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Miami VA Psychology Training Program

Commitment to Diversity

Our Psychology Service is committed to diversity and highly encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds to apply to our program. We encourage discussion of diversity in clinical experiences, didactic trainings, and professional interactions. We have an active Diversity Committee, composed of both trainees and staff, that is committed to improving hospital-wide awareness of differences in race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, culture, and intellectual perspective, and how these differences may be addressed and embraced in treatment. We believe that cultural competence is vital to understanding mental illness and essential to provision of adequate care. As such, VA psychologists are obligated to ensure that culturally competent services continually evolve in order to better respond to the needs of our increasingly diverse Veteran population. Supervisors also encourage continuous discussions of diversity and its relation to mental health as an essential component of psychology training.

Over the course of each training year, we also offer a variety of diversity-related educational opportunities:

  • Formal Continuing Education for staff and trainees
  • A required diversity component of assessment and therapy case conference presentations led by interns and attended by staff
  • Didactic seminars that are mandatory for trainees and encouraged for staff
  • Reflective discussions that encourage staff and trainees to discuss issues related to diversity and how these issues relate to perceptions and biases regarding themselves as well as their patients and peers
  • An annual community immersion experience for staff and trainees focused on exposure to cultural influences in the city of Miami, such as alternative religious organizations or homeless shelters and organizations
  • An annual diversity luncheon, in which staff and trainees are encouraged to share about their unique cultures
  • An opportunity for interns to speak to a non-evaluative Miami VA staff psychologist who is not a member of the training committee and discuss personal issues of diversity that may arise during their intern year

Additional diversity-related services and programs currently under formulation include a consultation service for hospital staff seeking guidance on diversity issues, and formal diversity presentations by guest speakers invited from the community.

Additional information about our committee can be found in our brochure. The link is provided below.
Additional information about the VA’s commitment to diversity can be found at www.diversity.va.gov.

Internship Program

The predoctoral internship at the Miami VA Healthcare System is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. The most recent site visit occured in 2017.

Intern candidates must be United States citizens who are currently enrolled as advanced doctoral students in a Clinical or Counseling Psychology program. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Only students in programs approved by the American Psychological Association and the Canadian Psychological Assocation are eligible. No slots are pre allocated to any graduate program, and multiple candidates can be accepted from any one graduate program. The Miami VA Healthcare System Psychology Predoctoral Internship Program offers training only for full-time positions; part-time positions are not available.

Download the Brochure:
Psychology Internship*

Postdoctoral Residency Program

The postdoctoral residency at the Miami VA Healthcare System is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. The next site visit will be held in 2023.

All applicants must have completed all graduation requirements from an APA-accredited doctoral program in Clinical or Counseling Psychology and an APA or Canadian Psychological Association-accredited predoctoral internship in Psychology by August 15 of the residency year. As a desire to work with a Veteran population is required, practicum or internship at a Veteran Health Administration facility is encouraged, but not mandatory. Given the emphasis in either Health Psychology (4 positions; Health-1, Integrated Health-2, Liver Diseases/HIV-1), Mental Health Recovery and Rehabilitation- (2 positions). Forensic- (1 position) or Gero/Neuro Psychology (1 position), clinical experiences in one of these areas is highly recommended. As research, administration, and supervision are integral parts of the Miami VA residency program, some experience--or a willingness to develop skills in these areas--is also recommended.

Download the Brochure:
Psychology Postdoctoral Residency*

*Brochures provided are in Adobe PDF format. If you experience problems downloading and/or opening these files, you will need to install Adobe Reader

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Bruce W. Carter VA Medical Center

Miami VA Healthcare System

Regina Pavone, Ph.D.
ABPP Board Certified in
Clinical Health Psychology
Director, Psychology Training
1201 NW 16th St.- 116B
Miami, FL 33125
305-575-3215

 

      APPIC Match Numbers

  • Health Psychology: 122012 (3 positions)
  • Neuropsychology: 122013 (1 position)
  • Geropsychology: 122014 (2 positions)
  • Psychiatry-General: 122015 (2 positions)
  • Psychiatry-Recovery & Rehabilitation: 122016
    (1 position)
  • Forensic: 122017
    (1 position)

      Applications Due

  • Internship: November 5
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship: December 20

Eligibility Requirements

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