Psychology Residency (Doctoral Internship)

The psychology residency (aka doctoral internship) in the Department 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 clinical 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 participate in research projects with faculty members as mentors.

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 university 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 (Joyce A. Corsica, PhD and Megan M. Hood, PhD,   Health Psychology; Christopher L. Grote, PhD, Neuropsychology; Michelle Green, PhD and Katherine McLean, 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 (500 hours of face-to-face contact preferred)
  • A solid research and publication background
    • Complete or nearly complete dissertation prior to internship is a plus.
Internship Program Admissions
Date Program Tables are updated:
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:
Applicants should be: (a) From a scientist-practitioner or clinical scientist program; (b) Have clinical experience (assessment and treatment) in the specialty area to which they are applying;  (c) Significant research experience and publications/presentations; and (d) 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   Y Amount: 500
Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours N   Amount:
Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:





Those selected to interview will be notified by email by December 1. Interviews are typically conducted between early and mid-January.

If you have any questions related to the application process, please email Patricia Orlowski, 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:

Joyce A. Corsica, PhD
Co-director of Health Psychology
Director of Clinical Training
Phone: (312) 942-2002

Megan M. Hood, PhD 
Co-director of Health Psychology
Director of Clinical Training
Phone: (312) 942-5934

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

Michelle Green, PhD
Co-director of Child/Adolescent Psychology
Phone: (312) 942-8598

Katherine McLean, PhD 
Co-director of Child/Adolescent Psychology
Phone: (312) 942-8597