Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) is the "flagship" of
Navy medicine. It is located in Bethesda, MD, just outside Washington, DC.
Nicknamed "The President’s Hospital," WRNMMC treats the President of the
United States, members of the President's cabinet, Congress, Senate, and all
branches of the armed services.
Distinguished neighbors and valuable resources include the
National Institutes of Health (NIH) and
the National Library of Medicine.
Over sixty accredited medical and dental residency and fellowship programs
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Based on a generalist model, the internship exposes interns to a wide
variety of patient populations and treatment modalities.
Following are the 4 major rotations:
A diverse patient population is evaluated and treated in the adult
Opportunities to demonstrate skills and experience in:
Diagnostic interviewing, treatment planning, and
Military-specific activities such as security
screenings and fitness-for-duty evaluations.
Supervision of graduate students from the Uniformed
Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS).
Psychological Health - Traumatic Brain Injury
Trainees on the PH-TBI rotation acquire a skill set for assessing and
treating patients with polytrauma illnesses/injuries, e.g., severe wounds,
orthopedic injuries, traumatic brain injury, mental health illnesses and
co-existing medical and psychological disorders. Trainees also learn how to
assess the needs of the patient's family in the context of the patient's
recovery. Trainees will use a variety of assessment approaches including
clinical interviewing, neuropsychological screening and psychological
assessment. Trainees will be trained in a broad range of treatment
techniques to meet the diverse needs of this patient population.
As part of a multidisciplinary treatment team, the intern participates in
the daily operations of a psychiatric inpatient ward. The treatment team
consists of psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, enlisted
hospital corpsmen, and civilian hospital staff. Interns conduct daily group
therapy sessions and consult with commanding officers, as well as family
members. The intern gains experience with a wide range of psychopathology
including severe depression, psychosis, substance abuse, and dementia.
Psychological Assessment Service
Interns perform psychodiagnostic evaluations and gain proficiency in the
administration, scoring and interpretation of various psychological
assessment instruments including objective personality tests, projective
personality tests, and cognitive ability assessments. Supervised by a staff
neuropsychologist, interns gain first-hand experience in neuropsychological
Trans-rotational Clinical Experiences
In addition to the 4 major rotations, interns have several year-long
training experiences. These include:
Long-term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Interns treat one long-term psychotherapy patients employing a psychodynamic
model. Weekly supervision is provided.
Interns treat three patients with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder employing
empirically-supported therapies. Weekly supervision is provided.
Lunch twice-a-month with the senior active duty Navy psychologist at WRNMMC,
Bethesda to discuss issues pertinent to the Navy psychology community and
once-a-month with a senior civilian staff psychologist for a seminar on
non-specific factors in psychotherapy.
Didactic training is offered in half-day to two-day seminars.
Didactic training is offered in the form of half-day seminars and one or
two-day workshops throughout the internship year. Didactic activities are
attended by interns from other programs in the area as well as faculty and
graduate students from universities and professional schools in the National
Capital Area, providing a rich opportunity to interact with psychologists at
various levels of professional development.
Interns attend and participate as presenters in the weekly, hour-long Grand
Rounds series which addresses a wide range of clinical and research- related
Pre-doctoral Clinical Psychology Internship
Fully accredited by the American Psychological
Association (APA) since 1964, it has been sited as a "model program" by
The internship meets two broad goals:
Each intern serves as class adjutant during the assessment rotation. The
adjutant attends faculty meetings, mediates communication between staff and
interns, and communicates with Army, Air Force, and Veterans Administration