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VA Maryland Health Care System

 

Mental Health Clinical Center Psychology Training Program

The VA Maryland Health Care System (VAMHCS) is committed to implementing and maintaining a comprehensive Psychology Training Program that will ensure high quality training of psychological services based in the scientist-practitioner model. The Psychology Training Program models and instills strong ethical, professional practice, and scholarly values.  An emphasis is placed on ensuring that training for psychological services adheres to the policies and procedures outlined by the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Academic Affairs (OAA), VAMHCS, American Psychological Association (APA), and the Association of Post-Doctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). 

Please note, psychology training positions within the VAMHCS are limited to trainees who are enrolled in or have completed APA-accredited doctoral level graduate programs in psychology.


Training Verification

Please allow 48 hours for responding to requests for training verification. 

Contact:
La’Kisha Johnson
Program Support, Psychology Training Program
Phone: (410) 605-7000, ext. 6540
Email: Lakisha.Johnson@va.gov


Externship Program

Externship practicum opportunities are available to advanced doctoral students from American Psychological Association (APA)-accredited graduate training programs only. Extern positions are currently offered at multiple sites (Baltimore VA Medical Center, Baltimore VA Annex, Perry Point VA Medical Center, and various VA Community Based Outpatient Clinics). Please view the attached brochure for application procedures, externship faculty, and a complete listing of volunteer practicum opportunities offered for the current academic year. Please check back in December for a complete listing of volunteer practicum opportunities offered for the upcoming academic year

Download the Brochure:
Psychology Externship - Baltimore

Application due: Friday February 16, 2018

Contact:
Arthur Sandt, Ph.D.
Coordinator, Psychology Externship Program
Phone: (410) 605-7369
Email: Arthur.Sandt@va.gov


Internship Program

The VA Maryland Health Care System/University of Maryland School of Medicine Psychology Internship Consortium is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. The next site visit will be during the academic year 2023.

The VAMHCS/UM SOM Psychology Internship Consortium adheres to the scientist-practitioner approach to training.  The Consortium applies this model by grounding the content and process of training in research, with the purpose of developing well-rounded and competent psychologists.  As one of the few internship training programs recognized by the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science (APCS), the Consortium is particularly interested in applicants from graduate programs that place an equally strong emphasis on scientific study and broad clinical training. For the scientist component, it is expected that applicants have a combination of peer-reviewed publications and professional presentations that clearly demonstrate their skills as a psychological scientist. For the practitioner component, it is expected that applicants have solid foundational training and skills across a broad range of clinical populations, evidence-based practices, and in a wide range of objective psychological assessments. Each of these requisite skills must be clearly addressed in the application and in letters of recommendation. 

To round out existing scientific and clinical skills, extensive efforts are made to tailor the internship training experience to each individual intern's needs and allow a reasonable amount of focused specialization in each intern’s area of emphasis.  Graduates of our program may pursue careers in research or clinical service, but in either case, their training will have prepared them to make a meaningful contribution to the effective care of patients.

The VAMHCS/UM SOM Consortium offers training rotations in the following tracks:

  • VA Comprehensive (2 slots available)
    APPIC program code: 134711
  • UM Serious Mental Illness (1 slot available)
    APPIC program code: 134712
  • VA Health Psychology (2 slots available)
    APPIC program code: 134713
  • UM Child Outpatient Program (1 slot available)
    APPIC program code: 134715
  • UM School Mental Health Program/Center for School Mental Health (3 slots available)
    APPIC program code: 134716
  • VA Neuropsychology (2 slots available)
    APPIC program code: 134717
  • VA Serious Mental Illness (2 slots available)
    APPIC program code: 134718
  • VA PTSD/Trauma Recovery Program (2 slots available)
    APPIC program code: 134719
  • UM Outpatient Psychiatry/Integrated Health (1 slot available)
    APPIC program code: 134721 

For more detailed program information and eligibility requirements, please review the Consortium Brochure attached.

