Letter to Applicants
Internship Program Setting
Internship Philosophy and Goals
Internship Program Description
Internship Program Conditions, Benefits and Policies
Other Training Opportunities
July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016
Susan Tross, Ph.D.
Director of Psychology Education and Training
Frank L. Gardner, Ph.D., ABPP
Director of Child & Adolescent Psychology Education and Training
Leora R. Heckelman, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Adult Track, Psychology Education and Training
Dear Intern Applicant:
Thank you for your interest in the Adult or Child Track of the Clinical Psychology Internship Program at
Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai Roosevelt hospitals. As a result of our most recent APA site visit in 2012, the program received maximal re-accreditation and thus is fully accredited through 2019.*
We look forward to receiving your application.
Susan Tross Ph.D.
Director, Psychology Education and Training
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai Roosevelt
*American Psychological Association, Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First Street, N.E., Washington, DC, 20002-4242, (202) 336-5979.
INTERNSHIP PROGRAM SETTING
The Clinical Psychology Internship Program at Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai Roosevelt hospitals is designed to provide interns with a year-long, intensive, clinical experience with diverse patients in a wide range of clinical settings. The Hospital Center is an urban, not-for-profit, voluntary, teaching hospital, of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai – located in Manhattan, on the upper west side (Mount Sinai St. Luke's) and in midtown (Mount Sinai Roosevelt). Together with Mount Sinai Beth Israel and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, Mount St. Luke's and Mount Sinai Roosevelt is part of the Mount Sinai Health System. The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary system, which includes two emergency rooms (with Comprehensive Psychiatry Emergency Programs), two adult inpatient units, two outpatient clinics (child and adult), a therapeutic school and milieu for adolescents, a parent-infant intervention program, community outreach services, intensive outpatient treatment programs, specialty psychiatric clinics, a full continuum-of-care substance abuse facility, a dedicated clinical research unit, and a consultation-liaison psychiatry service (throughout the Hospital Center). There are more than thirty staff psychologists who participate in the Internship Program, as supervisors, administrators, clinicians, teachers, and researchers. Many staff psychologists also have academic appointments in the Department of Psychiatry of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. In addition, the Director of Psychiatry Residency Training and the Director of Child Psychiatry Training and core Psychiatry Residency Training faculty, especially those who direct clinical services, participate in the Internship Program. Adjunct psychology faculty members also teach and supervise in the Internship Program.
INTERNSHIP PHILOSOPHY AND GOALS
The Internship Program offers broad-based, generalist training in clinical psychology as practiced in a modern, urban hospital center. The Internship has two overarching goals: (1) Development of each intern’s professional judgment, proficiency, and identity, through experience with a wide variety of patients and treatment settings; and (2) Development of each intern's ability to be an independent, skilled, conceptually-based, and empathic clinician – with a keen sense of the role of ethnic, cultural, and contextual factors in individuals’ lives. Training in various diagnoses and modalities of evidence-based psychotherapy and assessment is integral to this process. An integrative treatment approach – combining psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, systems, ethnocultural, developmental, and medical model perspectives as needed -- is emphasized. This approach is taught, and practiced by psychology interns, throughout the various clinical placements and didactics. Within this approach, an attempt is made to individually tailor each intern’s experience in accordance with his/her interests and goals. Ongoing program planning and evaluation involving the interns and their supervisors are an integral part of the program. Interns are encouraged to assume a gradually increasing degree of professional responsibility and autonomy as the year progresses.
The Internship Program is guided by the tenets of the practitioner-scholar training model. Our primary focus is on developing the intern’s capacities to deliver clinical psychological services. This is implemented through supervised clinical experience and courses. Empirical and theoretical psychological literature is the core of our experiential and didactic training. Thus, we emphasize evidence-based intervention and assessment, empirically-validated psychological theory, and methods of scientific inquiry and analysis in our training and services. As Rodolfa et al. (2005) (Rodolfa, E. et al., 2005, Internship training: Do models really matter? Professional Psychology, Research and Practice, 36, 25-31) observe: the practitioner-scholar model ‘emphasizes the development of reflective skills and multiple ways of knowing in the practice of psychology, and it stresses clinical practice and the importance of theory and the use of research to inform practice.
In facilitating interns’ proficiency to function as independent, generalist psychologists, the Internship Program is dedicated to developing certain core competencies. These are competencies in: (1) Evaluation skills (including history taking, mental status examination, assessment of self-harm and harm to others, assessment of substance abuse problems, psychodiagnostic testing, DSM diagnosis, treatment planning, communication with patients about diagnosis and treatment plan); (2) Psychotherapy skills, including both general skills such as development and maintenance of therapeutic alliance, establishment of therapeutic frame, and establishment of treatment goals, as well as skills specific to psychodynamic psychotherapy, evidence-based behavioral psychotherapies (e.g., traditional CBT, ACT, and DBT), group therapy, and family therapy; (3) Awareness of the role of ethnic, cultural, sexual, and other identities in psychological adaptation, and ability to apply this awareness in the delivery of clinical services; (4) Awareness of ethical guidelines for clinical practice, and ability to apply this awareness in the delivery of clinical services; (5) Consultation skills in close collaboration with other service providers within hospital psychiatry services, as well as from other hospital services, social service and other community agencies, and schools (for the Child Track only); and (6) Facility in using scientific theory, inquiry, and analysis, research findings, and evidence-based interventions, to guide clinical practice in psychology.
The Internship is a two-track (i.e., Child and Adult Track) program, housed in the Psychology Education and Training Division of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health. At the time of application, each intern applies to either the Adult or Child Track. There are six Adult Track and six Child Track interns. Both tracks are anchored in the Program’s core commitment to integrationist philosophy, evidence-based evaluation and intervention, and ethnocultural competence. Both tracks offer training in intervention and assessment. Both tracks embrace a highly participatory teaching style – in shared and separate core courses. Both tracks are staffed by some common and some distinct Faculty. Both tracks place interns in clinical services for periods generally between four months and one year. Within each clinical rotation, interns have an opportunity to develop their skills in various forms of evaluation and treatment. This allows them to gain clinical experience with patients from different ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds with a wide range of psychopathology, as well as to learn about treatment systems by becoming an integral member of a treatment team. With one exception (i.e., Comprehensive Adolescent Rehabilitation and Education Service, or CARES), the two tracks use different clinical rotations -- to provide relevant clinical experience with their respective populations.
ADULT TRACK (6 interns)
The Adult Track internship year consists of three major (generally four-month) clinical rotations, as well as a (below described) year-long clinical experience in the Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic, and a (below described) four-month assessment experience. It should be noted that, in order to facilitate a positive therapeutic relationship with CARES adolescents, at the start of the school year, it is sometimes necessary to lengthen the CARES rotation to six months, and to shorten the inpatient rotation to two months, for the intern rotating to CARES at this time of year.
All Adult Track interns participate in:
1) Inpatient Rotation: Interns are assigned to one of two thirty-six bed inpatient units where they function as primary clinicians for their patients. Their responsibilities include intake evaluation, individual and group psychotherapy, psychodiagnostic assessment, and participation as a team member in staff and unit community activities. Interns carry two individual inpatients, and co-lead one therapy group. On-site supervision is provided by psychiatrist unit chiefs, and supervising psychologists (i.e., on one unit, an inpatient staff psychologist, on the other unit, a psychologist for inpatient individual therapy and a psychologist for inpatient group therapy).
2) In addition to these rotations, each intern chooses two elective rotations from among the following:
A) Comprehensive Adolescent Rehabilitation and Education Service (CARES) is a therapeutic school and milieu for sixty dually and singly diagnosed high school students. Here interns carry one individual treatment case, co-lead two groups and serve as milieu therapists. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Transtheoretical Stage of Change model and Harm Reduction strategies for substance abuse and dependence are the primary treatment approaches. Treatment is delivered in individual psychotherapy, group therapy, family therapy, and various milieu activities (e.g., community meetings). Interns also conduct intakes and psychodiagnostic assessment. The psychologist program director and staff psychologists provide supervision.
B) Psychiatric Recovery Center (PRC) is an intensive outpatient program offering services designed to meet the needs of individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. A work and recovery model informs the treatment, and supports the goal of engagement in vocational, pre-vocational, or educational activity, either on-site or outside of the program. Psychology interns are an integral part of PRC's multidisciplinary team. Interns serve as primary therapists, conducting individual psychotherapy with four patients, leading several groups, and conducting intakes. Interns may also conduct psychodiagnostic assessment to help clarify diagnosis and level of functioning. The psychologist director as well as other psychologists on staff provide supervision.
C) The Center for Intensive Treatment of Personality Disorders (CITPD) is an intensive outpatient treatment program for adults who are in acute crisis. The majority of patients have affective illness and/or Axis II pathology. Treatment takes the form of various group and individual sessions aimed at helping patients resolve the acute crisis and make the transition back into the community. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a treatment focus as well as psychodynamic and process work. Interns carry two individual patients, co-lead several groups, and conduct intakes. The psychologist director, as well as other psychologists and professionals on staff, provide supervision.
