Department : Department of Psychology

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1349
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Spring Grove Hospital Center
Department: Department of Psychology
Address: Dept of Psychology- Tuerk Bldg
55 Wade Avenue
Catonsville, Maryland 21228
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Baltimore-Towson, MD
Distance from Major City: 5 miles from Baltimore City, MD; 35 miles from Washington DC
Phone: 410-402-7830x
Fax: 410-402-7109
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: State/County/Other Public Hospital
Additional Agency Types:
  • Psychology Department
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Robyn Davidson
Chief Psychologist: Jerome Kowalewski
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 19
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 08/23/2023
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: 35120
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Comp Time , Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Other fringe benefits: 9 Personal Days, 10 accrued Annual Leave Days, 13 paid State Holidays; various arranged educational leave days; prescription and vision plan (for separate premium payment by intern).
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Activities interns are involved in on a day-to-day basis varies depending on assigned rotation/unit, so there is no "typical" work day. An idea of activities interns engage in during the week is as follows: Monday through Thursday- team meeting on assigned unit; patient-related clinical activities (e.g., groups, individual therapy cases, testing/ assessments); other patient-related activities (e.g., writing progress notes, writing reports); supervision; peer supervision of psychology externs. Fridays are typically reserved for seminars and other training activities.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsNo
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: 11/01/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: N/A
Tentative interview date: N/A
Interview process description:

For TY 2023-2024, all interviews will be conducted virtually via Google Meet on one of the following dates:  December 5, 6,  8, 12, 13, and 14, 2022. Applicants notified by email. The three hour interview will include an individual interview with Training Director, structured interview with two psychology staff followed by informal meeting time, and meeting with one of the current interns.  We typically interview 24 applicants.

The internship program is committed to providing access for all people with disabilities or special/ individual needs and will provide reasonable accommodations with advance notice. If invited for an interview, the program will solicit information from candidates regarding need for accommodations.

Note: If invited for an interview, completion of the State of Maryland employment application (MS-100) is required prior to the interview-  instructions will be provided. Other required forms include a Criminal Conviction Report and Authority for Release of Information Form. Specific and detailed information about these additional materials and requirements, including instructions and deadlines, will be sent to candidates via email.




How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: For the past twelve cohorts: 2022-23- The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, D.C., Nova Southeastern University, William James College 2021-22- The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, D.C. (3 interns) 2020-21- The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, DC (2 interns); Azusa Pacific University 2019-20- Catholic University of America; The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, DC; George Washington Univerisity 2018-19- Loyola University Maryland (2 interns), Wright State University School of Professional Psychology; 2017-18- American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University N.Va., Binghampton University/SUNY, Georgia Southern University; 2016-17- American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University N.Va (2 interns), Hawaii School of Professional Psychology, John F. Kennedy University (CA); 2015-16- American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University N.Va (2 interns), The University of Southern Mississippi, Xavier University (OH); 2014-15- American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University N.Va. (2 interns), Hofstra University (NY); 2013-14- American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University N.Va (2 interns), Nova Southeastern University (FL); 2012-13- American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University N.Va., Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology; 2011-12- American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University N.Va, Florida Institute of Technology, University of Maryland Baltimore County
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 application deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 240
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 80
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable): 425
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable): 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-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: TY 2023-24: Applicants only from APA-accredited programs are accepted; a total of 425 combined face-to-face Intervention/Assessment Hrs, preferably with 50% of those hours with adult populations; one (1) comprehensive psychological test report with an adult patient/client (minimal intellectual/cognitive and personality testing- NOT a forensic or neuropsychological report). If you are invited for an interview at Spring Grove Hospital Center, you will need to complete and submit additional application materials required by the State of Maryland PRIOR to your interview. These include the MS-100 State Application, Criminal Conviction Report, and Authority for Release of Information Form. Professional Liability insurance coverage (by start date of internship in August) is also a requirement of the facility. If you are selected /matched as an intern, you will be required to show proof of vacination for the Covid-19 virus or have a valid medical or religous exemption- this is a requirement for State of Maryland employment. You will also be required to have a pre-employment physical and TB testing as a newly hired employee (done at the facility during orientation). Further, your State of Maryland employment is contingent upon undergoing and passing a criminal background check. Please note- a record of conviction is not an automatic bar to State of Maryland employment and each case is considered on its own merits. Factors such as job-relatedness, age at the time of conviction, nature of the offense, success of rehabilitation, the number of convictions and the recentness of convictions are taken into consideration to determine whether a criminal record disqualifies a candidate for employment. Background and criminal record checks are a requirement for all new appointments. If you, as an applicant, have any concerns or questions about eligibility as a State of Maryland Employee, please contact the Training Director so she may confer with Human Resources to discuss your particular circumstances. Please note: As a state of Maryland employee, testing for illicit substances, if there is reasonable suspicion, once hired. Further, while medical marijuana is legal in the state of Maryland, marijuana in any form is prohibited for state employees.
Program Description

