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Internship in Clinical Psychology

A predoctoral internship in Clinical Psychology to matriculated doctoral students enrolled in clinical or counseling psychology programs.

Overview

Welcome to the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School Internship in Clinical Psychology for 2016-2017.

The Massachusetts General Hospital is the oldest voluntary nonprofit hospital in New England and the third oldest in the United States. Additionally, it is the first and largest teaching hospital affiliated with the Harvard Medical School.

The MGH has a tripartite mission: Guided by the needs of our patients and their families, we aim to deliver the very best health care in a safe, compassionate environment; to advance that care through innovative research and education; and, to improve the health and well-being of the diverse communities we serve.

Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School offers a full-time, predoctoral internship in Clinical Psychology to matriculated doctoral students enrolled in clinical or counseling psychology programs.

There will be eleven funded one-year internship positions available for the 2016-2017 year. The internship year commences the last week in June 2016 and terminates on June 30, 2017. A stipend of $25,000, four weeks vacation, and subsidized health and dental insurance are some of the provided benefits.

All interns receive appointments at Harvard Medical School as Clinical Fellows in the Department of Psychiatry/Psychology.

For information regarding eligibility, please see the Requirements section.

The internship is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association.

Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the

Commission on Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: (202) 336-5979 / Email: apaacred@apa.org
Web: http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

Our internship is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC).Our training program subscribes to the guidelines of the Association of Predoctoral Psychology Internship Centers (APPIC) and follows that schedule of recruitment, interview, offers and acceptance. This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant..
APPIC Match Information

MGH is a teaching facility of Harvard Medical School and a member of Partners Healthcare.

The Internship in Clinical Psychology at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School has a long history of training psychologists who go on to become clinicians, academics and researchers within the field.
Goal:

The goal of the MGH Internship in Clinical Psychology is to develop professional psychologists who exemplify the scientist-practitioner model.

Objectives:

Our objectives are to train interns to do the following:

  • provide competent and effective psychological interventions,
  • perform comprehensive psychological assessments,
  • utilize research and theory to inform clinical practice,
  • develop or refine clinical research skills,
  • practice with sensitivity to individuals in their ethnic and cultural context,
  • maintain the highest ethical standards,
  • develop the attitudes and skills needed to support lifelong learning.

This is accomplished through a program of graded clinical experience, supervision, seminars and mentoring. The internship is organized around a core training curriculum (objectives) that emphasizes the development and enhancement of skills in diagnosis, assessment, treatment, research and the role of science in clinical practice. This generalist training prepares graduates to pursue specialty training in their postdoctoral experience. In addition to generalist training, interns may choose an elective training area for supplementary experiences in specific domains of psychology.

The five elective areas are listed below. For more information on each elective area, please click on the specific links.

There are two internship positions available in each of four elective areas: Adult, Child, Behavioral Medicine (BMED)and Neuropsychology. The are three internship positions in the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) elective.

The internship year commences the last week in June 2016 and terminates on June 30, 2017. A stipend of $25,000, four weeks vacation, and subsidized health and dental insurance are some of the provided benefits.

Requirements

  • Three years of full-time graduate study in a doctoral program (preferably APA -approved programs in Clinical Psychology but will accept applicants from other programs)
  • Two years of clinical experience, at least one of which must be supervised practicum experience.
  • Verification of Internship Eligibility and Readiness Form completed by graduate program director
  • Typically, competitive applicants for the CBT, Behaviorial Medicine, and Neuropsychology electives have significant clinical research experience in the form of completed publications and presentations at professional meetings.
  • Typically for the Child elective, competitive applicants have experience working with children.
  • Typically for the Adult and Child electives, competitive applicants have experience with psychological assessment including proficiency with the Rorschach and Exner Comprehensive scoring system.

Curriculum

Core Activities

The foundation for all training experiences is the core shared philosophy and common activities of providing clinical services to a diverse patient population.
We consistently adhere to the scientist-practitioner philosophy in the following activities:

Treatment:
All interns are responsible for providing individual outpatient psychotherapy through the outpatient service.

The Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic offers an array of outpatient services to a diagnostically and socioeconomically diverse group of patients. Patients are typically referred by their MGH primary care providers for treatment. Current treatment modalities include individual and group therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and pharmacotherapy.

The Child Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic offers family therapy, behavioral and academic interventions in addition to the services listed above.

