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Predoctoral Psychology Internship
New Mexico VA Health Care System (Albuquerque)
Attn: Southwest Consortium
1501 San Pedro SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
(505) 265-1711 ext 3283
MATCH Numbers: Veterans Affairs: 143712 VA Neuropsych: 143716
Univ. of New Mexico: 14371 Indian Health: 143714
Forensic Health Services: 143714
Applications Due: First Business Day after December 1
Accreditation Status and Overview
The Southwest Consortium Predoctoral Psychology Internship is an APA-approved internship program.
The Consortium is made up of the following member institutions: New Mexico Veterans Affairs Health
Care System; Indian Health Service, Albuquerque Service Unit; Forensic Health Services, Inc.at the New
Mexico Women’s Correctional Facility; and the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. We
currently have 30 licensed psychologists who can serve as supervisors. With our unusual breadth of
training resources and our unique geography and mix of cultures, we believe that Southwest Consortium
offers an internship experience unlike any other. Southwest Consortium currently has a class of 10
interns, and the New Mexico VAHCS also has a practicum program as well as 4 post-doctoral fellows.
The predoctoral internship at the Southwest Consortium Predoctoral Psychology Internship is fully
accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. The next site
visit will be during the winter or spring of 2010.
Program Mission and Goals
Our mission is to train culturally-competent entry-level psychologists who are well-grounded in the
science and scientific practice of psychology. We believe that by maintaining the twin mission of high
cultural competence and high scientific competence within a clinical setting, we are the ideal internship for
interns who plan to combine research, scholarship, and clinical work in their future careers.
The goals of the Southwest Consortium program are to advance the competencies of its interns to a point
where they are ready for entry-level practice by the completion of internship. We pay particular attention
to readying interns in terms of foundational competencies as defined by the Assessment of
Competency Benchmarks Work Group. These foundational competencies are:
*Professionalism---the ability to understand the reason for being aware of one’s behavior, dress, and
demeanor due to its effect on clients and the profession. This also includes the development of a
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*Reflective Practice—the ability to self-assess, to seek out and learn from feedback, to care for oneself,
and to commit to one’s professional development.
*Scientific Thinking—the ability to use and understand scientific methods, to be familiar with a scientific
knowledge base, and to be able to understand the scientific foundations of EBP’s and their limitations.
*Relationships—the ability to relate effectively with patients/clients, working groups, and communities.
*Individual-Cultural Diversity—the ability to acquire cultural knowledge of oneself and of complex
dimensions of culture in others and to use that knowledge effectively in psychological work.
*Ethical-legal standards—the possession of knowledge of ethical and legal standards of the profession,
and the ability to engage in ethical decision-making and behavior.
*Interdisciplinary systems—the ability to understand the role of psychology as well as that of other
disciplines, and to productively interact with professionals from related disciplines.
Throughout the training year, interns will be evaluated on their progress on each of the above
foundational competencies, remediation or training plan adjustments will be made, and by the end of
internship, interns will have advanced to entry-level practice status in all of the foundational
Interns are also expected to advance their levels of competence in most of the following functional
competencies as defined by the Assessment of Competency Benchmarks Work Group:
*Diagnosis – Assessment – Case Conceptualization
*Supervision – Teaching
*Management – Administration
Although opportunities exist within Southwest Consortium to advance competencies in all of the above
functional areas, not all interns will emphasize all of the functional competencies. Every intern will,
however, achieve competence at the entry-level of practice in Diagnosis – Assessment – Case
Conceptualization and Intervention by the end of the training year.
Training within Southwest Consortium is guided by the Scientist-Practitioner model and is designed to
prepare interns to assume entry-level positions or to enter specialized training upon graduation.
Southwest Consortium’s training philosophy is a generalist one. Our instructional approach is
developmental: we are attuned to meeting interns where they are and advancing their competencies
during the training year.
We are fortunate enough to have a large number of diverse training sites and supervisors, so that we
always aim to ―round out‖ any weaknesses in terms of foundational and functional competencies (see
Program Goals, above) during this intensive year of training. Once ―rounding out‖ is accounted for within
an intern’s schedule, we are happy to help the intern pursue specialty interests, which we refer to as
"emphasis areas." Once an intern has matched with Southwest Consortium, he or she has the
opportunity to select an emphasis area. See the section below for information on the specific Emphasis
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Southwest Consortium is made up of four sponsoring institutions (New Mexico VA Healthcare System;
University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center; Forensic Health Services, Inc., at the New Mexico
Women’s Correctional Facility; and Indian Health Service, Albuquerque Service Unit) with about 15
distinct rotations among those institutions. Most rotations are half-time, six-month rotations. Thus most
interns will have 4 rotations during their training year. However, six-month full-time as well as 3-month full
time rotations are sometimes used, based on the interns’ and rotations’ needs and interests. Southwest
Consortium is an integrated consortium, by which we mean that all interns will rotate at more than one
institutional site. Interns are not sequestered at their funding source site, and meet as a cohort on a
In addition to approximately 4 days/week of direct clinical work, interns are expected to spend 4 hrs/week
on research activities and 3 hrs/week on didactic instruction via the seminar series.
Southwest Consortium has a generalist training model and we work hard to make sure that each intern's
specialty interests as well as any training gaps are addressed in the internship rotation curriculum.
Once interns have matched with Southwest Consortium, they will be offered the option of selecting an
emphasis area from the six areas listed below. If an intern selects an emphasis area, then half of their
training year will be spent on rotations that contribute to the emphasis area. The other half of their
training will be made up of experiences that are designed to round out their clinical expertise. While we
do not guarantee that an intern will have a specific rotation, we do guarantee that an intern can have the
emphasis area of their choice (with the exception being Neuropsychology—we only have resources to
train the one intern per year who has matched with the Neuorpsychology match number). The specific
rotations that could contribute to the emphasis areas are not listed because many of the rotation sites can
be flexibly used to provide different training experiences. For example, a rotation on the Domiciliary could
either contribute to the Assessment, Triage, and Consultation emphasis area, or the Rehabilitation
Psychology emphasis area by changing the intern’s duties and expectations somewhat.
1. Assessment, Triage, and Consultation
2. Trauma and Addictive Behaviors
3. Medical Psychology
4. Rehabilitation Psychology
6. Rural and Administrative Psychology
Threads of Training
The internship training program is based on six ―threads‖ of training that are reflected throughout all
aspects of the training, including the clinical rotations, the seminars, and supervision.
2. Case Conceptualization
3. Theories of Change
4. Culture and Psychology
5. Professional Development
These threads are woven together throughout the training program to guide all aspects of training.
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Interns are granted 4 hours a week of protected research time during the 40 hour week. Interns have
some discretion over the use of this time, but it is assumed that interns who have not defended prior to
internship will devote the research time to completion of the dissertation. Those interns who have already
completed the dissertation will usually have opportunities to work on grant-writing skills, or participate in
ongoing faculty research. It is also acceptable for interns to devote this time to special topics in clinical
training or literature review.
A three-hour didactic seminar or intern case conference is held weekly on Wednesday afternoons. This
weekly seminar series reflects the same ―threads‖ of training that guide the overall program. Although
specific seminar sessions will inevitably emphasize one or more specific ―threads,‖ it is expected that all
of these fundamentals will be integrated in most, if not all, seminar presentations. For example, a
seminar topic that focuses on assessment will inevitably integrate case conceptualization, cultural, and
research issues as part of the assessment, and discussion could appropriately lead into theories of
change as well as some professional development issues.
We also utilize our Wednesday afternoon time to have group supervision and teaching during seminars
that are designated as ―assessment‖ and ―case conceptualization.‖ Interns are expected to bring in case
material for presentation in these sessions, which serves as data for other intern participants to discuss.
These sessions typically have at least two faculty present to comment on content and process issues as
well as to provide teaching opportunities. Interns will always be encouraged to seek out opportunities to
introduce other training threads into the discussion, especially involving cultural issues, empirical
research, and professional development.
Other Didactic Training
Weekly opportunities for further didactic training are offered at the NMVAHCS and open to interns as they
rotate through Neuropsychology and Medical Psychology. Neuropsychology Rounds meet weekly for
discussion of cases by interns and staff, reviews of pertinent literature, and presentation of clinical and
research interests. Interns are expected to hone their presentation styles, and contribute to the peer
supervision format. Attendees include Neuropsychology and SCI faculty/staff, interns with specialty
interest in Neuropsychology, rotating medical students/residents, and Neuropsychology post-docs and
Medical Psychology Rounds focus on developing functional analysis conceptualization and treatment
skills by means of case presentations. General Medical Psychologyskills also are augmented by relevant
didactic presentations. These activities involve all members of Medical Psychology.
NMVAHCS Psychology Service has monthly research meetings in which ongoing research projects are
reviewed, and relevant research articles are reviewed. Interns are invited to these meetings.
The bulk of interns’ training during the internship year will occur on their clinical rotations. Following are
descriptions of the rotations.
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Descriptions of Clinical Rotation Settings
New Mexico VA Health Care System
The New Mexico VA Health Care System has 25 FTE psychologists, all of whom are fully credentialed
and privileged members of the medical staff and are involved in clinical care, training, and administration
in some capacity. Nine of our psychologists have active research programs. The majority of our
psychology staff are Adjunct Assistant or tenure-track professors in the UNM Department of Psychiatry
within the School of Medicine, and all of our psychology staff hold Clinical Associate Professor affiliations
with the UNM Department of Psychology. Our Chief Psychologist currently serves as the Co-Director of
the Behavioral Health Care Line (one of two top positions within Behavioral Health, reporting directly to
the Chief of Staff), and psychologists serve as supervisors within the Residential Rehabilitation Treatment
Programs, Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Men’s PTSD Clinic, and Medical Psychology areas.
As a Dean’s List hospital, NMVAHCS is affiliated with University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Staff
are required to document continuing education to maintain their staff privileges, and there are high quality
CE opportunities available within the facility as well as through New Mexico Psychology Association
offerings and University of New Mexico offerings, including BHCL grand rounds. Staff are also given
liberal authorized leave to attend scientific and professional meetings and off-station continuing
In addition to 10 predoctoral internship training slots, the NMVAHCS psychology training program also
trains 4 post-doctoral psychologist (2 in Neuropsychology, 2 in PTSD), as well as about 5 to 10
psychology practicum students, most of whom come from the APA-accredited Clinical Psychology
program at the University of New Mexico.
Rotations at NMVAHCS
Supervisor: Brenda Mayne, Ph.D.
The Beacon team is the NMVAHCS team which handles psychiatric emergencies and psychiatric walk-in
needs. An intern rotating on this team will learn assessment of dangerousness and how to intervene with
suicidal and homicidal persons. The intern will gain independence according to his or her level of
competence, but will start the rotation by shading experienced team members. Comprehensive, rapid
assessment skills, as well as strong consultation and communication skills will be emphasized on this
Behavioral Medicine/Health Psychology Program
Supervisors: Annette Brooks, Ph.D., Brian Kersh, Ph.D., and Eric Levensky, Ph.D.
