Doctoral Clinical Psychology Internship Training Program



2016-17 Information




-Goals/ Objectives and Outcomes of the Psychology Internship Training Program
-Program Overview (list of the tracks offered)
-Duke University Medical Center
-Live in Durham
-Application to the Program at Duke
-Requirements for Completion
-Contact Information for the Program
-APA Accreditation


Duke University Medical Center’s Doctoral Internship Training Program in Clinical Psychology, part of the Department of Psychiatry’s Division of Medical Psychology, provides one year of doctoral-level internship training in the essential skill areas of Clinical Psychology: assessment and diagnosis, effective intervention, consultation and evaluation, and supervision.  Training takes place in a health care setting and offers all interns training in general Clinical Psychology, as well as the opportunity to concentrate on specific areas of Health Psychology.  Training takes place within the context of the scientist-practitioner model as articulated by Belar and Perry (1992) and Belar (2000) and has as its overarching goal, to produce a Psychologist who is able to integrate science with professional practice knowledge, attitudes, and skills.  Scientific skills that inform clinical practice include processes of critical thinking, a hypothesis testing approach to clinical practice, application of the products of scientific research to practice, use of valid or empirically supported assessment and treatment methods, the systematic collection of information and communication of the results of practice.  The reciprocity of science and practice informing each other finds expression in the faculty of the Duke Internship who are engaged in clinically informed science, scientifically informed practice or both.  Consistent with the model, the Internship training year is conceptualized in the scientist-practitioner model as an "intensive supervised practice experience" that is consistent with the values of the model.  Therefore, the overarching internship goal at Duke University Medical Center (DUMC) is to provide interns with the opportunity to train for practice in the essential skill areas of Clinical Psychology, namely, assessment, intervention, consultation, evaluation and supervision.  Because DUMC is a health care setting, a secondary overall goal of our training program is to provide the opportunity for preparation in areas of concentration relevant to the populations served and skills and competencies needed to function in a modern, health care environment.  While formal research opportunities are made available during the internship training year, performing research while on internship is not mandatory, and the primary emphasis is on providing an intensive supervised practice experience that produces a graduate who uses scientific skills in the conduct of general and specialized clinical practice.  At the completion of the program interns are expected to have developed proficiency in observation, interviewing, assessment, consultation and evaluation, report-writing, short-term psychotherapy, evidence-based treatments, family therapy, and/or group therapy, which will serve them well in subsequent clinical practice.  Graduates of the program may function as clinicians, as researchers, or as both.

Due to our scientist-practitioner model, the internship accepts applications from students matriculated in PhD programs.  The one exception to this is the Adult Neuropsychology Concentration, where PsyD applications are accepted.  Our program offers interns two major tracks: Adult Psychology and Child Psychology.  Interns apply to one of these two tracks.  Within each track, applicants also specify an area of concentration.  In the Adult Track, applicants should specify: Cognitive-Behavioral Psychology (CBT), Health Psychology, or Neuropsychology.  In the Child Track, applicants should specify Child Clinical, or Pediatric Psychology. 


Goals/Objectives and Outcomes of the Psychology Internship Training Program - Relationship between goals (objectives and outcomes)


Objectives for Goal 1:
(a) Train for practice in assessment and diagnosis;
(b) Train for practice in effective intervention;
(c) Train for practice in consultation and evaluation; and
(d) Train for practice of supervision.



Objectives for Goal 2:

(a) Train interns in systematic application of products of psychological research to practice;
(b) Expose interns to faculty role models of scientific practice;
(c) Promote the use of scientific thinking and methods in professional practice (e.g., critical thinking, a hypothesis-testing approach, operational definition of problems, systematic collection of information, use of valid assessments and intervention, communication of information; and
(d) Provide the opportunity (not requirement) to engage in formal research.



Objective for Goal 3:
Train interns in the integration of ethical and professional standards with practice.



