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Psychology Training Programs

The Mental Health Department at the VA Augusta Health Care System offers eligible trainees in psychology a year-long advanced-practice practicum, internship, or post-doctoral residency in Psychology. Our predoctoral psychology internship and post-doctoral psychology residency are currently accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Please see program specific information on the designated links.


Program Experience

We are currently reviewing requests for 6- or 12-month practicum opportunities on a case-by-case basis from individuals enrolled in programs for clinical and counseling psychology programs.

Please notify us of your interest 6 months prior to desired start date to allow for onboarding documentation and agreements between the school site and VA to be processed.

Opportunities for practicum currently include intervention, assessment, and consultation services in the Traumatic Brain Injury and Blind Rehabilitation Program. Other opportunities for involvement in the PTSD program, Substance Use Recovery Program, Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center program, and the Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Team program may have openings during further training years.

Supervision may include oversight from both Clinical Psychologists and supervised supervision from psychology interns or postdoctoral fellows.


Dr. Katrina Speed, Psychology Training Director

Predoctoral Psychology Internship


The Augusta University/Medical College of Georgia-Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center Psychology Internship (AU/MCG-Charlie Norwood VAMC Psychology Internship) was formed with the guiding principle that synergy could be achieved by pooling resources and interrelating institutional education, clinical service, and research efforts to enhance psychology internship training. Provision of care in interdisciplinary health care settings is a focus of our internship training and our training model focuses on three primary facets of training in the development of professional psychologists: (1) Training in the implementation of essential practice skills in key field settings; (2) Training in an empirical approach to practice (fostering attitudes of empiricism and reflection), and; (3) Training in the provision of care for underserved populations and areas.

For additional information, please visit: Psychology Internship Program (

Check out our program brochure for additional program details of VA training tracks:

Program Summary and Highlights

The Medical College of Georgia (MCG)/Augusta University and the Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) are organized as partners in offering a 12-month, full-time Internship in Clinical Psychology. The program begins in early July and carries an annual stipend of $33,469. We currently fund ten Interns (6-VA; 4-MCG/AU).

The Internship combines a solid grounding in clinical skills with access to a wide range of mental health and medical settings through which an Intern can develop general clinical-counseling skills as well as emphasis training. Our training model focuses on three primary facets of training in the development of professional psychologists: (1) Training in the implementation of essential practice skills in key field settings; (2) Training in an empirical approach to practice (fostering attitudes of empiricism and reflection), and; (3) Training in the provision of care for underserved populations and areas. 

For the 2024-2025 Training year, interns paid by VA funding will only be eligible to rotation with clinical experiences offered at the VA training site and will not have cross-site clinical rotation experiences with AU or ECRH. Across all training experiences, Interns work in close collaboration with primary care physicians, psychiatrists and other physician specialists, and other allied health professionals to develop skills in providing interdisciplinary health care.

The AU-paid interns will complete 3 4-month Rotations (General, Integrated Health, and Emphasis Rotations) while the VA-paid interns will be complete 2 6-month Rotations (General and Emphasis Rotations) as most rotations include integrated health care teams and opportunities for brief assessment/treatment and consultation liaison work can be completed across general and/or emphasis training.

In addition to the generalist training opportunities available, emphasis training is provided through the selection of one of six tracks:

  • Child and Family (AU funded)
  • Forensic Psychology (AU funded)
  • Clinical Health Psychology (AU funded)
  • HIV & LGBTQ Health Disparities Track (AU funded)
  • Veteran’s Healthcare/Women’s Health (CNVAMC funded)
  • Trauma Psychology (CNVAMC funded)
  • Health, Behavioral Med, & Rehabilitation Track (CNVAMC funded)

*The consortium has notified APA/CoA/OAA in May 2022 of intent to dissolve the consortium agreement. We are fully committed to maintaining accreditation as a consortium until we achieve independent accreditation during this transitional period. We are available to discuss any questions or concerns with regards to this process. Despite the expected changes, we are committed to having high-quality training for the upcoming year and do not anticipate any significant changes to training offered at this time.

Core Values in Training:

The AU/MCG-Charlie Norwood VAMC Internship supports the foundational value of the scientist-practitioner model of training for the professional psychologist. Scientific methods can both inform us of the human experience and guide in the development and implementation of therapeutic responses to life problems. Therefore, training in scientific methods should be a core endeavor for the development of the professional psychologist.

The internship program strongly values cultural and individual diversity and believes in creating an equitable, welcoming, appreciative, safe, and inclusive learning environment for its interns. Diversity and multiculturalism among interns and supervisors enhances and enriches the program. Every effort is made by the internship supervisors to create a climate in which all staff and interns feel respected, comfortable, and in which success is possible and obtainable.

Training Sites and Rotation Opportunities

The below are current potential opportunities for rotation and training experiences depending on track schedule and supervisor availability within the training program for VA-paid trainees. Please note that offerings for AU paid applicants can be found on their website (

(Uptown Division)

    • Behavioral Health in Primary Care Integration - Psychology C/L Services
      • Provides integrated primary health care for veterans involving same day consultation, risk assessment and safety planning, brief interventions, and triage to other appropriate services as indicated
    • Blind Rehabilitation Inpatient Unit - Psychology C/L Services
      • Provides integrated rehabilitation services for veterans with injuries resulting in prominent visual impairment
    • Chronic Pain Program - Psychology C/L Services
      • Provides integrated pain management services for veterans
    • Outpatient General Mental Health Service – Assessment and Therapy Services
      • Provides a full range of behavioral health assessment and treatment services with veterans
    • Substance Abuse Recovery Clinic - Assessment and Therapy Services
      • Provides treatment, education and support, including recovery opportunities for any Veteran with a substance abuse disorder
    • Suicide Prevention Program
      • Provides training in suicide risk evaluation, safety planning, clinical interviewing, crisis line calls, and case management of high risk for suicide veterans
    • TBI Polytrauma Evaluation Clinic – Assessment and CL Services
      • Provides integrated rehabilitation services for veterans with brain injuries
    • Trauma Recovery Clinic – Assessment and Therapy Services
      • Provides integrated behavioral health care for veterans experiencing PTSD resulting from combat trauma and/or military sexual trauma
(Downtown Division)
    • Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Unit – Assessment and Therapy Services
      • Provides integrated rehabilitation services for veterans with spinal cord injuries
    • Neuropsychological Assessment
      • Provides diagnostic and treatment consultation to interdisciplinary staff throughout CNVAMC

NOTE: Generally, the work duty hours for all trainees and supervisors is 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and all direct patient care activities end at 4:30 p.m. in the CNVAMC.       

Application process

We are an APPIC member and use the APPIC application for psychology internship (AAPI) to review applications. Information can be found at APPIC - Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers which includes a directory, the application portal, and many resources about the application process.

Direct link to program listing:

Current year application deadline: November 1, 2023
Internship start date: July 1, 2024

Note: Interns may apply for any of the tracks on their APPIC match forms with a maximum of 3 tracks; however, notifications for interview considerations will be sent by the funding site (i.e., applicants to a Child and Family track and a Women's Health Track will receive 2 notifications, one from AU/MCG and one from CNVAMC). Please email Dr. Speed ( and/or Dr. Drescher ( for questions.

Eligibility requirements for all VA Psychology Training Programs

Office of Academic Affiliations Home (

Interviews: Interviews for CNVAMC paid positions will be held virtually December 8th, 12th, & 15th, 2023 and January 9th, 2024. Given feedback from previous years, we will not be offering an Open House this year, but will make arrangements for site tours after program ranking have been submitted by the internship in late January/early February 2024 for applicants who are interested in visiting Augusta to inform their ranking.

Contact Information and Accreditation

VA Psychology Co-Training Director: Katrina Speed, PhD

MCG/AU Psychology Co-Training Director: Christopher Drescher, PhD


For any additional information regarding the accreditation status of the internship contact:

American Psychological Association, Office of Program and Accreditation

750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242

(Phone )


Internship Admission, Support, and Initial Placement Data 6.6.23

Please see the link below to see tables updated in June 2023.

Post-doctoral Psychology Residency

The Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center offers training in two areas of emphasis – Inter-professional Team-Based Care (2 positions), and Military Sexual Trauma (1 position).

Check out our program brochure for additional program details of VA Postdoctoral Training Program:


Mission Statement

The mission of the CNVAMC’s Psychology Postdoctoral Residency is to train Fellows to effectively function in roles that combine clinical service and scholarly inquiry. The program is generalist in nature, prioritizing the development of well-rounded clinical skills. Even though this is classified as a general clinical residency training, this program emphasizes the provision of integrated behavioral health services to veterans and the treatment of military sexual trauma.


