The UMMC Psychology Residency Program endorses a cognitive-behavioral orientation within a scientist-practitioner model. Interest in, and experience with, this approach are important selection criteria. Interns gain clinical experience with a wide variety of patient populations and across multiple settings through inpatient, outpatient, and community placements. Although clinical training activities play a paramount role in our program, interns are expected to maintain active involvement in research. Continuing education seminars, grant writing seminar, dissemination and implementation curriculum, and professional development didactics comprise an additional important component of training.
The internship year is divided into 3 four-month rotations. A variety clinical rotations are available (See Rotations below), each serving different populations and providing unique services. Rotation assignments are made based on interns’ rankings and faculty input based on intern’s training needs and clinical goals. Interns provide rankings twice during the year, prior to the start of internship and in October, to allow for experiences with early rotations to be considered before making choices for the remainder of the training year. Rotations are divided into Child and Adult emphasis areas. Interns are encouraged to gain experiences within both emphasis areas. Clinical supervision and training are conducted on a one-on-one or small group basis within each clinical rotation.
Additional clinical opportunities occur through the General Psychology Clinic, where interns gain experience working with longer-term outpatient cases, and can receive supervision from psychology faculty other than their rotation supervisors. Interns are expected to accumulate at least 500 face-to-face clinical hours during the internship year, with 86 of those contacts occurring through the General Psychology Clinic. A unique aspect of clinical experiences offered through the program includes the racial/ethnic and socioeconomic diversity of patient populations served at UMMC. The UMMC Psychology Internship Training Program currently has 7 internship slots, with about half of the slots having an adult emphasis and half having a child emphasis.
Center for Advancement of Youth (CAY)
Pediatric Psychology, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis focus
Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
Adult Inpatient, Substance Use Disorder Emphasis
Center for Innovation and Discovery in Addictions (CIDA)
Community-Based Dual Disorder
Methodist Rehabilitation Neuropsychology/Behavioral Medicine
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic there are additional opportunities to provide services through telehealth in the General Psychology Clinic and on the clinical rotations. However, opportunities for teleheatlh vary by rotation. For more information, please see our program website and brochure, and email the Training Director for additional information.