D) The Addiction Institute of New York (AI) is a comprehensive substance abuse treatment center – which includes detoxification, intensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, outpatient treatment programs, residential treatment, methadone, buprenorphine and other pharmacologic treatment, and a consultation service for medical/surgical inpatient units. The intern may be placed into specialty clinics of the outpatient treatment program (e.g., ‘Crystal Clear’ relapse prevention program for stimulant-using men who have sex with men, young adult program for individuals with various types of substance use, DBT-informed groups for dually diagnosed individuals with Axis II disorders, etc.) and/or in the intensive outpatient rehabilitation service. Interns co-lead several groups and provide as-needed individual counseling to group members. Interns may also participate in consultations with the medical/surgical services. The psychologist Assistant Director, Outpatient Treatment Programs, as well as other psychologists and professionals on staff, provide supervision.
CHILD TRACK (6 interns)
The Child Track internship year consists of a year-long placement in CARES and one (of two) year-long elective, as well as a year-long clinical experience in the Child Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic.
All child interns participate in:
1) The Comprehensive Adolescent Rehabilitation and Education Service(CARES) is a therapeutic high school and milieu described above. Throughout the Internship year, Child Track interns carry one individual treatment case, co-lead two groups and serve as milieu therapists. The psychologist program director and staff psychologists provide supervision.
2) In addition to these, each intern chooses one other year-long elective from among the following sub-specialty clinics:
A) The year-long elective in the Parent-Infant Center(PIC) was designed for interns to learn to administer and use developmental screenings to inform dyadic treatment as well as initiate pertinent referrals to Early Intervention (EI) or the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) if needed. It also allows interns to gain additional exposure to working with at-risk caregivers and their babies and toddlers, ages zero to six. As part of the PIC elective, interns will be involved in administering the Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ-3), a general developmental screening tool, as well as the ASQ: Social-Emotional Questionnaire (ASQ-SE), a social-emotional development screening tool. Interns also see three parent-infant dyads for child-parent psychotherapy and receive one to two hours per week of supervision.
B) The Neurodevelopmental Testing Service offers neuropsychological evaluations for patients who may have learning disabilities and/or require a clarification of diagnosis. On this rotation, interns learn how to administer, score, interpret and comprehensively report and present the results of neuropsychological batteries. Interns administer approximately eight or more batteries during their rotation. The neuropsychologist service director and staff neuropsychologists provide weekly supervision.
PSYCHIATRIC EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT MINI-ROTATION
For interns in both Tracks, we offer an optional mini-rotation in the Psychiatric Emergency Department. One evening per week, for one – two months, interns can join the Psychiatric Emergency Department team. They receive on-the-job training in crisis assessment, diagnostic interviewing, and treatment planning, with acute and sub-acute adults, adolescents and children. Interested interns can participate in this mini-rotation only if the Training Director or Associate Training Directors and the Director of the Psychiatric Emergency Department agree that he/she has sufficient time to do so.
OUTPATIENT PSYCHIATRY CLINIC EXPERIENCE
For interns in both Tracks, outpatient individual, group, and family therapy is a year-long rotation, which is a major component of the Internship clinical experience.
In the Adult Outpatient Clinic, each intern carries a caseload of: one group (co-led with another intern), one family, and approximately five – six individual patients, with a broad range of psychiatric diagnoses, demographic characteristics, and ethnic, cultural and sexual identities, and life situations. Interns receive supervision in each of the following areas: group psychotherapy (one hour/week, shared by the intern co-leaders); individual (psychodynamic therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, supportive therapy) case management, and crisis intervention (two hours/week, delivered by two supervisors); individual cognitive behavioral therapy (one hour/week, within a small group of interns); and family therapy (two hours/week, delivered in real-time, using a one-way mirror, and shared by the intern class, serving as consultants). Interns are also trained to conduct intake evaluations and treatment screenings.
In the Child Outpatient Clinic, each intern carries a caseload of: one group (co-led with a staff member one or two families, and approximately six to eight individual patients, with a broad range of psychiatric and developmental problems, ages, demographic characteristics, ethnic, cultural and sexual identities, and life situations. The target population is children/adolescents, ages zero to eighteen, and their families. Interns receive individual supervision in each of the following areas: group psychotherapy (one hour/week); individual psychotherapy (e.g., psychodynamic therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy) and crisis intervention (two hours/week, delivered by two supervisors); and family therapy (one hour per week in a small group, sometimes using real-time, one-way mirror-assisted feedback) for a total of four hours per week.
