Program Information: Psychology Services Department

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1311
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Federal Medical Center, Lexington
Department: Psychology Services Department
Address: 3301 Leestown Road
Lexington, Kentucky 40511-8799
Country: United States
Metro Area: Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN
Distance from Major City: 80 miles south of Cincinnati, OH
Phone: 859-255-6812x
Fax: 859-253-8845
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: 1988
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Adu Boateng
Chief Psychologist: Geoffrey Grimm
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: 07/19/2021
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 5
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 54668
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above):
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns provided mental health services to a correctional population of male (FMC) and/or female (Camp) inmates. These services may include individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, assessment, or consultation with correctional staff. Interns are fully supported by licensed clinical supervision who typically interact on a daily basis.
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: 11/01/2020 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Required
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/15/2020
Interview notification date time zone: Eastern Standard Time
Tentative interview date: 01/18/2021
Interview process description:

Please closely review program information materials provided in the FMC Lexington internship brochure.  *Please note there is no requirement regarding number of clinical hours needed to apply.  Applicants MUST be enrolled in APA accredited doctoral programs and meet specific age requirements for employment with the Bureau.  Supplemental materials (e.g. case studies, psychological evaluations) are NOT required.  Please allow sufficient time to complete both APPIC and USA jobs applications. PELASE NOTE THE USA JOBS APPLICATION WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO APPLICANTS WHO ARE INVITED FOR INTERVIEW AFTER THE NOVEMBER 1ST DEADLINE. 


***Due to the impact of COVID-19, the interview process will contain a remote and on-site component. As part of the interview process, applicants must satisfactorily pass a security clearance procedure that includes a computerized Core Values Assessment (CVA), a pre-employment interview, an integrity interview which addresses issues of personal conduct, and a panel interview in which you will be asked to respond to a number of scenarios that could arise in a correctional facility. This portion of the interview will be conducted at the Bureau of Prisons institution closest to the applicant; it does not have to occur at an internship site. These procedures are used to determine your qualifications for a position of public trust and are required of all applicants seeking employment with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Results of the security clearance procedures can be shared with other Bureau internship sites for your convenience. However, if you fail any portion of this security clearance, you will no longer be considered at any of the other sites.

After successful completion of the on-site interview, each applicant will then be scheduled to participate in a remote interview with FMC Lexington Psychology Services staff via video conferencing (WebX). The interview will highlight aspects of the department and the internship program at FMC Lexington. This will also allow applicants to meet and interact with supervisory psychologists.

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
If NOT a U.S. Citizen, Authorization to Work or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in the US is Required: No
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a Canadian Citizen, Authorization to Work in Canada or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in Canada is Required: No
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours:
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours:
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
PCSAS-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: Please note there are NO minimum number of clinical hours that are required to apply at FMC Lexington. Our interns generally have a varied number of hours in correctional, forensic, and or in-patient settings. Supplemental materials (e.g. work samples) are also NOT a requirement for application. A select number of applicants will be required to complete a national application that will be made available on USA jobs.
Program Description

FMC Lexington is a federal prison medical center.  We house male inmates in both general population and medical units. We also have a small satellite, minimum security prison camp for female offenders.  Interns are an integral part of our very active Psychology Services Department.  All interns are assigned to General Population where they provide a wide variety of mental health intervention and assessment services for male and female inmates.  Once selected, interns are given several options regarding elective training expereinces which they may participate.  Elective training experiences are chosen based on intern experience and availablability of  supervision in that area. Elective options include  Drug Abuse Program Rotations which there are two residential therapeutic communites offering extensive group therapy experience and a strong didactic component; SMI/Chronic Mental Health Treatment where interns provide clinical services to chronic mentally ill patients within a specialized environment; RESOLVE  Interns can also gain experience working with male and female inmates with significant trauma histories; and/or Forensic Assessment where interns collaborate in preparation of assessments of competency and criminal responsibility of defendants for the federal court system.

All interns are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to sample experiences in other training rotations and to work with women at the satellite camp. Interns receive sick and annual leave. Support for research and completion of dissertation are provided. Many former interns are currently employed as Psychologists within the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Internship Training Opportunities


Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

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


Health Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Women's Health: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
HIV/AIDS: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Serious Mental Illness: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Anxiety Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Substance Use Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Forensics/Corrections: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Geropsychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Religion/Spirituality: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:

Additional information about training opportunities: Not all rotations or training experiences may be available as described in the APPIC Directory. Please consult the program's application materials or their website at:  for a complete description of the training opportunities available at this training site. IF the site has not updated their information by August 1, feel free to contact the Training Director for additional information.

Summary of the Characteristics of the Specified Internship Class
2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Number of Completed Applications: 102 91 100 92
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 30 30 30 30
Total number of interns: 5 5 5 5
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 5 5 5 5
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 2 2 1 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 3 3 4 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 3 5 4
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 2 2 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 9 4 7 6
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 25 35 30 32
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 1 0
Community Mental Health Center: 2 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 1 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 1 0
Correctional Facility: 0 4 3 4
School District/System: 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 0 1
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 1 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 2 0 0 0