Rolla, MO


Sullivan, MO

Match#: 192516

Intern Positions: 2

About Our Site

Interns at this site will spend one, two, or three days each week at the office in Rolla, Missouri. Amount of time spent outside of Rolla depends on other placements. At this location interns do traditional outpatient therapy with individuals, couples, and families; psychological assessments; and triage for walk-ins.

Additional time per week will be spent either at the office in Sullivan, an FQHC in Rolla, or a school within Rolla (all located within driving distance in Missouri). Experiences for these options include:

  • Navig8 Adolescent Substance Use Disorder inpatient treatment— individual or family therapy, groups, and assessments.
  • Rolla Wyman Elementary School rotation—brief interventions (20-30 minutes) of focused therapy with children; work with their families/school team; and sometimes perform/score/interpret assessments for them.
  • Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)—Your Community Health Center (YCHC) is an integrated healthcare setting where interns provide consultation to primary care providers; brief interventions for clients (20-30 minute sessions); and the focus is behavioral management and lifestyle changes. Motivational interviewing and health psychology are used frequently with this population.
  • Sullivan Pathways—this site is similar to a mixture between Rolla Pathways and YCHC—it is an FQHC and will have some medical staff (such as dentists and psychiatrists), but interns do more outpatient work than behavioral health consultant work like at YCHC. Sullivan is approximately 40 minutes from Rolla.

Primary experiences at this site include:

  • Outpatient Therapy (Individual, Couples, Family, Group)
  • Assessment experiences
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT)
  • Navig8 (inpatient adolescent substance abuse)
  • Triage

Training experiences at secondary sites include:

  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
  • School-based therapy
  • Federally Qualified Health Center

Once matched, interns and the Training Director discuss rotation and experience preferences based on available positions. Since interns spend time at two Compass Health locations, they are reimbursed for mileage between the two sites. An average of 20 intervention hours per week is expected and a minimum of ten psychological evaluations are completed during the training year. Not all interns decide to participate in the same learning experiences or supervision opportunities. Psychology Interns at Compass Health sites utilize both hands-on training as well as web-based training programs. The agency offers a full training library of web-based programs for the interns and staff to access as they are able based on their licenses/interests. Interns are provided with their own office space complete with computer and access to the internet and printer. Each location is equipped with the testing and training materials necessary for the interns to complete the requirements of their training year. It should be noted that Rolla is approximately 2 hours from Springfield, Missouri where interns must travel to monthly didactics.

Example Schedule

Interns with Compass Health will generally work a Monday – Friday schedule from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm each day. No weekend work or after-hours on-call is required. Interns at this location will spend one, two, or three days per week in the Rolla office and the rest of their time at external experiential locations. This schedule will vary based on intern interest and need.

Site schedules are a general guideline and interns may be required to make themselves available at other times as needed.

Placement Locations

For more information about services provided at these locations see the following links:


Title Address Description Link

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
Consultation/Liaison X
Crisis Intervention X
Brief Intervention X
Long-Term Intervention X
Cognitive Rehabilitation X
Primary Care X
Supervision of Practicum Students X
Evidence-Based Practice 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
Sports Psychology X
Rehabilitation Psychology 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
Geropsychology X
Pediatrics X
School X
Counseling X
Vocational/Career Development X
Multicultural Therapy X
Feminist Therapy X
Empirically-Supported Treatments X
Program Development/Evaluation X
Supervision X
Research X
Integrated Health Care – Primary X

Patient Populations

Most of our clients served are Caucasian, chronically mentally ill, and/or lower SES. Some locations closer to larger cities also serve a diverse range of ethnic groups, with higher levels of education and SES. We serve the lifespan with respect to therapy and assessment. The following table shows a breakdown of some patient demographics across the entire Compass Health agency:

Patients at our locations often manage barriers such as transportation, cost, and childcare. Typically, our areas served do not have public transportation, and thus the cost of a vehicle and gasoline, as well as car insurance, can cause difficulty. In addition, many of our clients do not have access to affordable childcare, which is also a barrier to them receiving treatment. Most commonly seen diagnoses at this office location include ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, PTSD, various personality disorders, a variety of psychotic disorders, and substance use disorders.

Example patient populations (as listed by APPIC):

Population % Served
Children 30%
Adolescents 20%
Adults 45%
Family 10%
Older Adults 5%
Inpatients 10%
Outpatients 90%
Ethnic Minorities 10%
Spanish Speaking 2%
Students 5%
International students 3%
Rural 100%
Low Income 85%
Homeless 10%
Number of Counties Served 5
Total Number of Clients Served 3700

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. 

Sarah Lea, Ph.D

*Supervisor for interns at sites in Rolla, MO

Dr. Lea earned her doctoral degree in Psychology in 2018 at Oklahoma State University. She completed her internship and post-doctoral residency at Compass Health Network in Rolla, MO. She has training and experience in a variety of settings, including community mental health, residential treatment, academic medical centers, schools, college counseling centers, and FQHC. Dr. Lea has specialty training in child psychology and has co-authored 11 peer-reviewed publications focused on cognitive deficits associated with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. In addition, Dr. Lea is a certified PCIT therapist, co-leads adult and adolescent DBT groups, and has specialty training in psychological assessment across the lifespan. She also has experience and interest in teaching, training, and disseminating academic research to staff and students. Dr. Lea’s theoretical orientation is cognitive-behavioral/behavioral.

Deborah R. Frost, Ph. D.

Vice President of Operations
*Supervisor for interns at sites in Rolla, MO

Dr. Frost earned her doctoral degree in Psychology at West Virginia University.  She completed her internship at Harvard and her post-doctoral residency at Wisconsin School of Medicine.  Dr. Frost came to live in Rolla in 2001, and began working as a psychologist until she later took on the role as Director of Clinical Training and Special Projects. She currently serves as the Vice President of Operations for the Southeastern Region of Compass Health Network. She is uniquely suited to provide supervision in clinical and career path issues.  She is a behaviorist, and has training Medical and Geriatric Psychology, DBT, and PCIT.  Dr. Frost has been supervising pre-doctoral interns and post-doctoral residents since 2002.