Burrell @ CoxHealth

Match # 192525

Internship positions available: 4


Burrell Behavioral Health has partnered with CoxHealth in Springfield, Missouri to offer a unique internship experience. CoxHealth is a large, not-for-profit health system with internship positions located in Springfield and Branson, Missouri. Internship positions through Burrell @ CoxHealth are offered under two divisions, CoxHealth Integrated Behavioral Healthcare and CoxHealth Psychological Services, and there will be three internship positions available within each.

The CoxHealth Integrated Behavioral Healthcare division internship positions will be heavily focused on integrated behavioral healthcare. This treatment paradigm emphasizes the wellness of the whole person and, as such, interns will be able to work with patients on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, lifestyle changes, management of chronic disease states, psychosocial risk factors, disease-related distress, and behavioral interventions related to familial or academic difficulties. Screening assessments, consistent with integrated behavioral healthcare practice, will also be a routine part of the training program. Interns will have opportunities to practice integrated healthcare in primary care, pediatric, and specialty care settings; opportunities may also be available for interns to engage in tele-behavioral health for our rural, underserved clinics. Interns will routinely interact with physicians, nurses, and leadership, and are considered part of a patient’s treatment team. All intern clinics are located in Springfield, Missouri. Interested applicants to the CoxHealth Integrated Behavioral Healthcare division should specify this interest in their cover letter.

Interns within the CoxHealth Psychological Services division will have the opportunity to customize his or her internship experience to focus on health psychology or inpatient psychiatric care. Those who choose the health psychology track will be able to work with patients in an acute medical setting as well as an inpatient orthopedic rehabilitation facility. Patients in these settings will be experiencing a variety of health conditions. These may be related to neurology, cardiology, oncology, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, as well as emergency medicine and trauma. Interns will get the chance to work as part of a treatment team and collaborate with professionals in many other fields. Those interns who choose the inpatient psychiatric care track will spend time on our adult units as well as our child-adolescent unit. They will be part of a treatment team that includes psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, various therapists and technicians. In both training programs, interns can expect to be involved in individual, group, and family therapies as well as neuropsychological and/or traditional psychological testing. All training locations are located in Springfield or Branson, Missouri. Interested applicants to the CoxHealth Psychological Services division should specify this interest as well as their preferred track in their cover letter.

Our Supervisors

Primary Supervisors

Curtis Mattson, Psy.D.

Dr. Mattson is a licensed psychologist in Missouri. He received bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Missouri – Columbia, and both his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology. Most recently, he completed a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Missouri State University. Currently, Dr. Mattson is a clinical psychologist with practice emphases in assessing risk and medical decision-making capacity. He is also Coordinator of the Integrated Behavioral Health Care program at CoxHealth and an adjunct faculty member at Missouri State University.

Tara Downie, Psy.D.

Dr. Downie has been a Psychologist in the Springfield area for over 20 years. After receiving her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Forest Institute, she specialized in treating children with mental health issues. Dr. Downie has completed extensive training in play therapy and has worked in private practice and community mental health settings. Dr. Downie is currently working at Cox North Child & Adolescent Inpatient Unit. Dr. Downie has served as a faculty member at Forest Institute, Missouri State University and most recently teaching in the graduate department at Evangel University.

Judith Gonzalez, Psy.D.

Dr. Gonzalez is a is a bilingual licensed clinical psychologist and licensed marriage and family therapist in Missouri. She earned bachelor’s degrees in Christian education from Seminario Teologico Bautista Mexicano and in education from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. She continued her studies in the states and earned a master’s in educational ministry from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Illinois and a doctorate in clinical psychology from Forest Institute of Professional Psychology. Community-based participatory research (CBPR) has been the focus of her research in the last twelve years. Dr. Gonzalez is also an adjunct faculty member at Drury and Evangel Universities and has developed and implemented multicultural projects and programs that have received recognition in the form of competitive grants, awards, publications and presentations in regional, national and international professional conferences.

Current Internship Placement Locations

All intern clinics as a part of the Integrated Behavioral Healthcare division are located in Springfield, Missouri. Interns may provide services at both the CoxHealth North and CoxHealth South office locations.

Interns as a part of the Psychological Services division may provide services in both Springfield and Branson, Missouri.

Patient Populations

Racially, our patient population tends to be primarily Caucasian, but there is a growing Hispanic/Latino population – particularly in the numerous suburbs of the Springfield metro area. There is a wide socioeconomic range in the area and poverty remains problematic, as evidenced by a large Medicaid/underserved population and high incidence of individuals who qualify for free/reduced lunches in public schools. The number of older adults is growing, as many people find southwest Missouri an ideal retirement spot; however, the presence of several universities and a thriving art scene means there are lots of entertainment and dining options to complement the natural scenery of the Ozarks and nearby Table Rock Lake.

Intern Selection Process

Interested applicants should indicate which division of CoxHealth Services they are interested in (or both) on their application cover letter.