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Psy.D. program places all pre-doctoral students

The Doctor of Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) program at Marshall University has placed 100% of its pre-doctoral students in nationwide internships.

The students are required to work full-time for a year providing mental health services at sites across the country.

“This is the final training experience for our students before they graduate and it is similar to a physician doing residency,” said Dr. Keith Beard, director of the Psy.D. program at Marshall. “These students have already done practica in our campus clinic, in a community placement and in an integrated primary care setting. Now they will be representing Marshall across the country as they complete this internship.”

Placement in pre-doctoral internship slots is a competitive process. There were almost 4,000 people all over the country applying for pre-doctoral internships this year.

“The fact that we had 100% of our students match to an internship site speaks to our training program and the quality of our students,” Beard said. “It is an accomplishment that is impressive and one that Marshall can be proud of.”

The Psy.D. program accepted its first class in 2002 and was granted accreditation by the American Psychological Association in 2006. The Psy.D. program is one of the few programs in the country that focuses on training psychologists to work with rural populations.

PsyD students and their pre-doctoral internship placements are as follows:

Sara Aleshire
VA Western Colorado Health Care System
Grand Junction, Colorado

Haleigh Bevins
Federal Correctional Complex
Petersburg VA Petersburg, Virginia

Adriana Cook
University Health Center/The University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia

Isabella Gearhart
Lexington VA Health Care System
Lexington, Kentucky

Justin Gibson
Wasatch Behavioral Health
Provo, Utah

Arielle Hensley
VAMC Chillicothe
Chillicothe, Ohio

Vanessa Hissam
University of Akron
Akron, Ohio

Morgan Minut
Valley Health Systems
Huntington, West Virginia

Katelyn Pancake
Erie VA Medical Center
Erie, Pennsylvania

Esha Pell
Appalachian Psychology Internship/Hopewell Health
Gallipolis, Ohio

John Prentice
Valley Health Systems
Huntington, West Virginia

Keyton Sampson
Hefner VA Medical Center
Salisbury, North Carolina