Interprofessional Care Fellows
  • The training objective of the interprofessional care postdoctoral residency positions is to provide Fellows with a broad and comprehensive clinical education within interdisciplinary team  settings. Fellows have the opportunity to select to work within a variety of interdisciplinary care teams, which involve direct collaboration with professionals from various disciplines including psychiatry, social work, nursing, chaplain service, pharmacy, dieticians, and medical center physicians. The position has a major emphasis in development of Interprofessional skills working within interdisciplinary teams. Areas of opportunity for these experiences could include but not limited to Primary Care/Mental Health Integration (PCMHI), Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program (BHIP), consultation and liaison services (C/L), and leadership/administrative services. Postdoctoral Fellows work as a member of these teams and serve as consultants to non-psychology professional groups during the training year. Fellows participate in clinical supervision of psychology interns under the supervision of the licensed psychologist. Fellows work with postdoctoral training staff to customize a training year to meet their individual needs, preferences, and abilities.
Military Sexual Trauma Fellows
  • This track provides general clinical psychology residency training, with an emphasis in military sexual trauma. Specific training experiences include: 1) evidence-based assessment and treatment of military sexual trauma; 2) interdisciplinary consultation; 3) development of clinical supervision competencies; and 4) identification of, understanding, and addressing ethical issues common among female populations. Training in behavioral medicine interventions addressing common problems among female veterans may also be offered/available.
  • Fellows provide psychological services predominantly in the Trauma Recovery Clinic, but may also complete rotations in the Women’s Health Primary Care Clinic or alternative elective minors. Fellows also participate in clinical supervision of psychology interns under the supervision of the licensed psychologist.

Fellows are required to complete a minimum of two psychological testing cases during the training year. Consults are submitted by providers throughout the MHSL and are assigned to Fellows, who will be supervised by a member of the Training Committee. The emphasis of this training experience is on enhancing general diagnostic skills, clinical interviewing, and overall assessment/testing skills. Each assessment case is unique and varies broadly along a spectrum of cognitive and personality evaluations. As such, there is no standard test battery or report format.

At least one representative of the Residency class is expected to attend the Training Committee meetings to provide updates regarding the training experiences of Fellows throughout the year, bring to the attention of the Training Committee issues or concerns pertaining to Residency training, and assist in the discussion and implementation of curriculum changes.

The residency is a one-year, full-time training program with an expected workload of 40 hours per week of direct services delivery and other training activities. Residents successfully completing either track within the program will meet the requirement for the Post-Doctoral Supervised Work Experience needed for professional licensure as a Psychologist in the State of Georgia.

Benefits and Internship Admission, Support, and Initial Placement Data

Click the link below.

Application Process

The CNVAMC is committed to the recruitment and training of diverse postdoctoral Fellows. Consistent with the APA Commission on Accreditation, we define cultural and individual differences and diversity as including, but not limited to, age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, language, national origin, race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. Applications from qualified minority individuals are encouraged. Individuals who wish to be considered in part on the basis of a diversity variable should indicate their interest in the cover letter of their application.

Interested applicants should submit their materials online via APPIC’s centralized application service (APPA-CAS). To apply, candidates should submit the following:

1. A cover letter that describes your postdoctoral training goals and perceived fit with our program. In your letter, please describe your previous educational and clinical experience relevant to the training offered in our program, your assessment of your training needs, and your general career goals. Please review our complete brochure thoroughly before applying. Please specify if you are applying to the Interprofessional track or Military Sexual Trauma track (or both).

2. A copy of your Curriculum Vita.

3. A letter from the Chair of your Dissertation Committee describing the progress of your dissertation and anticipated defense date if not yet complete, or confirming successful completion.

4. Three letters of recommendation from supervisors who are directly familiar with your clinical work. At least one letter must be from an internship supervisor. If your dissertation Chair is providing one of your letters, they may address your dissertation status within that letter. A separate, fourth letter on this subject is not required in that circumstance.

5. An official transcript of your graduate work

Deadlines: Applications must be received online by December 15, 2023 to receive consideration. The Director of Postdoctoral Training and select members of the Training Committee will review all submitted applications in detail and will select some candidates for interviews. All applicants will be notified of their interview status by e-mail at the address provided in the APPA-CAS system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that correct and up-to-date contact information is supplied in the online application. We plan to hold virtual interviews at the end of January.

The VA Office of Academic Affiliations requires that all VA postdoctoral training programs abide by the APPIC Postdoctoral Selection Guidelines. Accordingly, we will abide by the new Postdoctoral Selection Standards and Common Hold Date. Offers may be made at any time following the conclusion of interviews and may be held up to the Common Hold Date of Monday, 2/26/2024. See the APPIC site for more information about the CHD policies. Applicants will be notified as soon as they are no longer under consideration and when all positions have been filled. The anticipated start date for 2023-2024 is August 12, 2024.

Please review the following information about eligibility as Health professional trainees are held to the policies and mandates of the VA and Office of Academic Affairs (OAA). Specific criteria are listed at the links below:

Resources for Health Professions Trainees Coming to VA | Eligibility and Forms - Office of Academic Affiliations

Contact Information and Accreditation

VA Psychology Training Director: Katrina Speed, PhD

The program received 10-year accreditation in 2019 by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association.

For any additional information regarding the accreditation status of the residency contact:

American Psychological Association, Office of Program and Accreditation

750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242

(Phone )