Program Information: Department of Psychology and Research

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1627
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Mendota Mental Health Institute
Department: Department of Psychology and Research
Address: 301 Troy Drive
Madison, Wisconsin 53704-1599
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI MSA
Distance from Major City: 149 miles from Chicago, 89 miles from Milwaukee
Phone: 608-301-1047x
Fax: 608-301-1390
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: State/County/Other Public Hospital
Additional Agency Types:
  • Psychology Department
  • State/County/Other Public Hospital
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: David Lee
Chief Psychologist: David Lee
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 24
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 3
Position Information
Start Date: 08/29/2022
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 5
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 41000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Licensing Exam Release Time, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): 24 hour, gym, on-campus free housing upon availability
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Training day varies depending on units/rotations selected. Mendota Mental Health Institute offers a variety of clinical settings ranging from juveniles to geriatric patients. The hospital serves mainly male forensic patients. There is also possibilities of receiving experience one day a week at an outpatient setting with the University of Wisconsin Psychology Clinic, Journey Mental Health Center, or PACT (Program of Assertive Community Treatment). Other possibilities include taking on immigration cases through the UW Law School, as well as 8 hour per week Mendota training programs in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy or Substance Use treatment and assessment and Behavioral Specific Therapy (Sex Offender Treatment/Assessment). Unit/rotation placements will include morning and mid-day reports on patient statuses. Students will have opportunities to prepare various forensic tasks including risk assessments, competency evaluations, substance abuse evaluations, and conditional release letters. There are also several group therapy possibilities in sex offender and substance abuse treatment, as well as many other groups offered at the Institution, such as competency restoration, substance use treatment, sex offender treatment, and alcohol or drug treatment. Individual and group supervision is provided as well as weekly (generally) seminars, with a wide range of topics, mainly forensically focused. Personal Protective Equipment must be worn while at the Institute while observing at least 6 feet of physical distancing in accordance with Department of Health Services requirements in the State of Wisconsin.
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: 11/24/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes, with additions
An onsite interview is:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: The data is not updated for current year. We are showing the previous data.

Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

Interview dates range from 12/18/2020 through the 1/18/2021, over 4 inteview days and groups.  In accordance with our department instructions and APPIC recommendations, interviews will be conducted via Skype/Zoom or by phone.  In observation of COVID-19 pandemic precautions, we will not be conducting in person interviews or tours, nor will be sponsor  an "open house" where the Director of Psychology provides an overview of the internship training program.   Interviews with various psychologists from the Psychology Department's training committee will be conducted virtually or via phone.  OUr assistant will contact interviewees who are selected to be interviewed.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Visit Website
We have matched with interns from these programs: University of Alabama, Tusc. Rutgers University Sam Houston State University Pepperdine University Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (Palo Alto University) Syracuse University Duquesne University Wright State University Nova Southeastern University University of South Dakota University of North Dakota Loma Linda University University of Nebraska Brigham Young University Pacific University, Portland University of Wisconsin- Madison Marquette University Chicago School of Professional Psych University of Denver Florida School of Technology Roosevelt University University of Toledo Arizona State University Central Michigan University Detroit Mercy University Loyola University Maryland Carlos Albizu University (PR/Miami) Southern Illinois University University of La Verne Auburn University
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: 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: No
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 150
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 200
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
Non-Accredited Not Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree 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: School transcripts (undergraduate/graduate) may be requested at interview time.
Program Description

Mendota Mental Health Institute's primary educational model is a professional model built on a Practitioner-Scholar orientation, in which research and theory inform practice. The majority of interns who come to MMHI aspire to professional careers as practicing psychologists in applied settings, particularly in forensic psychology, although, many have obtained positions in research, academia and private/corporate settings. As a psychiatric hospital, MMHI's mission is to treat individuals suffering from mental illness and disorders. These services are based on the science of psychology, with a firm foundation in accepted and validated processes and procedures. Training goals and objectives of the program are to develop skills in assessment, evaluation, diagnosis, and psychotherapy/intervention for a diverse population (Adult males & females, Forensic Adult males and Juvenile males). Three inpatient rotations are assigned an intern for the training year with the possibility of having a required rotation in risk assessments. However, there is certainly some flexibility for individual preferences and circumstances. A psychologist supervisor is assigned to each rotation unit with the intern. Close supervision is given particularly to assessment and therapy work during the training period. Each rotation is 4 months long and is deemed autonomous from the other rotations. Some overlap between rotations is allowed up to 2 hours per week. An intern is also assigned to one outpatient or  rotation during the year for one day (8 hrs) per week for training and exposure to psychological services with a diversity of clients from the general community or an 8 hr per week, year-long, supplemental rotation in sex offender treatment/evaluation, Substance Use evaluation/treatment, or Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Research opportunities/program evaluations are also available.There is strong support for training at MMHI, as training is an important part of our mission. The internship is highly regarded for bringing quality trainees to the units. Other staff, members of the units' multidisciplinary teams, routinely interact with the interns and assist in providing training experiences. The internship program is one calendar year (50 weeks), 40 hours per week.

Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Individual Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Couples Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Group Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Community Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Consultation/Liaison: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Crisis Intervention: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Primary Care: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Supervision of Practicum students : Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Other: Alcohol/Drug Assessment, Sex Offender Treatment/Immigration Deportation evaluations in conjunction with UW School of Law.


Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
HIV/AIDS: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Eating Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Neuropsychology-Child: 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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Substance Use Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Forensics/Corrections: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Geropsychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Supervision: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Research: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:

Mendota Mental Health Institute is fortunate to have a significant knowledge base from over 20 psychologists with a broad range of training foci.  Training and supervised opportunities are therefore not necessarily limited to those items checked above.

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: 97 87 101 103 92
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 28 34 32 36 34
Total number of interns: 5 5 5 5 5
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 5 5 5 5 5
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 3 3 1 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 5 2 2 4 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs:
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 5 5 4 5 5
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 10 6 12 10
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 54 67 134 53
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: 0 4 3 2 5
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 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: 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 3 0 3 1 5
Correctional Facility: 0 1 2 1 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 1 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 1 0 0 1 0
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