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Divine Mercy University’s Psy.D. Students Earn APA Accredited Internship Placement

Highest Match Rate to Date

STERLING, VA — Seven out of eight Psy.D.students at Divine Mercy University who participated in the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) Phase 1 pre-doctoral application process matched with an APA-accredited site. 

Internships that are accredited by the American Psychological Association or the Canadian Psychological Association are recognized as meeting APPIC membership criteria. Phase II allows applicants who didn’t obtain an internship in Phase I to be eligible for any remaining positions. According to appic.org, “3,327 applicants were successfully matched to internship positions in Phase I of the 2022 APPIC Match”; and, “a total of 549 positions remained unfilled.”

“All of our students who earned a placement so far this year have done so at APA accredited sites,” said Dr. Lisa Klewicki, Director for the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology Program. “Congratulations to our students for their achievement!”

The current list of sites are:

  • National Training Consortium (Great Lakes)
  • California State University (Northridge)
  • Denver Health Medical Center (Family-Oriented Resilience, Growth, & Empowerment)
  • Baylor University Counseling Center
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Oscar Johnson VA Medical Center
  • University of North Florida Counseling Center

“We’re really proud of our students and our faculty for this great achievement,” said Fr. Charles Sikorsky, President of Divine Mercy University. “It demonstrates the professional excellence and competence that is developed in our program, and our students’ ability to wonderfully manifest our university’s mission of integrating the best of science with the Catholic-Christian understanding of the human person.” 

“We are working with our last student,” said Dr. Klewicki, “and we are confident that they too will find an accredited training site for next year.”


Divine Mercy University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award masters and doctorate degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Divine Mercy University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

The IPS doctoral program in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA). *Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association 750 1st Street NE, Washington, DC 20002 Phone (202)-336-5979 / Email: apaaccred@apa.org / Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation.

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