Program History

Pine Rest’s training program is highly sought out by prospective psychology interns across the country, with typical application to acceptance ratios of 20 to 1. Many graduates of the training program have gone on to highly productive careers within the Pine Rest family or other respected institutions throughout the country. As there has been a transition toward postdoctoral training, we have been pleased that our graduates have been able to obtain formal post-doctoral training positions. Nonetheless, the training program has been highly successful in preparing psychologists for a variety of post-internship positions, including college and university faculty, independent practice, community counseling, university-based hospital systems, college counseling centers, and integrated health systems.

It is our belief that that broad experiences offered at Pine Rest uniquely prepare interns for a wide variety of career tracks.

Program Graduates

2019-2020 Graduate Program
Shannon Drabek* Mercer University
Jordan Stricklen* George Fox University
Joshua Matlack* Regent University
Brooke Ruf* Rosemead/Biola University
2018-2019 Graduate Program
Emily Jackson Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Joel Jin Fuller Theological Seminary
Morgan Nicholas Regent University
2017-2018 Graduate Program
Shannon Connell Fielding Graduate University
Jennifer Hahm Western Michigan University
Kalen Sanders* Wheaton College
Taylor Hughes Wheaton College
2016-2017 Graduate Program
Evan Buikema Wheaton College
Harpa Jonsdottir University of North Dakota
Janelle Newkirk Texas A&M University
Justin Sides* Regent University
2015-2016 Graduate Program
Casilda Maxwell* Howard University
Beatriz Medina Illinois School of Professional Psychology/Argosy
Lisa Meyer University of West Virignia
Matthew Varnell Fuller Theological Seminary
2014-2015 Graduate Program
Alissa Banyasz University of Akron
Brittany Johnson* Rosemead/Biola University
Diana Ro* Fuller Theological Seminary
Garrett Weatherhead Western Michigan University
2013-2014 Graduate Program
Chelsea Boska Baylor University
Katrina Conli Rosemead / Biola University
Julia Delekta University of Detroit Mercy
Valerie Johnson Fuller Theological Seminary
2012-2013  Graduate Program
Mikhila Humbad* Michigan State University
Kimberley Kunze* George Fox University
Bernice Patterson* Western Michigan University
Nicole Wyngarden* Northern Illinois University
2011-2012  Graduate Program
Tanisha Drummond Marywood University
Evonne Edwards* Rosemead/Biola University
Kristin Emanuael* Northwestern University
Rachel Jensen* Wheaton College
Rebecca Klott Western Michigan University
2010-2011 Graduate Program
Lesley Hetterscheidt* Wayne State University
Sara Lynema* Wheaton College
Dan Post* Wheaton College
Elizabeth Ward* Argosy University
2009-2010  Graduate Program
Keith Louwerse George Fox University
Sera Gruszka* Ball State University
Selina Hill* Tennessee State University
Sarah Muench* Wheaton College
2008-2009  Graduate Program
Emily Cree Fuller Theological Seminary
Audrey Nauta Roosevelt University
Denise Olson Wheaton College
Lindsey Root* University of Miami
2007-2008  Graduate Program
Karen Cleveland* Fuller Theological Seminary
Steven Runner* Wheaton College
Nicole Ware Spencer* Argosy University-Illinois

*Indicates employment with Pine Rest upon completion of internship.

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 / E-mail: