APA Internship

Internal Rotations

The Internship Program offers a wide range of clinical training experiences that require interns to complete two primary clinical rotations, one internal and the other external. Rotations tend to be stable from year to year, but may change as opportunities or challenges present themselves.

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Counseling and Wellness Services

Rotation Description

Counseling and Wellness Services (CWS), a unit within the Division of Student Affairs, is the primary mental health resource for Wright State University (WSU) students. CWS is located on the lower level of the Student Union on the Dayton campus. CWS provides a wide range of services, including group, individual and couples therapy; academic, diagnostic and career assessment; crisis intervention; outreach programming; consultation; and psychiatric services. The mission of Counseling and Wellness Services is to promote optimal student wellness and mental health and the pursuit of social justice through the provision of quality education, consultation, and clinical service and training as an active presence in the Wright State University community with an appreciation for multiculturalism and diversity.  

Overview of Intern Activities

Interns are integral to all aspects of CWS services during typical operating hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm. Interns have experience with an Evaluation for Service, which is a brief evaluation of presenting concerns and assessment of areas of functioning to facilitate referral into CWS services. Interns also engage in group therapy, individual and couples therapy, assessment integrated into treatment and outreach programming. Interns work provide supervision to a practicum student and receive weekly supervision of supervision. 

Overview of Supervision Model

Supervision is a highly valued activity at CWS. Interns receive 2 hours of individual supervision per week, as well as supervision of supervision and supervision of group. CWS integrates advanced technology through the inclusion of the video-recording of all direct client contacts and all records are electronic. Interns are assigned a primary supervisor and have the opportunity to interact with multiple supervisors and clinical staff, who have varied clinical interests and theoretical orientations. Interns are expected to attend weekly staff meetings on Wednesdays, from 8:30 - 10:00.

Primary Psychological Supervisors

Robert A. Rando, Ph.D., ABPP, Ball State University, 1993, is a WSU-SOPP Associate Professor and the Director of the Counseling and Wellness Services and serves as Assistant Vice President for the Division of Student Affairs. His clinical focus is on the treatment of men's issues, physical aggression victimization and perpetration, vocational/career counseling, mindfulness, and sports psychology. He has also taught courses in advanced theories of supervision. Dr. Rando maintains membership in Divisions 17 and 51 of the American Psychological Association and the Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors.

Daniela Burnworth, Ph.D. is a graduate of the Counseling Psychology program at The Ohio State University. She completed her internship at the counseling center at Ball State University. Currently, she is the Associate Director for Clinical Training at Counseling and Wellness Services and is an adjunct instructor for the School of Professional Psychology. She maintains membership in the Association for College Counseling Training Agencies and is a member of APA divisions 17 and 35. Areas of professional interest include feminist therapy and supervision, gender and gender identity/expression, identity affirming therapies, trauma-informed therapy, career assessment and intervention, and disordered eating/body image concerns.

Jessica Moss, Psy.D., is a graduate of the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University. She completed her internship at Southern Louisiana Internship Consortium, which is based in Mental Health Services at Louisiana State University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship through the School of Professional Psychology. Currently, she is the Coordinator for Group Services at Counseling and Wellness Services. She is a member of APA division 35. Areas of professional interest include feminist therapy, group therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, therapeutic assessment, assessment using the Rorschach, intimate partner violence, traumainformed therapy, and LGBTQA-affirmative therapy.

General Practice Clinic

Rotation Description

The General Practice Clinic (GPC) is a community-based training and service clinic housed at the Duke E. Ellis Human Development Institute under the auspices of the Wright State SOPP.  Within the context of its primary training mission, GPC provides broad-based psychological services to a very diverse, but primarily underserved, low SES, and disadvantaged, clientele. GPC is primarily staffed by psychology trainees at all levels of training under the supervision of SOPP faculty. Clinical staff works across a broad range of theories and approaches in implementing effective interventions. GPC addresses a variety of problems/concerns within a generalist model and provides a variety of therapy, assessment, and consultation services within an individual, group or familial context.

Overview of Intern Activities

Interns gain specific experience refining their clinical, diagnostic, and conceptualization skills, as well as clinical/report writing and supervisory skills, while learning to balance the multiple roles of a psychologist. Interns are responsible for client intakes, clinical triaging, therapy, case management and treatment planning. A structured record management system for client documentation is utilized. Interns maintain a primary therapy caseload augmented with assessment cases. Assessment cases are diverse in nature with a variety of assessment instruments available, with integrative batteries and comprehensive written reports often required. Interns are required to work in GPC at least one evening a week. Interns are allotted the opportunity to provide clinical consultation and umbrella supervision to 2nd, 3rd and 4th year student trainees. Interns are generally the first point of clinical consultation for trainees. There is also a minimum requirement that structured umbrella supervision occur over at least one quarter, where an intern directly supervises one or more cases of an assigned trainee, while concomitantly receiving umbrella supervision. This experience affords interns the opportunity to develop their supervisory skill base. Interns also expand their supervisory skills by assisting supervisors as a member of consultation intake teams.  Weekly staff meeting attendance is also a requirement.

Overview of Supervision Model

Extensive supervision is provided through this internal rotation. All direct service contacts are videotaped and available for supervisory review. Interns are assigned a primary supervisor, but are exposed and interact with multiple supervisors, who have varied clinical interests and theoretical orientations. In addition to a primary supervisor, interns may be assigned a focus or secondary supervisor. Supervision focuses on clinical competencies, with increasing emphasis on professional development/identity issues as the training year progress.

General Practice Clinic Director and Ellis Institute Executive Director

Mary Jane Kocian-Figueroa, Psy.D., MPH, received her doctorate from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in 1999. Dr. Kocian-Figueroa is the Executive Director of the Duke E. Ellis Human Development Institute and oversees the operation of the General Practice Clinic as well as the Assessment Services Clinic. Dr. Kocian-Figueroa has clinical experience with schoolaged children, adolescents, and adults of all ages. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Dayton Area Psychological Association.

Other Potential Primary GPC Supervisors

Jeffrey Cigrang, Ph.D., ABPP-CH, earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Memphis and completed a postdoctoral fellowship and board-certification in Clinical Health Psychology. In 2014, Dr. Cigrang joined SOPP as an Associate Professor. His clinical/research interests include military psychology (deployment-related PTSD, effects of military lifestyle on individual/relational functioning), primary care integration (adaptation of evidenced based psychological treatments), and health psychology. He has published in peer-reviewed journals and has received research funding from the Department of Defense. He is a member of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT).

LaTrelle D. Jackson, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and clinically-certified forensic counselor. Dr. Jackson is an Associate Professor at Wright State University's School of Professional Psychology. Prior to her appointment at Wright State University, she was an Associate Professor and the Director of Clinical Training in the School of Psychology and Counseling at Regent University. Her previous appointments at Regent University also included serving as the Special Assistant to the Vice President for Student Services and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs while working in her capacity as the Psychological Services Center director. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling, and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from The University of Georgia. Her APA accredited internship was completed at Michigan State University. Dr. Jackson's professional appointments include working at Penn State University, as a staff psychologist/multicultural student programs and services coordinator, and The University of Florida, as a clinical assistant professor, A.S.P.I.R.E. coordinator, coordinator of intern consultation, and the peer counselor program coordinator. She has held academic appointments with the Department of Rehabilitation Counseling, African American Studies, Counselor Education, and Counseling Psychology at these institutions. Committed to integrated wellness, community empowerment, moral leadership, and culturally-sensitive education, Dr. Jackson has engaged in a variety of academic, business, political, and civic endeavors. In 2011, she was elected to the office of Secretary for the American Psychological Association (Division 36), while retaining her position as Membership Chairperson for three years.

Jeremiah Schumm, Ph.D., obtained his graduate degree from Kent State University and joined SOPP in the fall of 2016 as an Associate Professor. His clinical/research interests include working with veterans addressing issues of abuse/maltreatment, PTSD, and substance use; as well as serving families and couples. He is a member of the American Psychological Association's Divisions 12 (Clinical), 50 (Addictions), and 36 (Trauma Psychology), the Ohio Psychological Association, and International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Janeece Warfield, Psy.D., obtained her graduate degree from Wright State University School of Professional Psychology in 1987 and has been a faculty member with SOPP since 1995. She is an Associate Professor, SOPP Director of Internship Training, Director for the Center for Child & Adolescent Violence Prevention, and Director of Early Childhood Services. Dr. Warfield specializes in therapeutic services and assessment with infants and children, developmental disabilities, and children with chronic illness. She also has expertise in play therapy, violence prevention, trauma, and multicultural/diversity training. She is member of APA, ABPsi, and DAPA as well as having leadership roles and membership in other professional organizations such as the Association of Play Therapy, Ohio Association of Infant Mental Health, National Black Family Coalition, and AP A's ACT program and MFP's Technical Advisory Committee.

Other GPC Faculty

Wendy R. Dragon, Ph.D., joined SOPP in 2013 as an Assistant Professor. She obtained her graduate degree from Kent State University in 2012 and has expertise and experience in assessment, broadly, with focused expertise in personality assessment. She also has experience in the treatment of severe mental illness and personality disorders. Her theoretical focus is primarily Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Dr. Dragon is a member of the Association of Women in Psychology (AWP) and APA. Gokce Ergun, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at SOPP.  She completed an APA-accredited internship at the University of Minnesota Medical School and Children's Hospital. Her teaching interests are Cognitive Assessment, Educational Assessment, Integrative Assessment and Neuropsychology. Clinical interests include infant and toddler assessment, pediatric neuropsychological assessment, psycho-educational assessment, school psychology, school consultation, treatment of externalizing and internalizing disorders of childhood, parent training, developmental disabilities (Autism spectrum disorder, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder), and prenatal drug and alcohol exposure. She is a member of AP A, including Division 40, and the National Association of School Psychologists.

Larry C. James, Ph.D., ABPP, Professor and Director of SOPP's Continuing Education Program, joined SOPP in 2008 and previously served as Dean. Teaching and research interests include mental health consultation, administration, research, and clinical practice; military psychology and expert on global war on terrorism; development of behavioral services in primary care, obesity,
and eating disorders.

Steven D. Kniffley Jr., Psy.D., ABPP, is an Assistant Professor in SOPP. He teaches multicultural psychology and projective assessment. He completed an AP A-accredited internship at Salesmanship Youth and Family Center and a postdoctoral fellowship in Child and Adolescent Acute Services at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kniffley's areas of
interest include adolescent/family therapy and assessment, group therapy for disruptive behaviors, trauma, social skills training and anger management, youth in the juvenile justice system, and
organizational diversity consultation. He maintains a small private practice with mostly adolescent boys focusing on social skills challenges and emotional regulation issues. Dr. Kniffley is a member of ABPSi and the American Psychological Association (Divisions 53 and 45).

Michelle Vaughan, Ph.D., is a graduate of the Counseling Psychology Program from the University of Akron. She completed her internship at Towson University Counseling Center in Baltimore and a post-doctoral fellowship in Addictions at the University of Virginia- Center for Addiction Research & Education (UVA-CARE). She is an Associate Professor at SOPP, specializing in the intersection of positive psychology (strengths) and LGBTQ psychology, substance use disorders, sexuality, and consensual non-monogamies (polyamory) in clinical work, research, and practice.