In both Tracks, assessment is an important component of the Internship clinical experience. In the Adult Track, each intern will administer, score, interpret, and compose a report at least three comprehensive assessments. These assessments will make use of cognitive tests (i.e., WAIS-IV), objective personality tests (e.g., MMPI, MCMI), projective personality tests (e.g., Rorschach), structured psychiatric interviews (e.g., SCID), symptom rating scales, and neuropsychological screening tests, as needed. Interns receive intensive supervision on administration, interpretation, and report writing (i.e., approximately six hours/ assessment). As described above, in the Child Track, interns who choose the Neurodevelopmental Testing Service rotation administer, score, interpret, report on, and present approximately eight assessments, over their year-long placement. Interns receive intensive supervision for these activities (i.e., approximately six hours/assessment).
CONSULTATION AND INTER-PROFESSIONAL COLLABORATION
On all of the Rotations, as well as in the Adult and Child Outpatient Psychiatric Clinics, consultation is an aspect of the interns’ clinical experience. In the process of implementing treatment plans, coordinating services for patients with complex problems, interns routinely consult with (psychiatric, social service, case management, medical and other) providers from community-based social service agencies, foster care agencies, hospitals, schools, universities, criminal justice agencies, and other facilities. The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Consultation-Liaison Services, for adults and children, are potential sites for interns to participate in consultation, as part of a team (with attending psychiatrists and psychiatry residents). Due to the already full-time workload of the interns, interns do not currently rotate into this service. However, optional opportunities, to join the Consultation-Liaison teams for a mini-rotation, are available -- should the intern and the Training Director or Associate Training Directors and the Directors of the adult and/or child Consultation-Liaison Services agree that he/she has sufficient time to do so.
Supervision is focused on helping the interns deepen and broaden their understanding of clinical processes and the treatment situation. A special effort is made to facilitate development of a flexible stance to respond to the needs of a culturally, ethnically, and medically diverse patient population. Supervisors in the Child and Adult Tracks are committed to providing supportive instruction that encourages the development of clinical technique and the integration of theory and scientific evidence into therapeutic practice. An integrative treatment approach – utilizing psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, family-systems, ethnocultural, developmental, medical model, and other perspectives -- is emphasized. Supervision may include audio or video recording, one-way mirror observation and consultation (i.e., for family therapy), and/or process notes. Supervisors may also join sessions, as part of supervision.
As described above, interns receive close, regular supervision during all of their rotations and clinical experiences. In their outpatient psychiatry clinic experience, they receive a minimum of five to six hours of individual, group and family supervision. Interns also participate in clinical team meetings, staff meetings, and case conferences, throughout the week. In their assessment experience, interns receive several hours of supervision, for administration, scoring, interpretation, and report-writing. All supervisors are also available, on an as-needed basis, for additional meetings or phone consultations. Interns are especially urged to contact their supervisors for emergencies.
On both Tracks, Interns meet individually with the Training Director or Associate Training Directors, for overall program supervision, career guidance, evaluative feedback, and elicitation of their feedback about their Internship experience, three times per year. This occurs: early in the year; mid-year; and end of year. The Training Director and Associate Directors also conduct regular sessions, on a monthly basis, focused on interns’ ongoing experience of their clinical experience, rotations, supervision, didactics, and systems experience of the Services they are part of, and of the overall Internship Program. These sessions are aimed at identifying Program strengths and weaknesses, and making appropriate real-time adjustments. The Training Director and Associate Directors are also available, on an as-needed basis, for additional meetings or phone consultations. Interns are especially urged to contact them for emergencies.
Education in models of supervision is the focus of a Course Module in the Combined Child-Adult Track Core Curriculum. Depending on the intern’s level of experience and workload, he/she may have the opportunity to provide supervision to externs working on a Service with them. This is determined by the Training Director, Associate Directors and Rotation Director.
The Mount Sinai St Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals are home for an active complement of training faculty engaged in clinical research. These typically include: trials of behavioral and/or pharmacologic approaches to substance use and other psychiatric disorders; and trials of novel behavioral therapies for adults and children with a broad range of mental and physical health problems. Due to the already full-time workload of the interns, interns do not currently rotate into research projects. However, evidence-based intervention and assessment, empirically-validated psychological theory, and methods of scientific inquiry and analysis are central components of our supervision, didactics and services. As interns are frequently in the process of completing dissertations, attention is devoted to discussion of interns’ dissertation research, to on-site resources (e.g., SPSS-equipped computers, library), and to strategies for solving dissertation issues. Interns who have completed dissertations may be interested in optional participation in research. Interns are encouraged to use Faculty as mentors, in completing their research, or in exploring limited participation in research – should the intern and the Training Director, or Associate Training Directors and the researcher agree that he/she has sufficient time to do so.
