Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data

Clinical Training Program Internships

The internship will take place no earlier than the fourth year of the student's graduate clinical training.  For students to apply to and accept an APA-approved internship, it is required that they will have (a) finished all required courses, (b) finished all required practica, (c) completed the qualifying research project, (d) passed the specialty exam,  and (e) have an approved doctoral dissertation in the final stages of completion.  Although the St. Louis area has excellent resources for quality practicum training, the availability of sufficient APA-approved internships for our students is limited.  Also, there is stiff competition for these positions with three other APA-approved doctoral programs in the immediate area, as well as limited areas of specialty training offered by these facilities.  These considerations generally mandate that students leave St. Louis to obtain this final aspect of their training.  The internship must be completed successfully before the granting of the Ph.D. degree even though the defense of the dissertation may already have occurred.

Over the past five years, in spite of increasing competition for securing internship placements, our students have been very competitive in securing their first choice of locations on their first attempt.  Following is a partial list of where students have been recently accepted.



  • Childrens Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota (Minneapolis-St. Paul)
  • Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
  • MA Mental Health Center/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/ Harvard Medical School
  • Minneapolis VA Health Care (3)
  • Payne Whitney Clinic NY-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center
  • St. Louis Psychology Internship Consortium, MO
  • St. Louis VA Health Care System, MO
  • UC San Diego VA Psychology
  • UC San Francisco
  • UCLA Semel Institute
  • University of Chicago Medicine (2)
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Missouri Health System, Columbia, MO
  • University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN
  • Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Nashville, TN
  • VA Eastern Colorado Health Care, Denver, CO
  • VA Palo Alto Health Care System, CA (3)
  • VA Puget Sound, Seattle, WA
  • Washington DC VA Medical Center