Download the Brochure:
Psychology Internship Consortium - Baltimore

Download Trainee Admissions Support and Outcome Data for 2013-2016:
Trainee Admissions, Support and Outcome Data 

Application due: November 1, 2017

Contact:
Jade Wolfman-Charles, Ph.D.
Psychology Training Program Director
VAMHCS/UM SOM Psychology Internship Consortium
Phone: 410-605-7000, ext. 6082
Email: Jade.Wolfman-Charles@va.gov (preferable)


Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Clinical Neuropsychology

The Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Baltimore VA Medical Center is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association through 2022

The Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Baltimore VA Medical Center is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. We have recently added new rotations specific to the assessment and treatment of patients with neurologic disorder, and are awaiting final approval from APA regarding these changes. The next site visit will be during the academic year 2022.

The Neuropsychology service will recruit two postdoctoral fellows for this program for the 2018-2020 training cycle. The successful candidates will have completed a specialty training program in neuropsychology or completed an internship with a primary concentration in neuropsychology.
Application procedures are outlined in the program brochure which can be accessed via the link below.

Download the Brochure:
Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Clinical Neuropsychology - Baltimore

Neuropsychology Trainee Admissions Support & Outcomes Data

Application deadline: January 8, 2018

Interviews/Recruitment:
Interviews will be conducted on site or at the annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society (INS). This fellowship does not participate in the APPCN match.

Contact:
Anjeli B. Inscore, Psy.D., ABPP-CN
Co-Director of Training

Phone: (410) 637-1391
Email: anjeli.inscore@va.gov
Or
Kristen Mordecai, Ph.D.
Co-Director of Training

Phone: Office: 410-637-1388
Email: Kristen.Mordecai@va.gov


Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Clinical Psychology

The Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology at the Baltimore VA Medical Center is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association through 2022.

Download the Brochure:
Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Clinical Psychology (PTSD, HIV/Liver Diseases, and PC-MHI Divisions) - Baltimore
VAMHCS Postdoctoral Fellowship Resident Admissions Support and Outcome Data

The VAMHCS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Clinical Psychology has three divisions:

  1. Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, Emphasis in PTSD in Returning Veterans

    A successful candidate for the Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program will have a history of specialty training in PTSD and readjustment concerns. The candidate will demonstrate a commitment to the scientist-practitioner model of psychology as evidenced by history of research on traumatic stress and clinical training in empirically supported treatments for PTSD.

    Contact:

    Melissa Decker Barone, Psy.D.
    PTSD Track Coordinator
    Phone: 410-637-1224
    Email: Melissa.Barone@va.gov
  2. Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship with an Emphasis in HIV and Liver Diseases

    We are recruiting one postdoctoral fellow for the 2018-2019 training year. This fellowship integrates health psychology and neuropsychology to address the complex behavioral, cognitive, and physical needs of Veterans with HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) and other liver diseases. A competitive candidate will have completed training in health psychology and/or neuropsychology, preferably with experience in working with HIV and/or HCV populations. A successful candidate will also demonstrate a commitment to the scientist-practitioner model of psychology as evidenced by history of research and training in empirically supported treatments relevant to the focus of the fellowship. Application procedures are outlined in the brochure. Except under very unusual circumstances, all application materials must be submitted through the APPA CAS.

    Contact:
    Moira Dux, Ph.D.
    Co-Track Coordinator
    Phone: 410-637-1383
    Email: Moira.Dux@va.gov
    Or
    Melisa Schneider, Psy.D.
    Co-Track Coordinator

    Phone: 410-642-2411 x2988
    Email: Melisa.Schneider@va.gov

  3. Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship with an Emphasis in Primary Care – Mental Health Integration

    We are recruiting one postdoctoral fellow for the 2018-2019 training year. This fellowship has a focus in health psychology within the primary care setting. The PC-MHI fellow will address the complex behavioral, mental and physical needs of Veterans in the primary care setting. A competitive candidate will have completed training in PC-MHI and health psychology. Application procedures are outlined in the brochure. Except under very unusual circumstances, all application materials must be submitted through the APPA CAS.