The Internship didactics program consists of the following main components:
A) Year-long Combined Child and Adult Track Core Courses:
1) Once weekly (one-hour) Core courses, that address the central psychological proficiencies of the Internship Program-- in areas such as Ethics, Emergency Intervention, experiential approaches to Multicultural Diversity Awareness, Supervision, Termination and others -- are conducted with Child and Adult Track interns. This also includes regular sessions, focused on interns’ ongoing experience of their clinical experience, rotations, supervision, didactics, and systems experience – for the purpose of making real-time Program adjustments;
2) Monthly (one-hour) Psychology Professional Development lunches, that present key topics, such as adaptation to Internship, choosing and pursuing research and clinical fellowships, completing dissertation, choosing and pursuing job opportunities, and others -- are conducted with Child and Adult interns;
B) Year-long Adult Track-specific and Child Track-specific Core Courses:
1) In the Adult Track, these consist of:
1a) Twice weekly (50-minute) Core courses in evidence-based assessment and intervention -- in areas such as DSM-5 diagnosis, psychological assessment, ethnoculturally-informed formulation and intervention, CBT, DBT, group therapy, MI, psychoanalytically-oriented therapy, and other topics. Courses are generally organized into four to six week modules -- and conducted yearlong. However, Courses in Ethnoculturally-informed Formulation and Intervention, and Psychological Assessment are, respectively, delivered as series of once-monthly sessions. This also includes monthly sessions, focused on interns’ ongoing experience of their clinical experience, rotations, supervision, didactics, and systems experience of the Services they are part of – for the purpose of making real-time Program adjustments.
1b) Once-weekly (two-hour) one-way-mirror-assisted and videotape-assisted Family Therapy supervision -- conducted yearlong;
1c) Once-weekly (one-and-one-half-hour) audio recording-assisted intensive psychotherapy case presentation (using an integrationist approach) -- conducted for six months;
1d) Once-weekly (one hour) psychopharmacology course -- conducted for six months;
1e) One-week, daily summer Orientation Course – providing a basic overview of: Internship philosophy, policies and procedures; outpatient psychiatric clinic experience; rotations; supervision; TIER electronic medical record and other clinical documentation procedures; emergency policies and procedures; safety policies and procedures; Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health policies and procedures; hospital policies, procedures and benefits; introduction to DSM-5 diagnosis, evidence-based interventions, psychopharmacology, hospital-based psychiatry, and other key topics;
2) In the Child Track, these consist of:
2a) Once weekly (one-hour) core course on evidence-based treatments for the major presenting problems of child and adolescent patients including internalizing and externalizing behaviors, anxiety and developmental trauma disorders, and substance abuse disorders. Topics include CBT, ACT, Mindfulness Based Interventions, DBT, MI, psychodynamically-oriented therapy, and creative arts therapies. Modules run for four to six weeks, and also cover theories and interventions of group therapy, family therapy and parent-infant treatment.
2b) Once-weekly (one-hour) course on neuropsychology and testing related to the assessment of children and adolescents with possible learning and developmental disabilities.
2c) Weekly day-long “summer course” for six weeks covering topics such as psychopharmacology, DBT, diagnostic interviewing, Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency treatment (ARC); Motivational Interviewing (MI) and the Webster-Stratton Incredible Years program for parent training.
2d) Once-monthly (one hour) case conference focusing on issues of diversity and culture in the treatment situation.
C) Once-weekly, year-long Psychiatry Grand Rounds – featuring expert researchers and clinicians, and state-of-the-art research findings and clinical material in psychiatry, psychology and other mental health disciplines.
Adult and Child Track interns, respectively, take part in once-weekly process groups that focus on issues related to their training experience and professional development.
EVALUATION AND FEEDBACK
Evaluation and feedback is an integral part of the conduct of the Internship Program. Throughout the Internship year, evaluation and feedback, on a variety of levels, provides the basis for real-time self-appraisal and (as-needed) enhancement of all aspects of the Internship Program, as well as of intern work. Three times/year (i.e., early in the year, mid-year, end of year), evaluations are obtained from interns and ongoing supervisors. At the end of rotations, evaluations are obtained from interns and Rotation supervisors. At the end of Course modules, evaluations are obtained from interns, as a group.
