Program Information: Vanderbilt University Counseling Center - Vanderbilt University

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2462
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Vanderbilt University Counseling Center
Department: Vanderbilt University
Address: 2015 Terrace Place
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: Nashville, TN
Phone: 615-322-2571
Fax: 615-322-1326
Email: frances.niarhos@Vanderbilt.Edu
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: University Counseling Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • University Counseling Center
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Frances Niarhos
Chief Psychologist: Todd Weinman
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 11
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 07/01/2022
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 3
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class:
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 35600
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Comp Time , Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): $1000 budget for professional development activities
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Our internship is a clinical site. Interns spend most of the day conducting individual and group psychotherapy. Other activities include receiving supervision (individual & group) and providing supervision to practicum students and conducting psychological assessments. Interns also participate in other learning activities, including a weekly Integrative Seminar focusing on topics in psychotherapy, supervision, diversity and inclusion, ethics in practice, and professional identity development, and a weekly Assessment Seminar. Other meetings include a weekly center-wide staff meeting and weekly case conference and monthly center-wide Diversity Dialogues. Interns also offer Outreach events to the Vanderbilt campus community.
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: 11/02/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 11/18/2022
Tentative interview date: 12/13/22, 12/15/22, 01/05/23, 01/10/23
Interview process description:

Applicants are asked to submit their applications through the AAPI Online applicant portal. The Vanderbilt UCC National Matching Service (NMS) Number is: 246211.  Interviews will be arranged following an initial review of applications by the UCC training committee, and applicants will be notified of interview decisions by email by November 23, 2020. Applicants are encouraged to ensure that emails sent through the AAPI application portal do not go to Junk.

The interview dates for the current application cycle are: December 13, 2022; December 15, 2022; January 05, 2023; January 10, 2023Six applicants are interviewed on each interview date. Due to the overwhelming preference for virtual interviews on the 2021 APPIC survey, all intern candidate interviews will be conducted virtually via Zoom. Our interviews are half day in duration (morning).  Applicants participate in five 30-minute individual interview sessions with the Training Director, potential supervisors and other program staff. Each interview session may have one to two staff members participating. The candidates also meet individually for 30 minutes with current UCC interns. Applicants can expect the interview process to last from 8:00am-12:15pm.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: University of Missouri Columbia, Purdue University, University of Kansas, Tennessee State University, University of Tennessee Knoxville, University of Georgia, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, University of Indianapolis, University of Denver, University of Nebraska, University of Portland, Midwestern University, and University of Hartford.
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a U.S. Citizen, Authorization to Work or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in the US is Required: Yes
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 (if applicable): 400
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 20
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable): 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 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: The applicant must pass a criminal background check. This will be performed after Match Day. Match results and selection decisions are contingent on passing the background check. No prospective intern has ever been refused employment as a result of the background check, but it is a possibility. Several have had difficulty, in all cases because of past legal problems they chose not to reveal during the application process.
Program Description

Vanderbilt’s University Counseling Center (UCC) is a highly utilized campus support resource that serves 22% of the Vanderbilt student population. The large number of clients who seek services at the Center afford interns diverse clinical opportunities in terms of culture, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, and level of acuity. As a multidisciplinary setting, the center staff include psychologists, licensed counselors, clinical social workers, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners and a nurse. Our multidisciplinary staff and close affiliation with numerous campus offices provides interns many opportunities for inter-professional consultation. Additionally, given that the Center houses other types of trainees, including practicum students who are not as far along in their training as doctoral interns, the provision of supervision is another type of experiential activity in which the interns are engaged. When combined with the numerous licensed psychologists who participate in internship training and the many experiential activities associated with training (individual and group psychotherapy, psychological assessment, outreach & consultation, crisis response, diagnostic interviewing and intake report writing), the Vanderbilt UCC provides a rich training environment for doctoral interns.

Interns are involved in virtually all aspects of clinical service and are considered essential in fulfilling the Center’s mission of assisting students in need and fostering both personal and professional growth. While still in training and under consistent supervision, UCC interns are viewed as colleagues-in-the-making and, as such, they are challenged with managing complex therapy caseloads and assessment cases and responding to campus events. The training opportunities for interns are broad in range and involve psychotherapy (individual and group), supervision (receiving and providing), conducting initial interviews and generating intake reports, preparing and presenting outreach, participating in crisis response/intervention, and training in various forms of assessment (neurodevelopmental and other mental health disorders). While the internship affords enough flexibility to pursue particular interests (e.g., therapy with specific populations and training in specific treatment modalities), UCC interns participate in the same core activities. Center interns work very hard and their efforts and skill have a direct impact on the community they serve.

Vanderbilt UCC adheres to a "generalist” model of training and also provides opportunities for interns to gain experience with treatment of a particular presenting condition (e.g., trauma; eating disorders) or a specific treatment modality (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy; crisis care counseling). All interns are required to complete a minimum of four integrated psychological assessment over the course of the training year. Interns discuss with the Training Director their goals for the internship training year, and efforts are made to ensure exposure to populations and treatment modalities to help interns realize these goals. 

The Vanderbilt UCC expects to provide a combination of in-person and telehealth services in the coming year, depending on the preference of individual students. Clinical supervision will be provided either exclusively in-person or as a combination of in-person and tele-supervision, with at least 50% of individual supervision in person. Assessment services will also be provided in-person to students. It is expected that meetings and seminars will be conducted both in-person and virtually. Interns are expected to work in the office 5 days a week through the end of the fall semester; options for remote days may be available in the spring semester.

Internship Training Opportunities


Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Older Adults:
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Low income:

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Crisis Intervention: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
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:
Supervision of Practicum students : EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Other: Scholarly Project


Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Serious Mental Illness: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
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:
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Supervision: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Research: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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 2021-2022 2022-2023
Number of Completed Applications: 48 49 64 96 95
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 24 24 24 24 24
Total number of interns: 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 3 2 1 0 3
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0 1 2 3 0
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 0 2 2 3 0
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 3 1 1 0 3
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 4 9 6 1 2
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 10 10 11 18 41
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 1 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 2 2 2 3 3 3
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 0 0
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 1 1 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 1 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: 1 2 1 2 2 1
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 1 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: 1 0 0 0 1 2
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 1 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0 0