Predoctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology

The Internship in Clinical Psychology is a 12 month full time appointment. The Medical Center's basic functions include research, education, patient care, and community service. It is supported by Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, The University of Kansas Medical School, and The University of Kansas Hospital. Two of the four available positions are also supported by a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration.  

The University of Kansas Medical Center is a campus of the University of Kansas. The Medical Center is located in Kansas City, Kansas, and includes schools of Medicine, Allied Health, Nursing, and Graduate Studies. It operates alongside of The University of Kansas Hospital, a large urban-based hospital which cares for a diverse patient population and from which the intern gains clinical experience. Well over one hundred outpatient clinics and other patient care services and centers operate within the Medical Center facility.

The Clinical Psychology Internship Program is administered within the Division of Psychology by the Psychology Training Supervisors. The Director of Training is Edward E. Hunter, Ph.D., ABPP. The Psychology Division is part of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, which is, in turn, within the School of Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center. The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences sees approximately 5000 patients per year with wide ranging psychiatric diagnoses.  In addition to outpatient clinics for adults and for children and adolescents, there are also a 20 bed adult psychiatry inpatient unit housed within the Medical Center and an affiliated child and adolescent inpatient unit. In addition, the Department houses the Psychiatry and Psychology Consultation/Liaison programs, The Department also runs a comprehensive Methadone Maintenance program.  Psychologists affiliated with the Department are also stationed throughout the Medical Center in various programs and settings.

The mission of the Internship in Clinical Psychology, Division of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, at the University of Kansas Medical Center, is to provide the opportunity for the interns to develop competence in the practical application of the knowledge base of clinical psychology to clinical problems in a medical center setting. Our approach is intended to develop interns who will emerge from this experience in route to becoming clinical psychologists, independent professionals possessing the ability to assess and treat the clinical psychological aspects of patients with the major DSM-IV-TR and DSM-5 disorders. The successful intern will achieve the ability to utilize psychological principles to develop and carry out essential plans of clinical psychological treatment.


The Program philosophy begins with the understanding that the clinical psychological needs of patients can be determined by appropriate individualized assessment, based on the body of scientific knowledge in psychology, and on the basis of a positive, supportive clinician-patient relationship. Empirical knowledge can also inform the clinician of appropriate approaches to use in developing and implementing a formulation and treatment plan for the identified clinical problems in the individual patient. The goal of intervention in all cases is to alleviate psychological and/or physical suffering or distress, and/or to alter problematic or unhealthy behavioral patterns which may contribute to distress or to disease. This understanding of the meaning of practicing clinical psychology is the basis for our approach to training the interns.

The Program values training the interns to implement, in a practical and flexible manner, specific assessment methods and interventions from various empirically-supported approaches as they fit the needs of the given patient. Furthermore, interns learn to work with specialized populations by faculty who emphasize such areas as anxiety disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, substance dependence disorders, disorders of childhood and adolescence, neuropsychological disorders and neurorehabilitation, behavioral medicine, psycho-oncology, and dementia. Faculty strive to develop interns who are well- rounded professionals, emphasizing (1) relating to others in constructive, positive, and effective ways, (2) integrating all relevant data so as to evaluate and treat the whole individual in their unique circumstances, and (3) practicing according to the guidelines and ethical principle of The American Psychological Association.

Training Manual (Description of Program)

Last modified: Feb 13, 2014