Program Information: Psychology Department

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1209
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Northeast Florida State Hospital
Department: Psychology Department
Address: 7487 South State Road 121
Macclenny, Florida 32063-9777
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 30 miles west of Jacksonville, FL
Phone: 904-330-2629x
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: State/County/Other Public Hospital
Additional Agency Types:
  • State/County/Other Public Hospital
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Summer Scott
Chief Psychologist: Darah Granger
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 7
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/19/2022
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: 29891
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Interns receive time off for nine state holidays and one personal day. Health insurance benefits are available for a fee (approximately $300 per month for individual coverage). Interns have the option to reside in an on-campus, shared house at little or no cost while on internship at NEFSH. Interns are paid their full training stipend, regardless of whether they choose to live on or off campus.  
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site The internship experience is Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. A typical work day may include attendance at hospital committee meetings, individual therapy, forensic evaluations, group therapy, psychological assessment, and time for report writing. Interns participate in a weekly didactic seminar series. Interns are provided a minimum of 2 hours per week of individual supervision with a licensed psychologist and 2 hours of group supervision per week. Please see the internship brochure to view a sample schedule of a routine week for interns.
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: 11/19/2021 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: 12/01/2021
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

After a review of materials, applicants still under consideration will be invited to interview for an internship position. The interview will be an opportunity to learn more about the facility, meet internship faculty and current interns, and discuss the internship program.  Selected applicants will be contacted by December 1st, 2021 to arrange for an interview to take place in January 2022.  Applicants no longer under consideration will also be notified by December 1st, 2021.


While the NEFSH Internship Program has historically offered on-site and remote interview options, interviews during the 2021-2022 recruitment year will be conducted through remote and virtual technology.  The interview process was adjusted to maximize the health and safety of applicants, faculty, and the vulnerable residents served, and is in line with the APPIC Board of Directors’ recommendations.  In addition to an individual interview, applicants will receive a presentation about the facility, introductions to the training faculty, time with the current internship class, time throughout to ask questions of the training faculty, and a virtual campus tour.  Several interview dates will be offered to applicants in the month of January 2022.  Requests for rescheduling interviews will be handled on an individual basis.  To ensure that the interview process is safe and equitable for all applicants, requests for on-site tours and interviews will be not be granted.


How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Argosy- Atlanta, Tampa, Hawaii, California School of Professional Psychology - Alliant International University San Diego and Fresno Campuses, Carlos Albizu U - Miami and Puerto Rico campuses, Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Drexel University, FL Institute of Tech., Florida State University, Georgia School of Professional Psychology, Georgia Southern University, Howard University, John F. Kennedy University, LaVerne University, Marquette University, Marywood University, Mercer University National Louis Univ-Tampa/Florida School Prof Psych Nova Southeastern University, Pace University Roosevelt University, Seattle Pacific University, Spalding University, Texas A&M, University of Alabama, University of Hartford, University of Indianapolis, University of Oklahoma, University of South Dakota, West Virginia University, Wright Institute, Xavier University,
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: Yes, by application deadline
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 0
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 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: A criminal background check is required after matching to the program. A physical exam, tuberculosis testing, and COVID-19 testing are also required at no cost to interns (instructions will be provided). Interns must sign a confidentiality statement and a statement of good moral character.
Program Description

Northeast Florida State Hospital (NEFSH) provides treatment to adults with serious mental illness who require a residential inpatient environment.  NEFSH is the largest provider of inpatient, civil mental health services in the State of Florida, providing services to over 600 residents at any given time.  Residents with civil commitment court orders occupy most of the facility, while approximately 25% of the residents are forensically committed as either Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity or Incompetent to Proceed.  Individuals served at this hospital include adult men and women spanning all age groups and ethnicities.  Common diagnoses include schizophrenia spectrum disorders, mood disorders, neurocognitive disorders secondary to another major mental illness, and personality disorders.  NEFSH employs a multidisciplinary approach using a holistic, recovery model, while emphasizing trauma-informed care and sensitivity to diversity in all interactions with residents.

 The internship is a flexible, individualized training experience focused on serving adults with severe mental illness.  Six-month emphasis rotations in the areas of severe mental illness, forensics, and geropsychology are available, as well as several focus rotation options.  All emphasis rotations meet guidelines for an APA recognized specialty within health service psychology and provide a focus on the assessment and treatment of severe mental illness.  Experience in group therapy, individual therapy, diagnosis, consultation, supervision, crisis intervention, and formal psychological assessment are offered on all emphasis rotations.  Interns receive two or more hours per week of individual clinical supervision with their emphasis rotation supervisors and two hours of group supervision per week from licensed psychologists and/or doctoral level clinicians.  Interns participate in a yearlong, weekly didactic seminar series on a multitude of topics relevant to the population and professional development.  In addition to emphasis and focus rotation experiences, interns are afforded additional trainings and opportunities that are unique to an inpatient state-run facility. 

Please access the NEFSH internship brochure in order to learn more about specific training opportunities, internship faculty, and the benefits of completing an internship at NEFSH. 






Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: 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
Other: Opportunities to work with a specific population are determined by the specific individuals receiving services at this facility during a given training year. The general population we serve is adults with severe mental illness with additional multicultural diversity within this group.

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Individual Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Consultation/Liaison: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Other: Multidisciplinary Recovery Team


Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Serious Mental Illness: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Anxiety Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Trauma/PTSD: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sexual Abuse: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Substance Use Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Forensics/Corrections: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Geropsychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Integrated health care - specialty:

Opportunities for specific training experiences are determined by the needs of the residents and hospital, as well as an intern's training goals and supervisor availability.  Training opportunities to provide evidence-based group and individual therapies, brief counseling, and assessment are consistently available on all emphasis rotations.  Further, internship training emphasizes trauma-informed care in all interactions with residents.  Depending on staff availability and interest, the data rich environment of NEFSH makes conducting research a possibility.


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: 56 50 81 56 65
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 40 40 60 55 50
Total number of interns: 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 0 1 0 0 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 3 2 3 3 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 0 2 3 3 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 1 0 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 19 11 10 23 25
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 54 35 57 66 45
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 1 1 1 1 1
Postdoctoral Fellow: 2 2 2 2 2
Community Mental Health Center: 0 1 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 1 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 1 0 0 1
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 1 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 1 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 1 0 1 2 0
Correctional Facility: 1 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0
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 1
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 1 1 0 1
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0