Sample internship placements for alumni

  • 2017 - College of William and Mary; University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Malcolm Grow Medical Clinics & Surgery Center (U.S. Air Force), Joint Base Andrews, Md.
  • 2016 - Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital, Hines, Ill.; VA Salt Lake City Health Care System; McGuire VA Medical Center, Richmond, Va.; Children's National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.; Charleston Consortium Internship, Charleston, S.C.; Virginia Treatment Center for Children, Richmond, Va.
  • 2015 - University of Florida Health Science Center, Jacksonville, Fla.; VA Pacific Islands, Honolulu, Hawaii; University of North Carolina-Charlotte, University Counseling Center; University of Wisconsin-Madison Counseling Center; Johns Hopkins University Counseling Center, Baltimore, Md.
  • 2014 - Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, Wash.; Virginia Tech/Thomas Cook Counseling, Blacksburg, Va.; Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va.; Charleston Consortium Internship, Charleston, S.C.; Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas; Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio
  • 2013 - Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Durham, N.C.; College of William and Mary Counseling Center; McGuire VA Medical Center; University of Illinois – Chicago, Counseling Center; University of Virginia Student Health; VA Medical Center, Milwaukee, Wis.; Harris County Juvenile Probation Department; University of California Santa Barbara, Counseling Center; Mailman Center for Child Development, University of Miami
  • 2012 - Eastern Virginia Medical Center; Catholic University Counseling Center; Portland VA Medical Center; VA New Jersey Health Care System; University of Virginia Student Health; University of Missouri-Kansas City Counseling Center; VA Greater LA HCS Ambulatory Center
  • 2011 - University Counseling Center, Clemson University; Medical College of Georgia/VA Medical Center; James H. Quillen VA Medical Center; University of Pennsylvania
  • 2010 - University Counseling Center at University of Miami; University of South Carolina’s Counseling & Human Development Center; Westchester Jewish Community Services; Minneapolis VA Medical Center; University of Florida, Health Science Center; Miami Children’s Hospital; Virginia Commonwealth University, University Counseling Services; Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine; Grand Valley State University (GVSU)’s Counseling and Career Development Center; St. Louis Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • 2009 - Counseling Center Virginia Tech; Northwest Georgia Consortium Department of Psychology; Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center; University of North Carolina at Charlotte Counseling Center; Central California Psychology Internship Consortium Fresno College and Reedley College, Psychological Services
  • 2008 - Department of Veterans Affairs White River Junction VA Medical Center, Mental Health and Behavioral Science Service; Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Center Halifax, NS; Federal Medical Center - Devens,Ayer, MA; Health Psychology Resident, Department of Behavioral Sciences, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, Psychosocial Oncology Rotation; Manatee Glen/Children’s Home Tampa, Fl
  • 2007 - Southwest Consortium Psychology Internship New Mexico Veterans Affairs Hospital; Wright State University; Eastern Virginia Medical School; Jewish Family Services; Counseling and Psychological Services Center, Appalachian State; University of Maryland, College Park Counseling
  • 2006 - Counseling and Psychological Services, University of California, Berkeley; Virginia Commonwealth University, University Counseling Services

Their stories

“Immediately after graduation, I worked at the University of Delaware as a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Counseling and Student Development. The following year, I became a senior staff psychologist with joint appointments in the Department of Individual and Family Studies, as an assistant professor, and the Student Services for Athletes, as the counseling liaison.”

– John Brunelle, Ph.D., VCU ’02


“I am very thankful that I was trained in the Counseling Psychology doctoral program at VCU. I met and worked with outstanding researchers, clinicians, and above all, genuinely caring and approachable people. There was every opportunity to receive specialized training in my areas of interest through research, clinical work, program development and networking in the Richmond community. I received first-hand clinical experience with rehabilitation and oncology populations, which were my areas of interest. Additionally, the solid research training (everything from designing a study to grant writing) has served me well. I am currently a neuropsychology research fellow at Kessler Medical Rehabilitation Research and Education Corporation. I believe the mentoring and education I received at VCU has allowed me to be able to now have a position doing exactly what I want in my career.”

– Amanda O’Brien, Ph.D., VCU ’03


“VCU was an excellent place to begin my professional career. I was treated as a colleague from the start, being invited to call my adviser ‘Ev’ before ever stepping on campus. The opportunities to produce publishable-quality research and practice depth-oriented psychotherapy were highlights for me. I was well-prepared to handle the responsibilities of internship and to step into an academic appointment following graduation.”

– Nat Wade, Ph.D., VCU ’04

Alumni News

Rob Fazio (VCU ’04) is a performance excellence and sport psychology consultant. Fazio has developed workshops in the areas of networking, effective communication, stress management, conflict resolution, emotional intelligence and performance excellence. He has served on the executive board for the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology, and Divisions 13 (consulting) and 47 (sport psychology) of the APA.

Inspired by the tragedy of Sept. 11, Fazio founded the nonprofit organization, “Hold The Door For Others,” with a mission of helping people deal with loss of any kind and still achieve their dreams. Currently, he is consulting with theater companies on how to use the arts to teach effective emotional competencies to connect losses to dreams. Fazio received a Presidential Citation Award from Robert Sternberg (APA Convention 2003) for his efforts to meet the social and emotional needs of the families of Sept. 11. He also received the Outstanding VCU Counseling Psychology Student Award and The Distinguished Service Award on behalf of the Leadership and Service Committee of Virginia Commonwealth University.

Baillie (Ph.D. '92) Elected President of Canadian Psychological Association

Baillie, Patrick_thumb Patrick H. F. Baillie, Ph.D., LL.B., 1992 graduate of the counseling psychology doctoral program, has been elected president of the Canadian Psychological Association. He will serve a one-year term beginning at the CPA convention in June 2017. Already a member of the CPA board, he will attend executive committee meetings for the next three years. As president, Baillie aims to promote the value of accredited doctoral programs and internships to students, make progress towards establishing the doctoral degree as the national standard for entry into the profession and further advance the incorporation of evidence-based practices into psychologists' work.

Unlike the American Psychological Association, CPA has no regulatory authority, but does publish a code of ethics that some provinces use for regulation of psychologists. A new revision of the code is currently under review.

Baillie has served as an expert forensic psychologist at Alberta Health Services since 1992 and is formal legal counsel at the Provincial Court of Alberta. Other current professional activities include serving as a consulting psychologist for the Calgary Police Service, a clinical psychologist in private practice and a sports psychology consultant to professional, Olympic, college and national teams and athletes. Baillie has appeared twice in the past year before the Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs as an expert psychological consultant.

Emeritus Professor Steven Danish, Ph.D., served as Baillie's mentor during his studies at VCU. In addition to his doctorate in psychology, in 2003 Baillie graduated with a law degree from the University of Calgary. Having both terminal degrees has given him unique opportunities as a psychologist. 

Recent features in Canadian media:

> Dr. Patrick Baillie discusses what an assessment means in the trial of Fred van Zuiden

> Dr. Patrick Baillie: Predicting tragedies and mental illness