Department : Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1153
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Sharp HealthCare
Department: Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology
Address: 7850 Vista Hill Avenue
Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital
San Diego, California 92123-2790
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA
Distance from Major City: 0
Phone: 858-836-8347
Training Director Email:
Co-Training Director Email:
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Private Psychiatric Hospital
Additional Agency Types:
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatric or Pediatrics
  • Private Outpatient Clinic
  • Private Psychiatric Hospital
  • Psychology Department
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director: Kelsey Bradshaw
Chief Psychologist: Maria Rodriguez
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 9
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 5
Position Information
Start Date: 07/22/2024
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 8
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 45760
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0.000
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): San Diego :-) (jazz, beaches, great food, etc.) vision insurance 401k matching some reimbursement for continuing ed and tuition (approx $2000) an amazing team and more
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site The typical workday varies quite a bit from rotation to rotation. In general, interns can expect to be doing 2 to 4 hours of group therapy per day, several hours of individual therapy per week, brief assessments several days (e.g., symptom/cognitive screens, outcomes measures, clinical interviews) as well as about 8 to 12 full-battery assessments (personality and neurocognitive) per year. Interns interact with direct supervisors every day (curbside consults) and receive at least 2 hours of 1:1 supervision with clinical supervisor and 2 hours of group supervision every week (assessment and clinical group supervision). In addition, interns PROVIDE formal supervision to practicum students and provide consultation and training to other members of the inter-professional teams on their units. Interns attend 1.5 hours of seminar every week. And finally, interns have the option of being involved in committees and work groups that influence programs and patient care on the system level.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
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: 11/12/2023 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
A Virtual Interview is: Required
Interview notification date: 12/18/2023
Tentative interview date: Jan 25, 26, 29, 30, 2024
Interview process description:

Virtual interviews worked well the last few years. Hence, we do not anticipate having in-person interviews this coming year either. We have found that we can approximate, in a virtual forum, the very thorough and personable interviews we have hosted in person for many years. Applicants who are invited for interview will be scheduled on ONE OF FOUR DATES (January 25, 26, 29, 30). Interviewed applicants will have an opportunity to meet most or all of our internship faculty as well as current interns. Prospective interviewees will be given the opportunity to rank the interview date-options available. We want to be sure we give each prospective intern (interviewee) the time and the attention they deserve to assess goodness of fit. We schedule a MAX of twelve interviews on each of the four dates - a total of 48 interviews for our 8 positions.  Although it is common for us to have more than 48 applicants who we would love to interview, 48 is the max we can do if we are to give each interviewee adequate time. We ask that you only accept an invitation to interview if you are seriously considering Sharp as a training site. If you do accept an interview and then realize that Sharp is not a good fit, we ask that you let us know that IMMEDIATELY so we can offer the spot to an alternate.  Because we put so much into our interview process, and we want each interviewee to meet with all the same folks, interviews are not available on dates other than those listed above and participation in our full interview process is required.

How to obtain application info: Email the Program
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Wright Institute, William James College, Washington State University, Virginia Consortium, University of Virginia, Vanderbuilt, University of Southern California, University of Regina, University of Nevada Las Vegas, University of Massachusetts Boston, University of Missouri, University of Minnesota, University of Miami, University of Oklahoma, University of Illinois, University of Iowa, University of Denver, University of Colorado Denver, UCSD/SDSU Joint Doctoral Program, University of Windsor, University of Texas, University of Southern California, University of North Dakota, University of Denver, University of Albany, The New School, SUNY Albany, Rutgers University-Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Pacific University, PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium, Palo Alto University, Pepperdine, Loyola, McGill University, Loma Linda University, Long Island University, Loma Linda University, La Salle University, Fuller, Indiana State University, Duquesne University, CSPP/AIU (Fresno, Los Angeles, San Diego), Colorado State University, Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Arizona State University, Argosy (Phoenix and Orange County), Adler 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: No
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 600
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 100
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Does your program require applicants to submit supplemental materials (i.e., an assessment report and/or a case/treatment summary):
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable): 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited 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: Please submit THREE letters of recommendations and a copy of a comprehensive, integrated psychological report with TAILORED clinical recommendations. Longer is not better. We prefer to see your ability to communicate effectively, thoroughly, AND concisely. Other requirements are kindness, a healthy sense of humor, a strong work ethic, a commitment to self-awareness and self care, a belief in the inherent worth of all human beings, a devotion to empiricism (big E and little e), a strong commitment to cultural competence and critical consciousness, a humble awareness of your own power and privilege, willingness to fail and be wrong, a desire for feedback, comfort with live supervision, a strong interest in assessment (you'll do a lot of it here), strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team, excellent time-management skills, advanced fluency in behavioral, third-wave, and cognitive-behavioral theory and technique, interest in advancing your competence as a clinical supervisor, interest in leadership and organizational/systems level influence, a desire to help an institution figure out how to provide high quality, compassionate HOSPITAL BASED care.
Program Description

