Supervisor Marc Jacobson, PhD
Facility VA San Diego Healthcare System – Polytrauma Outpatient, and Inpatient Psychology Services
Address Veterans Affairs Medical Center – La Jolla
Phone (858) 642-3765
Email OR
Placement Type VA outpatient mental health (assessment/ brief therapy) and/or VA inpatient Psychiatry service (cognitive/psych screens)
Patient Type

1) Outpatient veterans (all ages) who have co-occurring cognitive difficulties (TBI, stroke, ADHD, Autism Spectrum, Neurocognitive Disorders, Learning Disorders) AND co-morbid psychiatric overlay (adjustment/ mood disorders, PTSD, Bipolar, Personality disorders, Severe Mental Health conditions).

2) Inpatient veterans hospitalized with acute psychiatric illnesses (mostly PTSD, Bipolar, Addiction, Depression, Personality Disorders) needing psychological or neuropsych assessments.

Experience Type

1) Neurocognitive Assessment & Screening: Brief assessment of cognitive functioning to determine etiology of deficits, best fit for treatment programs, assistance with academic problems, referrals to specialty services or to develop an individual therapy program utilizing very flexible test battery.

2)  Psychological Assessment (MMPI2/RF, MCMI, PAI) to assist with differential diagnosis, treatment planning, and to identify whether functional deficits reflect mood, personality and/or cognitive etiologies.

3) Short-Term Therapy utilizing extended feedback from assessment, training in cognitive compensatory strategies, CBT for Attention/Concentration deficits, and developing academic accommodations. 

Training goals: a) gain intervention experience in diagnostic interviewing, assessment, feedback & psychoeducation sessions, brief CBT and inpatient screening/interviewing. b) experience in selecting comprehensive test batteries, interpretation of personality inventories and completing integrated reports based on neurocognitive screening and psychological assessment, c) implementing report recommendations by creating treatment plans.

4) experience interacting with psychiatric interdisciplinary rounds, inpatient milieu, and multi-disciplinary teams as well as emphasis on individualized supervision.

Number Of Students Limited to one practicum student per year (1 day/week) to maximize training, supervision and clinical hours.
Experience Necessary Completed graduate assessment training (IQ, Achievement testing) and at least one year of therapy practicum experience, and general psych assessment experience. Neuropsychological training helpful but not necessary.
Time Commitment

Approx. 7 – 8 hours.   ONLY Wed, Thurs, Fri are available as individual supervision is a core component

Practicum Length Full Year 46-48 week commitment is the goal. Schedule can accommodate interviewing/internship start dates.
Start Date 7/1/2019
Limiting Factors


Description Revised 02/22/19