Program Information: Behavioral Medicine

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2426
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Eastern OK VA Health Care System
Department: Behavioral Medicine
Address: 10159 E 11th Street
Ste 100
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74014
Country: United States
Metro Area: Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX MSA
Distance from Major City: 261
Phone: 918-610-2001
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 on Contingency
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Patricia Byrd
Chief Psychologist: David Webster
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 13
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/02/2021
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 5
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class:
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 26234
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): 10 Federal holidays; 13 annual leave days & 13 sick leave days (accrued throughout the training year); 3 days professional leave (can be used for dissertation defense, licensing, or professional development time); intern can choose from several federal health benefits plans.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site A typical day will vary greatly depending on the rotation. Throughout the training year, interns are engaged in a variety of clinical/training activities with an emphasis on providing evidence-based individual and group therapy and assessment among all rotations. Interns participate in consultation with morning team huddles, treatment team meetings, and monthly case conference. The routine workday is 8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. In conjunction with the importance placed on empirically based treatments, interns learn to integrate science into practice through regular didactics (minimum two hours per week), journal club, individual supervision (minimum of two hours per week) and group supervision (minimum of three hours per week). Interns participate in a yearlong diversity group project and provide group supervision to practicum students.
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: 11/15/2020 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Not Offered
  • Required
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/04/2020
Interview notification date time zone: Central Standard Time
Tentative interview date: 12/15/2020
Interview process description:

Applicants will be notified of their invite for an interview via E-Mail by December 4, 2020. Interview dates will be 

December 15, 2020; December 18, 2020; and January 6, 2021

All interviews will be conducted virtually via video or by phone and will include a group meet-and-greet and overview of the internship with the Training Director and Associate Training Director, group meeting with various supervisors providing information on rotations, Q/A with current interns and at least two individual interviews with training faculty. Interview day is scheduled 8:00-4:30 CST.   Requests to meet with specific staff are welcome.



How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Alliant University, John F. Kennedy University, Andrews University, NOVA University; Palo Alto University, Adler University, Springfield College, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology; Oklahoma State University; Fuller Theological Seminary; Florida Institute of Technology; Regent 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: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 250
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 50
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 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 primary aim of this training program is to provide quality generalist training utilizing evidenced based therapies and assessments. The Scholar-Practitioner model is the underlying philosophy and will be followed to prepare interns as well-rounded competent clinicians.  We emphasize the integration of research and practical experience and believe it is essential in the development of professional competency; therefore, emphasis is placed on applying evidence-based practices, research-based programming, and the application of science into practice. The goal is to facilitate interns’ development of critical thinking, conceptualization, and problem-solving skills.  Prior to the completion of the training year, interns will be expected to be competent in providing basic psychological services to Veterans in an ethical, professional, and knowledgeable manner. 

The internship program is structured to help interns grow and mature both personally and professionally. Internship training is designed to promote development in two fundamental areas: achieving foundational competencies in psychological practice and developing a sound professional identity. All aspects of the training program will facilitate the development of core competencies as recommended by APA emphasizing the importance of multiple skill sets among diverse populations and in varying functional roles involved in patient care. Interns will learn to effectively communicate their observations and clinical opinions (verbal and written) in interdisciplinary settings and to develop interpersonal skills needed to work effectively with patients, their families, and allied health professionals.

At the start of the training year, interns undergo several days of orientation to our program, service, and facility. They visit potential rotation sites, meet with potential supervisors, and are provided with information regarding the expectations of each rotation to facilitate composing a training experience that best fits their interests and needs. We take great care to create a training plan and rotation sequence that is fair and accounts for the intern’s clinical interests and goals. 

Over the course of the internship year, interns will conduct evidence-based assessments from referral sources throughout our service and learn to provide feedback to Veterans in a therapeutic manner. Assessments commonly administered in our service but not limited to include:  MMPI-2-RF, PAI, Various cognitive screeners, WAIS-IV, CPT-3, SCID-5, CAPS-5, and several self-report measures. During the year-long intern assessment rotation, interns will be expected to attend a weekly assessment group supervision session in addition to their individual supervision with an assessment supervisor.  Assessment group supervision will also incorporate a monthly psychological testing-related journal article discussion.  

Each training opportunity in all rotations will present the opportunity to train with a multidisciplinary staff along with training in evidence-based interventions. Interns will have the unique opportunity for in depth training and supervision by  VA Trainers and Consultants in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia and Cognitive Processing Therapy which will give them the opportunity to fulfill the training requirements to be ‘grandfathered’ in to receiving VA provider status once they are licensed if they decide to continue their career with the VA.

Interns will also work together to complete a yearlong group project that is focused on a diversity characteristic chosen by the training committee. The goal is to foster and encourage a life-long practice of professional multicultural competence. The interns together with the Group Project Coordinator(s) will work to embrace the idea of cultural humility and develop a process of openness, self-reflection and ongoing professional and personal development. Aspects of the project include: participation in culturally considerate supervision, delivery of culturally competent clinical interventions, encouragement of reflection on cultural identity and cultural interactions in professional spaces through personal reflective practice and group discussion, and facilitation of experiential encounters that increase awareness of cultural identity and interactions, as well as knowledge of a cultural group

Rotation options include: PTSD Clinical Team, Women Veteran's Mental Health/MST Team, Substance Use Disorder Team, Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center; General Mental Health Clinic, Home Based Primary Care, Acute Psychiatric Inpatient Unit, Rural Telemental Health along with the following training enhancements: Special Populations, Specialty Assessments (bariatric, organ transplant, police evaluations), and Rural Telemental Health.








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: 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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Community Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Consultation/Liaison: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Crisis Intervention: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy:
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students : Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)


Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Serious Mental Illness: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy:
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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
Number of Completed Applications: 8 8 33
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 8 8 21
Total number of interns: 4 4 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 4 4 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 1 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 3 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 1 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 1 9 9
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 19 20 20
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0 1
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 2 1
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 1 2
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0