Leora R. Heckelman, Ph.D.
Co-Director, Psychology Education and Training, Child Track Specialty

Jennifer Herring, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Child Psychology Education and Training

Anthony DeMaria, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Adult Psychology Education and Training

 

Welcome to the Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellowship Programs of Mt. Sinai St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospitals. Following are brief descriptions of our 8 Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship Programs.

To Apply: Applications consist of: a cover letter, stating interest and qualifications for Fellowship; Curriculum Vita;and two letters of reference. Applications should be emailed to: (1)) For Adult Track Fellowships: the Director of the particular Fellowship(s) of interest (listed below), and to both Leora R. Heckelman, Ph.D., at Leora.Heckelman@mountsinai.org; and Anthony DeMaria, Ph.D. at Anthony.Demaria@mountsinai.org; and (2) For Child Track Fellowships: to the Director of the particular Fellowship(s) of interest (listed below), and to Jennifer Herring, Ph.D., at Jennifer.Herring@mountsinai.org. The deadline for applications is January 15th, 2018 for both tracks.

Qualifications:Fellows must have completed their dissertation defense in an APA-accredited Ph.D. or Psy.D program in clinical or counseling psychology, or school or combined clinical-school psychology (Child Track Fellowships) and completed their APA-accredited psychology internship.

ADULT POST-DOCTORAL PSYCHOLOGY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMS

Leora Heckelman, Ph.D. Director, Psychology Education and Training

Anthony P. DeMaria, Ph.D.Associate Director, Adult Psychology Education and Training

Welcome to the Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellowship Programs of Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s and West (Roosevelt) Hospitals. The Following are brief descriptions of our 3 Adult Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship Programs.

To Apply:Applications consist of: a cover letter, stating interest and qualifications for Fellowship; Curriculum Vita; and two letters of reference. All applications are due by December 31st, 2017. Applications should be submitted via email with all documents to site specific directors, and and cc’d to both Dr.Leora Heckelman at Leora.Heckelman@mountsinai.org, and to Dr. Anthony DeMaria at anthony.demaria@mountsinai.org. Of note: Prospective candidates can apply to more than one fellowship.

Qualifications:Fellows must have completed their dissertation defense in an APA-accredited Ph.D. or Psy.D. program in clinical or counseling psychology or combined clinical-school psychology and completed their APA-Accredited psychology internship.

Adult Track Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellowships

Name of Program: Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic/Psychiatric Recovery Center (AOPC/PRC) Fellowship

Directors: Jennifer McKelvey, Ph.D. (JMcKelvey@mountsinai.org)

General Description: The Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic/Psychiatric Recovery Center (AOPC/PRC) Fellowship is a 1-year, full-time training opportunity for one Fellow per year. Its basic clinical activities include: Intake; Evaluation and Assessment; Individual Psychotherapy; Group Therapy; Crisis Intervention; Supervision; and Consultation with mental health, social service and health professionals, within and outside the AOPC and PRC.

AOPC: For approximately 60% time, the Fellow will work in the AOPC. The AOPC is a high volume, psychiatric outpatient clinic, serving a diverse population of individuals with wide-ranging socio-demographic, ethno-cultural, psychiatric and medical characteristics. The Fellow gains experience in providing psychotherapy in a range of modalities (e.g. CBT, DBT, psychodynamic psychotherapy). He/she collaborates with a team of clinicians, including psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, psychologists, social workers, and trainees, to provide high-quality, evidence-based care. On a weekly basis, two psychologists provide individual supervision of interventions and therapies delivered to the fellow’s general psychiatry outpatients. Group supervision is provided by the staff co-leader of the Fellow’s group. New intakes and admission evaluations are supervised by staff of the Comprehensive Assessment Center and faculty of the AOPC. A weekly AOPC meeting offers updates on clinical and administrative issues, team collaboration and discussion of clinical care, case conferences and other educational opportunities. The Fellow also meets with the AOPC/PRC Associate Director monthly to review cases, ensure training goals are being met, provide mentorship, and support professional growth. Weekly AOPC general meetings and team meetings with staff and trainees in psychology and psychiatry regularly have a didactic component, with journal article discussions, case conference presentations, and informal opportunities to learn from and teach colleagues. A final presentation allows the fellow to focus on and develop a particular area of interest through the year, and to gain experience presenting to colleagues.

PRC: For approximately 40% time, the Fellow will work in the PRC. The PRC is an outpatient program offering services designed to meet the needs of individuals with severe mental illness. A work and recovery model informs the treatment, and supports the goal of engagement in vocational, pre-vocational, or educational activity. PRC offers: intake evaluation; acute symptom management and crisis intervention; psychopharmacologic management; individual psychotherapy; group psychotherapy (i.e. respectively informed by CBT, DBT, process approach, cognitive remediation, and others); family therapy; vocational assessment and rehabilitation, social services and entitlements needs assessment, linkage and case management; disposition planning, linkage and follow-up. Patients may receive psycho-diagnostic assessment to help clarify diagnosis and level of functioning. The Fellow will especially: learn to conduct cognitive remediation; and may co-lead a group for young adults who are experiencing either a first episode of psychosis or attenuated psychotic symptoms. This is a multidisciplinary environment – in which the Fellow works with psychiatry residents, psychology interns and externs, nurse practitioners, social workers, and case managers. On a weekly basis, AOPC/PRC Associate Director, provides individual supervision for all interventions and therapies (individual, group, assessment and crisis), and supervision for weekly intakes.

Additional Training:All Adult Track Fellows participate in the following didactic seminars: Case conference (viewing target cases from different theoretical/technical perspectives); Specialty didactic modules on newly evolving, evidence-based intervention modalities; Intensive psychoanalytically-driven Psychotherapy Case Conference; and Supervision seminar – including discussion of theories of supervision, an opportunity to supervise, and live supervision of supervision.

Name of Program: Center for Intensive Treatment of Personality Disorders (CITPD) Fellowship

Director: Andrew Twardon, Ph.D. (ATwardon@mountsinai.org)

The Center for Intensive Treatment of Personality Disorders (CITPD) offers, specialized, intensive, time-limited, ambulatory treatment for personality disorders and personality-related problems and symptoms.

The 12 months long, 5 days / week, Fellowship is focused on training in:

  • comprehensive assessment and clinical formulation of complex personality psychopathology
  • multidimensional / multivariable treatment of personality disorders utilizing:
  • Intensive Psychodynamic Therapy,
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT),
  • Mentalization-Based Therapy,
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Mindfulness / Zen Meditation Training
  • Intensive, specialized group psychotherapy (5 x/week)
  • specialized individual psychotherapy
  • supervision of psychological testing of complex personality psychopathology utilizing WAIS / WMS IV, MMPI-2RF, MCMI IV, TAT, R-PAS (1-3 full batteries)
  • crisis interventions
  • psychology supervision of psychiatry residents

Training and direct, on-site clinical supervision are provided by CITPD psychologists and the Clinic Director. The Fellow participates in 1-2 hours of on-site didactics and supervision and 2-3 hours of clinical meetings per week. In addition, the Fellow participates in 4-6 hours of off-site didactics with MSSLW Faculty.

On-site didactics offered:

Didactics offered via modeling and direct observation / feedback, include:

  • Introduction to intensive Multidimensional / Multivariable Treatment of personality disorders
  • Introduction to intensive Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Introduction to Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Introduction to Mindfulness / Zen Meditation Training
  • Introduction to group psychotherapy
  • Specialized psychological testing of personality psychopathology

Description of responsibilities:

Under direct supervision of a licensed psychologist the Fellow will:

  • manage a caseload of up to 10 patients
  • facilitate 1 psychotherapy group per day (5x / week)
  • provide specialized individual treatment to 10 patients (1x / week each)
  • supervise psychological testing (1-3 batteries / year)
  • conduct comprehensive assessments of new patients (1-2 / month )
  • supervise a psychiatry resident
  • participate in crisis management and crisis interventions
  • participate in clinical team meetings
  • participate in didactic, staff development, CQI and research activities

Additional Training: All Adult Track Fellows participate in the following didactic seminars: Case conference (viewing target cases from different theoretical/technical perspectives); Specialty didactic modules on newly evolving, evidence-based intervention modalities; Intensive psychoanalytically-driven Psychotherapy Case Conference; and Supervision seminar – including discussion of theories of supervision, an opportunity to supervise, and live supervision of supervision.

Name of Program:Addiction Institute of New York (AI) Fellowship

Directors: Joseph Ruggiero, Ph.D. (Joseph.Ruggiero@mountsinai.org)

General Description: The Addiction Institute of New York (AI) Fellowship is a 1-year, full-time training opportunity for two Fellows per year. Its basic clinical activities include: Intake; Evaluation and Assessment; Individual Psychotherapy; Group Therapy; Crisis Intervention; Supervision; and Consultation with mental health, social service and health professionals, within and outside the Addiction Institute outpatient department.

The Addiction Institute of Mount Sinai West offers one of the only addiction post-doctoral fellowships for psychologists in the country. Each year, two Fellows join our mutli-disciplinary staff and receive intensive training in substance abuse treatment strategies in a variety of clinical settings. The training includes evaluation, intensive outpatient services, working gay and bisexual men who use methamphetamine, and working with young adults. In addition, we offer empirically validated treatments including motivational interviewing, DBT, Cognitive Behavioral Relapse Prevention, etc. Trainees do two six month rotations in different intensive programs, carry an individual caseload, supervise, and co-lead a group. There is also room to work with different populations if interested. Fellows do not have to have previous experiences in substance misuse treatment but a willingness to learn about our diverse clients we serve.

Additional Training:All Adult Track Fellows participate in the following didactic seminars: Case conference (viewing target cases from different theoretical/technical perspectives); Specialty didactic modules on newly evolving, evidence-based intervention modalities; Intensive psychoanalytically-driven Psychotherapy Case Conference; and Supervision seminar – including discussion of theories of supervision, an opportunity to supervise, and live supervision of supervision


MT. SINAI ST. LUKE’S AND ROOSEVELT HOSPITALS POST-DOCTORAL PSYCHOLOGY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMS

Leora Heckelman, Ph.D. Director, Psychology Education and Training

Jennifer Herring, Ph.D. ; Associate Director, Child Psychology Education and Training

Welcome to the Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellowship Programs of Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals. Following are brief descriptions of our Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship Programs.

To Apply:Applications consist of: a cover letter, stating interest and qualifications for Fellowship; Curriculum Vita; and two letters of reference. Applications should be emailed to Fellowships: the Director of the particular Fellowship(s) of interest (listed below), and to Jennifer Herring, Ph.D., at jennifer.herring@mountsinai.org; and to the Director of the particular Fellowship(s) of interest (listed below). The deadline for applications is generally December 31st.

Qualifications:Fellows must have completed their dissertation defense in an APA-accredited Ph.D. or Psy.D program in clinical or counseling psychology, or school or combined clinical-school psychology) and completed their APA-accredited psychology internship.


Child Track Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Name of Program: Parent-Infant Center (PIC) Psychology Fellowship

Director: Wendie Klapper Ph.D. (PIC) (wklapper@mountsinai.org)

Program Description: The Parent-Infant Center is a prevention and treatment program that provides multidisciplinary assessment and psychotherapeutic services to pregnant women, caregivers and their young children. The primary goal of the Parent-Infant Center is to facilitate the development of healthy attachment between caregivers and their infants/toddlers and promote healthy child and parent development.

Fellowship Description: The fellowship in our Parent-Infant Center provides the opportunity for one full-time trainee to spend their time focusing on assessment and intervention strategies related to work with at-risk caregivers and their infants/toddlers. The Fellow will be under the supervision of a team of specialists in early childhood development and evidence-based Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) for children and families exposed to trauma. The Fellow will conduct intakes, developmental screenings, dyadic psychotherapy and individual psychotherapy with pregnant women. The Fellow will provide one hour of weekly supervision to the Parent-Infant Center extern. The fellowship runs from July 2018-June 2019. Please email all applications to Dr. Wendie Klapper at wendie.klapper@mountsinai.org and Dr. Jennifer Herring at Jennifer.Herring@mountsinai.org

Name of Program:High-Risk (DBT Focus) Psychology Fellowship

Director:Joanna Stern, Psy.D. (DBT)(Joanna.stern@mountsinai.org)

General Description: The High-Risk (DBT Focus) Psychology Fellowship is a one-year, full-time training opportunity for one Fellow per year. The Fellowship combines: (1) Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) in both individual and group formats to adolescents and their families in the CFI-OPD; (2) Outpatient psychotherapy with children, adolescents and families in the CFI-OPD; (3) Rapid outpatient assessment of high-risk patients in the CFI-OPD; and (4) Consultation and collaborative treatment of child and adolescent patients on an acute inpatient unit. The goals of the Fellowship are to develop: (1) expertise in DBT; (2) clinical skills with high-risk populations; and (3) experience in program development and consultation to a multidisciplinary inpatient team. The DBT Focus Fellow completes an intensive didactic course in DBT and participates throughout the training year in a multidisciplinary consultation team which meets weekly.

CFI-OPDComponent: offers intake evaluation, crisis intervention, psychopharmacologic management, individual therapy, family therapy, parent-infant centered therapy, group therapy and neuropsychological assessment, to children, adolescents and families. Fellows provide individual, group, and family therapies to children, adolescents and families. The fellow helps to serve as a liaison between the inpatient and outpatient services, facilitating rapid intakes when necessary for patients being discharged from an acute inpatient hospitalization at our hospital. The fellow also provides one hour of weekly supervision to an extern with the possibility for additional opportunities to gain experience in supervising trainees and staff in other disciplines (psychiatry trainees, social work trainees).

Inpatient Component:The inpatient unit is an acute care psychiatric unit that treats children and adolescents with a typical length of stay of approximately one week. The fellow will engage in program development (such as devising and implementing a milieu plan), consultation to a multidisciplinary treatment team, leading and co-leading groups, providing short-term individual and family therapy for patients. The fellow will also provide on-site supervision and guidance of psychology interns who rotate on the unit.

Name of Program: Adolescent / Young Adult Substance Abuse and Day Treatment Psychology Fellowship

Director: Shilpa R. Taufique, Ph.D.(Shilpa.taufique@mountsinai.org)

General Description: The Adolescent/Young Adult Substance Abuse and Day Treatment Psychology Fellowship is a one-year, full-time training opportunity for two Fellows per year. The Fellow provides intake evaluations, individual, group and milieu psychotherapy in the Comprehensive Adolescent and Education Service (CARES). The goal of this fellowship is to develop expertise in the treatment of at-risk adolescents in a therapeutic school community for singly and dually-diagnosed high school students.

CARES is a collaboration of the New York City Department of Education and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital. It provides high school students with mental health and/or substance abuse problems with the opportunity to work toward a Regents or General Equivalency Diploma while receiving intensive group, individual, milieu, and family psychotherapies, as well as psychopharmacological treatment. CARES offers intake assessments, intensive group psychotherapy and individual psychotherapy. Therapeutic approaches include Dialectical Behavior Therapy, the Trans-theoretical Model of Stages of Change, and trauma-focused treatments. The Fellow carries a caseload of individual therapy patients and co-leads a range of therapy groups (i.e., recovery, DBT). The Fellow also conducts psychiatric intake evaluations for CARES referrals and offers milieu-based interventions. The Fellow also provides one hour of supervision to an extern, and receives individual supervision and mentoring from the director. The Fellow also participates in a weekly Advanced Case Conference with the permanent clinical staff team.


Didactic Program For All Child Track Fellowships

All Child/Adolescent Psychology Fellows participate in Case conference (viewing target cases from different theoretical/technical perspectives); Specialty didactic modules on newly evolving, evidence-based intervention modalities; Intensive psychoanalytically-driven Psychotherapy Case Conference; and a year-long Supervision seminar – including discussion of theories of supervision, review and discussion of videotaped supervision sessions.


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