Psychology Internship Program

Psychology internship

The Future of Behavioral Health

The Samaritan Health Services Psychology Internship Program is dedicated to educating and training upcoming practitioners in psychology. As the national health care model adapts, it is appropriate and important for psychologists to be skilled in collaborating with other health care professionals in order to best serve the public. Such proficiency requires being well informed about the interplay between physical and psychological health, driving use of the biopsychosocial model.

Similarly, as psychologists merge into medical primary care clinics, generalist training is key in effectively providing primary psychological care. Thus, the Samaritan internship program espouses a generalist training model. This includes traditional mental health services, health psychology and assessment as the most salient areas of training for primary care.

Effective psychologists must also have skill in reviewing literature and research as well as clinical skills. To achieve this goal, our training program adheres to a practitioner/scholar model. Interns learn how to responsibly consume evidence-based research, as well as how to consult with patients and physicians.

Mission Statement

Equip the psychologists of tomorrow by providing ethical, comprehensive, integrated and innovative training in the field of health psychology.

Training Goals

The Samaritan Health Services Psychology Doctoral Internship program contains a Medical/Health Psychology track. The track  consists of three different rotations and each rotation consists of a “Major” area of emphasis (24-32 hours per week) and “Minor” area of emphasis (8 hours per week; optional). The other 8 hours of the training week are divided amongst didactics, research activity, class socialization and administration activities. Interns work with the training committee to develop their training plan for the year at the outset of internship.

Meet the Directors

Our interns are on the leading edge of behavioral health care in the primary care setting.

Our faculty is knowledgeable, dedicated, attentive and compassionate.

Meet Director of Clinical Training, Terra Bennett-Reeves, PsyD

Meet Associate Director of Clinical Training, Petra Zdenkova, PsyD

Meet Assistant Director of Clinical Training, Julie Cunningham, PhD

Male doctor providing consultation to male patient

Accreditation/Membership Status

Samaritan Health Services’ Psychology Internship Program is currently accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) effective April 15, 2018. The next program site visit is to be held in 2025. Questions related to the program’s accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st St. NE, Washington DC, 20002
Phone: 202-336-5979

Samaritan Health Services’ Psychology Internship Program is a member of APPIC and participates in the APPIC Match. This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant.

Application Process

The psychology internship program at Samaritan Health Services abides by the APPIC and APA standards, policies and selection procedures. Applicants must be qualified and participate in the interview process. 

Internship applications must be submitted by Nov. 6, 2023.

Contact Us

For more information, contact Terra Bennett-Reeves, PsyD, Director of Clinical Training
Samaritan Graduate Medical Education
3600 NW Samaritan Dr
Corvallis, OR 97330
Phone: 541-768-2146
Fax: 541-768-5355

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