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VA Boston Healthcare System


Psychology Internship Program

The Internship in Clinical Psychology, formerly known as the Boston Consortium in Clinical Psychology, is a yearlong training program located among the campuses of the VA Boston Healthcare System. The internship is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. Our next accreditation site visit will be in 2015. The internship is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and is one of only eleven (11) internship members of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science (APCS).

The internship seeks candidates from APA-accredited, scientist-practitioner and clinical science programs in clinical and counseling psychology. Our training program provides a wide variety of opportunities to work with veterans in three different VA campuses, as well as children and adolescents in a non-VA setting (Boston University’s Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders.)

Note: Beginning with the 2015 – 2016 training year, we no longer provide training through a consortial arrangement with Boston Medical Center, due to unexpected changes with their psychology supervisory resources in Child Psychiatry. However, we continue to provide training to 18 interns across 12 training rotations, described below.

Interns will train in two rotations: a Match (8-month) rotation, as well as a second (4-month) rotation, which is selected to assure a sufficient breadth of experience for our interns. Because each rotation has a distinct APPIC match (program) number, the results of the Match assure interns their assignment to a specific 8-month rotation. Assignments to the four-month rotation, selection of research mentors, and the opportunities for adjunctive training experiences and supervisors are guided by our interns' other interests and training needs, which are discussed in detail after the Match results (and 8-month rotation) are known. All interns have complementary training experiences, including: adjunctive training experiences, which may involve work in a different clinic or with a different population than those found within the intern’s two major clinical rotations; scholarly inquiry / research activities; and a weekly seminar series. Depending upon their interests and qualifications, interns also may arrange to do a research externship, which would expand opportunities and available time for scholarly inquiry activities.

For 2015 – 2016, intern training takes place within the following twelve (12) rotations, spread across a total of three VA Medical Center campuses. An additional training opportunity exists within an externship (non-Match) program offered through the Boston University – Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders – CARD). Please refer to the internship brochure for further details on this one-day per week arrangement.

Available rotations for 2015 - 2016:

▪ Behavioral Medicine
▪ Center for Returning Veterans
▪ Dual Diagnosis (PTSD-SUD) at Brockton
▪ General Mental Health
▪ Geropsychology
▪ Inpatient Mental Health – Therapeutic Recovery
▪ Neuropsychology
▪ PTSD Clinical Team
▪ Rehabilitation Psychology
▪ Substance Abuse Treatment Program at Jamaica Plain
▪ Substance Abuse Spectrum at Brockton
▪ Women’s Stress Disorders Treatment Team
▪ Boston University / Center for Anxiety Related Disorders (CARD) – Child outpatient clinical externship

Applicant Information

▪ Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 400

▪ Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 3

Candidates should identify up to two (2) rotations in the cover letter as potential “Match” rotations; in effect, this constitutes an application to those two specific potential 8-month rotations, during the APPIC Match. However, all interns matching to the Boston Consortium will also complete a 4-month rotation.

The internship brochure is a fairly large document. After opening the attached internship brochure, we would recommend that you click the Bookmarks tab on the left side, in order to bring up the Table of Contents.

Download the 2015 - 2016 Internship Training Brochure 
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Update: Internship Leadership

We are extremely pleased to announce that Risa B. Weisberg, Ph.D. is our new Director of Internship Training and has also assumed the position of Assistant Chief of Psychology. Dr. Weisberg was most recently on the faculty of Brown University where she was the Director of the Brown University Program for Anxiety Research and Co-Director of Behavioral Health Research at the Center for Primary Care and Prevention. Dr. Weisberg received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University at Albany, State University of New York. She completed a predoctoral internship and a postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University before joining the Brown faculty.

Since November 1, 2013, Stephen J. Quinn, Ph.D. has been the Interim Internship Director. Dr. Quinn has a longstanding history of involvement and capable leadership within the VA Boston Internship, including serving as the JP (Boston) site training director in the Boston Consortium for many years. Dr. Quinn will remain locum tenens director until January 1, 2015, whereupon he will return to his clinical and supervisory positions within the National Center for PTSD – Behavioral Science Division.

Risa B. Weisberg, Ph.D.
Director of Training
VA Boston Internship in Clinical Psychology

APA Accreditation
Any questions regarding the accreditation status of the VA Boston Internship in Clinical Psychology or the VA Boston Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship program may be addressed to the Commission on Accreditation (CoA):

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
Education Directorate
American Psychological Association
750 First Street NE
Washington, D.C. 20002-4242