Program Information: VUMC-IPP

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2454
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Vanderbilt University Medical Center Internship in Professional Psychology
Department: VUMC-IPP
Address: Vanderbilt Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
1500 21st Avenue South
Suite 2258
Nashville, Tennessee 37212
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: Located in Nashville , TN
Phone: 615-936-0280
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Medical School
Additional Agency Types:
  • Academic Health Center
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatric or Pediatrics
  • Community Mental Health Center
  • Medical School
  • Private Psychiatric Hospital
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Blythe Corbett
Chief Psychologist: Blythe Corbett
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 24
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 07/01/2022
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 5
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 31200
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): All sites: the Vanderbilt Adult Psychiatry, Vanderbilt Child & Adolescent Psychology, Psychosis, Autism and Lifespan Development, and Forensic Psychology emphasis offer health insurance as part of the benefits package. The health insurance is exclusively for the intern and does not cover family members. It also does not cover vision or dental.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site The interns have a variety of experiences which include diagnostic assessments, psychological or neuropsychological testing, and therapeutic intervention. Interns also have the opportunity to participate in clinical research.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
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: 11/05/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Preferred
Interview notification date: 12/10/2021
Tentative interview date: 12/01/2021
Interview process description:

We provide notification by phone or email for interviews at specific agencies. Interviews are held on specific dates on December 1, 10, and 15 for approximately 5 hours including lunch. The format and interview length vary from position to position within the Internship. 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Washington University; Ohio State; Stanford University; University of Alabama, Indiana University, University of Missouri-Columbia; Chicago School of Professional Psychology; Palo Alto University, Wheaton College; Spalding University; Pennsylvania State University; Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine; Vanderbilt University; University of Mississippi, University of California, Santa Barbara, University of Houston and more.
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 ranking deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 400
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 130
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 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


We are an independent site; specifically, the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Internship in Professional Psychology (VUMC-IPP) consisting of training through the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Division of Psychology.  


The VUMC-IPP offers training in the following tracks:


  1. General adult psychotherapy

  2. Child and Adolescent psychology

  3. Psychosis

  4. Autism and Lifespan Development

  5. Forensic Psychology


Interested applicants indicate on the application cover letter which track they would consider for primary placement, covering four areas of emphasis: General adult psychotherapy, child and adolescent psychology, psychosis and autism. Interns are accepted into a particular primary placement consistent with the track, and spend 3 days a week training there throughout the year. After beginning the internship, interns select in consultation with the primary supervisor and the leadership of the VUMC-IPP, a secondary rotation where they will spend 1 day a week in training throughout the year. The interns additionally spend a half-day participating in seminars and case conferences. The remaining half day is spent engaged in research activities.


Numerous training experiences are available within the VUMC training sites. Interns can find in-depth training experiences that prepare them for employment in a variety of post-internship settings, including academic medical centers and community mental health centers. Extensive training is available in multiple areas of psychological practice, including: individual and group psychotherapy (inpatient as well as outpatient work), behavioral medicine and hospital practice, neuropsychological and forensic assessment, consultation, geriatrics, community outreach, and practice in highly interactive multidisciplinary settings. For a more detailed description visit our website (, which will be updated for the 2021-2022 year by late August 2021. Contact the VUMC Internship in Professional Psychology as indicated above with any questions.



Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

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


Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Adult: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Child: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Serious Mental Illness: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Anxiety Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders:
Forensics/Corrections: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Research: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Integrated health care - primary: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: 247 100 161 139 149
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 148 38 52 46 46
Total number of interns: 14 3 4 3 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 14 3 4 3 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 10 2 4 2 3
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 4 1 0 1 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 10 3 4 3 4
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 4 0 0 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 2 4 6 17 21
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 61 70 75 105 83
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 1 1 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 10 4 2 4 2
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
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: 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 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: 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 1 0 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 1
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0