Information about supervision and courses, shared with the Training Director or Associate Training Directors, is used to identify Program strengths and weaknesses, and to make real-time adjustments. Information about Intern work, shared in supervision as well as in individual meetings with the Training Director or Associate Training Directors, is used to support and enhance the intern’s ongoing experience and proficiency. Interns meet individually with the Training Director or Associate Training Directors, for overall program supervision, career guidance, evaluative feedback, and elicitation of their feedback about their Internship experience, three times per year. The Training Director and Associate Directors also conduct regular sessions, on a monthly basis, focused on interns’ ongoing experience of their clinical experience, rotations, supervision, didactics, and systems experience of the services they are part of, and of the overall Internship Program.
The large critical mass of psychologist staff working in the Internship Program demonstrates its vital and integral role within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health. Over thirty staff psychologists contribute to the Internship Program – as supervisors, teachers, administrators, clinicians, or researchers. In addition, another thirteen adjunct faculty psychologists participate as supervisors or teachers. Further, the Director of Psychiatry Residency Training and the Director of Child Psychiatry Fellowship Training, and other core Psychiatry staff, especially those who direct clinical services, are active participants in the Internship Program.
Below are a list of the Psychology Internship Faculty, including name, title, site of Internship Program involvement, degree, school, and year of graduation, and interests:
Christopher Branson, Ph.D., Supervising Psychologist, The Child and Family Institute. Degree: University of Virginia, 2007. Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai. Interests: Adolescent substance abuse and HIV risk behavior; prevention/intervention with high risk youth; engagement intervention; mobile health technologies; program evaluation.
Donald Brown, M.D., Attending Psychiatrist, Psychiatric Recovery Center. Assistant Clinical Professor, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai. Degree: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, 1965. Interests: Family therapy (Certification).
Alba Cabral, Ph.D., Supervising Psychologist. The Child and Family Institute Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic. Degree: City University of New York, 2009. Interests: Trauma, Psychological Testing, Family Therapy.
Nadine Chang, Ph.D., Supervising Psychologist, Adult Inpatient Psychiatry. Degree: Hofstra University, 2007. Interests: Inpatient Psychotherapy; CBT for Psychosis.
Frank L. Gardner, Ph.D., ABPP, Director, Child and Adolescent Psychology Education and Training, Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospitals, Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai. Degree: Hofstra University, 1980. Interests: CBT, Mindfulness and Acceptance Based Behavioral Therapies, assessment and treatment of clinical anger and violence.
Georgia Gaveras, D.O., Director, Training and Education in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health. Degree: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2003. Interests: Adolescents, Eating Disorders, Addictions.
Kimberly Hall, Ph.D. Supervisor, Adult Outpatient Clinic. Degree: New School University, 2003. Interests: Psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Leora R. Heckelman, Ph.D., Associate Director Adult Track. Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai. Degree: Harvard University, 1992. Interests: Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Anxiety Disorders (Certification).
Nadia Z. Hidayatallah, Psy.D., Supervising Psychologist, The Child & Family Institute. Degree: Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University, 2013. Interests: child-parent psychotherapy; psychodynamic psychotherapy; group therapy.
Yariv Hofstein, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist, Comprehensive Adolescent Rehabilitation and Education Service, The Child and Family Institute. Degree: University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Interests: Delinquency in adolescents, Coping skills, Substance abuse, LGBT issues.
Avytal R. Izaak, Psy.D. Supervisor, Adult Outpatient Clinic. Degree: Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2001. Interests: Depression; anxiety; severe mental illness.
Wendie Klapper, Ph.D., Supervising Psychologist, Director of the Parent Infant Center, The Child and Family Institute. Instructor in Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai. Degree: Hofstra University, 1990. Interests: Parent-infant/dyadic treatment; attachment theory; teen pregnancy; public health; trauma
Rahael Kurrien, Ph.D., Supervising Psychologist, The Child and Family Institute, Parent-Infant Center. Degree: Clark University, 2008. Interests: Parent- infant psychotherapy; cross-cultural psychology; risk and resiliency models of treatment.
Gary Lefer, M.D. Director, Acute Hospital Services, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health. Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai. Degree: Georgetown University School of Medicine, 1966. Interests: Psychoanalysis (Certification); Inpatient Psychiatry; Emergency Psychiatry.
Ingrid Luchsinger, Psy.D., Supervising Psychologist, The Child and Family Institute Parent-Infant Center. Degree: Yeshiva University, 2008. Interests: Parent-infant psychotherapy; underserved populations; psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Daniel Medeiros, M.D., Director, Child and Family Institute, Chief, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai. Degree: Brown School of Medicine, 1986. Interests: Adolescent dual-diagnosis/substance issues.
Miriam Martinez, Ph.D., Chief, Clinical Strategic Initiatives. Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health. Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai. Degree: University of California, Berkeley, 1980. Interests: Health disparities in women and minorities; child and adolescent trauma; multidisciplinary care and care integration; multicultural clinical training.
Jon McCormick, Ph.D., Process Group Leader, Adult Outpatient Clinic. Degree: Adelphi University, 1984. Interests: Group psychotherapy; psychodynamic psychotherapy (Certification).
Howard Millman, M.D., Attending Psychiatrist, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health. Degree: New York University School of Medicine, 1969. Interests: Psychoanalysis (Certification).
Preetika Mukherjee, Ph.D., Supervising Psychologist, The Child and Family Institute Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic, Testing and Assessment Service. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai. Degree: New York University, 2009. Interests: Pediatric neuropsychological evaluation, child and adolescent development, and individual (particularly adolescent) and family therapy.
Aykut Ozden, M.D., Director, Comprehensive Assessment Center; Associate Director, Child and Family Institute, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai. Degree: Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey, 1990. Interests: Addiction, adolescent mental health, psychopharmacology, motivational interviewing.
Paul Rinaldi, Ph.D. Clinical Director, Addiction Institute of New York. Degree: Fordham University, 1995. Interests: Addictions; evidence-based interventions.
Michael Roberts, Ph.D., Supervising Psychologist, Adult Inpatient Psychiatry. Degree: New School for Social Research. 1983. Interests: Psychoanalysis (Certification).
Morris Roy, Ph.D., Supervising Psychologist, Adult Outpatient Clinic. Degree: Adelphi University, 2001. Interests: Dialectical Behavior Therapy; LGBT psychotherapy; psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Joseph Ruggiero, Ph.D., Assistant Clinical Director, Outpatient Programs, Addiction Institute of New York. Degree: Fordham University, 1995. Interests: Addictions, LGBT psychotherapy.
Dana Scherr Parchi, Psy.D., Supervising Psychologist, The Child and Family Institute Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic. Degree: Yeshiva University, 2007. Interests: Individual and family therapy; psychology of personality.
Prameet Singh, M.D., Director, Education and Training, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai. Degree: University of Delhi, 1990. Interests: Addiction psychiatry.
Shilpa R. Taufique, Ph.D., Clinical Director, Comprehensive Adolescent Rehabilitation and Education Services (CARES), The Child and Family Institute. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai. Degree: New York University, 2004. Interests: Diversity issues; adolescents; group dynamics; systems theories; program development and evaluation; substance abuse and co-occurring disorders; group therapy.
Amy Taylor, C.S.W., Staff Social Worker, Psychiatric Recovery Center. Degree: Columbia University School of Social Work, 1973. Interests: Family Therapy. (Certification).
Susan Tross, Ph.D., Director of Psychology Education and Training. Degree: Yeshiva University, 1983. Interests: Addictions; HIV/STD prevention interventions; Motivational Interviewing; relapse prevention; evidence-based interventions; community-based intervention research in addictions and HIV/STD prevention.
Andrew Twardon, Ph.D., Director, Center for Intensive Treatment of Personality. Clinical Associate, New School University. Degree: New School University, 1993. Interests: Assessment, diagnosis and psychotherapy of personality disorders; application of Buddhist meditation in psychotherapy; self and language.
Lucia Vail, Ph.D., Supervising Psychologist, Center for Intensive Treatment of Personality Disorders. Degree: Long Island University, 2003. Interests: Interests: Personality disorders; Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
Adam Fried, Ph.D., Teacher, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health. Degree: Fordham University, 2007. Interests: Ethics in psychological practice and research.
Howard Friedman, Ph.D., Teacher, The Child and Family Institute. Degree: New York University, 1991. Interests: Group Therapy, Organizational Development.
Katherine Gomperts, Psy.D., Supervisor, Adult Outpatient Clinic. Degree: Illinois School of Professional Psychology, 2003. Interests: Integrative psychodynamic psychotherapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
Sarah Gundle, Psy.D., Supervisor, Adult Outpatient Clinic. Degree: Wright Institute, 2004. Interests: Combined treatment of PTSD and substance use disorders; Immigration.
Anton Hart, Ph.D., Teacher, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1989. Interests: Relational psychoanalysis.
Karen Singleton, Ph.D., Teacher, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health. Degree: City University of New York Graduate Center, 2004. Interests: Multicultural awareness education and training; Treatment of sexual violence.
Seyjal Vyas, Ph.D., Supervisor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health. Degree: University of California, Fresno, 2002. Interests: Neuropsychology.
INTERNSHIP PROGRAM CONDITIONS, BENEFITS AND POLOCIES
The Internship begins on July 1st and ends on June 30th. Interns are expected to work at least forty hours per week, including two evenings in the Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic (Adult Track) and three evenings in the Child Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic (Child Track). The full-time stipend is $30,000 in addition to medical insurance benefits and 29 paid vacation/personal days.
Mount. Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai Roosevelt hospitals are an equal opportunity employer. In accord with New York City, New York State and U.S. Government law, discrimination on the basis of age, gender, race/ethnicity, veteran status, religion, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or pregnancy, is forbidden.
OTHER TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
The Psychology Education and Training Division also offers supervised clinical opportunities for Post-Doctoral Fellowship. Typically, there are 12 Post-Doctoral Fellows. These include 6 Post-Doctoral Fellows in the Adult Track, and 6 Post-Doctoral Fellows in the Child Track. In the Adult Track, there are Fellowships in the: Addiction Institute of New York; Women’s Health Project; Center For Intensive Treatment Of Personality Disorders; Psychiatric Recovery Center; and the Adult Outpatient Clinic. In the Child Track, there are Fellowships in: CARES, Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program, Out Patient Services-Neuropsychology, and Parent Infant Child-Community Psychology. Please contact the Director, Psychology Education and Training, or the Director, Child and Adolescent Psychology Education and Training to learn more about these.
Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai Roosevelt participate in the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers’ (APPIC) Matching Program, using the National Matching Services, Inc. (NMS). We thus ask that applicants follow the AAPI Online application process described in the AAPI (Application for Psychology Internship) Online section of the APPIC website (www.appic.org), and the procedures described for psychology internship programs on the NMS website (www.natmatch.com/psychint). The NMS Program Match Code for the Adult Track is 147912; the NMS Program Match Code for the Child Track is 147913.
The first step is providing the following materials, via AAPI Online, by November 12:
* Cover letter (including your statement of interest in either the Adult or Child Track of our Internship Program)
* Two letters of recommendation (including teachers or supervisors who
are familiar with your graduate work, and at least one, with your
* Graduate school transcript
* Recent psychodiagnostic report (sanitized for confidentiality)
Please note that, following APPIC website AAPI Online instructions, the psychodiagnostic report, which is not part of the regular AAPI Online application, must be converted into an electronic document (e.g., via scanning), uploaded to the AAPI Online service, and attached to the application as a 'supplementary material'.
The second step is interviewing and visiting our Internship Program site. Because of the large number of applications, we can only invite a subgroup of applicants for interview. We will contact you by December 15 – either to invite you to interview, or to inform you that we are not inviting you for interview.
The Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai Roosevelt Psychology Internship Program abides by all APPIC rules governing the application and selection process. Under these rules, once a candidate's application is under consideration, very little information about the status of the applicant may be released.
The following are qualifications for the Internship Program:
• Being a doctoral student in an APA-accredited Ph.D. or Psy.D. doctoral program in clinical, counseling, or combined clinical-school psychology (both Adult and Child Tracks) or school psychology (Child Track)
• Having completed at least three years of doctoral study in such a program
• Having completed at least two years of supervised practicum/externship clinical experience with ethnoculturally diverse, poor, urban populations, comparable to those served by our hospital center (e.g. people with severe and persistent mental illness (Adult Track), people with personality disorders (Adult Track), latency age and adolescent youth (Child Track), and others)
• Having worked in diverse clinical settings, comparable to those of our Internship (e.g. intensive outpatient treatment programs (both Adult and Child Tracks), inpatient units (Adult Track), community or hospital outpatient psychiatric clinics (both Adult and Child Tracks), foster care or social service agencies (Child Track), schools (child Track), and others)
• Having conducted individual and group therapy (both Adult and Child Tracks)
• Having administered, scored, interpreted and written reports on at least two comprehensive psychodiagnostic assessments
If you have questions regarding your application, please contact:
Susan Tross, Ph.D., Director of Psychology Education
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai Roosevelt
1090 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10025