Psychology Internship and Fellowship Programs - Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VAMC
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Psychology Internship and Fellowship Programs

Internship Program

The doctoral internship at the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz  VA Medical Center in Philadelphia is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association.* Our accreditation site visit was in March, 2013 and our next accreditation site visit will be held in 2021 (delayed from 2020 due to COVID19). The primary goal of the Internship Program is to train interns to be competent in the general practice of professional psychology and specifically skilled in the provision of high quality evidence based mental healthcare.  The internship program will highlight the integration of mental health services into primary care consistent with the Patient Centered Medical Home.  Training in Evidence Based Practices will be a key component of training throughout the internship experience.  Interns will take an active role in developing their own training plan and in adjusting it to meet their needs and emerging interests.  A cornerstone of our training philosophy is an emphasis on breadth while also allowing for in-depth training in focused areas of interest. 

The Corporal Michael J. Crescenz  VA Medical Center offers internships to U.S. citizens who are pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical or counseling psychology from an APA-accredited institution. Applicants must have a minimum of 400 total intervention and assessment hours prior to application. We prefer candidates who have generalized assessment and psychotherapy training. The Crescenz  VA Medical Center in which our training program resides is an Equal Opportunity Employer; we are committed to ensuring a range of diversity among our training classes, and we strive to select candidates representing different kinds of programs and theoretical orientations, geographic areas, ages, racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, disabilities, and life experiences. The Corporal Michael J. Crescenz  VA Medical Center serves a racially and ethnically diverse urban population and priority will be given to applicants that can demonstrate commitment and past experience in working with a minority population. All things being equal, consideration is given to applicants who identify themselves as veterans, have VA practicum experience, or demonstrate an interest in a VA career; identify themselves as members of historically underrepresented groups on the basis of racial or ethnic status, as representing diversity on the basis of sexual orientation, or as representing diversity on the basis of disability status. This may be indicated on the application or in the cover letter. Applicants must be certified as ready for internship by their Director of Training.

Download the Brochures:
Psychology Internship - Philadelphia

Applications Due:
November 2, 2020

 

 

Postdoctoral Residency

Clinical Psychology

The Corporal Michael J. Crescenz  VA Medical Center has two Psychology Postdoctoral Residents through the Interprofessional Mental Health Education initiative.  As of October 2018, the residency was accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association until 2028.  Residents can expect to spend approximately 50% of their time devoted to the direct provision of clinical services. The two post-doctoral residents will have overlapping curriculum but also distinct training foci in Mental Health Interprofessional Teams (PTSD, Addiction, and Geriatrics as part of the Community Living Center) or Patient-Aligned Care Teams (Primary Care-Mental Health Integration, Home-Based Primary Care). In addition, the CMCVAMC has requested funding for a third postdoctoral residency position for this training year. While not confirmed at this date, this third position has been funded for the past three years, and if funded the resident will have a training focus in Health Psychology (see separate brochure).  

In order to apply to our residency program, please submit all the required application elements via the APPA CAS system at https://appicpostdoc.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login by the due date, December 15th, 2020.

According to VA policy, post-doctoral funding can be provided only to applicants who are U.S. citizens, who have received a doctorate from an APA or CPA-accredited graduate program in clinical, counseling, or combined psychology, or PCSAS accredited Clinical Science Program, and who have completed an APA or CPA accredited or VA sponsored internship. (Please see link at the bottom of the page for additional eligibility requirements).  All things being equal, consideration is given to applicants who identify themselves as veterans, have VA practicum or internship experience, or demonstrate an interest in a VA career; identify themselves as members of historically underrepresented groups on the basis of racial or ethnic status, as representing diversity on the basis of sexual orientation, or as representing diversity on the basis of disability status. This may be indicated in the cover letter.

 

Download the Brochures:
Psychology Post Doc Brochure

Applications Due:
December 15, 2020

 

 

Neuropsychology

The Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center (CMCVAMC) is accepting applications for a two-year Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Residency in Philadelphia, PA, with an expected start date of September 2021. The Residency is Accredited, On Contingency, by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association*. Our program follows the Scientist-Practitioner Model, with training objectives in accordance with the Houston Conference Guidelines on Specialty Education and Training in Clinical Neuropsychology. As such, emphasis is placed on advanced skills in neuropsychological evaluation, treatment, and consultation sufficient to practice as an independent Clinical Neuropsychologist.

The focus of the residency is Adult Neuropsychology. Postdoctoral residents will participate in broad-based clinical training, a core didactic curriculum, and programmatic research. Clinical training experiences include assessment and intervention with a variety of patient populations, including traumatic brain injury, neurological and neuromedical disorders, mental health disorders, and chronic health conditions. Residents will have the opportunity to work in diverse settings, including the Neuropsychology Consultation Service, Community Living Center, Polytrauma Clinic (Polytrauma Network Site), Geriatric Memory Disorders Clinic, PADRECC, and Inpatient Mental Health Clinic. Our training program provides a rich interdisciplinary environment with seminars, invited lectures, and opportunities for collaboration with faculty across disciplines and departments, including at the University of Pennsylvania. Research emphases include: substance abuse, PTSD, TBI, memory disorders, schizophrenia/psychosis, and performance validity. Depending on the resident’s interest and experience, research can also include investigations using structural and functional neuroimaging techniques. Residents will also have the opportunity to develop supervision skills through supervision of interns and/or practicum students, and they will gain familiarity with the administrative roles of VA psychologists. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who have: 1) Earned a doctoral degree from an APA-Accredited Clinical or Counseling Psychology Graduate Program 2) Successfully completed an APA-Accredited Psychology Predoctoral Internship Program 3) Successfully met mandatory requirements for appointment as a federal employee. 

Download the Brochures:

Neuropsychology Post Doc Brochure

Applications Due:  December 15, 2020




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

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002 Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation 

  

                                                                                                                               

 

Contact

Susan Del Maestro, Ph.D.
Director, Psychology Internship and Residency Trng
3900 Woodland Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104
215-823-5800 Ext. 20-4456
Susan.DelMaestro@va.gov

Kara Newman, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, Psychology Internship Training
3900 Woodland Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104
215-823-5800 Ext. 20-7215
Susan.Delmaestro@va.gov

J. Cobb Scott, Ph.D.
Co-Director, Neuropsychology Training
3900 Woodland Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104
215-823-5800 Ext. 7138
James.Scott2de50a@va.gov

Solomon Kalkstein, Ph.D.
Co-Director, Neuropsychology Training
3900 Woodland Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104
215-823-5800 Ext. 4158
Solomon.Kalkstein@va.gov

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