    Contact:
    Melisa Schneider, PsyD
    PC-MHI Track Coordinator
    Phone: 410-642-2411 ext 2988
    Email: Melisa.Schneider@va.gov

VA Interprofessional Fellowship Program in PSR and Recovery Oriented Services

The Interprofessional PSR Fellowship Program is a state-of-the-art clinical training program that focuses on the theory and practice of psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery. Individualized, mentored clinical and research training is combined with a curriculum that emphasizes a comprehensive psychosocial rehabilitation approach to service delivery, education, and implementing change in a mental health care setting.  The fellows come from a range of disciplines, including nursing, social work, psychology, psychiatry, vocational rehabilitation, clinical pastoral education, and occupational therapy.

The VISN 5 Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) at Baltimore, Maryland, is the Administrative Hub Site for the VA Interprofessional Fellowship Program in Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Oriented Services, but does not accept trainees at Baltimore. 

Six VA healthcare sites participate in the PSR fellowship program:

  • Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System at Little Rock, Arkansas
  • VA Palo Alto Healthcare System at Palo Alto, California
  • VA San Diego Healthcare System at San Diego, California
  • VA Connecticut Healthcare System at West Haven, Connecticut
  • Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital at Bedford, Massachusetts
  • Durham VA Medical Center at Durham, North Carolina

Contact:
Ralf Schneider, MA CPRP
Coordinator of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Fellowship Hub Site

Phone: (410) 637-1874
Email: Ralf.Schneider@va.gov
http://www.mirecc.va.gov/visn5/training/interprofessional_fellowship_program.asp
For information regarding VA Psychology Training eligibility requirements, please visit their webpage:  http://www.psychologytraining.va.gov/eligibility.asp


VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment at the VISN 5 Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC)

The VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment at the VISN 5 MIRECC has one post-doctoral fellowship position and one post-residency fellowship position in Mental Illness Research and Treatment. The goal of these two-year fellowships is to train psychologists and psychiatrists to become leading clinical researchers in the area of serious mental illness. The fellowship program provides opportunities for excellent training in psychosocial treatment development, family and community interventions, health services and implementation research, and research in psychopharmacology. Fellows engage in supervised clinical training, and in delivering clinical services both in settings that serve Veterans with serious mental illness as well as in other programs within fellows’ areas of interest. In addition, fellows participate in educational activities with local, VISN-wide, and national reach within VA and benefit from academic experiences focused on biostatistical methods, health informatics, grant writing, and overall career development. Fellows spend approximately 65% of their time in research-related research and clinical activities, 25% of their time in clinical service and training activities, and 10% of their time in didactic and administrative activities. We are committed to ensuring a range of diversity among within our Fellowship and welcome applications from candidates representing different geographic areas, ages, racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, disabilities, and life experiences. We are one of 25 sites in the national VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment and are affiliated with the University of Maryland, School of Medicine, providing an outstanding collaborative and interdisciplinary setting for fellows interested in research on interventions and recovery among individuals with serious mental illness. Our Fellowship Program follows the broad organizational structure of the national program, which aims to provide clinical research activities in concert with clinical experiences over a two-year time frame.

Download the Brochure:
Psychology Postdoctoral MIRECC Fellowship - Baltimore

Download Trainee Admissions Support and Outcome Data for 2013-2016

Application due: January 15, 2016

Contact:
Melanie Bennett, Ph.D.
Fellowship Director

(410) 637-1859
Melanie.Bennett@va.gov


Psychology Training Program Policies

Procedures for Remediation of Trainees’ Problematic Behaviors and Performance and Addressing Trainees’ Grievances
Psychology Training Program Standard Operating Procedure
Psychology Trainee Scope of Practice
Supervision of Associated Health Trainees


For eligibility requirements, please refer to program brochures.


APA Accreditation
Questions regarding the accreditation status of any of our
Psychology Training Programs may be addressed to the Commission on Accreditation (CoA):
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979 / Email: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

VAMHCS Psychology Mission Statement:
Psychologists honor and serve America’s Veterans and their families through psychological services, research, and education.  We recognize each individual’s strengths, needs, abilities, and preferences, as we collaborate to optimize well-being and recovery.