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Clinical Psychology Internship Program



The Madigan Army Medical Center Clinical Psychology Internship Program (CPIP) is an American Psychological Association (APA)-accredited doctoral internship program. The philosophy of our Internship is based on the Practitioner-Scholar model.
The aims of the training program are to produce highly qualified, autonomous, and professional psychologists who are capable of functioning within a variety of applied settings in the Army and to develop the professional competencies and identity that will serve as a solid basis for a career in health service psychology.
If you are interested in learning more about our program, we encourage you to contact the Program Director.  We would love to connect you with faculty, trainees, and recent graduates to learn more about the program and Army Psychology in general.


In line with the aims of this training program, there are multiple training activities throughout the year. Madigan adheres to the profession-wide competencies identified by the APA Standards of Accreditation for Health Services Psychology. Throughout all educational activities, Interns will be evaluated on the following profession-wide competencies:
  • Research
  • Ethical and legal standards
  • Individual and cultural diversity
  • Professional values, attitudes, and behaviors
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Assessment
  • Intervention
  • Supervision
  • Consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills

Educational Activities

Interns participate in three required rotations during the year for a total of ten months, with an additional two months spent on an elective rotation. The three required rotations are Active Duty Service Lane (six months), Neuropsychology (two months), and Primary Care Consultation (two months). Trainees will be able to choose one of the following two month elective rotations: Pediatric Psychology, Intensive Outpatient, Child and Family, Obstetrics & Gynecology Clinic, or extended time in Neuropsychology.
Throughout the training year Interns attend weekly didactic seminars in intervention, assessment, psychopharmacology, clinical science, ethics, diversity, supervision, military training, and leadership/management. A monthly case conference, weekly individual and group supervision, and regular distinguished visiting professor workshops are all integral components of the training program. Madigan also boasts an award-winning medical simulation center which is used by the Internship for additional trainings.  We also have a Diversity Committee with trainee, faculty, and program leadership members who meet regularly to assist the program in fostering an education environment that is respectful, inclusive, equitable, and welcoming while providing the highest quality training in diversity competence as psychologists and psychologists in training. 

Please note that due to COVID-19 we reserve the right to modify our training activities to promote health and safety.

Active Duty Service Lane Rotation (6 months)

This rotation is set in an outpatient clinic that provides treatment to active component service members using the Embedded Behavioral Health model in which service providers are aligned with specific military units to better integrate psychological consultation with the medical and command elements who support the service members. This multidisciplinary clinic includes psychiatry and case management services. Individual and group psychotherapy approaches are utilized with an emphasis on empirically validated treatment methods from a variety of behavioral, cognitive, and information-processing approaches including Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia.
Interns on this rotation conduct a broad array of psychological evaluations including assessing Army personnel applying to special military training programs such as drill sergeant, recruiter and sniper schools. Comprehensive risk assessment and emergency evaluations are a focus of assessment training. Interns also develop excellent consultation skills as they learn to communicate findings to leaders of military units while maintaining appropriate ethical boundaries. Alumni consistently report that this rotation was integral in preparing them for their future work as an Army Psychologist.

Primary Care Psychology Rotation (2 Months)

The primary care rotation embeds Interns within a primary care clinic where they work directly with patients and their primary care providers in a consulting role. This is a fluid and fast-paced environment where clinical complaints range from severe medical problems and medical treatment compliance to routine psychosocial problems. Interns may also have the opportunity spend time with a prescribing psychologist. Various supplemental experiences in the medical specialty care setting are also a part of this rotation.

Neuropsychology Rotation (2 Months)

On this rotation, Interns will learn how to administer, score, and interpret various neuropsychological tests for brain/behavior disorders. They will also learn how to assess for Traumatic Brain Injuries, write integrative reports, and provide feedback to patients. Learning and utilizing Therapeutic Assessment principles are also a component of this rotation.

Additional 2 Month Elective Rotations:

Pediatric Psychology Elective

The pediatric psychology service provides assessment and interventions to children and their families presenting with serious medical problems and chronic developmental disabilities such as autism spectrum disorders. Pediatric Neuropsychological evaluations are a significant component of this rotation.

