Clinical Psychology Residency Program

Clinical Psychology Residency Program

Physical Address

Madigan Army Medical Center
Attn: MCHJ-CLU/GME Psychology
9040 Jackson Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98431

Contact Information

Phone: (253) 968-6369
Fax: (253) 968-5665
APPIC Member Number: 9045
Residency E-mail: E-mail Us


The Madigan Army Medical Center Clinical Psychology Residency Program is a year-long, full-time APA-accredited post-doctoral residency program. We endorse a practitioner-scholar model of training and development. Emphasis is placed on understanding and applying scholarly findings to practice. We aim to prepare psychologists for independent practice and leadership within the military environment.

Training Goals and Objectives

The primary aim of the Clinical Psychology Residency Program (CPRP) is to develop autonomous general practitioner psychologists capable of managing common challenges in both military and civilian practice while developing a professional identity as a clinical psychologist. Weekly training requirements generally total 45-50 hours per week.


  • Integration of Science of Practice
  • Ethical and legal standards
  • Individual and cultural diversity
  • Professional values, attitudes, and behaviors
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Assessment
  • Intervention
  • Consultation
  • Supervision
  • Teaching/presenting
  • Military Rotation

Training Activities

Residents attend weekly didactics covering topics such as Advanced Assessment, professional briefing, Leadership, Professional Development, 68X Training, Group Supervision, and Clinical Informatics. Ethics, culture and diversity, military psychology and other areas are integrated into several of these trainings. Beyond this, residents also participate in case conferences, special topics presentations, field experiences and workshops by invited speakers.

Our program adheres to the Practitioner Scholar model. Incorporating peer-reviewed research and empirically supported treatments, with an emphasis on sound clinical decision making, is essential to our training. Residents are encouraged to develop and utilize their critical thinking skills, knowledge of the scientific literature, and ability to evaluate new research findings as a basis for clinical interventions. Within the didactic series and in supervised clinical experiences are frequent opportunities to learn and apply research based methods and ideas during the residency.

National Consultants: A particular strength of the army clinical psychology residency programs is the ability, every year, to attract psychologists and researchers of national stature to present training workshops on topics such as managing high risk patients, MMPI-2-RF interpretation, Prolonged Exposure, ethics and other psychological topics.

Supervision: Residents receive a minimum of 2 ½ hours of face-to-face supervision with their primary supervisor throughout the week. Residents also receive 1.5 hours of weekly group supervision. As we place a premium on achieving licensure by the end of the training year, residents receive structured support by faculty for completing requirements for psychology licensure. Residents will also be able to select a past or present faculty member for mentorship.

Population: Military behavioral health serves a very diverse population that includes active duty; reserve and national guard military Service Members, spouses, children, retired military and their family members.


Embedded Behavioral Health (3 months): Residents are placed with local unit’s Embedded Behavioral Health (EBH) Team during this rotation. They gain extensive administrative and leadership experience, including command consultation and clinical support in an operational setting. Residents may also engage in military specific training (physical training, field training exercises, etc.).

Assessment Rotation (2 months): Residents gain exposure to a variety of psychological evaluations, including military specific evaluations, such as aeromedical evaluations, medical evaluation boards, and forensic evaluations.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) or Residential Treatment Facility (RTF) (2 month) IOP at Madigan is a group-based intensive treatment program designed to provide a complete course of empirically supported treatment for psychological trauma or substance use disorders. Residents train in the Psychological Health arm of the IOP. The RTF is a time-limited, empirically supported treatment modality, inpatient substance abuse treatment facility. Residents gain experience utilizing psychological assessment to inform a treatment plan and complete treatment protocols for intensive inpatient substance abuse care. Residents elect which rotation they would prefer, and each offers double supervision (i.e., supervise practicum students while under supervision).

Elective Rotations (2) (3 months and 2 months): Residents further develop their skills by selecting two elective rotations from the following: pediatric psychology, primary care, marital therapy, Operational Psychology (special operations), Telehealth and Technology (T2), Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN), or neuropsychology. Similarly, they may wish to gain additional operational psychology experience in a second EBH rotation.

Madigan Army Medical Center

Located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington in the scenic Puget Sound Area, you can literally go from “sea-level to ski-level” in less than two hours. Madigan is a modern, state of the art tertiary care medical center serving more than 105,000 patients in the Puget Sound. With a staff of more than 5,200 Madigan provides primary and sub specialty medical care and services to active duty military, military retirees and families.

The Department of Behavioral Health has more than 60 experienced psychologists and many other behavioral health and support personnel. Madigan proudly houses the largest Department of Behavioral Health in the Army, with more than 180 licensed providers and nearly 300 total personnel. The Clinical Psychology Residency Program is a part of an impressive Graduate Medical Education program that conducts medical training in primary care and multiple specialty settings.

Postdoctoral Residency Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data

Date Program Tables are updated: 06/26/2018

Postdoctoral Program Admissions

Interested Active Duty applicants should speak with their Internship Program Director as early in the training year as possible to notify him/her of the intent to apply to Madigan's CPRP. All Active Duty applicants must submit the Post-Internship Assignment Preference Memorandum to the Psychology Consultant, Office of the Surgeon General (OTSG) no later than June 1of that training year. Civilian applicants should contact the Residency Program Director to express interest and intent to apply. Eligible applicants are, or will become, Active Duty military psychologists that have completed an APA-accredited Clinical Psychology Internship Program and have completed all doctoral degree requirements by December 1 of the year preceding the start of the CPRP. Those requiring a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) to attend CPRP at Madigan will need the approval of the OTSG Psychology Consultant prior to applying. Particularly strong candidates demonstrate excellent academic marks, excellent organizational skills, flexibility, and are quick to adapt and learn in order to be successful in demonstrating the program’s aims and competencies.

All interested applicants must forward the following documents to the Madigan CPRP Program Director for review:

  1. Copy of current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  2. A letter of personal interest, which at a minimum defines the applicant's motivation to participate in this program, the status of his/her dissertation, statement verifying that all doctoral degree requirements are/ will be met prior to 01 December of the year preceding the start of the CPRP, and clinical goals for the future.
  3. Two letters of recommendation from internship faculty members or internship clinical supervisors

All civilian applicants will be required to go through the central Army selection process. Civilian applicants will work with Army Medicine recruiter in meeting application requirements.

  1. To begin the process of entering Active Duty service, candidates should contact their local Army Health Care Recruiters at or 1-800-USA-ARMY. Candidates will not enter Active Duty or incur a service obligation, unless selected for residency.
  2. Civilian applicants must also submit the following:
    1. A letter from their graduate school program Director of Training verifying the applicant's dissertation is complete upon application.
    2. A letter from their internship Program Director verifying the applicant is in good academic standing and projected internship completion date.
    3. A de-identified work sample assessment report

Current active duty applicants must also provide the following:

  1. Copy of current Officer Records Brief (ORB)
  2. Copies of all completed supervisor evaluation forms from internship
  3. Copy of the most recent Army Physical Fitness Test score card

Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year*

Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Residents $70,452
Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Residents n/a
Program provides access to medical insurance for intern? Yes
If access to medical insurance is provided:
Trainee contribution to cost required? Yes
Coverage of family member(s) available? Yes
Coverage of legally married partner available? Yes
Coverage of domestic partner available? Yes
Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and/or Vacation) 240
Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave 240
In the event of medical conditions and/or family needs that require extended leave, does the program allow reasonable unpaid leave to interns/residents in excess of personal time off and sick leave? n/a

Other Benefits (please describe): Basic Housing Allowance, tax incentives for Active Duty Service, Access to Commissary and Exchange for tax exempt purchases.

Initial Post-Residency Positions

(Provide an Aggregated Tally for the Preceding 3 Cohorts)

Total # of residents who were in the 3 cohorts 15
Total # of residents who remain in training in the residency program 5
Community mental health center 0 0
Federally qualified health center 0 0
Independent primary care facility/clinic 0 0
University counseling center 0 0
Veterans Affairs medical center 0 0
Military health center 0 14
Other medical center or hospital 0 0
Psychiatric hospital 0 0
Academic university/department 0 0
Community college or other teaching setting 0 0
Independent research institution 0 0
Correctional facility 0 0
School district/system 0 0
Independent practice setting 0 0
Not currently employed 0 0
Changed to another field 0 0
Other 0 0
Unknown 0 1

Note: “PD” = Post-doctoral residency position; “EP” = Employed Position. Each individual represented in this table should be counted only one time. For former trainees working in more than one setting, select the setting that represents their primary position.

**Madigan’s Clinical Psychology Residency Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979 / Email:

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