The Behavioral Medicine program provides consultation, assessment, and treatment to patients
experiencing a wide variety of psychological problems related to health and illness. Presenting problems
are assessed within a bio-psychosocial framework through the application of behavioral principles across
domains of prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation. Three avenues for patient access are
provided. First, medical/surgical inpatients are seen through a consultation/liaison service which
emphasizes brief, problem-solving interventions for acute reactions to hospitalization and treatment. A
second component of the program is the outpatient clinic that provides assessment and treatment
recommendations as well as guidance for medical providers. Clinical services include group programs
such as Smoking, Healthy Lifestyle (weight loss, diet and exercise), Living with Chronic Pain (coping with
chronic pain), the Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program (intensive outpatient program that integrates
Behavioral Medicine, Physical Therapy, Pool Therapy, and Pharmacy), Stress Management and Healthy
Thinking (CBT cognitive restructuring). Individual or family therapy is offered for problems such as
headache, insomnia, diabetes management, stress-related medical disorders, adherence, and coping
with terminal illness and bereavement.
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A unique aspect of Behavioral Medicine is the presence of Psychiatry, Internal Medicine, and Family
Practice residents who rotate through the program and function as team members with the Psychology
Intern, providing a true interdisciplinary training experience. This rotation also includes participation with
the Pain Clinic, a medical clinic that incorporates neurology. psychiatry, physical therapy, pharmacy, and
heath psychology to evaluate and develop comprehensive treatment plans for difficult pain management
cases. Interns selecting a Behavioral Medicine rotation can expect to acquire skills in an atmosphere of
intensive supervision and collaboration with staff. Behavioral Medicine works closely with Spinal Cord
Injury and Neuropsychology, and opportunities for collaboration and limited overlap can be arranged.
Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (DRRTP)
Supervisor: June Malone, Ph.D.
The DRRTP is a 40 bed unit for homeless veterans where the average resident is homeless,
unemployed, and has a history of addiction with other psychiatric, medical, and cognitive co-morbidities.
The majority of residents are male, but the program has accommodations for female veterans as well as
handicapped veterans. The DRRTP incorporates the principles of the VA Mental Health Strategic Plan
and reflects the Recovery Model for rehabilitation described in the Plan. Thus, the primary goal for each
resident is to return to the maximum level of independent functioning in the community possible for that
individual, and length of stay varies depending on the needs of the veterans admitted to the program.
The treatment philosophy of the program focuses on instilling a sense of taking personal responsibility for
one’s life, and the program structure and expectations is consistent with this philosophy.
Interns working in the DRRTP are an integral part of an interdisciplinary treatment team and will learn
about the psychologist’s role on the team. In addition to the team work, interns will be able to do
assessment, individual and group psychotherapy, vocational counseling, program development, and case
management. Dr. Malone has developed a time-limited group intervention (10-sessions over 5 weeks) to
treat veterans who are adult survivors of childhood trauma, and interns will be able to co-facilitate this
group and perhaps facilitate a group of their own, depending on his/her interests and training goals.
Research opportunities are also available in program development and the childhood trauma group.
Family Psychology Program
Supervisor: Lorraine M. Torres-Sena, Ph.D.
Interns provide assessment and treatment services to couples and families and, sometimes, to individuals
whose family interactions are salient in their current functioning. Cognitive and behavioral notions are
expanded to include family process through the application of general systems theory. Family is viewed,
first, as a critically important resource to individual members as they attempt to meet the daily, sometimes
overwhelming challenges of physical and emotional disorder. Assessment and treatment emphasize
inherent family strengths and resources that allow families under duress to deal with emotional,
environmental or medical stressors. Interns should have a working knowledge of general systems theory,
and should be able to acknowledge and articulate the significant differences between family and
individual psychology. A basic understanding of communication theory and of childhood and adult
development is also important. Interns will undergo regular video taped supervision and will have the
opportunity to interact with professionals from other disciplines within the General Mental Health Clinic.
Interns will also have the opportunity to utilize information gathered in the assessment process for
research interests and will be taught Evidence-Based Therapies including Behavioral Couples Therapy.
General Mental Health Clinic
Supervisor: Heather Conyngham, Ph.D.
The General Mental Health Clinic at the VA serves veterans with a wide variety of mental health needs.
In the GMHC, interns can perform assessments, learn to do Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills groups,
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and can be supervised in EBP’s including CBT. Interns can also participate in a process-oriented
followup group for veterans who have recently been discharged from inpatient psychiatry.
Home Based Primary Care (HBPC)
Supervisor: Erika Johnson-Jimenez, Ph.D.
The HBPC program is an interdisciplinary team of professionals serving veterans who are homebound, or
who have difficulty coming to the VA for medical appointments. Currently, the team includes nurses, a
social worker, an occupational therapist, and a psychologist. A physician and a physical therapist will
soon be added to the team. The team works in conjunction with the veteran’s pre-existing medical team,
including the primary care provider, all specialists, and auxiliary services. Approximately 150-180
veterans are enrolled in the HBPC program at any time. The majority of patients on the HBPC program
are elderly, though we also serve a growing number of young veterans with head injuries. Interns on this
rotation will assess mood and cognition, perform competence assessments, offer individual and family
therapy, and provide consultation-liaison services for veterans experiencing acute conditions such as
delirium. Interns may also work closely with supervisors on the Neuropsychology and Behavioral
Medicine rotations to meet specific client needs.
Inpatient Psychiatry (Ward 7)
Supervisor: Jordan Bell, Ph.D.
The inpatient psychiatry unit at the NMVAHCS is a locked 26-bed unit which provides full acute inpatient
services. It is an acute stabilization or containment unit for veterans who are either a danger to
themselves or others, or are actively psychotic, and who require stabilization. The disciplines of
psychiatry, psychology, social work, nursing, occupational therapy, and recreation therapy are
represented on the unit and work together in an interdisciplinary team approach. It is a fast-paced
environment, and a primary training site for University of New Mexico psychiatry residents who rotate
through the unit every three months.
The role of psychology on the unit is one of "systems analyst"—i.e., working with the treatment team and
patients from a systems perspective. The design of the psychosocial programming on the unit is the
responsibility of the psychologist, and interns interested in developing a new group are encouraged to do
so. The psychologist and psychology interns provide group psychotherapy, skills groups, and focused
individual interventions. Assessment for purposes of differential diagnosis is emphasized on this rotation.
Preparation for the Ward 7 Rotation: Yalom’s classic book, Inpatient Group Psychotherapy, is a
wonderful resource to review. Additionally, a good working knowledge of DSM-IV diagnostic criteria is
helpful. Experience with severe personality disorders and substance use disorders is helpful but not
essential. Interns with no prior inpatient experience are welcome on this rotation.
Typical Day on Ward 7: Like most medical units, the Ward 7 schedule is heavily morning-focused. Most
Ward 7 psychology interns come in somewhat early in order to review notes on new patients admitted
overnight. The community meeting runs from 8:15 to 8:30, and orients patients to the day and to ward
activities and rules. This is followed by the morning psychotherapy group: either a process group or a
skills group, whichever is most appropriate for a particular veteran on a particular day. From 9:15 to
11:00, interdisciplinary team rounds are held, and the clinical tasks for the rest of the day are decided
upon. During rounds, interns serve as consultants to the interdisciplinary team by providing the viewpoint
and contribution from psychology. After rounds, the intern may, for example, be asked to conduct a
neuropsychological evaluation on a possible dementia patient and write up the report, conduct a
psychodiagnostic workup of a veteran to inform differential diagnosis in light of a complicated clinical
presentation, run a CBT-oriented stress management group, and see another patient for a motivational
interviewing session. There is weekly scheduled supervision, in addition to plentiful co-therapy and case
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Theoretical Approach Used on Ward 7: The dominant psychotherapeutic approaches used on Ward 7
include: systems, motivational interviewing, existential, behavioral, ACT, and mindfulness-based
Patient Population on Ward 7: Ward 7 is a mixed ward. By ―mixed,‖ it is meant that the patients on the
ward run the diagnostic and functional gamut while residing on the same ward. There are twenty-year-
old, newly returned veterans just weeks back from Iraq or Afghanistan, who are admitted to the ward in
need of alcohol treatment or PTSD intervention. There are veterans with schizophrenia, schizoaffective
disorder, or bipolar disorders, who are stabilized on the ward during commitments or holds. There are
older veterans with Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease, in need of structure, medical stabilization, and
placement. And there are also individuals with personality disorders of every type, obsessive-compulsive
disorder, depressive disorders, traumatic brain injury, eating disorders, substance-induced psychotic
disorders, bereavement, forensic cases, and all other diagnostic permutations.
Supervisors: K.Y. Haaland, Ph.D., ABPP, Rex Swanda, Ph.D., ABPP, and Joseph Sadek, Ph.D.
This rotation is designed for predoctoral psychology interns who have goals of completing internship
requirements that are consistent with Div. 40, Houston Guidelines, and which will prepare them for
eventual specialty board certification in Clinical Neuropsychology through the American Board of
Professional Psychology (ABPP-CN). Interns who choose to identify Neuropsychology as a focus of
interest within Southwest Consortium will be considered on a specific list within Southwest Consortium on
the APPIC match system. Interns who match under the Neuropsychology slot will be expected to
complete a year-long, half-time rotation with Neuropsychology. Two other rotations in complementary
areas of training will round out that intern’s training year.
Setting: The Neuropsychology clinic is well-established at this VA, with a continuous, strong presence
dating from the 1970’s. Referrals come from medical, mental health, social work, and rehabilitation health
care providers from within and without the Albuquerque VA Medical Center. An important goal for interns
is to develop strong skills in communicating with other providers as well as patients, family and caregivers
via intensive, therapeutic discussion of results. Our clinic also plays a very active role in training medical
students, residents, and fellows who rotate from psychiatry, neurology, family practice, and geriatric
medicine programs at UNM-Medical Center.
Referrals: The Neuropsychology rotation offers opportunities for interns to see a broad mix of VA
outpatients and inpatients, referred from a wide range of medical clinics, including Neurology, General
Medicine, Geriatrics, Psychiatry, and Rehabilitation services. The majority of referrals are adult males,
with about 10% females. Common reasons for referral include assessment of dementia, decision-making
capacity, assessment of TBI, and assessment of subjective cognitive decline associated with
psychological and psychiatric disorders such as PTSD, depression, and psychosis. We also receive
referrals for stroke, neurological disorders such as MS and Parkinson’s disease, brain tumor, adult AHDH,
learning disabilities, and malingering.
Assessment Approach: The clinic employs a process-oriented, hypothesis-testing approach, using a
flexible screening battery that typically requires about 1 to 2 hours to complete. Additional procedures are
added as necessary in order to fully address the referral questions. Interns are encouraged to become
familiar with as many assessment techniques as possible. Interns usually complete 2 or 3 work-ups per
week, depending on the complexity of the referral. Toward the end of the year, interns will be expected to
develop increasing experience with the use of a psychometrist in neuropsychological practice.
Neuropsychology Rounds: Interns on the Neuropsychology rotation are expected to attend weekly
rounds every Wednesday from 10:30 to 12:00. Neuropsychology rounds provide a forum for staff
development through invited in-service presentations, literature reviews, and presentation of recent
cases. The meetings provide an opportunity for peer consultation and supervision, and offer interns an
opportunity to gain experience in concisely presenting cases and data in a medical center setting.
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Memory Disorders Clinic: An optional part of the rotation is to attend an interdisciplinary clinic that
involves Neurology, Neuropsychology, and Psychiatry.
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Program, BASE (Building Awareness, Support, and Empowerment)
and OEF/OIF Programs
Supervisors: Milton Lasoski, Ph.D., Jennifer Klosterman Rielage, Ph.D., Lauren Williams, Ph.D. (PTSD),
James Gillies (BASE), and Catherine Montgomery, Ph.D.(OEF/OIF)
All interns function as part of a multi-disciplinary treatment team, participating in weekly case
conferences, team treatment formulations and program development. All interns will be completing full
diagnostic mental health assessments, and will present these in treatment team meetings.
Interns, in conjunction with supervisors, will then design a rotation program from a wide variety of
possible experiences including:
1. Co-facilitating exposure-based trauma processing groups
2. Individual psychotherapy
3. Co-facilitating military sexual trauma groups
4. Co-facilitating skills-based groups
5. Co-facilitating mindfulness and ACT groups in the BASE program
6. Co-facilitating OEF/OIF-specific groups including: PTSD Coping Skills, Seeking Safety, DBT, and
Additionally, an intern may assist with some brief individual MI-based interventions for OEF/OIF veterans
with co-morbid PTSD and alcohol binge/self-medication issues as well as brief screenings to assist with
differential diagnosis of PTSD vs. traumatic brain injury in the OEF/OIF population.
Theoretical Framework: The PTSD Clinic uses a cognitive-behavioral framework as the backbone of
the treatment program, including exposure treatments, cognitive-behavioral coping skills, mindfulness
skills, and ACT. However, our treatment is also strongly informed by existential, interpersonal and
Preparation: Incoming interns are not expected to necessarily have done prior work with trauma
patients. A solid basic knowledge of psychopathology and relative comfort with serious psychopathology
of any type is good preparation.
Supervisory Options: There are three licensed psychologists staffing the PTSD rotation, each of whom
can serve as primary supervisors: Dr. Lasoski and Dr. Rielage (PTSD Clinic), Dr. Gillies (BASE), and Dr.
Montgomery (OEF/OIF). Dr. Williams coordinates the Military Sexual Trauma track and serves as a
secondary supervisor at this time. In addition, other skilled members of the interdisciplinary team are
available for consultation.
Pros and Cons of this Rotation: What may look like pros to one person may be cons to another!
On this rotation the intern may expect:
- Exposure to serious psychological suffering and pathology
- Participation in a group-focused coordinated treatment program
- To work in co-therapy situations
- To work in depth with patients on core existential issues
- To examine one's own reaction to war trauma situations
- To develop the comfort, compassion, and clinical presence needed to encourage a therapy
process that sometimes involves intense patient emotionality
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Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program
Supervisor: Brian Pilgrim, Ph.D., MPA
The Psychosocial Rehabilitation treatment program (PSR) is a program that focuses primarily on helping
veterans who are homeless and unemployed return to work. The goal of returning veterans to work is
accomplished through paid work experiences on the hospital grounds or through supported employment
in the community. Veterans in our program live either in community based housing or in one of the
residential units operated by the Behavioral Health Care Line. A portion of the program also focuses on
the assessment of veterans whose goal is to return to work after completing an educational program
funded by the Veterans Benefits Administration. The veterans participating in this program have some
disability that creates a barrier to successful employment and it is the psychologists' job to assist, through
comprehensive assessment, in discovering what barriers may exist and how they may be overcome
through classroom or job accommodations, treatment recommendations or better matching a veteran's
strengths to the educational program or career plan.
The focus of the intern during the PSR rotation is within the latter mission, that of assessment, and
involves evaluation of learning disabilities and/or determination of the extent to which known neurological
or psychological impairment is likely to interfere with the successful completion of formal vocational
rehabilitation plans. During the course of the rotation the intern will develop greater skill at performing
assessments that are focused on an individual's functional strengths and weaknesses as opposed to
diagnostic assessment, which plays a smaller role in the rotation. The intern will also develop an ability to
respond effectively to a variety of referral questions through the selection of appropriate tests, analysis
and synthesis of multiple lines of data and the writing of comprehensive integrated reports. A second
specialized assessment experience that may be available on a case by case basis is Law Enforcement
Pre-employment evaluations. These specialized evaluations are designed to determine the suitability of a
candidate to work as an armed law enforcement officer and are most often conducted with applicants to
the VA or the Navajo Nation Police Department.
Interns should enter this rotation with a general background in assessment but extensive previous
experience is not necessary. The goal of the rotation is to help develop solid generalist skills in both
psychological and cognitive assessment and the preparation of comprehensive, integrated reports. The
assessment skills learned on this rotation should allow the intern to comfortably take positions in rural and
community mental health centers or other locations where specialists are at a premium and the demand
for a clinician with versatile skills are is high.
Psychosocial Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (PRRTP)
Supervisor: Dvorah Simon, Ph.D.
The Psychosocial Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (PRRTP) is a 16-bed residential unit
that focuses primarily on helping veterans who are homeless and unemployed return to work. The
veterans participating in this program have some disability that creates a barrier to successful
employment and it is the psychologists' job to assist, through comprehensive assessment, in discovering
what barriers may exist and how they may be overcome through classroom or job accommodations,
treatment recommendations or better matching a veteran's strengths to the educational program or career
Trainees interested in this rotation can participate in assessment, inter-disciplinary treatment team
functions, group and individual therapy.
Substance Abuse, Trauma, and Rehabilitation Residence (STARR)
Supervisors: Ella Nye, Ph.D., Evelyn Sandeen, Ph.D.
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The STARR is a residential treatment facility designed for veterans with co-occurring substance abuse
and post-trauma issues. The priority mission of the unit is to treat veterans of the Iraq/Afghanistan
conflict, or other combat veterans.
Types of Treatment Used on STARR: Treatment modalities include mindfulness, DBT skills, values-
focus (ACT), interpersonal, and exposure techniques. Relapse prevention modules are also taught.
Dysfunctional interpersonal patterns are directly addressed through Yalom-style group therapy and
interpersonal skill teaching. Interns can be full participants in a very exciting milieu using cutting-edge
―third wave‖ interventions.
Intern roles and preparation: Interns can serve as individual therapists, consultants to the non-
psychology team members, group leaders, and supervisors of practicum students. No prior specific
preparation is necessary, although experience with evidence-based treatment approaches and comfort
with establishing the therapeutic alliance with difficult patients is helpful.
Supervision. Supervision is focused on meeting the intern where he or she is, and providing specific,
behaviorally-based feedback and suggestions grounded in observation of groups or taping of sessions.
The goal of supervision is to increase the intern’s self-awareness of therapeutic choices made.
Substance Use Disorders Treatment Program
Supervisor: Lisa Arciniega, Ph.D.
Interns with SUD will be active in the full range of services provided by the program. SUD is staffed by a
multidisciplinary team and provides consultation, assessment, treatment planning, acute treatment and
aftercare for persons with a wide array of addictive behavior disorders. There are opportunities to be
active in both individual and group therapy, plus provide emergent assessment of patients throughout the
Theoretical Approach: SUD utilizes empirically based treatment approaches to veterans coping with a
variety of addictive behaviors including substance use, gambling, and sexual addictions. Motivation and
willingness to change are considered to be the outcomes of the dynamic between patient and provider.
While in numerous cases abstinence is the final goal of treatment, harm reduction strategies are often
utilized initially, especially with dually-diagnosed patients or those with a long history of relapse.
Preparation for Training: An intern is not required to have any special training in SUD treatment, only a
desire to learn and a willingness to work with this population. A solid understanding of cognitive-
behavioral theory would be helpful.
Unique Aspects of SUD: The SUD population is often considered a less desired patient group with
whom to work due to frequent relapse and resistance to change. However, this also makes this group of
individuals challenging and interesting. A rotation with the SUD staff will afford an intern the opportunity
to interact with providers who have decades of combined experience with this population and who choose
to remain in this field because of the rewards that accompany the changes that do occur in numerous
Supervision Opportunities: In addition to the APA weekly requirement for 1:1 supervision, the
opportunities for additional supervision and learning are numerous. The SUD team has an eight member,
interdisciplinary staff committed to training students both within and outside their own disciplines. Also,
there are two weekly staff meetings where case conceptualization and treatment planning, along with
current literature discussion occur.
Women's Stress Disorder Treatment Team (WSDTT)
Supervisors: Diane Castillo, Ph.D., Janet Cde Baca, Ph.D.
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Clinical Training Activities on WSDTT Rotation: The intern’s time on this rotation is spent conducting
extensive assessments, report writing and providing treatment to female veterans with sexual, combat,
and other adult and childhood traumas. The assessments consist of initial general interview,
administration of a battery of psychological tests (MMPI2, MCMI3, BDHI, and BDI), and the Clinician
Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS). Treatment primarily involves co-leading an introductory support group
(PsychEd) and other highly structured groups (Focus—prolonged exposure, Cognitive Processing
Behavioral Skills, Sexual Intimacy, and Transitions) in the program. The intern is encouraged to carry
Theoretical Approach: The primary theoretical approach is cognitive-behavioral, however, interns are
encourage to broadly conceptualize cases. Most of the WSDTT groups are highly structured except the
PsychEd and Transitions groups, which are process-oriented groups. The treatment of traumas occurs
utilizing literature-based interventions such as prolonged exposure in the Focus group. Application of
cognitive restructuring occurs in the Cognitive group utilizing Patricia Resick’s five themes altered by
trauma. Assertiveness and relaxation training, as well as nightmare treatments are conducted in the
Skills group. Integration of cognitive and behavioral strategies, along with bibliotherapy, are applied and
utilized in the Sexual Intimacy group, and in-vivo exposure in the Transitions group. Other theoretical
approaches are integrated within the therapies.
Preparation for the Rotations: Although no formal preparation is required for the rotation, interns with a
working knowledge of cognitive and behavioral strategies will have the opportunity to develop a comfort in
application of these strategies directly in the therapeutic setting. Some experience in treating women is
useful, particularly regarding sensitivity to the nature of the sexual assault.
