Program Information: Integrated Healthcare Psychology Internship

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2503
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Wheeler Clinic
Department: Integrated Healthcare Psychology Internship
Address: 91 Northwest Drive
Plainville, Connecticut 06062
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: In Hartford, CT
Phone: 860-793-3547x
Fax: 860-793-4460
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Community Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Elisabeth Cannata
Chief Psychologist: Elisabeth Cannata
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: 08/22/2022
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 2
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class:
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 27040
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class:
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above):
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site On behavioral health consultation to medical unit days, interns schedule is flexible and responsive to behavioral health consultation needs that arise during course of patients medical visits. On days of more traditional behavioral health service, interns have scheduled sessions and can respond to walk-in intakes. Seminars, supervision and team meetings are scheduled throughout the week.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsNo
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsNo
Do Psychology Interns/Postdocs Have the Opportunity to Supervise Practicum Students?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: 12/10/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Required
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/31/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/10/2022
Interview process description:

Interviews will be conducted with selected applicants beginning in January 2022 (with flexibility to meet applicants scheduling needs).  Interviews are required, and will be conducted virtually on the Microsoft Teams platform. If an interviewed candidate wants an on-site visit, this will be arranged, but will not be a factor in the site determination of candidate rankings. Interviews and virtual tours are scheduled for 2.5 hours, and each applicant is interviewed by a team of Wheeler psychologists who are involved with the internship.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Springfield College William James College The New School for Social Research Antioch University New England
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: Yes, by ranking deadline
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by ranking deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: No
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours:
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours:
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 Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited Not Accepted
Non-Accredited 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

Wheeler's Integrated Healthcare Psychology Internship aims to develop psychologists with advanced competencies to promote whole person health and wellbeing in both primary care and behavioral health settings as team members, consultants and through direct service to individuals and families across the lifespan. Interns will be assigned to a full year primary rotation providing behavioral health services in Wheeler’s Susan Walkama Family Wellness Center in Hartford, CT. This federally qualified health center offers fully integrated, primary and behavioral health across the lifespan, as well as a wide array of ancillary engagement and health promotion services. In their primary rotation interns will be designated as Integrated Healthcare Psychology Interns (IHPIs). In this role, interns will function as behavioral health specialists within a fully integrated, multidisciplinary healthcare setting designed to promote whole person wellness. IHPIs will have the opportunity to develop rapid assessment, consultation, and brief intervention skills within the primary care context, working side by side and collaboratively with other health disciplines. The IHPI will play a primary role in engaging patients in following through with medical recommendations and with health-promoting activities by identifying and addressing behavioral health or interpersonal factors that impact patient follow-through. IHPIs also will provide behavioral health and substance misuse screenings to primary care patients as a way of promoting early detection of potential concerns, and offering preventative education, brief intervention and/or referral to specialty care or connection to supportive resources and services. In addition to this consultative role within the primary care context, interns will provide a full range of traditional behavioral health assessment and intervention services, treatment for substance misuse and dual diagnosis, and participate in training and supervision in a range of evidence-based and research supported therapeutic interventions and modalities.  During their primary rotation, interns will advance their skills in the following areas: Effective participation in multidisciplinary huddles/team meetings; Providing behavioral health consultation to other healthcare professionals and ongoing collaboration to promote optimal patient outcomes; Behavioral health and substance misuse screening and comprehensive biopsychosocial assessment and diagnosis; Collaborative treatment planning with clients and other healthcare providers; Individual, group, couples and family therapy to address a wide range of psychiatric, substance use and dual diagnosis treatment needs, with training in evidence-based and other research-supported interventions (including cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, Hazelden model for dual diagnosis, motivational interviewing, Healing Trauma and others); Facilitation of groups related to health (e.g. smoking cessation, weight management, stress reduction, pain management, etc.); Opportunity to develop a program evaluation, patient outcome or program development project related to services delivered at the health and wellness center.

Interns will also choose a minor rotation in one of several other innovative programs under Wheeler’s comprehensive service continuum. The most typical is within Wheeler's full-time clinical day school (in Plainville, CT, approximately 20 minutes drive from Hartford site), conducting comprehensive psychological evaluations.  Alternative secondary rotations can be developed to match interns' special interests, such as in areas of early childhood intervention, autism evaluation services, emergency mobile psychiatric services or one of our home-based family intervention programs.  Secondary rotations assigned according to intern interests may be in one of our other sites, most located within 15 to 45 minutes from interns’ primary rotation. 

Internship Training Opportunities


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

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Individual Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Couples Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Group Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Community Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Evidenced Based Practice: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Evidence Based Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)


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

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: 9
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 7
Total number of interns: 2
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 2
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs:
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs:
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 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
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written
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 0 0 0 0
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: 0 0 0 0 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: 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 0 0 1
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 1