August 30, 2020
Dear Internship Applicants:
Congratulations on being at this point in your graduate training! Thank you for your interest in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Internship Program at the University of Chicago Medicine. We are pleased to provide you with our updated 2021-2022 internship information. We are accredited by the American Psychological Association through 2029.
Our clinical psychology doctoral internship program is based in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago, in the Adult and Child sections. The internship has been an important component of departmental training for many years, and is integrated within the interdisciplinary educational mission of the Department and the larger Medical Center. Our internship is designed to train health service psychologists for entry level practice in academic settings. The hallmarks of our program include evidence-based approaches to assessment, consultation, and intervention and the integration of science and practice that is responsive to cultural differences. We provide training that focuses on breadth through our general Adult and Child clinics, while allowing our interns to develop an area of focus through their tracks. Most importantly, our internship is individualized and can be tailored to meet our interns’ specific training goals. Each intern receives at least four hours of individual supervision each week and attends several hours of didactics designed to enhance acquisition of profession-wide competencies in health service psychology. We believe that we offer a challenging and supportive setting for obtaining doctoral internship training in Clinical Psychology.
At this point in time, any description of our program would be incomplete without alluding to the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to the level of risk posed by this disease and with the safety of our trainees, staff, faculty, and patients as our paramount concern, we transitioned to providing services virtually with most employees working from home. Our inpatient and neuropsychology programs were most impacted during this transition, and were therefore necessarily the first services to return to the medical center. We currently provide inpatient care, consultation services, and neuropsychological assessment using hybrid models as much as possible with appropriate safety protocols for when face-to-face contact is necessary. The next group of clinics to return to the medical center will involve those services that are embedded in integrated settings. Outpatient services for psychiatric care and psychotherapy in particular are being conducted remotely via video and phone. We recognize that virtual services for children and families are less than optimal and will therefore prioritize these populations as we return to “normal.” We conduct didactics and some supervision virtually in order to support our interns’ safety. We have highlighted the importance of flexibility and creativity as we adapted to challenges of COVID-19. However, we have become more aware of some of the losses associated with remote work such as interprofessional collaboration, socialization among interns and with our faculty, development of a support system for our trainees, and a general sense of community. To facilitate these components, we are currently requiring all faculty and trainees within the Department to be on site at least one day a week. Our training program, department, division, and institution follow infection control procedures and national and state regulations as informed by science and safety. We are committed to maintaining the integrity of our training program and the acquisition of profession-wide competencies while balancing the safety of our trainees, faculty, and patients. Specific COVID-19 adjustments to our program may be found in our brochure. We also acknowledge the uncertain and evolving nature of the pandemic and that additional adaptations to preserve the integrity of our program and safety of our trainees and faculty may need to be made in 2021-22.
The Clinical Psychology Internship at the University of Chicago is comprised of four tracks: Adult/Health Psychology, Adult Neuropsychology, Child/Pediatric Psychology, and Pediatric Neuropsychology. We will be recruiting and matching with one intern in the Adult Neuropsychology, Child Psychology and Pediatric Neuropsychology Tracks, and two interns in the Adult/Health track. You may apply to only one track which should be specified in your cover letter.
Our application deadline is Sunday, November 1, 2020 (11:59 EST). You will be contacted by email if you are selected for an interview. We will conduct virtual interviews on the following Fridays in December, 2020 and January, 2021: 12/11/20, 12/18/20, 1/8/2021, and 1/15/2021. Our annual stipend is $36,000 and is offered as part of a comprehensive package of benefits.
Before deciding to apply to our program, please review our updated brochure very carefully. We want you to fully appreciate the structure of our program and what we have to offer. We hope that you will apply to our internship program because you believe it is a “great fit” with your professional goals for training and your future career development. We also encourage applications from individuals from underrepresented groups. Should you match with us, we will, in turn, work to provide you with the skills necessary to become a health service psychologist who is able to integrate science and practice in an academic environment serving a diverse population.
Read on for more details about our program! We wish you luck as you navigate this challenging process and complete your degree. We appreciate the time you will invest in completing the application to our program and promise to thoroughly review your credentials. We look forward to learning more about you and possibly “meeting” you. If you have questions that are not answered in our written materials, feel free to contact us by email.
Shona N. Vas, Ph.D.
Director, Clinical Psychology Training
Director, Cognitive-Behavior Therapy Program
Associate Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience
Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: The Commission on Accreditation requires that all APA accredited internship programs provide the standardized tables of admissions, support, and initial placement data. These tables are updated annually for the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Internship Program at the University of Chicago Medicine. Questions about our program’s accreditation status may be directed to: American Psychological Association
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: (202) 336-5979