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.




  •  Boston Consortium – Clinical Psychology, Boston, MA (4)
  • Center for Behavioral Medicine, Kansas City, MO
  • Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN (2)
  • Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC (2)
  • Minneapolis VA Health Care System
  • Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
  • Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System, Tucson, AZ
  • University of Arizona Medical Center, Tucson, AZ
  • University of Chicago, Clinical Psychology, Chicago, IL
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Psychiatry, Chicago, IL (2)
  • UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior, Los Angeles, CA
  • UCSD, Department of Psychiatry, San Diego, CA
  • UNC School of Medicine, Psychology, Chapel Hill, NC
  • UPMC Western Psychiatric Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
  • VA Central Iowa Healthcare System, Des Moines, IA
  • VA Medical Center, Memphis, TN
  • VA Palo Alto Healthcare System, Palo Alto, CA (3)
  • VA Puget Sound, Seattle, WA
  • Yale University, Department of Psychiatry, New Haven, CT