We view clinical training as an essential component of preparing our students to become clinical scientists. Our training is squarely focused on evidence-based approaches to assessment and intervention, which includes training in established methods, as well as an appreciation for the questions that remain to be answered through future clinical research.
For the first 3 years, students’ clinical training takes place at our training clinic, the Center for Psychological Services. This training is led by core faculty members, with additional supervision by closely affiliated adjunct faculty.
In the 4th and 5th years, students typically engage in externships in the DC Metro area. Externships are available at a number of sites, including Children’s National Medical Center, the DC and Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, and the major regional hospital, Inova.
Most students go on internship in their 6th year. In preparation for this, an Internship Application Committee works with internship applicants each year to develop their applications and prepare for interviews. Since beginning this committee, we have had a 96% match rate to APA accredited internships (see Outcome data). Students most typically secure internship spots at academic and/or VA medical centers (see a listing of recent internships here).