Department : Behavioral Health/Psychology Service

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2579
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Provisional Membership
Site: Oklahoma City VA Health Care System
Department: Behavioral Health/Psychology Service
Address: 921 NE 13th St (635/183)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73104-5007
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 0
Phone: 405-456-3415
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Bryan Stice
Chief Psychologist: Sarah Newman
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 29
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 08/01/2023
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: 33469
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): 11 Federal holidays
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site
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?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: 12/15/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Not Offered
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: N/A
Tentative interview date: 01/03/2023, 01/05/2023, 01/10/2023; 1/12/2023
Interview process description:

All interviews will be held virtually out of consideration for the cost of travel relative to the intern stipend. However, applicants invited for an interview may optionally contact the Training Director for a tour of the facility and "meet and greet" after all interviews have concluded.

Interview structure: The Internship Training Director will meet with all applicants in the morning for an overview of the internship program including opportunities offered. Each applicant invited for an interview will be interviewed by four of the program faculty. Efforts are made to pair interns with specific staff for interviews based on expressed interest areas in their application and/or upon request by the applicant.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: None yet! The Oklahoma City VA Medical Center recently separated from an internship consortium and we are standing up a new training program to admit our first cohort during the 2023-2024 academic year.
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 (if applicable): 250
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 30
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
PCSAS-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

About VA Oklahoma City Healthcare System
VA Oklahoma City Healthcare System serves more than 66,000 Veterans in 48 counties in Oklahoma and 2 counties in north central Texas. Our anchor facility, the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center (VAMC) is a 192-bed teaching hospital within the 325-acre Oklahoma Health Center campus just outside of downtown Oklahoma City. Additionally, the Oklahoma City VA Healthcare System includes 14 Community-based Outpatient Clinics. Our psychology internship program is based out of the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center with all but two available rotations occurring at this location.

Training Aims
The fundamental training aim of the Oklahoma City VA internship program is to provide high-quality adult generalist training, clinical experiences, and supervision in health service psychology, such that upon completion of internship, interns have attained the profession-wide core competencies for psychologists as identified by the American Psychological Association: Research; Ethical and legal standards; Individual and cultural diversity; Professional values and attitudes; Communication and interpersonal skills; Assessment; Intervention; Supervision; Consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills. Upon successful completion of the internship program, interns will be functioning at the level of competence and independence expected at the postdoctoral level and developmentally ready for entry-level practice in psychology (i.e., employment or postdoctoral fellowship). As we know that many VA interns intend to continue their careers working with Veteran and/or military populations, there is an emphasis on understanding military culture, providing psychological services to the Veteran population, and familiarization to working within the VA culture and organizational structure.

Training Program Structure
To meet the goals of the training program, interns will be exposed to a broad range of supervised clinical experiences and didactic education. Clinical experiences include 13 possible major rotations available and 17 possible minor rotations available (this number includes major rotations which may be instead taken as a minor). During the year, interns will complete two major rotations and two minor rotations.

Major rotations available include:

• Ambulatory Mental Health Clinic
• South Oklahoma City Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) Mental Health Clinic
• Geropsychology Program (inpatient/outpatient)
• Health Psychology Clinic
• Primary Care Mental Health Integration
• Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center
• Substance Treatment and Recovery (STAR)
• Trauma Recovery Services
• Affirmative Care/LGBTQ+ Program
• Chronic Pain Rehabilitation
• Neuropsychology Clinic
• Telemental Health

*Minor rotations available include:
• Suicide Prevention
• Inpatient Psychiatry Unit
• Military Sexual Trauma
• Administration & Leadership
•*Each Major Rotation above can usually be taken instead as a Minor rotation

Additional training opportunities (does not comprise a full rotation):
• Intensive Community Mental Health Recovery Services
• Family Mental Health
• Research


Our Approaches to Competency Development
•Interns will spend 2 hours per week in didactic activities from our training staff, covering a range of subjects pertinent to trainees’ competency development.
•Our program approaches interns’ achievement of diversity competency through multiple modalities. These approaches include incorporation of diversity throughout didactic programming; offering clinical opportunities to work with diverse clientele; exploration of client diversity in clinical supervision; and training/use of culturally-informed approaches to treatment. Interns will be exposed to quarterly experiential activities to promote cultural awareness and self-reflection.
•Our program is structured for interns to develop competence in psychological assessment. Each week, the interns will attend group supervision with two of our training staff on administering tests, scoring and interpreting test data, and writing assessment reports.
•During the training year, interns will receive intensive training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT).
•Interns will achieve an understanding of the scientific foundations of clinical practice during their internship year. This will be obtained from various means such as clinical supervision within rotation, EBP group supervision, and didactic education.
•Each week, interns will receive one hour of supervision from their major rotation supervisor and one from their minor rotation supervisor (total of 2 hours of regularly scheduled, individual supervision per week). Additionally, interns will receive one hour of group supervision devoted to assessments and one hour of group supervision devoted to EBP.

Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

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


Health Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Anxiety Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Abuse:
Substance Use Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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
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Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written
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 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 0 0 0 0
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 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 0
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