Program Information: Psychology Department

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1398
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: U. S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners
Department: Psychology Department
Address: 1900 W. Sunshine St.
Springfield, Missouri 65807
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 200 miles southwest of St. Louis
Phone: 417-862-7041x1131
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Prison or Other Correctional Facility
Additional Agency Types:
  • Prison or Other Correctional Facility
Member of APPIC since: 1989
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Brandianne Cook
Chief Psychologist: Elizabeth Tyner
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 9
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/02/2020
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 3
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 53154
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class:
Fringe Benefits: Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above):
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? No
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: 11/03/2019 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: 12/13/2019
Interview notification date time zone: Central Standard Time
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

After applications are submitted electronically via the APPIC portal, all are evaluated and the most suitable candidates are contacted to verify each person’s eligibility for temporary federal employment with additional application materials at This is a necessary requirement for federal employment. Further details will be forthcoming to those candidates. Once an applicant has successfully completed this process, they will be contacted to arrange an interview. Applicants visiting the U.S. Medical Center tour the institution and meet with staff and the current interns. Applicants eat lunch with the current interns. Applicants thus have the opportunity to learn more about the program, information that will be beneficial when rank-ordering preferences for internship programs. The interview process also provides our staff an opportunity to assess the candidate’s clinical and interpersonal skills. Interviews will be scheduled in December and held during January. All efforts will be made to notify applicants of their interview status by December 13. An on-site interview at the U.S. Medical Center has obvious advantages for both parties. When this is not feasible, a telephone interview can be arranged. However, the applicant must complete a pre-employment interview at a Bureau of Prisons correctional facility before rank order lists are submitted.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs:
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: Yes
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: No
Dissertation Proposal Approved: No
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 500
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 150
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Not 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: U.S. Citizenship is required. Applicants must have lived in the U.S. for three of the last five years. Offers of internship positions resulting from the APPIC Match are strictly contingent upon satisfactory completion of the background investigation process, including a physical examination and urinalysis drug screen. For individuals selected through the matching process, a field investigation will follow to verify that the information provided in interviews and on required forms is accurate. Failure to complete this process or a finding that an applicant is outside the guidelines for employment in a sensitive position would preclude participation in the program. Once hired, interns must comply with the Bureau's Program Statement on Standards of Employee Conduct and Responsibility.
Program Description

The internship provides each intern with training experiences under the supervision of experienced psychologists in a variety of patient care settings. The program aims to use a scientist-practitioner model to train entry-level adult practitioners who can provide mental health services for a diverse population. To attain this aim, each intern has a sequence of rotations at the U.S. Medical Center in addition to several treatment and didactic activities that run for the entire year. Interns complete three major, four-month rotations which focus on 1) inpatient psychological treatment, 2) psychological assessment, with some emphasis on forensic evaluation, and 3) medical/surgical and "work cadre" (general population) psychology. Interns also complete three minor, four-month rotations, in which they work 8 to 10 hours per week running inpatient groups, conducting psychoeducational competency restoration groups, and working in the Medical Residential Drug Abuse Treatment Program. Because much can be learned from long-term psychotherapy cases, it is not uncommon for interns to continue to provide psychotherapy in some cases across rotations, with supervision from a licensed psychologist throughout the course of psychotherapy. Finally, didactic training opportunities in a variety of areas provide exposure to numerous topics, including mental health case law, forensic psychological assessment techniques, psychopharmacology, and cultural diversity. All nine psychologists are licensed, four are board certified, and all participate in the supervision of interns. Staff members represent a variety of theoretical paradigms and supervision styles. 

The website for the Psychology Internship Programs within the BOP is:

On that webpage is the link to the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoner Psychology Internship Program Brochure

Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: 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
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Individual Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students :


Health Psychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Serious Mental Illness: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Anxiety Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Forensics/Corrections: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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:
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - specialty:

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: 56 59 52
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 24 24 21
Total number of interns: 4 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 4 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 3 2 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 1 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 2 2
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 1 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 16 12 12
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 94 20 20
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: 2 4 0
Community Mental Health Center: 1 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 3 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 2 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 3
School District/System: 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0
Medical School: 1 1 0
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