Internships in Family Psychology

Internship: A typical one year full-time predoctoral internship with a family psychology emphasis should include a balance of clinical experiences and didactic offerings. The internship needs to have an emphasis on the integration of theory and research into the practice of family psychology. In addition, the integration of theory, research, and practice in applied psychology generally and family psychology more specifically, needs to be central to the professional socialization of the predoctoral intern. Interns need to be provided with a diversity of clinical experiences in assessment and intervention with couples and families. In addition, the intern needs to have substantial opportunities for the systems assessment and treatment of individuals and interpersonal psychopathology and/or organizational problems. Both individual and group supervision need to be offered.

Internships that are strong in family psychology training are those that meet the following three criteria:

  • Include didactic or case presentations focused on family psychology or systemic theoretical perspectives;
  • Include at least one clinical rotation (>25 percent client contact hours) of couples/family therapy or systemic consultation supervised by a faculty member with demonstrated competence in family psychology; and
  • Employ at least one licensed faculty member with demonstrated competence in family psychology. Demonstrated competence in family psychology is defined by board certification in family psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology, election as fellow of Div. 43 (Society for Couple and Family Psychology), service in Div. 43 through governance or committee activities, scholarly publications (including research reports) related to family psychology and/or completion of postdoctoral training in family psychology (CRSPP Report, 2010).

The 2012 APPIC Directory lists 127 (28 percent) of 457 APA-accredited internships as offering a major rotation in couples or family therapy. (The number of APA-accredited internships offering a minor rotation in couples or family therapy is 325, or 71 percent.) Of those APA-accredited internships offering a major rotation in family therapy, only some are considered strong in family psychology training according to the above criteria.

Emails were sent to 127 internship training directors in February and March 2012 to determine if their internships met the three criteria above. Of the 59 who responded, 22 indicated that their program met all three criteria and provided names of faculty members with demonstrated competence in family psychology. These 22 programs are listed below by state.

Arizona

Southern Arizona Psychology Internship Center (SAPIC)
504 W. 29th Street, Tuscon, AZ 85713
Telephone: (520) 838-3993
Fax: (520) 838-5604

Director of Training: Mayday Levine-Mata, PsyD

Faculty Members with Demonstrated Competence in Family Psychology: Ed Lovejoy, PhD

California

Children’s Institute, Inc.
711 South New Hampshire Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Telephone: (213) 385-5100 Ext. 1812
Fax: (213) 383-1820

Director of Training: George Bermudez, PhD

Faculty Members with Demonstrated Competence in Family Psychology: George Bermudez, PhD

Western Youth Services
23461 South Pointe Drive, Suite 220
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Telephone: (949) 855-1556
Fax: (949) 951-2871

Director of Training: Katie Devlin, PhD

Faculty Members with Demonstrated Competence in Family Psychology: Kathleen Devlin, PhD and Thomas Sexton, PhD

Delaware

Delaware Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health Services/Terry Children’s Psychiatric Center
10 Central Avenue
New Castle, DE 19720
Telephone: (302) 256-5601
Fax: (302) 577-3187

Director of Training: Aileen Fink, PhD

Faculty Members with Demonstrated Competence in Family Psychology: Marsali Hansen, PhD

Florida

Citrus Health Network
4175 W. 20th Avenue
Miami, FL 33012
Telephone: (305) 825-0300 Ext. 2080
Fax: (305) 826-3039

Director of Training: Dianne Rosen, PhD   

Faculty Members with Demonstrated Competence in Family Psychology: Jesus Perez,PsyD

Georgia

Emory University School of Medicine
Grady Health Systems, Dept. of Psychiatry
80 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive Atlanta, GA  30303
Telephone: (404) 616-4807
Fax: (404) 616-3241

Director of Training: Carol Webb, PhD, ABPP    

Faculty Members with Demonstrated Competence in Family Psychology: Marianne Celano, PhD, ABPP and Nadine Kaslow, PhD, ABPP

Medical College of Georgia/Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center
#1 Freedom Way
Augusta, GA 30904
Telephone: (706) 733-0188 Ext. 7735
Fax: (706) 731-7190

Director of Training: Alex Mabe, PhD   

Faculty Members with Demonstrated Competence in Family Psychology: Bernard Davidson, PhD and Alex Mabe, PhD

Illinois

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
225 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Telephone: (312) 227-3427

Director of Training:  Karen R. Gouze, PhD   

Faculty Members with Demonstrated Competence in Family Psychology: Karen Gouze, PhD and Richard Wendel, PhD, LMFT

Kansas

University of Kansas Medical Center
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160
Telephone: (913) 588-6401
Fax: (913) 588-1310

Director of Training: Edward E. Hunter, PhD, ABPP   

Faculty Members with Demonstrated Competence in Family Psychology: Edward E. Hunter, PhD, ABPP and Teri Smith, PhD

Kentucky

Lexington VA Medical Center (DOC,149KB)
1101 Veterans Drive (116A-4 LD)
Lexington, KY 40502
Telephone: (859) 233-4511 Ext. 3443
Fax: (859) 281-3919

Director of Training: Christiane Schneider, PhD  

Faculty Members with Demonstrated Competence in Family Psychology: Steven E. Hansel, PsyD

Louisiana

Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System
Mental Health Service (116)
P.O. Box 61011
New Orleans, LA 70161
Telephone: (504) 571-8295
Fax: (504) 571-8126

Director of Training: Michelle Hamilton, PhD  

Faculty Members with Demonstrated Competence in Family Psychology: Frederic J. Sautter, PhD

Maryland

Kennedy Krieger Institute
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
720 Aliceanna Street, 2nd floor
Baltimore, MD 21202
Telephone: (443) 923-7491
Fax: (443) 923-7507

Director of Training: Jennifer Crockett, PhD  

Faculty Members with Demonstrated Competence in Family Psychology: Gina Richman, PhD and Tana Hope, PhD

Minnesota

Canvas Health
7066 Stillwater Boulevard North
Oakdale, MN 55128
Telephone: (651) 777-5222
Fax: (651) 251-5111

Director of Training: James V. Wojcik, PhD 

Faculty Members with Demonstrated Competence in Family Psychology: James V. Wojcik, PhD and Dean Gorall, PhD

New Jersey

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
183 South Orange Avenue
P.O. Box 1709
Newark, N.J. 07101
Telephone: (973) 972-5573
Fax: (973) 972-6976

Director of Training: Beata Geyer-Beaudoin, PhD 

Faculty Members with Demonstrated Competence in Family Psychology: Sueli Petry, PhD

New York

Albert Einstein College of Medicine – Montefiore Medical Center
111 East 210th Street
Bronx, NY 10467
Telephone: (718)920-5024
Fax: (718) 798-1816