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Clinical Psychology Internship Training Program

The Clinical Psychology Internship Program at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center School of Medicine is a one-year internship program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) to provide broad-based clinical training for the general practice of health service psychology. Our internship is a member of APPIC, and abides by their rules. Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: 

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979
E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

The Clinical Psychology Internship at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center has 7 tracks with emphasis in:

  • Clinical Child
  • Integrated Behavioral Health
  • Pediatric Neuropsychology
  • Early Childhood
  • Neurodevelopmental
  • Multicultural Rural and Native American Behavioral Health
  • Substance Use Disorder Specialty

All tracks share a training philosophy that is multicultural, developmental, contextual and interdisciplinary. Treatment settings include inpatient, outpatient, and community. We serve a highly diverse population of adults, children, adolescents, and families in the public sector, many with a history of trauma. The program has adopted a model of Evidence Based Practice in which contextual factors are keenly considered, and the therapist is culturally responsive. This model assumes that culture, regardless of ethnicity, is a central aspect that must be considered in all types of psychological intervention. In addressing cultural responsiveness, the program emphasizes both process and outcome and focuses as much on the provider as it does on the patient. Specific knowledge and skills are not seen as sufficient to training culturally and developmentally responsive psychologists. Cultural responsiveness is a reflective practice and a lifelong process. To train psychologists in evidence-based practice that will be appropriate for diverse populations, the program fosters an open, collaborative and multidimensional perspective while encouraging the analytic skills required for effective decision-making. In addition to providing training in traditional treatment approaches (e.g. CBT, behavioral, DBT Informed, and psychodynamic) the program promotes contextual models, such as family systems, because these models are conducive to viewing culture as an integral feature to be addressed in clinical practice. The program facilitates Interns' examination of how their culture (as experienced in their families and academic environments) has influenced them (who they are, how they see themselves, what they value in others, etc).

Application Deadline: November 1, 2019

The following PDF documents provide important information about the UNM HSC Internship training program:


Internship Contacts

Lindsay Smart, Ph.D., Director of Training
Assistant Professor
UNM Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences                                                                                 
MSC09 5030
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM  87131-0001
lsmart@salud.unm.edu

Gabrielle Trujillo, Internship Coordinator
UNM Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
MSC09 5030
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM  87131-0001
Office: 505-272-6203; Fax: 505-272-0535
GTrujillo@salud.unm.edu

(Virginia) Ann Waldorf, Ph.D., Vice Chair for Behavioral Sciences and Chief Psychologist
UNM Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
MSC09 5030
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM  87131-0001
Office: 505-272-4167; Fax: 505-272-4921
VWaldorf@salud.unm.edu