Predoctoral Intern

Program Philosophy

The philosophy of the training program is based on a scientist-practitioner model with a focus on training the generalist practitioner supplemented by exposure to specialty areas including primary care psychology, health psychology and behavioral medicine, child psychology, and geropsychology.  Interns are trained within a community-based, integrated and collaborative behavioral health model of service delivery and receive exposure to various diverse cultural and patient groups, as well as, community and primary care clinic settings.


Structure of the Program

This year we will be accepting 6 full-time psychology interns, with a preference for those applicants who have demonstrated interest and experience in provision of services to Native Hawaiian and other medically underserved communities.  Completion of advanced practicum and Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology (or equivalent) preferred.


The I Ola Lāhui internship training program ensures that clinical psychology interns receive the required supervised experience necessary to function as practicing clinical psychologists, and meet the training requirements for the various state license boards and the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.  This is understood to be a minimum of at least 50 weeks or 2000 hours of supervised experience during the training year. The training year extends over 12 calendar months. Training begins approximately the middle of August and ends the last week of August of the next year.


Interns participate in a periodic comprehensive examination at the start of the internship year, at midyear, and at the end of the training year.  This examination includes both written and oral components. The examination evaluates the intern’s ability to demonstrate treatment competency in initial diagnosis, case conceptualization, treatment planning, diversity issues, and ethical judgment.  The focus of the examination is on an integration of knowledge acquired primarily, though not exclusively, through the core skills training activities.


Throughout the year, three days per week are dedicated to clinical experiences, and two days per week are dedicated to didactic training, research, supervision, and community outreach projects.  There are four required clinical experiences for the training year (adult outpatient, child and family outpatient, primary care psychology and integrated behavioral health, and behavioral medicine/health psychology).  Interns acquire these experiences during their three days per week at the clinic sites. Interns are placed at sites that ensure exposure to a diversity of patients, clinic milieu, and rural communities. Interns will work three days per week at their assigned site(s) (which may include Waimanalo Health Center, I Ola Lāhui Honolulu, I Ola Lāhui Kahuku, Lana’i Community Health Center, Big Island Substance Abuse Treatment Center, West Hawai’i Community Health Center, and/or other sites).  If interns travel to other islands, travel expenses to those sites (flights, housing, and ground transportation) will be covered by I Ola Lāhui.


Training Experiences

Interns receive training in 4 core clinical areas: Primary Care /Integrated Behavioral Health, Behavioral Medicine and Health Psychology, Adult Outpatient, and Child and Adolescent.


Training in these four areas occurs at multiple clinic sites during their training year.  Didactic instruction and supervision will be completed on-site to support interns’ training in these areas.  Interns will also receive didactic instruction, supervision and training by program faculty and guest speakers on topics such as cultural competence, geropsychology, diffusion of innovation, grant writing, ethics, rural psychology, cognitive behavioral therapy and other evidence-based interventions, and psychopharmacology.  Interns receive 2 hours of individual supervision and 2 hours of group supervision per week.  Additionally, interns receive 1 hour per week of professional development supervision designed to assist interns in identifying and building skills relevant to their career goals within the training year.


Adult Outpatient

  • Provision of assessment and treatment of a wide array of psychological concerns including: depression, anxiety, substance abuse, PTSD, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder in an integrated behavioral health setting.
  • Individual and couples therapy formats.
  • Consultation and collaboration with interdisciplinary teams within an integrated behavioral health setting.


Child and Family

  • Provision of assessment and treatment of psychological concerns affecting children, adolescents, and their parents including anxiety, depression, and disruptive behaviors.
  • Individual, parent, and family formats.
  • Consultation and collaboration with interdisciplinary teams within an integrated behavioral health setting.


Primary Care Psychology and Integrated Behavioral Health

  • Provision of rapid assessment, diagnostic formulation, and treatment a wide range of psychological concerns within a primary care clinic setting.  The focus of care in this setting is on early identification and brief intervention.
  • Consultation and collaboration with interdisciplinary teams.


Behavioral Medicine and Health Psychology

  • Provision of assessment and multi-level intervention for health behaviors with particular emphasis on chronic disease conditions and prevention.
  • Individual and group formatted interventions for tobacco cessation, chronic pain, diabetes management, and weight management.
  • Care coordination and consultation with family practice physicians and other providers.



Interns in the training program will participate in research with program faculty on topics related to the clinical work they complete as part of the training program.  Potential research topics include describing co-morbidity of health and mental health problems, service utilization patterns in each setting, examining the effectiveness of group and individual treatment programs in addressing health concerns, and demonstrating the cost-effectiveness of behavioral medicine interventions for chronic diseases.  Interns are highly encouraged to complete their doctoral projects prior to the start of the internship year so they have more time and energy for research and other projects. Interns are allotted time for research projects including research related to their clinical site placement, and other research projects.


Professional Development and Advocacy

Promoting each intern’s personal development is an integral part of all training experiences.  Interns are encouraged to pursue interests and endeavors within the internship program that will enhance their own personal and professional development.  Interns complete a self assessment of professional strengths, weaknesses, and goals for the internship year and receive weekly supervision to support their progress toward these goals.  Interns are encouraged to appreciate and participate in public advocacy and professional activities that inform and improve public policy and the profession of psychology.


Information for Applicants

Preference is given to applicants enrolled in an APA Accredited doctoral program.  Minimum criteria for an interview was completion/anticipated completion of 1500 hours of practicum.  However, we understand that trainees have been negatively affected by COVID-19 and so will waive the minimum hours.  Please address this in your cover letter.  A Master’s degree and/or a community based practicum placement is preferable.

Also, due to COVID-19, all interviews will be held via phone or web.

The stipend for the training year will be $28,352.  Benefits include health insurance, 10 days of vacation/sick leave, and 5 days of professional development leave.

The I Ola Lāhui Rural Hawai`i Behavioral Health Internship Program is APA accredited. Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on


Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation

American Psychological Association

750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002

Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail:



I Ola Lāhui is an APPIC member and meets all criteria and standards set by the association.

The below tables provide further information regarding admissions, other benefits, and post-internship position for the 2013-2016 intern graduates.

How to apply:

To apply to our program, we require that you complete the standard APPI application and ask that you address how your training, interest, and experiences fit with our program in your cover letter and in essay #3.  As part of the APPI application, we ask that you provide 3 letters of recommendation from individuals who have supervised your clinical work.  Please include a copy of your curriculum vitae and your graduate school transcripts.  Our application deadline is December 1st and you will be notified by December 15th if you will be invited for an interview.  All interviews will be held via telephone/web due to COVID-19. Interviews are tentatively scheduled for Thursday and Friday, January 21 and 22, 2021.

For more information about our program, please contact:

Allison Seales, Ph.D.

Director of Training

1441 Kapiolani Blvd. Suite 1802

Honolulu, HI 96814

(808) 525-6255

Internship Program Admissions

Date Program Tables are updated:

Briefly describe in narrative form important information to assist potential applicants in assessing their likely fit with your program. This description must be consistent with the program’s policies on intern selection and practicum and academic preparation requirements:
I Ola Lahui provides training in effective, culturally-minded interventions for use in Hawaii’s rural and medically under served communities. The goal of the program is to increase Hawaii’s capacity to address the existing behavioral health needs through training in traditional mental health care, chronic disease management, and psychopharmacology. Interns are assigned to clinics that ensure that their experiences are diverse.
Does the program require that applicants have received a minimum number of hours of the following at time of application? If Yes, indicate how many: