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Psychology Training Council

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  • The VA Psychology Training Council's (VAPTC) mission is to represent VA matters of training in psychology and shape the future of professional psychology training at all levels from practicum to postdoctoral.
  • The VAPTC is sponsored and funded by VA Mental Health Services (MHS).

The Scope of Training:

New and Expanding Training Programs

VA provides Internships, Postdoctoral Fellowships, and Doctoral Practicum Training in many sites across the U.S. VHA’s support for psychology training through the Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) has increased annually in recent years. Currently, OAA is funding 679 psychology internship positions across 124 VA internship programs located in 49 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Similarly, OAA is currently supporting approximately 440 postdoctoral fellowship positions at 75 VA medical centers in 35 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.


  • Training directors of all VA Psychology internship and Postdoctoral Residency programs are members of the VAPTC. There are no membership dues since the VAPTC is fully funded by MHS.


  • Chair: Bernadette Pasquale, PhD (term ends 2017 - becomes Past Chair)
  • Chair-Elect: Jeff Bates, Ph.D. (term ends 2017 - becomes Chair)
  • Past Chair: Joel Schmidt, PhD (term ends 2017)
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Andrea Zartman, PhD (term ends 2019)
  • Member-at-Large: Janna Fikkan, Ph.D.(term ends 2019)
  • Member-at-Large: Kristin Rodzinka, PhD, ABPP-Clinical (term ends 2017)
  • Member-at-Large: Amy Silberbogen, Ph.D., PhD (term ends 2018)


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