Internship positions available: 1


About Our Site

Broadlawns Medical Center is a safety net county hospital in Des Moines, Iowa that offers comprehensive delivery for mental health services in Central Iowa. We offer an array of potential experiences including outpatient, inpatient, community services, substance abuse, pain clinic, obstetrics, crisis, oncology, pediatrics, geriatrics, med/surg, emergency department, urgent care, and sleep. Specifically, outpatient mental health services include individual therapy, group therapy, psychiatry, psychological evaluation, outpatient addiction treatment, and behavioral health urgent care. The inpatient mental health unit has 44 beds, including a 14-bed unit focused on treating major depression. Community based services include integrated health home (IHH), positive alternatives to hospitalization (PATH), residential group homes, service coordination, and supported community living (SCL). Crisis services include the mobile crisis team, crisis observation center, and crisis stabilization center.

Our Supervisors

Site Training Director

Kindra Perry, Psy.D.

Dr. Kindra Perry is the AVP of Outpatient Behavioral Health at Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Iowa and graduated from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University-Twin Cities with her doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She worked for the State of Minnesota at the Forensic Transition Services Program in St. Peter for 6 years as a Clinical Psychologist, and came to Broadlawns in 2014. She has a certification in perinatal mental health, and particular interests in serious and persistent mental illness, developmental disabilities, and the effects of grief, trauma, and pregnancy loss.


Lora Keipper, Psy.D.

Lora Keipper chose to work in the Pain Management Center at Broadlawns Medical Center to help create and implement a biopsychosocial approach to the treatment of chronic pain. As a Pain Psychologist, her practice focuses on identifying and treating the social and psychological factors that are affecting an individual patient’s pain, distress, and disability. In addition to her work as a Psychologist, she is the Program Manager of the Pain Management Center. She is proud to work in this capacity with an amazing team of healthcare professionals. Our multidisciplinary team utilizes evidence based treatments to provide quality healthcare to our community.

Kathleen Laurin, Ph.D.

Dr. Laurin has been in clinical practice for more than 20 years, providing psychotherapy and assessment services. She specializes in developmental psychology (with fellowship in Geropsychology) and psychological and cognitive testing. She has participated in many aspects of training, including as a Faculty Member for Family Medicine, Transitional Year, and Psychiatry Resident Physicians at Broadlawns Medical Center.

Kirk Mueller, Ph.D.

Kirk Mueller is a board certified clinical psychologist at Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. Mueller completes psychological testing and psychotherapy with adults ages 18 and older, and also provides psychotherapy supervision in the Psychiatry Residency Program at Broadlawns.




Annual Pay, Benefits, and Support

Annual Pay for the 2024-2025 Training Year: $40,000

Benefits provided at this site:

  • Paid Time Off
  • Iowa Public Employees Retirement System with employer match
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Personal Liability Insurance
  • Medical/Dependent Care Reimbursement
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Short Term Disability
  • 403(b) and 457 Retirement Plans
  • 529 Iowa College Savings Plan
  • AVESIS (supplemental vision)
  • AFLAC Accident, Cancer and Critical Illness insurance
  • Travel/CME reimbursement

Holidays Observed:

  • New Years Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Friday after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that available benefits and observed holidays are subject to change. Matched interns will receive full benefit orientations at their site which will go over all benefit information for the training year. More information about the Support and Benefits offered in each of our regions can be found here.

Employment Requirements

  • Required vaccinations include MMR, COVID, FLU
  • Drug testing requirements: pre-employment drug testing required. Must present medical marijuana card to staff administering the UDS. Also must disclose medications. All positives will go to MRO and determine if meets exemption status.
  • TB test
  • Pre-employment physical
  • Background checks: All candidates’ names will be compared to the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) List of Excluded Individuals/Entities, which determines exclusion from participation in Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal healthcare programs. Healthcare providers, including allied health professionals, will be checked by the Medical Staff Services department. Any applicant on the excluded list will not be eligible for employment based on the exclusion. A criminal/abuse record check will be conducted on final candidates. If there is a criminal or abuse record confirmed, the applicant will be asked to complete additional documentation, and the decision to consider hiring an applicant with a confirmed criminal and/or abuse background will be based on the applicant being approved as outlined in the Iowa Code Section 135B.33. If the applicant is considered prohibited from employment by the external review agencies, then the applicant will be informed and may be directed to the external review agency.
  • Applicants must submit additional paperwork to the Department of Health and Human Services in order to be approved to work within a healthcare facility.

COVID-19 Response

Services are largely in-person, though telehealth is an option for therapy.

COVID vaccine is required

Masks are not required unless directed by employee health or for an individual has an approved COVID vaccine exemption.

Daily reporting by employee health regarding the number of staff out ill, how many of those with COVID, and how many pending tests.

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