Clinical Experience

Integral to LSU’s Clinical Psychology programs’ training program is didactic and experiential, supervised training in evidence-based assessment and intervention approaches. Training occurs at onsite and at external training facilities affiliated with our program. Both internal and external practicum settings employ evidence-based practice. Clinical training is sequential, cumulative, and graded in complexity:  To illustrate -- to prepare for beginning to provide clinical services in their 2nd year, 1st year students: (1) complete coursework in psychopathology, evidenced-based intervention, and professional considerations (including ethics), (2) attend practicum supervision meetings to become familiar with clinic policies and procedures, and (3) shadow senior graduate student therapists. Once they have attained basic skills and information, they gain direct supervised clinical experience through their practica.

Clinical Practicum

Students in LSU’s clinical psychology graduate program are required to complete a minimum of 24 credit hours of practicum prior to leaving for internship. Most students complete many more hours than this minimum. Students begin seeing clients in the context of practicum beginning in their 2nd year in the program. Practicum experiences are vital in helping students acquire knowledge and competence in psychological assessment, measurement, intervention, and issues related to cultural and individual diversity. 

Students are required to conduct clinical services under the direct clinical supervisor of at least two different core clinical faculty. Most students complete at least one year of PSYC7688/9 with their major professor and one year with a different core clinical faculty member. Given that not all major professors provide clinical supervision in the context of PSYC7688/9, some students will gain experience conducting clinical work under the direct supervision of two core clinical faculty other than their major professor.

Students receive weekly supervision from a licensed clinical psychologist and receive feedback on their clinical performance throughout the year from their practicum supervisor during individualized supervision and/or team practicum meetings. In addition, students receive written feedback on their performance in these areas on the Practicum Evaluation Form. 

The on-campus community outpatient clinic is the Psychological Services Center (PSC). The PSC is a community-based outpatient training clinic that serves children and adults from the greater Baton Rouge area with a variety of presenting problems. Graduate students gain valuable experience conducting evidence-based assessments and implementing interventions under the close supervision of their major professor or other practicum supervisor.

See our current list of program approved practicum training sites.

Assessment Practicum

A practicum experience linked to the assessment course sequence (Psychological Assessment I and II) is required of students in the clinical program. It is an experiential component of training in assessment.

Internship

All Clinical students are required to complete a formal, one year, full-time pre-doctoral internship at an APA-accredited internship program. The internship is generally completed in the 5th year. A decision to delay the internship beyond the 5th year is made in consultation with the student’s major professor. This timeline allows students time to complete all coursework, defend their general examination, and propose their dissertation project prior to internship. We require that the dissertation proposal be successfully defended before applying for internship to help ensure that students can successfully complete all requirements of the Ph.D. by the time they complete their internships. Also, students must be in good standing with the program prior to applying for internship. Students are required to have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours of practicum prior to leaving for internship. Most students complete many more hours than this minimum. While on internship, students must enroll in at least 1 hour of PSYC 7997 Clinical Psychology Internship during every semester they are on internship. 

Licensure

As an APA Accredited Clinical Training Program, our program prepares students for careers in health service psychology, such that they are equipped to be both excellent scientists and excellent clinicians. The vast majority of our graduates obtain professional licensure as clinical psychologists. However, given that licensure is controlled by individual governmental bodies in each state/territory and that every jurisdiction may impose their own unique requirements, we cannot guarantee that the specific training we provide will meet the criteria for licensure in any individual state. Students are encouraged to become familiar with state licensing laws and discuss your curricular plan with your major professor and DCT.

For information on psychology licensure in the state of Louisiana, please visit the Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Psychologists.

For information on psychology licensure in the United States and Canada, please visit the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards.

Approximately 80% of graduates from years 2009-2019 have obtained licensure . Please note that these numbers under-represent the percent who will become licensed since at least one year of supervision post Ph.D. is required in most states along with completion of the EPPP and an oral exam.

