Psychology Residency (Doctoral Internship)

The psychology residency (aka doctoral internship) in the Division of Behavioral Sciences is a one-year, American Psychological Association-accredited, full-time training program that fulfills the doctoral internship requirement for doctoral programs in health services psychology. The program has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1967 and has trained over 300 psychologists, most of whom are working around the world today in academic medical centers, and/or a variety of clinical and educational settings.

The program offers training in the following three tracks:

Trainees in all tracks work in both inpatient and outpatient settings and provide assessment, testing, consultation and treatment for Rush’s diverse patient population. Regularly scheduled supervision is provided for a minimum of four hours weekly. Trainees also participate in  several didactic seminars weekly and have the option of participating in research projects with faculty members as mentors.

The residency program highly values the safety of each of our residents. As a result of COVID-19, some clinical training experiences and many didactic experiences are being conducted remotely. Of note, training in all 3 tracks includes some inpatient clinical work that is not easily replicated in a remote format. Numerous hospital-wide safety precautions are employed daily by trainees and faculty/staff. The training team regularly consults about ways to best maximize safety and training quality. Flexible and creative approaches to training are considered if needed as the pandemic risk status changes.

American Psychological Association (APA) accreditation status and the current standards for accreditation can be found on the APA website or by contacting the APA:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First St. NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: (202) 336-5979

How to apply

We are a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and participate in the APPIC Internship Matching Program.

Candidates must be enrolled in and near completion of  an American Psychological Association-accredited or Canadian Psychological Association-accredited doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology to be considered. Applications from minority candidates are especially welcome and encouraged. All application materials should be submitted via the APPIC website by November 1, including the following:

  • Cover letter discussing your interest in our program and, especially, why you would be a good fit from a training and career goal perspective. Include a discussion of the clinical experiences you have had relevant to the track to which you are applying, and include the number of face-to-face hours you have worked with the track population(s). The cover letter should be addressed to the appropriate track director (Lauren E Bradley, PhD, Health Psychology; Christopher L. Grote, PhD, Neuropsychology; Michelle Greene, PhD and Kyle Bersted, PhD, Child/Adolescent/Pediatric Psychology (additional contact information below)).
  • APPI application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Graduate school transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation

Candidates are selected based on the following criteria:

  • Fit of the applicant’s interests, experience, and career goals with desired program track.
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Graduate program course work, grades and practice experiences
  • A solid research and publication background
    • Complete or nearly complete dissertation prior to internship is a plus.

Prior to starting internship, applicants complete a pre-employment background check and drug screen. Note: Cannabis (marijuana) use, whether for medical purposes or not, is prohibited at this time. A positive drug test for marijuana will therefore prevent successful completion of the pre-employment drug screen. This policy is subject to change as state laws change. 

All Rush Personnel are to be immunized against COVID-19 as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/ Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (CDC/ACIP) and approved by Rush IPC unless an exemption has been granted.

Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data


Date Program Tables were updated: 5/30/21

Internship Program Admissions

This program considers every application that is received. Applicants who fit here best tend to (a) be from a scientist-practitioner or clinical scientist program, (b) have clinical experience (assessment and treatment) related to the specialty area to which they are applying, (c) have research experience and publications/presentations, and (d) be planning for a career in academic medicine.
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 Amount: NA
Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours N Amount: NA
Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants: US citizenship or permanent resident status required
Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year*  

Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns    

Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns  NA
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) 160
Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave  40
In the event 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
Other Benefits (please describe)

-Flexible Wellness stipend of $350

-$1000 reimbursement for continuing education

*Note: Programs are not required by the Commission on Accreditation to provide all benefits listed in this table.
Initial Post-Internship Positions
(Aggregated Tally for preceding 3 cohorts: 2019, 2020, 2021)
Total # of interns who were in the 3 cohorts:           27                                                  
Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree:                                   0 
Community mental health center NA NA
Federally qualified health center NA NA
Independent primary care facility/clinic NA NA
University counseling center NA NA
Veterans Affairs medical center NA NA
Military health center 1 NA
Academic health center 24 NA
Other medical center or hospital NA NA
Psychiatric hospital NA NA
Academic university/department 2 NA
Community college or other teaching setting NA NA
Independent research institution NA NA
Correctional facility NA NA
School district/system NA NA
Independent practice setting NA NA
Correctional facility NA NA
School district/system NA NA
Not currently employed NA NA
Changed to another field NA NA
Other NA NA
Unknown NA NA
Note: “PD” = Post-doctoral residency position; “EP” = Employed Position. Each individual represented in this table was counted only one time. For former trainees in more than one setting, the setting that represents their primary position was selected.


Those selected to interview will be notified by email by December 15. Interviews are typically conducted between early and mid-January for the Health and Neuropsychology tracks and in December and January for the Pediatric/Child/Adolescent Psychology track. All interviews for the 2022-2023 class will be virtual.

If you have any questions related to the application process, please email Viviana Guerrero, internship program coordinator, or call (312) 942-5932.

Contact information

For questions about a particular track, please contact the director in your area of interest:

Lauren E Bradley, PhD 
Director of Health Psychology Training
Director of Clinical Training
Phone: (312) 942-2714

Christopher L. Grote, PhD
Director of Neuropsychology Training
Phone: (312) 942-5523

Kyle Bersted, PhD 
Co-director of Pediatric/Child/Adolescent Psychology Training
Phone: (312) 563-1466

Janet Yarboi, PhD
Co-director of Pediatric/Child/Adolescent Psychology Training
Phone: (312) 942-8190