The LGBT Health & Development Program


Training the next generation of LGBT scholars is central to the IMPACT Program’s mission. We train and mentor students at various levels of academic development, and trainees gain meaningful experiences in a dynamic social science lab. Last year alone, trainees served as first author on 12 peer-reviewed publications, and many IMPACT trainees have gone on to obtain competitive grants, fellowships, and extramural funding from agencies like the NIH.

Several training pathways exist within the IMPACT Program:

Clinical Psychology Internship Track in LGBT Health

The LGBT Psychology Internship Track, established in 2013, is sponsored jointly by the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, the IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program in the Department of Medical Social Sciences, the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine, and the Center on Halsted.

This APA-approved, one-year internship, offered to three trainees annually, is designed to prepare clinical psychologists for careers addressing the behavioral health needs of the underserved populations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals. It is funded by a grant from Health Resources and Services Administration.

The program seeks clinical psychology trainees who have interests in clinical practice, public health, and clinical research with the LGBT community. Applications are submitted through the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) Match. For more information on the internship and application instructions, please visit APPIC and search for member number 1262 or visit the program overview from the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Northwestern University Health Sciences Integrated PhD Program (HSIP)

As part of the Department of Medical Social Sciences and Institute for Public Health and Medicine, IMPACT participates in HSIP, where PhD students develop an individualized course of study that draws on the broad and deep resources found at Northwestern University.

Undergraduate and Graduate Internships

Interns are recruited via online application three times each year for specific positions with the IMPACT Program, as needed. Internships range from research assistance, data management, video production, and health journalism, to web content management and social media. Current positions are posted on our Internships page.


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