VASDHS/UCSD Psychology Internship Program

Welcome to the UCSD/VA Psychology Internship Training Program!

For over 40 years, the UCSD/VA Psychology Internship Program has been training psychologists. We are one of the largest internship programs in the country. Our internship program has been APA-accredited since 1986, with current accreditation through 2019. We are also a member of the Internship and Postdoctoral Programs in Professional Psychology (APPIC). Our psychology internship program provides rigorous and comprehensive scientist-practitioner training across a diverse range of settings and patient populations. We have notable training in evidence-based practices with mood and sleep disorders, PTSD, substance abuse, eating disorders, and neuropsychology, among others. Our rotations include both in- and outpatient experiences, with training opportunities across the lifespan, from children to older adults. The psychology internship training program is well integrated into the many training programs within the VA and UCSD Department of Psychiatry, affording psychology interns the opportunity to work alongside other trainees including psychiatry residents and fellows. Our large program affords a myriad of training resources but there is still a strong sense of community and collaboration as our trainees progress toward independence. Our faculty are strongly committed to training the next generation of psychologists. Interns graduating from our program have been highly competitive and gone on to post-doctoral fellowships and often to academic faculty positions. We take great pride in our program and our graduates and their professional successes. We look forward to hearing from you and wish you success in meeting your academic and training goals.

Read our Department Chair's Welcome to learn more about the program the Department of Psychiatry offers.

For more information on the accreditation status of our program, please contact the APA at:

American Psychological Association
Commission on Accreditation
750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: 202-336-5979
Web: http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation.

LATE BREAKING NEWS: For the 2017-18 training year, please note that our placement pairings have changed.  If you have not downloaded an updated copy of our applicant manual, please do so.

The UCSD/VA Psychology Internship Training Program has added a new training opportunity! We now have a new rotation pairing training at our UC San Diego Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research (outpatient) and the Rady Children's Hospital Medical Behavioral Unit (inpatient). The focus of the rotation will be on treatment of eating disorders and comorbid medical and psychiatric conditions. This rotation will be in addition to our existing Eating Disorders rotations.


2017-2018 Application Materials:

Applicant Manual

Important Dates:

Applications Due: November 1, 2016
Interview Notification Date: mid-December
2017 On-site Interview Dates: January 9-13


The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, in affiliation with the Psychology Service, VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), and Rady Children's Hospital, offers a 12‑month, full‑time, APA‑- accredited pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology. The program has been APA accredited since 1986. Our Internship trains doctoral candidates to function as autonomous professionals in a variety of health care settings. The program emphasizes the Boulder, Scientist-practitioner model of training in psychology and, thus, seeks applicants who desire research-oriented academic careers and have demonstrated experience in research. Interns are supervised by approximately 40 licensed psychologists, most of whom have ongoing research programs in addition to their clinical work. We especially seek to recruit a diverse internship class as a reflection of our strong commitment to achieve excellence and diversity among our faculty, staff, and trainees. We are interested in applicants who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities, and to the development of a climate that supports equality and diversity.


The Internship is comprised of 18 positions, each of which includes at least two, year-long Placements, as follows: Applicants may apply to up to 3 positions. 

VA Positions

Placement A Placement B
1

VA Behavioral Medicine: Pain and Weight Control (Rutledge)

VA Primary Care Mental Health Integration (Backhaus)

2

VA General Behavioral Medicine (Mauer)

VA Spinal Cord Injury (McCulloch)

3

VA Family Mental Health Program (Buzzella)

VA Mood CLinic (Depp)

4

VA Military Sexual Trauma and Interpersonal Trauma Clinic (Allard)

VA Mood Clinic (Depp)

5

VA Mission Valley PTSD Clinic (Campbell)

VA Center of Recovery Education (Granholm/Perivoliotis)

6

VA La Jolla PTSD Clinic (Jacobus)

VA Substance Abuse / Mental Illness (SAMI) Program (Trim)

7

VA La Jolla PTSD CLinic (Jacobus)

VA Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program (ADTP; Worley)

8

VA Substance Abuse Rehabilitation and Recovery Treatment Program (SARRTP)/ VA Smoking Cessation (Myers)

VA Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program (Castriotta)

9

VA Neuropsychological Assessment Unit (G. Brown/ Bondi/ Filoteo)

VA Primary Care Mental Health Integration (Ruberg)

10

VA Neuropsychological Assessment Unit (G. Brown /Bondi/ Filoteo)

VA TBI Cognitive Rehabilitation Clinic/ VA Neuropsychological Assessment Unit (Jak)

11

VA Neuropsychological Assessment Unit (G. Brown /Bondi/ Filoteo)

VA La Jolla Inpatient Psychiatry (Jacobson)

12

VA ASPIRE Center (Tarasenko)

VA Telemental Health (Morland/Poizner)


UCSD Positions

Placement A Placement B
13

UCSD Medical Center Neuropsychological Assessment Program (Norman)

UCSD Senior Behavioral Health (Rice)

14

UCSD Eating Disorders Clinic (Anderson/Wierenga)

Rady Inpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services (S.J. Brown)

15

UCSD Eating Disorders Clinic (Anderson/Wierenga)

Rady Inpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services (S.J. Brown)

16

Rady Inpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services (S.J. Brown)

Rady Child Outpatient Psychiatry (Williams/Brookman-Frazee)

17

Rady Inpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services (S.J. Brown)

UCSD Child Outpatient Psychiatry (Williams/Brookman-Frazee)

18

UCSD Burn Center and Moores Cancer Center (Minassian/Cardenas)

UCSD Pain Clinic (Park)




If you have any questions, contact:

Jennifer Harryman
Internship Program Assistant
Psychology Service (116B)
VA San Diego Healthcare System
3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92161

Voice: (858) 552-8585 x2649
Fax: (858) 552-7414
E-mail: pinternship@ucsd.edu