The Loma Linda University School of Medicine (LLUSM), Department of Psychiatry offers a generalist predoctoral internship program in clinical psychology. Our goal is to provide high quality education in professional psychology by immersing interns in broad experiential training in order to foster the development of well-rounded, competent, entry-level clinical psychologists who can function effectively in a variety of settings that provide comprehensive psychological services, including medical centers, community agencies and outpatient clinics in the public or private sector. The successful intern will be able to integrate a bio-psycho-social-spiritual framework as he or she extends basic assessment and intervention techniques to meet the needs of diverse settings and problems, to appreciate and utilize cultural diversity, and to develop interpersonal and professional collaboration. Former interns hold positions in public, private, and academic settings across the country.

Welcome from the Training Director

Dear Intern Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in the pre-doctoral Psychology Internship at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. We are glad you are considering our program in your search for an internship and welcome your application.

This website provides a comprehensive description of the training program. We hope that it gives you a clear notion of what our internship is like.

Often times, applicants ask a key question: “What do you look for in an applicant?”

First, it is important that the applicant be well grounded in the current theory and practice of Clinical Psychology. Applicants with substantial experience in outpatient and inpatient mental health settings, and in medical contexts would be a good fit for our program. Since we are housed in a Department of Psychiatry, we value an apprenticeship model, where the learner primarily develops competency through direct experience under supervision.

Second, we value applicants for whom team-work and excellence are well developed personal traits. During the interview process you can expect that we will ask questions as to how these values are part of your professional experience, not just a verbal agreement. Our interns spend significant amount of time working with professionals and trainees from other disciplines in multidisciplinary settings, thus, they need to have the capacity to value the contributions and wisdom that come from non-Psychologists.

Third, Loma Linda University Medical Center is a faith-based organization operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The organization’s mission is "to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ, to Make Man [Humanity] Whole,” which reflects its spiritual heritage of attention to the body, the mind, the spirit, and the social environment. Our interns participate in a year-round seminar on Diversity, Religion/Spirituality and Psychotherapy. Most, but not all, of our supervisors are competent in areas of religion and psychotherapy, although with different perspectives connected to their own spiritual commitments. Our interns have come from diverse spiritual backgrounds and commitments, and with different levels of theoretical sophistication in this area. 

Some applicants wonder if they need to be Seventh-day Adventists in particular, or Christians in general to be good candidates. The answer is no. I don’t know the spiritual commitments of each supervisor, nor that of the interns. However, as a religiously qualified organization, Loma Linda University’s website indicates that "LLU is a Seventh-day Adventist, faith and values based Christian institution. Candidates must understand and embrace the mission, purpose, and identity of LLU and its affiliated entities.” This means that interns are expected to understand and respect organizational values. In clinical contexts this means that our interns are expected to understand and respect their patients’ spiritual commitments and incorporate those into their work as appropriate.

We use the online APPIC Application for Psychology Internships (AAPI). Please view the application information page of this website to review the application materials that you will need to submit. The deadline for receipt of all application materials is November 2nd, 2015; we will notify you of our decision regarding interviewing no later than December 15, 2015. If you have any questions regarding the materials or the training program, please do not hesitate to contact me by email at cfayard@llu.edu. I will be more than happy to answer your questions.

Thank you once again for your interest in the Psychology Internship at Loma Linda University, Department of Psychiatry. We look forward to receiving your application.

Carlos Fayard, Ph.D.

Training Director, Internship Program
Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Accreditation & APPIC Membership

LLUSM's Clinical Psychology Internship Program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation (CoA) of the American Psychological Association (APA). Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the CoA:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979
Email: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

The program is also a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC), and abides by APPIC policies, inlcuding compliance with the requirements of the annual "match" process hosted by National Matching Service. All APPIC policies are available on the APPIC website, www.appic.org.

Internship Program Admissions

Date Program Tables are updated: 9/1/2017
Briefly describe in narrative form important information to assist potential applicants in assessing their likely fit with your program. This description must be consistent with the program’s policies on intern selection and practicum and academic preparation requirements:
Our goal is to train entry-level generalist psychologists that have been exposed to various clinical contexts in which professional psychologists work. In addition to developing core competencies in the general areas of clinical psychology, each intern will gain experience in a particular area of concentration. Further, we emphasize direct experience with patients at various stages of development, with a wide breadth of presentations and demographic characteristics, in varied contexts and service delivery systems (i.e., outpatient mental health, psychiatric inpatient, medical setting), and employing a variety of modalities of approaches, which we believe prepares interns to enter comfortably into a range of professional roles and settings. We believe this approach to training helps interns articulate a strong professional identity, and fosters a commitment to "whole-person care," namely, a bio-psycho-social-spiritual perspective in clinical care. All interns develop core competencies in psychological assessment and diagnosis, psychological intervention, supervision, professional consultation, and program evaluation/development. Each intern  completes a specialty mental health rotation and a health psychology rotation. Specialty mental health rotations experience is obtained in a psychiatric inpatient/partial hospitalization/intensive outpatient setting, with adults, adolescents, or children. Examples include geriatric inpatient (which includes a neuropsychology component), child and adolescent partial hospitalization setting, eating disorders, and adult partial hospitalization/intensive outpatient. The health psychology experience is obtained in a medical outpatient setting, serving patients with chronic illness such as diabetes, heart disease, chronic pain, obesity. Together, these rotations are designed to provide interns with exposure to a wide range of populations with various needs, including those with co-morbid medical and psychiatric diagnoses in a medical care setting. In keeping with LLU's mission statement (www.llu.edu/medicine/mission.page), applicants who show interest and commitment for the integration of religion and spirituality within the practice of psychology are strongly encouraged to apply.
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 No   Amount: n/a
Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours No   Amount: n/a
Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:

While a certain minimum of direct service or practicum hours is not necessary, the quantity of these hours is taken into consideration when evaluating the strength of the applicant’s preparation. Additionally, the quality and diversity of prior practicum training, the number and range of client populations with whom applicants have had prior experience (typically, interns who have worked with some range of client populations, preferably including adult, child and family in outpatient, inpatient and medical settings), and the number of integrated testing reports completed are all taken into consideration. Our program requires applicants to have experience administering projective, personality and intelligence tests. In some cases, exceptions will be made for applicants whose letters of recommendation suggest strong assessment and report skills, and who are committed to ensuring they seek out additional training opportunities prior to the beginning of the internship year. 

Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year*
Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns  25,000
Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns n/a
Program provides access to medical insurance for intern? Yes No
If access to medical insurance is provided:  
Trainee contribution to cost required? Yes No
Coverage of family member(s) available? Yes No
Coverage of legally married partner available? Yes No
Coverage of domestic partner available? Yes No
Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and/or Vacation) 80
Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave  40
In the event of medical conditions and/or family needs that require extended leave, does the program allow reasonable unpaid leave to interns/residents in excess of personal time off and sick leave?  Yes No
Other Benefits (please describe):
*Note. Programs are not required by the Commission on Accreditation to provide all benefits listed in this table

Initial Post-Internship Positions    
(Provide an Aggregated Tally for the Preceding 3 Cohorts)    
Total # of interns who were in the 3 cohorts 18
Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree 0
Community mental health center 1  
Federally qualified health center    
Independent primary care facility/clinic    
University counseling center  2  
Veterans Affairs medical center  4  
Military health center  1  
Academic health center     
Other medical center or hospital  4  
Psychiatric hospital  3  
Academic university/department    
Community college or other teaching setting    
Independent research institution    
Correctional facility    
School district/system    
Independent practice setting 1 2
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.


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