Internships and scholarships in psychology | VA Texas Health Care Center

After returning from combat, many veterans find it difficult to readjust to life at home. Our mental health care providers play a vital role in helping these Veterans reclaim their lives by providing state-of-the-art care. VA supports this mission by ensuring that our mental health professionals have the most innovative technologies, facilities and training. When you join VA, you will be a vital member of our interdisciplinary care team structure, collaborating with both primary care and other mental health professionals to establish the right treatment for patients.


APPIC correspondence numbers

Austin: 159114

Temple: 159113

Waco: 159112

Due requests

November 1, 2021

Eligibility criteria

Review the eligibility criteria for all VA psychology training programs.

Contact information
Holly LaPota, Ph.D.

Director, Psychology Training
7901 Metropolis Drive
Austin, Texas 78741
[email protected]

Andrew Cook, Ph.D.

Co-director, Psychology training

1901 Veterans Memorial Walk

Temple, Texas 76504

254-778-4811 ext 5541

[email protected]

Jennifer Rigsby, Ph.D.

Assistant Director, Psychology Training

1901 Veterans Memorial Walk

Temple, Texas 76504

254-743-0040 x4

[email protected]

Central Texas Internship Program

Central Texas Veterans Health Care System has been training psychology interns since 1958 (formerly Temple VA / Olin E. Teague VA Medical Center) and has been an APA accredited doctoral internship since 1979. As an accredited internship, we have graduated over of 150 trainees. , who have continued their careers in IL, other federal institutions, private health systems / hospitals, community mental health, academia, private practice and other settings. Many have held positions and careers in our healthcare system, from our current Chief of Psychology to some of our new staff. We offer the benefits of a well-established generalist health service psychology training program in a large and very active VA health system, with a current class of 6 trainees per year. Our healthcare system spans three main sites and six clinical / community sites. We employ over 70 psychologists across our system, including over 35 as active training supervisors. Some of the unique features of our institution and our training program include:

  • Housed in a Level 1A VA healthcare system, which offers a wide range of programs, clinics and a diversity of patients.
  • Our central site in Temple, Texas is located 35 miles east of Fort Hood Military Base, one of the largest US military installations in the world and home to more than 50,000 troops. Fort Hood is a primary military deployment center and provides a constant flow of new veterans to our healthcare system.
  • One of the highest rates of female veterans in the VA nationally, providing unique training opportunities and exposure to all genders.
  • Great age diversity of our veteran population (average age below national VA averages)
  • A close relationship with the Baylor, Scott & White hospital system and our academic affiliates: Texas A&M University College of Medicine (Temple) and Dell Medical School (Austin), providing a rich environment for interprofessional education.
  • Training supervisors participate in our program on a voluntary basis and with the approval of our training committee. Many have a passion for training.
  • We offer a range of unique specialist training experiences, such as: Blind Rehab Unit (Waco, one of 13 in the VA nationwide), PTSD Residential Rehabilitation Program (Temple), Disorders Program Diet (Austin), Health Psychology (Temple), Serious Mental Illness Empowerment Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (Waco), Race-Related Stress and Trauma Group Programs and LGBT (Austin), Clinical Research Minor at the VISN17 Center of Excellence in Waco, as well as a full range of other mental and behavioral health clinics and programs.
  • An annual visit to Fort Hood (when open for tours) to experience military culture, learn about Military Behavioral Health Services (clinic-based and integrated), visit one of the seven National Intrepid Spirit Centers for rehabilitation of TBIs and multiple trauma, learn more about the STRONG Consortium STAR for Collaborative Clinical Research (a postdoctoral fellowship site) and perhaps participate in combat simulation training.
  • Many opportunities for cultural experiences in central Texas.

We hope you view Central Texas VA as a potential internship training site and look forward to answering your questions about our program.

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