Program Information: Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2345
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler
Department: Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
Address: The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler
11937 U.S. Hwy 271
Tyler, Texas 75708
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 100 miles east of Dallas, TX
Phone: 903-877-7679
Fax:
Email: stephanie.simmons@uthct.edu
Web Address: http://www.uthct.edu
Brochure Website's Address: https://www.uthct.edu/psychology-internship/
Primary Agency Type: Academic Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • State/County/Other Public Hospital
Member of APPIC since:
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Stephanie Simmons
Chief Psychologist: Andrew Schmitt
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 6
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 07/01/2022
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 6
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 30000
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): State Holidays, paid vacation, health insurance, life insurance, optional dental and eye care insurance. Interns are also afforded laptop computers, access to printers, and a medical library. Laptop computers can be taken around the hospital and off campus for efficiency and convenience. Health insurance does not begin until 30 days after hire. Interns are asked to have their own health insurance until then, with some reimbursement for that cost.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Each day will be different, as experiences are generally longitudinal. Each intern will complete the following rotations, typically one day per week: Integrated Behavioral Health Care, Inpatient Psychology, Outpatient Therapy (adult and child), Psychological Testing, Neuropsychological Testing, and Supervised Supervision. Elective rotations are available in neuropsychology, child and adolescent inpatient psychology, and forensic psychology at Terrell State Hospital, located approximately one hour from the main hospital. Interns will spend Wednesdays engaged in group supervision and didactic training. Interns work 40 hours (8:30am to 5pm). Interns are expected to present to the hospital in-person, but will provide some services virtually to protect medical safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see our webpage at: https://www.uthct.edu/academic-and-medical-education/graduate-medical-education/psychology-internship for more details.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsNo
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: 11/14/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/03/2021
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

UTHSCT will offer virtual interviews for the 2022-2023 training year. Each applicant will meet with at least 5 faculty members for 1/2 hour interviews. These interviews will be individual interviews between the applicant and each faculty member. Applicants will also meet informally with current interns. Further, we will post a virtual overview of the program and facility for applicants to watch and see portions of our hospital. Any applicant wishing to discuss the program is welcome to contact our faculty via the contact information on our webpage. 

Four interview days will be conducted on January 5, January 6, January 19, and January 20. To set up your interview date, we use SurveyMonkey and the applicant selects from several options on a first-come first-serve basis. A confirmation email is sent to confirm the applicant's choice.

An Open House will be scheduled in late January 2022 to allow applicants an opportunity to tour the facilities, meet faculty and current interns in-person, and learn more about the city of Tyler. Please note, the Open House is entirely optional. Attendance will not be considered when ranking applicants. 

Pending COVID-19 safety precautions regarding national travel recommendations, applicants are encouraged to tour the city of Tyler and learn about our many amenities and relatively low cost of living. Tyler is a lovely mid-sized city (110,000 population) that is nestled in the Piney Woods of Northeast Texas.  Rolling hills, lakes, tall trees, rivers and streams characterize the region.  Tyler is ideal for biking, hiking, fishing, and boating, and boasts a rejuvenated downtown environment of coffee houses and microbreweries.  Major retailers and restaurants are a part of the city landscape, as well as small local shops and eateries.

 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: PGSP-Stanford University, William James College, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University ("Virginia Tech"), Mercer University-Atlanta, Loma Linda University, Pacific University, Midwestern University, Nova Southeastern University, Radford University, Fielding Graduate University, Carlos Albizu University, Adler University, St. Louis University, Our Lady of the Lake University, National Louis University, Baylor University, Texas Tech University, Wheaton College, Chicago School of Psychology, Eastern Kentucky University, Alliance University - San Diego, Indiana State 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: 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 application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 400
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 50
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required:
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited
PCSAS-Accredited
Non-Accredited 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: Background check, Personal health insurance (which will be reimbursed for the individual) for the first month. Health screenings include an occupational health exam (includes tuberculosis test and spirometry). Immunizations are required to be up to date or brought up to date (this is provided by the health center). Flu shots are required and provided to all interns in the fall. Ability to drive to rotations off campus. Use of a personal cell phone for on-site communication. Ability to use a computer. Employees are not permitted to use nicotine products, and evidence of nicotine in blood is not permitted. This also applies to psychology interns. COVID-19 VACCINE MANDATE UPDATE 11/12/2021: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued an emergency regulation requiring employees at all Medicare and Medicaid-participating healthcare facilities to be fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022. Under this vaccine mandate, healthcare workers do not have the option for weekly COVID-19 testing in lieu of vaccination. All healthcare providers at UTHSCT, including psychology interns, will need to be fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022.
Program Description

The experiences available to interns of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler Psychology Internship Program are extensive and diverse. Housed in an academic health center, the internship program offers opportunities to interface at many levels in a medical setting. Interns learn to collaborate with physicians, physicians-in-training, nurses, dietitians, pharmacy students, medical students and other consultants. They play a vital role in the care of both medical and psychiatric patients.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler Psychology Internship Program began its first training cohort in July 2015, after participating in the Lone Star Psychology Internship Consortium for two years. In October 2015, the program gained membership to APPIC. Our program has been accredited by APA since October of 2018. 

The internship program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler provides health service psychology (clinical) training in an academic health center, with a focus on Integrated Behavioral Health. This experience provides both short-term and long-term intervention and consultation in health and mental health areas. Opportunities for assessments include child evaluations, pain treatment planning, pre-surgical readiness, memory screens, neuropsychological evaluations, and other areas of concern as needed. In addition to training at the academic health center, interns will rotate in the onsite psychiatric units for experience in severe and persistent mental illness. Elective rotations in neuropsychology, child and adolescent inpatient psychology, and forensic psychology are available at Terrell State Hosptial, located approximately one hour from the main hospital. In sum, experiences include:

  • Integrated Behavioral Health interventions (psychotherapy and consultation) throughout the hospital as well as the Family Medicine Residency Clinic and Emergency Department.
  • Interventions with the Palliative Care team in Oncology and other settings.
  • Testing referrals for memory screens, pre-surgical evaluations, ADHD, pain evaluations, dementia, neuropsychological assessment.
  • Group therapy on acute and subacute psychiatry (in-house) units,
  • Psychotherapy and testing one day per week on psychiatric units on campus
  • Elective rotation in neuropsychology, child and adolescent inpatient psychology, and forensix psychology at Terrell State Hospital (one day a week) for 1/2 of the year. 
  • Psychotherapy and testing in on-site child and adolescent psychology,
  • Supervision of Master's level students in their practica experiences at our sister campus, UT Tyler.
  • Substance Use Disorder and Opioid assessment experience.
  • An elective experience chosen by each intern. 
  • Scholarly activity in Quality Improvement and other projects. 

 

 

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

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
French-speaking:
Deaf/Hearing-impaired:
Students: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban:
Low income: Yes
Homelessness:
Other:

Treatment Modalities

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

Experience

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

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: www.uthct.edu  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: 36 45 78 70
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 25 33 62 54
Total number of interns: 6 8 10 10
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 8 10 10
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 1 2 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 5 7 8 9
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 6 7 8 0
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 1 2 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 2 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 34 54
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 1 1
Postdoctoral Fellow: 6 5 0 9 9
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 1 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 1 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 2 0 1 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 5 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 1 1 0 1 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 4 1 0 1 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 1 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 1 0 0 0