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Clinical Psychology Programs

The aim of the pre-doctoral internship program is to provide generalist training that will prepare interns to work as entry level or early career psychologists or fellows within a variety of clinical settings within the VA healthcare system as well as the private sector. For the postdoctoral fellowship program, we are seeking applicants who have a strong interest in working in inter-professional teams. Fellows will work in a variety of settings, including the outpatient mental health clinics, acute psychiatric units, community living centers, and the pain clinic.

As a part of the Psychology Section at VA-TVHS, the Training Program seeks to increase cultural sensitivity and awareness through education, training, and the promotion of an enhanced culture of inclusion and social justice. We value the multiple perspectives deriving from differences in culture, race/ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, physical ability, religion/spirituality, socioeconomic status, national origin, and aging. The training program seeks to build appreciation and respect among diverse populations through our policies, programs, and practices. We are committed to fostering an academically enriching and supportive climate for all levels of training. We hold the mission of promoting diversity and inclusion as a core value around which training decisions are made and believe this mission to be fundamental to who we are as a training facility. 

Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology

The VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (VA TVHS) Internship Program in Clinical Psychology implemented an independent internship training site beginning with the 2018-19 internship training year. The internship underwent a site visit by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association in 2019 and is fully accredited. VA TVHS had been part of the VA-Vanderbilt University Internship Consortium since the 1970s; however, the consortium decided to separate into individual training sites which have been operating separately since that time. The overall structure of the internship program remains similar, and the two institutions remain connected through shared didactics programming for the interns. The internship underwent a site visit by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association in 2019 and is fully accredited.

We are recruiting to fill six internship positions for the upcoming training year; five of these positions are Generalist positions and one position is for a Neuropsychology specialty focus.

According to VA policy, internship funding can only be provided to those who are U.S. citizens and are enrolled in an accredited doctoral program (APA, CPA, or PCSAS) in clinical or counseling psychology.

This doctoral internship requires a 52-week full-time commitment.

The aim of this pre-doctoral internship program is to provide generalist training that will prepare interns to work as entry level or early career psychologists or fellows within a variety of clinical settings in the VA healthcare system.  

Accreditation Status:

The VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. The next site visit will be in 2029.

Questions related to the program’s accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
Phone: 202-336-5979 or Emailapaaccred@apa.org
Websitewww.apa.org/ed/accreditation

Locations

The Internship is co-located between two campuses approximately 30 miles apart. Interns are required to complete a portion of their training at each campus.

Nashville VA Medical Center
1310 24th Ave South
Nashville, TN 37212

Alvin C. York VA Medical Center
3400 Lebanon Pike
Murfreesboro, TN 37129 

Advanced Fellowship in Clinical Psychology

Geropsychology, Health Psychology, or SMI Focus

The VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. The next site visit will be in 2023. We are recruiting to fill three fellowship positions for the upcoming training year.

According to VA policy, postdoctoral fellowship funding can only be provided to those who are U. S. citizens, have graduated from an accredited doctoral program (APA, CPA, or PCSAS) in clinical or counseling psychology, and have completed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship.

This postdoctoral residency requires a 52-week full-time commitment.

We are seeking applicants who have a strong interest in working in inter-professional teams. The TVHS Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship program received funding through the Inter-professional Mental Health Education initiative. Fellows may follow a Generalist course or may choose one of three emphasis areas: Health Psychology, Serious Mental Illness (SMI), or Geropsychology.

Fellows completing training in one of the three emphasis areas will spend approximately 40% of their time in rotations directly related to the emphasis area. In Health Psychology, rotations may include Pain Psychology, Health Promotion/Disease Prevention, and Primary Care-Mental Health Integration. Rotations may include the Veterans Recovery Center and Acute Psychiatric Unit for those choosing an SMI emphasis, and Fellows electing a Geropsychology emphasis may rotate through the Community Living Centers and the Geriatric Evaluation Clinic. All fellows will spend at least 30% of their time within the training Behavioral Health Inter-professional Program (tBHIP), an outpatient mental health setting, in which fellows work alongside Psychiatry and Pharmacy residents, conducting clinical interviews, assessment, and psychotherapy.

Clinical intakes are shared medical appointments with Psychiatry and Pharmacy, allowing for experiences delivering inter-professional care. Veterans referred include those at risk for polypharmacy, older adults requiring more focused and integrated care , those who have experienced multiple acute psychiatric hospital admissions, and persons with primary diagnoses of dementia, depression, and insomnia. Through the tBHIP experience, fellows will also be afforded explicit training in supervision through tiered supervision with practicum students and/or interns.

Strong candidates will have solid clinical skills in assessment, intervention, and consultation. Candidates should also possess good interpersonal skills which will allow for success in working on inter-professional teams. Finally, we are seeking candidates who have training, experiences, and professional goals which are consistent with the VA mission.

Accreditation Status:

The VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. The next site visit will be in 2029.

Questions related to the program’s accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
Phone: 202-336-5979 or Emailapaaccred@apa.org
Websitewww.apa.org/ed/accreditation 

Location

Alvin C. York VA Medical Center
3400 Lebanon Pike
Murfreesboro, TN 37129 

Program Leadership

Maria Cottingham, PH.D, ABPP-CN, Director of Training
Phone: 615-873-8941; maria.cottingham@va.gov 

Eun Ha Kim, PH.D. ABPP, Assistant Director of Training
Phone: 615-873-6074; eun.kim@va.gov 

Jennifer Moore, PH.D., Assistant Director of Training
Phone: 615-225-3755; jennifer.moore4@va.gov 

Eligibility and Benefits 

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