Objectives for Goal 4:
(a) Train interns in knowledge base for individual, cultural and ethnic diversity; and
(b) Train interns in rotation specific and case specific sensitivity to diversity issues.

Program Overview 

The following information is subject to change throughout the internship year.   

Two tracks are offered by our Program (Adult Track and Child Track).  Applicants should apply to only one Track and one Concentration within that Track.  Applicants may apply to one or both of the Foci listed under the Concentration to which they are applying (i.e., Health Psychology Concentration has 2 Foci listed - applicants may apply to either or both; Child Clinical Psychology Concentration has 3 Foci listed – applicants may apply to either one, two or all three).   Each Track and Concentration is separate from the other.  Interview days are spread out among different locations in Durham and we are unable to accommodate applicants wanting to apply to different Tracks and Concentrations.  The interview day for each of the groups is an entire day. 


(Note for applying to the Adult Track: Each of the Adult Track Concentrations operates independently from the other.  Therefore, applicants should apply to only one of the three Concentrations listed below.  However, those applicants applying to the Health Concentration may apply to either one or both of the Foci listed for the Health Concentration.)
1. Adult Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Concentration (APPIC Program code: 141314)
2. Adult Health Concentration:
     -Adult Health-Biofeedback Focus (APPIC Program code: 141316)
     -Adult Health-Cancer Behavioral Symptom Mgmt & Support Focus (APPIC Program code: 141326)              
3. Adult Neuropsychology Concentration (APPIC Program code: 141313)
(Note for applying to the Child Track:  Child applicants should apply to one of the two Concentrations listed below.  However, those applicants applying to the Child Clinical Concentration may apply to either one, two or all three of the Foci listed for the Child Clinical Concentration.) 
1. Child Clinical Concentration:
      -Child Clinical-General Focus (APPIC Program code: 141324)
      -Child Clinical-Trauma Focus (APPIC Program code: 141325)
      -Child Clinical-Autism Focus (APPIC Program code: 141327)
2. Child Pediatric Concentration (APPIC Program code: 141320)

A complete description of each of our Concentrations and rotations offered is provided under each Track in this web-based brochure.

Both Adult and Child Tracks afford interns the opportunity to integrate the multiple roles and responsibilities of a Clinical Psychologist in a health care setting.  Interns learn through clinical experiences in outpatient settings, inpatient units, community settings, and school, in didactic seminars, through readings and by participation in ongoing research of their clinical supervisors.  All interns participate in weekly core seminars designed to expose them to both basic and advanced concepts in clinical practice, including individual and cultural diversity, ethics and professionalism, and theories and methods of supervision.  Interns also attend any of the weekly departmental grand rounds that pertain to their interests.

The Adult Psychology Track offers seven to eight internship positions per year and the Child Psychology Track offers three to four positions each year.  The availability of specific rotations and the combination of rotations in any given year may be affected by the availability of funding.  Specific training experiences may vary by rotation.  For a description of the Concentrations and rotations within each Track, please view the information in the sections labeled Adult Psychology Track or Child Psychology Track.  

When applying, please specify in a cover letter to which Track (Adult Track or Child Track) and which Concentration within the Track you wish to apply (for Adult Health Concentration, please specify the focus or foci that you would like to be considered for; likewise, for the Child Clinical Concentration, please also specify the focus or foci that you would like to be considered for).  For more detailed information about the application process, please read the Application to the Duke Program section. 

Duke University Medical Center  

Duke University Medical Center, the largest private university medical center in the Southeast, is a full-service tertiary and quaternary care hospital and is licensed for 943 beds.  The Duke Department of Psychiatry, of which the Division of Medical Psychology is a functional unit, offers outpatient and inpatient services, teaches courses in all four years of the Duke University School of Medicine’s curriculum, and offers an approved psychiatry residency program.

The resources of the medical center and psychiatry department enable the program to offer interns opportunities to integrate assessment, treatment and consultation with a wide variety of patients, many of whom have both medical and mental health problems; to develop skills in functioning on multidisciplinary treatment teams; to participate in faculty research if desired, and to establish a mentor relationship with senior faculty.

