About the Psychology Internship
The Psychology Internship’s mission at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler (UT Health Northeast) is two-fold: first, to provide clinically and culturally competent behavioral health services to traditionally underserved populations and geographical areas; second, to train future psychologists to provide excellent integrated care within the medical environment, promoting top notch patient-centered care.
The UT Health Northeast Psychology Internship Program offers a 2,000 hour, one year doctoral internship that began with the class of 2015/2016. The Lone Star Psychology Internship Consortium (LSPIC) was our “parent” program and now we are excited to offer a program of our own. With the start of our first class of four interns, we anticipate applying for APPIC membership.
Currently, the UT Health Northeast Psychology Internship Program is housed within the Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Section of the Department of Medicine. Our physician partners are actively involved in supporting the internship.
Our program offers four one year, full time doctoral internship positions at UT Health Northeast. We offer an overarching program in clinical psychology within an emphasis on the interface between psychology and medicine. This program consists of two separate tracks of training.
- The first of these is Psychology in a Medical Setting. This track emphasizes intervention in an integrated care model, particularly in our family medicine residency program, but also in internal medicine, oncology, and an outreach HIV center (East Texas Cares Resources). Psychology interns learn how to blend psychology with medical culture, providing psychological care that addresses the needs of, and is integrated into medical care. Experiences include consultation, collaboration, and intervention within primary care settings.
- The second track is Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation. This experience provides a greater emphasis in psychological testing, and involves neuropsychological testing as well as evaluations for vocational rehabilitation. More recently, pain evaluations have become a part of this experience.
It is expected that by the conclusion of the internship year, interns will have achieved competence appropriate to their professional developmental level in the following areas:
Behavioral Health Intervention
- Case conceptualization and treatment planning
- Implementation of therapeutic interventions
- Crisis intervention
- Therapeutic skills
Assessment and Diagnosis
- Diagnostic skill
- Instrument selection, administration, and scoring
- Test interpretation
- Clinical formulation
- Report writing
- Communicating results
Consultation and Collaboration
- Multidisciplinary collaboration
- Theories and methods of consultation
- Theories and methods of supervision
- Effective use of supervision
Cultural and Individual Diversity
- Cultural awareness
- Effects of cultural considerations on clinical activities
- Evidence-informed approach to cultural considerations
Science and Practice Integration
- Application of scientific knowledge to practice
- Program evaluation
- Knowledge of ethical, legal, and professional standards
- Adherence to ethical principles and guidelines
- Professional awareness
- Interpersonal relationships
- Self awareness
- Clinical documentation
- Case management
The training site at UT Health Northeast offers four one-year doctoral internship opportunities. Each year, training begins July 1.
Interns train in the area of clinical psychology, developing experience in delivering integrated behavioral healthcare in various medical settings, including a Family Medicine residency, Internal Medicine Clinic/Center for Healthy Aging, Oncology, Palliative/Supportive Care, Inpatient psychiatric units at UT Health Northeast and Rusk State Hospital, and NeuroRestorative post-acute rehabilitation for brain trauma. Experiences are longitudinal, allowing for the development of both short and long-term therapeutic alliances with patients, as well as collegial relationships with physician faculty and residents. Two tracks are offered, with one track emphasizing treatment in multiple medical settings, and the other track emphasizing evaluations focused on neuropsychological and rehabilitation concerns. However, both tracks overlap significantly in many clinical areas.
Hands-on learning opportunities include:
- Working with primary care faculty and residents in the Family Health Center as well as working with internal medicine physicians in the Center for Healthy Aging, providing consultation, “warm handoffs,” crisis management, psychotherapy, and counseling
- Conducting psychological and neuropsychological assessment for various referral sources, including physician referral and Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), among others
- Working in a long-term post-acute brain injury rehabilitation unit, providing psychotherapy and neuropsychological assessment
- Providing consultation to inpatient units, the cancer center, and East Texas Cares Resources, an HIV-outreach center
- Providing psychoeducation in health self-management groups such as smoking cessation and weight management
- Developing new services in area(s) of interest
- Developing understanding and confidence in interfacing with the medical community, grasping the cultural differences between professions, and providing streamlined integrated behavioral health
- Providing group therapy and milieu interaction in acute psychiatric units
- Gaining exposure to the multidisciplinary approach of caring for patients through interaction with physicians, physician assistants, nurses, social workers, physical therapists, speech therapists, and community mental health workers
Supervision and Didactics
- Individual supervision is provided by each of the two full-time faculty, yielding a minimum of two hours per week
- Group supervision involves psychology interns and faculty for two hours per week
- Didactics occur Wednesday afternoons. The medical center also offers Cancer Conference on Thursdays and Grand Round didactics on Fridays. Psychology didactic seminars will focus on a range of topics. A sample of such topics includes:
- Risk Assessment and Suicidality
- Ethics for the Early-Career Professional and Texas Laws
- Multicultural Diversity and Professional Competence
- Rural Mental Health
- Motivational Interviewing
- Theories and Methods of Supervision
- Program Evaluation
- Assessment and Treatment of Mood Disorders
- Medical/Neurological Disorders Presenting as Psychiatric Illness
- Forensic Psychology
- Advocacy for the Profession/Advocacy for the Patient
- Assessment and Treatment of Psychotic Disorders
- Issues Related to Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Stipend and Benefits
The annual stipend across consortium sites will be $20,000. Interns are required to have current health insurance coverage. Access to health benefits will be provided. State holidays, approved professional leave, and 10 days personal time off (combined illness and vacation leave) are offered as well.
Assessment and other training materials are provided. Additionally, each intern is offered office space, a work computer and equipment.
Kathryn Wortz, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychology Training Director, Psychology Internship Program
Charles Walker, Ph.D.
Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology
Paul Andrews, Ph.D., ABPP
Clinical Psychology, Forensic Psychology
Physician Faculty include:
Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Section, Department of Internal Medicine
Jeffery Matthews, MD, Associate Professor and Section Chief
Jon A. Guidry, MD, Assistant Professor
David Streckmann, MD, Assistant Professor
Department of Family Medicine
Robert B. Tompkins, MD, Associate Professor, Interim Chair, and Program Director, Family Medicine Residency
J. Ryan Menard, MD, MBA, Assistant Professor, Clinic Director, Associate Program Director
Patti B. Olusola, MD, Assistant Professor
Monique Mills, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Michele C. Bosworth, MD, Associate Professor, Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer
Sarah Low, MD, Assistant Professor, Associate Clinic Director
Admir Seferovic, MD, Assistant Professor
Emmanuel Elueze, MD, PhD, MPA (HCA), FACP
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Medicine
Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency at GSMC
Jeffrey Levin, MD, M.S.P.H.
Senior Vice President of Clinical and Academic Affairs
Professor and Chair, Occupational Health Sciences
Program Director, Occupational Medicine Residency
- UT Health Northeast match numbers can be found on the National Matching Service Website. To learn about our curriculum, policies, and procedures, download the program handbook.
- Students interested in applying for the internship program should submit an online application through the APPIC website. Students may apply for either or both of the two program tracks offered. Please note that each has a separate program number.
A complete application consists of the following materials:
- A completed Online AAPI (APPIC’s standard application)
- Cover letter (part of online AAPI) stating your preferred training site(s) and why you are interested in those sites specifically
- A current Curriculum Vitae (as part of the online AAPI)
- Three letters of recommendation, two of which must be from persons who have directly supervised your clinical work (as part of the online AAPI). Please submit no more than three letters.
- Official transcripts of all graduate coursework
- All applicants are required to include work samples as part of the application process. Applicants should upload one integrated psychological evaluation and a one-page case summary/conceptualization as supplemental materials. Please submit no more than the requested documents.
If applicants are invited to interview, they will be notified by email. Interviews may be conducted by telephone or by person, as determined by the program.
UT Health Northeast will base its selection process on the entire application package noted above; however, applicants who have met the following qualifications prior to beginning internship will be considered preferred:
- A minimum of 500 intervention hours
- A minimum of 50 assessment hours
- Dissertation proposal defended
- Some experience or special interest in working with diverse and/or underserved populations
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