Current Covid-19 requirements and precautions: proof of vaccination or valid exemption; use of mandatory masks for staff and patients; hand hygiene practice; social distancing requirements. For more details please see brochure or contact training director.


Spring Grove Hospital Center (SGHC) is a large psychiatric hospital owned and operated by the State of Maryland, and is under the governance of the Maryland Department of Health. It is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. The hospital provides a broad spectrum of inpatient psychiatric services to adults and adolescents. Psychology interns are State of Maryland employees and are currently designated as essential which is defined as "an employee whose duties are of such a nature as to require the employee to report for work or remain at the work site to continue agency operations during an emergency situation. The appointing authority or designee may excuse emergency essential employees from duty, or require their presence, as circumstances and conditions warrant, to maintain minimum staffing requirements for the affected facilities."

The Psychology Department at SGHC offers a generalist Psychology Internship Training Program which employs a practitioner-scholar model of training. The Internship is designed to train and prepare competent, health service psychology practitioners who will deliver clinical psychology services and lead mental health providers in the delivery of services to the public in various settings, with a particular focus on service provision to the seriously mentally ill patient population. The program strongly encourages the integration of the theoretical and empirical literature in all areas of professional decision-making. The program further trains and develops early career psychologists who are able to critically evaluate and use available literature in the field and who will approach assessment, intervention, and consultation from a scholarly, evidence-based approach.  At the same time, the program encourages interns to develop a unique identity consistent with the best practices in the field, professional ethics and values, and the individual’s own personal therapeutic style with a sensitivity towards diversity and individual differences.

Emphasis of the Internship is on incorporating evidenced-based validated clinical skills with a diverse SMI inpatient adult and adolescent population. Two primary rotations over the course of the year typically include: Admissions- adult or adolescent and Continued Care-adult. Opportunity for enhanced/specialized training one to two days per week (e.g., forensics, substance abuse) may be available during the second rotation. While forensic populations are dispersed throughout the hospital the primary focus of the internship is on general clinical services (i.e., psychological assessment, individual and group interventions, behavioral consultation). Other training activities include peer supervision of psychology externs, training in CBTp, and making a presentation to the psychology department staff focusing on a research-based topic related to health service psychology. Didactics (year-long) include Diversity, Supervision, Evidenced-Based Practice, and Neuropsychology. Other trainings are offered throughout the year.

The Psychology Internship Training Program at SGHC is committed to maintaining and enhancing diversity in ideas, orientation, culture, ethnicity and experience. To that end the program encourages and solicits qualified applications from all localities, schools, minorities and diverse backgrounds to apply.

As an agency of the Maryland Department of Health, SGHC prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, religion or belief, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic testing, political affiliation, and mental and/or physical disability in the operation and administration of its services, facilities, programs, benefits, and employment opportunities. The Psychology Internship Training Program at SGHC recruits qualified doctoral interns based upon the individual merits and achievements of applicants. All selection decisions including, but not limited to, recruitment, selection, graduation, and termination are made without regard to the race, color, religion, national origin, veteran’s status, sex, age, physical or mental disability, and/or any other characteristics protected by law.  The Psychology Internship Training Program does not discriminate on the basis of any factor that is irrelevant to the successful completion of internship training. 

FYI: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, (202) 336-5979.

Internship Training Opportunities


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

Treatment Modalities

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


Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Anxiety Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Forensics/Corrections: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Offenders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Geropsychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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 2021-2022 2022-2023
Number of Completed Applications: 49 46 46 59 56 37
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 24 24 24 26 24 22
Total number of interns: 3 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 0 2 0 0 0
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 3 1 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 3 3 3 3 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 0 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 10 6 6 5 4 5
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 37 75 33 26 18 42
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 3 1 1 0 2 1
Community Mental Health Center: 1 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 1 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 1 1 2 1 1 1
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 1 0 1 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 1 0 1 0 0 1
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 1 0 0