Life in Durham

Durham, North Carolina, a city with a population of over 200,000, offers both the friendliness of a small town and the sophistication of a major city.  Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University and North Carolina Central University are within a 25-mile radius of Durham.  Each contributes theater, art, music, sports, and a continuing source of local and visiting scholars and distinguished personalities.  Chapel Hill and Raleigh, Durham’s neighbors in the Research Triangle, both offer additional cultural and recreational opportunities.  The beauty and relaxation offered by North Carolina’s famed barrier island beaches are a two-hour drive to the east, while the Blue Ridge Mountains are little more than a four-hour drive to the west.  Housing for psychology interns is available close to the medical center. 


  • Applicants must be enrolled in either an APA-accredited PhD Program or CPA-accredited PhD Program in Clinical Psychology only. 
  • PsyD applicants:  The Neuropsychology Concentration is our only concentration that accepts applicants from PsyD programs.  PsyD applicants will not be considered for our other concentrations. 
  • Applicants in Counseling and School programs will not be considered.  
  • Applicants from graduate programs adhering to a scientist-practitioner model (or model similar in philosophy) are strongly preferred. 
  • Applicants must have completed the third year of their graduate program by the beginning of the internship year and must be certified as ready for Internship by the home school department's Director of Clinical Training.  Applicants should have completed a minimum of 500 practicum hours.  Completion of all academic work, including the dissertation, is preferred.

- Statement of Non-Discriminatory Practices –

The Duke University Medical Center Internship adheres to a policy of nondiscrimination in recruitment and retention of interns on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or other personal characteristics that are irrelevant to success in an Internship.  The Duke University Medical Center Internship strives to maintain an environment of equal acceptance and respect for individuals regardless of personal, racial, or ethnic background. 


 Please access APPIC’s website at for updated information regarding the Online APPI.   Applications are accepted via APPIC's electronic application website.  APPIC has asked each of the internship programs to alert applicants of this and to let them know of the existence of APPIC's MATCH-NEWS e-mail list.  Applicants are encouraged to sign up for this e-mail list as APPIC will be distributing some important announcements about the Match, the AAPI Online and the APPIC Directory Online throughout the next few months.  Please make sure that you sign up for this mailing list to receive announcements with information about the online application process.  We will be accepting applications only through this process. 


1.  Cover Letter - In the cover letter:  

  1. Indicate why you are interested in the Duke Internship Program and how our Program will meet your training goals and interests. 
  2. Specify which Track you are applying to (Adult Track or Child Track) and the Concentration within the Track.  You may apply for either or both foci within a Concentration: 
    1. For Child Psychology Track specify either Child Pediatric Concentration or Child Clinical Concentration.  Within the Child Clinical Concentration, applicants may apply to either one, two or all three foci (Child Clinical Trauma focus; Child Clinical General focus; and Child Clinical Autism focus);
    2. For Adult Psychology Track, specify Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Concentration, Health Concentration, or Neuropsychology Concentration.  (Within the Health Concentration, applicants may apply to either or both foci (Health Biofeedback Focus; and Health Cancer Behavioral Symptom Management & Support Focus)

NOTE:  It is important that applicants apply to only one Track and one Concentration. Applicants may apply to one, both or all foci listed under those Concentrations that have them listed (See the Program Overview section information listed earlier in this brochure for more details.  The interview day for each of the groups is an entire day. 

2.  Completed APPIC Application for Psychology Internship (APPI).  The AAPI online form is available from the APPIC Website ( and includes the applicant's contact information, school information (previous, current, and supervision/assessment sections), DCT contact information, the Academic Program's Verification of Internship Eligibility and Readiness, e-signature of the DCT, intervention experience section, four essays, reference section, and application certification section (with e-signature area for the applicant). 

3.  Current Vita

4.  Official Graduate Transcript(s) 

5. Three Letters of Recommendation.  Applicants will not be penalized if they provide more than three letters.  Also, it is fine if one of the letters is from the applicant's DCT. 

6.  Supplemental Material (de-identified Clinical Work Sample).  As per the 2012 APPIC Policy on AAPI Online Supplemental Materials, please provide us with one or both of the following de-identified supplemental materials: 

       (a)  A treatment or case summary,
       (b)  A psychological evaluation report


Applicants may be invited for an interview after a review of application materials.  Notification of whether the applicant is being invited or not will be no later than December 15 through email.  For those being invited for an interview, emails with more detailed information will be provided for planning travel to our site.  Our interview days are usually the 2nd Friday and one Wednesday in January, the dates of which are determined by the Director of the Program in the fall. 

Interview days for 2016: 

  1. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2016:  This interview day will be for the Adult Neuropsychology Concentration applicants.  Interviews will be held at Duke Neurology Clinic on 932 Morreene Road, Durham, NC 27705 from 8:00-5:00 p.m.   
  2. FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 2016:  This interview day will be for the Adult CBT Concentration applicants AND the Adult Health Concentration applicantsCBT Concentraton applicants will be interviewed at the Civitan Building at 2213 Elba Street, Durham, NC 27705 from 8:00-5:00 p.m.  Adult Health Concentration  applicants will be interviewed at the Duke Pain Medicine Clinic at 4309 Medical Park Drive, Durham, NC 27704 from 8:00-5:00 p.m. 
  3. FRIDAY, JANUARY 22, 2016:  This interview day will be for the Child Psychology Track applicants (Child Clinical Concentration and Child Pediatric Concentration).  Interviews will be held at Duke Child and Family Study Center, 2608 Erwin Road, Suite 300, Durham, NC  27705 from 8:00-5:00 p.m. 

Our Interview Days are split up based on faculty availability to interview on specific dates and also space limitations at Duke.

The Duke Internship Program participates in the APPIC Internship Matching Program (  This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant. 

Compensation and Assistance

The internship year begins July 1 and ends June 30 and a stipend of $24,500 is provided.  Health insurance benefits are not offered through Duke University Medical Center; however, the Internship Training Program will make available to each intern an additional $5,000 added to their stipend that can be used by the intern to purchase their own health insurance.  Professional liability insurance is provided under a blanket malpractice policy through the Duke Risk Management Office.  The Internship Training Program also provides each intern with 10 days of vacation and 12 days of sick leave.  Interns also receive 5 days of professional leave while on internship; attendance at local, regional, and national professional meetings is encouraged, and some flexibility in the program is maintained for this purpose.  Administrative assistance is available to all interns in each clinic in which they rotate.  The Internship Training Program also has a full time Administrative Assistant who coordinates all aspects of the program for the Interns.   

Requirements for Completion

Interns must successfully complete 12 months of full-time 2500 hour training experience to earn a certificate of completion.  Successful completion is based on full attendance and passing evaluations by at least an intermediate level of performance by supervisors and mentors in the major skill areas of Clinical Psychology.  Duke University’s policies provide for equal opportunity and affirmative action in employment and admission to all programs of the University.

Contact Information for Program 

Director of the Psychology Internship Training Program:  Karen C. Wells, Ph.D. (
Training Program Admin: Patrice Mansfield (
Mailing address:
Psychology Internship Training Program
Lakeview at Pavilion East
2608 Erwin Road, Suite 300
Durham, NC 27705
Main Office Phone:  919-668-0084
Main Office Fax:  919-668-0088 

APA Accreditation

The Duke University Medical Center Internship Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association:  
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, N.E.  
Washington, D.C. 20002
Phone:   202-336-5979



To access the program descriptions for the Adult Psychology and Child Psychology Tracks and the Internship Faculty, please click on the links for each under "Program Menu" on the right of your screen.  (email if you are having problems accessing our information).




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