Geisinger Health's Division of Psychiatry offers full-time, predoctoral internships in adult clinical/behavioral medicine and child clinical/pediatric psychology at Geisinger Medical Center (GMC), in Danville, Pa. The pre-doctoral internship is accredited by the American Psychological Association.
The psychology internship is housed within the division of psychiatry and comprised of 13 core faculty members, 11 postdoctoral fellows, and eight pre-doctoral interns. Trainees are active in clinical activities, teaching, and research throughout the health system, serving both at the main medical center and in community practice sites throughout the region. Because psychologists at Geisinger have the same staff privileges as physicians, psychology trainees are well integrated and well respected within and across many disciplines, and they are compensated similarly to the medical residents who also serve here.
By focusing on broad training in clinical psychology as well as more specialized work within a hospital setting, the internship will provide pre-doctoral interns with a strong foundation of experiences and skills across a range of behavioral health and mental health settings. We believe that pre-doctoral interns need to be prepared with a broad range of skills in working with individuals, families, and teams that they can draw upon to further develop their expertise. We provide an enormous variety of patients and settings for our interns to experience, from mental health to specialized medical departments, such as oncology and emergency services.
Geisinger's Psychology Internship offers three tracks:
Participation in research is an integral part of our program. Interns may schedule up to four hours each week to participate in ongoing research projects with faculty members. Time for completion of the doctoral dissertation is not allotted.
Psychology faculty at Geisinger are committed to practicing and teaching evidence-based assessment and intervention strategies and use an apprenticeship model in training students. They are also committed to modeling and supporting good work/life balance and like when they are able to tuck fun and laughter into a busy work day.