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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


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Training Faculty

2012-2013 Internship Cohort

Internship Administrative and Training Manual

This website was last updated 02/01/13


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 Joan Romano, Ph.D., Psychology Internship Training Director at or The Internship Program at 206-543-7576 or

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 specialized training in general adult psychology, child psychology, 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 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 several substantive areas. Training sites include medical and psychiatric inpatient and outpatient settings.

The internship program offers:

Application Requirements and Procedure

The internship program begins on July 1. By then, applicants must have completed at least three years of graduate study. Applicants must be in good standing in an APA or CPA accredited, scientist-practitioner or clinical scientist Ph.D. program in clinical, counseling, or "combined" psychology. Successful applicants will generally have accrued about 1000 hours (grand total) of practicum experience. The 1000 hours includes support hours, intervention, assessment, and supervision hours. It is not a strict cutoff but rather an overall guideline. We look at a balance of direct patient contact, supervision and other activities. Because our selection process is weighted toward applicants showing promise of future academic and/or clinical research careers, applicants from programs that are primarily geared toward training practitioners are less competitive. The program requires that applicants have completed comprehensive examinations and have an approved dissertation proposal by the deadline for application to the internship. Because of this program's diversity and its geographic dispersion, it is best suited for individuals who are well organized, self-reliant, and adaptable. Completed applications must be received by November 1.

An interview is not a required part of the application process. However, all tracks will offer appointments the afternoon of the Open House to give applicants the opportunity to meet with Faculty. (For details see Application Instructions).

Applicants under consideration who wish to familiarize themselves with our program are strongly encouraged to attend an Open House on January 7, 2014, where they can acquaint themselves with many of our training faculty, talk to current psychology residents, and visit training sites. Attendance at this Open House is not required for admission to the program. Initial applicant ratings will have been done prior to the Open House. We notify all applicants of their status by December 15th; only applicants still under consideration are invited to the Open House. Visits to our program may be arranged at times other than the Open House, but they yield less exposure to our faculty and facilities than at the Open House. Our selection process is driven primarily by the application materials. If you have specific questions about the training program, please e-mail the Training Director, Joan M. Romano Ph.D. Or e-mail the Faculty Track Coordinator any questions you have about the different tracks.

Adult Track Faculty Coordinator: Joan Romano, Ph.D.

Behavioral Medicine/Neuropsychology Track Faculty Coordinator: Myron Goldberg, Ph.D., ABPP;

Child Track Faculty Coordinator: Gretchen Gudmundsen, Ph.D.

You can also e-mail general questions to the Psychology Internship Program at

Information of Interest to Minority Applicants

We strive to have classes that vary in terms of geography, age, socioeconomic background, gender, and race/ethnicity. The training faculty have diverse interests, personal, and professional backgrounds. The program facilitates supportive, collegial connections between psychology residents and faculty. In the larger University and School of Medicine community, there are a number of resources and events specifically for minority students. (See Office of Multicultural Affairs - School of Medicine) (See Diversity Advancement Committee)

The ethnic distribution of the population of Seattle, the University of Washington community and the participating medical centers of the internship are shown in the chart below. The population served by these medical centers encompasses adults, and children with a broad range of psychological and medical problems and drawn from a diverse array of ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Seattle is a community known to be welcoming of other forms of diversity including a large and active gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered community.

Internship training faculty would be pleased to speak with applicants further about any particular resources or aspects of the Seattle community that are of interest.

Ethnic Diversity in Seattle, the UW Community, and Participating Medical Centers



Asian/ Pacific Islander


Hispanic/ Latino

Native American








5% multiracial; 3% other
UW Students






5% unknown; 11% international
Medical Centers            
Seattle Children's Hospital Inpatient Adminssions.






4% multiracial
Seattle Children's Hospital Outpatient Visits






4% multiracial
Harborview Medical Center Inpatient Admissions
1% multiracial
Harborview Medical Center Outpatient Visits
1% multiracial
University of Washington Medical Center Inpatient Admissions
2% multiracial
University of Washington Medical Center Outpatient Visits






1% multiracial

Information of Interest to Applicants with Disabilities

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply to our program. In the past, we have accommodated psychology residents with a variety of physical disabilities, including disabilities requiring manual and motorized wheelchair accessibility. The Disabled Student Services Office coordinates special services made available to residents, including a variety of university services, equipment, and publications. Special services from the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine's Assistive Technology Resource also are available. The University of Washington Medical Center's Rehabilitation Medicine and Rehabilitation Psychology Divisions are internationally known, and collaborations between students and faculty members are regarded to be mutually beneficial. The internship program offers experience in working with patients who have a variety of physical disabilities. (Disability Services Office) (Access Guide)

Stipend and Benefits

The stipend for our psychology resident cohort is $25,000 plus non-retirement eligible benefits (includes medical, dental, and life insurance). Psychology residents receive eleven days of vacation, five days of professional leave, and accrue one day of sick leave per month. Because residents are here, for one year only, they are not eligible for leave under the Family Medical Leave Act. However, personal vacation can be taken for family medical emergencies.

The University of Washington reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran in accordance with University policy and applicable federal and state statutes and regulations. Further information regarding these policies and statutes may be obtained through the University of Washington Equal Opportunity Office website at:

Applicants to the Behavioral Medicine/Neuropsychology Track, please note the following:
Four of 5 stipends in the Behavioral Medicine/Neuropsychology track are funded with federal grants and have eligibility requirements. To receive this funding, applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals or have permanent resident status. The eligibility requirements will be taken into account in our ranking process and may affect our ability to rank applicants who do not meet these requirements.

There are also service payback agreements for the RSA Rehabilitation Services Administration* federal funding associated with 3 stipends in this track. Applicants who are eligible for federal funding and who match with us are asked to agree to accept this funding if offered and sign a payback agreement if they match with us in this track. The agreement will require a period of time following training (two years for each full or part-time stipend funded) agreeing to provide service in certain public service settings or to populations deemed eligible by the granting agency. In our prior experiences with funding stipends through this grant mechanism, these requirements are generally met without significant difficulty or hardship for residents. Over a previous 20 year period of having trainees involved in such payback agreements, we are not aware of situations in which this has restricted career or location opportunities for our graduates. Applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Myron Goldberg ( if they have any concerns about the payback agreement.

*The information in this link pertains only to certain stipends within the Behavioral Medicine Track mentioned above.
RSA Manual (RSA Rehabilitation Services Administration )

The University and the Health Sciences Center

The University of Washington was founded in 1861 on a 10-acre site in what is now downtown Seattle. In 1895, it was moved to its present 660 acres on the shores of Lake Washington. It now offers instruction in more than 200 academic disciplines. Approximately 35,000 students are enrolled. The School of Medicine of the University of Washington was established by the state legislature in 1945. The Medical School is centered in the Health Sciences complex on the University campus. Clinical teaching programs are conducted at the University of Washington Medical Center and in affiliated hospitals and clinical facilities throughout the city and the Pacific Northwest.

Further information about the University can be found at