General Adult Psychology Track

Primary Supervisor: Sonia Matwin, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Kirsten Haman, PhD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Email: sonia.matwin@vanderbilt.edu; kirsten.haman@vanderbilt.edu

Number of Positions: 1

Salary: $25,000

Term: July 2, 2018 - June 28, 2019

National Matching Service (NMS) Number: 245412

Overview

The General Adult track provides interns training in clinical psychology with an emphasis on clinical assessment, intervention, teaching, and research.  Core training in cognitive-behavioral therapy is complemented by training in academic teaching of evidence-based psychotherapy, and assessment.  In this manner, the program is designed to prepare individuals for clinical and teaching careers in academic settings.

Consistent with the overall purpose of a clinical psychology internship, the primary goal of the General Adult track is on the acquisition of clinical skills and further development of scientist-practitioners.  Specific training objectives of the General Adult Psychiatry program include:

  • Provide interns with a core knowledge base of cognitive behavioral therapy (and related evidence-based practices) as applied to an adult outpatient population
  • Provide comprehensive training and experience in outpatient diagnosis and (both individual and group) cognitive behavioral therapy as applied to diverse psychiatric disorders
  • Provide comprehensive training and supervision in the provision of academic teaching in a medical setting
  • Further develop the intern’s research skills and expertise
  • Provide assessment of adults presenting for obesity treatment and group therapy to engage and support related behavior change, with special emphasis on disordered eating
  • Provide comprehensive training in neuropsychological assessment of adults with psychiatric and neurological disorders.

At the end of the internship, the intern should be able to function competently, autonomously, and with confidence in a variety of adult outpatient clinical settings as a scientist-practitioner.

The General Adult intern will spend approximately 3.5 days per week engaged in activities related to core training in evidence-based psychotherapies and assessment, one-half day of didactic training, and one day at a secondary placement that is selected by the intern from a number of offerings to best suit the intern’s individual interests. Specifically, the General Adult track will include one day of provision of adult outpatient cognitive behavioral therapy, one day of bariatric assessments and related group therapy, one half day of training in education and the teaching of evidence-based psychotherapy, and one day of neuropsychological assessment.

Details regarding the General Adult emphasis training and complementary training experiences are described in detail below.

General Adult Treatment, Assessment, and Teaching

The General Adult intern will be become competent in the assessment and evidence-based psychotherapeutic treatment of adults (presenting in outpatient medical settings) across the psychiatric spectrum. The Adult Psychiatric Outpatient Clinic is staffed by psychiatrists, psychiatric residents, psychologists, psychiatric social workers, psychiatric nurses and professional trainees, all of whom assess and treat patients who present with diagnoses across the psychiatric spectrum.  The clinical focus of the program is on assessment and the provision of evidence-based treatment, primarily individual and group cognitive-behavioral therapies.  

Assessment:  The intern will become competent in the diagnostic assessment of adults (presenting in outpatient settings) across the psychiatric spectrum. Specific training opportunities include training in the administration and interpretation of:

  • Semi-structured diagnostic interviews and clinical symptom rating scales commonly used in evaluating and tracking outcomes.
  • Comprehensive diagnostic and clinical assessment of patients presenting for weight loss treatment. In addition to interview and objective testing, interns will learn to incorporate records from mental health providers, nutritionists, nurses, and physicians in developing a comprehensive biopsychosocial conceptualization of each patient.
  • Clinical neuropsychological tests commonly used to assess individuals with psychotic or neurological disorders.

Psychotherapy: Interns are required to provide cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy in both group and individual formats.

  • Outpatient psychotherapy. Individual psychotherapy focuses on cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and related evidence-based practices.  Clinical interventions are empirically driven and involve the collection of treatment data using valid measures and methodology. The diversity of patient presentations and related empirical treatment models allows the intern to tailor their training experiences to meet their specific goals.
  • Group Therapy.  The General Adult intern will receive training in providing group psychotherapy for emotional eating. The intern will have the opportunity to lead a four-week dialectical behavior therapy based “Food and Mood” group.

Teaching:  As a required component of the General Adult position, the intern will be expected to engage in teaching activities that focus on the provision of evidence-based psychotherapy.

  • This will include the observation, development, and provision of lectures on CBT and related evidence-based clinical practices.  
  • The intern will have the opportunity to develop a teaching portfolio.
  • The intern will receive individual supervision from a licensed psychologist to guide their development as a lecturer.

Sonia Matwin, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Karen Stewart, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Monica Jacobs, PsyD

​Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Neil Woodward, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences