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Internship in Clinical Psychology
Internship in Clinical Psychology
Susan Sprich, PhD, Director of Psychology Training
15 Parkman Street
Boston, MA 02114
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Explore This Internship
Welcome to the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School Internship in Clinical Psychology for 2023-2024.
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.
Mass General 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 and Harvard Medical School offer a full-time, predoctoral internship in Clinical Psychology to matriculated doctoral students enrolled in clinical or counseling psychology programs.
Due to COVID-19, some aspects of the internship are currently conducted virtually.
Some didactics and supervision are delivered virtually.
Some outpatient psychotherapy is delivered virtually.
Interviews for the 2023-24 training year will be conducted virtually
On-site activities include:
- A rotation on the inpatient psychiatry unit for 4 hours/week for 6 months (all elective tracks)
Psychological testing at the Psychology Assessment Center (PAC) (Adult and Neuropsychology tracks), the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP) (child track) and the Multicultural Assessment and Research Center (MARC) (Multicultural Neuropsychology track)
We are following Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Massachusetts General Hospital guidelines regarding returning to work on site.
There will be 16 funded one-year internship positions available. The internship year begins July 1, 2023 and ends on June 30, 2024. A stipend of $40,000, four weeks of vacation and subsidized health and dental insurance are some of the provided benefits.
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.
Mass General is a teaching facility of Harvard Medical School and a member of Mass General Brigham.
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.
Aims & Objectives
The goal of the Mass General Internship in Clinical Psychology is to develop professional psychologists who exemplify the scientist-practitioner model. Our aims are to train interns to do the following:
- To understand, utilize and conduct academic research.
- To practice in an ethical manner in line with legal standards.
- To practice in a manner that is sensitive to individual and cultural diversity.
- To reflect professional values, attitudes and behaviors of professional psychology.
- To utilize effective interpersonal and communication skills
- To conduct psychological/diagnostic assessments and evaluations.
- To provide effective clinical interventions to patients.
- To be able to provide and utilize supervision.
- To provide consultation to and collaborate with interdisciplinary teams.
This is accomplished through a program of graded clinical experience, supervision, seminars and mentoring. The internship is organized around a core training curriculum 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 choose an elective training area for supplementary experiences in specific domains of psychology.
Interns choose from the following electives:
- Adult Clinical Psychology (2 interns/year)
- Behavioral Medicine (BMED) (2 interns/year)
- Child Clinical Psychology (2 interns/year)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) (4 interns/year)
- Lifespan Health (3 interns/year)
- Multicultural Neuropsychology (1 intern/year)
- Neuropsychology (2 interns/year)
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.
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 Mass General 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.
All interns in all elective tracks complete a rotation on the Mass General inpatient psychiatry service on Blake 11. During this six-month, four-hour per week rotation, evaluation and treatment services are provided to adults with diverse diagnoses. This includes active participation in multi-disciplinary team rounds, conducting individual psychotherapy and co-leading groups. Supervision is provided by a team of inpatient psychologists.
Because they are 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.
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 research faculty. Over 90% of interns have completed their dissertations by the end of internship. Additionally, all interns participate in the department's treatment outcome research, which is based in the outpatient clinic. Other research opportunities are offered by training faculty.
All trainees in all elective tracks are involved in the following seminars:
- Core Training Seminar: Weekly seminar that offers modules in diversity, consultation, supervision and ethics
- Blake 11 Seminar: Weekly seminar for six months teaching assessment, evaluation and treatment of psychiatric inpatients on a short-stay unit
- CBT Seminar (Child CBT seminar for child elective track interns): Weekly seminar teaching empirically validated treatment of psychiatric disorders
Additional seminars are offered within each elective area.
Each intern will have a minimum of four hours of weekly supervision.
Faculty Training Committee
- Susan Sprich, PhD, Director of Psychology Training, Co-Clinical Director of Psychology, Co-Director, CBT Internship Elective
- Jonah Cohen, PhD, Assistant Director of Psychology Training
- Jonathan Jenkins, PsyD, Assistant Director of Psychology Training
- Sabine Wilhelm, PhD, is a Professor at Harvard Medical School (HMS), Chief of Psychology, Director of the Center for Digital Mental Health, and Director of the Center for OCD and Related Disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).
- Paula Aduen, PhD, Co-director, Multicultural Neuropsychology Elective
- Amanda Baker, PhD, Director, Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders; Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
- Andres Bedoya, PhD, Clinical Director, Behavioral Medicine Program; Assistant Professor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School
- Mark Blais, PsyD, Director, Psychological Evaluation and Research Laboratory (PEaRL)
- Anne Chosak, PhD, Director, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program
- Christina D. Kay, PhD, Director, Neuropsychology Internship Elective
- Jennifer A. Murphy, PhD, Co-director Child Internship Elective
- Conall O’Cleirigh, PhD, Director, Behavioral Medicine Program
- Ellen O'Donnell, PhD, Co-director, Child Internship Elective
- Christina Psaros, PhD, Associate Director, Behavioral Medicine; Director, BMED Internship Elective
- Yakeel Quiroz, PhD, Co-director, Multicultural Neuropsychology Elective
- Michelle B. Stein, PhD, Director, Adult Internship Elective
- Louisa Sylvia, PhD, Associate Director, Dauten Family Center for Bipolar Treatment Innovation
- Ana-Maria Vranceanu, PhD, Director, Lifespan Health Clinical and Research Program; Director, Lifespan Health Internship Elective
Psychology Faculty & Supervisors
Primary Site (Massachusetts General Hospital)
Allison Labbe, Ph.D.
Amanda Baker, Ph.D.
Amy Sweigenberg, Ph.D.
Ana-Maria Vranceanu, Ph.D.
Andres Bedoya, Ph.D.
Anne Chosak, Ph.D.
Aude Henin, Ph.D.
Audrey Tolman, PhD
Britt Carlson Emerton, PhD
Christina Kay, Ph.D.
Christina Luberto, Ph.D.
Christina Massey, Ph.D.
Christina Temes, Ph.D.
Christine Darsney, Ph.D.
Cole Hague, Ph.D.
Dana Kelly, Ph.D.
Daniel Millstein, Ph.D.
Douglas Katz. Ph.D.
Elena Pasternak, Ph.D.
Ellen O'Donnell, Ph.D.
Ellen Prairie, Ph.D.
Elyse Park, Ph.D.
Ethan Lester, PhD
Giselle Perez, Ph.D.
Jafar Bakhshaie, MD, PhD
Jaime Micco, Ph.D.
Janet Sherman, Ph.D.
Jennifer Burbridge, Ph.D.
Jennifer Murphy. Ph.D.
Jennifer Ragan, Ph.D.
Jessica Rasmussen, Ph.D.
Jonathan Jenkins. Psy.D.
Jonathan Lerner, Ph.D.
Judy Craver, Ph.D.
Julie Grieco, PsyD, ABPP
Karen (Kay) Seligsohn, Ph.D.
Lara Traeger, Ph.D.
Laura Richardson, Ph.D.
Lauren Fisher, PhD
Lauren Pollak, Ph.D., ABPP
Maren Nyer, Ph.D.
Margaret Pulsifer, Ph.D.
Michelle Stein, Ph.D.
Nancy Rotter, PhD
Noreen Reilly -Harrington, Ph.D.
Rebecca Harley, Ph.D.
Ryan Mace, Ph.D.
Sarah Regan, Ph.D.
Sigurros (Rosa) Davidsdottir, Ph.D.
Soo Jeong Youn, Ph.D.
Stephanie Sogg, Ph.D.
Susan Sprich, Ph.D.
Tim Wallace, Ph.D.
Toby Lynch, Ph.D.
Wei Jean Chung, Ph.D.
Wes Sanders, Ph.D.
Applicants to the Clinical Psychology Internship should meet the following requirements:
- Three years of full-time graduate study in a doctoral program (preferably APA-approved programs in Clinical Psychology, but applicants from other programs will also be accepted)
- 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 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavioral Medicine, Lifespan Health, Multicultural Neuropsychology 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 Elective and Child Elective, competitive applicants have experience with psychological assessment
Applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds are welcome. Learn more about the Department of Psychiatry's Center for Diversity.
Note: Per Mass General Brigham policy, all employees, including psychology interns, are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to receive the annual flu vaccine.
How to Apply
Qualifications for Prospective Applicants
The Mass General Psychology Internship adheres to the selection policies and procedures as outlined in the APPIC Match Policies. 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.
In order to be considered as a prospective candidate, all applicants must:
- Submit the required APPIC Online Application by midnight on 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, November 1, 2022
- Include the following information in the cover letter accompanying your application:
- Indicate the elective track for which you would like to be considered
- Indicate your preferred interview date according to elective track
Please upload work samples according to elective track requirements below.
Review the Requirements (above) section to determine your eligibility to apply.
Choosing an Elective Track
Applicants should only apply to one elective track. This choice determines the review process of your application materials. (Please see below for required elective track-specific work samples to be submitted.)
- 11:59 p.m. EST November 1, 2022: Deadline for receipt of completed applications
December 15, 2022: Note: interviews will be held virtually for the 2023-24 training year
- Interview Dates: 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 may not always be able to offer your first choice due to scheduling conflicts. On the day of your interview, please plan to be available from 8:00 a.m. to approximately 4:00 p.m. EST
See interview dates
Please note that all interviews will be conducted virtually.
Interviews for Child Elective applicants:
- January 4, 2023
- January 11, 2023
Interviews for Adult Elective applicants:
- January 9, 2023
- January 18, 2023
Interviews for Behavioral Medicine (BMED) Elective applicants:
- January 3, 2023
- January 10, 2023
Interviews for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Elective applicants:
- January 6, 2023
- January 13, 2023
Interviews for Neuropsychology Elective applicants:
- January 5, 2023
- January 12, 2023
Interviews for Lifespan Health Elective applicants:
- January 17, 2023
- January 19, 2023
Interviews for Multicultural Neuropsychology Elective applicants:
- January 20, 2023
Please include three letters of reference. Due to the volume of applications, we appreciate your adherence to the request for three letters.
Please upload work samples as required below:
- Adult Elective Track: Submit a) one full psychological test report on an adult patient (18 or older), and b) one sample of other clinical work (e.g., intake evaluation, discharge summary, case report, etc.) for an adult patient
- Child Elective Track: Submit a) one full psychological test report 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
- Neuropsychology Elective Track: Submit two full neuropsychological evaluation reports, preferably one adult and one child/adolescent
- CBT, BMED and Lifespan Health Elective Tracks: No work samples are required
- Multicultural Neuropsychology Elective Track: Submit two full neuropsychological evaluation reports (adult)
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