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Psychology Internship Development and Accreditation: An Overview of Program Data Collection



Please note that Continuing Education Credit is not offered for viewing this webcast.

This introductory webcast will provide an overview of data collection processes and documentation required for developing and maintaining a psychology internship that is prepared to seek accreditation by the American Psychological Association. The instructors will present definitions and descriptions of required and recommended program data, including (a) proximal data, (b) distal data, (c) ARO data, (d) intern hours tracking, (d) due process and grievance data, (e) and program administration data. A general timeline for the collection of these data will be discussed, as well as recommendations about maintaining complete student files. The webcast will conclude with time to interact with the instructors and to ask specific questions related to your own active and developing internship programs.

This webcast is designed to help you:

  1. Understand data collection that is required for the development and maintenance of a psychology doctoral internship program in order to prepare for applying for APA accreditation.
  2. Anticipate the timeline needed to collect data in order to meet deadlines for applying for APA Accreditation.
  3. Apply information from this presentation to your current psychology doctoral internship program or to a program that you hope to develop.


Sarah Ross, PhD

Sarah Ross, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and a senior program and research associate with the WICHE Mental Health Program in Boulder, CO. Ross received her doctorate degree in school psychology from North Carolina State University in August of 2012. She completed her doctoral internship in Austin, Texas at the Texas Child Study Center, a collaboration between the University of Texas at Austin and Dell Children’s Hospital. She completed a clinical post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School with a placement at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Her research and clinical interests include pediatric health psychology, rural mental health policy and practice, school-based mental health services, and bridging the research to practice gap. Ross is currently involved in psychology internship development initiatives to expand the mental health workforce in rural and underserved areas and improve the match imbalance. She has been involved in the development and accreditation of several programs across Alaska, Hawaii, Texas, Oregon, Colorado, and Nevada.

Tamara DeHay, PhD

Tamara DeHay, PhD is the Associate Director of the WICHE Behavioral Health Program in Boulder, CO. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and is certified as a Health Services Provider in Psychology by the National Register. She is additionally certified in Primary Care Behavioral Health through the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. DeHay earned a PhD in School Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and completed a clinical internship at the Children’s Hospital of Colorado and a post-doctoral fellowship in Administration, Policy, and Program Evaluation through the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. DeHay's research and clinical experience has included such areas as collaborative health care, pediatric health psychology, rural mental health policy, workforce development, and evidence-based interventions. Dr. DeHay co-led the development of a Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Rural Primary Care Providers, which has been launched internationally. She has also led WICHE’s psychology internship development initiative since 2008, which has supported the development and accreditation of a number of internship programs across the country. She continues to work to expand this initiative, which seeks to improve the national match imbalance and to ensure the provision of high-quality internship training for psychologists.

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