Current Interns and Alumni

Current Clinical Psychology Interns

Bridget Brinckman, MS, EdS

Child Track Psychology Intern

Bridget Brinckman is a Child Track psychology intern and is completing her graduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  Prior to returning to school to pursue a Ph.D. degree, Bridget was a practicing school psychologist for five years in the Milwaukee and surrounding areas where she assisted with the implementation of school-wide mental health screening and prevention efforts, psychoeducational evaluations, and psychotherapy. Bridget completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and her Master’s and Educational Specialist degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.  She is passionate about advocating for the mental health needs of children and has taught college-level courses on positive psychology and assessment.  Her research experience and interests are diverse, including qualitative research on human virtues, universal design for learning, and interpersonal emotion regulation. Currently, her research interests involve emotion regulation and childhood aggression.  She is looking forward to a valuable training experience at WISPIC, with such highly regarded and dynamic staff, positioned within one of the most exceptional universities in the nation.

Natalie Burke, MEd

Adult Track Psychology Intern

Natalie Burke is an Adult Track psychology intern and is completing her doctorate in clinical psychology at University of Louisville. Before attending University of Louisville, Natalie earned her M.Ed. in Child Studies with a focus in Empirical Research at Vanderbilt University. Her graduate work and clinical interests have focused on mindfulness and self-concept clarity in marginalized populations (e.g., low-income college students, LGBTQ individuals) and individuals with chronic pain. Natalie is a certified yoga instructor and is interested in the impact of yoga and mindfulness-based therapies on people’s relationships to their bodies and physical sensations. While at UW Natalie hopes to gain more experience using mindfulness-based interventions with health psychology populations in integrative care settings.

Olivia Gratz, MS

Pediatric Track Psychology Intern

Olivia Gratz is a Pediatric Psychology intern. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Brandeis University. She then went on to earn her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis from Saint Louis University. Currently, Olivia is completing her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Western Michigan University. Her clinical interests include working with pediatric populations in both inpatient and outpatient medical settings as well as providing long-term psychotherapy to children with comorbid medical and psychological concerns.

Sheila Hanson, MA

Adult Track Psychology Intern

Sheila Hanson is an Adult Track psychology intern and is completing her graduate degree in clinical psychology at the University of North Dakota. Previously, she worked at the University of Minnesota on interventions tailored for reintegrating military families. Sheila is focused on the role of resilience in promoting mental health and wellbeing. One of her research interests is the influence of mindfulness in reducing distress and fostering positive outcomes.  She is excited for the opportunity at UW Madison to work with individuals across the lifespan and couples in various settings.

Hannah Koerten, MA

Child Track Psychology Intern

Hannah Koerten is a Child Track psychology intern. Originally from Wisconsin, she completed her undergraduate  degree in psychology at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and is completing her graduate work at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH. Her research has focused on exploring the development, maintenance, and treatment of perfectionism in adolescents and young adults. Her clinical interests involve working with children, adolescents, young adults, and parents in a variety of settings, including outpatient and primary care. She was interested in completing her doctoral internship at UW Madison because of the wide variety of training experiences, such as group and family therapy, inpatient consultation-liaison, and primary care behavioral health.

Katherine Robertson, MS

Adult Track Psychology Intern

Katherine Robertson is an Adult Track intern and a doctoral candidate at the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium. She completed her undergraduate degree in Science, Technology, and Society at Stanford University. Her dissertation work focuses on the role of the therapeutic alliance in CBT for insomnia (CBT-I). Katherine is particularly interested in research and development in the area of healthcare innovation. She has assisted the Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system and private digital health companies with the development of evidence-based Internet-, mobile app-, and virtual reality (VR)-delivered interventions for anxiety, stress, PTSD, negative body image, and chronic pain. Katherine was drawn to UW’s breadth of clinical training opportunities and looks forward to learning from its interdisciplinary team.

Morgan Treaster, MA

Pediatric Track Psychology Intern

Morgan Treaster is a Pediatric Track psychology intern. Originally from central Pennsylvania, she completed her Bachelor’s degree in psychology at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA. She is currently completing her graduate degree at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN with a didactic and clinical emphasis on integrated primary care and providing services to a primarily rural community. Much of her graduate research has focused on resiliency traits and risk factors which impact physical and mental health-related quality of life among individuals living with a chronic illness. In clinical settings, Morgan has an interest in helping children and families with psychosocial adjustment to chronic illness, health behavior changes for disease management, and promotion of treatment adherence. During internship year, Morgan is looking forward to greater exposure to a more diverse range of healthcare professionals and specialists, while also working in a medical inpatient setting that provides care to patients with a wide range of physical and mental health comorbidities.

Alumni

Our interns are successful in finding a good fit for their next step in their career.  The majority of our graduates complete a post-doctoral fellowship in academic university/department or health center settings after internship, although we invite and support the career path that feels like a best fit for you.  Please see the table below for information on our graduates’ initial post-internship positions over approximately the last 3 years.

INITIAL POST-INTERNSHIP POSITIONS

(Provide an Aggregated Tally for the Preceding 3 Cohorts)

2015 – 2018
Total number of interns who were in the 3 cohorts 19
Total number of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree 0
PD EP
Community mental health center 0 0
Federally qualified health center 0 0
Independent primary care facility/clinic 0 0
University counseling center 0 0
Veterans Affairs medical center 3 0
Military health center 0 0
Academic health center 7 1
Other medical center or hospital 0 0
Psychiatric hospital 0 0
Academic university/department 6 1
Community college or other teaching setting 0 0
Independent research institution 0 0
Correctional facility 0 0
School district/system 0 0
Independent practice setting 0 0
Not currently employed 0 0
Changed to another field 0 0
Other 0 1
Unknown 0 0

Note: “PD” = Post-doctoral residency position; “EP” = Employed Position. Each individual represented in this table should be counted only one time. For former trainees working in more than one setting, select the setting that represents their primary position.