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Application Process

The MSH Doctoral Internship in Health Services Psychology participates in the APPIC Matching Program and applicants must obtain an Applicant Agreement Package and register with the National Matching Services, Inc. (NMS) to be eligible to match to our program. You can request an Applicant Agreement Package from NMS through the Matching Program website at or by contacting NMS by mail or telephone (see “Contact Information” section). In addition to the information provided below, applicants must meet all the requirements outlined in the APPIC Directory. Additional requirements through the online APPIC system:

  1. Completed APPIC Application for Psychology Internship (AAPI), which is available online at the APPIC website. The “Verification of Internship Eligibility and Readiness” must include the original signature of the Graduate Program Director of Clinical Training or appropriate Department Director.
  2. Current curriculum vitae.
  3. Official graduate school transcripts.
  4. Three letters of recommendation (LoR) – via the APPIC SRF process:
    • ​​​​LoRs from doctoral-level individuals who are familiar with either the applicant’s clinical skills or academic knowledge are required.
    • It is strongly recommended that a minimum of two LoRs are provided by individuals who have direct knowledge of the applicant’s clinical skills.
  5. A writing sample in the form of an actual psychological report or written case conceptualization with all identifying information (PHI) deleted/deidentified.

*Application Due Date: November 14, 2022*

Application Review

Only applications which are complete by the application deadline and meet all listed requirements will be considered. Each application is reviewed by at least two members of the MSH Training Committee. In addition to a well-documented record of clinical and scholarly excellence, the committee strongly considers applicants’ interests in and goodness of fit with the training goals and philosophy, clinical populations, available rotations, and culture of the MSH training program. Applicants who demonstrate these qualities are most likely to be invited for an interview.

The Training Committee is committed to maintaining a heterogeneous resident class which reflects broad diversity in personal variables and theoretical orientations, which allows us to provide a more enriching training experience. Maintaining diversity is a primary aim of the resident selection process and is strongly considered by the MSH Training Committee when making decisions related to interview invitations.


Applicants selected for interviews will be notified by telephone on or before November 28, 2022. Interview dates for this year will be 12/16/22, 1/9/23, and 1/13/23. Interviews will be conducted virtually and offer applicants the opportunity to meet and ask questions of most members of the MSH Training Committee, meet with current interns, and to participate in individual interviews with two committee members.  As part of the individual interviews, each applicant is assessed via a semi-structured interview, during which they are asked a series of questions related to clinical practice, professionalism, and goodness of fit with the MSH Doctoral Internship.

The Mississippi State Hospital (MSH) Doctoral Internship in Health Services Psychology has been an active, APA accredited training site since 1999. It has been an honor and a privilege to contribute to the training of over 80 psychologists during our tenure, and we are excited to continue in this endeavor. Please feel free to contact the Training Director with any questions. We believe that open communication is key to good relationships. We would love to hear from you.

Applicant Rank

The MSH Training Committee takes into consideration the strength of each application, each applicant’s performance on the semi-structured interviews, and goodness of fit, which is based on each applicant’s interests, interpersonal attributes, and various additional factors noted throughout the interview process. Overall, the committee seeks to ensure that an applicant is a good match with the MSH Doctoral Internship. 

Unless circumstances require an adjustment, four residents are selected for each internship class, using the APPIC Matching Program. The MSH Doctoral Internship in Health Services Psychology 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 prospective applicant throughout the selection process.

Prior to MSH employment, incoming interns are required to complete an application to the Mississippi State Personnel Board and additional pre-employment requirements, such as a background check and drug screening.  Employment is contingent upon the results of these processes. For additional and more specific information, applicants should contact the Training Director. We welcome applications from non U.S. citizens. Incoming interns who are not United States citizens must provide documentation which proves eligibility to work within the United States.


Contact Information

Mary Ashley Angelo, Ph.D.
Training Director
MSH Doctoral Internship in Health Services Psychology
Mississippi State Hospital
Behavioral Health Services, Building 51
Whitfield, Mississippi 39193
Telephone:  601-351-8528
Fax:  601-351-8086 

Telephone calls to the Training Director to clarify issues related to the program or the application process are encouraged. 

Contact information for APPIC, and NMS appear below:

Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC)
1020 G Street, NE
Suite 750
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 589-0600
Fax: (202) 589-0603

National Matching Services, Inc. (NMS)
P.O. Box 1208
Lewiston, NY 14092-8208
(716) 282-4013

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 / E-mail:

Mississippi State Hospital

Psychology Internship Program

PO Box 157-A 

Building 51

Whitfield, MS 39193

(601) 351-8528