Clinical Psychology Externship Programs


The University of Chicago’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience offers comprehensive training programs for advanced psychology graduate students. These externships provide training in assessment and intervention for patients presenting to a large academic medical center for evaluation and/or treatment. Externs are expected to be enrolled in a doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology that is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Training occurs in the Adult and Child Sections of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago Medicine (UCM) located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. Externships at UCM have different requirements for application—please read the specific instructions for each program. All externs receive at least one hour of individual supervision by a licensed clinical psychologist. Further, externs are an integral part of the education mission of our Department and attend numerous required and optional didactic experiences.

Faculty who provide externship training at UCM do not abide by ACEPT training guidelines. Thus, we will not be following the official Chicago-area “Match Day” policies. However, we will be participating in a collaborative effort to standardize the application due dates, interviews, and offer schedules. For the 2018-19 training year, applications for all our clinical psychology externships will be due on Friday, November, 17th by 11:59 p.m. CST. Please follow the specific instructions for application materials related to the program to which you are applying. Interviews will be conducted between Monday, November 27th and Friday, December, 15th. Offers may be extended at any time; please ask the Externship Director about his/her preference for a response. While, all offers must be accepted or declined no later than 9 a.m. on Monday December, 18th, some programs may require an earlier response. Our supervisors will make every effort to conform with your program’s expectations and policies. Positions will remain open past 12/18/17 if they have not been filled. After this date, please contact the Externship Director to see if positions remain available.

Applicants who accept any externship should understand that prior to commencing training at UCM, they will be required to successfully pass a required medical examination which includes TB testing and a drug test. Further, you will be expected to complete required on-line training per UCM regulations (e.g. HIPAA, Compliance Training, etc.). You will also be expected to provide your supervisor with a copy of your school’s malpractice insurance coverage for its students. If you have supplemental individual malpractice insurance, this documentation is needed as well.

Each externship program is described in more detail below. Applicants should apply directly to the Director(s) of the specific program. If you choose to apply to more than one externship program, you should submit an application to each individual program.  The application deadline for all our externship programs in November 21st, 2016.  If you require an extension, please contact the Director(s) of the specific program to which you are applying. Review of applications will continue until the positions are filled.

We look forward to receiving your application.  We believe that the University of Chicago Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience provides a stimulating and challenging educational environment.  We hope that you will experience our programs as opportunities for supervised training in evidence-based assessment and treatment and integration of the science and practice of clinical psychology.  Please direct any general questions about the Externship Programs to Dr. Shona Vas, Director of Clinical Psychology Training at