Unique Pros and Cons:
Pros: Opportunities to learn and apply evidence-based treatments for PTSD (i.e., exposure
and cognitive therapies).
Cons: The rotation is limited to female interns (for now) and some parts (exposure therapy) of
the work are quite intensive.
Additional supervision: Half-hour debriefing after all groups.
Zia Spinal Cord Injury Center
Supervisor: Kathleen Padilla, Ph.D., LaDonna Saxon, Ph.D.
The ZIA Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Unit is a rehabilitation and treatment facility for veterans with spinal cord
injuries and diseases effecting the spinal cord. The 30-bed inpatient service provides rehabilitation and
inpatient medical treatment for recently injured individuals, as well as for those who develop acute
medical conditions related to their injuries/diseases. The SCI unit is also involved with the outpatient
assessment and primary care of several hundred spinal cord injured veterans from the Southwest region,
providing comprehensive annual evaluations that include both medical, rehabilitation and psychological
recommendations for their continued care. A rotation with the SCI unit affords a unique training
opportunity for interns in rehabilitation psychology, including addressing behavioral medicine issues,
psychological disorders, and neuropsychological assessment. Interns become an integral member of the
interdisciplinary rehabilitation team that includes physicians, nurses, a social worker, occupational
therapists, physical therapists, a speech pathologist, a pharmacist, a recreation therapist and dietitians.
• Clinical interviews/Annual Evaluations
• Cognitive screening/brief neuropsychological evaluations
• Semi-structured Pain Management Intakes
• Objective psychodiagnostic evaluations
• Individual psychotherapy (inpatient and outpatient)
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• Family/couples therapy (inpatient and outpatient)
• Pain management training
• Behavioral management
• Compensatory strategies for cognitive impairment
Treatment Approach / Theoretical Framework: The overarching treatment philosophy is a systems
approach that addresses issues in terms of different levels of the system and targets interventions
This is best accomplished within a cognitive-behavioral framework addressing the
Recognizing that the individual interacts uniquely with various levels of the ―system‖
Targeting goals for change at various levels of the system—i.e., the individual as well
as any other providers involved with the system
Emphasizing effective communication and effective problem-solving both on the part of
the patient/family and the staff
Avoiding blame or assignment of right and wrong
Incorporating the family and caregiver(s) into the adjustment process
Educating both patients and staff regarding the importance of psychological
components of SCI rehabilitation
University of New Mexico Hospital
UNMH Consultation and Liaison Service
Supervisors Janet Robinson, Ph.D., Alfredo Aragon, Ph.D.
The Consultation Service is a specialized service that provides psychiatric and psychological
consultations to the medical services at UNMH for assessment and management of psychological issues
affecting patients’ health. It is a unique setting in that all evaluations are done bedside in the inpatient
medical wards. The diversity of consultation questions posed runs the gamut of what is possible. The
assessment and treatment in this setting requires extensive interface with all other disciplines in the
hospital (physicians, nurses, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech pathologists, social workers,
dieticians, and pharmacists).
In-depth review of medical and psychiatric charts
Evaluations for decision-making capacity
One to two session psychotherapy
Longer term therapy with burn, trauma or severely medically ill
Gathering and coordinating information from families and out-patients treating providers
Coordination of medical and psychological treatments, including psychotropic medications
Treatment Approach: The treatment philosophy of the Consultation Service is based on a
biopsychosocial framework of health and illness. Suicide attempts are often formulated from a self-
psychological approach for understanding current behavior. Treatment approaches encourage the use of
time-efficient, practical, evidence-based modalities
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Forensic Health Services
New Mexico Women’s Correctional Facility
Supervisors: Yvonne Lutter, Psy.D., Christine Johnson, Ph.D., ABPP
Forensic Health Services
Forensic Health Services (FHS), a subsidiary of MHM, is a Boston-based behavioral health care agency
providing forensic evaluations, mental health treatment, and substance abuse services to adjudicated and
incarcerated individuals in a number of states. FHS at the New Mexico Women’s Correctional Facility has
been a member of the Southwest Consortium Predoctoral Psychology Internship Program since 2004.
New Mexico Women's Correctional Facility
The New Mexico Women’s Correctional Facility (NMWCF) is located in Grants, New Mexico,
approximately 75 miles west of Albuquerque. The facility is privately operated by the Corrections
Corporation of America (CCA). CCA contracts with the Department of Corrections to house women in
New Mexico who have been convicted of a felony crime. Currently, there are 600+ inmates who stay an
average of 18 months. FHS subcontracts to provide mental health services to all inmates incarcerated at
The population of 600+ inmates ranges in age from 18 to over 70, and is culturally diverse, including
women of Hispanic, Native American (Navajo, Pueblo, Apache), African American, and European
American background. Sentences range from only a few months for probation violation to life for first
degree murder. Approximately one half of the population is on psychotropic medication, and women
suffering from mental disorders are our priority patients. NMWCF is a clinically rich environment with
presenting problems ranging from adjustment disorders to major mental illness (schizophrenia and bipolar
disorder). Predominant diagnoses include substance abuse/dependence co-occurring with PTSD,
anxiety, depression, personality disorders (antisocial, borderline, dependent), and/or traumatic brain
injury. For many women, this may be the first time their mental disorders have been diagnosed and
There are two major components of this rotation:
Interns become familiar with delivery of routine mental health services in a correctional setting, as they
function in the role of a prison staff psychologist. They are involved in all aspects of care, including
clinical intakes, mental status examination, clinical assessment and diagnosis, treatment and discharge
planning, individual psychotherapy, brief intervention, referral to psychiatry, and segregation rounds.
There are opportunities to facilitate psycho-educational groups, focused on stress and mood
management, anger management, grief and loss, substance abuse and relapse prevention, women’s
empowerment, trauma survival, and self-esteem. Interns acquire skills in suicide and violence risk
assessment and risk management, and participate in crisis intervention and suicide watch
reassessments. In some cases, there are opportunities to provide consultation to medical and security
staff. Finally, interns have the opportunity to learn and apply the principles of Dialectical Behavior
Therapy by co-facilitating a DBT skills group or mindfulness group.
FHS is also contracted to conduct all pre-sentence diagnostic evaluations court-ordered for women
convicted of felony charges. These comprehensive psychological evaluations are focused on issues of
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risk assessment and risk management. They involve integration of multiple sources of information,
including comprehensive clinical interview; review of case materials (e.g., police and probation reports,
offense history, mental health records); collateral telephone contacts (with family members, defense and
prosecuting attorneys, probation officers, mental health providers); and psychological testing using
personality (PAI, MMPI-2), cognitive/intellectual screening (MAB-2, WRAT-4), and risk assessment
measures. Interns become familiar with models of risk assessment using structured clinical and actuarial
measures (HCR-20, LSI, PCL-R). It is helpful to have some basic assessment skills for this component of
Risk management is the cornerstone of correctional psychology. The setting lends itself best to a
cognitive behavioral approach with a focus on personal responsibility, skills acquisition, behavioral
change and symptom management. We have found DBT, which underlies our work with high risk/high
need and diagnostically complex inmates, is easily adapted and best suited for a forensic environment.
That said, our clinical work is informed by and integrates other perspectives, including psychodynamic,
developmental, narrative and relational models. Additionally, issues of cultural competence and ethical
dilemmas are an integral part of the clinical team’s discourse.
Things to consider about this rotation:
The prison environment is not for the faint of heart.
Ethical challenges abound.
Juggling the demands of the clinical and assessment components can be difficult.
Grants is 75 miles away from Albuquerque (but a beautiful drive).
Schedule flexibility is an asset. (Forensic evaluation reports need to be written off site, and can be time
consuming. Supervision meetings may need to be scheduled off hours.)
Self-examination is inevitable (and desirable).
There are three psychologists on the team: Yvonne Lutter, Psy.D., the clinical director; Christine
Johnson, Ph.D., ABPP, who supervises the forensic evaluation program, and Evelyn Becker, Ph.D., who
has extensive experience in organizational consultation and public policy. Additionally, other skilled and
diverse members of the clinical team are available for consultation.
Indian Health Service, Albuquerque Area Office
Supervisors: Chris Fore, Ph.D., Anita Treloar, Ph.D.
The Indian Health Service (IHS) Albuquerque Area office is one of 12 regional IHS offices and is located
in Albuquerque, NM. This office is responsible for providing services to Native Americans in an area that
includes most of New Mexico, Colorado, and portions of Texas and Utah. Twenty-seven Tribes
(approximately 65,000 members) with varying cultures and beliefs reside in the Albuquerque Area. The
goal of this rotation is to expose interns to the challenges faced in administrative and managerial
positions. Historically, most psychologists have received intensive training in the clinical arena. Though
some of these skills may translate into administrative acumen, there are additional skills necessary to be
a successful administrator.
Interns working in this rotation will have the opportunity to shadow Dr. Fore, who is the Area Director for
Behavioral Health for Indian Health Service in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. In this role,
they will attend administrative meetings and if opportunities arise, will have the opportunity to write policy
memos and complete other administrative projects. Additionally, they can travel with Dr. Fore to rural
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mental health locations to do site visits of program, and offer consultation. Each intern will put together
an inservice training which they will then present to area mental health workers. Additionally, interns will
be able to provide telemental health supervision and consultation to rural mental health clinics within the
Indian Health Service system.
Lastly, the intern will be exposed to the more intangible and subjective aspects of administration. These
include, understanding Tribal differences (e.g., governments, traditions, histories, etc.), navigating large
bureaucracies, understanding the interactions of State, Federal, and Tribal entities, negotiating Tribal
politics, cross-agency collaboration, and the politics of research within Indian Country.
Supervisor: Chris Fore, Ph.D.
First Nations Community HealthSource
The First Nations Community HealthSource (FNCH) Behavioral Health rotation offers interns the
opportunity to work with Native American and underserved urban populations on an outpatient basis.
Interns provide intake assessments, individual and group therapy to individuals with a variety of
diagnoses. These include complex post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse, as well as
serious mental illnesses, traumatic brain injury, and histories of domestic violence. Clients typically have
experienced significant abuse and have few financial or educational resources. Most are adults and more
than half are Native American; many have court involvement. Interns work with a multicultural
multidisciplinary team, and have the opportunity to co-facilitate groups with different staff members.
Groups may include substance abuse treatment, creative activities, and women’s welbriety groups.
Interns are supervised by a licensed clinical psychologist with extensive experience working with Native
Supervisor: Anita S. Treloar, Ph.D.
