Department : USF Health Doctoral Internship

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2499
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: University of South Florida
Department: USF Health Doctoral Internship
Address: 13101 N. Bruce B. Downs Boulevard
CMS 1061
Tampa, Florida 33612
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
Distance from Major City:
Phone: 813-974-0606x
Fax: 813-396-9678
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Academic Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Medical School
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Heather Agazzi
Chief Psychologist: Heather Agazzi
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 7
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/07/2023
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 3
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 28352
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above):
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Typical work day is 8am-5pm. Some days require teaching a group delivered parent training program at night from 6-8pm. Morning hours are adjusted when this is the case.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsNo
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: 11/01/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Not Offered
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/14/2022
Tentative interview date: 01/09/2023, 01/23/2023
Interview process description:

Applicants are invited to interview by email notification. We will host interviews on two Mondays in January 2022: January 9 or January 223. Applicants will be assigned to one of those two dates.  Applicants are invited to interview by Microsoft Teams and interviews typically last about 60 minutes. This may involve two interviews of 30-minutes each depending on volume of applications. We do not offer in person interviews this year. The structured interviews are conducted by 2-3 members of the training committee. During the interview, applicants are asked to respond to general questions related to their prior experience, training, diversity and social justice, crisis intervention, and brief therapy. Applicants are provided with approximately 10 minutes for questions. Applicants invited to interview are also invited to a virtual open house in January to meet staff and current trainees and to learn more about the internship program. Thereafter, applicants are also encouraged to continue to contact current interns and former interns (the Training Director may be able to put you in contact with former inters) to inquire about their experience and to gain helpful information that may facilitate the selection decision making process. Please note that the open house is not required nor is it part of the interview process and is only for applicants we have invited to interview. Open House will be shared with applicants invited to interview. We cannot accommodate requests for on-site visits.


Our current interview dates include: 1/09/2023 and 1/23/2023. 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Nova Southeastern Pacific University of South Florida
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: 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: Yes, by application deadline
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 300
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 200
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 Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Not Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited Not 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:
Program Description

Welcome to the University of South Florida (USF) Health Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology training program, located in the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the USF Morsani College of Medicine.  We offer an outstanding training program in professional psychology within a large, urban academic medical center. The program is designed to offer three full-time, 12-month doctoral internship positions beginning the second week of August, providing 2,000 hours of professional training. Interns receive a $28,352.00 stipend over 12 months.  We embrace a Scientist-Practitioner Model of education wherein interns follow a set of established methods for producing data to undergird the practice of professional psychology, and the best practice of professional psychology is based on applications of these data. As such, interns will utilize data-driven methods to provide high-quality assessments, interventions, and progress monitoring across a variety of clinical and community settings.

The USF Department of Pediatrics is a large academic medical center whose mission is to be stewards of our community’s most vulnerable and important resource–our children. USF Pediatrics provides primary and specialty care for infants, children and adolescents; develops treatments and cures for pediatric diseases through research; advances children’s issues through advocacy and community engagement; and trains future pediatricians, psychologists and other allied health providers.

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience is an integral part of USF’s Morsani College of Medicine. The department has received national and international recognition as a center for research and development of innovative approaches to treatment.  The mission of the department is to educate health care practitioners about mental, addictive and behavioral disorders, advance scientific knowledge about the nature, causes and treatment of these conditions, and provide exemplary models of clinical care in order to benefit the health and well-being of the people of Florida.

The major goal of our internship is to provide an integrated, individually tailored, and coordinated series of learning experiences that will serve interns with opportunities to: (a) practice and expand on previously held knowledge and learned skills, (b) develop new skills and knowledge, and (c) experience personal and professional growth and development across clinical settings. Interns will serve populations across the lifespan, including children and adolescents, families, and the primary care providers who regularly interact with children and families (e.g., physicians, teachers).

 During internship training, interns will engage in learning experiences that are designed to be cumulative in nature.  Through daily activities interns will have opportunities to achieve the following training objectives:

1. Apply ethical decision making to complex clinical and research activities

2. Develop knowledge and skills in delivering services within primary care settings and collaborate across settings and care-providers

3. Develop and demonstrate a commitment to evidence-based intervention procedures;

4. Receive exposure to a diversity of psychological and mental health services within broad community contexts and across a breadth of treatment facilities

5. Demonstrate a commitment to diversity and individual differences

6. Develop an appreciation for and commitment to research, including scientific practices and/or research activities

7.  Generate research questions related to work with clients and answer those questions;

8. Develop competencies to evaluate the efficacy of trainee’s work with diverse clients and systems.

 Our internship offers major rotations in child and adolescent assessment and therapy, and a minor rotation in infant and early childhood assessment and intervention through the birth-three Early Steps Program. As part of these rotations, interns will gain experience in several ways. First, they will gain experience in comprehensive psychoeducational evaluations for common childhood disorders (e.g., ADHD, SLD, anxiety, IND, and ASD) and evidence-based recommendations for treatment. Also, they will gain experience in adolescent mental health and therapy including the treatment of diverse populations (e.g., gender dysphoria, trauma history, OCD, anxiety); treatment for early childhood disruptive behavior disorders (e.g., HOT DOCS, and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, trauma-informed early intervention), and integrated behavioral-health within our primary care pediatric clinics.

Internship Training Opportunities


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

Treatment Modalities

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


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

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: 8 62 64
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 7 24 19
Total number of interns: 2 2 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 2 2 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 0 0 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 2 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2 2 1
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 2
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 15 12 16
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 25 24 24
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: 0 0 0 2 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 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 1 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
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 1 0 1
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 0 0 2 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