Assessment/Evaluation:
All interns conduct crisis evaluation and disposition planning in the Acute Psychiatry Service (APS) of the MGH Emergency Room. Under the supervision of an attending psychiatrist, interns have the valuable experience of assessing patients presenting with acute, emergent issues. The APS is a six-month, four hours/week rotation. Beyond the APS experience, all interns complete standard comprehensive psychological evaluations for diagnostic and treatment planning purposes.

Consultation:
Working in a major medical center, all interns have the opportunity to consult on cases with a variety of health care providers including psychiatrists, primary care physicians, and other allied health professionals.

Research:
As the first component of research training, the internship is committed to assisting in completion of the doctoral dissertation. To that end, resources include a dissertation seminar and consultation with a senior staff statistician. Over 90% of interns have completed their dissertations by the end of internship. Additionally, all interns participate in the department's treatment outcome research based in the outpatient clinic. Other research opportunities are offered by training faculty.

Didactics:
All trainees are involved in the following seminars:

  • Core Training Seminar: Weekly seminar that offers modules in diversity, consultation, supervision and ethics
  • APS Seminar: Weekly seminar for six months teaching assessment, crisis intervention and management of patients in the emergency room setting
  • CBT seminar: Weekly seminar teaching empirically validated treatment of psychiatric disorders.

Additional seminars are offered within each elective area.

Supervision:
Each intern will have a minimum of three hours of weekly supervision.

Faculty

Faculty in the Internship in Clinical Psychology

Training Committee:

Sheila O’Keefe, Ed.D.,  Director of Psychology Training
Sabine Wilhelm, Ph.D.,  Chief of Psychology; Director of the Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders Program; Founder & Director of the BDD Clinic and Research Unit; Director of the Tic Disorders Program; Director, CBT Internship Elective
Mark Blais, Psy.D.,  Director, Psychological Evaluation and Research Laboratory (The PEaRL); Director, Adult Internship Elective
Ellen Braaten, Ph.D., Director, Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP); Director, Child Internship Elective
Anne Chosak, Ph.D.,  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program
Aude Henin, Ph.D.,  Co-Director, MGH Child Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program, and Director, Cognitive Behavior Therapy Program, Clinical and Research Program in the Pediatric Psychopharmacology Unit
Michelle C. Jacobo, Ph.D., Director, Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program
Catherine Leveroni, Ph.D., ABPP,Director, Neuropsychology Internship Elective
Conall O’Cleirigh, Ph.D.,  Director, Behavioral Medicine; Director, BMED Internship Elective
Christina Psaros, Ph.D.,  Associate Director, Behavioral Medicine
Nancy S. Rotter, Ph.D.,  Assistant Director, Child and Adolescent Outpatient Psychiatry Service
S. Justin Sinclair, Ph.D.,  Director of Research, Psychological and Research Evaluation Laboratory (The PEaRL)
Susan Sprich, Ph.D.,  Director, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program, Massachusetts General Hospital
Brian L.B. Willoughby, Ph.D.,  Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP), MGH
Eva Schoenfeld, Ph.D., Member, Training Committee
Ward Cromer, Ph.D. , Senior Consultant

Sherry Brooks, Administrative Coordinator

Psychology Faculty/Supervisors (Graduate Program); Primary Site

Baer, Lee, Ph.D. ( Nova University) , Massachusetts General Hospital, OCD Clinic
Blais, Mark, Psy.D. ( Nova University) Massachusetts General Hospital, Psychology Assessment Center
Braaten, Ellen, Ph.D. (Col. State U) Massachusetts General Hospital, Learning and Emotional Assessment Program, (LEAP)
Burbridge, Jennifer, Ph.D. ( Washington University), Massachusetts General Hospital, OPD Supervisor
Cather, Corinne, Ph.D. (Rutgers), Massachusetts General Hospital, OPD Supervisor
Chosak, Anne, Ph.D. (SUNY at Albany), Massachusetts General Hospital, OCD Supervisor
Chronopoulos, Antonia, Ph.D. (Nova Southeastern University), Massachusetts General Hospital, CBT Supervisor

Craver, Judith, Ph.D. (Univ. Pittsburgh), Massachusetts General Hospital, OPD Supervisor
Davidsdottir, Sigurros, Ph.D. ( Boston University), Massachusetts General Hospital, Psychology Assessment Center (PAC), Neuropsychology Supervisor
Deckersbach, Thilo, Ph.D. (Philipps University Marburg, Germany), Mass. General Hospital, CBT Supervisor
Doty, Nathan D., Ph.D. (University of Miami) Mass. General Hospital, Learning & Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP) Supervisor
Britt Carlson Emerton, Ph.D. (Suffolk University) Mass. General Hospital, Psychology Assessment Center (PAC), Neuropsychology Supervisor
Fama, Jeanne, Ph.D. (Harvard University), Massachusetts General Hospital, OPD Supervisor
Farabaugh, Amy , Ph.D. (Northeastern U), Massachusetts General Hospital, Depression Clinical and Research Program
Felopulos, Gretchen, Ph.D. (UMass.-Boston), Mass. General Hospital, Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP)
Fishel, Anne, Ph.D. ( University of North Carolina), Massachusetts General Hospital, Family and Couples Therapy
Friedman, Deborah, Ph.D. (Loyola University Chicago), Massachusetts General Hospital, OPD Supervisor

Greenberg, Jennifer L., Psy.D. (Rutgers), Massachusetts General Hospital, CBT Supervisor
Greer, Joseph, (UMass) , Massachusetts General Hospital, Behavioral Medicine
Harley, Rebecca, Ph.D. ( Boston University) , Massachusetts General Hosptal, DBT Supervisor
Henin, Aude, Ph.D. ( Temple University) Massachusetts General Hospital, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy/Child Psychology
Jacobo, Michelle, Ph.D. (Univ. Mass. Amherst), Massachusetts General Hospital, DBT Supervisor
Kane, Martha, Ph.D . (Temple), Massachusetts General Hospital, Addictions Service
Keating-Cohen, Elizabeth, Ph.D. ( Boston College), Massachusetts General Hospital, OPD Supervisor
Keuthen, Nancy, Ph.D. (SUNY, Stony Brook), Massachusetts General Hospital, OCD Supervisor
Knauz, Robert, Ph.D. ( University of Massachusetts, Amherst), Massachusetts General Hospital, OPD Supervisor
Leveroni, Catherine, Ph.D., ABPP ( Finch-Chicago Medical School), Mass. General Hospital, Psychology Assessment Center (PAC), Neuropsychology Supervisor
Marques, Luana, Ph.D. (SUNY - Buffalo), Massachusetts General Hospital, OPD Supervisor
Micco, Jamie, Ph.D., (Boston University), Mass. General Hospital, OCD Supervisor, Pediatric Psychopharmacology
Moore, Cynthia, Ph.D. (University of Virginia), Massachusetts General Hospital, OPD Supervisor
Morgan, Amy, Ph.D. ( Suffolk University), Mass. General Hospital, Psychology Assessment Center (PAC), Neuropsychology Supervisor
O’Cleirigh, Conall, Ph.D. (University of Miami), Massachusetts General Hospital, BMED Supervisor
O’Donnell, Ellen H., Ph.D. (Clark University) Mass. General Hospital, Outpatient Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Department and the Learning & Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP) Supervisor
O’Keefe, Sheila M., Ed.D. ( Harvard University), Massachusetts General Hospital
Park, Elyse, Ph.D. ( Yeshiva University), Massachusetts General Hospital, Behavioral Medicine Supervisor
Pava, Joel, Ph.D. ( New York University), Massachusetts General Hospital, CBT Supervisor
Pollak, Lauren, Ph.D., ABPP (U Cal San Diego-San Diego State), Mass. Gen. Hospital, Psychology Assessment Center (PAC), Neuropsychology Supervisor
Psaros, Christina, Ph.D. (Drexel University), Mass. Gen. Hospital, Behavioral Medicine Supervisor
Pulsifer, Margaret, Ph.D. (SUNY, Buffalo), Massachusetts General Hospital, Psychology Assessment Center (PAC), Neuropsychology Supervisor
Ragan, Jennifer, Ph.D. ( University of Texas at Austin), Massachusetts General Hospital, OPD Supervisor
Ronell, Diana, Ph.D. ( Adelphi University) Massachusetts General Hospital, OPD Supervisor
Rotter, Nancy, Ph.D. (Southern Illinois University), Massachusetts General Hospital, OPD Supervisor
Schoenfeld, Eva, Ph.D. (University of Massachusetts-Amherst), Massachusetts General Hospital, OPD Supervisor
Sherman, Janet, Ph.D. (Cornell), Johns Hopkins, Mass. General Hospital, Psychology Assessment Center (PAC), Neuropsychology Supervisor
Sinclair, S. Justin, Ph.D. (Suffolk University), Mass. General Hospital, Psychology Assessment Center (PAC), Supervisor
Sogg, Stephanie, Ph.D. ( Rutgers), Massachusetts General Hospital, BMED Supervisor
Sprich, Susan, Ph.D. (SUNY Albany), Massachusetts General Hospital, CBT Supervisor
Sweigenberg, Amy, Psy.D. (MSPP), Massachusetts General Hospital, OPD Supervisor
Thomas, Jennifer, Ph.D. (Yale) Massachusetts General Hospital, OPD Supervisor
Tolman, Audrey, Ph.D. (UMass, Amherst) Massachusetts General Hospital, OPD Supervisor
Usmani, Aisha, Ph.D. (Idaho State University), Massachusetts General Hospital, CBT Supervisor
Vranceanu, Ana-Maria, Ph.D. (Kent State University), Massachusetts Gen.Hospital, OPD Supervisor
Wilhelm, Sabine, Ph.D. Massachusetts General Hospital, CBT Program, OCD Clinic, BDD Clinic
Willoughby, Brian L. B., Ph.D. (University of Miami) Mass. General Hospital, Learning & Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP) Supervisor
Wilson, H.Kent, Ph.D. (University of Virginia), Mass. General Hospital, Learning & Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP) Supervisor

