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Psychology Internship

Psychology Internship

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The Psychology Internship's chief and overarching goal is to train advanced psychology doctoral-level students to lead to the competent preparation for entry-level practice into professional psychology.

Application Requirements

The Psychology Internship will select prospective interns who are doctoral students during the current academic year and are currently matriculated in APA-approved clinical, counseling or school psychology programs. Prospective interns must be in good standing and be cleared for internship training by the Director of Training of their respective doctoral clinical programs. Applicants must also have completed at least 250 intervention hours and 250 assessment hours prior to beginning internship.

Applications must have at least two letters of recommendation, preferably three. Supplemental materials such as sample reports, etc. are welcome but not required. Also, when applying please indicate which track (pediatric or adult) you wish to pursue as well as indicate all areas of interest within your selected track from the available rotations.

For additional information regarding the application requirements, please see our program listing in the APPIC Directory.

Application Timeline

Applications are generally due in November for the following academic year. Interns selected for interviews are notified in early December, and interviews begin in January.

Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data

Accreditation

The Psychology Internship at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is accredited by the American Psychological Association. For further information, you may contact the APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation by phone at 202-336-5979 or 202-336-6123 TDD or at the following website: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation. You may also email the Accreditation Office at apaaccre@apa.org. You may also write to them at:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First St. NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242

Contact Us

For details on the Psychology Internship, contact Kristin Hollis at khollis1@pennstatehealth.psu.edu or

717-531-4120.

Director's Welcome

Welcome to the Psychology Internship at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA. This program is accredited by the American Psychological Association.

Here, you'll find a description of the program's philosophical underpinnings, mission, aims and goals, structure and requirements, and other pertinent information to assist prospective applicants gain knowledge about our unique training program. The Psychology Internship Training Program will have available three (3) full-time positions for doctoral students during the 2018-2019 academic year. The training program abides by the scientist-practitioner training model and it is guided by a developmental, bio-psychosocial perspective. The Internship is a one-year (12-month), 2,000 hours, clinical and research program with interns matched nationally through the APPIC Internship Matching Program. Annual salary is estimated at $24,003 plus benefits.

The program is horizontally organized along several competencies. In addition, there are vertical competencies involving diversity and individual differences, professional development and research that cut across the various horizontal competencies. The program is horizontally structured through supervisory experiences and two clinical tracks (Adult/Pediatric), and it is divided into two six-month blocks where interns perform two to three major rotations each.

I encourage you to peruse our training program.

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Antolin M. Llorente, PhD
Professor
Director, Psychology Internship Training Program
Department of Psychiatry
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Rotations

The Psychology Internship provides instruction and experiential training using one of two major tracks (adult or pediatric). The internship program offers the following rotations:

  • Adult Inpatient Psychiatric Program
  • Adult Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic
  • ASD/Autism Division Rotations (various clinics and groups for children, adolescents and adults)
  • Child and Adolescent Outpatient Clinics (Child Attention and Behavior Clinic, Chronic Illness Clinic, Child Anxiety/CBT)
  • Child Diagnostic Clinic (children and adolescents from birth to 18 years old)
  • Child Inpatient Psychiatric Rotation
  • Comprehensive Surgical Weight Loss (Bariatric) Program (adults and adolescents only)
  • Consultation-Liaison Program (children, adolescents and adults)
  • Drug and Alcohol Consultation/Liver Transplant Rotation (minor rotation only)
  • Eating Disorders Clinics (children and adolescents ages 8 to 16)
  • Neuropsychology (Adult and Geriatric Neuropsychology, Child and Adolescent Neuropsychology)
  • Penn State Rehabilitation Hospital Neuropsychology Rotation (primarily adults)
  • Sleep Research and Treatment Center and Sleep Clinic (children, adolescents and adults)

Didactics

The Psychology Internship is geared toward providing exceptional instruction. In addition to their required attendance in specific didactics, interns are highly encouraged to attend other elective, formal learning forums within the Department of Psychiatry and in other departments (Pediatrics, Neurology, etc.), and more informal didactics within the medical center.

The following is a selected list of core didactics required for interns:

  • Professional Development Seminar Series (monthly)
  • Research Seminar Series (monthly)
  • Adult Didactics Seminar Series (bimonthly)
  • Pediatric Didactics Seminar Series (bimonthly)
  • Psychiatry Grand Rounds (first, third and fourth weeks of each month)

In addition, interns are required to attend a one-hour, biweekly didactic seminar series tailored to their specific rotation selected (e.g., Outpatient Psychiatry Rotation, Neuropsychology Rotation) as follows:

  • Pediatric Neuropsychology Didactic Seminar Series
  • Adult Neuropsychology Didactic Seminar Series
  • Didactic Seminar Series - Eating Disorders
  • Didactic Seminar Series - Oncology/Hematology and Bariatric
  • Outpatient Psychiatry Didactic Seminar Series
  • Inpatient Psychiatric Didactic Seminar Series
  • Didactic Seminar Series in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Current Interns

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Shaquanna Brown
University of Kansas

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Melanie Klein
University of Washington

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Emily Stefano
University of Hawaii

Past Interns

Class of 2018

  • Craig DiGiovanni, Boston College – Post-doctoral Fellowship at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • Kristina Puzino, Lehigh Valley College – Post-doctoral Fellowship at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • Hana Zickgraf, University of Pennsylvania – Post-doctoral Fellowship at University of Chicago

Class of 2017

  • Rosanna Breaux, University of Massachusetts – Post-doctoral Fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Jamal Essayli, University of Hawaii – Post-doctoral Fellowship at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • Sara Frye, University of Arizona – Post-doctoral Fellowship at University of Arizona

Class of 2016

  • Philip Fizur, La Salle University – Post-doctoral Fellowship at Cooper Medical Center
  • Caitlin LaGrotte, La Salle University – Post-doctoral Fellowship at Temple University
  • Robin Lockridge, Howard University – Post-doctoral Fellowship at Brown University School of Medicine

Class of 2015

  • Christina Barrasso, Kean University – Post-doctoral Fellowship at Bancroft Neuro Rehab Hospital
  • Cari Kokotovich, MN School of Professional Psychology at Argosy, Twin Cities – Post-doctoral Fellowship at Fraser Medical Clinic
  • Christine Mathiewitz, MN School of Professional Psychology at Argosy, Twin Cities – Post-doctoral Fellowship at University of Wisconsin
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