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Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Center (LAACC)

Learn about internship and fellowship opportunities at VA Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Center (LAACC).

Internship Program

The psychology doctoral internship program at VA Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Center (LAACC) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation (CoA) of the American Psychological Association (APA). We have been continually accredited by APA since 1977, and our most recent reaccreditation process granted us 10 years of accreditation, to be reviewed again in 2028.

VA LAACC is part of the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS), along with VA West Los Angeles Healthcare Center and VA Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center. VAGLAHS is one of the largest healthcare systems within the VA. Our clinic is an ambulatory care facility located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles that provides comprehensive medical and mental health services to its diverse veteran population. We offer generalist training in a variety of different clinics as outlined in our program brochure. The VA LAACC training program is funded to support 4 full-time internship positions for the 2022-2023 training year. We accept applications from qualified students who meet VA eligibility requirements, have completed their dissertation proposal, and have obtained our minimum intervention and assessment hours. We greatly value diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and encourage eligible internship applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Postdoctoral Residency Program

The postdoctoral residency program at VA Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Center (LAACC) successfully submitted an initial application for accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA) and had its first site visit in June 2019. The program was granted the maximum of 10 years accreditation, with the next APA site visit in 2029.

We have funding for one full-time, year-long postdoctoral position specializing in Primary Care-Mental Health Integration and Substance Use Disorders (PC-MHI/SUD) and one full-time position in Women’s Mental Health and Trauma. The resident in the PC-MHI/SUD position will receive year-long advanced training in psychology with emphasis areas in both PC-MHI and Substance Use Disorders (SUD), with additional elective training opportunities. The Women’s Mental Health and Trauma resident will receive advanced clinical training within LAACC Trauma Recovery Services (TRS) and the Women’s Mental Health Program (WMHP), providing assessment and evidence-based treatment to veterans with military-related PTSD (including military sexual trauma) and serving the rapidly increasing population of women and gender-diverse veterans seeking care for a range of mental health difficulties, including mood/anxiety disorders, eating disorders, sleep disorders, and emotion regulation difficulties.

The LAACC Psychology Training Program is based on the scientist-practitioner model. We believe that training is best provided through didactic training, experiential learning, and good working relationships with supervisors who can serve as models and mentors.  Supervision for postdoctoral residents will be provided by licensed psychologists in each specialty area (i.e., PC-MHI/SUD/Women’s Mental Health/TRS psychologists), with possible supplemental supervision by other members of our psychology training staff.

We accept applications from qualified candidates who meet VA eligibility requirements and have interest and experience in Primary Care Mental Health and working with Substance Use Disorders.  We also greatly value diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice and encourage eligible applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Kimberly Newsom Ph.D.

Director, Psychology Training

VA Greater Los Angeles health care

Phone: 213-253-2677 ext. 24837