Susan Tross, Ph.D.
Director, Psychology Education and Training

Shilpa R. Taufique, Ph.D.
Director, Child Psychology Education and Training

Leora Heckelman, 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 Susan Tross, Ph.D., at stross@chpnet.org; and (2) For Child Track Fellowships: to the Director of the particular Fellowship(s) of interest (listed below), and to Shilpa R. Taufique, Ph.D., at staufique@chpnet.org. The deadline for applications is generally the second week in January (Child Track Fellowships) or the second week in February (Adult Track Fellowships).

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.

Child Track Post-Doctoral Fellowships

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

Director: Wendie Klapper Ph.D. (PIC) (wklapper@chpnet.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 also spend one morning a week in the Therapeutic Nursery at Mt. Sinai Hospital. The Fellow will provide one hour of weekly supervision to the Parent-Infant Center extern. The fellowship runs from July 2016-June 2017.

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

Director: Joanna Stern, Psy.D. (DBT) (jostern@chpnet.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-OPD Component: 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. In addition, fellows will be a member of an interdisciplinary crisis evaluation team that is a subset of the OPD to provide rapid evaluations to high-risk patients in crises such as immediately following an emergency room visit or inpatient admission. Fellows also provide one hour of weekly supervision to an extern.

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. Fellows will engage in program development (such as devising and implementing a milieu plan), consultation to a multidisciplinary treatment team, and some on-site supervision and guidance of psychology interns.


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

Director: Shilpa R. Taufique, Ph.D.

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.


Adult Track Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellowships

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

Directors: Paul Rosenfield M.D. (PRosenfield@chpnet.org) and Jennifer McKelvey, Ph.D. (JMcKelvey@chpnet.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 70% 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 (CAC) and faculty of the AOPC. A weekly AOPC meeting offers updates on clinical and administrative issues, team collaboration and discussion of clinical care, journal article discussions, case conferences and other educational opportunities. The Fellow also meets with the AOPC Clinic Director monthly to review cases, ensure training goals are being met, provide mentorship, and support professional growth. 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 30% time, the Fellow will work in the PRC. The 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. 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 co-lead group for young adults who are experiencing a first episode of psychosis. This is a multidisciplinary environment – in which the Fellow works with psychiatric residents, psychology interns and externs, nurse practitioners, social workers, and case managers. On a weekly basis, the PRC Director, and the PRC Psychology Fellowship Director, each provide individual supervision for all interventions and therapies (individual, group and crisis). Weekly, the CAC Intake Director provides supervision for once-weekly intakes. For each psychological assessment, the PRC Psychology Fellowship Director provides individual supervision. On a weekly basis, the Fellow participates in the PRC-specific didactics, for the psychology fellow, the psychology intern, and psychology externs.


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

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

General Description: CITPD offers, specialized, intensive, time-limited, ambulatory treatment for personality disorders and personality-related problems and symptoms, for one Fellow. The 12 month-long, 5 day/week Fellowship is focused on training in: (1) comprehensive assessment and clinical formulation of personality psychopathology; (2) multidimensional / multivariable treatment of personality disorders utilizing: Intensive Psychodynamic Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mentalization-Based Therapy; Cognitive Therapy; Mindfulness / Meditation Training; (3) intensive group psychotherapy (5 x/week); (4) specialized individual psychotherapy; and (5) crisis interventions. Training and direct, on-site clinical supervision are provided by CITPD psychologists and the Clinic Director. Each Fellow participates in 1-2 hours of supervision and 2-3 hours of clinical meetings per week. On-site didactics offered via modeling and direct observation / feedback, include: Intensive Multidimensional / Multivariable Treatment of personality disorders; Intensive Psychodynamic Psychotherapy; Dialectical Behavior Therapy; Intensive Group and Individual Psychotherapy for Severe Personality Disorders; and Mindfulness / Meditation Training.


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

Directors: Paul Rinaldi, Ph.D. (PRinaldi@chpnet.org) and Joseph Ruggiero, Ph.D.

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. Each Fellow has a primary rotation in one of the intensive outpatient treatment programs where they co-lead groups with a staff member. Each Fellow also independently leads specialty groups within those programs. Each Fellow carries a caseload of several individual therapy patients. Each Fellow is assigned a primary supervisor (either the AI Director or the Assistant Clinical Director) for weekly individual supervision. In addition, there is weekly group therapy supervision with the AI Director, and rotation supervision by the staff member with whom the Fellow co-leads groups.

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. It includes specialty outpatient clinics – such as: ‘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 personality disorders, etc.). It also includes consultations with the medical/surgical services. On a weekly basis, AI Fellows participate in AI-specific didactics, for psychology fellows, the psychology intern, psychology externs, and psychiatry residents. These include motivational interviewing, DBT, CBT and case conferences.

Didactic Program For All Adult Track Fellowships (Leora Heckelman, Ph.D., Director)

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.


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