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Director's Welcome

Tara Mehta Tara G. Mehta, PhD
Director of Psychology Training

Our APA-accredited* Clinical Psychology Internship subscribes to a clinical science model and is designed to provide trainees with opportunities to be actively engaged in the integration of clinical research and practice (specific opportunities) Interns design an individualized training program that meets their specific training needs and career goals. The internship is also a member of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science and the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC).

Four interns will be selected for the 2025-2026 internship year, two in the child track and two in the adult track. The annual stipend is $36,000. In addition to the stipend, interns have four weeks of vacation, sick leave, medical and dental insurance, and life insurance.

Our internship class may include an additional slot each year in affiliation with the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University. This partial affiliated spot is available to a student from this program who meets our qualifications and is favorably reviewed using our standard application review criteria. This spot is contingent on funding and applicant availability from Northwestern University.



Child Track: Clinical work through our outpatient clinics focuses on children with emotional and behavioral problems and their families. Experience with diagnostic intakes, psychological testing, individual, group, and family therapy, and school and community consultation is provided. Clinical opportunities are also incorporated into many of the clinical research projects, including direct service provision as well as supervision of direct service providers.

Adult Track: The patients treated by interns are diverse and include adults with serious mental illnesses, adolescents with severe emotional and behavioral disorders, university students, employed persons, medical patients, and others from a wide variety of backgrounds. As in the child track, experiences in assessment and psychotherapy of varying modalities are available. Integration of the science and practice of psychology is supported in all of the clinical, clinical research, and research opportunities.

Individuals will apply to and be accepted into either the Adult or the Child Track. Applicants should indicate the track (either child or adult) that they are applying to, and their preferences as to area of concentration. This information is requested in the cover letter as part of the application procedure. Although interns apply to and enter the program through only one of the tracks, their curriculum could include experiences across both tracks.

Please note, our interview days will be in January 2025 (tentatively scheduled for January 13, 16, and 22) and will be conducted remotely for applicants applying for the 2025-2026 internship year.

The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted internship programs in many different ways. For the most updated information on requirements for employees at UIC, please see the following bulletin: COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement Compliance.

Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data

Tara G. Mehta PhD

  • Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology
  • Director of Psychology Training

(312) 996-3910
tmehtaatuic [dot] edu