Thank you for your interest in the Clinical Psychology Internship at the UC Davis MIND Institute. The UC Davis MIND Institute’s Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology is a collaboration between the MIND Institute’s Division of Psychology, Division of Research, and Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and other related Disabilities (LEND) Program. The one-year internship program involves numerous activities to facilitate interns' ability to meet competencies and objectives of the training program by providing opportunities for interns to engage in the psychological assessment and treatment of youth (infancy to young adulthood) with neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD), as well as and children with common and significant emotional and behavioral concerns.

Interns have opportunities to learn in a collaborative and interdisciplinary setting during the training year, and to acquire discipline-specific skills through work with their clinical supervisors. The training program focuses on high-quality, evidence-based, interdisciplinary training in assessment and treatment of youth with neurodevelopmental and behavioral health conditions and provides trainees with the breadth of clinical experiences that will prepare them for entry level practice as health service psychologists.

Our faculty and supervisors are committed to an individualized, developmental approach to training. We aim to educate clinical psychology doctoral interns who are skilled in evidence-based techniques appropriate to a wide range of youth and their families.

We have submitted our application for APPIC membership and are awaiting review.

Full program details are included in our Doctoral Internship Training Handbook (PDF).

Applicants must be enrolled in an APA-, CPA-, or PCSAS-accredited doctoral program in Clinical Psychology (preferred), Counseling Psychology, or School Psychology and must have completed at least three years equivalent of full-time graduate-level study by the start of the internship. In addition, applicants must have the approval of their graduate program Director of Clinical Training, completed 400 direct practicum hours (minimum of 300 intervention/therapy hours and 100 assessment hours preferred) at the time of application, completed all doctoral coursework as required, passed the academic program’s comprehensive exams (if applicable), and have a dissertation project proposal approved by their graduate program before the beginning of the internship.

Applicants who are well-suited to this program have demonstrated a commitment to clinical and research interests relevant to working with diverse individuals with NDD, have written at least 10 integrated psychological evaluation reports, and/or have some experience with evidence-based treatments (cognitive behavioral therapy, parent-child interaction therapy, trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy, etc.) with youth with a range of clinical diagnoses.

The program is mindful of the ways in which COVID-19 has impacted the accrual of supervised clinical experience (intervention and assessment hours and number of psychological reports). Thus, the program may consider applicants who are close to meeting these requirements and include in their cover letter how their hours have been impacted and what they have done to supplement their clinical experiences.

Interns are responsible for approximately 20 hours of direct and indirect clinical responsibilities and supervision through the Massie Family Clinic and approximately 20 hours of additional learning experiences. Interns are expected to engage in learning activities for a total of 40 hours per week over the course of a year, for a total of 2,000 internship hours.

At the beginning of each year, each intern is assigned a therapy supervisor and an assessment supervisor who will also act as mentors throughout the internship period. During the first week, a two-day orientation program acquaints the new interns with the range of training opportunities available at the MIND Institute, and interns and their supervisors will develop an individualized training plan (ITP) to identify specific individualized training goals and activities for the year within a developmental perspective. The ITP is a professional tool which outlines objectives that the intern and supervisor have identified as important for professional development. A comprehensive review of the intern's career goals and objectives is identified at the beginning of the training year and during the quarterly evaluation process to aid in providing relevant, constructive feedback that will facilitate the intern's transition into independent practice. The ITP will be completed and signed by the intern and supervisor within the first month of the training year.

Interns engage in clinical activities spanning both assessment and treatment (including both individual and group treatment); didactic seminars related to clinical issues, ethical issues, issues of diversity and equity, and professional development (including emerging supervision skills); and high-quality supervision.

Detailed descriptions of all clinical, learning, and supervision activities can be found in the Training Handbook (PDF)

Length of Appointment. The MIND Institute will accept two interns for the 2022-2023 training year. The appointment begins July 5, 2022 and ends June 30, 2023. The internship is a one-year, full-time appointment, 40-hour work week. Interns receive 2,000 supervised hours over the course of the training year. Upon successful completion, the intern will be awarded a certificate of internship completion from the UC Davis MIND Institute at UC Davis Health.

