The Psychology Intern is required to devote 4 hours each week to research activities.  These activities can include Dissertation Work but must also be comprised of one or more of the following categories of research endeavors:

  • Research Project. The Intern may participate in either an internship related research project or a research project external to the internship that has been approved by the Core Committee.  Consistent with the Empirical Clinician training model, the research project should be relevant to clinical practice issues. The Intern must submit to the Overall Supervisor a plan of participation in this research project that justifies a weekly commitment of 4 hours.  Generally, it would be expected that by the end of the internship training year the Intern participation in the research project will result in at least one journal submission in which the Intern is an author or co-author. The plan of participation in a research project must be submitted to the Training Director.
  • Scholarly Review Article. Under the mentorship of an internship faculty member, the Intern would design and implement a critical review of a topic relevant to clinical practice.  The Intern must submit to the Overall Supervisor a proposal of this scholarly activity and a timetable that justifies a weekly commitment of 4 hours and that will enable the Intern to meet the scholarly work objectives.  It would be expected that by the end of the internship training year the Intern’s participation in this scholarly activity will produce one journal submission in which the Intern is an author or co-author.  The proposal of the scholarly activity must be submitted to the Training Director.
  • Public Policy “White Paper”. Under the mentorship of an internship faculty member and in cooperation with a professional association, a mental health advocacy organization, or a governmental agency, the Intern would critically evaluate an issue of public policy relevant to clinical practice or to public mental health.  This public policy “white paper” must maintain high standards of empirical support and critical thinking for any conclusions drawn. The Intern must submit to the Overall Supervisor a proposal of this research activity and a timetable that justifies a weekly commitment of 4 hours and that will enable the Intern to meet the research objectives.  It would be expected that by the end of the internship training year the Intern’s participation in this research activity will produce one “white paper” submission to the relevant public policy agency in which the Intern is an author or co-author.  The proposal of the public policy “white paper” must be submitted to the Training Director.
  • Program Evaluation.   Under the mentorship of an internship faculty member and in cooperation with a health care service delivery system within or affiliated with the MCG-Charlie Norwood VAMC Internship, the Intern would conduct a systematic evaluation of a health care service delivery program.  This program evaluation must maintain high standards of empirical methodology and therefore must include reasoned data collection and analysis.  The conclusions drawn must be based in large part on empirical support and recommendations must be based in part on the data at hand as well as applicable systems theory/models.  The Intern must submit to the Overall Supervisor a proposal of this proposed program evaluation and a timetable for the project that justifies a weekly commitment of 4 hours and that will enable the Intern to meet the research objectives.  It would be expected that by the end of the internship training year the Intern’s participation in this research activity will produce a written program evaluation report in which the Intern is an author or co-author.  The proposal of the program evaluation must be submitted to the Training Director.

For Interns using a portion of their weekly research time on Dissertation Work the following guidelines must be followed:

Dissertation Work.  If the Intern has not completed dissertation work prior to the start of the internship, the Intern must submit to the Overall Supervisor an assessment of the work that is yet to be completed, an action plan as to how the weekly research time will be used to complete the dissertation requirements, and an anticipated timetable as to when dissertation objectives will be met.  A Dissertation action plan must be submitted to the Training Director.  This action plan should indicate a proposed allocation of time for Dissertation efforts along with the time allotted for the other research project selected.

The MCG-Charlie Norwood VAMC Internship will make use of the following evaluation components in order to monitor the progress and efforts of the Interns in their respective research activities:

Performance Evaluation.  It is required that the Overall Supervisor and Intern have a formal discussion of the Intern's progress on the chosen research project every four months.  The Overall Supervisor will make a report every four months to the Internship Core Committee regarding progress on the research-scholarly project. The Internship Core Committee reviews each report of research-scholarly project progress.  If significant problems are noted, the committee decides if corrective actions are to be instituted.  The committee can institute a four-month probationary period if indicated, and this period can be extended.  All reports and actions taken by the commit­tee are incorporated into the file kept on each Intern.

End of the Year Evaluation.   At the end of May, the intern submits the paper for the research-scholarly project for review by two internship faculty/supervisors and based on their reviews the Training Director will complete the Evaluation of the Intern Research Paper form.   At the conclusion of the year, the Internship Core Committee meets with the Intern to review his/her ratings, discuss his or her ­performance, and make specific recommendations regarding post-internship professional development.  Completion of this Intern research-scholarly project will be included in this end of the year evaluation using the Intern Performance Milestones Tracking form.