Psychology Training Program at Sioux Falls Veterans Health System - Royal C. Johnson Veterans Memorial Hospital
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Royal C. Johnson Veterans Memorial Hospital


Psychology Training Program at Sioux Falls Veterans Health System

Internship Program


Royal C. Johnson Veterans Memorial Hospital

Emily Blegen, PsyD
Director, Psychology Training
2501 W. 22nd Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57117-5046
(605) 336-3230 ext. 7988 

  APPIC Match Numbers

General Internship:


  Applications Due


November 26, 2020 @23:59


The predoctoral internship at the Royal C. Johnson Veterans Memorial Hospital is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. The next site visit will be in 2021.

The Royal C. Johnson Veterans Memorial Hospital Psychology Training Program offers internships to U.S. citizens who are pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical or counseling psychology from an APA-accredited institution. To be considered, students must demonstrate completion of at least three years of graduate course work and a minimum of 250 direct intervention hours and 50 direct assessment hours of supervised graduate level pre-internship practicum experience. Applicants must be certified as ready for internship by their director of training.

NOTE:  Royal C. Johnson Memorial hospital psychology training program will closely adhere to guidelines put forth by the APA, VA and the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). As required under APPIC policies, offers to interns may not be made before Match Day. Further, the Sioux Falls VA Health Care System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The selection of interns is made without discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, politics, marital status, physical handicap, or age. We are committed to providing a supportive and professional environment that values and promotes diversity. 

All new VA Health Care System employees are subject to background checks including fingerprinting. Interns are included in the random selection for drug screening during their appointment. Because of the significant time delay between completion of criminal background checks and the start of the internship year, interns will be instructed to begin the procedure for completing this background check shortly after selection. VA guidelines direct if the intern applicant is male, he must have registered with the Selective Service System by age 26. Furthermore, VA policy requires internship funding can be provided only to students who are U.S. citizens and are enrolled in APA-accredited doctoral programs in clinical or counseling psychology. There must be a current Academic Affiliation Agreement on file with the VHA Office of Academic Affiliations. The intern’s university Educational Official is required to complete a Trainee Qualifications and Credentials Verification Letter. Additional applications include on-boarding forms. Only 52-week full-time internships are available. See the below PDF file (via link) for internship admissions data and the VA Psychology webpage for more details about eligibility requirements.

Download the Royal C. Johnson Veterans Memorial Hospital Doctoral Internship in Psychology Training Brochure (pdf file) to learn more about our training program for the 2021-2022 year.

As required by the APA Commission on Accreditation, click on the following link to find the program's current Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data.
Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data (pdf file)

Sponsored by Veterans Health Administration: Office of Academic Affiliations and Mental Health Services