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University of Washington
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:

  • 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 new 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.

Theoretical Orientation

Overall, the faculty psychologists use empirically supported assessment and treatment, with most frequently a cognitive-behavioral orientation. Most of our psychiatrists who provide adjunct supervision on many inpatient and C/L rotations have a more biological orientation. Interpersonal and psychodynamically oriented supervision also is available.


The University of Washington Medical Center Psychology Internship Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association. Any questions on accreditation status may be addressed to the Commission on Accreditation (CoA):

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
Education Directorate
American Psychological Association
750 First Street NE Washington, DC 20002-4242