Program Information: Psychology Department

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1398
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: U. S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners
Department: Psychology Department
Address: 1900 W. Sunshine St.
Springfield, Missouri 65807
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 200 miles southwest of St. Louis
Phone: 417-862-7041x1131
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Prison or Other Correctional Facility
Additional Agency Types:
  • Prison or Other Correctional Facility
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Brandianne Cook
Chief Psychologist: Elizabeth Tyner
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 11
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/14/2023
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 4
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 55419
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Comp Time , Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above):
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site A typical day for an intern varies dependent upon the specific rotations. Please see our brochure for sample schedules for the program rotations. Interns work closely with licensed psychologists on all of the rotations and follow a developmental model of increasing responsibilities throughout the training year. Didactics, forensic seminar, and supervisions are offered throughout the week. During COVID-19, interns are considered essential employees and continue to provide clinical services to patients with safety precautions in place, such as social distancing when possible and wearing face coverings throughout the day.
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: 11/01/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Preferred
  • Required
Interview notification date: 12/15/2022
Tentative interview date: N/A
Interview process description:

After applications are submitted electronically via the APPIC portal, all are evaluated and the most suitable candidates are contacted to verify each person’s eligibility for temporary federal employment with additional application materials at Applicants are notified via email whether they will be advancing in the selection process. This is a necessary requirement for federal employment. Further details will be forthcoming to those candidates. Once an applicant has successfully completed this process, they will be contacted to arrange an interview.

Due to the nature of the Bureau of Prison's hiring process, you will need to complete an in-person Core Values Assessment (CVA), a pre-employment integrity interview which addresses issues of personal conduct, a subject matter interview with Psychology staff, and a drug test. Any drug use is prohibited, including marijuana, even if legal in the state you reside. In-person, on-site interviews are strongly preferred; however, the status of the COVID-19 pandemic at the time the interviews have been tentatively scheduled may impact or limit the ability to conduct on-site interviews. Due to hiring requirements for federal employees, several portions of the interview process require an in-person interview, to include the Core Values Assessment (CVA) and the integrity interview. These procedures are used to determine your qualifications for a position of public trust and are required of all applicants seeking employment with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Because results of the security clearance procedures can be shared with other Bureau internship sites for your convenience, you will only need to complete this portion of the interview once. However, if you fail any portion of this security clearance, you will no longer be considered at any of the other BOP internship sites.

After successful completion of the on-site interview, a psychology-related interview will be conducted. This is preferred to be in-person, but may be conducted virtually due to a extenuating circumstances. Applicants thus have the opportunity to learn more about the area and the program, information that will be beneficial when rank-ordering internship preference. The interview process provides our staff an opportunity to assess the candidate's clinical and interpersonal skills. Applicants will also have the opportunity to meet and speak with the current interns. Interviews will typically be held in January. All efforts will be made to notify applicants of their interview status by December 15. 

Please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Cook, Internship Program Coordinator, with any questions or concerns regarding the interview process.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs:
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: No
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
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 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: U.S. Citizenship is required. Applicants must have lived in the U.S. for three of the last five years. Offers of internship positions resulting from the APPIC Match are strictly contingent upon satisfactory completion of the background investigation process, including a physical examination and urinalysis drug screen. For individuals selected through the matching process, a field investigation will follow to verify that the information provided in interviews and on required forms is accurate. Failure to complete this process or a finding that an applicant is outside the guidelines for employment in a sensitive position would preclude participation in the program. Once hired, interns must comply with the Bureau's Program Statement on Standards of Employee Conduct and Responsibility. If matched with a Bureau of Prisons internship site, you will be considered an essential worker and will report daily to the institution. As a mandatory public requirement, the Bureau of Prison requires all staff, including psychology interns, to receive the COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment. Proof of vaccination status will be required at all Bureau of Prison internship programs. The CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card you received at vaccination will meet this requirement. You may request a reasonable accommodation from the mandatory vaccination policy due to a qualifying disability or medical condition or based on a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.
Program Description

The internship provides each intern with training experiences under the supervision of experienced psychologists in a variety of patient care settings. The program aims to use a scientist-practitioner model to train entry-level adult practitioners who can provide mental health services for a diverse population. To attain this aim, each intern has a sequence of rotations at the U.S. Medical Center in addition to several treatment and didactic activities that run for the entire year. Interns complete three major, four-month rotations which focus on 1) inpatient psychological treatment, 2) psychological assessment, with some emphasis on forensic evaluation, and 3) medical/surgical psychology. Interns also complete three minor, four-month rotations, in which they work 8 to 10 hours per week conducting psychoeducational competency restoration groups; "work cadre" (general population); and working in Drug Abuse Programming, including both a Medical Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP) and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). Because much can be learned from long-term psychotherapy cases, it is not uncommon for interns to continue to provide psychotherapy in some cases across rotations, with supervision from a licensed psychologist throughout the course of psychotherapy. Finally, didactic training opportunities in a variety of areas provide exposure to numerous topics, including mental health case law, forensic psychological assessment techniques, psychopharmacology, evidence based treatments, and cultural diversity. Eleven out of the fourteen psychologists are licensed, two are board certified, and all participate in the supervision and training of interns. Staff members represent a variety of theoretical paradigms and supervision styles. 

The website for the Psychology Internship Programs within the BOP is: 

On that webpage is the link to the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoner Psychology Internship Program Brochure.

Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: 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

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Individual Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students :


Health Psychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Serious Mental Illness: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Anxiety Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Forensics/Corrections: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Geropsychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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%)
Integrated health care - primary: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: 56 59 52 38 35 29
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 24 24 21 24 28 22
Total number of interns: 4 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 4 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 3 2 2 2 2 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 1 1 1 1 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 2 2 3 2 1
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 1 1 1 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 16 12 12 23 18 7
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 94 20 20 70 61 21
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: 2 4 0 2 1 2
Community Mental Health Center: 1 0 0 0 0 1
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 3 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 2 0 0 0 0 1
Correctional Facility: 0 0 3 3 3 1
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: 1 1 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 0 0 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0 0