Department : Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1635
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Wisconsin Department of Corrections
Department: Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology
Address: 3099 E. Washington Ave
P.O. Box 7925
Madison, Wisconsin 53707-7925
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City:
Phone: 920-410-9576x
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: Jonathan Dickey
Chief Psychologist: Marlena Larson
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 104
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 2
Position Information
Start Date: 09/05/2023
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 10
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 50000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Licensing Exam Release Time, Professional Development Time,
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): 10 leave days & 9 state holidays (unpaid). Free DOC-sponsored training sessions for psychologists; travel between home-base work site to other sites is reimbursable at up to 51 cents per mile.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site The typical work day starts at 7:45 and ends at 4:30 with a 45 minute lunch period. Interns are expected to complete work within those hours. Professional reading may be done outside of work hours. On Friday, Interns gather for seminar (usually 2-3 hours) and group supervision (usually 2 hours). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic some modifications to this schedule may be necessary, including but not limited to conducting seminar and group supervision virtually rather than in-person.
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: 11/18/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Not Offered
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/02/2022
Tentative interview date: 12/14/2022, 12/15/2022, 01/05/2023, 01/06/2023, 01/18/2023, 01/19/2023
Interview process description:

Interviews will be conducted virtually using Zoom.  Interview dates are tentatively scheduled for December 14-15, 2022;  January 5-6, 2023; and January 18-19, 2023.

Prospective interns will participate in a structured interview with a panel of 2-4 members of the Internship Committee, which should take approximately 45-60 minutes.  Interns will also have an opportunity to speak with several of the current interns.  All application material is considered before any decisions are made.  Prospective interns will be contacted via email to arrange a date and time for their interview.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Adler School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University/CSPP-San Diego, Argosy University - Tampa, Azusa Pacific University, MNSPP, Argosy University - Twin Cities, ASPP, Argosy University - Orange County, ASPP, Argosy University - Washington DC, Azusa Pacific University, Carlos Albizu Univ-Miami Campus, Central Michigan University, Chicago School of Professional Psychology - Chicago, Chicago School of Professional Psychology - DC, Florida Institute of Technology, Fuller Institute of Theology, George Fox University (OR), George Washington University, GSPP-Argosy University - Atlanta, Idaho State University, Indiana State University, ISPP, Argosy University - Chicago, ISPP, Argosy-Schaumburg, LaSalle University - Philadelphia, Loma Linda University, Marquette University - Counseling, Midwestern University - AZ, Midwestern University - IL, National Lewis University - Florida School of Professional Psychology, Nova Southeastern University, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Pacific University (OR), Pepperdine University (CA), Roosevelt University, Rosemead School of Psychology/Biola University, Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Texas A&M University, UNC - Charlotte, UND - Fargo ND, UNLV, UW - Madison, UW - Milwaukee, Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology, Wright Institute (CA), Wright State, Xavier University (OH)
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: 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 ranking deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by ranking deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 300
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 100
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 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: Interns are Limited Term Employees (LTE's) of the State of Wisconsin and must pass a comprehensive criminal background check that is completed as part of the final hiring process. In our system, the most common reasons applicants may fail to pass are: 1. A pending charge and/or past conviction relevant to the duties and responsibilities of the position. 2. Current or recent (within the past 5 years) probation/parole or being under the supervision of a federal, state or local law enforcement agency. Anyone with concerns about passing the criminal background check should consult with the Internship Director ( for further information or clarification. In addition, a current, valid, and unrestricted driver's license is necessary.
Program Description

The internship offers a multitude of placement opportunities.  We have three placement hubs (with separate match numbers to allow applicants to prioritize location) in three distinct areas of the state: Madison, Milwaukee, and Northeast Wisconsin (Oshkosh/Appleton areas). Two or more interns are assigned to each hub.

Each intern is assigned from two to four primary rotations based on availability and the intern's interests and needs (i.e., two rotations at any one time).  One rotation may be for the entire year, while the others are for six months each.  One day of the week is devoted to training seminars and group supervision.  The internship provides a range of experiences in basic clinical practice with a diverse population including assessment, individual and group psychotherapy, crisis intervention, and consultation with other staff.  Training seminars are conducted with interns from other Wisconsin doctoral internships.  Interns may have the opportunity to visit and tour other correctional facilities in the state.

Although this internship takes place in a correctional setting, the experiences are carefully selected to provide interns with general clinical experiences.  The interns usually provide services to male and female correctional clients in both community and institutional placements.  The internship serves adults.  Interns work with offenders who have a range of mental health disorders.  The focus is on providing a "clinical" rather than only a "correctional" internship experience.