Stipend. Doctoral interns are hired by UC Davis and receive a gross stipend of $30,000 per year. Applicable taxes, social security deductions, and benefits-related costs are withheld.

Benefits. Based on a 100% appointment, interns are eligible for coverage in the UC Davis medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance plans, with options to provide coverage for spouses/domestic partners and dependents.

Support. Doctoral interns are provided with appropriate shared office space, computer access, and a phone line. Assessment and therapy materials required to carry out learning and clinical activities are provided. Interns have access to the UC Davis library system, which includes a health sciences branch at the UC Davis Medical Center and the main library on the Davis campus. The library provides loan services for written materials, access to the catalogs of all nine UC campuses, literature search tools such as PsychInfo and PubMed, and access to electronic journals. The Health System also offers confidential, cost-free assessment, counseling, consultation and referral services to all UC Davis Health System faculty and staff through the Academic and Staff Assistance Program (ASAP). If an intern is unable to obtain the necessary support, they are instructed to contact the Training Director who will make every effort to meet all reasonable requests.

We have submitted our application for APPIC membership although do not anticipate approval prior to this year's Match process. If you are interested in applying for our internship this year, please send the following directly to our training program via email at hs-MIND_PsychTraining@ucdavis.edu by November 21, 2021:

• Cover letter
• Up to date Curriculum Vitae
• Transcript of all graduate level coursework
• One deidentified pediatric psychological evaluation sample.
• Three letters of recommendation. It is preferred that at least one letter be from a current graduate school faculty (typically the doctoral thesis/dissertation advisor) and one letter be from a practicum placement supervisor. Letter writers can send their references directly to hs-mind_psychtraining@ucdavis.edu.

First review will be November 21, but we will continue to accept applications until the position is filled.

If you have any questions, please contact the Director of Training Office at 916-703-0263 or hs-mind_psychtraining@ucdavis.edu.

Selection Procedures

Intern selection is made by a committee comprised of the Training Director, Associate Training Director, and training supervisors. Applicants are rated based on their clinical training (including assessment and psychotherapy), academic coursework, letters of recommendation, clinical and research interests, commitment to equity and diversity, and stated goals for internship. Prospective candidates assessed by the committee to hold interests and goals most closely matching those opportunities offered by our program will be asked to participate in interviews.

Applicants will receive notification by December 17, 2021, as to whether they are invited for an interview. Candidates will have the opportunity to meet with current trainees and (if interviewing in person) tour the MIND Institute and clinic. These interviews help both the program and the applicant to determine if there is a good fit between the applicant’s experience and training goals and the program’s needs and training objectives.

Interviews will take place on January 21, 2022 and January 24, 2022. Both in-person and virtual formats will be offered on separate dates.

The program is mindful of the ways in which COVID-19 has impacted the accrual of supervised clinical experience (intervention and assessment hours and number of psychological reports). Thus, the program may consider applicants who are close to meeting these requirements and include in their cover letter how their hours have been impacted and what they have done to supplement their clinical experiences.

Program Leadership

Dorcas Liriano Roa, Ph.D. Dr. Roa is a licensed psychologist at the UC Davis MIND Institute who serves as chief psychologist for the Massie Family Clinic. She earned her Ph.D. from Northeastern University and completed postdoctoral training in neuropsychology at the Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School. Her clinical work focuses on assessing and diagnosing neurodevelopmental disorders, such as developmental delays, intellectual disabilities, ASD, and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as well as other mental health conditions in order to guide families and children towards appropriate and evidence-based interventions. Dr. Roa is also a member of the research clinical team and provides support to several MIND Institute research studies seeking to build the existing knowledge of early autism risk factors. She is bilingual/bicultural and able to provide culturally competent care to native Spanish speakers.

Meghan Miller, Ph.D.Dr. Miller is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and the MIND Institute and is the Associate Director for the UC Davis CTSC Mentoring Academy for Research Excellence. She earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and is a licensed clinical psychologist whose specialty is in early diagnosis of, and comorbidity between, ASD and ADHD. Dr. Miller directs a research program focused on the emergence and intersection of ASD and ADHD. She currently leads several ongoing research projects funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and serves on the training guidelines steering committee for the Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology Training Council of the American Board of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology.