192517 – Compass Health Outpatient: Southern Region

Intern Positions: 3

About These Rotations

Interns apply to regions of outpatient offices within Compass Health rather than specific offices. Those specific determinations will be made following the Match, though specific available offices will be made known during interviews. Each location is equipped with the testing and training materials necessary for the interns to complete the requirements of their training year. Psychology interns at Compass Health sites use both hands-on training as well as 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.

Possible outpatient offices within this region include:

  • Rolla
  • St. Robert
  • Owensville
  • Union
Training Opportunities

Primary experiences at all Compass Health sites include:

  • Outpatient Therapy – Individual and Family 
  • Psychological assessment

Additional experiences are listed below, along with the offices at which they may be available. An average of 15 intervention hours per week is expected and a minimum of ten psychological evaluations are completed during the training year. Services provided range from brief individual or family counseling dealing with issues such as depression and anxiety to long-term care and support for adults with serious mental illness and children with serious emotional disturbances. 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.

Additional training experiences that are subject to location/availability include:

  • School-based therapy 
  • Group therapy (schedules vary)
  • Training in Autism Spectrum Disorder assessment with the ADOS-2 
  • Adolescent Substance Use Residential Facility – Navig8 

Primary experiences at this site include:

  • Outpatient Therapy (Individual, Family, Group)
  • Psychological assessment with children, adolescents, and adults

Additional training opportunities that may be available include:

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) consult team, skills group, and individual therapy
  • Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT)
  • Navig8 Adolescent Substance Use Disorder inpatient treatment— individual or family therapy, groups, and assessments
  • Crisis intervention within the Crisis Access Point (CAP)
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  • School-based therapy at Wyman Elementary in Rolla – brief interventions (20-30 minutes) of focused therapy with children; work with their families/school team; and occasionally perform/score/interpret assessments
St. Robert

Primary experiences at this site include:

  • Outpatient Therapy (Individual, family)
  • Psychological Assessment across the lifespan

    Primary experiences at this site include:

    • Outpatient Therapy (Individual, family)
    • Psychological Assessment across the lifespan

      Primary experiences at this site include:

      • Outpatient Therapy (Individual, Family, Group)
      • Crisis Management (as applicable)
      • Staffing and integration meetings
      • Psychological assessment with children, adolescents, and adults

      Additional training opportunities that may be available include:

      • Engagement in the Assertive Community Treatment for Transitional Aged Youth (ACT-TAY) program that provides services to clients ages 16-25 with severe mental health needs, such as psychosis and co-occurring diagnoses.
      • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
      • Behavioral Health Consultant (BHC) work where the intern provides consultation to primary care providers and 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.

      Rotation 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, and schedule specifics will vary based on training and intern preferences/needs.

      Example Schedule

      Please note that not every experience is identical and site schedules are a general guideline. Interns may be required to make themselves available at other times as needed. What is provided above is an example of what the work week might look like for an intern at this site.

      Placement Locations

      Each location in this placement is approximately one and a half to two and a half hours from the quarterly didactic training locations in Springfield, Columbia, and/or Jefferson City. At this time the primary site is expected to be the Rolla, MO office.

      Select “Compass Health – Southern Region” in the map filter below to show only the locations specific to this track.


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      APPIC Training Experiences

      Treatment Modalities

      Example treatment modalities (as listed by APPIC):

      Supervised Experiences

      Most commonly seen diagnoses at this placement include major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, PTSD, various personality disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, a variety of psychotic disorders, and substance use disorders. Primary psychological assessment referral questions are ASD and ADHD. 

      Example supervised experiences (as listed by APPIC):

      Health Psychology   N/A
      Forensics / Corrections
      Women’s Health   N/A
      Sexual Offenders
      HIV / AIDS
        N/A Geropsychology   N/A
      Eating Disorders   Exposure (1% to 20%) Pediatrics   N/A
      Sexual Disorders   N/A School   Exposure (1% to 20%)
      Sports Psychology   N/A Counseling   Major Area (50%+)
      Rehabilitation Psychology   N/A
      Vocational / Career Development
      Physical Disabilities   Exposure (1% to 20%)
      Multicultural Therapy
        Experience (21% to 30%)
      Learning Disabilities   Exposure (1% to 20%)
      Feminist Therapy
      Developmental Disabilities   Exposure (1% to 20%)
      Religion / Spirituality
      Assessment   Exposure (1% to 20%)
      Empirically-Supported Treatment
        Major Area (50%+)
      Neuropsychology – Adult   N/A
      Public Policy / Advocacy
      Neuropsychology – Child
      Program Development/Evaluation
      Serious Mental Illness   Emphasis (31% to 49%) Supervision   N/A
      Anxiety Disorders   Emphasis (31% to 49%) Research   N/A
      Trauma/PTSD   Major Area (50%+) Administration   Exposure (1% to 20%)
      Sexual Abuse
        Experience (21% to 30%)
      Integrated Health Care–Primary
      Substance Use Disorders   Exposure (1% to 20%)
      Integrated Health Care–Specialty


      Patient Populations




      Most Compass Health clients 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. Compass health clients 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. We serve clients across the lifespan with respect to therapy and assessment. The following table shows a breakdown of some patient demographics in the Rolla office from 2022-2023, though note that this does not include any non-clinic rotations such as school-based therapy:

      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.

      Director of Outpatient Services; Director of Autism Services

      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 and trainer 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.

      Bonny Thacker, Psy.D.

      Staff Psychologist

      Dr. Bonny Thacker is a licensed psychologist and has been employed at Compass Health Network since 2013. She earned her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in neuropsychology at The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute in Springfield, Missouri. She completed her internship and post-doctoral residency at Larned State Hospital in Larned, Kansas. There she gained experiences with a variety of populations including acute inpatient, incarcerated individuals, and individuals civilly committed as sexual predators. Currently, she continues to expand her experiences in the community mental health setting treating individuals with a variety of mental health needs and providing supervision to pre-doctoral interns. She has experience with psychological evaluations but currently focuses on therapy with adolescents and adults. Her focus includes the integration of the treatment team working towards the wellness of the client. She uses a CBT and Humanistic therapeutic approach and has training in ACT and CPT concepts. Additionally, she has interest in neuropsychological areas.

      Deborah R. Frost, Ph.D.

      Vice President of Regional Corporate Services

      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 Regional Corporate Services. She is uniquely suited to provide supervision in clinical and career path issues. She is a behaviorist, and has training in Medical and Geriatric Psychology, DBT, and PCIT. Dr. Frost has been supervising pre-doctoral interns and post-doctoral residents since 2002.

      Southern Region

      The Rolla Compass Health office is located in Phelps County, a town of 45,000 people. It is home to Missouri University of Science and Technology, as well as a wide range of outdoor activities for residents to enjoy inn their off time. Rolla is located less than 100 miles from St. Louis, Jefferson City, Columbia, and Springfield, which allows easy access to a variety of recreational activities. Interns generally choose to live in apartments nearby the Rolla office, and tend to avoid student housing to reduce noise and traffic.