UK Internship Consortium Program


General Description

In 2011, the UK Psychology Department initiated a doctoral internship training program in health service psychology, the University of Kentucky Internship Consortium Program (hereafter, referred to as ‘the Consortium’). The Consortium is exclusively affiliated with the UK Clinical Psychology and Counseling Psychology doctoral programs, meaning only students from these academic programs are eligible to apply. Our students often left the Commonwealth for their internship training and rarely returned once they finished the internship. We want to increase the number of these well-trained health service psychologists returning to the Commonwealth by providing an outstanding local internship based at the University of Kentucky. It is also recognized that UK Healthcare seeks to provide the highest quality of healthcare to the citizens of the Commonwealth. Medical outcomes research consistently demonstrates that the availability of health service psychology services to medical patients improves healthcare outcomes and reduces overall costs, particularly in primary care settings. The presence of a health service psychology internship program at the University of Kentucky increases the availability of psychology services to medical patients. Moreover, students in other healthcare professions have opportunities to work and learn from psychology interns who assist in healthcare delivery.

The internship program requires 2000 hours of training for accreditation by the American Psychological Association (APA; please note the Accreditation Disclosure Statement below). Interns complete four 500-hour half-time rotations over a two-year period (Consortium years begin July 1st and end June 30th). The program currently includes rotation options at Eastern State Hospital, the University of Kentucky Counseling Center, and in three University of Kentucky outpatient clinics (Orofacial Pain Center, Center for the Advancement of Women's Health, and Adolescent Medicine). Each rotation requires 20 hours per week for a period of six months. Overall administration of the program is provided by the Psychology Department who appointed a Kentucky licensed psychologist and clinical psychology faculty member (David Susman, Ph.D.) to serve as the Internship Training Director. Clinical supervision is provided by Kentucky licensed psychologists currently employed by each of those programs. The interns are paid a minimum stipend of at least $12,500 per year plus health benefits while completing the 20-hour-per-week requirement for clinical training. As of July 1, 2019, the program has 4 interns. Thirteen individuals have completed the program.

Accreditation Disclosure Statement

The University of Kentucky Internship Consortium is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA).

For questions regarding the Consortium’s APA accreditation status, contact:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation

American Psychological Association

750 1st Street, NE

Washington, DC 20002-4242

(202) 336-5979


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