Program Information: Student Health and Counseling Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1117
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: University of California, Davis
Department: Student Health and Counseling Services
Address: 219 North Hall
One Shields Avenue
Davis, California 95616-8568
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 75 miles east of San Francisco; 20 miles west of Sacramento
Phone: 832-284-4080x
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: University Counseling Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • University Counseling Center
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Lissa Joy Geiken Ph.D.
Chief Psychologist: Karin Nilsson
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 8
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 08/02/2021
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: 35000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Paid vacation and sick days; EPPP Licensure materials
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site We offer 5 internship positions, each with a unique emphasis or rotation: 1) Campus Community Outreach Program (CCOP) to develop programming aligned with addressing social justice concerns, 2) working with athletes and teams in Sport Psychology, 3) supporting Undocumented Students thru outreach and counseling, 4) Eating Disorders, 5) General Clinical/Training Focus. Please see our website for more information: Note that our Interns tend to stay for a 2nd year to deepen their work and expertise as post-doctoral residents earning approximately $48, 900 plus benefits. Trainees living in Davis tend to bike in to work, enjoying the sunny warm climate. The day typically begins with a training seminar, followed by an hour of an initial consultation with an incoming client, an hour of clinical prep for writing notes or doing case management, a follow-up hour with a client. Then, an hour lunch break, and 3-4 hours of followup sessions with clients. A given work day may diversify that by including providing group therapy, having supervision, an outreach activity or another type of meeting. Trainees are encouraged to have 45 minute followup sessions in order to have time to write brief followup notes, consult or have a break. *Note that in-office/remote work involving teletherapy and telesupervision is an evolving part of our practice following CDC and/or county health guidelines.
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: 11/08/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes, with additions
An onsite interview is:
  • Not Offered
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/10/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/03/2022
Interview process description:


We are requesting that as part of your application, you include a one- page cover letter, providing a summary of how your goals and experience match the opportunities available at our site. Please list and bold the interest areas in which you are interested (Eating Disorder, Sport Psychology, AB540/Undocumented Student, Campus Community Outreach Programming, or General Clinical/Training Focus). See our website for more information about the training opportunties at our site:

Please note: Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours is 425, and expected to be achieved at time of application submission. If your hours are close to this cut off (25-50 hours), please include a statement in your cover letter explaining how the pandemic affected accrual of hours and how you intend to obtain additional hours this 2021-2022 year. Intervention hours may include individual therapy, group therapy, couples counseling, career counseling, assessment interpretation sessions, crisis interventions, providing supervision, faciitating outreach presentations, and the output time of mental health podcasts. 

International students are encouraged to apply.  Authorization to work during internship is obtained thru your graduate program, typically CPT (Curricular Practical Training). 

Applicants are contacted to set up interviews BY EMAIL by on December 10, 2021. Phone interviews or virtual/video interviews are usually conducted during the first week of January. The interview times are offered to candidates simultaneously in an email and will be determined first come-first served. If the interview times cannot work for you, please provide an explanation. Given the multiple schedules involved, we may need to select another candidate to interview. 

We are unable to alert candidates that their application is not moving forward in the process. 

Communication with the TD, current/previous interns and other staff are welcome. After interviews, we will host an online meeting for candidates to further ask questions TD, supervisors, and current UCD trainees in mid-January. 

We are looking forward to the opportunity to get to know you!


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 Denver, University of Oregon, Wright Institute, Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Adler University, Washington State University, University of North Texas, Arizona State University, Alliant International University, John F. Kennedy University
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a U.S. Citizen, Authorization to Work or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in the US is Required: Yes
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: Yes
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by ranking deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 425
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 0
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 Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited Not Accepted
Non-Accredited Not Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree 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: In accordance with University policy, candidates who match with us must complete a background check. Final hiring for the internship is contingent upon clearing these check. Working within the Student Health and Wellness Center requires Quantiferon (TB) Testing.
Program Description

The overarching objective of the internship training program is to train ethical, competent psychologists who are capable of functioning independently and will contribute both to the welfare of society and to the profession. The educational philosophy and training model of our internship program is to provide training grounded in core competencies and the scientific principles of our profession, which emphasize the area of applied practice. The training staff realizes that the most important learning occurs through providing service under the direct supervision and mentorship of a senior staff professional. Such "learning by doing" is guided, enriched and deepened through seminars, consultations and in-service staff development activities. Interns have the opportunity to participate in one of the following interest areas: clinical/training, eating disorders, multicultural/campus community outreach programming, sport psychology, and working with undocumented students.

The internship program is defined by a commitment to the following goals: 

  1. Commitment to mentoring. 
  2. Commitment to teaching proficiencies across foundational and functional competencies. 
  3. Commitment to training in providing services to a diverse clientele. 
  4. Commitment to facilitating personal growth and professional identity. 
  5. Commitment to flexibility in developing each intern's training program.
  6. Committment to promoting inclusivity, decolonizing our work, and challenging racism 

Depending on funding and appropriateness for continuation, postdoctoral opportunities may be available for interns who complete their doctoral degree requirements and are interested in continuing as a Postdoctoral Resident.

See the website for detailed information about our internship program and Student Health and Counseling Services in general.

Our program WILL NOT consider applicants from programs that require additional contracts or evaluations forms filled out (i.e. school specific forms).

Internship Training Opportunities


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

Treatment Modalities

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


Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities:
Serious Mental Illness:
Anxiety Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders:
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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 2021-2022
Number of Completed Applications: 132 115 115 142 114
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 35 44 36 34 38
Total number of interns: 5 5 5 5 5
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 5 5 5 5 5
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 3 2 2 0 0
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 3 3 5 5
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 2 3 5 5
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 2 3 2 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 40 40 40 13 10
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 1 5 5 5 4
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 1 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 3 3 3 5 2
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 1 1 0 2
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 1 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 1 0 0 0 1