Clinical Psychology Training Programs - VA Portland Health Care System
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Clinical Psychology Training Programs

This web site is for potential interns and postdoctoral fellows applying to our clinical psychology training programs.

Welcome to our website! The Psychology Training Committee at the VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) appreciates your interest in our clinical psychology internship program and our postdoctoral psychology fellowship program. We invite you to browse through our website and brochures to learn more about our training programs.  The VAPORHCS psychology staff values collegial working relationships with interns and fellows as well as the opportunity to teach and provide supervision.  We look forward to reviewing your application!

Our internship has been accredited by the American Psychological Association* since 1978 (the most recent site visit occurred in 2017) and continues a strong commitment to fostering clinical skills and professional identity in interns. Internship applications for the 2020-2021 training year must be submitted through the AAPI online no later than Wednesday, November 4, 2020. Following review of the applications, a portion of applicants will remain under consideration and will be invited to attend our Open House on Thursday, January 14, 2021.

We currently offer five postdoctoral fellowships. We offer three one-year fellowships in Palliative Care, Health Psychology, and Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI); a two-year specialty fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology; and a two-year advanced fellowship in Mental Illness Treatment and Research (MIRECC). Please see our main brochure for information regarding the Health Psychology, PCMHI, Palliative Care and Neuropsychology fellowships. You can find supplemental information about our Neuropsychology and MIRECC fellowships in their own brochures (also located on this page).  All Fellowship applications for the 2020-2021 training year must be submitted through APPA CAS by December 11, 2020.
In July 2016, our postdoctoral fellowship program was accredited until 2023 by the American Psychological Association* as a postdoctoral residency in clinical psychology. In November 2018, our Clinical Neuropsychology program received specialty accreditation on contingency from the American Psychological Association until 2023. 

Note: Please check back for further details on fellowship recruitment timelines. We are awaiting national recommendations from APPIC and will then update materials accordingly.

Thank you!

COVID-19 Update: Our psychology training programs would like to convey to trainees that their well-being is our top priority and that we aim to support trainees and ensure their success during this very challenging time.  Our psychology training programs continue to provide quality training and clinical services during the pandemic.

  • For more details about how our Psychology Fellowship Programs have modified training tracks in the context of COVID-19, please refer to the fellowship program brochure.
  • Please note that, as the pandemic evolves and state and local guidelines change, our program may add or remove modifications. Please feel free to contact the training directors if you have additional questions.

Click the images below for program details.   


    Neuropsychology Program Brochure

    Mental Illness Treatment and Research (MIRECC) Fellowship Brochure

    Clinical Psychology Fellowship Policy and Procedures

    Clinical Psychology Internship Policy Memorandum

    Greetings from the Directors of Training –
    How to Apply

    Marilyn Huckans, Ph.D., L.P., Director of Training for Psychology

    Jason Steward, Ph.D., L.P, Director of Postdoctoral Training, Psychology





    Meet the staff                     



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    American Psychological Association

    Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation

    750 First Street, NE • Washington, DC • 20002-4242

    Phone: 202-336-5979 • TDD/TTY: 202-336-6123

    Fax: 202-336-5978 • Email:*


    Questions about the Internship or its application process should be addressed to:

    Marilyn Huckans, Ph.D., L.P., Director of Training for Psychology
    Psychology Internship (P3MHN)
    VA Portland Health Care System
    3710 SW U.S. Veterans Hospital Road
    Portland, OR 97239
    Phone: (503) 220-8262, ext. 54689

    Questions about the Fellowships or its application process should be addressed to:

    Jason Steward, Ph.D., L.P., Director of Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Training
    Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowships (P3MHDC)
    VA Portland Health Care System
    3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Rd.
    Portland, OR 97239
    Phone: (503) 220-8262, ext. 51120

    Page updated June 29, 2020