Application & Selection Procedures
Southwest Consortium seeks applicants from APA-approved graduate programs in counseling or
clinical psychology. We can accept applications from non-U.S. citizens, but only two of our ten internship
slots can legally be awarded to a non-U.S. citizen. Highly regarded applicants will have completed their
dissertation prior to internship, or have a full proposal with literature review and detailed method
accepted prior to interview. Publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations to regional or
national conferences are viewed as signs of an active research interest which is compatible with our
program goals. Southwest Consortium has a good track record in recruiting and training diverse
internship classes. To that end, of course we follow Federal Equal Opportunity guidelines. However, the
diversity of our clinical populations as well as the diversity of our faculty has helped us to go beyond
guidelines to become a truly welcoming place for persons with varied ethnic, cultural, sexual
orientation, or disability backgrounds. Additionally, we actively seek out applicants who have
interest in and/or experience with cultural diversity issues in psychology.
1. Go the APPIC website (www.appic.org) and follow their instructions for submitting online
applications. Southwest Consortium requires 3 letters of recommendation and no
supplemental materials. Applications are due by December 1.
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1. Completed applications are reviewed and ranked by the Southwest Consortium Faculty and
Training Committee. Reviewers rate progress toward finishing the dissertation, quality of
academic preparation, research background, assessment experience, therapy experience
(especially Evidence-Based Psychotherapies), letters of recommendation, quality of essays,
cultural competence interest/background, and overall goodness of fit of the candidate’s
interests and background with Southwest Consortium’s offerings and philosophy. These ratings,
along with the individual interview scores, contribute to the rank-ordered lists that are then
submitted to APPIC for the Computer Match.
2. Applications will be reviewed and applications no longer under active consideration will be notified
by December 15.
3. By December 15, candidates who are still under consideration will be invited to Southwest
Consortium Open House sessions that are held on two dates in early January (We request that
all intern candidates bring a photo of themselves to the Open House. Please put your name on
the front of the photo. This is not a mandate for consideration, but does serve as a very useful
tool for helping our faculty connect names of candidates with their experiences of those
4. If any invited candidates are unable to attend either of the Open House sessions, they can
request that they be scheduled for telephone interviews during the month of January. On-site
interviews do not provide any selection advantage and each year we match with several interns
on the basis of telephone interviews. We do not arrange individual in-person interviews apart
from the scheduled Open Houses.
Match Procedures for Southwest Consortium and Frequently Asked Questions:
The Southwest Consortium internship has four consortium institutions and funding sources: Department
of Veteran Affairs, University of New Mexico, Indian Health Service, and Forensic Health Service. The
D.V.A. funds 7 intern slots, and U.N.M., I.H.S. and F.H.S. each fund one. One of the D.V.A. slots is
dedicated to our Neuropsychology emphasis. Therefore, SCPPI offers five program codes, four
corresponding to funding source and one corresponding to the Neuropsychology emphasis area.
We are an integrated consortium. This means that all interns will rotate at other sites in addition to their
funding source site. For example, the intern who matches with Indian Health Service is paid by I.H.S.,
and will have one of their four rotations at an I.H.S. site, but will also have other rotations at other sites.
What does matching with the Neuropsychology program code entail?
Interns who are funded by this slot will accrue enough supervised hours of neuropsychology (NP)
experience during internship to meet Division 40 criteria and to be competitive applicants for NP post-
doctoral positions. To that end, they will spend 50% of their training year doing NP activities. Applicants
who match with this slot should have had significant NP experience prior to internship. Drs. Haaland,
Sadek and Swanda will be able to answer any questions you have about who would be appropriate for
this NP focused internship slot. However, it is possible that we might place a non-NP intern in this slot if
we fail to match with a NP-trained candidate. The non-NP candidate in this situation would receive a
generalist, not NP-focused, internship.
What does matching with the Forensic program code entail?
Interns funded by this slot will be expected to spend 50% of their training year in the forensic setting in
Grants, NM. Only interns who are open to having this experience should apply for this slot.
What are the differences and similarities between the various program codes?
1) Each funding source pays the intern directly, and the pay is the same across funding sources.
2) All funding sources cover some cost of the health insurance, but-- just like regular employees of
our member institutions-- if you choose to sign up for the offered coverage, you will have to pay
co-pays and other fees. Only VA-funded interns can access group health insurance. Interns
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who match with other funding sources will be given money to purchase an individual plan, which
typically gives somewhat less coverage than a group plan. If you have special concerns about
health insurance because of a pre-existing condition or any other reason, make sure you
understand the differences between the funding sources on health insurance.
3) Our federal funding sources (D.V.A. and I.H.S.) have a requirement that funded interns must be
United States citizens. U.N.M and F.H.S. do not have such a requirement.
I really like the whole SCPPI internship. How should I proceed with matching?
Unless you are one of those persons who has a need to be matched with one or another funding source
(for the reasons listed above), you should rank all five program codes within SCPPI in the order of your
preference. If, on the other hand, you are certain that you do not want certain one(s) of the funding
sources, then do not rank those program codes. Native American applicants should feel free to rank all
codes, as should non-native applicants. Neuropsychology-trained students who want only a NP-focused
internship should only rank the NP program code. Generalist candidates should also rank NP, however,
because if we do not match with a NP-trained candidate, that slot converts to a generalist slot.
Since SCPPI is really an integrated internship, why have separate program codes at all?
The reason we have chosen to have separate program codes is simply to increase the amount of control
for the intern applicants. In the past, we had only one code, but the training committee was in the position
of making decisions about which interns were funded by what source. For most interns, having separate
program codes will not make much of a difference. For those few, however, to whom funding source is
important for the reasons listed above, this will give more control in the match process.
We encourage most intern candidates who like the SCPPI internship overall to rank all five
programs. This gives you and us the best opportunity for a good match.
Program Program Number Health Mandatory USA Citizenship Other
Name Codes of Slots Insurance? Rotations? Required? Requirements?
At least one YES. USA Applicants with
Indian Health Individual
143714 1 rotation with citizenship IS tribal membership
IHS required offered preference
50% training at Not Required Training site is
Individual forensic prison about 70 miles
Forensic 143717 1
Plan site in Grants, from Albuquerque
At least one Not Required
UNM Hospital 143713 1 rotation with
50% training YES. USA Significant prior
VA Neuro- with citizenship IS experience in
143716 1 Group Plan
Psychology Neuropsycholo required Neuropsychology
gy rotation is expected
Rotations YES. USA
VA tailored to fit citizenship IS
143712 6 Group Plan
Other intern’s required
Applicants should feel free to contact the Director of Internship Training with any questions regarding the
application process. All of our application information is posted on this website.
Dr. Evelyn Sandeen
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Director of Internship Training
Raymond G. Murphy VA Hospital
1501 San Pedro, S.E.
Albuquerque, NM 87108
(505) 265-1711ext 3283 or ext 2440
Facility and Training Resources
Office space is provided for interns, with networked computers and phones. A doctoral level statistician is
available to all interns for statistical consultation on any project, including dissertations.
The New Mexico Veterans Affairs Health Care System (NMVAHCS) Medical Library serves as the
centralized resource for Southwest Consortium. NMVAHCS Medical Library has an extensive collection
of medical and psychosocial journals and books, as well as member status in the Veterans Affairs Library
Network (VALNET), which permits rapid electronic access to 150 VA libraries nationwide. The
NMVAHCS Medical Library also offers web-based access to many databases such as PsychInfo, Medline
and CINAHL, thousands of online journals and hundreds of full text books.
The University of New Mexico has two excellent libraries. Zimmerman Library, located on the southern
part of the campus, is the largest branch of the library system and houses the most extensive array of
psychological journals and monographs. The Medical Center Library, located on the northern part of the
campus, serves the medical and general university communities. Both libraries have a large collection of
books, monographs and journals and audiovisual material. Material not owned by the library may be
requested via inter-library loan. Computer searches of on-line databases are available at either library.
Alfredo Aragon, Ph.D.
Dr. Aragon (The University of New Mexico, 2004) is a neuropsychologist and the newest staff member
employed at UNM Hospital Psychiatry Consultation Liaison Service. At the Consultation Liaison Service
he provides psychological care to patients at UNM Health Sciences Center and serves as a consultation
liaison with primary medical teams. Previously, he was employed at the Center on Alcoholism Substance
Abuse and Addictions, where he was actively involved with mentoring Honors Undergraduates in the
National Institute of Mental Health Career Opportunities in Research Program. He has also authored
several papers investigating the neurocognitive effects of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders among Native
American Children. His clinical orientation is classical psychoanalytic and he has additional training in
Motivational Interviewing and cognitive behavioral approaches.
Lisa Arciniega, Ph.D.
Dr. Lisa Arciniega (University of New Mexico – 2001) has coordinatead the multidiscipline Addictive
Behaviors program for 3 years. She cam to the VA from the University of New Mexico Center on
Alcoholism Substance Abuse and Addictions where she worked as a program coordinator and Research
Faculty. Her research experience includes work on several federally funded (NIDA & NIAAA) multi-site
research grants (Community Reinforcement Approach to Alcoholism (CRA), CRAFT, Project MATCH,
COMBINE and CTN). Her research interests are in the areas of substance abuse assessment and
substance abuse in the Hispanic population. Dr. Arciniega works with the Addictive Behavior team in
offering a variety of services to the veteran population, as well as supervising psychology interns, and
offering consultation to other VA departments.
Jordan Bell, Ph.D.
Dr. Bell (University of New Mexico, 2007) works in Inpatient Psychiatry at NMVAHCS, where he provides
group and individual psychotherapy, assessment, training, and consultation. In addition to working with
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psychology interns on the unit, he participates in the training of psychiatry residents and medical, nursing,
psychology, and social work students. His clinical approach is integrative and broadly defined by
psychodynamic, humanistic, and acceptance-based approaches. Dr. Bell also maintains a specific
clinical and training interest in existential psychotherapy. He has specialized experience in teaching
motivational interviewing and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. His
recent research focuses on the role of alcohol-related cognitive impairment in benefiting from motivational
interviewing for alcohol problems, as well as on the prediction and understanding of suicidality in combat-
Annette Brooks, Ph.D.
J. Annette Brooks, Ph.D. (Oklahoma State University, 1997) works in the Behavioral Medicine Clinic
within the Behavioral Health Care Line at the NMVAHCS and holds a faculty appointment in the
Department of Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico. She is actively involved in the training of
psychology students, medical students, psychology students, interns and residents. Dr. Brooks provides
supervision through the Behavioral Medicine rotation in providing integrated assessment and treatment to
both inpatient and outpatient veterans around medical issues. Her clinical work reflects a cognitive-
behavioral orientation. Research interests include behavioral healthcare delivery (e.g., CPAP adherence
obesity) and motivational enhancement.
Diane T. Castillo, Ph.D.