Intensive Outpatient Program Elective

This rotation allows the Intern to gain experience providing comprehensive services to service members who require a higher level of care than outpatient services can provide due to experiencing significant behavioral health symptoms. Interns will have the opportunity to work in both the Trauma-Focused and Skills and Resilience group therapy programs. The Trauma-Focused track primarily uses Cognitive Processing Therapy principles and the Skills and Resilience track is informed by Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy principles.

Child and Family Behavioral Health Services Elective

This elective rotation allows the Intern to gain experience working with service members and their families.  Components of this rotation include assessment, treatment, and risk management of the unique dynamics of family relationships in the military setting. Family systems therapy principles are emphasized.

Obstetrics & Gynecology Psychology Elective

This elective rotation allows the Intern to gain further focused experience in primary care consultation. This rotation is ideal for those who are considering pursuing a career in primary care psychology or who have an interest in health psychology. This elective rotation involves working in the Obstetrics and Gynecology specialty service to gain additional exposure to Women’s Health issues in the military setting.

Neuropsychology Elective

This rotation is ideal for Interns with a specific interest in neuropsychology or who are considering a career in neuropsychology. Through this elective, Interns will further develop their abilities to administer, interpret, and compose comprehensive psychological batteries to assess for dementia and other age- or injury-related cognitive deficits.

Didactics, Workshops, and Simulation Trainings

Assessment didactics including topics such as Impediments to Clinical Judgment, Therapeutic Assessment, Decision Making Capacity, Personnel Selection, Physically and Culturally Diverse Patients, Using Interpreters in Assessment as well as dedicated topics on all major personality tests (MMPI-3, PAI, MCMI-IV, etc.).  

Clinical Science didactics including topics such as Internal and Statistical Conclusion Validity, Linear Regression, and principles of Measurement and Classification.  This series (co-lead by a research epidemiologist) focuses on teaching interns how to be critical consumers of the empirical literature in psychology by applying foundational principles of research design and statistics. 

Intervention didactics cover topics such as Mindfulness, Behavioral Activation, Bereavement, Eating Disorders, Telehealth, and Suicide Findings from the Department of Defense Suicide Event Report.

Leadership and Psychology didactics include overarching topics such as supervision, ethics, and cultural diversity through sessions covering Clinical Supervision, Working with 68X (enlisted Behavioral Health technicians), Behavioral Health Officer panel discussions, various military-specific assessments, Implicit Bias, and Cultural Competency.

Psychopharmacology didactics include sessions that cover the major classes of psychopharmacological intervention such as antidepressants, anxiolytics, mood stabilizers, and combined treatment with medication and psychotherapy.  This series is taught by a prescribing psychologist and focuses on teaching psychology interns information necessary to incorporate knowledge of medication and side effects into their ongoing assessment and intervention practices. 

Recent military trainings have included paintball, convoy simulation, EST 200 (firing range simulation), and hiking at Mount Rainier.

Simulation trainings include Limits to Confidentiality in the Army, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia, Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD, and Delivering Bad News (feedback to Pediatric Residents on managing a difficult patient in response to distressing news). 

Recent Distinguished Visiting Professor workshops have included Dr. Seth Grossman (MCMI-IV), Dr. Yosef Ben-Porath (MMPI-2RF & MMPI-3), Dr. Gerald Koocher (Ethics), Dr. Keri Kirk (Microaggressions in Clinical Practice), as well as topics including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression (CBT-D), Suicide Prevention and Intervention, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), and Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE). 

Application and Selection

Applicants must be from APA-accredited doctoral programs (PhD or PsyD) in clinical or counseling psychology. Applicants must have a minimum of 400 intervention hours and 150 assessment hours on the AAPI. (Please also note that due to COVID-19 we anticipate that applicants may have some difficulty meeting minimum hour requirements.  We encourage you to still apply and provide a brief comment about how hours have been decremented as a result of COVID-19 and we will still consider your application in its entirety.)
Please submit a de-identified (potentially identifying information removed) Integrated Assessment Report as supplemental information on your AAPI.  Ideally, this work sample will be from a practicum training experience.  If you choose to use an example from your classroom training, please clearly indicate that the example is from your coursework and not from practicum. 

