Program Information: Lebanon VAMC - Psychology

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2385
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Lebanon VAMC
Department: Psychology
Address: 1700 South Lincoln Ave.
Lebanon, Pennsylvania 17042
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD
Distance from Major City: 35 miles from Harrisburg, 88 from Philadelphia
Phone: 717-272-6621x5168
Fax: 717-228-6006
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: Melissa Cyrus
Chief Psychologist: Melissa Cyrus
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 31
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 07/03/2023
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: 26581
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, 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 Typical work day will vary based on the rotation, usually with the hours of M-F, 8-4:30. The day will likely include a combination of direct patient care, individual supervision, and interdisciplinary team meetings. The week includes group supervision with the DCT and didactic seminar series.
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: 11/04/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/16/2022
Tentative interview date: 01/04/2023, 01/05/2023, 01/11/2023, 01/13/2023
Interview process description:

Our internship program utilizes a two-part selection procedure. First, application materials are reviewed for basic eligibility, strength of training and experience, and goodness of fit with our program. Second, the selection committee will subsequently develop a pool of applicants to invite for a formal interview. Interviews are an integral part of our selection process.

*During the 2022 recruitment season, ALL INTERVIEWS WILL BE VIRTUAL.  We may offer an optional open house after our rankings are submitted and applicants are welcome to visit the area on their own to get a sense of what it's like to live in this beautiful area of the country. 

Applicants will be notified of interview status by December 16th. Interview days consist of meeting with the Training Director, Training Staff, and Current Interns.  Applicants typically attend an introduction session and series of individual interviews.  We hope to also provide a virtual tour in place of the in-person tour that helps you envision yourself at our facility.

Dates for interviews are most likely the January 4-6th and/or January 11-13, 2023 and interview days last from approximately 8am-3pm. Upon the completion of our interviews, applicants will be ranked in terms of their suitability for our program in accordance with APPIC guidelines, and submitted for the match.



How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Hofstra University Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University Chatham University Indiana University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine University of Iowa Immaculata University Marywood University Nova Southeastern University LaSalle University James Madison University Chestnut Hill College West Chester University Lehigh University James Patterson 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): 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 Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-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:
Program Description

The Lebanon VA provides primary and behavioral health care throughout a mainly rural seven-county area of south-central Pennsylvania. Patients are also served at six additional community-based VA clinics at varying distances from the main campus in Lebanon.  The majority of training takes place at the main hospital and the Residential Recovery Center (RRC) both conveniently located at the main campus in Lebanon. Interns have the option, if they so choose, to have some of their outpatient experience at one of the outlying VA outpatient clinics.  Interns are provided an office in the Behavioral Health building with a dedicated computer and phone.

The Lebanon VA Medical Center Doctoral Internship Program provides doctoral education and training for the practice of professional psychology. Training faculty and supervisors provide an intensive training experience to psychology interns within a generalist model and a practitioner-scholar philosophy. The Lebanon VAMC Internship Program will train interns to think critically regarding the integration of scientific knowledge with current practice. We believe this model to be highly effective in preparing interns for the successful practice of professional psychology.


This is a generalist program. For that purpose, interns will have a year-long rotation in Outpatient Mental Health under the BHIP (Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program) Rotation.  This will allow interns to follow cases long-term as well as obtain more intensive training on at least 1 Evidence Based Psychotherapy (EBP) technique and see cases through completion. If a particular trainee is interested in some of the shorter EBPs, such as MI and MET, they may work with 2 differnt BHIP clinical supervisors throughout the year. 

In addition to the year-long BHIP rotation, trainees can choose 2 of our 5 other rotations for 6 months each.  These rotations include:  Primary Care-Mental Health Integration (PCMHI), Residential Recovery Center (RRC),  Hospice/Geriatric rotation in our Community Living Center, and PTSD Clinical Program (PCT)., and Pain Psychology.   Interns will be exposed to Evidence Based Psychotherapies (EBP) and be a part of an interdisciplinary team, engaging in both individual and group therapy. Interns discuss and develop their individual learning goals within each placement. At the beginning of each rotation, the number of hours per week spent in direct contact with service recipients is expected to start out low, increasing to average at least 10-15 hours per week.

In each rotation, interns will have routine, on-site supervision by a licensed clinical psychologist.  

*If teleworking, supervision will be provided by a licensed psychologist via a virtual format and following suggested APA, APPIC, and VA Psychology Training Council guidelines and best practices. Supervisors and interns will both join VVC video therapy sessions and/or patient telephone calls for observation and supervision purposes.

Additional clinical consultation, as appropriate, will also be available from the disciplines of psychiatry, primary care/emergency physicians, graduate level nursing, social work, vocational rehabilitation specialists and chaplains.  Each rotation will consist of 2 full 8-hour days, which includes ncludes 3 hours for rotation supervision. They will also receive 1 hour for group supervision with DCT, 3 hours for dissertation/professional activities, and 3 hours didactics.  More supervision is available as needed. Additionally, per SoA Standard II.D.I.a.v, each intern evaluation will be based in part on direct observation. Direct observation can be either in room or one-way mirror observation and should be conducted by the immediate supervisor responsible for the activity or experience being evaluated. There may also be opportunities for tiered supervision, in which interns provide supervision to practicum students. The supervisor always has primary professional responsibility for cases in which supervision is provided to a trainee.



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
Other: Veteran

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Individual Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Couples Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Crisis Intervention:
Brief Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)


Health Psychology: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Women's Health: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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%)
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy:
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments:
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation:
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
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 26 42 40 49 32
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 14 24 27 25 29 23
Total number of interns: 3 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 0 1 1 0 0 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 3 2 2 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2 3 3 3 3 2
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 0 0 0 0 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 3 4
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 16 36
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 0 1 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 3 2 3 2 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: 0 0 0 0 1 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 0 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 1
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 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