Match # 192511 (Springfield, MO)

Internship positions available: 6
Residency/Job positions available: 5

About our Site

Burrell Behavioral Health is private, not for profit community mental health center with internship positions available in either our Central Region (located in Columbia, Missouri) or Southwest Region (located in Springfield, MO). Burrell has established community partnerships, resulting in unique opportunities for interns who are matched at any of these locations. These partnerships further facilitate Burrell’s Mission of meeting behavioral health needs when and where they occur, and before they become more serious. Burrell’s goal is to develop well-trained psychologists with skills in community behavioral healthcare, through appropriate and meaningful rotations and supportive/encouraging supervision.

Burrell has locations in 17 counties throughout Missouri and treats approximately 30,000 patients each year with goals of significant workforce development and improved patient access. Patient populations, while racially homogeneous, offer a unique training experience. While Springfield and Columbia are the third and fourth largest cities in Missouri, respectively, training experiences often involve a rural mental health feel and encompass what it means to have diversity and to respect and value diversity, within these areas. Areas also continue to be relatively heavily impacted by poverty, as evidenced by high a Medicaid population and high free/reduced lunch proportions in public schools. We also see a growing Hispanic/Latino population and a growing older adult population.

Burrell Behavioral Health Center is a member of the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) loan repayment program.

Example Schedule

Interns in these internship positions will generally work an 8:00 am – 5:00 pm work schedule. While intern’s time commitment will typically be daytime, it is possible that periodic travel or clinical needs will require working later than 5:00 p.m. The intern will not be required to work on Saturdays or Sundays. Interns may also be required to travel between multiple locations based on need and intern rotation interests.

Interns will choose up to two different minor rotations during their year which will be one day per week for a 6-month rotation. The rest of their time will be spent in their major rotation activities.

Example Schedule:








Kingsley Clinic: Intervention



Kingsley Clinic: Assessment

Individual Supervision

Report Writing

Journal Review

Autism Center

Group Supervision

Report Writing

Journal Review


Kingsley Clinic: Intervention

Report Writing


Access Center:

Initial Assessment

Autism Center

Report Writing


Placement Locations


APPIC Training Experiences

Treatment Modalities

Example treatment modalities (as listed by APPIC)

(1% to 20%)
(21% to 30%)
(31% to 49%)
Major Area
Assessment X
Individual Intervention X
Couples Intervention X
Family Intervention X
Group Intervention X
Community Intervention X
Consultation/Liaison X
Crisis Intervention X
Brief Intervention X
Long-Term Intervention X
Primary Care X
Supervision of Practicum Students X
Evidence-Based Practice X
Evidence-Based Research X


Supervised Experiences

Example supervised experiences (as listed by APPIC):

(1% to 20%)
(21% to 30%)
(31% to 49%)
Major Area
Health Psychology X
Women’s Health X
Eating Disorders X
Sexual Disorders X
Physical Disabilities X
Learning Disabilities X
Developmental Disabilities X
Assessment X
Neuropsychology-Adult X
Neuropsychology – Child X
Serious Mental Illness X
Anxiety Disorders X
Trauma/PTSD X
Sexual Abuse X
Substance Use Disorders X
Forensics/Corrections X
Geropsychology X
Pediatrics X
Counseling X
Multicultural Therapy X
Feminist Therapy X
Religion/Spirituality X
Empirically-Supported Treatments X
Public Policy/Advocacy X
Program Development/Evaluation X
Supervision X
Integrated Health Care – Primary X
Integrated Health Care – Speciality X

Patient Populations

Example patient populations (as listed by APPIC):

Population % Served
Children 12.97%
Adolescents 8.83%
Adults 39.94%
Older Adults 10.97%
Outpatients 72.51%
Ethnic Minorities 2.09%
Spanish Speaking 3%
Deaf/Hearing-impaired 3.09%
Rural 23.55%
Urban 49.15%
Homeless 2.4%
Number of Counties Served 7 in the Southwest region
Total Number of Clients Served 20,214 in Southwest Region

Our Supervisors

While we won’t know your exact supervisor assignments until the internship starts, these are examples of some of the individuals you may work with over the course of your year at the site. 

AnnElise Parkhurst, Ph.D.

Dr. AnnElise Parkhurst attended the University of Missouri at Columbia and has practiced psychology on the doctoral level since 1990. She has delivered both individual and group psychotherapy to a wide range of clients, experiencing everything from adjustment disorders to psychoses, in community mental health and hospital settings. In 1996 she joined the faculty of Forest Institute of Professional Psychology where she focused on teaching clinical psychology and providing clinical supervision for practicum students and psychology interns. She additionally served there as the Director of Clinical Training (2004 – 2008) and the Director of the Internship program (2004- 2012). Her specific interests include interpersonal/psychodynamic psychotherapy and group therapy and clinical supervision.

Chelsea Gilliam, Psy.D.

Dr. Gilliam earned her degree in Clinical Psychology from Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in 2014. She completed her post-doctoral residency with Burrell Behavioral Health with an emphasis on Rural Populations. She has an interest in the intricacies of treating individuals in rural areas as well as the importance of choosing an appropriate treatment modality for women with primary infertility. She truly a generalist and has completed outpatient therapy with ages 3+, evaluations on adults and children of all ages, treated incarcerated youth and gone into the homes to work with families whose children were at risk of being removed from their care.

Brandan Gremminger, Psy.D.

 Dr. Gremminger graduated from The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute in 2013 with a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at The Robert J. Murney Clinic at Forest Institute, a community mental health center, in 2013, and completed a post-doctoral residency at Midwest Assessment & Psychotherapy Solutions in 2014. Theoretical orientations utilized include Interpersonal, Psychodynamic, and Cognitive Behavioral. Dr. Gremminger has an interest in group therapy and facilitates interpersonal/insight-oriented and psychoeducational group therapy programs at MAPS. Additional clinical interests include psychological assessment for ages five through adult, and individual therapy with adolescents and adults.

Dale Halfaker, Ph.D.

Dr. Halfaker attended the University of Missouri at Columbia where he obtained his master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. He graduated from the University of Missouri in 1988 and as part of his doctoral training served a pre-doctoral internship at the John L. McClellan Veterans Administration Medical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Upon entering the field, he was employed at a Traumatic Brain Injury rehabilitation facility, Timber Ridge Ranch, in Benton, Arkansas, just outside of Little Rock, Arkansas. When he left Timber Ridge Ranch to return home to Missouri, his position was Director of Clinical Services. He then was employed with Cox Medical Center in Springfield, Missouri and served in various positions treating a wide variety of patients with work-related injuries with Cox’s Work Injury Rehabilitation Center, was coordinator of the Springfield Headache Clinic treating patients with varying headache disorders, was program coordinator/neuropsychologist for the Cox Health Systems Regional Center for Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Outpatient Brain Injury Day Treatment Program, and continued his general duties fielding both outpatient and inpatient neuropsychological consults from the hospital’s physician group. In 1995, Dr. Halfaker entered full time private with Neuropsychological Associates of Southwest Missouri, P.C. and is the principal owner of that practice. He maintains a full-time, outpatient clinical practice with a primary focus on assessment of persons who have sustained injuries of various sorts.


Life in Springfield, MO

Springfield is the state’s third largest city. This location maintains a talented arts community dating back to the early 1900s, offering a symphony, a community theatre, an art museum, a ballet company, and a regional opera. Springfield is also home to the recently opened Wonders of Wildlife Museum and Aquarium which is the largest and most immersive fish and wildlife attraction in the world. Next door to it is the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, a popular attraction in the state of Missouri for fisherman and hunters alike.