Lt. Lisseth Calvio's route to becoming a Navy psychologist is one of three main courses to follow, says Eric Getka, PhD, the national clinical director for Navy psychology training programs.
Besides the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences path, the Navy trains 10 psychologists a year through its internship program at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda and Naval Medical Center San Diego, and it also commissions civilian, licensed psychologists through a direct accession program, Getka says.
Currently, there are 120 slots for psychologists in the Navy, of which 107 are filled.
The Navy wants to expand its internship program to a third site at Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Va., and this November will open a general clinical postdoctoral program to offer commissions to psychology students who have completed their internship year but are not yet licensed, Getka says.
Students in Calvio's program usually fulfill their clerkships at places such as National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., and Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., he says.