Placement of LSU Clinical Students for Internships

2021-2022

Alexandria Orlando VA Medical Center
Orlando, Florida

Nationwide Children’s Hospital 
Columbus, Ohio

National Psychology Training Consortium – Great Lakes Indiana 

MEDVAMC-Houston
Houston, Texas

University of Florida Health Science Center
Gainesville, Florida

University of Tennessee Health Science Center – Memphis
Memphis, Tennessee

VA Western New York Healthcare System
Buffalo, New York

2020-2021

Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN

Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Providence, RI 

OUHSC-OKCVA Consortium Internship
Oklahoma City, OK 

Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN 

UCLA - Semel Institute
Los Angeles, CA 

Federal Correctional Complex - Butner
Butner, NC

Mailman Center for Child Development/Univ Miami
Miami, FL

Durham VA Health Care System
Durham, NC

University of Washington-Psychiatry
Seattle, WA

2019-2020

VA Medical Center - Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN

Nationwide Children's Hospital
Columbus, OH

Pennsylvania State Univ/Hershey Medical Center
Hershey, P

Washburn Center for Children
Minneapolis, MN

Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, IL

Mailman Center for Child Development/Univ Miami
Miami, FL

Patton State Hospital
Patton, C

VA Maryland HCS/Univ Maryland School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

University of Tennessee Health Sci Ctr - Memphis
Memphis, TN

VA Western New York Healthcare System
Buffalo, NY

2018-2019

University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute
Salt Lake City, UT

VA Boston Healthcare System
Boston, MA 

UCLA-Semel Institute
Los Angeles, CA

University of Oklahoma HSC
Oklahoma City, OK 

Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical Center
Boston, MA

UC Davis Medical Center-CAARE Center
Sacramento, CA

Hennepin County Medical Center
Minneapolis, MN

Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN

2017-2018

VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System
Ann Arbor, MI

VA Connecticut Health Care Center
Westhaven, CT

Central Texas Veteran's HCS
Temple, TX

Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
Cypress, TX 

2016-2017

Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD

Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health
Canton, OH

Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN

Child and Adolescent Psychology at Hawthorn Center
Northville, MI

Duke University Medical Center
Raleigh, NC

VA Connecticut Health Care Center
Westhaven, CT

Medical College of Georgia, VA Medical Center
Augusta, GA

University of Oklahoma HSC
Oklahoma City, OK

2015- 2016

Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN

VA Connecticut Health Care Center
Westhaven, CT

Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD

Nationwide Children's Hospital
Columbus, OH

Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC

VA Medical Center
Battle Creek, MI

2014-2015

Central Texas Veteran's HSC
Austin, TX

Denver Health Medical Center
Denver, CO

Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN

Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Medical College of Georgia, VA Medical Center
Augusta, GA

Nebraska Internship Consortium, Boys Town
Omaha, NE

Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Columbus, OH

University of Mississippi, Medical School & VA
Jackson, MS

University of Texas HSC
San Antonio, TX

Wright State University
Dayton, OH

2013-2014

Gulf Coast Veteran’s Administration
Biloxi, MS

University of Tennessee HSC
Memphis, TN

Devereux Foundation
Philadelphia, PA

Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

University of Mississippi MC/VA
Jackson, MS

Metropolitan Detention Center
Los Angeles, CA

Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Columbus, OH

Nebraska Internship Consortium in Professional Psychology, Munroe-Meyer Institute
Lincoln, NE

2012-2013

University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center/VA
Memphis, TN

Northeast Florida State Hospital
MacClenny, FL

Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Devereux Foundation
Philadelphia, PA

University of Florida Health Sciences Center
Gainesville, FL

Nebraska Internship Consortium in Professional Psychology, Munroe-Meyer Institute
Lincoln, NE

Brown University/ Alpert Medical School
Providence, RI

Western State Hospital
Tacoma, WA

Arkansas Medical Center
Little Rock, AR

2011-2012

Marcus Autism Center
Atlanta, GA

Duke University Medical Center
Raleigh, NC

Beth Israel/Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

University of Florida
Gainesville, FL

Pinecrest Services Center
Pineville, LA

University of Alabama VA
Birmingham, AL

Kennedy Kreiger Institute/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

2010-2011

University of Mississippi Medical Center/VA
Jackson, MS

VA Medical Center
Atlanta, GA

Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

University of Florida Medical Center
Gainesville, FL

Nationwide Children's Hospital
Columbus, OH

Brown University, Alpert Medical School
Providence, RI

University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Medicine/VA
Baltimore, MD