Department : Psychology Adult Mental Health and Forensic Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2259
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Georgia Regional Hospital - Atlanta
Department: Psychology Adult Mental Health and Forensic Services
Address: 3073 Panthersville Rd.
Decatur, Georgia 30034
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA
Distance from Major City: 4 miles east of Atlanta, GA
Phone: 404-212-4747x
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: State/County/Other Public Hospital
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Mark Cochran
Chief Psychologist: Mark Cochran
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 15
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 3
Position Information
Start Date: 08/16/2023
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 2
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 30500
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Vision insurance, 401(k) retirement
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site A typical workday for an intern is eight hours in an inpatient hospital setting, and includes interdisciplinary treatment team meetings in the morning, followed by a combination of any of the following depending on the particular day: scheduled group therapy at the psychosocial rehabilitation mall or on unit, individual therapy on unit, formal psychological testing (often forensic-specific on the Forensic track), behavioral interventions, individual or group supervision, report writing, documentation in the electronic medical record, and didactic seminars.
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: 11/15/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Required
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/15/2022
Tentative interview date: 01/11/2023
Interview process description:

Criteria for consideration: In order to be considered for an interview, applicants must be currently enrolled in an APA accredited doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology which grants a degree of PhD or PsyD. Applicants are expected to have passed their clinical competency exams, or equivalent, and must have completed at least 60 semester hours of graduate-level course work (excluding internship and dissertation hours) at their graduate institution prior to inception of the internship. Applicants are expected to have completed, or be in the process of completing, multiple practica experiences under the direct supervision of a licensed psychologist. Total completed practica hours including intervention, assessment, supervision and support should meet a minimum of 1000 hours.  Completion of the dissertation prior to the inception of the internship is recommended but not a requirement. It is also expected that applicants demonstrate knowledge and behavior that make evident a commitment to adhering to the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct.

Interview process: Once an application has been reviewed and approved for interview, the applicant will be contacted by email to schedule an interview based on mutual availability. At this time (August 2022) we plan to conduct interviews via videoconference. All interviews (whether in-person or web-based) will be conducted between the applicant and three Psychology staff at GRH-A.  The interviews will be structured with several questions about relevant clinical knowledge and experiences, followed by an opportunity for the applicant to ask questions.  Applicants will also be asked to provide written responses to a case vignette.

As part of the interview process, applicants will have an opportunity to meet with current GRH-A Psychology Interns and tour the GRH-A campus, including the Psychology building and intern office, PSR Mall (where therapy groups and psychoeducational classes take place), and a treatment unit (patient living area). We plan to offer all of the above in an online format.


Video-based interviews are planned for particular days during following period: Wednesday 1/4/23 through Friday 1/13/23.

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: 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 (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):
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology
APA-Accredited Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree
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: State of Georgia requirements for employment include a criminal background check (i.e., fingerprinting) and random drug screenings.
Program Description

The doctoral psychology internship at GRH-A lasts 12 months and includes training experiences with a psychiatric inpatient, diverse multicultural population of adults, often in economically disadvantaged or homeless situations and experiencing serious mental illness or severe emotional disorders. Interns choose either a Forensic Inpatient/Outpatient track or an Adult Mental Health (AMH) Clinical Psychology track. Within each track interns will rotate to different treatment units after 4 months (AMH) or 6 months (Forensic).

The Forensic Track takes place on Forensic-specific units for people admitted for restoration of competency to stand trial or forensic civil commitment, and it also involves observation and learning about expert testimony, as well as a rotation in outpatient forensic evaluation. The outpatient rotation, which can be extended to the full year, provides opportunities for pretrial evaluations of competency to stand trial and criminal responsibility evaluations with a wide variety of defendants (e.g., from rural and urban jurisdictions, charged with various types of offenses, with a range of presenting mental health concerns).

The AMH Track takes place on units where individuals are most often admitted on an involuntary basis for treatment and stabilization due to a risk of dangerousness to self, others, or inability to care for oneself. AMH also includes opportunities for a minor rotation in an area of specific focus such as positive behavior support, skilled nursing facility, substance use, or the Therapeutic Incentive Program.

Both AMH and Forensic track interns participate in a supervisory skills practice with masters-level counselors, as well as developing a focused concentration area relevant to the work of psychologists in this setting, using program evaluation and consultation methods to identify and evaluate clinical programs and approaches. Areas of focus are based on a collaboration between intern interests and hospital program needs.

Interns work between 40 and 45 hours per week. Sequentially, interns shadow a psychologist on the treatment unit, work under close supervision of their supervisors, and increasingly assume a more independent role in providing psychological services and consulting with treatment teams.

While the Forensic and AMH Tracks are different in the particular population and focus of evaluations and treatment provided, the internship at GRH-A is a unified program designed to provide a wide array of experiential training, including brief and comprehensive psychological evaluations, group and individual interventions, and behavioral interventions, with an emphasis on recovery-oriented approaches with underserved and SMI populations.  Intern-focused didactic seminars are presented on a variety of topics including individual and cultural diversity, forensic psychology, applied behavior analysis, specific diagnoses and subpopulations, recovery-oriented interventions, inpatient treatment planning, interdisciplinary consultation, and licensure preparation.  Interns are expected to increase their involvement in the facilitation of these didactics over the course of the internship year.


The Doctoral Psychology Internship Program at Georgia Regional Hospital – Atlanta is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA).

Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation

American Psychological Association

750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002

Phone: (202) 336-5979 Email:


Internship Training Opportunities


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

Treatment Modalities

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


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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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: 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:
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:

The 2022-23 Internship Program Brochure provides a full description of the internship program and training opportunities, , as well as the application process.  It is located here:




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: 24 17 47 71 75 92
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 14 14 18 17 30 30
Total number of interns: 2 2 2 2 2 2
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 2 2 2 2 2 2
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 1 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 2 1 2 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs:
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2 2 2 2 2 2
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 32 12 1 19 10 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 121 23 18 33 11 25
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: 1 0 0 1 1 1
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 0 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: 0 0 1 1 0 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 1
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 1 0
Independent Practice: 2 2 1 1 1 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 1 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