In addition to completing your AAPI, you must apply with your local US Army Health Care Recruiter.  You can find your local Health Care Recruiter online at www.goarmy.com.  Click “connect with us” at the bottom of the page, search Clinical Psychologist, or call 1-888-710-2769 to contact a recruiter.  It is recommended to contact your recruiter and begin the Army application process as soon as possible - do not wait for interview notification to occur before speaking with a recruiter. 

Application materials are reviewed by a panel of our faculty members to determine whether the applicant’s specific experiences and goals are consistent with the program’s training model and aims.  Please see our APPIC Directory On Line page for more information about our interview process.  Please note that due to COVID-19 we reserve the right to change our interview procedures to promote health and safety.

Please see the following APPIC page for important details about military internships: https://www.appic.org/Internships/Match/About-The-APPIC-Match/Military-internships

Army Life

Applicants who match with this site will commission as Active Duty officers in the United States Army in the rank of Captain (O-3) with an Active Duty Service Obligation (ADSO) that typically lasts three years following completion of residency training and attaining licensure.  Applicants should speak with their recruiters for details.

Interns should plan to attend the Direct Commission Course in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma and/or the Basic Officer Leadership Course in San Antonio, Texas in the summer prior to beginning the Internship in the fall or after completion of Internship training in the winter.

During internship, we engage in periodic military training tasks to foster increased connection with our service in the Army.  Past activities have included convoy simulations, firing ranges, paintball, obstacle courses and other physical challenges, and discussions of popular media depictions of the military and leadership.  In addition to these specific trainings, military culture and Army life are frequent conversations in supervision, didactics, and mentorship conversations.  The transition into the military has many clinical, professional, and personal implications that we discuss and process with our interns on a regular basis.  Since most of our interns have no prior military experience, this transition is especially important to us.   

Upon successful completion of internship, graduates are eligible for the one-year clinical psychology post-doctoral residency program here at Madigan Army Medical Center.  Most of our graduates stay for residency after completing internship, so we encourage you to visit their program website for more information: https://madigan.tricare.mil/About-Us/Graduate-Medical-Education/Clinical-Psychology

Following completion of training, most of our graduates will move to a new duty station and go on to be Brigade Psychologists, often referred to as Behavioral Health Officers (BHOs).  These assignments are wonderful opportunities to practice the clinical and organizational aspects of military psychology while making a real difference to Soldiers and their families.  Time spent as a BHO often involves multiple military training activities, Army schools (such as Air Assault or Airborne school), and even deployments overseas to a variety of combat, training, and humanitarian assistance missions.  BHOs are the quintessential military psychologists and are embedded fully within their units to provide expert advice and clinical support from within the organization.

Commitment to Individual Diversity and Non-Discrimination Policy

Our nation, our Army, and our local communities are made up of diverse individuals.  We believe that recognizing our differences and diversity and engaging in thoughtful reflection, careful study, and deliberate practice of ethical and competent psychology gives us the strength to solve problems and meet challenges.  Diversity training occurs throughout our training year and includes topics such as implicit bias and practicing cultural competence and humility.  Our Diversity Committee is made up of trainees, faculty, and program leadership.  This group meets regularly and works to assist the program (and the post-doctoral residency program) in meeting our aims with respect to diversity and inclusion. 

The Madigan CPIP has a policy outlining our commitment to respect for individual differences and cultural diversity and non-discrimination. 

Madigan, the Department of Behavioral Health (DBH), and CPIP emphasize the importance of respecting, seeking out, and valuing diverse perspectives and opinions. As future psychologists, interns are expected to be culturally competent and able to work with a variety of populations and individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds and our training program is committed to fostering this competency among all interns.