We provide an extensive didactic training sequence.  Previous didactic topics have included: Violence risk assessment; Competency Evaluation; Personality Disorders; Dialectical Behavior Therapy; Counseling LGBTQ; Detection of Malingering (1)Instruments and (2)Theory; Diversity and Class; Gangs in Wisconsin; Advanced Grammar and Writing; Psychopathy; Female Sex Offenders;  Interventions with Gender Dysphoric Inmates; Licensure in Wisconsin; Mental Health Law; Mock Trial; Motivational Interviewing; Overview of Neuropsychological Assessment; NGRI Defense; Positive Psychology; Psychopharmacology; Schizophrenia; Sex Offender Evaluation; STATIC-99R; STABLE-2007; Student Loan Repayment; Supervision; HCR-20; PAI; Opioids; Self-Harm; Violence Risk Scale-Sex Offender version; MMPI-3.  Note: Topics are subject to change annually.

Interns are required to present for about 30 minutes on their doctoral research, or another research topic with which they are familiar, at an annual Internship Colloquium, attended by psychologists who evaluate the presentation and earn Continuing Education credits.  Interns who participate in an advanced forensic rotation have the opportunity to participate in a mock trial experience which is coordinated by the Mendota Mental Health Institute (MMHI).


Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: 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: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Consultation/Liaison: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students :
Other: Trauma Informed Care


Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
HIV/AIDS: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Anxiety Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Trauma/PTSD: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Forensics/Corrections: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Geropsychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Counseling: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:

The internship serves a correctional population of males and females, ages 18 to 65+.  Approximately 40% of male persons in our care have a mental health condition.  Of those, about 7% have a severe and persistent mental illness.  About 89% of female persons in our care have a mental health condition, with approximately 35% having a severe and persistent mental illness.  Individuals with mental health disorders are also assessed and treated in Community Corrections, which is a rotation that is available in all three hubs.

Currently, about 94% of offenders supervised by the Department of Corrections are male and about half of that number are from minority groups (African American, Hispanic, Asian or Pacific Islander, and Native American/Alaskan Native).  Less than 20 percent reside in correctional facilities, with the remainder living in their home communities on probation or parole/extended-supervision status.  Interns do a significant amount of their clinical work with minority group offenders and offenders who represent a wide range of ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic diversity.  An understanding of and respect for this cultural diversity is essential.

The offender population reflects the entire range of psychological pathology.  Diagnoses include acute and chronic cognitive, emotional, and personality disorders and adjustment reactions.  Alcohol and drug addictions are common, as are a variety of sexual psychopathologies.  Approximately 25% have an active conviction for a sexual offense.  Violent victimization of others, domestic violence, sexual offending, and sequelae of their own childhood victimization are frequent treatment issues.  In addition to these problems, many offenders experience emotional or behavioral crises related to incarceration and concomitant separation from family and friends, or problems inherent in release to the community (e.g., lack of job-seeking skills, fear of responsibility, marital stress, and unresolved substance or other addictions).

Special housing units exist for mentally ill offenders who are unable to function in general population and for some high-risk sex offenders.  For example, a Special Management Unit (SMU) at one maximum-security institution houses more than 100 mentally ill offenders in an inpatient-type setting.  Another 100 bed special unit at a medium security institution exists for high risk sex offenders participating in an intensive two-year residential treatment program.  Other institutions provide residential programs for offenders who are dually-diagnosed with both a severe mental illness and one or more substance use disorders.  An affiliated psychiatric treatment facility, the Wisconsin Resource Center (WRC), is staffed by the Department of Health Services (DHS) to provide treatment for acutely mentally ill offenders.  Opportunities exist for training and/or experience with specilized treatment modalities such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (TREM), and Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT).  There also is specialized training available in sexual offender risk assessment and treatment.

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: 80 64 70 67 74 64
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 48 54 46 52 55 48
Total number of interns: 10 10 10 10 10 10
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 10 10 10 10 10 10
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 2 2 2 2 1 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 8 8 8 8 9 9
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 10 10 10 10 9 9
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 0 1 1
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 8 11 10 9 5 3
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 85 64 306 72 64 35
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 0 3 2 2
Community Mental Health Center: 0 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 1 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 1 1 0 0 1 1
Correctional Facility: 6 5 7 7 6 6
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 1 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 1 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 2 3 0 1 1
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