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Predoctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology

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The internship in clinical psychology is a 12-month, full-time appointment in the Division of Psychology of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Kansas Medical Center. The internship is directed toward fulfilling the internship portion of APA-accredited doctoral degree programs in clinical and counseling psychology. The internship is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association. There are four positions available for the 2022-23 academic year.

2021-22 psychology interns

2021-22 Psychology interns (left to right): Nellie Moualeu, M.S., Iowa State University; Angela Dao, M.Ed., Chatham University; Jessica Bergner, M.A., University of Missouri; Elizabeth (Beth) Larson, M.S., Seattle Pacific University; Tessa Long, M.A., Sam Houston State University; Rebekah Jazdzewski, M.S., Palo Alto University

The internship provides the opportunity for the interns to develop competence in the practical application of the knowledge base of clinical psychology to clinical problems presenting in a broad variety of programs of this academic medical center. 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 a wide range of common mental disorders. The successful intern will achieve the ability to utilize psychological principles to develop and carry out essential plans of clinical psychological treatment.

The internship operates out of the Division of Psychology, which is a component of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. It is supported by the department, the University of Kansas Medical School, Graduate Studies and The University of Kansas Health System. The Medical Center's basic functions include research, education, patient care, and community service.

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, Health Professions, and Nursing. It operates in conjunction with The University of Kansas Health System, a large urban-based facility. Well over 100 outpatient clinics and other patient care services operate through the Medical Center facilities. The Medical Center cares for a diverse patient population. Patients are individuals from many cultures, backgrounds, socioeconomic statuses, and locales, including many medically underserved persons.

The Clinical Psychology Internship Program is planned and implemented within the Division of Psychology of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences by the Psychology Training Supervisors. The Director of Training is Edward E. Hunter, Ph.D., ABPP. Approximately 36,000 patient visits took place in the past year within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science. Diagnoses among these patients are very wide ranging. In addition to outpatient clinics for adults and for children and adolescents, there are also 47 beds in an adult psychiatry inpatient unit and a 52-bed child and adolescent inpatient unit. Psychologists affiliated with the department and internship are also stationed throughout the Medical Center in various clinics and affiliated settings such as the National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center, Neurorehabilitation Program, Spine Center, Department of Neurology, Bariatric Program, and the Family Medicine and Internal Medicine integrated care clinics, to name a few.

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. Such a method takes into account the whole person with their unique characteristics and particular life circumstances. 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 varied on empirically supported knowledge as these 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 dysfunction, neurorehabilitation, behavioral medicine, telemedicine and telehealth, psycho-oncology and integrated primary care. Faculty strive to develop interns who are well-rounded professionals, emphasizing relating to others in constructive, positive, and effective ways, integrating all relevant data so as to evaluate and treat the whole individual in their unique circumstances, and practicing according to the guidelines and ethical principle of The American Psychological Association.

The internship program has a longstanding commitment to train interns who will work to reduce health disparities, and address cultural, economic and geographic barriers to healthcare, and offers specific education and training in these areas of study.

The Internship Training Program at The University of Kansas Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Division of Psychology, is accredited by the American Psychological Association. Their contact information is: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242. Phone: 202-336-5979. TDD/TTY: 202-336-6123.

2020-21 psychology interns
2020-21 Psychology interns. Top row (left to right): Anne Roche, M.A., University of Iowa; Bridget Kromrey, M.A., University of Denver; Darren (D.J.) Garcia, M.S., University of Tennessee. Bottom row (left to right): Karena Leo, M.S., University of Utah; Dacia Oberhelman, M.A., University of North Dakota; Shuen-En Ho, M.S., Seattle Pacific University

2019-20 intern class
2019-20 Psychology Interns (clockwise from front right): Lindsey Jenkins, M.A., University of Kansas; Samantha Resnik, M.A., University of Arizona; Andrew Seidman, M.S., Iowa State University; Matteo Bugatti, M.A., University at Albany- SUNY; Hilary Galloway-Long, M.S., Penn State; Ruben Tinajero, M.S., University of Utah

2018 - 2019 Postdoctoral Interns

2018 - 2019 Psychology Interns:  Left to right: Hannah Katz, M.A., University of Denver; Cameron Ford, M.S., University of West Virginia; Jaime Williams, M.S., M.S. Ed. University of Florida; Kate Conover, M.S., University of California - San Diego/San Diego State University; Andrew Schramm, M.A., University of South Carolina; Angela Gutierrez, M.S., University of California - San Diego/San Diego State University

Last modified: Sep 10, 2021