Match# 192512 (Burrell @ CoxHealth)

Internship positions available: 1

About This Rotation

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, Missouri. Internship positions through Burrell @ CoxHealth Dual Track will have a range of opportunities for training including inpatient psychiatric, acute medical and rehabilitation, telehealth, integrated behavioral healthcare, and psychological evaluations. CoxHealth internship training programs are customizable (as time and coverage allow) based on an intern’s training needs and wants.


Training Opportunities

CoxHealth: Interns in the inpatient psychiatric units 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 areas, interns can expect to be involved in individual, group, and/or family therapies.

Training in the acute medical or rehab hospitals focuses on health-oriented psychology and interns will work with patients experiencing a variety of health conditions. These may be related to neurology, cardiology, oncology, obstetrics/gynecology, co-occurring medical and psychiatric, 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.

Interns who seek training in integrated behavioral healthcare 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.

Broadly, opportunities may also be available for interns to engage in tele-behavioral health for our rural, underserved clinics.

Burrell Behavioral Health: Dual Track interns will work with their assigned supervisor to complete outpatient psychological evaluations. Burrell provides training on a comprehensive battery that may include clinical interview, record review, gathering collateral information, and assessment of intellectual functioning, achievement, personality (objective and projective), symptom validity, and adaptive functioning.

Rotation Schedule

In general, interns will work from 8am – 5pm Monday through Friday.

CoxHealth: Dual Track interns will work three days per week at CoxHealth in their various rotations. The interns’ Main Primary supervisor will come from CoxHealth.

Burrell Behavioral Health: Dual Track interns will work one and one-half days (12 hours) per week at Burrell Behavioral Health to complete outpatient psychological evaluations. The Burrell evaluations supervisor will be the interns’ Second Primary supervisor.

Didactics: Virtual Didactics are every Friday from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Interns may choose to participate from home or use an office at Burrell Behavioral Health Main Campus (1300 E Bradford Pkwy, Springfield). About once per quarter, interns will have in-person Didactics from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM at the Burrell Administrative Campus (aka NPTC headquarters, 2885 W Battlefield Rd, Springfield).

Placement Locations

CoxHealth: All intern clinics are located in Springfield, Missouri. Interns may provide services at both the CoxHealth North and CoxHealth South office locations.

Burrell Behavioral Health: Dual Track interns may be assigned to any of the supervisors in the Southwest Region (e.g., Springfield, Republic, Branson), at the discretion of the Training Director.


APPIC Training Experiences

Treatment Modalities

Supervised Experiences

CoxHealth: The most commonly seen diagnoses/supervised experiences that interns can expect to be working with at this location include, but are not limited to, depression, anxiety, trauma (PTSD), acute distress due to medical issues, chronic disease management, severe mental illness, and major/mild neurocognitive disorder.

Burrell Behavioral Health: Dual Track interns will conduct Outpatient psychological evaluations for clients with Medicaid, self-pay (including sliding scale), and grant-funded payor sources. Primary reasons for referral are diagnostic clarification and treatment planning. Interns may evaluate clients across the lifespan and with a wide range of mental health concerns, though common differential diagnoses are mood disorders, anxiety disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., ADHD and Autism), trauma (PTSD), learning difficulties, interpersonal difficulties or personality disorders, behavioral concerns, substance-use disorders, and schizophrenia spectrum or other psychotic disorders.

Patient Populations

CoxHealth: Racially, our patient population tends to primarily be 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.


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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. 

Chasity Arnold, PsyD

Dr. Arnold is a Licensed Psychologist and Health Service Provider in Missouri. She currently provides clinical and consultation services at CoxHealth in Springfield, Missouri with practice emphases in perinatal psychology and maternal mental health. She also works closely with families who have children in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and on the Pediatric floors in the hospital. She is passionate about progressing the field of psychology and provides training and supervision to students, interns, and residents at all levels. Dr. Arnold received her bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Southwest Baptist University, and both her master’s and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology. She is a member of the Missouri Psychological Association as well as a member of Postpartum Support International.

Chelsea Gilliam, Psy.D.

Chelsea Gilliam, Psy.D.

Chelsea Gilliam began her journey in clinical psychology by obtaining her bachelor’s in psychology at Lyon College in Batesville, Ark. She earned a Masters in Mental Health from Mississippi College in Clinton, Miss. and then her PsyD in clinical psychology at Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in Springfield. It was at Forest Institute where Chelsea became interested in behavioral health integration and completed her dissertation on the correlation between infertility and shame. She completed internship locally within the National Psychology Training Consortium and completed residency at Burrell Behavioral Health from 2014-2015. Chelsea continued her interest in integration at Jordan Valley Community Health Center where she developed and implemented an integrated pain management program. After searching for more opportunities for program development, Chelsea returned to Burrell in 2018 as part of the fast-growing integration team. Chelsea is currently the System Director of Adult Integration at Burrell where she provides oversight of integrated care projects at local health centers and college campuses across the region.

Life in Springfield, MO

Springfield, known as the Queen City of the Ozarks, is the state’s third largest city. Located in scenic southwest Missouri, Springfield is home to a metro population of more than 450,000, encompassing five counties: Greene, Christian, Webster, Polk, and Dallas.

A “big, small town,” Springfield is a regional hub with large city amenities and small town hospitality. It offers a great blend of fascinating attractions, historical treasures, sports excitement, and cultural and leisure activities in a welcoming environment. Through the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, the city offers 102 parks and Ozarks Greenways, a linear trail system that integrates with the city’s growing on-street bike route system. Springfield also boasts an airport; an art museum; a zoo; a professional tennis team; a minor-league baseball team and is home to Bass Pro Shops and Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife Museum & Aquarium (the largest and most immersive fish and wildlife attraction in the world), Missouri State University, Drury and Evangel universities, Ozarks Technical Community College and two nationally recognized Top 100 Integrated Health Systems.
Springfield Public Schools is Missouri’s largest fully accredited school district. More than 24,000 students attend 36 elementary schools, an intermediate school (grades 5-6), nine middle schools, five high schools, Phelps Center for Gifted Education, and an Early Childhood Center.

Springfield has a diverse culinary scene with casual dining, a thriving craft brewery industry, and upscale bars and restaurants. It offers great shopping with the mall, boutiques, and unique small businesses. The city maintains a talented arts community dating back to the early 1900s, offering a symphony, a community theatre, an art museum, a ballet company, a regional opera, and a public art and sculpture tour.

If you’re considering relocating to Springfield, visit Visiting Springfield for the first time? Take a look at our tourism site, source: