Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology
APA (CoA) Accredited
Training program established in 1965
Multiple rotational experiences
Diverse patient population
Adult and Child Tracks
Training in a Level I Trauma Center and safety net hospital
APA (CoA) Accredited Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology (one year)
The Psychology Internship Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation (CoA) of the American Psychological Association (APA). Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202-336-5979 | Email: [email protected] | Website: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation
The Psychology Internship Program offers both Adult and Child tracks. Our setting offers interns the opportunity to work with an ethnically, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse patient population. In addition, being part of a large teaching hospital and Level I Trauma Center provides our interns many unique training experiences.
We believe that a good match between the intern and the internship program is essential. While we emphasize a strong foundation in assessment, consultation, and intervention, we also strive to individualize the internship experience.
We offer four internship positions usually distributed with two interns in each track. Only students from APA-accredited or CPA-accredited graduate programs are considered. Preference is given to applicants from graduate programs in clinical and school psychology, though graduate students from counseling programs, with an interest in pursuing more clinically oriented training, also will be considered. These are one year, full-time positions with the expectation of 2000 training hours.
Aims and Competencies
The overarching aim of our program is to train advanced doctoral level practitioners to provide evidence-based psychological services to diverse populations in multi-disciplinary settings. Our specific goals are to prepare interns in the theories and techniques of assessment, intervention, and consultation necessary for an entry-level professional psychology position.
A doctoral internship in clinical psychology provides broad and general training that is meant to prepare trainees for an entry-level position in health service psychology. As a result, we focus on building core competencies for health service psychology. These include the following.
- Ethical and Legal Standards
- Individual and Cultural Diversity
- Professional Values, Attitudes, and Behaviors
- Communication and Interprofessional Skills
- Consultation and Interpersonal/Interdisciplinary Skills
Our approach to training is like an apprenticeship where training faculty demonstrate clinical skills, professional attitudes, and ethical standards. Experiential learning is emphasized and integrated throughout our program. The internship program adheres to the local clinical scientist model of training.
Over the course of the training year, interns are expected to perform in an independent manner. Didactic teaching is an integral part of the training and, in accordance with our mission statement, the practice of psychology is guided by the theoretical and empirical knowledge base of the discipline.
The program is dedicated to an environment of valuing and respecting diversity, equity, and justice. We are committed to maintaining an atmosphere of openness and trust with our trainees and colleagues. We humbly acknowledge that we have blind spots and promise to continually work on self-reflection as a training program, listen to all voices, but especially the voices muted by systemic racism and oppression, embrace and learn from our inevitable mistakes, and engage and take action to interrupt the pattern of inequality. We understand that working to dismantle systemic racism and oppression is a process, one that we are committed to pursuing. We embrace high-quality evidence-based services delivered with cultural humility for our patients and their families. Our efforts to celebrate and promote diversity are further supported by the Health Equity department including Cultural Navigators, DEI Coaches, and the Hennepin Healthcare Collectives.
Salary and Benefits
The internship year typically begins on the first Monday in August with two weeks of orientation. The stipend for the training year is $31,200. Benefits include health insurance and 29 days of paid time off. Paid time off allows for absences including vacation, illness, holidays, doctor appointments, professional conferences, dissertation defense, and personal business. Also available are life insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, and subsidized dental insurance. As an intern, you will receive discounts on metro passes, gym memberships, medications at Hennepin Healthcare pharmacies, and care at Hennepin Healthcare. Lastly, interns have four hours per week that may be designated for research or scholarly endeavors.
Please note that interns also have access to professional development funds to support attendance at professional conferences (currently $300/year).
Core Clinical Training Experiences
The goal of our program is to train advanced doctoral level practitioners to provide evidence-based psychological services to diverse populations in multi-disciplinary settings across the continuum of care. Our specific goals are to prepare interns in the theories and techniques of assessment, intervention, and consultation necessary for an entry-level professional psychology position. Our approach to training is that of an apprenticeship where training faculty demonstrate clinical skills, professional attitudes, and ethical standards.
The program offers two clinical internship training tracks: Adult and Child. While all interns focus on either adult or child populations, they rotate through other areas to develop skills in assessment, consultation, and intervention across the continuum of care (e.g., inpatient to outpatient).
Adult interns schedule regular intakes and psychological evaluations for bariatric weight loss surgery in the Adult Therapy Clinic, where they also follow patients for therapy. Within the Adult Consult Liaison Service, they complete brief psychological evaluations of adults and provide psychological consultation to medical services at least one afternoon per week. In addition, they are expected to complete at least one of the following additional rotations (or more as their schedule and available supervisors allow): Partial Hospital Program (PHP), Adult Inpatient, Knapp Inpatient Rehabilitation, Child/Adolescent Psychiatry Service, or/and Neuropsychology.
The Child/Adolescent Psychiatry Service (CAPS) is the home base for the Child interns, who conduct intakes and assessments with children, adolescents, and families on an outpatient basis the entire year. They also follow therapy patients through CAPS throughout the training year. In addition, they provide consultation for children and adolescents on the pediatric inpatient units and other medical services. Child Interns also engage in at least one of the following: Pediatric Gender & Sexual Health Clinic, Adult Therapy Clinic, Neuropsychology, Partial Hospital Program (PHP), Adult Inpatient, and Adult Consultation Service.
Adult Consult Liaison Service
The Adult Consult Liaison Service was established in 1998 to ensure the timely provision of psychological services to requesting physicians and other providers in the Department of Psychiatry. The service also provides training in psychological evaluation and health psychology consultation. Interns are assigned to the Consultation Service at least one afternoon per week during the entire training year. This is an elective rotation for interns training within CAPS.
There are two main focuses of this service. First, physicians and providers from medical inpatient units in the hospital can request psychological consultations. These often focus on issues such as coping after trauma (e.g. motor vehicle accidents, thermal injuries), adjustment to disability or injury, behavior management, and pain management. Psychology interns routinely have opportunities to provide consultative services to patients on the Orthopedic, Surgery, Medicine, Neurosurgery, and Burn units.
Second, psychology interns may be involved in Critical Incident Support to teams around the hospital in response to varied identified stressors.
Adult Therapy Clinic
Adult interns experience a year-long placement in the Adult Therapy Clinic with one or more days per week of therapy. CAPS interns selecting this as a rotation may schedule four patients per week in this clinic. Interns are expected to carry their adult therapy cases during their other rotations. A variety of psychotherapy orientations are practiced, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Psychodynamic Therapy. Both long-term and short-term approaches are used. Interns are taught to implement specific interventions using a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities. The current patient population includes many individuals with serious and persistent psychopathology, and the challenge to develop effective strategies for change is ever present.
Adult Bariatric Surgery Evaluations (BSEs)
Adult interns will receive training on how to conduct a psychological evaluation for people interested in pursuing bariatric surgery. There is a developmental process of training involving observation of a BSE completed by another provider prior to observation of the intern conducting at least one BSE interview. Eventually, interns will complete interviews independently. Reports will be reviewed and edited in collaboration with the supervisor during the training year. Group supervision will be used to review existing research on BSEs and discuss cases.
Adult Group Therapy
Several opportunities for group therapy experience are available. Interns can co-lead outpatient groups in the Adult Therapy Clinic depending on the interest and availability of staff and patients. Common group offerings include DBT skills , CBT, Cognitive Behavioral Social Skills Training, Co-occurring Disorders, LGBTQ Process Group, Interpersonal Process, and Mind-Body. Interns can co-facilitate groups on inpatient (e.g., CBT and SMART recovery) and co-lead groups during their Partial Hospital Program (PHP) rotation and take part in groups during their Inpatient rotation. There are also varying group opportunities within the HOPE (First Episode Psychosis) program (e.g., Social Skills Training and Multifamily groups).
Child Adolescent Psychiatry Service (CAPS) — Assessment
Interns are assigned to CAPS for the full year and conduct diagnostic assessments and comprehensive psychological evaluations with children and adolescents. As a part of these activities, they administer, score, and interpret testing batteries that often include tests of intellectual functioning, academic skills, social-emotional functioning, attention, and personality tests. They also write diagnostic assessments and evaluation reports, give feedback, maintain chart records, and engage in various case management duties. They work with schools, community agencies, and the courts as necessary.
