Psychotic Disorder Spectrum Externship

Supervisor: Sarah Keedy, Ph.D.

1 Position

Overview: This advanced practicum is offered for students wanting to gain experience working with individuals from both the traditional psychotic disorder spectrum (schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depression with psychotic features), and the less traditional psychotic disorder spectrum but with known genetic and/or symptom-based overlap with psychotic disorders (ADHD, autism spectrum, OCD, borderline personality disorder, PTSD).  This practicum design reflects the work of the supervisor, Dr. Sarah Keedy, who is a clinical psychologist, trained heavily in neuropsychology, and is actively engaged in working on addressing questions around the dimensional and cross-diagnostic nature of psychosis, as well as the phenomenology and neurocognitive underpinnings of hallucinations.  Cases externs see will be characterized by combinations of hallucinations, delusions, thought disorder, cognitive impairments, mood dysregulation, dissociation, trauma-based and medical comorbidities.  Externs will learn to work with a spectrum of functionality, symptom presentation, insight levels, and self-identified goals for therapy that this range of referrals presents in our major academic medical center psychiatry department setting.

The practicum experience centers on applying evidence-based treatments with 6-8 individual psychotherapy cases. The practicum also includes interacting with psychiatrists or other medical center providers to coordinate care as needed.  Externs can also co-lead a “Voice Hearers” group with Dr. Keedy.  The practicum will also include psychotic disorder assessment in the context of clinical research, where, approximately once per month, externs will participate in diagnostic interviewing (SCID) and symptom assessment of psychotic disorders as part of a large multi-site clinical research project ongoing in Dr. Keedy’s laboratory.  Such assessment experiences will provide broader insight into the range of symptoms and life history of those diagnosed with psychotic disorders.

Supervision: Individual supervision will be provided on a weekly basis by Dr. Keedy. Group supervision will also be provided via monthly case conferences, attended by other faculty and trainees at different levels (externs, interns, postdocs).

Didactics: One didactic seminar will be held on site each week on Mondays.  Externs will also have the opportunity to attend additional didactics amongst the many ongoing training activities in our department, including Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Neurology Grand Rounds, Pediatric Psychiatry Speaker series, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy seminar, Multidisciplinary Case Conferences, and professional development seminars. 


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

  • Available for 12-20 hours per week (1.5-2 days on site. One of the days must be Monday.)
  • Current enrollment in an APA-accredited doctoral program in clinical psychology or, counseling psychology
  • Completion of a Master’s degree by time of start required
  • Completion of graduate coursework preferred
  • At least 1 previous practicum experience providing psychotherapy
  • Training year runs from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019


Application: Students interested in applying for the Externship in the Psychotic Disorder Spectrum should send the following materials by electronic mail to Dr. Sarah Keedy ( as soon as desired.  Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled, ideally by December 18, 2017.

  1. Letter of interest
  2. Current curriculum vita (CV)
  3. Copy of current academic transcript
  4. Two letters of recommendation (one letter must be from a current faculty member supervising your training).  Letters should be emailed directly or sent by mail to the following address:

Sarah Keedy, Ph.D.
The University of Chicago
5841 S. Maryland Ave, MC 3077
Chicago, IL 60637

Questions about the externship may be directed to Dr. Keedy via email.  Qualified candidates will be invited to interview between November 27 and December 14, 2017. Please note that we DO NOT follow ACEPT guidelines.