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Salem VA Medical Center

Internship Program

The predoctoral internship at the Salem VA Medical Center in Virginia is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association through 2019.

Candidates for internship must be U. S. Citizens from APA-approved programs in clinical or counseling psychology and must be approved for internship by their schools. At the time of application, the intern must have some experience with the MMPI-2 and the WAIS. Also, the candidate should have at least 350 supervised practicum intervention and assessment hours prior to applying. We expect the dissertation proposal to be defended prior to beginning the internship.

The core of the internship training experience is direct patient care under the supervision of experienced, practicing psychologists in diverse settings. The internship has been structured to maximize the number of available clinical experiences, provide sufficient depth of experience, and maintain the flexibility to accommodate individual interests and needs. The internship offers over twenty different clinical training experiences. Most interns complete a series of three major rotations and up to four minor rotations. Major rotations include: Outpatient (Center for Traumatic Stress) or Inpatient PTSD; Substance Abuse; Behavioral Medicine/Primary Care; Neuropsychology; and Evidence-Based Psychotherapy. Some examples of minor rotations are: research, program development, administration, business and consulting, sport psychology, child and adolescent, geropsychology, palliative care, and forensic psychology.

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Psychology Internship - Salem

Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

We currently offer five fellowships, four in the area of Traditional Practice: Clinical Psychology and one in the specialty practice of Clinical Neuropsychology (2 years). The traditional clinical fellowships (1 year each) have the following emphasis areas: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder,  Primary Care - Mental Health Integration (PC-MHI), Geropsychology, and Evidence-Based Psychotherapy(EBP). We are recruiting for all five positions to start between July and September 2015.

The overarching goal of all the fellowship experiences is to provide the fellow with training that will enable him/her to be a leader in his/her emphasis or specialty area. The neuropsychology and geropsychology positions also emphasize the provision of services to rural populations. The  programs provide comprehensive training and clinical experiences designed to teach, develop, and enhance the requisite skills for effective practice in PTSD, primary care, general mental health/evidence-based practices, geropsychology, and neuropsychology settings, as well as for effective leadership in these areas. In addition, the Clinical Psychology program focuses on ensuring competency in the more general practice areas of psychological assessment, diagnosis, treatment, consultation, supervision, and clinical research. The Neuropsychology specialty focuses on ensuring competency in neuropsychological evaluation, neurocognitive interventions and treatment, consultation, supervision and clinical research.

The Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology postdoctoral fellowships at the Salem VA Medical Center are not yet accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. The Clinical Psychology fellowship program recently had a  site visit on September 15-16, 2014.  The Salem VA Medical Center has been approved for APPIC membership.

Candidates for the fellowship must be U.S. Citizens from APA-accredited programs in clinical or counseling psychology who have completed an APA-accredited internship. Males must have registered with the US Selective Service System before the age of 26. No applicants from programs awarding degrees in areas other than psychology will be accepted. All requirements for the doctoral degree, including dissertations, must be completed prior to starting. Failure to meet all mandatory requirements by the start of the fellowship year may result in the fellowship offer being rescinded. This program supports and adheres to Equal Employment Opportunity policies and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship - Salem

Contact Us

Salem VA Medical Center

Dana R. Holohan, Ph.D.
Director, Psychology Training

1970 Roanoke Boulevard (116C)
Salem, VA 24153
(540) 982-2463 ext. 4188

APPIC Match Number

Internship: 161411

Applications Due

November 13
Postdoctoral Fellowship:
January 5

Eligibility Requirements

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Sponsored by the Veterans Health Administration: Office of Academic Affiliations and Mental Health Services
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