The APA Accredited Internship Program at Sharp Healthcare is designed as a generalist site. We offer broad & diverse training possibilities. Our rotations span the life-span with opportunities in child/adolescent, adult, and senior settings. We offer both inpatient and outpatient rotations with each of these populations. All of our inpatient units and IOP/PHP programs are providing care on premises. Safety is a top priority. We have implemented MANY measures to mitigate the risk of COVID19 exposure, including some limited telehealth for intakes in a few programs, ample PPE, distancing, etc. However, given the acuity of the patients we serve, IN PERSON services have been the core of what we have done throughout the pandemic. Given the ever-evolving nature of COVID19 and our understanding of it, our response to it has and will continue to evolve to make sure we can serve patients in a manner that is most likely to mitigate risk.

Interns who match are asked to rank order our 8 rotations. Most years, interns are assigned to 2 of their top three choices.  However, there are no guarantees and because we are a generalist site, applicants must be okay with assignment to ANY of our rotations. It is extremely rare that interns would be assigned a "last choice" rotation, but it has happended. It's worth noting that interns often end up finding great value even in rotations that they might not have initially ranked high.  

We are frequently asked, "What are you looking for in your selection process?" Every APPI is thoroughly reviewed by at least 2 members of our psychology team, in addition to the training director. We carefully look at the rigor of university training, the depth and range of clinical experience, as well as other life experience. Group therapy and psychological assessment experience is highly valued as these are both large parts of our training program and clinical services. We prize a devoption cultural competence and to empiricism (big E and little e) and evidence-based treatment. We also prize trainees who demonstrate emotional literacy, a desire to increase self-awareness, and an ability to communicate genuine respect for individuals who are similar to and different from them.  

Given the vast diversity in San Diego (e.g., in all components of the ADDRESSING model), and our desire to have an intern class that reflects that diversity, we appreciate learning about the individual diversity of our applicants and encourage trainees from diverse backgrounds to apply to our program. We prize applicants who demonstrate the abilities and traits required to thrive in a fast paced, interdisciplinary, collaborative, patient-centered, acute-care environment. Please refer to our website for additional details:

Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
People without housing: Yes
Other: Military, immigrant, conserved, dual recovery

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Experience (21% to 30%)
Individual Therapy: Experience (21% to 30%)
Couples Therapy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
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:
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students : Exposure (1% to 20%)
Other: milieu therapy, multi-family groups, intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization, case-management, advocacy, systems level interventions (staff development, program design and evaluation, committee work)


Health Psychology: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Women's Health: Exposure (1% to 20%)
HIV/AIDS: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Assessment: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Neuropsychology-Child: Exposure (1% to 20%)
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: Experience (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: Experience (21% to 30%)
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Pediatrics: Experience (21% to 30%)
Vocational/Career Development: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality: Experience (21% to 30%)
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: Experience (21% to 30%)
Administration: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:

Application of sound theory, published literature, and real-time outcomes evaluation in the development and implementation of individual, group, and systems level interventions. We dance on the frontier here - where science meets practice. We welcome trainees who can help us do that.

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 2022-2023 2023-2024 2024-2025
Number of Completed Applications: 167 165 159 137 202 218 180
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 42 41 42 48 48 48 48
Total number of interns: 7 8 8 8 8 8 8
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 7 8 8 8 8 8 8
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 5 4 5 4 4 3
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 4 3 4 4 5
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 7 7 7 7 8 8
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 1 1 1 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 15 15 12 0 5 1
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 45 45 75 60 48 21
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
2022-2023 2023-2024
Academic teaching:
Community mental health center: 7 0
Consortium: 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0
Hospital/Medical Center: 0 0
Veterans Affairs Health Care System: 0 0
Psychiatric facility: 0 0
Correctional facility: 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0
School district/system: 0 0
Independent practice setting: 0 0
Other (Academic Psychology Department): 1 0
Link to Program's Trainee Admissions, Support, and Outcome Data: