The National Psychology Training Consortium (NPTC)…

a doctoral psychology internship, is a collaborative consortium consisting of psychological service centers throughout the United States focused on provision of services with rural and underserved patients. NPTC was founded in 2003 through a collaboration of The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute and Royal Oaks Hospital to create new internship positions in underserved areas. Since 2003 NPTC has trained and prepared over 600 interns and residents – all in a rural or underserved context.

About NPTC

National Psychology Training Consortium is an innovative internship program that provides psychology interns the opportunity to take substantial responsibility for fulfilling major professional and psychological functions in the context of appropriate supervisory support and professional role modeling.

NPTC also partners with various organizations including academic programs, community agencies, private hospitals, and independent practitioners to provide a sequential, cumulative, and graded training environment. The objective of the internship is to prepare entry-level practitioners to function effectively in a variety of mental health settings and to provide services to a variety of populations in rural health care.

The Central Region of NPTC – consisting of sites in Missouri, was founded in 2003.

The Great Lakes Region of NPTC – consisting of sites in Indiana, was founded in 2013 based on the model of the original Central Region.

The Cascades Region of NPTC – consisting of sites in Washington, was founded in 2017 and consists of primary care sites.

The Cy-Hawk Region of NPTC – consisting of sites in Iowa, was founded in 2023.

The Central, Great Lakes, and Cascades regions of NPTC are Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. More information regarding our accreditation status is available here. NPTC-Cy-Hawk Region has submitted an application for APPIC membership and is awaiting a decision. NPTC-Cy-Hawk Region is not APA-Accredited.

View our 2022-2023 Annual Report.

Meet Our Staff

Executive Staff

Adam Andreassen, Psy.D.
President / CEO

Dr. Andreassen has managed, trained, and practiced virtually every level of behavioral healthcare including private practice, executive leadership, and teaching. He is a graduate of NPTC and has spent his entire career working to improve access to care and workforce development in rural and underserved areas. He has served as clinical supervisor for first-year practicum students, advanced practicum students, pre-doctoral interns, and post-doctoral residents. In 2011, he assumed duties as Executive Director of the consortium while simultaneously growing his Assessment and Therapy private practice.

In 2013, Dr. Andreassen completed a certificate program from the University of Massachusetts in primary integrative care. While engaged in these duties, his private practice grew to more than 30 clinicians with 10 of them receiving NHSC loan-forgiveness for working in underserved areas. From 2008 to 2017 he was also a clinician and adjunct instructor at both the School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute and Missouri State University. In 2017, his practice merged with Burrell Behavioral Health in Springfield, MO where he served as Chief Operating Officer for Burrell/Brightli until late 2023 when he accepted the role of CEO for Family & Children’s Services in Tulsa, OK. In his capacity as CEO of NPTC, he has worked closely to establish internship opportunities within hospitals, community health centers, community mental health centers, private practices, specialty practices, and rural health clinics. His professional expertise includes supervision, non-profit board management and program development, behavioral health training, population health operations, and primary care integration.

 

Angela King, Psy.D.
Sr. Vice President of Clinical Operations
Interim RTD – Great Lakes Region

Dr. King’s professional experience has involved a variety of clinical work, training of students at various levels of education, and administrative work. As a pre-doctoral intern, she was placed at a rural psychiatric hospital, which is an NPTC training site. While at this facility she gained experience working with severe mentally ill populations and within a multidisciplinary team. Following internship, she completed a post-doctoral residency at a private practice in a rural population which was located 45 minutes from the nearest large city. Following full licensure, Dr. King joined a private practice, which served communities throughout the state of Missouri. She has served as clinical supervisor for first-year practicum students, advanced practicum students, pre-doctoral interns, and post-doctoral residents. Dr. King served as the NPTC Regional Training Director for the Central Region from 2012-2017 helping to prepare and train nearly 100 pre-doctoral interns. Simultaneously, she continued to work as a licensed clinician and clinical supervisor within a private practice. She was an NHSC service provider from 2011-2017, providing services to rural and under-served populations within the private practice. In 2017 Dr. King transitioned from her role as Regional Training Director to the Director of Special Projects. She held this role for over five years before she accepted the position of Sr. Vice President, Clinical Operations in 2023. In her current role she oversees the day-to-day operations of the consortium and works closely with sites and interns on operational and training efficiencies.

Dr. King served as the Project Manager for the ABOUT Indiana BHWET Grant from 2017-2022 and the Project Co-Director – Operations for the ABOUT Missouri BHWET Grant from 2022 to current. These Grants focus on specialized training of pre-doctoral interns in the areas of integrated behavioral health within underserved populations. Since its inception in the Great Lakes Region, these grants have assisted in training 55 interns in integrated and collaborative healthcare settings.

 

Katherine Dixon
Vice President of Operations

Ms. Dixon received a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute in 2011. That same year, she started with NPTC as the Director of Accreditation and Compliance. In this position, she led NPTC’s efforts to become APA accredited and played a key role in expanding the program. Since that time, NPTC has grown to include three APA Accredited regions and Ms. Dixon has fulfilled both the role of Director of Operations (2017-2023) and is currently the Vice President of Operations. Some of her responsibilities include: overseeing the operations of the Executive Training Office and maintaining compliance across all NPTC regions as dictated by APA, APPIC, HRSA, and other regulatory bodies.

Regional Training Directors

David Bauman, Psy.D.
Cascades Region

Dr. Bauman is a licensed psychologist and is the Behavioral Health Education Director at Community Health of Central Washington, where he also is a core faculty member of the family medicine residency.  He also practices as a behavioral health consultant at CHCW’s Central Washington Family Medicine clinic. Dr. Bauman is the Regional Training Director for the NPTC-Cascades and assists with overseeing the HealthPoint and CHCW doctoral internships. Dr. Bauman is passionate about the Primary Care Behavioral Health model/philosophy, as well as contextual behavioral approaches (e.g., Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and fACT) and the delivery of compassionate, evidence based medicine.

 

Dustin Brown, Psy.D. 
Central Region

Dr. Dustin Brown has a long history of work and training between the medical and behavioral health settings. He graduated from the School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and certificate of specialization in Integrated Healthcare. During his training and practice in primary care psychology, Dr. Brown has worked within primary care offices, medical hospitals, and community health care locations while also participating in numerous program develop projects surrounding the intersection of behavioral health and medicine. In his current role as Vice President, Integration at Burrell Behavioral Health, Dr. Brown manages many medical team and multidisciplinary initiatives within the community mental health center as well as oversees all projects related to embedding behavioral health access within the agencies of community health partners across the state of Missouri and in northern Arkansas.

From the time he was licensed and as a partner of his previous private practice, Dr. Brown has been dedicated to supervising, training, and mentoring the next generation of psychologists. He has provided supervision to numerous doctoral level practicum students, doctoral interns, and provisionally licensed psychologists over the last nine years. In addition, he coordinates the training experiences of each Central Region intern of the National Psychology Training Consortium through his role as Regional Training Director. With a robust background in assessment psychology and years of practice in general psychotherapy, Dr. Brown enjoys taking an interpersonal approach to guiding and mentoring NPTC interns throughout the year-long program.

Angela King, Psy.D. 
Great Lakes Region (Interim)

Dr. King’s professional experience has involved a variety of clinical work, training of students at various levels of education, and administrative work. As a pre-doctoral intern, she was placed at a rural psychiatric hospital, which is an NPTC training site. While at this facility she gained experience working with severe mentally ill populations and within a multidisciplinary team. Following internship, she completed a post-doctoral residency at a private practice in a rural population which was located 45 minutes from the nearest large city. Following full licensure, Dr. King joined a private practice, which served communities throughout the state of Missouri. She has served as clinical supervisor for first-year practicum students, advanced practicum students, pre-doctoral interns, and post-doctoral residents. Dr. King served as the NPTC Regional Training Director for the Central Region from 2012-2017 helping to prepare and train nearly 100 pre-doctoral interns. Simultaneously, she continued to work as a licensed clinician and clinical supervisor within a private practice. She was an NHSC service provider from 2011-2017, providing services to rural and under-served populations within the private practice. In 2017 Dr. King transitioned from her role as Regional Training Director to the Director of Special Projects. She held this role for over five years before she accepted the position of Sr. Vice President, Clinical Operations in 2023. In her current role she oversees the day-to-day operations of the consortium and works closely with sites and interns on operational and training efficiencies.

Dr. King served as the Project Manager for the ABOUT Indiana BHWET Grant from 2017-current. This Grant focuses on specialized training of pre-doctoral interns in the areas of integrated behavioral health within underserved populations. Since its inception, this grant has assisted in training 24 interns in integrated and collaborative healthcare settings.

 

Warren Phillips, Ph.D.
Cy-Hawk Region

Warren Phillips, Ph.D. is a licensed Psychologist in Iowa and Minnesota and is the Chief Clinical Officer and Training Director for Central Iowa Psychological Services. He is a Past President of the Iowa Psychological Association and currently a co-chair of the Iowa Psychological Association’s Public Education Committee. He specializes in working with children, teens, and adults from a primarily Acceptance and Commitment Therapy perspective and has a passion for psychological assessment with children, teens, and adults. He is also a Teaching Professor at Iowa State University where he teaches undergraduate courses in Developmental Psychology and Graduate courses in Psychological Assessment.

Diversity Equity and Inclusion Leaders

Ta’janette Sconyers, Ph.D.
Diversity Equity and Inclusion Director

Dr. Ta’janette Sconyers is a licensed psychologist in private practice, based in St. Louis and licensed in Missouri, Illinois, and Virginia. She earned her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology with a graduate minor in Multicultural Psychology from the University of Missouri. Dr. Sconyers has assumed many roles throughout her career including: consultant, researcher, adjunct professor, speaker, and therapist. She is most passionate about work that involves advocacy, collaboration, healing, and social justice. At NPTC, Dr. Sconyers is a newly appointed Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Dr. Sconyers endeavors to collaborate with all NPTC members to elevate and expand DEI efforts. She identifies as a learner who hopes to continually grow in her understanding of the varied and constantly evolving human experience. For office hours and more information, view this document.

 

Tosha Larson, Ph.D.
Central Region

Dr. Tosha Larson earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at University of Oklahoma. She has been employed with Compass Health Network since 2016. She currently serves as the Director of Outpatient Services for the Compass Health Nevada and El Dorado Springs Offices. She also works as the Director of Psychology at Compass Health. She has generalist training and experience in a variety of settings, including community mental health, university counseling, residential treatment, inpatient, and private practice. She is skilled with clinical supervision, psychological assessment, management, and leadership. She is passionate about issues of diversity, activism, and social justice. She is a member of the Accessibility and Inclusion Committee at Compass Health, which evaluates the organization’s level of cultural proficiency, provides training for all employees regarding the value of a diverse workforce, and works with diverse populations to reduce barriers to access service.

 

Aimee Dershowitz, Psy.D.
Great Lakes Region

Dr. Aimee Dershowitz is a licensed psychologist currently in private practice in Zionsville, Indiana. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Indianapolis with concentrations in Children and Adolescent Psychology and Health Psychology. Dr. Dershowitz values learning and teaching in the area of diversity, particularly as it relates to recognizing the aspects of diversity that can be frequently overlooked by the general population, and the intersectionality between those aspects and the more commonly recognized aspects of diversity. She fully believes that exposure to differences, and approaching those differences with humility to learn about them, is the responsibility of all psychologists. Diversity is an ever changing subject and learning in this area is never completed. Dr. Dershowitz is a lifelong learner and can’t wait to continue her exploration in Diversity and Inclusion.

 

Ianto West, Psy.D.
Cascades Region

Dr. A. Ianto West is a licensed psychologist practicing at HealthPoint Redmond in Washington state. As an integrated FQHC psychologist, Dr. West works with many immigrants and refugees. He also has a small group practice focusing on transgender care, trauma, and ADHD. He received his doctorate from Antioch University Seattle – a school with a long history of focusing on social justice. Prior to doctoral study, he worked for nonprofits focusing on crisis services for LGBTQ youth. He has additional experience working for homeless outreach, advocacy, and sexual health education. He has been active with transgender consultation and advocacy organizations over the past decade. Dr. West values decolonizing research methodologies and evidence-based diversity training. He has been a member of the NPTC Diversity Committee since 2020.

Administrative Office Staff

Toni Ripper
Operations Manager

Ms. Ripper joined NPTC as the Operations Coordinator in 2018. She is currently working towards her master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. She was promoted to Operations Manager in August 2023, where she helps oversee the day-to-day operations of the consortium across all regions, including intern/supervisor data, monthly didactic and continuing education program, and the Match process. She also assists with the coordination of consortium data tracking and reporting as well as compliance with regulatory bodies.

 

 

Mallory Richardson
Communications and Intern Relations Coordinator

Mrs. Richardson earned her master’s in Technical and Professional Writing from Missouri State University in August 2019. She joined the NPTC team in August 2021 and has been helping to develop the consortium’s marketing materials and expand its social media presence. She also coordinates the consortium’s monthly regional newsletters and assists with data collection for annual reporting and board reports.

 

 

Amber Bartley
Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Bartley received her Bachelor’s degree in Education from Missouri State University in 2009 and her Master’s degree in Educational Technology from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2016. She has eight years of teaching experience and is certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid. She joined the NPTC team in May 2023 and assists with passwords, invoicing and financials, and scheduling meetings.

 

 

Daria Cook
Operations Support

Mrs. Cook earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Missouri State University in 2022. She joined the NPTC team in January 2024 as the Operations Support, where she assists with the day-to-day operations of the consortium, timesheet management, data tracking and reporting, and updating schools/sites with the interns’ progress.

 

Ember Carroll
Training Support

Ms. Carroll earned their bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Missouri State University in December of 2018 and a master’s degree in Library and Information Science with Archives Concentration from Emporia State University in 2021. After working as a writer and developer to improve the policies and procedures of non-profit organizations, Ember joined the team to assist with training and support.

Internship Program

For more information about the Central Region of NPTC go here.
For more information about the Great Lakes Region of NPTC go here.
For more information about the Cascades Region of NPTC go here.
For more information about the Cy-Hawk Region of NPTC go here.