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Clinical Psychology Internship Program

Program Overview

The Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) at Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC) began our doctoral CPIP in 1990. The program prepares interns as fully trained professional psychologists capable of fulfilling the duties and responsibilities of a clinical psychologist in the U.S. Army. The internship is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and maintains membership in The Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). The internship program is open to all students from APA accredited graduate programs in clinical or counseling psychology eligible to apply for doctoral internship and qualified to commission as Army officers.

The internship is an intensive, full-time, 12-month program that typically begins in October each year. All interns who are matched with the program are required to attend the Direct Commissioning Course (DCC) at Ft. Sill, OK, and the Basic Officer Leader Course (BOLC) at Joint Base San Antonio - Sam Houston, TX, from June through September before beginning internship (accommodations permitting). Each year we offer six (6) full-time positions for interns who will enter active duty military service as commissioned officers in the Army at the rank of Captain. All interns will incur a 3-year Active Duty Service Obligation (ADSO) for the first year of clinical training, or portion thereof, in the program. Interns will incur an additional ADSO of 6 months for each 6 months, or portion thereof, for participation in the internship that extends beyond the initial year of clinical training.

The ADSO begins after internship graduation, upon licensure, or completion of the Clinical Psychology Residency Program, whichever is later. Following internship graduation, it is expected they will complete a follow-on, one-year post-doctoral residency through the Clinical Psychology Residency Program at Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC) which specializes in the advanced application of clinical psychology in a military setting. There is no additional ADSO for the residency program.

Interns receive basic pay of $4,849.00 (CY2023) per month for new Army Captains. In addition to basic pay, Captains receive Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) and Overseas Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) based on the number of their dependents and time in service. For example, new Army Captains with no dependents receive approximately $3,432.00 BAH and $387 COLA. All pay rates are current as of Jan 1, 2023, and are adjusted annually for inflation. The Army also offers the Health Professions Scholarship to assist with the cost of graduate school. 
The Director of Training for the CPIP is LTC  Cara Cox Coleman, PsyD. Preferred method of contacting the program, or you may call Ms. Rebecca Hill at 808-433-6345..
Accreditation: The Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC) CPIP is accredited by the APA Commission on Accreditation - 750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242, phone: (202) 336-5979 and participates in the APPIC selection process - 17225 El Camino Real, Suite #170, Houston, TX 77058-2748, phone: (832) 284-4080.

Program's Information Services Include:

Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data
Training Opportunities
Application Process
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