How to Apply

Qualifications for Prospective Applicants

The MGH Psychology Internship adheres to the selection policies and procedures as outlined in the attached APPIC Guidelines (see link below). This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant.
APPIC Match Policies
Eleven interns will be admitted to the MGH Psychology Internship in Clinical Psychology this year.

In order to be considered as a prospective candidate, all applicants must:

    1. Submit the required AAPI Online application by midnight on Monday, November 2, 2015
    2. APPIC Application
    3. Include the following information in the cover letter accompanying your application:

a. Indicate the elective track for which you would like to be considered;
b. Indicate your preferred interview date according to elective track;

  1. Please upload work samples according to elective track requirements below.

Please also review the Requirements section of this website to determine your eligibility to apply.

Choosing an Elective Track
Applicants are encouraged to apply to one elective track. This choice determines the review process of your application materials. Most applicants are considered for only one elective track. (Please see below for required elective track-specific work samples to be submitted.)

Application Timeline for the Class of 2016-2017

November 2, 2015  Deadline for receipt of completed applications.

During the week of December 7, 2015 Notification of invitations for personal interviews completed.

Interview Dates for Invited Applicants: If invited for an interview, you will be offered one of the dates below. Please be sure to indicate your preferred date on your cover letter. We will try to honor requests, but due to scheduling conflicts may not always be able to offer your first choice. On the day of your interview, please plan to be available from 8:00 a.m. to approximately 2:00 to 3:00 pm.

Please note that inclement weather is always a possibility during the winter months in Boston. While we make every effort to proceed with interview days as planned, there may be occasions in which this becomes impossible. Please check with Sherry Brooks if there is bad weather before or on your interview day.

Interviews for Invited Child Elective Applicants will be held on the following dates:Wednesday, January 6
Wednesday, January 13

Interviews for Invited Adult Elective Applicants will be held on the following dates: Monday, January 4
Monday, January 11

Interviews for Invited BMED Elective Applicants will be held on the following dates: Tuesday, January 5
Tuesday, January 12

Interviews for Invited CBT Elective Applicants will be held on the following dates: Friday, January 8
Friday, January 15

Interviews for Invited Neuropsychology Elective Applicants will be held on
Thursday, January 7
Thursday, January 14

Work Samples: Please upload work samples as required below:

1. Adult Elective Track Applicants: Submit a) one full psychological test report (including cognitive and projective results) on an Adult patient, 18 yrs. or older, and b) one sample of other clinical work (e.g., intake evaluation, discharge summary, case report, etc.) for an adult patient.

2. Child Elective Track Applicants: Submit a) one full psychological test report (including cognitive and projective results) on a child or adolescent patient up to (and including) 18 years old, and b) one sample of other clinical work (e.g., intake evaluation, discharge summary, case report, etc.) for a child or adolescent patient, up to (and including) 18 years old.

3. Neuropsychology Elective Track Applicants: Submit two full neuropsychological evaluation reports, preferably one adult and one child/adolescent.

4. CBT and Behavioral Medicine Elective Track Applicants: No work samples are required.

 

Contact

Contact Us

Contact for Internship

15 Parkman Street, ACC 812 Boston, MA 02114

Contact:  Sherry Brooks

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