Child Adolescent Psychiatry Services (CAPS) — Therapy
In addition to the activities described above, interns conduct individual and family therapy. They are expected to maintain their therapy caseload during their off-unit rotations. Presenting therapy concerns include behavioral problems and parenting concerns, as well as a full range of psychiatric disorders. The primary therapy orientation is cognitive-behavioral with a variety of specific interventions taught/supervised including, CBT, TF-CBT, behavioral activation, habit reversal, exposure/response prevention, and parenting skills training. Interns are taught to tailor their interventions to the specific needs of the child in the context of their cultural background and particular life situation. This is an elective rotation for Adult interns.
Pediatric Consult Liaison Service
Child interns provide consultation to pediatric inpatients on the Pediatric Units and other medical units. Typical consult requests include assessment of suicide risk, mental health symptoms, and disposition planning, health and behavior evaluations, support with coping with injuries and/or recent trauma, behavior management issues, and coordinating better care between patients and staff. Psychology staff and trainees are often asked to facilitate communication between a patient and the patient’s family members when a significant injury or death has occurred. This is an elective rotation for Adult Interns.
Supervision & Didactics
The Psychology training faculty values the opportunity to work closely with interns in training and supervision. While all staff has adopted an "open door policy," interns are assigned several specific supervisors. Each intern has a primary supervisor who serves as a mentor and coordinates the training experience for the intern throughout the training year. For the Adult interns, the primary supervisor also provides supervision of therapy; for the Child interns, the primary supervisor provides supervision for either assessment or therapy. During rotations, interns work with and are supervised by staff associated with that rotation.
All interns receive additional supervision/consultation by attending weekly supervision groups. Currently, there is a supervision group for psychological evaluations for bariatric weight loss, an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy focused group, Adult Consults, Pediatric/Child Consultation, as well as a general case discussion/consultation group. Interns also participate in post-group discussions/supervision with the staff therapist or facilitator after group therapy sessions. In addition, individual supervision is provided for the adult and pediatric consultation services.
In total, interns receive at least 4 hours of supervision per week, of which a minimum of 2 hours per week are individual supervision.
The internship year begins with three weeks of orientation when interns are introduced to the faculty and the facility as well as to policies and procedures. The orientation also includes a series of lectures on foundational topics such as using Epic (our electronic medical record system), learning about rotations and other services around the hospital, interviewing, report writing, mandatory reporting of abuse, working with interpreters, and clinic procedures.
After orientation is completed, the three weekly, one-hour didactic seminar series begin. These series focus on assessment, therapy, DEI, and consultation/health services. Other interventions included in the seminars include child-focused CBT, Motivational Interviewing, ACT, DBT, CPT, PE, and trauma-focused treatment for children. Further, a series of talks related to professional development issues are presented throughout the year in monthly meetings with the training director.
In addition to the psychology-specific didactic offerings, the Psychiatry Department sponsors a weekly Special Topics Seminar and a monthly Psychiatry Case Consultation series. Interns are also encouraged to attend hospital-wide training on topics such as ethics in healthcare, LGBTQ health, and departmental-specific presentations.
During the internship year, two all-day workshops are arranged jointly by several of the local APA (CoA)-accredited internship sites. The workshops focus on diversity and on supervision and ethics.
The Psychology training faculty values the opportunity to work closely with interns in training and supervision.
Marcia Jensen, Ph.D., L.P., Director of Psychology Training
- Manju Elizabeth Alexander, Ph.D., L.P.
- Marissa Alliegro, Ph.D., L.P.
- Yosef Amrami, Ph.D., L.P.
- Autumn Bussuvanno, Psy.D., L.P.
- Marielle Demarais, Ph.D., L.P.
- Melissa Eisenmenger, Ph.D., L.P.
- Nouf Gazdar, Ph.D., L.P.
- Marchion Hinton, Ph.D., L.P.