Dr. Castillo (University of Iowa, 1985) is the coordinator of the Women's Stress Disorder Treatment Team
(WSDTT) within the Behavioral Health Care Line at NMVAHCS and she holds a faculty appointment in
the Psychiatry and Psychology Departments at the University of New Mexico. She has been director of
the PTSD program and developed the Women’s Trauma Clinic in 1995, with an expansion of staff in
2005. She is active in conducting funded research in PTSD and has administered two national
cooperative studies research projects on assessment and treatment of PTSD. Other research and
publications have been in the area of cross-cultural treatment of Hispanic veterans with PTSD and
treatment of anger in a VA population. Dr. Castillo has been selected as supervisor/trainer in providing
prolonged exposure therapy with VA staff nationally.
Janet C'de Baca, Ph.D.
Dr. C'de Baca (University of New Mexico, 1999) is a staff psychologist in the Women's Stress Disorder
Treatment Team (WSDTT) Program within the Behavioral Health Care Line at the New Mexico VA Health
Care System. Dr. C'de Baca works with the WSDTT team in offering a variety of services to the female
veteran population, as well as supervising psychology interns, and offering consultation to other VA
departments. She is active in conducting funded research in PTSD at the VA. She came to the VA from
the Behavioral Health Research Center of the Southwest a center of the PIRE where she conducted
research funded through the National Institutes of Health. Her research there focused on alcohol and
drug addiction, screening and intervention programs for impaired drivers, and prevention programs for
high-risk substance-using juvenile offenders. She has co-authored a book on sudden personal
transformations and authored/co-authored several publications.
Heather Conyngham, Ph.D.
Dr. Conyngham (Northern Illinois University, 2002) completed her pre-doctoral internship at SCIPPI in
2001. She then completed post doctoral and early career work at the New Mexico Women’s Correctional
Facility (NMWCF). During her career at NMWCF, Dr. Conyngham was twice-certified to facilitate DBT
behavioral skills groups by Behavioraltech. Dr. Conyngham facilitated manualized DBT groups at
women’s for three years and supervised SCIPPI interns in facilitating these groups. In 2005 she consulted
and trained Bermuda DOC staff in DBT during a week-long training. She was also trained to conduct the
forensic risk-assessment evaluations and conducted over 200 of these during her years at NMWCF.
Finally, she was the training coordinator in DBT and procedural issues at NMWCF for two years. After
leaving NMWCF, she took a position as senior clinical manager in a NIDA-funded addiction treatment and
neuroimaging study (NIDA 1 R01 DA020870-03), where she managed a team of five therapists in
providing manualized treatment in relapse prevention, addiction counseling, and expectancy therapy. At
the VAMC, Dr. Conyngham works half-time with the General Mental Health Team, where she is working
to establish the use of DBT techniques in group and in individual therapy to manage and treat a variety of
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clients and to reduce compassion fatigue among providers. She is happily married and is the mom of two
Chris Fore, Ph.D.
Chris Fore, Ph.D. (Oklahoma State University, 1997) is a member of the Choctaw Tribe of Oklahoma and
the Indian Health Service Albuquerque Area Behavioral Health Consultant. He interned at SCPPI and
extensive experience with Native American populations, rural psychology, and forensic psychology. His
current duties are primarily administrative and include the oversight of the provision of behavioral health
services to Native Americans within New Mexico, Colorado, and portions of Texas and Utah. Activities
include, program evaluation, policy and procedure development, tribal consultation, program support,
interagency collaboration, technical assistance, and budget management. Areas of interest and research
include tele-behavioral health, MMPI-2-RF, and the electronic health record (EHR).
James Gillies, Ph.D.
James Gillies earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The University of Memphis in 2005. His roots
include humanistic/existential, process-experiential, narrative/constructivist, and interpersonal
orientations, with a healthy dose of eastern philosophy and t’ai chi on the side. In his curious wanderings,
he stumbled onto acceptance-based therapies several years ago, and has found a useful, integrative
balance in these approaches.
Dr. Gillies is a staff psychologist at the New Mexico VA Healthcare System and coordinator of the PTSD-
Day Treatment, or BASE Program. BASE is an innovative program designed to ―Build Awareness,
Support, and Empowerment‖ among veterans who struggle with PTSD. The program integrates
mindfulness and ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy) techniques within a humanistic group
therapy process. Through this group process, veterans with PTSD experience stepping out of patterns
of experiential avoidance and safely exploring the places that scare them. Dr. Gillies’ interests include
assessment and treatment of grief, loss, and trauma, about which he has authored and co-authored
several articles, as well as an assessment measure called the ―Grief and Meaning Reconstruction
Inventory.‖ He is a 2005 graduate of Southwest Consortium.
Kathleen Y. Haaland, Ph.D., ABPP-ABCN
Dr. Haaland (University of Rochester, 1973; postdoctoral fellow, University of Wisconsin, 1975) is a VA
Research Career Scientist, Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at UNM School of Medicine, Vice-
Chair for Research in the Psychiatry Department at UNMSOM, and directs research in the Behavioral
Health Care Line at the NMVAHCS. She is a board-certified neuropsychologist, past President of
Division 40 of the APA and the ABPP-affiliated American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology, and an APA
Fellow. Dr. Haaland is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the International Neuropsychological
Society (JINS). She has also served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Clinical and Experimental
Neuropsychology and Neuropsychology. Dr. Haaland’s research has been continuously funded by the
Department of Veterans Affairs since 1981. Her research in stroke has the goal of better understanding
motor deficits after unilateral stroke with particular attention to the different types of deficits seen after
damage to the left or right hemisphere. The long term goal of this work is to enhance rehabilitation of
stroke patients. In addition, she currently has a grant to assess the relative contribution of motor and
cognitive deficits on functioning in unilateral stroke patients. Although she is in a primarily research
position, Dr. Haaland is heavily involved with supervision of interns, postdoctoral residents, and medical
students in the Neuropsychology Program, and she frequently supervises intern research.
Christine Johnson, Ph.D., ABPP
Dr. Johnson (University of Vermont, 1985; postdoctoral fellowship, University of Southern California,
1986) supervises the Diagnostic/Evaluation program through Forensic Health Services at the New Mexico
Women’s Correctional Facility. She is board-certified in Forensic Psychology and has specialized in
forensic evaluation and consultation to the criminal and juvenile justice systems since 1986. Dr. Johnson
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was formerly clinical director of the University of New Mexico Forensic Evaluation Service (1992 to 2005),
and currently has an independent practice in forensic psychology focused on evaluation of criminal
competencies, juvenile justice issues, and risk assessment. She has special interest in issues related to
evaluation of adolescents, young adults, and women involved with the legal system, and in cultural issues
in forensic evaluation.
Erika Johnson-Jimenez, Ph.D.
Dr. Johnson-Jimenez, (University of South Dakota, 2004) is the psychologist on the Home-Based Primary
Care team. She has previously worked in prison mental health and in geriatric populations, and has an
interest in disaster mental health and cultural issues in psychology. She is a graduate of SCPPI.
Brian Kersh, Ph.D.
Dr. Kersh (University of Alabama, 2002) is a staff psychologist on the Behavioral Medicine Service and
directs the tobacco use cessation programs within the Behavioral Health Care Line at NMVAHCS. He
also holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Psychology at the University of New Mexico. Dr.
Kersh completed his internship at Southwest Consortium and now engages in both research and clinical
work at NMVAHCS. His current clinical duties involve inpatient and outpatient assessment and treatment
of a wide range of behavioral medicine issues, including smoking cessation, treatment of insomnia, and
coping with medical problems. He emphasizes a biopsychosocial approach in his clinical work. His
current research interests focus on motivational interviewing approaches to health behavior change (e.g.,
Milton Lasoski, Ph.D.
Dr. Lasoski (University of Missouri - Columbia, 1982) is a clinical psychologist currently assigned to the
Behavioral Health Care Line at NMVAHCS Trauma/ PTSD Clinic. He has worked for the VA since 1983
in several capacities including as a Geriatric Evaluation Coordinator, Employee Assistance Program
Coordinator, and has worked with acute and chronically mentally ill in both inpatient and outpatient
settings. His longest position involved providing group and individual cognitive/existential therapy for
affective disorders. Current interests include the use of bibliotherapy to supplement psychotherapy and
the effects of PTSD on family dysfunction.
Eric Levensky, Ph.D.
Dr. Levensky (University of Nevada, Reno, 2006) is a staff psychologist in the Behavioral Medicine
Service at the NMVAHCS, and is an Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico Department of
Psychiatry. Dr. Levensky’s primary clinical activities include providing consultation and liaison,
psychological assessment, individual and group psychotherapy, and educational services for a variety of
medical patient populations, including those with a range of Axis I and II disorders, sleep problems,
chronic pain, and problems with treatment compliance, health behavior change, and coping with chronic
illness. Dr. Levensky’s primary research interests and activities center on the development, evaluation,
and dissemination of health behavior change interventions, particularly interventions facilitating treatment
adherence in chronic illness populations. Currently, Dr. Levensky is conducting program evaluations of
the Mental Health/Primary Care Integration Team and the Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program (which
integrates behavioral health) at the NMVAHCS. Dr. Levensky also recently received a VA New
Investigators grant to conduct a randomized clinical trial evaluating the efficacy of motivational
interviewing in improving self-management behaviors in patients with type II diabetes.
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Yvonne Lutter, Psy.D.
Dr. Lutter (Antioch New England Graduate School, 1999, pre-doctoral internship with Brockton West
Roxbury/Harvard Medical School VAMC) has been the Clinical Director of Mental Health Services at New
Mexico Women’s Correctional Facility since 2001. She oversees clinical services, supervises staff,
provides consultation to the facility and security staff, and co-facilitates the DBT group. She also
conducts pre-sentencing forensic evaluations and risk assessments as needed. Her clinical specialties
are in women’s issues, dual diagnosis, posttraumatic stress disorders and personality disorders with a
particular interest in women’s violence, cross-cultural concerns and the role of spirituality and faith in
June S. Malone, Ph.D.
Dr. Malone (University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign, 1991) is a staff psychologist for the Domiciliary
Residential Rehabilitation Program at the NMVAHCS. Before coming to the NMVAHCS in September,
2005, she was the program coordinator for residential substance use disorder treatment at the Milwaukee
VA Medical Center. In addition to having expertise in substance abuse treatment, she has specialized in
treating adult survivors of childhood abuse.
Dr. Malone has had a long standing interest in supervising psychology practicum students, pre-doctoral
interns, post-doctoral fellows, and psychiatric residents in biopsychosocial rehabilitation techniques for
homeless veterans with psychiatric (substance use disorders and other Axis I diagnoses), medical, and
cognitive co-morbidities. Her theoretical style draws primarily from interpersonal and cognitive behavioral
theory and integrates principles of life span and human growth and development. Dr. Malone is a
member of the VA Office of Mental Health Services Residential Field Advisory Board and is the current
president of the Association of VA Psychology Leaders.
Brenda Mayne, Ph.D.
Dr. Mayne (Michigan State University, 1995) currently works as the Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the
NM VAMC; this involves crisis intervention, case management, education, program development, and
coordination with agencies throughout the state. Her interests include suicide and homicide intervention,
crisis response, and chronic severe mental illness. She came to the VA after years in private practice
and rural psychiatric care. Her current research interests include suicide prevention and the impact of
recovery model behaviors on reducing the effects of serious mental illness.
Catherine R. Montgomery, Ph.D.
Dr. Montgomery (Fuller Theological Seminary, 2008) is the coordinator of the OEF/OIF Mental Health
Intake Clinic, which works to assess the mental health needs of recently returned veterans within the
Behavioral Health Care Line at NMVAHCS. She works with the Specialty PTSD Team to coordinate care
of OEF/OIF veterans and provides group and evidence-based individual therapy for PTSD. Dr.
Montgomery also works with the STARR program for veterans with comorbid PTSD and substance
abuse, providing case management, consultation, and Prolonged Exposure therapy. Her research
interests include effective treatments for PTSD, the physical health effects of stress, and cross-cultural
Ella Nye, Ph.D.
Dr. Nye (University of New Mexico, 2000) works in the STARR unit where she provides assessment and
both group and individual treatment for veterans with PTSD secondary to military trauma. She is actively
involved in training interns and postdoctoral students, and regularly provides supervision. Dr. Nye
maintains an integrative cognitive-behavioral approach to treatment informed by existential and dynamic
approaches. Dr. Nye's primary research interests are in developmental issues relative to
psychopathology, and in particular the impact of early attachment experiences on the later response to
trauma. Dr. Nye is currently conducting outcome research on STARR, investigating whether
improvements as a result of treatment are indeed due to factors related to increasing use of mindfulness
techniques taught on STARR.
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Kathleen Padilla, Ph.D.
Dr. Kathleen A. Padilla (University of New Mexico, 1990) is director of psychology services on the Spinal
Cord Injury (SCI) unit within the Behavioral Health Care Line at NMVAHCS. She did her internship in
consultation-liaison psychology at the Neuropsychiatric Institute at UCLA. Before joining the NMVAHCS
she was director of psychology services at the Rehabilitation Hospital of New Mexico (aka St. Joseph
Rehabilitation Hospital). Dr. Padilla has worked in the specialty field of rehabilitation psychology as part
of an interdisciplinary team for nineteen years. Currently, her clinical work focuses on treatment of
individuals with SCI and their families within a cognitive-behavioral orientation. Dr. Padilla also provides
supervision to psychology interns on the SCI rotation. She is fluently bilingual and provides treatment
and assessment in English and Spanish. At the present time, Dr. Padilla is the Acting Chief of
Brian Pilgrim, Ph.D.
Dr. Pilgrim (University of South Dakota, 2000) is the acting Chief of Psychology for NMVAHCS and the
acting Co-Director of the Behavioral Health Care Line. In the past he has directed NMVAHCS Behavioral
Health Care Line’s Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program, which includes a day treatment program for
veterans with severe and persistent mental illness and a vocational rehabilitation program. His work
reflects a commitment to the ideals of Community and Rehabilitation Psychology, which emphasizes
client empowerment and community integration.
Jennifer Klosterman Rielage, Ph.D.
Dr. Rielage (Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 2004) completed her predoctoral internship at the
Puget Sound VAMC, Seattle Division and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Seattle VA’s Center
for Excellence in Substance Abuse Treatment and Education (CESATE). She currently splits her time
between: 1) assessment and treatment with Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom
(OEF/OIF) veterans on the PTSD team, 2) group work (mainly DBT and CBT-focused groups) on the
Affective Disorders Team (ADT), and 3) research. Her primary clinical interests are rapid diagnostic
assessment and treatment of PTSD and co-morbid substance abuse and depression. She is also
interested in assessment and treatment of individuals with risk of self-harm/suicide and the application of
empirically validated treatments to veteran populations, including Seeking Safety, DBT, and prolonged
exposure therapy approaches. Her research explores the role of personality in the relationship between
trauma experiences and PTSD/psychosocial difficulties. An intern can be involved in any of these pieces
of Dr. Rielage’s work, particularly in group co-facilitation, diagnostic assessment, and program/group
development. Dr. Rielage takes a developmental approach to supervision. This includes assisting the
intern in identifying their current skill level and comfort with diagnostic assessment, case presentation,
treatment planning, and group and individual work and helping an intern develop a plan to increase
comfort in each of these areas while also drawing on their existing clinical strengths and interests.
Janet Robinson, Ph.D.
Dr. Robinson (University of New Mexico, 1989) has served as the Attending Psychologist at UNMHSC
since 1989. Prior to that, she was the counselor at University Hospital beginning in 1980. She provides
internship supervision as part of the Psychiatry Consultation Service rotation. She also holds a faculty
appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and is actively involved in training medical students and
residents in addition to psychology interns. She is the department manager, and has increasingly
become familiar with the administrative and financial aspects of running a consultative service in a
medical center. Her professional interests include the study of parasuicidal and suicidal behavior, acute
stress disorder following accidents, and decision-making capacity of the medically ill patient. In her spare
time, she enjoys water gardening, camping, and horseback riding.
Joseph Sadek, Ph.D.
Dr. Sadek (University of Florida - 2000; postdoctoral fellow, Medical College of Wisconsin 2002) is an
Assistant Professor in the UNM Department of Psychiatry and a staff neuropsychologist at the New
Mexico VA Health Care System. He provides individual supervision for neuropsychological evaluation
with an emphasis on the integration of information from interview, medical records and test scores. His
case conceptualization and diagnostic approach emphasize integration of psychosocial needs and base
rates of specific disorders.
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Dr. Sadek’s primary research interests are in the areas of performance-based functional assessment in
dementia and distinguishing dementia subtypes with functional and structural neuroimaging. He
collaborates on research projects related to cardiovascular exercise in Alzheimer’s diseases, unilateral
stroke, biological mechanisms of vascular dementia, schizophrenia and neuropsychological sequelae of
West Nile Virus. He also has research experience in the neurobehavioral effects of HIV. He is a member
of the Albuquerque VA Research and Development Committee and the UNM Psychiatry Research
Committee. He is the recipient of UNM Psychiatry's Rosenbaum Award for Clinical Research and has
been awarded a VISN 18 New Investigator grant. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the
International Neuropsychological Society. He has co-authored more than 18 peer-reviewed publications.
In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.
Evelyn Sandeen, Ph.D.
Dr. Sandeen (State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1985) has had a career in the VA system
since 1989. During that time she has had an ongoing interest in post-trauma psychotherapies and in
training issues. She has been a Director of Training at two VA internship programs and is currently the
Director of Training for Southwest Consortium. She is a psychologist on the STARR (Substance Abuse,
Trauma, and Rehabilitation Residence), whose priority is the treatment of returning veterans of the
Iraq/Afghanistan conflicts. The treatment focus in the STARR includes mindfulness (DBT and ACT),
interpersonal and exposure modalities. She is the co-author of two books on psychotherapy and case
conceptualization. Additionally, Dr. Sandeen is the local Evidence-Based Psychotherapy coordinator for
Albuquerque, in which role she promotes the training and appropriate use of EBP’s at this station.
LaDonna Saxon, Ph.D.
Dr. Saxon (University of North Texas, 2008) completed her internship at SCPPI and postdoctoral
fellowship with the Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program at the James A. Haley VAMC in Tampa, FL. She
currently serves as a clinical psychologist with the Zia Spinal Cord Injury and Disease Center and the
Hospice and Palliative Medicine team at NMVAHCS. Dr. Saxon’s current clinical work focuses on
treatment of individuals with SCI and/or life-limiting illness and their families. She works from a
biopsychosocial perspective and strongly values an interdisciplinary model of client care. Cognitive
behavioral, constructivist, and mindfulness based approaches are influential in her work. Dr. Saxon’s
research background reflects her training and interest in health psychology and behavioral medicine. Her
prior studies focused on chronic pain treatment, HIV/AIDS, and spirituality and coping behaviors. In 2009
she was recognized with a Young Investigator Award by the American Pain Society. Dr. Saxon provides
supervision to interns completing a rotation in the SCI/D center.
Dvorah Simon, Ph.D.
Dr. Simon (Fordham, 1991) interned the VA outpt clinic in Los Angeles. She spent much of her career at
the Rusk Institute (part of NYU Medical Center) where she focused on head trauma and stroke
rehabilitation and clinical research on efficacy of internventions for these disorders. She spent several
years at the West Los Angeles VAMC where she worked with a population of homeless female veterans.
Her clinical interests include problem-focused therapy, Ericksonian therapy, and the intersection of
spirituality and psychotherapy. Dr. Simon is a published poet who teaches a workshop for therapists on
poetry as a pathway to increasing sensitivity to language and silence.
Rex M. Swanda, Ph.D., ABPP
Dr. Swanda (University of Arizona, 1985) is a board certified Clinical Neuropsychologist (ABPP; ABCN)
who directs the Clinical Neuropsychology Consultation Service. He holds a faculty appointment at UNM
Department of Psychiatry, and he has been involved in clinical trial studies of treatments for multiple
sclerosis and Alzheimer's disease at UNM Department of Neurology. His clinical interests lie in aging and
dementia, with special focus on issues involving cross-cultural assessment and decisional capacity. He is
currently Director of Training for the NMVAHCS practicum and Post-Doctoral training programs. and
provides supervised training to psychology interns, post-doctoral Fellows and medical residents.
Lorraine M. Torres-Sena, Ph.D.
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Dr. Torres-Sena (University of New Mexico, 2004) is a staff psychologist of the Affective Disorders
Treatment (ADT) Family Program. Her work with the ADT Family Program is providing a variety of
treatment services to veterans using individual, group, and family formats based on a systems theoretical
perspective, specifically utilizing Functional Family Therapy and Behavioral Couples Therapy. Before
joining the NMVAHCS, she worked at the Center for Family and Adolescent Research (CFAR) as a senior
therapist and project manager. The senior therapist position included the implementation and teaching of
family therapy based on Functional Family Therapy (FFT), individual therapy based on Cognitive-
Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and integrated therapy that combines both family and individual therapy for
substance-abusing adolescents and their families. The project manager position included the
management of several federally funded grants (ASPEN, CEDAR, VISTA, TRANSITIONS). Dr. Torres-
Sena has research interests in domestic violence, systemic approaches, and cross-cultural issues in
relation to PTSD and substance abuse.
Anita Treloar, Ph.D.
