The University of Texas Medical School at Houston Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston

Psychology Internship

Involvement in the direct care of a wide variety of psychiatric patients is invaluable in the development of each student's clinical skills.


NEW Psychology Internship Program

The University of Texas Medical School, Houston Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is now offering students in clinical and counseling psychology a one-year full-time psychology internship that provides broad, evidence-based clinical training with children, adolescents, and adults.  The internship follows a scholar-practitioner training model, preparing interns for careers in a variety of clinical and academic settings. Clinical training rotations include outpatient, inpatient, research and school-based settings. Interns will become competent in a wide-range of professional activities with diverse populations including individual and group therapy, psychological assessment and diagnosis, consultation, research, and teaching.  The program is not yet APA-accredited.

The program is now in its first year with three interns enrolled. For the 2014-2015 academic year (starting September 1, 2014), six intern positions are anticipated, with a stipend of $27,000 plus benefits.

Rotations
The academic year is divided into two six month periods. Each intern will have a primary and a secondary rotation within each period.  Primary rotation time is 20 hrs/week; secondary rotation 16 hours/week; didactics 4 hrs/ week. It is required that each intern have both child and adult rotations and both inpatient and outpatient rotations.  Currently, five rotations are available. 

Outpatient:

  1. Autism Spectrum Rotation – The Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Rotation will be based at two sites, the C.L.A.S.S. Clinic (UTHealth Behavioral and Biomedical Sciences Building) and the Westview School Stewart Center (child assessment clinic). Clients served range from very young children through older adults, receiving diagnostic and psychoeducational assessment, individual and family therapy, groups, and other interventions.  Interns will receive training at both sites under the direction of Dr. Katherine Loveland and Dr. Deborah A. Pearson. 
  2. Addictions Rotation. The Addictions Rotation will provides experience in the assessment and treatment of substance use disorders at the Treatment Research Clinic (TRC), under the direction and supervision of Dr. Joy Schmitz.  The TRC is the primary research site for the Center for Neurobehavioral Research on Addictions (CNRA), a nationally recognized center dedicated to the development of science-based treatment for substance use disorders. 

Inpatient: The University of Texas – Harris County Psychiatric Center (UT – HCPC) is a 250-bed acute, inpatient psychiatric facility, affiliated with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the UT Health Science Center at Houston. Internship Program Supervisors will be Samoan Johnson, Ph.D., Anka Vujanovic, Ph.D. and Simone Barr, Ph.D.

  1. HCPC General Adult Rotation. This rotation will provide experience in the assessment and treatment of severe psychopathology.  Commonly represented psychological disorders include Schizophrenia, Mood  Disorders, Substance Use, and Personality Disorders.
  2. HCPC Child Rotation. The HCPC Acute Child/Adolescent Unit provides assessment and treatment to children ages 3-17 and the Juvenile Justice Center Unit (JJC) serves adjudicated youth ages 13-17.    The patients served in both units are diverse in regard to race/ethnicity, education, and sociocultural background and have a variety of major mental illnesses. Many also have trauma histories that include sexual assault, sexual abuse, physical abuse, and witnessing domestic and community violence. 
  3. HCPC Forensic Rotation. UT-HCPC’s Forensic Competency Restoration Unit is designed help relieve jail overcrowding by reducing the amount of time defendants wait to enter the mental health care system for competency restoration. The patient population is ethnoculturally diverse and have presenting problems covering a broad spectrum of severe psychiatric disorders and developmental disabilities.

Applications: To apply or for more information, please contact the Program Director, Katherine A. Loveland, Ph.D.: katherine.a.loveland@uth.tmc.edu . We expect that this program will be in the match for the coming year, but, as a new program, it is not yet listed on the APPIC site. Our match ID number is 229411. Applicants should send a copy of their APPIC application together with letters of reference and transcript byDecember 1, 2013.