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University of Washington School of Medicine
Psychology Internship Program

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
University of Washington School of Medicine
Box 356560
1959 N.E. Pacific St
Seattle, WA 98195


This website was last updated 08/26/2015


Welcome to the website for the University of Washington Psychology Internship Program! This website is designed to provide prospective applicants and others with an introduction to our training program. Please explore the web site to learn about training opportunities and application requirements. For additional information please contact the the Internship Program Office at 206-543-7576 or UW School of Medicine Psychology Internship Program (

The University of Washington Psychology Internship program was founded in 1961 with the goal of providing excellent clinical, didactic, and research training firmly rooted in the scientist-practitioner tradition. The program has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1965, and has built a strong national reputation as a leading medical school-based internship, providing training in general adult psychology, general child psychology, and behavioral medicine/health psychology and neuropsychology. Our faculty includes nationally recognized researchers and clinicians with a strong interest in teaching and clinical training. Our program is strongly committed to advancing diversity in the recruitment and training of psychology residents.

The University of Washington's predoctoral internship program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). (The APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation can be reached at 750 First Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20002-4242 or by phone: 202-336-5979). Our internship program provides intensive training in psychology under the auspices of the University's School of Medicine. The program involves three medical centers: The University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, and Seattle Children's Hospital (formerly Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center) and their affiliated programs and clinics. Administrative oversight for the internship program is provided by the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

The Internship program operates within a very active research context which offers an especially stimulating environment for psychology residents who are considering clinically relevant academic and/or research careers. The Internship program has a membership in the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science, which is associated with the American Psychological Society. The Academy of Psychological Clinical Science is a coalition of training programs that share a common goal of producing and applying scientific knowledge to the assessment, understanding, and amelioration of human problems. The University of Washington School of Medicine ranks first among all public universities in the amount of federal research funds received.

Our psychology resident selection process is weighted strongly toward applicants whose training, experience, and academic accomplishments indicate potential for both clinical and research excellence. For example, no applicants from professional school programs have been accepted to our program in the last decade. Successful applicants typically show evidence of scientific contribution, such as publications, presentations, and research activity. They also demonstrate evidence of a high degree of clinical competence and experience in assessment and therapy. We especially welcome applicants who have a combination of excellent clinical skills, strong research interests and potential, and well-developed interpersonal and communication skills that will allow them to flourish in a multidisciplinary environment. Our goal is to provide the highest quality training for residents in a supportive and stimulating academic medical center environment.

The University of Washington Psychology Internship utilizes a scientist-practitioner training model. It is 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:



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