Adult Clinical Health Psychology

Externship in Adult Clinical Health Psychology

Supervisor: Nancy Beckman, Ph.D.

1 Position

Overview:  This is an advanced psychotherapy externship designed to provide training in Clinical Health Psychology.  Externs will provide evaluation, consultation, and short- and long-term evidence-based treatments for patients with comorbid medical and mental health issues. Patients will be drawn from the adult psychiatry clinic, oncology clinics, primary care, and pain clinics.  Externs will spend a half day within the primary care clinic, carry a caseload of outpatients for psychotherapy, lead wellness and pain management groups, and learn to work within the multidisciplinary environment of an academic medical center.  Externs will see approximately 6-8 patients per week and will receive at least one hour of individual supervision provided by Dr. Beckman.  Additional individual or group supervision may be provided by an advanced trainee and/or another staff member.

Didactics:  Didactic training includes assigned readings and discussion of relevant health psychology materials. Externs are able to attend other didactics depending on which day they are on site.  These offerings include Grand Rounds, the Health Psychology Seminar, the CBT Seminar, Psychosocial Oncology Team Meeting, Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Conference, Professional Issues Seminar, CBT and Multidisciplinary Case Conferences, and Consultation-Liaison Case Conference. 

Requirements:  Please read the following list carefully to determine whether you are eligible to apply for this externship.

  • Able to devote 16-20 hours per week (2 full days on site). One day must be Wednesday.
  • Current enrollment in an APA-accredited doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology
  • Completion of Master’s degree at the time of application
  • At least 2 previous practicum experiences, with one of them involving provision of psychotherapy
  • Training year runs from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.

Application:  Students interested in applying for the Adult Clinical Health Psychology Externship should send the following materials by electronic mail to Dr. Nancy Beckman (nbeckman1@bsd.uchicago.edu) by November 17, 2017. 

  1. Letter of interest
  2. Current curriculum vita (CV)
  3. Copy of current academic transcript
  4. Three letters of recommendation (one must be from a current faculty member supervising your training and two should be from individuals familiar with your clinical work).  Letters should be emailed directly or sent by regular mail to the following address:

Nancy Beckman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience
The University of Chicago
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC3077
Chicago, IL 60637

Applications should be submitted by November 17, 2017 for full consideration.  Review of applications will continue until positions are filled, ideally by December 18, 2017.  Offers will be extended on an ongoing basis.  Questions about the externship should be directed to Dr. Beckman via e-mail nbeckman1@bsd.uchicago.edu.  Please note that we DO NOT follow ACEPT guidelines.