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VASDHS/UCSD Psychology Internship Program

In the AAPI, our site is listed as:

Univ California-San Diego-Consortium/Vet Affairs

Our Program

For over 40 years, the UCSD/VA Psychology Internship Training 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. 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 offer training in evidence-based practices with mood 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 and psychology 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 have gone on to post-doctoral fellowships and often to academic faculty positions. Interns are supervised by approximately 40 licensed psychologists, most of whom have ongoing research programs in addition to their clinical work.

Applicant Selection

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. 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.

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

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 20002-4242
(202) 336-5979
(202) 336-5978 (fax)

2023-2024 Training Year Application Materials

Applicant Manual

Important Dates

Applications Due: November 1, 2022
Interview Notification Date: December 15, 2022
Virtual Interview Dates: January 9-13, 2023

The Internship is comprised of 19 positions, each of which includes at least two, year-long Placements, as follows: Applicants may apply to up to 3 positions.

​Placement A ​Placement B
​VA Positions​
​1 VA Behavioral Medicine: Pain and Weight Control (Rutledge) VA Spinal Cord Injury Unit (Clark)
2 VA General Behavioral Medicine
VA BMed/Primary Care Mental Health Integration (Wooldridge)
3 VA Family Mental Health Program
VA Mood Clinic
4 VA IU6 South County PTSD Clinic
VA Mood Clinic
5 VA IU6 South County PTSD Clinic
VA Center of Recovery Education (Ehret/Granholm)
6 VA La Jolla PTSD Clinic
Dual Diagnosis Recovery Program (DDRP)
7 VA La Jolla PTSD Clinic
VA Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program
(ADTP; Correa)
8 VA Substance Abuse Rehabilitation and Recovery Treatment Program (SARRTP; Wilhite) and
VA Smoking Cessation (Myers)
VA Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program
9 VA Neuropsychological Assessment Unit
VA Primary Care Mental Health Integration
10 VA Neuropsychological Assessment Unit
VA TBI Cognitive Rehabilitation Clinic/ VA Neuropsychological Assessment Unit (Hanson)
11 VA Neuropsychological Assessment Unit
VA La Jolla Inpatient Psychiatry
12 VA ASPIRE Center
(Angkaw, Rimmele)
VA Telemental Health
(Poizner, Morland)
​UCSD Positions​
13​ UCSD Medical Center
Neuropsychological Assessment Program
UCSD Senior Behavioral Health and
Center for Brain Health and Memory
14 UCSD Eating Disorders Clinic

Rady Children’s Pediatric Primary Care Mental Health Integration (Mid-city)

15 UCSD Eating Disorders Clinic

Rady Children’s Pediatric Primary Care Mental Health Integration Rotation (Encinitas)

16 UCSD Adult/Adolescent Eating Disorders Clinic (Anderson/Wierenga) Rady Medical Behavioral Unit (Maginot)

UCSD Peds/Adolescent Eating Disorders Clinic (Ramirez/Wierenga)

Rady Child Outpatient Psychiatry
18 Rady Pediatric-Medical Psych (Nguyen) 

Rady Child Outpatient Psychiatry (Williams/Brookman-Frazee)
19 UCSD Burn Center and Moores Cancer Center (Minassian/Cardenas)

UCSD Pain Clinic   (Serdarevic)

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the UCSD/VA Psychology Internship Program, please contact:

Psychology Service (116B)
VA San Diego Healthcare System
3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92161

Email: Dr. Amy Jak ( or Dr. Christina Wierenga (