Internship Training Opportunities


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


Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
HIV/AIDS: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Physical Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Serious Mental Illness: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Anxiety Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Offenders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Geropsychology: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Religion/Spirituality: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Program Development/Evaluation: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Supervision: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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)

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: 12 12 9 22 9
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 10 8 9 16 9
Total number of interns: 3 2 3 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 2 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 3 2 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 2 2 3 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 1 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 3 4 5 2 3
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 10 9 10 12 12
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: 0
Veterans Affairs Health Care System: 2
Psychiatric facility: 0
Correctional facility: 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0
School district/system: 0
Independent practice setting: 1
Other (Academic Psychology Department): 0