Southern Vermont Doctoral Internship in Psychology

The Southern Vermont Doctoral Internship in Psychology (SVDIP) strives to provide interns with a diverse, well-rounded training experience leading to the development of an autonomously practicing professional psychologist.  The goals of the training program are to promote the development of competencies in assessment and diagnosis, treatment planning, intervention and consultation, cultural sensitivity and awareness, ethics and professional development, and critical analysis of research.  This is accomplished through participation in didactics, working with patients and interacting with our multi-disciplinary team, comprised of licensed psychologists (doctorate and masters level), board-certified psychiatrists and neurologists, a nurse, and a nationally registered EMT. 

Training goals and objectives are achieved by supervised experience in: 1.) completing semi-structured intake interviews and standardized psychological assessments  2.) scoring and interpreting data from assessments, 3.) preparing comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations, 4.) establishing hypothesis-driven diagnoses and formulating treatment recommendations, 5.) conducting psychotherapy utilizing evidenced-based treatment practices 6.) critically reviewing research and 7.) attending training seminars and conferences discussing scientific advancements in assessment and intervention related to psychological and neurological dysfunction.

For additional information, please see the Internship Handbook (SVDIP Internship Handbook) and visit

Each intern will receive training in the following domains:

  • Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Treatment Planning, Intervention and Consultation
  • Cultural Sensitivity and Awareness
  • Ethics and Professional Development
  • Critical Analysis of Scholarly Research

The Memory Clinic

The Southern Vermont Doctoral Internship in Psychology (SVDIP) is operated in conjunction with Clinical Neuroscience Research Associates (d/b/a The Memory Clinic) in Bennington, Vermont. The Memory Clinic was established in 1987. Since its inception, the Memory Clinic has focused on the diagnosis, treatment, and management of neurodegenerative disorders.

Memory Clinic Mission Statement

The overall mission of The Memory Clinic is to provide a comprehensive system of care to adults with cognitive problems due to age or illness by offering education, prevention, early intervention and treatment to our patients and their families. The clinic strives to attain the highest quality of care by merging medical and psychological services. Innovative diagnostic and treatment services are provided to individuals with memory impairments associated with neurological conditions as well as psychological problems, such as depression and anxiety. Our patient’s dignity and privacy are paramount and protected with the utmost vigilance. We strive to provide an atmosphere that ensures comfort for our patients and their families, while respecting their individual and cultural differences.

Quality healthcare for our patients and their families begins with a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation. Once a diagnosis is  determined, all available treatment options, including approved medications and experimental treatments, are discussed with the patients and their families. Because of our participation in clinical research, we are often able to offer our patients access to the latest scientific and medical advances. Patients and their families who elect not to participate in clinical research are treated with the standard of care, including appropriate therapeutic agents.