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Psychology Internship and Fellowship Programs

Downtown Pittsburgh and three rivers.Veterans' mental health is a top priority at VA. After returning from combat, many Veterans struggle to readjust to life at home. Our mental health care providers play a critical role in helping these Veterans reclaim their lives by providing cutting-edge care. VA supports this mission by ensuring that our mental health professionals have the most innovative technologies, facilities, and training at their fingertips. When you join VA, you will be a core member of our interdisciplinary care team structure, collaborating with both primary care and other mental health professionals to establish the right course of treatment for patients.


Internship Program at VA Pittsburgh

The doctoral internship at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. Our most recent reaccreditation site visit was in March 2012 and our next accreditation site visit will be held in 2019. Applicants from APA-accredited clinical or counseling psychology programs are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have a minimum of 300 total intervention and 50 assessment hours prior to application. We will not review applications with hours below the minimum hours requirement. We prefer candidates who have generalized assessment and psychotherapy training. Applicants who have VA practicum experience or who have an interest in a VA career are highly desirable. Although research experience is not a requirement, we value applicants with research experience.

Download brochure: Psychology Internship


Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at VA Pittsburgh

The VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System offers two postdoctoral fellowship programs: Clinical Psychology and Professional Geropsychology. Prior to the start of the fellowship programs, a candidate must have completed a doctoral degree from an APA or CPA accredited graduate program in Clinical, Counseling, or Combined Psychology or PCSAS accredited Clinical Science program. Persons with a doctorate in another area of psychology who meet the APA or CPA criteria for respecialization training in Clinical, Counseling, or Combined Psychology are also eligible. Completion of an internship program accredited by APA or CPA or completion of a newly funded VA-sponsored internship is also required.

The clinical psychology postdoctoral fellowship at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association and offers training in the following focus areas: Interdisciplinary Care, PTSD, Substance Use Disorders. The next site visit is scheduled for 2021.

Download brochure: Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Professional Geropsychology postdoctoral fellowship is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association and offers specialized training in geropsychology. The next site visit is scheduled for 2021.

Download brochure: Professional Geropsychology Postdoctoral Fellowship


Nationwide Opportunities

VA provides internships, postdoctoral fellowships, and doctoral practicum training in many sites across the U.S. Graduates of these programs will be eligible for employment as psychologists within the VA just like graduates from other accredited programs. Many existing VA internship and postdoctoral psychology training programs hold APA accreditation status. Learn more at www.psychologytraining.va.gov.

Contact

Bernadette Pasquale, Ph.D.
Director of Clinical Training
University Drive campus
412-360-1290
bernadette.pasquale@va.gov

Internship Info

APPIC Match Numbers

General Internship:
154311

Neuropsychology Internship:
154312

Applications Due

Internship:
November 1, 2017

Postdoctoral Fellowship:
January 5, 2018

Eligibility Requirements

Review the eligibility requirements for all VA psychology training programs.

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