CTSA Clinical Practicum

About the Program

The CTSA offers a specified training opportunity to advanced doctoral students in the area.

Clinical Practicum

Clinical practicum students at our site have the opportunity to complete extensive intake assessments for our treatment research studies as well as provide evidence-based treatment to adults, adolescents, and children with a wide range of anxiety disorders including OCD, PTSD, GAD, social anxiety disorder, trichotillomania, panic disorder and specific phobias while receiving extensive group and individual supervision in these areas. Individual (1 hour) and group (2 hours) supervision is available. Clinical practicum students also serve in other research capacities including providing treatment adherence ratings. Students are expected to provide 8-10 hours of direct clinical services per week. Practicum students also have the opportunity to attend 4-day intensive training workshops on the treatment of OCD and PTSD.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Master's Degree
  • Advanced student (at least third-year) in a doctoral program
  • Previous training in CBT with good basic therapy skills
  • Training in standardized diagnostic interviews (e.g., DIAMOND) and good clinical diagnostic skills
  • Available 16 hours per week including all day on Tuesdays

*The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, thus women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Start date: Beginning of July or earlier

Application Process and Deadlines

Our application requires the PENDELDOT Psychology Externship Application Coversheet and Practicum Match Agreement, a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and two letters of recommendation to be sent by the applicant via email or mail. We prefer that applications are submitted as one complete package that includes the aforementioned documents; however, we will accept letters of recommendation separately. If recommendation letters are submitted separately, it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that recommenders have submitted their letters on time.

The CTSA participates in the Uniform Time Line for Practicum Applications for the Greater Philadelphia Area (PENNDELDOT). 

For the 2022-2023 practicum year, applications may only be submitted between January 10 to 21, 2022.

Interviews will be conducted between January 31 and February 25, 2022.

Applicants will be notified of their status via e-mail (receive an offer, no offer, or waitlist) on March 7, 2022 at approximately 9 AM and will end the same day at 5 PM. Applicants have a two-hour window to respond ("yes", "no", or "hold"). Only one offer from a practicum site may be held by an applicant at any one time. 

All applications and questions can be directed to:
Elizabeth Turk-Karan, Ph.D.
Director of Practicum Training
Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety
3535 Market Street, 6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104


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