Program Information: Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1262
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Clinical Psychology Internship Program at Northwestern University
Department: Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Address: 710 N. Lake Shore Drive
Suite 1205
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Country: United States
Metro Area: Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI MSA
Distance from Major City:
Phone: 312-503-3270x
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Medical School
Additional Agency Types:
  • Medical School
  • Private Outpatient Clinic
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Christina Lynn Boisseau
Chief Psychologist: Christina Lynn Boisseau
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 22
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 49
Position Information
Start Date: 07/01/2022
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: 35568
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, 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 rotate between two clinical sites (i.e., Northwestern Medicine, ERC-Pathlight Behavioral Health). One day per week (Wednesdays) is devoted to didactic training, including seminars, case conferences, and Grand Rounds.
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?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: 11/01/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Optional
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/1/2021
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

Applicants are invited for a full-day series of individual interviews. Depending on APPIC, state and university guidelines we will make a decision whether or not to offer in person interviews prior to 11/1/2021.  Virtual interviews will be an option for all applicants. Applicants will have the opportunity to meet with three to five members of our faculty, to receive a (virtual) tour of our facilities, and to meet informally with current interns and postdoctoral fellows. We typically schedule six "interview days", with 5-7 applicants attending each day. We endeavor to schedule these on days that are most convenient for our applicants. Interview will be held during the first two weeks of January.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: British Columbia, Temple, Northwestern, Illinois, Michigan, Harvard, Yale, UCLA, George Mason, Vanderbilt, Arizona State, Wisconsin, Penn State, Minnesota, NYU, Louisville, DePaul, Purdue, Stony Brook, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Kansas, Notre Dame, South Florida, IIT, Buffalo, Houston, New School for Social Research, UNLV
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 ranking deadline
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 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:
Program Description

The Internship Program in Clinical Psychology at Northwestern University is designed to train the next generation of leaders in clinical psychology. We develop professional psychologists who are clinically perceptive and technically skilled, and who demonstrate a comprehensive and critically minded knowledge of psychological theory, treatment, and applied research. Our internship program is based on a scientist-practitioner model. Training is multidisciplinary, scholarly, and pluralistic. It is designed for individuals who wish to pursue careers in clinical practice, teaching, and research, primarily in academic and medical center settings. Trainees are immersed in clinical programs that emphasize expert diagnosis, early intervention, continuity of care, and access to a broad range of evidence-based treatments; an educational curriculum that is programmatic, integrative, and individualized; and research programs of national standing. Opportunities for generalist training during the internship year abound as the patient population served is demographically, socioeconomically, and diagnostically diverse. Trainees acquire the theoretical, empirical, and methodological knowledge necessary to treat a wide range of complex clinical problems within a multidisciplinary setting. Steeped in a rich tradition of training, and supported by a wealth of clinical and scholarly resources, Northwestern, offers trainees an exceptional environment to complete the final preparations for their professional careers.

Our program places aan emphasis on evidence-based treatments. We accept three interns per year. Interns receive broad and intensive generalist training in assessment, diagnosis, psychological testing, case formulation, consultation, and individual and group psychotherapy with outpatient adults. They receive training in several evidence-based treatments, including CBT, DBT, CBT for Psychosis, CBASP, and Mindfulness-Based CBT/ACT. They also receive training in psychodynamic psychotherapy. Training is provided through the the clinics of Northwestern Medicine, including a CMHC associated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and several multidisciplinary, community-based clinics. All interns participate in a range of didactic seminars, workshops, and case conferences. Participation in research is strongly encouraged and supported. Interns work closely with a research mentor who shares their interests, and are encouraged to apply for post-doctoral fellowship positions with our department. For further information, we invite you to visit our website or to contact us directly.


Internship Training Opportunities


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

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Crisis Intervention: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Primary Care: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students :
Other: A strong emphasis is placed on evidence-based practices


Health Psychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Women's Health: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
HIV/AIDS: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: 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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders:
Counseling: 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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Research: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)

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: 100 127 125 101 120
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 31 30 31 30 30
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: 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 3 3 3 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 3 0 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
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written
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: 5 3 3 3 3
Community Mental Health Center: 1 0 1 0 1
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 3 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: 1 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 1 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: 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 2 1 1 1
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 1
Independent Practice: 0 0 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 1 1 1 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