Psychology Services - Salem VA Medical Center
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Salem VA Medical Center


Psychology Services

Psychology Services

Psychologists work in many of Salem VA Medical Center's mental health and medical programs, including both inpatient and outpatient clinics. Psychologists provide assessments and a variety of psychological therapies for individuals, couples, and families. Contact your primary care provider for referral. The Veterans Crisis Line number is 1-800-273-8255.

Internship Program

The internship at the Salem VA Medical Center in Virginia is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association through 2029. Candidates for internship must be U. S. Citizens enrolled in a doctoral program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) or the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) in Clinical, Counseling, or Combined Psychology or a Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS) accredited program in Clinical Science.  APA-approved programs in clinical or counseling psychology and must be approved for internship by their schools. At the time of application, the intern must have some experience with the MMPI-2 and the WAIS. Also, the candidate should have at least 350 supervised practicum intervention and assessment hours prior to applying. We expect the dissertation proposal to be defended prior to beginning the internship and preferably before interview. Please see our brochure for additional expectations and requirements.

The core of the internship training experience is direct patient care under the supervision of experienced, practicing psychologists in diverse settings. The internship has been structured to maximize the number of available clinical experiences, provide sufficient depth of experience, and maintain the flexibility to accommodate individual interests and needs. The internship offers over twenty different clinical training experiences. Most interns complete a series of three major rotations and up to four minor rotations. Major rotations include: Center for Traumatic Stress; Substance Abuse; Behavioral Medicine/Primary Care; Neuropsychology; Geropsychology, and Outpatient Psychological Services/ Evidence-Based Practice. Some examples of minor rotations are: research, program development, administration, business consulting, SMI/PRRC, geropsychology, pain, LGBT, and PCMHI. For those interested in a career as a neuropsychologist, we do offer training meeting the Houston guidelines.

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Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

We currently offer eight residency positions, six in the area of Traditional Practice: Clinical Psychology and two in the specialty practice of Clinical Neuropsychology (2 years). The traditional clinical residencies (1 year each) have the following emphasis areas: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Primary Care - Mental Health Integration (PC-MHI), Geropsychology (2 positions), Substance Abuse, and Mood Disorders/ Evidence-Based Practice. We are recruiting for seven positions to start between August 4 and September 2021. 

The overarching goal of all the residency is to provide training that will enable residents to be a leader in their emphasis or specialty area. The Neuropsychology and Geropsychology positions also emphasize the provision of services to rural populations. The programs provide comprehensive training and clinical experiences designed to teach, develop, and enhance the requisite skills for effective practice in PTSD, substance abuse, primary care, general mental health/evidence-based practices, geropsychology, and neuropsychology settings, as well as for effective leadership in these areas. In addition, the Clinical Psychology program focuses on ensuring competency in the more general practice areas of: integration of science and practice, ethical and legal standards, individual and cultural diversity, leadership and administration, assessment, intervention, consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills, and teaching and supervision. The Neuropsychology specialty also meets Houston guidelines.

The Clinical Psychology Residency is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association for seven years with the next site visit planned in 2021. The Neuropsychology Residency was accredited on contingency in July 2019. 

The Salem VA Medical Center has been approved for APPIC membership.

Candidates for the postdoctoral residency must be U. S. citizens. The Federal Government requires that male applicants to VA positions who were born after December 31, 1959 must sign a Pre-appointment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration before they are employed. All residents will have to complete a Certification of Citizenship in the United States prior to beginning the residency.  The VA conducts drug screening exams on randomly selected personnel as well as new employees. Residents are also subject to fingerprinting and background checks. Selection and employment decisions are contingent on passing these screens. Candidates must have received a doctorate from an APA or CPA accredited graduate program in Clinical, Counseling, or Combined Psychology or PCSAS accredited Clinical Science program. Persons with a doctorate in another area of psychology who meet the APA or CPA criteria for respecialization training in Clinical, Counseling, or Combined Psychology are also eligible. Candidates must also have completed an internship program accredited by APA or CPA or have completed a VA-sponsored internship. All requirements for the doctoral degree, including dissertations, must be completed prior to starting. Failure to meet all mandatory requirements by the start of the residency year may result in the residency offer being rescinded. This program supports and adheres to Equal Employment Opportunity policies and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please refer to our brochure for additional information on VA eligibility.

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Director of Training for Psychology 
Dana R. Holohan, Ph.D.
Director, Psychology Training
1970 Roanoke Boulevard (116C)
Salem, VA 24153

(540) 982-2463 ext. 2934 or 4188
APPIC Match Number
Internship: 161411

Neuropsychology Residency Director
Katherine D. Kane Ph.D.
1970 Roanoke Boulevard (116B)
Salem, VA 24153
(540) 982-2463 ext. 2560

Applications Due
November 15, 2020

Postdoctoral Fellowship:
January 1, 2021

Contact Info


  • 1970 Roanoke Boulevard - 116C
    Salem, VA 24153

Contact Number(s)

  • 540-982-2463 Ext. 2934

Hours of Operation

  • M-F 8:00am - 4:30pm