Welcome to the University of Washington
Psychology Internship Program!
We utilize a scientist-practitioner training model, and we are a "generalist" program that permits additional emphasis in adult and child psychology and behavioral medicine. Training sites include medical and psychiatric inpatient and outpatient settings.
The internship program offers:
- Assessment: Training in the assessment of behavioral, cognitive, social, and psycho-physiological factors related to behavioral disorders, medical and neurological illness, and normal functioning. More specialized training experiences in neuropsychological evaluation can be pursued.
- Intervention: Supervised experience with a wide variety of therapeutic interventions that may involve individuals, couples, families, or groups with an emphasis on empirically supported treatments.
- Consultation: Opportunities to develop the consultative and communication skills needed for doing professional work in interdisciplinary health care settings.
- Behavioral Medicine: Training opportunities in rehabilitation psychology, neuropsychology, primary care, and consultation-liaison with medical-surgical inpatient and outpatient services.
- Research: Research activity is very strongly encouraged. Opportunities are provided to increase sophistication in the design and performance of clinical research, usually by collaborating on ongoing faculty projects. Independent projects can be pursued with faculty support.
- Grantsmanship: An interdisciplinary research training series of seminars providing didactic and experiential training in grant writing skills under the mentorship of faculty members.
- Education: A year long series of required didactic presentations and journal clubs. Special seminars and tutorials may be arranged. In addition, a spectrum of scheduled courses, colloquia, grand rounds, workshops, and conferences is available throughout the University.
- Diversity training: Diversity advancement is a strong priority for the program. Diversity issues are integrated into didactic, clinical and research training, and there is a committee devoted to advancing diversity issues within the internship. Many internship rotation sites provide opportunities to work with diverse populations, with many immigrant and minority groups represented. The Behavioral Medicine/Neuropsychology Track has a federally funded Graduate Psychology Education grant aimed at improving training in behavioral medicine for underserved populations. Three new rotations have been added where residents will work with a variety of diverse and underserved patients. As one measure of this diversity of clientele the UW affiliated medical center interpreter services provides interpreters for over 80 languages.