Psychology Internship Overview

The Psychology Internship Program at the Health Science Center at UT Tyler (HSC) is a doctoral-level psychology internship program in health service psychology, which serves as an integral part of this academic health center. The internship’s mission is twofold:

  • First, to provide clinically and culturally competent behavioral health services to traditionally under-served populations and geographical areas;
  • Second, to train future psychologists to provide excellent, integrated care within the medical environment, promoting top-notch patient-centered care.

Overarching Goals & Background

The Psychology Internship Program is part of The University of Texas System, known as The Health Science Center at UT Tyler. The health science center’s Psychology Internship Program offers a 2,000 hour, one-year doctoral internship. The internship program at HSC provides health service psychology (clinical) training in an academic health center, with an emphasis on the interface between psychology and medicine. The internship program offers opportunities to interface at many levels in a medical setting. Interns learn to collaborate with physicians, physicians-in-training, nurses, dietitians, pharmacy students, and other consultants. They play a vital role in the care of patients with both mental health and physical health needs. As often as possible, experiences are offered longitudinally, to allow interns to develop longer-term professional relationships with treatment team members and patients.

The psychology internship program is housed within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine. Physician partners in psychiatry, family medicine, and internal medicine are actively involved in supporting the internship.

The psychology internship program is funded in part by the Graduate Psychology Education Program which is grant awarded through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

The patient population of the health science center is uniquely diverse. Located on the northern edge of Tyler, Texas, we are a catchment area that includes the denizens of this mid-sized city to the south as well as the rural inhabitants of the farmlands to the north. Socioeconomic, educational, racial and ethnic diversity characterize this population. With a mental health provider to citizen ratio of 1:25,000, Northeast Texas suffers from a significant shortage of mental health resources. Many patients seen by the psychology interns have never seen a mental health professional before.

Research and scholarly activity opportunities are available throughout the health science center. Interns are welcome to join ongoing projects, as well as are encouraged to conduct research of their own. They participate in the annual “Research Day” with the medical residents, often presenting Quality Improvement projects.

Accreditation

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler Psychology Internship Program began its first training cohort in July 2015, after participating in the Lone Star Psychology Internship Consortium for two years. In October 2016 the program was APA accredited, with full accreditation awarded October 28, 2018.
To reach the APA with any questions or concerns, please contact:


The American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
Dr. Jacqueline Remondet Wall, Director
750 First Street, NE Washington, DC 20002-4242
(202)336-5979


Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data for the last 3 cohorts (2017-2020) may be found here.