Anita Treloar, formerly known as Anita Schacht and Anita Didrickson, has been a licensed clinical
psychologist since 1987. She has more than eighteen years experience working with Native American
populations in the southwest and in Alaska, more than nineteen years experience working with children
and/or adolescents, and more than thirteen years working with substance abuse treatment and co-
occurring disorders. Much of her experience is with survivors of trauma and abuse who are experiencing
substance abuse and/or mental health problems. Her work in the southwest began as a VISTA volunteer
with the Eight Northern Pueblos substance abuse program. Later positions included Clinical Psychologist
and Assistant Professor at the Albuquerque Children’s Psychiatric Hospital; Director and Clinical
Psychologist of the Hopi Child Sexual Abuse Project in Second Mesa, Arizona; Director of New Sunrise
Adolescent Residential Treatment Center in San Fidel, New Mexico; and currently Clinical Psychologist at
the Albuquerque First Nations Community HealthSource Behavioral Health Program. Her work in Alaska
with Native American and Alaska Native populations included Coordinator of the Community Family
Services Program of the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium in Sitka, and Coordinator of the
Raven’s Way Adolescent Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program in Sitka.
Lauren Williams, Ph.D.
Dr. Williams (University of Missouri - St. Louis, 2008), did her undergraduate work at Smith College. Her
graduate studies were under the direction of Patricia Resick at the Center for Trauma Recovery. She
interned at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Long Beach, California, and was a Post-Doctoral
Fellow in PTSD at NMVAHCS. She is currently the coordinator for Military Sexual Trauma, and has
research interests in MST, resilience, and Buddhist psychotherapies.
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Administrative Policies and Procedures
Salary and benefits: The internship year begins the first week in July. The internship is full time,
certifying 2080 hours of supervised experiences for internship completion. Interns are allowed time off to
attend educational conferences, job interviews, or dissertation meetings (this time does count toward the
2080 supervised hours). All interns are paid the standard VA stipend at the current Federal rate, and are
provided opportunities to obtain subsidized health insurance. The Authorized Leave policy is consistent
with other VA Psychology training programs. There is a $100/month stipend for travel to the training site
in Grants, New Mexico.
Personal self-disclosure by interns is encouraged in order to facilitate our goals of increasing cultural
awareness regarding self and others. Thus, interns may be invited to share aspects of their background
that have shaped their world view in important ways. This is voluntary although encouraged, and mainly
takes place within the context of individual supervisory relationships.
Requirements for Completion
To successfully complete the program, interns must achieve competence at a level indicating readiness
for entry-level practice in all foundational competencies (see Program Goals, above), as well as at the
entry-level practice level in the functional competencies of 1) diagnosis-assessment-case
conceptualization, and 2) intervention. Interns will be formally evaluated at a minimum of four points
during the training year, and will be given ample warning of deficiencies as well as detailed remediation
plans if their evaluations are deficient.
Grievance and Intern Remediation Procedures for Southwest Consortium
The following procedures are taken from our Intern Handbook.
1. Any intern with a grievance should first address the problem with the individual most
directly involved or responsible.
2. Informal means of resolving problems before they reach the grievance stage are
recommended. Thus, interns are encouraged to bring issues of concern to their mentors,
supervisors, or to Training Committee meetings.
3. If a satisfactory resolution is not achieved, the intern should contact his/her direct
supervisor, DOT, or ADOT (the selection is the intern’s) who will convene a meeting with
the persons involved in order to gather relevant facts, establish the specific nature of the
grievance, and explore options for change which will adequately resolve the grievance. If
the meeting does not resolve the grievance to everyone's satisfaction the Director of
Training or ADOT will be given the details of the grievance in writing by the intern.
4. The Director of Training or ADOT reviews the information and appoints and chairs a
group selected from the Training Committed to study the issue. This group reviews
information gathered by the supervisor as well as any actions taken by the intern and/or
the supervisor as well as any actions taken in an effort to resolve the grievance.
5. This group recommends actions to be taken including modifications in training
procedures. These actions are discussed with the involved individuals. If any party to a
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grievance fails to make recommended changes, the rotation is reviewed and termination
of the rotation or other training experience may be recommended as the only alternative.
If the rotation is terminated, the intern is reassigned to a rotation which is appropriate for
her/his current training needs.
6. The group's findings are given to the Director of Training who communicates them in
writing to the appropriate administrator of the institution (VA Chief of Psychology; IHS
Director of Mental Health; UNMH Area Director; FHS Administrator).
7. The administrator or his/her designee will make the final determination if either party fails
to abide by the recommendations of the Training Committee subgroup.
8. If the grievance is against the Director or Associate Director of Training, and if resolution
cannot be effected by direct discussion with that person, the intern will contact the
administrator (No. 5 above) who represents the Director's or Associate Director's
9 Interns are to be informed of these grievance procedures during the orientation. Written copies
will be provided to each intern and the procedures are included in the Training Manual.
ADVISING INTERNS OF COMPETENCY PROBLEMS AND REMEDIATION
PROCEDURES TO ADDRESS SUCH PROBLEMS
The following procedures will be followed in advising and assisting interns who are not performing at an
expected level of competence in any of the competencies required for SCPPI graduation.
1. Evaluation of an intern by his/her immediate supervisor at any time in the rotation cycle
may indicate that the intern is not meeting learning objectives regarding the foundational
and functional competencies required for graduation. Supervisors are expected to notify
the intern immediately of any significant difficulties. Interns are encouraged to actively
seek feedback on an ongoing basis. Supervisors will notify the Director of Training of any
significant difficulties in a timely fashion.
2. The Director of Training will meet with the intern and the supervisor and will help to
identify any changes in supervision or rotation experiences that might be required to
help the intern meet the learning objectives. The Director of Training will
communicate the results of this intervention to the Training Committee.
3. If further monitoring by the supervisor and the Director of Training indicates that the
problem is not remediating, the supervisor and the Director of Training will complete
a formal Remediation Plan. The intern will be informed of this at a face-to-face
meeting and will have an opportunity to have input on the plan, seek clarification or
include his or her written comments on the plan at this time. The Remediation Plan
will be communicated in a timely way to the Intern’s University Director of Clinical
Training, the Training Committee, and VA Legal Counsel.
4. If a remediation plan is initiated, the Director of Training will notify the administrator of
the rotation(s) on which the intern is having difficulty (VA Chief of Psychology; IHS
Director of Mental Health; UNMH Area Director; FHS Administrator). Such
notification will occur, in writing, if the Director of Training determines that the
problem may affect organizational functioning or patient care.
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5. Monitoring and periodic review of the intern’s progress on the remediation plan will be
the responsibility of the immediate supervisor(s). Communication with the Director of
Training and TC to discuss progress toward goals will be initiated by the supervisor at
6. If the intern fails to meet the criteria outlined in the remediation plan, the Training
Committee and direct supervisors will determine if the intern is to be placed on
7. Recommendation for probation is the first step toward removing the intern from
training. A second Remediation Plan will be created at this time, and the intern and
the intern’s University Director of Clinical Training will be notified of this.
8. Once the intern is placed on probation, frequent review of his or her progress toward
the criteria outlined in the Remediation Plan will be undertaken by the Training
9. During each review the Training Committee will vote and the intern will be retained or
removed from the internship based upon a majority vote of the Committee.
10. If the Training Committee determines that the intern should be removed from training,
a specific and detailed set of recommendations will be communicated by the Director
of Training to the intern. These recommendations will serve to guide the intern
towards remediation of his or her deficits in future training elsewhere, and these will
also be communicated to the intern’s University Director of Clinical Training.
11. An intern may appeal the decision of the Training Committee by submitting a detailed
response to the recommendations of the Committee. A review panel, comprising five
Consortium faculty members, will be appointed by the Director of Training with the
exception that no one involved in the original action shall be on the panel. Legal
representation from the VA District Counsel Office shall be available to the panel
concerning due process issues. The Director of Training shall present the position of
the Training Committee and the intern, together with any counsel he or she may
choose, shall present the appeal. The Training Committee shall abide by the panel’s
judgment if it recommends continuation of training. The intern and his or her
supervisors will then develop a training plan for the rest of the year.
Membership in National Training and Accreditation Organizations and
As a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC), our program
follows all APPIC policies regarding the intern selection process. This internship site strictly abides by the
APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related
information from any applicant. You are encouraged to read or download the complete text of their
regulations governing program membership and the match process from APPIC’s website.
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Emilia Campos, University of California, Santa Barbara
Nicole Duranceaux, SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology
Desiree Jagow-France, University of North Dakota
Aaron Joyce, Saint Louis University
Rae Littlewood, Syracuse University
Rebecca Osterhout, Binghamton University
Philip Smith, Texas Tech
Andrea Spadoni, SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology
Laiel Baker, University of North Dakota
Marina Bornovalova, University of Maryland College Park
Elizabeth Sullivan, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Jeanne Dalen, University of New Mexico
Nikki Horne Stricker, SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology
Sherlyn Jimenez, University of Connecticut
Veronica Rodriquez, Arizona State University
Jessica Tracy, University of Mississippi
Shalene Kirkley, University of Alabama
Catherine Montgomery, Fuller Theological Seminary
Melanie Bean, Virginia Commonwealth University
Christine Chee, Arizona State University
Alison Cobb, University of Montana
Christian Dow, Rosalind Franklin University
Alyssa Forcehimes, University of New Mexico
Denise Lash, University of New Mexico
Patricia Perez, Arizona State University
LaDonna Saxon, University of North Texas
Matthew Skinta, Kent State University
Meagan Carlton, Drexel University
Eric Fine, San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego
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Jennifer Harrington, University of New Mexico
Stephen James, Kent State University, Ohio
Tera Lensgrav-Benson, Utah State University
Andra Teten, University of Oregon
This Southwestern setting offers a unique ethnic and cultural mix of persons with Hispanic, Anglo, and
Native American heritage, which is reflected in the traditional folk arts of the region, other visual arts,
dance, and theater. The state boasts a highly concentrated intellectual and scientific climate, with
national laboratories (Los Alamos National Laboratories, Sandia National Laboratories), the University of
New Mexico, CASAA (Center for Alcoholism and Substance Abuse), and the MIND Institute, one of the
nation’s newest neuroscience laboratories. Many consider New Mexico’s unique high desert and
mountain landscape to be unsurpassed in terms of sheer natural beauty, and the climate in
Albuquerque’s ―mile-high‖ metropolitan area is moderate. New Mexico offers great opportunities for
hiking, climbing and skiing, and a number of natural hot springs, ruins, and other destinations lie within an
hour or two of Albuquerque. The calendar year features an incredible mix of activities, ranging from
devotional events (public feast days and dances at many of the pueblos, Good Friday pilgrimage to
Chimayo), arts festivals (Spanish and Indian Markets on the Plaza in Santa Fe, the International
Flamenco Dance festival in Albuquerque), and athletic competitions throughout the state. Albuquerque
has recently attracted national attention, having been rated as #1 for its size in appeal to the ―Creative
Class‖ by sociologist, Richard Florida, and Men’s Health Magazine rated Albuquerque #1 as the ―Most Fit
City,‖ due to the array of bike paths, trails, gyms, and other amenities that are available in this vibrant city.
Useful Web Sites* for getting to know Albuquerque and the region
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