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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 598 psychology internship positions across 111 VA internship programs located in 49 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Similarly, OAA is currently supporting approximately 390 postdoctoral fellowship positions at 68 VA medical centers in 35 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Over the course of the past ten years, VHA psychology internship and postdoctoral training has more than doubled in scale (i.e., from 432 total positions in 2005, to 988 in academic year 2014-15. To meet the evolving needs of Veterans, implementation of the VHA Mental Health Training Expansion Initiative Phase III of five (V) is underway.  Fifty-eight (58) VA medical centers were awarded a total of 139 psychology positions (46 internship slots, 93 fellowship slots). Nine new internship programs and nine new fellowship programs are being established to begin in the upcoming academic year (2015-16), while 40 sites are expanding their existing programs.


  • 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:  Loretta Braxton, PhD (term ends 2015 - becomes Past Chair)
  • Chair-Elect:  Joel Schmidt, PhD (term ends 2015 - becomes Chair)        
  • Past Chair:  John Beauvais, PhD (term ends 2015)
  • Secretary/Treasurer:  Allison Aosved, PhD (term ends 2016)
  • Member-at-Large:  Kellie Rollins, PsyD (term ends 2016)
  • Member-at-Large:  Kristin Rodzinka, PhD, ABPP-Clinical (term ends 2017)
  • Member-at-Large:  Jill Hedt, PhD (term ends 2015)


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