CPIP does not discriminate on the basis of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, language, national origin, race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. Our program is committed to providing a learning environment for interns, faculty, and staff that is supportive and encouraging for all interns and that values individual differences and diversity factors.

Didactic and experiential training activities and supervision emphasize an understanding of cultural and individual differences and diversity as it relates to the profession of clinical psychology. As such, these areas of competency are interwoven throughout the educational activities in CPIP and are evaluated on each rotation.

Madigan, DBH, and CPIP fall within federal regulation prohibiting discrimination. As such, several policies apply which dictate nondiscrimination in employment. These are described below, and can be found on the Office of Personnel Management web site.
  1. AR 600-20 (Army Command Policy) - Chapter six specifically details the equal opportunity policies of the United States Army.
  2. Executive Order 11478 - Under this Executive Order, it is the policy of the federal government to provide equal opportunity employment for all persons on the principle of merit and qualifications without discrimination because of race, religion, sex, color, age, national origin, disability, marital status, political affiliation, or any other nonmerit factor.
  3. Title 5 of the U.S. Code, Sections 2301 and 2303 - These sections classify the federal government’s merit system of principals, and prohibit discriminatory personnel practices within the federal government.
It is the policy of the Government of the United States to provide equal opportunity in Federal employment for all persons, to prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap, or age, and to promote the full realization of equal employment opportunity through a continuing affirmative program in each executive department and agency.

Local Information

Madigan Army Medical Center is located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), Washington in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.  Seattle, Olympia, and Tacoma are each within an hour drive of the installation.  Additionally, the cities of Portland, OR, Vancouver, BC, and Victoria, BC offer locales for convenient weekend trips.  Nestled between the Puget Sound, Mount Rainier, and the Olympic Mountains, a plethora of outdoor activities on the water and in the mountains abound.  The climate tends to stay moderate throughout the year, with the temperature typically falling between 30–80 degrees.

While portraying a small-town feel, the surrounding area offers many big city amenities including museums, casinos, cruises/ferries, festivals, and theaters, as well as a large variety of dining and entertainment options.  Fresh seafood, local breweries, and coffee roasteries are staples in the area.  Major tourist attractions include the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Chittenden Locks, Mount Rainer National Park, and Olympic National Park.  For sports enthusiasts, Seattle has several professional sport teams, including the Seattle Seahawks, Mariners, Sounders FC, and the Kraken.  Additionally, Tacoma is home to the Tacoma Rainiers, the triple-A baseball affiliate of the Seattle Mariners.  At the collegiate level, the University of Washington Huskies field a full complement of engaging collegiate sports in the PAC-12.
JBLM is conveniently located along the Interstate 5 corridor, with easy access to the Seattle-Tacoma (SEA; 30 minutes) and Portland (POR; 2 hours) International Airports. Amtrak train service and bus lines are also available.

Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data

Internship Program Admissions
Date Program Tables were updated: August 20th, 2021
Briefly describe in narrative form important information to assist potential applicants in assessing their likely fit with your program. This description must be consistent with the program’s policies on intern selection and practicum and academic preparation requirements:
    The aims of this training program are to produce highly qualified, autonomous, and professional psychologists who are capable of functioning within a variety of applied settings in the Army and to develop the professional competencies and identity that will serve as a solid basis for a career in health service psychology. The philosophy of our Internship is based on the Practitioner-Scholar model. The focus is on training in adult assessment, treatment, and consultation in an outpatient setting. Training is supplemented in specialty areas such as neuropsychology, primary care psychology, pediatric psychology, intensive outpatient psychology, child and family psychology (emphasis on marital therapy), and OB/GYN psychology. Interns are encouraged throughout the year to develop and to utilize their critical thinking skills, their knowledge of the scientific literature, and their ability to evaluate new research findings as a basis for clinical service delivery. Training focuses on the application of ethical decision-making skills and respect for individual differences and cultural diversity throughout experiential and didactic activities. The program recognizes it is essential to begin at each students’ level of professional development and provide opportunities through which existing skills are refined and new skills are acquired. Please also see our APPIC directory page for additional information.
Does the program require that applicants have received a minimum number of hours of the following at time of application? If Yes, indicate how many:
    Total Direct Contact Intervention Hours: 400
    Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours: 150
Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:
    Applicants must be from APA-accredited doctoral programs (PhD or PsyD) in clinical or counseling psychology. Applicants must have a minimum of 400 intervention hours and 150 assessment hours on the AAPI (exceptions possible due to COVID-19) and must submit a de-identified sample integrative psychological assessment report with their AAPI (preferably from practicum training). Each applicant’s AAPI is further reviewed to determine whether the applicant’s specific experiences are consistent with this program’s training model and aims.
     Applicants are required to contact an Army Health Care Recruiter to assist with this process. Please contact a recruiter before or during your application process – do not wait for interview notification to begin working with a recruiter.
    Please see the following APPIC page for important details about military internships: https://www.appic.org/Internships/Match/About-The-APPIC-Match/Military-internships
Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year
    Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns 54,176
    Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns N/A
    Program provides access to medical insurance for intern? Yes
If access to medical insurance is provided:
    Trainee contribution to cost required? No
    Coverage of family member(s) available? Yes
    Coverage of legally married partner available? Yes
    Coverage of domestic partner available? No
    Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and/or Vacation) 30 days per year
    Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave N/A
    In the event of medical conditions and/or family needs that require extended leave, does the program allow reasonable unpaid leave to interns/residents in excess of personal time off and sick leave? N/A
Other Benefits (please describe):
  • Additional $28,898 annual compensation in the form of tax-free monthly stipend for housing (if residing off-post) and subsistence (calculated as an O-3 without dependents).
  • $54,176 salary provided above includes only base pay for an O-3 with 0-2 years of service.  Please see https://militarypay.defense.gov/Calculators/RMC-Calculator/ for more details on calculating military pay.
  • Sick leave may be unlimited with medical justification in accordance with DOD and Army policies
  • Periodic length-of-service pay increases and annual pay increases
  • Eligible for travel on military aircraft
  • Opportunities for continuing professional education (to include specialty fellowships)
  • Full coverage medical and hospital benefits for you and your family, low cost $500,000 life insurance, noncontributory retirement and disability retirement pay
  • Payment of travel expenses and shipping charges for families and personal goods when moving to internship site and follow-on assignments
  • Post Exchange (department store) and commissary (grocery store) privileges with lower prices and tax savings
  • On post sports and recreation facilities, childcare, movie theaters, and no or low-cost recreational activities
Initial Post-Internship Positions
  2017 - 2020
    Total # of interns who were in the 3 cohorts 18
    Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree 0
     PD       EP   
    Community mental health center N/A N/A
    Federally qualified health center N/A N/A
    Independent primary care facility/clinic N/A N/A
    University counseling center N/A N/A
    Veterans Affairs medical center N/A N/A
    Military health center 18 N/A
    Academic health center N/A N/A
    Other medical center or hospital N/A N/A
    Psychiatric hospital N/A N/A
    Academic university/department N/A N/A
    Community college or other teaching setting N/A N/A
    Independent research institution N/A N/A
    Correctional facility N/A N/A
    School district/system N/A N/A
    Independent practice setting N/A N/A
    Not currently employed N/A N/A
    Changed to another field N/A N/A
    Other N/A N/A
    Unknown N/A N/A

    Note: “PD” = Post-doctoral residency position; “EP” = Employed Position. Each individual represented in this table should be counted only one time. For former trainees working in more than one setting, select the setting that represents their primary position.

*Revised: August 20, 2021
*Madigan’s Clinical Psychology Internship Program is accredited by the APA and abides by all APA Standards of Accreditation. This Internship was last accredited by APA in 2019. Our next Site Visit is scheduled to occur in 2028.
*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.

Clinical Psychology Internship Program (CPIP)

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Madigan Army Medical Center
Attn: MCHJ-CLU/GME Psychology
9040 Jackson Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98431


Phone:  (253) 968-2820
APPIC Program Code:  1965

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