The psychology internship is a relatively new addition to the education and training programs offered by the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health. Practicum and fellowship training have long been part of our education mission. The recent inclusion of a formal psychology internship underscores the role that behavioral health plays in the onset, maintenance and recovery from both physical and psychological illness.
Our program subscribes to a clinical science model that integrates research and clinical practice. The internship is designed to provide trainees with opportunities to engage actively in the integration of clinical research and practice. We adhere to the principle that psychological practice is based on the science of psychology, which, in turn, is influenced by the professional practice of psychology. The members of our faculty are strong proponents and practitioners of evidence-based treatment and the expectation is that trainees will share that perspective in their application of clinical science to treatment intervention, as consumers of research, as well as choose to participate in clinical research projects.
The psychology internship comprises two tracks: Clinical Health Psychology and Adult Psychopathology. Each track has several rotations. In addition to these rotations, there are electives that vary in their time commitment. Interns may opt to take part in an elective providing they are demonstrating competency in their primary rotations.