President’s Perspective: 2022 Doctoral Internship Matches

Dear MSP Community,

Photo of Sharmane Brown
Sharmane Brown celebrating her match at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

I’m beyond excited to share amazing news about our students and the PsyD program: 100% of MSP doctoral students progressing to internship next year have matched to internship sites through the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) national matching program — in the first round! Twelve of 14 students (86%) matched to APA accredited sites while two others matched to a site currently undergoing the APA accreditation process. This is truly remarkable.

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with APPIC, the APPIC match is nationally recognized as the internship placement process for doctoral students. The country’s most elite and intensive internship training programs participate in the match; the process is highly competitive.

Next year every MSP intern will have the priceless opportunity to complete their clinical training at top-notch internships of choice and in their specific areas of clinical interest. What makes this achievement even more phenomenal is that the APA Commission on Accreditation’s acceptable threshold for academic programs to place students in APA accredited internship sites is 50%. At 86% we blew by the standard, even with a national shortage of internship sites!

In other words, MSP students nailed it.

We have made steady progress in increasing our match rate numbers, with 100% placement in the APPIC match over the past two years. This amazing achievement speaks directly to the extraordinary abilities of our students, the quality of our clinical training program, and the commitment of DCT Heidi Martin, Dean Shannon Chávez-Korell, and the PsyD faculty for their outstanding teaching and mentoring of students through this rigorous process. A shout out to other faculty members who wrote letters of recommendation and provided support behind the scenes, and to our staff who play a huge role in the quality and success of our programs.

Please join me in congratulating the following students who achieved this milestone and are poised to become exceptional practitioners at the completion of their programs. Your MSP colleagues could not be more proud.

Student Name Placement Location
Andreia Almeida-Schulte
Wayne State University/Counseling & Psychological Services
Detroit, MI
Jared Boot
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH
Andrea Brent
Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center
Iron Mountain, MI
Sharmane Brown
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center-Navy Internship
Bethesda, MD
Ashley Craft
Michigan State University Counseling & Psychological Services
E. Lansing, MI
Joelle Frangie
Life Skills Psychological Services
Cadillac, MI
Sierra Gillis
Butler University
Indianapolis, IN
Lauren Herline
Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center, Primary Care-MH Integration/Pain Resource Team
Saginaw, MI
Andre Johnson
Lapeer Tarzana Treatment Centers, Youth Track (12-18 Years Old)
Tarzana, CA
Kate Kittredge
Christiana Care Health Systems, Women’s Emotional Wellness
Newark, DE
Stacy Nuar
Wayne State University/Counseling & Psychological Services
Detroit, MI
Christine Sebastian
John D. Dingell VA Medical Center
Detroit, MI
Kaitlin Tuinstra
Henry Ford Health Sciences Center, Pediatric Neuropsychology
Detroit, MI
LaSondra Wayne
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH

With congratulations and gratitude,

President Brown