Accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1986, the Clinical Psychology Internship Program at Geisinger provides advanced training in evidence-based practice and integrated care at all levels of the health system. The overall training philosophy of the program reflects a commitment to: (1) the development of psychologists who deeply consider cultural and individual differences, social determinants of health and the complex biological and psychological factors with each patient in their care and (2) interdisciplinary care coordination and collaboration with other members of the healthcare team, including primary and specialty care providers, nurses, psychiatrists, pharmacists, clinical social workers and case managers.
The internship is primarily focused on ensuring all graduates attain competency in all APA profession-wide domains (research; ethical and legal standards; individual and cultural diversity; professional values, attitudes and behaviors; communication and interpersonal skills; assessment; intervention; supervision; consultation and inter-professional/Interdisciplinary skills). Clinical and professional development seminars, case conference, and individual and group supervision experiences have been developed with this primary aim in mind.
Core faculty prioritize patient care and clinical supervision/teaching above all but are also committed to continuous quality improvement, program development and evaluation, and clinical research. Interns are encouraged to participate in a clinically-focused project aimed at enhancing the delivery of patient care. Examples of current projects can be found on the pages for each clinical track.
The Clinical Psychology Internship offers intensive training in four specific areas/tracks of clinical psychology:
- Adult clinical and health psychology
- Child clinical/pediatric psychology – Hospital-based
- Pediatric integrated primary care
- Clinical neuropsychology
Specific details on these tracks and associated clinical rotations available can be found by clicking on the individual track pages.
The internship program was re-accredited by APA in 2017, and the next site visit of the Commission on Accreditation will be in 2027. For questions about the program’s accreditation status, contact: