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  • Psychology Residency Training Consortium

    Welcome to the website of the Mississippi Psychology Residency (Internship) Training Program. We are a consortium between the Division of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) and the Psychology Division of the Mental Health Service at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC). This consortium has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since its inception in 1964.

    The residency program endorses a cognitive-behavioral orientation within a scientist-practitioner model. Interest in and experience with this approach are important selection criteria. Residents gain clinical experience across a wide variety of patient populations and settings, including inpatient and outpatient services, and community placements. Clinical supervision and training are conducted on a one-on-one or small group basis within the clinical rotations. Additional clinical opportunities are available whereby residents gain experience working with longer-term cases, and can receive supervision from residency psychology faculty other than their rotation supervisors.

    Residents are encouraged to function with a high degree of autonomy, assuming responsibilities at the junior staff level. Continuing education didactics comprise an additional important component of training. The consortium offers a series of seminars that cover a broad range of topics, including assessment and treatment approaches with specific populations, neuropsychology, psychopharmacology, research methodology, legal and ethical issues, cultural diversity and professional development. A Research Rounds/Case Presentation series is presented by residents and post docs. Finally, many other seminars, rounds and informal presentations offered by other departments are open to our trainees.

    While clinical training activities play a paramount role in our program, residents are required to maintain active involvement in research as well. A high percentage of psychology residents have authored or co-authored multiple publications based on their research activities during the residency year. In fact, to pass the consortium's research requirement, residents must submit a first-authored publication under the supervision of consortium faculty during the training year.

    Close supervision on all aspects of research comprises an integral component of the residency program, and is accomplished by assignment of a research preceptor whose research interests and experience are consistent with the interests or goals of the resident. These assignments occur 2-3 months prior to the start of the training year and are based on resident rankins.

    It is expected that residents will participate in their preceptor's research programs. However, residents may work with faculty members whose research is consistent with the resident's program of research. Independent research opportunities also are available. Didactics on grantsmanship are part of the residency training experience and residents are encouraged to begin, and perhaps complete, a draft of their own independent grant by the end of the residency year. To facilitate achievement of these research goals and requirements, residents receive an average of at least 8 hours of research time per week: 4 hours of weekly protected research time; and an average of 4+ hours per week that is negotiated with rotation supervisors.

    Significant resources are available to support training activities. PCs are easily accessible with primary software packages including MS Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel), STATA and SPSS among others. Laboratory and A/V equipment include psychophysiological assessment and biofeedback equipment, video recorder/playback systems, DLP projectors, etc. Online survey and data management services are available through Qualtrics and REDCap. The Rowland Medical Library offers excellent facilities and receives all major psychology journals; in addition, the vast majority of these journals are available electronically. The capacity for database searches Medline, ERIC, CINAHL, HEALTH, PsychINFO and PsychLit (Psychological Abstracts) is available on-site and remotely.

    Financial support

    Residents accepted for the program receive different funding, depending on the source of funding. UMMC-funded residents are paid $24,843 and receive the state financial health insurance plan, which is covered in their pay. VA-funded residents are paid $23,974 and have to pay for their own health insurance. This discrepancy is the result of national, not local, VA policy. We are working on remedying this discrepancy.

    Residency year

    The residency year begins on July 1, and runs for a full year. Applicants who are not currently registered in a clinical or counseling psychology PhD program must include a letter from the director of a clinical or counseling program stating that their training and practicum have been equivalent to a PhD. program in clinical or counseling psychology.

    Equal opportunity

    The University of Mississippi Medical Center adheres to the principle of equal educational and employment opportunity without regard to race, sex, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. This policy extends to all programs and activities supported by the Medical Center. Under the provisions of Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the University of Mississippi at the Medical Center does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs or activities with respect to admissions or employment.