- Marcia Jensen, Ph.D., L.P., Director of Psychology Training
- Courtney LeClair, Ph.D., LP
- Hyun-Soo Lee, Ph.D., L.P.
- Lisa Legrand, Ph.D., L.P.
- Mohammed Lodhi Khan, Ph.D., L.P.
- Adrine Maresco, Ph.D., L.P.
- Patrick McMahon, Ph.D., L.P.
- Scott Miller, Psy.D., L.P.
- Mitch Radin, Psy.D., L.P.
- Lindsay Schreiber, Psy.D., L.P.
- Stacey Solakian, Ph.D., L.P.
- My-Tien Ton, Ph.D., L.P.
- Kristin Venables, Ph.D., L.P.
- Cameron Weaver, Ph.D., L.P.
- Kristen Wiik, Ph.D, L.P.
Adult Inpatient Psychiatry
Inpatient Psychiatry is comprised of 3 general units and 3 ICU units, with a total of 102 beds for patients 18 years and older that are experiencing acute psychiatric problems. Patients receive evaluation, stabilization, and short-term care. Interns can elect to complete an Adult Inpatient (A-IP) rotation in which the intern functions as a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team, co-leads CBT and dual-diagnosis (SMART Recovery) groups and provides individual care to patients.
Partial Hospital Program (PHP)
PHP provides short-term, usually three weeks, of structured daily programming for patients with acute symptoms of mental illness but do not require psychiatric hospitalization. Patients have diverse diagnoses, needs, and backgrounds. Most of the treatment occurs in a group format, including psychotherapy as well as CBT skills, psychoeducation, occupational therapy, and recreational therapy groups. Patients are followed by a psychiatrist and provided medication management. Interns co-lead a daily therapy group during their time with this service.
While not a required part of the training, many interns choose to gain experience with neuropsychological testing. Neuropsychologists provide an assessment of adult, adolescent, and pediatric patients from all hospital departments to assist in diagnosis and treatment planning. Patients with a head injury, cardiovascular disease, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, substance abuse, epilepsy, learning disorders, mental retardation, multiple sclerosis, HIV infection, carbon monoxide poisoning, developmental disorders, cortical and subcortical dementias, and psychiatric disorders are regularly assessed. Interns conduct testing and have the opportunity to write reports under the supervision of one of the neuropsychologists.
Health Psychology and Specialty Training Experiences
Health Psychology consultation has become a major focus of our training program in recent years. Physicians, nurses, and other health care providers have become increasingly aware of the role psychological factors play in the acute care and long-term management of many medical disorders. At Hennepin Healthcare, psychologists are important consultants and members of multidisciplinary teams serving the complex treatment needs of patients. Interns are encouraged to round out the training year by selecting from the many specialty training experiences available at Hennepin Healthcare, some of which are listed below. If a particular training experience does not formally exist, it may be possible for arrangements to be made to develop appropriate and unique experiences for the intern.
The Burn Center is a 17-bed intensive care unit that provides comprehensive care to adults and children with thermal injuries (burns, frostbites, and hypothermia) as well as patients requiring specialized wound care. The Burn Center is part of HCMC Trauma Services but is also independently certified by the American Burn Association (ABA). As part of the team approach to patient care, a staff psychologist attends weekly rounds and offers consultation to other team members. Psychological services are made available to patients and families by psychology staff. Trainees help patients cope with traumatic circumstances of the injury, the immediate and long-term psychosocial aspects of the physical trauma, and the post-discharge adjustment to everyday life.
Pediatric Brain Injury Team
Working with this team offers training and experience for interns in the treatment of children with acquired brain injuries. This multidisciplinary team manages the acute, rehabilitative, and follow-up care of children and adolescents who have sustained brain injuries. Psychologists and neuropsychologists perform an assessment of the patient, participate in family and school conferences, and provide counseling as needed to help the patient and family cope with problems arising from the brain injury.
Outpatient Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Clinic
This multidisciplinary team of providers offers comprehensive outpatient care, education, and research to serve rehab patients (and families) with mild to moderate TBI or stroke. The multidisciplinary team meets Mondays for weekly rounds to coordinate care for these patients. Clinical psychology staff and trainees provide diagnostic evaluation and psychological interventions (including psychoeducation).
Inpatient Knapp Rehabilitation Center
The Miland E. Knapp Rehabilitation Center is an acute rehab program serving inpatients and outpatients, ages 13+, whose physical and cognitive impairments restrict activity and community participation. The interdisciplinary treatment team involves an inpatient psychologist and neuropsychologist.
The HOPE Program is a comprehensive intervention program for people who have experienced a first episode of psychosis. The HOPE Program uses the NAVIGATE model of treatment to accomplish these goals. The program helps individuals and their families navigate the road to recovery by supporting efforts to function well at home, on the job, at school, and in the social world. Five mental health services are included in the treatment plans, including individual therapy, individualized psychiatric medication evaluation and management services, supported employment and education, family therapy and education focused, and psychiatric case management.
Hennepin Bariatric Center
The Hennepin Bariatric Center is an interdisciplinary team that includes professionals from the departments of Internal Medicine, Surgery, Nutrition, and Psychiatry. Psychologists and trainees perform psychological evaluations of potential bariatric surgery patients, provide evaluation services for medical and psychological interventions, and provide or coordinate further psychological care. This is a required rotation for adult interns.
Pediatric Gender and Sexual Health Clinic
The Pediatric Gender and Sexual Health Clinic provides primary health and mental health care to children, adolescents, and young adults who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, gender-questioning, and/or gender diverse. The clinic is interdisciplinary and is staffed by two psychologists, two pediatricians, a nurse, and a social worker. Interns involved in this clinic will participate in staff consultation meetings, initial intake evaluations, follow-up therapy appointments, and more complex psychological evaluations. There may also be opportunities for research involvement.
Consultation and Brief Intervention Service (CBIS)
The Consultation and Brief Intervention Service is a time limited, structured program designed to provide diagnostic clarification, treatment, and stabilization for patients with mental health needs in our community and our health system. The program provides 90 days of mental health treatment and stabilization to allow adequate time to identify the appropriate level of care needed and establish the indicated long term follow up if applicable. CBIS is a part of the S1 Adult Psychiatry Clinic, the treatment team includes a psychiatric provider (physician assistant/nurse practitioner, psychiatrist), psychology provider, social worker, and nurse.
Mother Baby Program
The Mother-Baby Day Hospital is an intensive outpatient mental health treatment program for pregnant women and mothers of children age 3 or younger who are experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, or other emotional distress that make it difficult to function at home or at work, take care of themselves or their baby, and/or bond and connect with their baby. Treatment include group and family psychotherapy; support for mother-baby bonding and connection; health education on topics such as the transition to motherhood, grief and loss, caring for a baby or young child, and relaxation and mindfulness; and medication evaluation and management. Individual appointments with a perinatal psychiatrist, therapist, or lactation consultant may be scheduled before or after the Day Hospital hours. *** Please note that this is a new training experience and availability of the rotation will depend on multiple factors. Updates will be posted on this website as they become available.
Despite shifting to providing clinical services and training remotely at the beginning of the pandemic, our commitment to providing excellent clinical care and meaningful training experiences remains. The safety of our trainees, staff, and patients is a priority. We have taken numerous safety measures at our hospital and satellite clinics to ensure that every patient that comes into our system is screened for COVID-19 symptoms. Our Infection and Prevention team is working to implement strategies to keep everyone safe. Interns at Hennepin Healthcare will be required to have the full primary series of a COVID-19 vaccine. For team members receiving a medical or religious exemption for the COVID-19 vaccination, additional risk mitigation efforts (e.g., testing, masking, etc.) implemented by EOHW and Infection Prevention must be followed.
We will update our training materials as we know more about what the 2024-2025 training year will look like. For now, we can confirm that internship interviews will be taking place virtually. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions.
Meet our trainees
2020-2021 Child Interns:
- 2020-2021 Child Intern Allison Momany, MA Shares Experience YouTube
- 2020-2021 Child Intern Yosef Amrami, MA Shares Experience YouTube
2020-2021 Adult Interns:
2022-2023 Intern Cohort Video:
Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data
Find information about program admissions, support, and placement data. The following documents are in PDF format.
What Sets us Apart?
Our Mission to Provide Exceptional Care
HCMC is a safety net hospital and a nationally recognized Level 1 Trauma Center that serves adults and children/adolescents. A vital part of our mission is to provide exceptional care to underserved and vulnerable populations, regardless of ability to pay.
Academic Medical Center & Teaching Hospital
We were the first teaching hospital in Minnesota. We have a large, engaged, and supportive training staff, with more than 25 psychologists in the Psychology Department. We provide opportunities to develop skills while working on multi-disciplinary teams with a variety of healthcare staff.
Serve a Diverse Patient Population
37% identifying as White/Caucasian
31% identifying as Black/African American
20% identifying as Hispanic/Latino
3% identifying as American Indian/Native American
3% identifying as Asian
4% identifying as “Other”
2% identifying as two or more races
LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Top Performer
Offer a Wide Variety of Clinical/Training Experiences
Provide care as part of the integrated treatment team at a Level 1 Trauma Center
Have opportunities for both inpatient and outpatient training experiences
Develop skills in therapy, assessment, and consultation
Work in our psychiatric emergency room
Gain experience working with patients that have serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI)
Train in health psychology settings
Take on optional experiences in more focused training areas
Integrated primary care, Neuropsychology, etc.
Experience flexibility to help meet your training goals
Take on opportunities to work with both adult and child/adolescent patients, regardless of if you are in the child or adult internship track
Internship interviews will be taking place virtually. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions.
Applications Due November 1
The Psychology Internship Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation (CoA) of the American Psychological Association (APA). Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission of Accreditation:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202-336-5979 | Email: [email protected] | Website: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation
The internship program is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and participates in the APPIC match. Information about APPIC including Match Policies is available at http://www.appic.org/. Submit the following items via the APPIC AAPI at http://www.appic.org/.
- Curriculum vitae
- APPIC Application for Psychology Internship
- Official graduate transcripts
- Three letters of recommendation
- One sample report
Note that the sample report needs to be uploaded under the supplemental materials section. Please indicate in your cover letter if you are applying to the Adult or the Child track. The program codes for the APPIC match are 138013 for the Adult Track and 138014 for the Child Track. Also be sure to include your APPIC match number on the AAPI.
Our program seeks applicants who would thrive in a training setting committed to diversity. We invite you to comment briefly in your cover letter about how you think you could contribute to this training site and training class in the domains of diversity knowledge, awareness, and sensitivity.
The psychology internship program abides by the APPIC policy of not soliciting or accepting any ranking-related information from applicants prior to the APPIC Match Day.
Selected applicants are invited to attend one of our two Interview Days in early January. During the Interview Days, prospective interns are introduced to the program and staff, participate in individual interviews with the faculty, and tour the facility with current trainees. Unstructured time to interact with faculty and trainees is also provided.
Students from APA-accredited (as well as CPA-accredited) graduate programs will be considered. Preference is given to applicants from programs in clinical, counseling, and school psychology. Adequate preparation for the internship includes completion of basic graduate coursework and 250 practicum hours in intervention and 100 practicum hours in assessment. Experience working with both children and adults is desirable, but not required.
Please note that interns are required to pass their comprehensive exams and have their dissertation proposal approved prior to the start of the internship.
Hennepin Healthcare is committed to providing Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity. Matches to Hennepin Healthcare are contingent upon the successful completion of pre-employment health screening, reference checks, compliance with the U.S. Government Eligibility Verification form, and background checks including MN Statute 148.01 Sexual Exploitation Act.
About Our Facility
The Psychiatry Department is largely located within the Hennepin Healthcare downtown campus in Minneapolis. It is composed of a 102-bed adult psychiatric inpatient service, the Partial Hospitalization Program, the Day Treatment Program, Acute Psychiatric Services, Child Adolescent Psychiatry Service, the Adult Psychiatry Clinic, the Mother-Baby Program, Neuropsychology, the HOPE Program (First Episode Psychosis Program), and our Crisis Residence.