Internship positions available: 2


Our Mission

As health care evolves, our core purpose stays the same. Improving the health of the people and communities we serve is our mission today — and always.


Our Vision

Our vision, “best outcome, every patient, every time,” is our approach to providing exceptional care for each person who walks through our doors — no matter if they live in one of our small communities or large metro locations.


Our Values

The acronym FOCUS represents our shared set of beliefs.

Foster Unity.

Own the Moment.

Champion Excellence.

Seize Opportunities.

The “U” stands for UnityPoint Health, a reminder that regardless of what town, hospital, clinic or department someone is at, our team is united — through and through. Our values are more than just words on a wall. You can see and feel them every single day by how our team members show up for each other and the patients we care for.


About Our Site

UnityPoint Health is the nation’s fifth largest non-denominational health system.

At UnityPoint Heath, we believe in a care experience for our communities that’s easier and more personal. One that shows our patients, and their families, just how much they matter to us. We’re dedicated to providing high-quality care that’s safe and accessible by striving for the best outcome for every patient, every time.

Across the three states where we’re located – Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois – more than 32,000 compassionate and knowledgeable team members are working together to provide connected, coordinated and centered care around your specific health needs.

Our commitment to healthcare excellence and innovation is seen not only in how we deliver care, but through how we show up in our Midwest communities through our involvement in academics, government, healthcare technology, insurance access and the many other areas.

Team members strive to work as one team across all geographic locations through our shared FOCUS Values: Foster Unity, Own the Moment, Champion Excellence and Seize Opportunities. The U stands for UnityPoint Health.

At UnityPoint Health, our team of experts is committed to providing comprehensive care every step of the way. We recognize exploring behavioral and mental health care is a big step. That’s why we have programs for all ages, at varying levels of care, including inpatient, outpatient and walk-in clinics.

Site Training Director

Benjamin A. Tallman, Ph.D.

Benjamin A. Tallman, PhD received his bachelor’s in psychology and sociology from Coe College and his doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Iowa. He completed an internship in clinical psychology and a post-doctoral fellowship in medical rehabilitation psychology at the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Tallman is a licensed psychologist and the Psychology Program training director in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital.

Dr. Tallman’s clinical interests include working with individuals adjusting to traumatic medical conditions (e.g., traumatic brain injury, stroke, and spinal cord injury) and providing treatment recommendations and training to medical staff. He has a particular interest in treating individuals with acute and chronic pain concerns using a cognitive-behavioral and biopsychosocial framework, clinical hypnosis, and mindfulness meditation. He helped develop and co-leads the Pain Psychology Program at St. Luke’s.

Dr. Tallman has an active research program that focuses on enhancing patients’ ability to use self-regulation techniques in medical settings. He is also interested in examining systematic barriers and personal factors that impact allied health professionals’ ability to assess, treat and manage pain concerns. Dr. Tallman serves on the executive council of the Iowa Psychological Association and he co-chairs the St. Luke’s Pain Committee.


Courtney Brennaman, Ph.D.

Courtney Brennaman completed her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Georgia and directly entered a masters program in Atlanta, GA studying rehabilitation counseling. She completed her Master’s of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling in 2015 as well as a practicum/internship experience at a local psychiatric facility. She also obtained her national certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). She worked for two years in an outpatient substance abuse clinic prior to starting her doctoral degree, where she obtained her CADC in the state of Iowa (Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor). She completed a variety of practicum and supervision experiences during her program including, university counseling center, spine center, athletics and supervising undergraduates, 1st years, and administering assessments. She completed an APA-accredited internship at Nebraska Medicine through the Nebraska Internship Consortium in Professional Psychology and defended her dissertation focusing on the impacts of stress and physical activity on pain. She entered a postdoctoral fellowship in health and rehabilitation psychology at St. Luke’s Hospital-UnityPoint Health in Cedar Rapids and will complete in September 2023. She would take a strengths-based approach to supervision while also creating space for feedback, growth, and professional development. She believes supervision should be intentional but also meet the supervisee where they are at and allow for flexibility. There are certain skills, competencies, and practices a supervisee would need to meet by the time they complete internship but this is also a time for professional and personal growth.

Annual Pay, Benefits, and Support

Annual Pay: $40,000

Benefits provided at this site:

  • Health Insurance
  • 401K (after 6 months) with 4% match
  • CME reimbursement
  • Paid Time Off
  • Mileage and expense 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.

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