Program Information: Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1954
Program Type: Internship
Site: University of Kansas Medical Center
Department: Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Address: Division of Psychology
3901 Rainbow Blvd. Mail Stop 4015
Kansas City, Kansas 66160
Country: United States
Metro Area: Kansas City, MO-KS
Distance from Major City: Program is in Kansas City, KS
Phone: 913-588-6463x
Fax: 913-588-6414
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Medical School
Additional Agency Types:
  • Academic Health Center
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatric or Pediatrics
  • Medical School
  • Private General Hospital
  • Private Outpatient Clinic
  • Private Psychiatric Hospital
  • Psychology Department
  • State/County/Other Public Hospital
Member of APPIC since: 2007
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Edward Hunter
Chief Psychologist: Elizabeth Penick
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 13
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 13
Position Information
Start Date: 07/01/20
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 6
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 30000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Important Note: Although interns formally begin the program's training on 7-1-20, there is up to one week of orientation prior to beginning the program, of up to four days prior to the start of the progrqam. This, interns will need to be available the week preceding the training period. Intern pay begins at the start of the orientation, for a total of $30,000 for the internship year. Subsidized health insurance policies including dental are available through the organization; interns must carry health insurance. Interns may take three weeks of paid vacation and five professional days. Sick leave of up to weeks is in addition.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site The intern year is divided into four quarters with a different major rotation each quarter; two required (Inpatient Adult Psych and Inpatient Child Psych) and two elective rotations (choices among Neurorehabilitation, Cancer Center, and Primary Care). Also, interns see patients in the Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic and have Consultation-Liaison activities in many areas of the Medical Center. Note that there are two tracks, a Comprehensive Track and an Underserved Populations Track. They share major rotations and core didactics, but there are some differences in requirements and electives, which are described on the website. Briefly, the interns on the Underserved Populations Track receive comprehensive training in using a telehealth system, must do one of their rotations in primary care, and will participate in some experiences in at least one community clinic (interns on this track have somewhat reduced hours on major rotations to address these additional experience). On any given week, all interns, regardless of track, will typically be engaged in activities related to their major rotations for 50-60% of their time with the rest taken up with other activities such as outpatients, consultation/liaison, elective activities such as evaluations for medical interventions, didactic training and supervision. Formal didactic activities generally take place on Fridays and some Tuesdays, and range from 1 to 4 hours per week, with the higher numbers during the first quarter in order to best prepare the intern as they progress through the program.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsNo
Do Psychology Interns/Postdocs Have the Opportunity to Supervise Practicum Students?Yes
Is this program fully affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Is this program partially affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 11/15/2019 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Time Zone: Central Standard Time
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is: Preferred
Interview notification date: 12/15/2019
Interview notification date time zone: Central Standard Time
Tentative interview date: 12/13/2019
Interview process description:

Note the above require field for Tentative Interview Date is the first of several interview dates as identified below:

After faculty review of all completed AAPI's, a smaller subset of candidates who are the most likely to be a good fit for our program will be invited for a campus visit to interview with faculty.  We prefer on-site interviews because it gives the applicant the a much better experience of what our program is all about. We typically establish four to five interview dates; these dates will occur Fridays, December 13 and December 20, 2019 and January 10 and 17, 2020 for the 2020-21 internship year.  

Interview days, which begin at 8:00 AM will begin with a welcome and overview of the program by the training director.  There are generally six visiting applicants on a given day.  Applicants will next attend one of the didatic activities of the program.  Then, each applicant will have at least two but usually three individual interviews with different faculty members including the director of training and the psychology division director.  Candidates will receive a tour of the main medical center campus conducted by current interns and postdocs, and candidates will have an opportunity to ask questions and discuss the internship with current interns.  We will serve a lunch attended also by faculty and other trainees, where candidates can learn more about the program and ask questions.  Activities are generally completed by 2:00-3:00 PM. 

Appicants are welcome to follow up their visit by corresponding with the training director, faculty or current interns with any further questions that may help in their ranking decision.   

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: University of South Carolina, University of California- San Diego/San Diego State University, University of West Virginia, University of Miami, University of Florida, Duke University, Pennsylvania State University, University of Arizona, University at Albany- SUNY, University of Kansas, University of Iowa, University of Missouri, George Mason University, University of Utah, Iowa State University,University of Memphis, University of Mississippi, University of South Dakota, University of North Dakota, East Carolina University, East Tennessee State University, University of Missouri- Kansas City
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: No
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
Masters Degree Required: Yes, by ranking deadline
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: No
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours:
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours:
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 4
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
Non-Accredited Not Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree Not Accepted
This institution, department, internship, or postdoctoral program requires trainees to sign a statement about personal behavior and/or religious beliefs as a condition of admission and/or retention in the program: No
How to obtain text of statement:
Other Requirements: Important Note: Our Comprehensive Track does not require U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident status. However our Underserved Populations Track requires U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident status. This is because the Underserved Populations Track stipends are funded by a Federal Agency (HRSA) which requires this. Thus, the previous screen in this directory indicating that citizenship is not required is only for the Comprehensive Track (there is no other way to represent this according to the selection categories on that previous screen).
Program Description

Interns in our program receive broadly-based training at this major academic medical center.  We aim to develop individuals who establish excellent working relationship with patients, competently provide evidence-based assessments and interventions, work well with others in fast-paced interdisciplinary environments, and refect the highest professional standards. The program provides core training in inpatient and outpatient adult and child psychiatry and a very broad exposure to health psychology such as integrated primary care, onco-psychology, neurorehabilitation and psychology.  The program will provide outstanding preparation for work in an academic medical center or other interdisciplinary medical setting.  The program features required and elective rotations and activities as described below.

All interns are part of the same internship program and share its overall aims and competencies. However, there are two tracks, the Comprehensive Track (4 positions) and the Underserved Populations Track (2 positions).  The Comprehensive Track is broad health psychology and psychiatry settings. The Underserved Track is the same, but is for the interns with a passion for work in rural or other underserved settings. There is a great deal of overlap between the two tracks of the internship, and the full rotations of the Comprehensive Track are also available to the Underserved Populations Track.

Comprehensive Track:

Comprehensive Track interns will participate in the following full (three month) rotations.

  1. Inpatient Adult Psychiatry Unit
  2. Inpatient Child Psychiatry Unit

Comprehensive Track interns will choose two full elective rotations (three months each) from among:

  1. Cancer Center
  2. Neurorehabilitation Unit
  3. Primary Care Clinics

Comprehensive Track interns will carry around 12 outpatients in the outpatient Psychiatry Clinic throughout the year.

Comprehensive Track interns will participate in Consultation/Liaison activities in the KU Hospital

Comprehensive Track interns may elect an activity with the Psychosocial Evaluations for Medical Interventions Program.

 Underserved Populations Track:*

Underserved Populations Track interns will participate in the following full (three month) rotations:

  1. Inpatient Adult Psychiatry Unit
  2. Inpatient Child Psychiatry Unit
  3. Primary Care Clinics

Underserved Populations Track interns will choose one full elective rotation (three months each) from among:

  1. Cancer Center
  2. Neurorehabilitation Unit
  3. Osawatomie State Hospital

Underserved Populations Track  interns will carry about ap outpatients throughout the year in the one or more of the Outpatient Psychiatry Clinics, Telehealth Program, and/or Primary Care Program.

Underserved Populations Track interns will also:

      1. Receive specialized training in the KU Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth.

      2. Participate in the Underserved Populations Touring Activity which will involve visits to multiple sites   including FQHC’s, and underserved community mental health center.

      3. Do an intensive 1 week (or option for additional week) exposure in nationally recognized FQHC in a rural area which focuses on integrated primary care, as well as an experience in another local primary care clinic in an underserved area.

Underserved Populations Track interns may also:

      1. Participate in the Area Health Education Center’s programming. Interns will prepare and present an educational offering to rural or underserved area consumers, providers or the public. 

     2. Participate in the mentoring of minority and/or disadvantaged high school students interested in careers in healthcare (Health Careers Pathways Program) or similar grass roots mentoring activity. 

Underserved Populations Track interns follow the Concentric Training Model (CTM), described on the internship website.  This model features core mental health training, primary care and behavioral health training, and outreach training through telemedicine and community clinic. 

All interns receive didactic training emphasizing clinical application, and is extensive.  It emphases evidence-based practice, culture, and special topics such as health disparities and access barriers.  There is a strong focuss on developing an excellent knowledge of many medical conditions.  Interns receive training in supervision, educate other trainees in multidisciplinary contexts, and present in a didactic format.  All interns also work with a mentor to design and carry out a clinical program

*Underserved Populations Track intern stipends are funded by a grant from Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA).  

Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Other: Underserved Populations

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Group Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Community Intervention: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Consultation/Liaison: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Primary Care: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Other: Note: Experiences Described Above Vary Based on Electives and Track


Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
HIV/AIDS: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Physical Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Neuropsychology-Child: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Anxiety Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy:
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Integrated health care - specialty: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)

Note for all training areas, the amount of exposures, experiences, emphases, and major areas of study vary depending on electives and track.  Please check with the program or review the description of program to gain an understanding of what these percentages actually reflect for the training experiences.

Additional information about training opportunities: Not all rotations or experiences may be available at all consortium sites, and some internship programs may not have updated this information recently. Please consult the program's web site or other application materials for a complete description of the training opportunities available at each site.

Summary of the Characteristics of the Specified Internship Class
2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
Number of Completed Applications: 54 72 72
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 24 24 24
Total number of interns: 4 6 6
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 4 6 6
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 4 5 6
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0 1 0
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 5 4
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 1 2
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 15
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 70
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 4 3 6
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 1 0 1
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 1 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0
Medical School: 3 3 5
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0