In Focus

Upcoming Dates & Deadlines

Application Deadline:

November 1

Interview Notification Deadline:

December 1

Interview Dates:

January 4, 6, 11, & 18, 2022

Program Start Date:

August 15


COVID-Related Updates

OSH-PIP faculty are acutely aware of the impact that COVID continues to have on practica and internship-related training, as well as on the internship application and interview process. To this end, we have implemented a number of changes at Oregon State Hospital in order to accommodate for the safety of our interns and applicants. Also, some changes to the internship structure have organically occurred as a direct result of the changing hospital climate. Please know that we firmly approach this process from the perspective of prioritizing training needs and interests over those of the hospital. Moving forward, we will endeavor to keep applicants as up to date as possible regarding changes to OSH-PIP procedure and training.  Please keep an eye on this page for the most up to date information:

Application & Interview Procedures for the 2022-2023 cohort

  • Historically OSH has set a requirement that applicants obtain at least 500 intervention hours and 75 assessment hours by the time of application.
  • For the Fall 2021 interview season, we will consider applicants with fewer hours based on goodness of fit, as long as all other requirements are met.
  • Because OSH’s campus remains closed to visitors, all interviews will be carried out remotely/virtually for this upcoming round of applicants. In-person interviews will not be taking place, even for applicants who reside nearby.
  • There may be an OSH-PIP Open House on an optional basis for interviewees who would like to see campus and meet faculty; however, this will be determined by OSH administration’s precautions at the time interviews occur.
  • Regarding the Open House, please check the website for continued updates, or contact the Training Directors with any questions.

Internship Hours

  • Traditionally, OSH-PIP has been a 2000-hour internship. Consistent with APPIC recommendations, this requirement has been loosened with the current expectation being that interns complete at least the minimum number of hours required for licensure in Oregon (1500 hours) or in any state they wish to become licensed following internship.
  • 25% of interns’ hours are still expected to be in the form of direct client contact, consistent with APPIC and Oregon licensing board requirements.

Format of Training & Treatment Delivery at OSH

  • Interns are able to use Microsoft Teams to join group training activities such as didactic seminars. We take the interns’ lead on whether they prefer to carry out these small group activities remotely or in person; when in person is preferred, care is taken to reserve large conference rooms to maximize physical distancing.
  • Interns and other clinicians are able to use Microsoft Teams to join meetings regularly, both at the unit and departmental levels. This includes patient treatment planning meetings as well as other hearings.
  • Direct patient interventions by interns and other clinicians are largely carried out in person as Oregon state administrators have not approved the use of telehealth for individual intervention and assessment tasks. In doing so, the wearing of masks is required and interns are strongly encouraged to utilize consultation rooms which allow for maximum physical distancing.
  • Interns are encouraged to telework as they are comfortable when not carrying our direct patient intervention. Each intern has been given remote desktop access so they are able to remotely and securely access everything needed for carrying out support work.

Rotation Changes

  • Due to the vulnerable nature of our geriatric population, Geropsychology will be available as a minor rotation only.
  • Due to the initial impact of COVID-19, Incompetent to Proceed admissions were halted for several weeks, creating a lengthy backlog. In order to resume those admissions, the hospital had to convert multiple admissions units to focus on the Incompetent to Proceed population specifically. Patients are largely kept on admissions units only for a brief period of quarantine prior to immediate transfer to step-down units in order to make room for additional admissions. With these changes, interns assigned to the Incompetent to Proceed and Guilty Except for Insanity rotations (which have traditionally taken place most often in the admissions area) are largely being placed on step-down units rather than admissions units at present.

Vaccination Mandate

  • As a mandatory public safety requirement, the Oregon State Hospital requires all staff, including psychology interns, to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment. Proof of vaccination will be required. Your completed CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card will meet this requirement. You may, however, request a reasonable accommodation from the mandatory vaccination policy due to a qualifying disability or medical condition, or based on sincerely held religious belief, practice or observance. As this is an evolving pandemic, it is difficult to predict what measures or mandates may be in effect by the start of and during the 2022-2023 training year. Please contact Drs. Leeper and/or Robertson for any questions.


Oregon State Hospital – Psychology Internship Program

The Oregon State Hospital – Psychology Internship Program (OSH-PIP) offers a one-year, full-time internship with 3 positions beginning August 15 of each year. The training program is located on the Salem campus of Oregon State Hospital. The annual intern stipend is $34,020.

All match offers are contingent on drug screening and a criminal background check. Drug Screening is required as OSH is also described as drug and alcohol treatment facility. All non-prescription, controlled substances will be disqualifying. This list includes Amphetamines, Cocaine, Opiates – expanded Negative Phencyclidine, Marijuana, 3,4-Methyl​enedioxy​methamphetamine (MDMA, Ecstasy, Molly), 6-Acetylmorphine and Oxycodone/Oxymorphone. Of note, marijuana is on the list because it is listed as a Schedule I drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970 and considered illegal for use outside of FDA approved medications.

Criminal background checks are completed to decrease the risk to the vulnerable individuals OSH serves by screening individuals who will have access to or provide care at OSH. Information about potentially disqualifying offenses can be found through the Department Human Services and Oregon Health Authority websites, using the links below. In sum, all misdemeanor and felonies are potentially disqualifying while serious crimes (e.g., including crimes against person) may be permanently potentially disqualifying and require a weight test to be conducted by the Division of Human Services. Offenses or convictions that are classified as less than a misdemeanor, such as violations or infractions, are not potentially disqualifying.

Interns are considered full-time employees of OSH and receive all related employee benefits including paid time off (i.e., holidays, vacation, personal business, sick, maternity/paternity, educational leave); medical, dental, and vision insurance (including for family/dependents); optional insurance coverage (e.g., basic life insurance, term life, long-term care); flexible spending accounts; and retirement benefits.

Click below to access to our handbook for additional detailed information about our program including, but not limited to our training setting, training philosophy, rotation descriptions, related training plans, and corresponding supervisors; intern and program evaluation; specific training requirements; and OSH-PIP protocols.

The OSH-PIP program code for the APPIC match is 2322.

Oregon State Hospital Overview

Oregon State Hospital is the state’s primary state-run psychiatric facility for adults. The state hospital delivers high-quality inpatient psychiatric and medical care to patients through Forensic Psychiatric Services for patients who are judged Guilty Except for Insanity or Incompetent to Proceed to court, as well as Psychiatric Recovery Services for civilly committed patients.

Accreditation Status

OSH-PIP submitted their first self-study in December 2015 and their first site visit occurred on August 16 and 17, 2016. On November 15, 2016, OSH-PIP was awarded “accredited, on contingency” status by the American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation with an initial date of accreditation of August 17, 2016, which is applicable to all internship classes beginning with the 2015-2016 cohort. In November 2018, APA awarded OSH-PIP full APA accreditation. Our next site visit was initially scheduled to take place in 2021; however, due to COVID-related delays, we expect our next site visit in Fall 2022 or Spring 2023.

Questions related to the program’s accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979

APPIC Membership Status

OSH-PIP is a member of APPIC and participates in the APPIC Match.  This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant.

Emphasis on Diverse Applicants

OSH-PIP welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds. The training program believes that a diverse training environment contributes to the overall quality of the program. OSH-PIP provides equal opportunity to all prospective interns and does not discriminate because of a person’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other factor that is irrelevant to success as a psychology intern. As noted above, applicants are individually evaluated in terms of quality of previous training, practicum experiences, and fit with the internship. If an applicant or intern requires accommodations, they should contact the internship Training Director(s) to initiate this process.

Contacting OSH-PIP

Any questions regarding OSH-PIP including about the application and interview process may be directed to the Training Director, Dr. Ericia Leeper (, or the Associate Training Director, Sarah Robertson, PsyD (