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Carle Psychology Internship

Welcome to the Pre-Doctoral Internship Program in clinical psychology in the Behavioral Health department at Carle. The academic year (2021-2022) is the ninth year that we are sponsoring a pre-doctoral psychology internship.

The Behavioral Health department is multidisciplinary and a part of an integrated health care system at Carle Foundation Hospital and works with health care practitioners and teams throughout the hospital, including primary care, medical specialties, and hospital services. Our Behavioral Health team consists of 12 clinical psychologists, 12 psychiatrists, 6 psychiatric nurse practitioners, 3 addiction medicine physicians, 5 addiction counselors, 25 social workers and counselors, and 2 psychometrists. We are also affiliated with the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign and the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, and have a psychiatry residency program with 16 psychiatry residents in training currently.

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A full program description can be found here.

Our Approach

Our pre-doctoral internship program’s goal is to train clinical psychologists under a scientist-practitioner model emphasizing evidence-based assessment and treatment. Interns will be provided with two possible tracks in adult or generalist (50% adult, 50% child/adolescent). 

Each track is a yearlong intensive outpatient clinical training at Carle Behavioral Health. All tracks will work with a full spectrum of psychopathology either in adults and/or children/adolescents and provide assessment and treatment.

Trainee assessment experiences include training and experience in:

  • Structural Clinical Interview for DSM-V Disorders (SCID-V)
  • Psychological testing (e.g., neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD, learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders)
  • Conducting assessments through the Child Diagnostic Clinic which is a comprehensive, integrated care team assessing children and adolescents across many domains of functioning in home, school, social environments
  • Adult bariatric evaluations

Treatment consists of primarily individual psychotherapy that can include members of the family, with a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities:

  • CBT treatment techniques
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Trauma-Based-CBT
  • Psycho-education
  • Problem solving
  • Goal setting 
  • Relaxation training 

Effort is directed to help interns match cases with supervisors (e.g., supervisors designated for short-term, time-limited treatment, other supervisors for longer-term dynamically-oriented therapy) as we have a diverse and a highly trained faculty.

Practice Setting

Interns will work individuals and families that are typically uninsured or underinsured. A typical week would include 50% direct face-to-face patient contact and the remaining 50% would be devoted to didactics, supervision, and all other aspects of patient care that are not face-to-face hours (e.g., case management, group consultation, treatment planning, charting, report writing). Learning would take place through individual supervision (i.e., 2 hours/week), additional supervision (e.g., group supervision 2 hours/week), supervised report writing, didactic seminars (i.e., 2 hours/week), and clinical evaluations.

Diversity and Inclusion

Carle and the Behavioral Health department value diversity and inclusion. The health system has many nationalities on its staff, and Carle is committed to making all staff, regardless of cultural, minority, or disability status comfortable in this setting. We are committed to attracting and retaining diverse staff and interns, and we take pride in providing an inclusive environment for all individuals.

Meet Our Team

John Baker, PhD 
Avis Bernstein, PhD
Mügé Dizén, PhD
Debra Jedd, PsyD
Kelly Kane, PsyD
Crystal Wiggins Newman, PhD
Tara Riddle, PhD, ABPP-CN
Hudson Riehl, PsyD
Rachael Rubin, PhD
Debbie Sperry, PhD
Kristin Thies, PsyD
Elizabeth Tingley, PhD
Pamela Warren, PhD
Keith White, PhD
Catherine York, PhD


We are a full member of Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers.

We are  accredited by the American Psychological Association. The date of the initial accreditation was March 22, 2016. The next site visit will be held in 2023.

Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979/E-mail:

Does the program require that applicants have received a minimum number of hours of the following at time of application? If Yes, indicate how many:

Total direct contact intervention hours  N Y Amount: 250
Total direct contact assessment hours N Y Amount: 50

Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:
Applicants need to have a least two externship experiences where s/he was involved in direct therapeutic services with the age group of the track selected.


Financial and Other Benefit Support for the Upcoming Training Year

Annual stipend/salary for full-time interns $24,960
Annual stipend/salary for part-time interns N/A
Program provides access to medical insurance for intern? Yes
If access to medical insurance is provided:   
Trainee contribution to cost required?  No
Coverage of family member(s) available?  Yes
Coverage of legally married partner available?  Yes
Coverage of domestic partner available? Yes
Hours of annual paid personal time off (PTO and/or vacation) 130
Hours of annual paid sick leave  Included in PTO
In the event of medical conditions an/or famliy needs that require extended leave, does the program allow reasonable unpaid leave to interns/residents in excess of personal time off and sick time? Yes
Other Benefits (please describe): Life and disability insurance; professional liability insurance. Interns may participate in the Carle Employee Assistance Program.   

Initial Post-Internship Positions
(Provide an aggregated tally for the preceding 3 cohorts)

Total number of interns who were in the 3 cohorts 9  
Total number of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree  0  
Community mental health center    
Federally qualified health center    
Independent primary care facility/clinic     
University counseling center    
Veterans Affairs medical center     
Military health center    
Academic health center    
Other medical center or hospital 2 3
Psychiatric hospital    
Academic university/department    
Community college or other teaching setting    
Independent research institution    
Correctional facility    
School district/system    
Independent practice setting 1 3
Not currently employed     
Changed to another field     
Note: "PD" = Post-doctoral residency position; "EP" = Employed Position. Each Individual represented in this table should be counted only one time. For former trainees working in more than one setting, select the setting that represents their primary position.     

How to Apply

To apply, register with the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers online and sign in to begin your training program application. 

Your application must be received no later than November 2, 2020.

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