Program Information: Division of Public Psychiatry

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1331
Program Type: Internship
Site: Harvard Medical School / Massachusetts Mental Health Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Department: Division of Public Psychiatry
Address: Mass. Mental Health Center
75 Fenwood Road
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH
Distance from Major City:
Phone: 617-626-9370
Fax: 617-626-9308
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Community Mental Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Community Mental Health Center
  • Medical School
Member of APPIC since: 1972
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Shirley Yen
Chief Psychologist: Shirley Yen
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 12
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 11
Position Information
Start Date: 07/01/2020
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 5
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 27300
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class:
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Harvard Medical School appointment, library privileges, and other university opportunities.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Rounds, team meetings, individual and group psychotherapy, seminars, supervision, initial evaluations, assessment.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? No
Is this program fully affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Is this program partially affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 11/01/2019 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is: Required
Interview notification date: 12/02/2019
Interview notification date time zone: Eastern Standard Time
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

We will be interviewing Mondays December 9, 2019, December 16, 2019, and  January 6, 2020.  The interview day consists of a group meeting with the program director, two individual interviews with faculty members, lunch with our current interns, and a tour of the facilities. The day generally runs from 9 AM - 5 PM.  Applicants are notified by email of an offer for an interview day.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: In the past three years, we have matched interns from: Boston College, Columbia University Teachers College, Northeastern University, Nova Southeastern University, Pepperdine University, Suffolk University, University of British Columbia, University of Maryland - Baltimore County, University of Massachusetts - Boston, University of Missouri - St. Louis, University of Rhode Island, Washington University, William James College.
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: No
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
Masters Degree Required: Yes, by start of internship
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours:
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours:
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
Non-Accredited Not Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree Not Accepted
This institution, department, internship, or postdoctoral program requires trainees to sign a statement about personal behavior and/or religious beliefs as a condition of admission and/or retention in the program: No
How to obtain text of statement:
Other Requirements:
Program Description

The Massachusetts Mental Health Center (MMHC), affiliated with the Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Department, is both a DMH mental health facility and an academic center of excellence, combining public service with outstanding clinical and research programs. The program aims to develop reliable competencies in evaluation and treatment planning, psychotherapy, and psychodiagnostic testing through supervised clinical experience, seminars, and relevant readings. This training requires a substantial time commitment to the core curriculum for psychology interns in the Psychology Department as well as two half time clinical placements. Applicants may apply to any of three tracks:1) General Track: the Rapid Access to Flexible Treatment (RAFT) outpatient DBT and CBT teams at 20 Vining Street, 2) Prevention and Recovery in Early Psychosis (PREP) program, working with young people (ages 16-30) who have recently developed a psychotic disorder; 3) Neuropsychology: Neuropsychological assessment at the MMHC and the BIDMC Department of Psychiatry. All interns are also assigned to one of the outpatient teams serving adult DMH patients which may include specialized treatment in DBT and MI/PSB (Mental Illness with Problematic Sexual Behaviors), as well as the Southard training clinic serving higher-functioning members of the community. Psychology has substantial representation at MMHC including the internship faculty, the clinical psychology interns and fellows, clinical and administrative staff, and research faculty. Psychologists enjoy mutually respectful and responsible relationships with other mental health professionals. The program is located within a community of remarkable cultural diversity, including clients of African American, Asian, Southeast Asian, and Hispanic backgrounds coming from many different countries. MMHC is committed to recruiting interns and faculty to reflect that diversity.

Internship Training Opportunities


Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Group Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Consultation/Liaison: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Primary Care: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)


Health Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Women's Health: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Eating Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Serious Mental Illness: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Anxiety Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Substance Use Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:

Additional information about training opportunities: Not all rotations or experiences may be available at all consortium sites, and some internship programs may not have updated this information recently. Please consult the program's web site or other application materials for a complete description of the training opportunities available at each site.

Summary of the Characteristics of the Specified Internship Class
2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
Number of Completed Applications: 183 143 158
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 60 55 58
Total number of interns: 5 5 5
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 5 5 5
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 4 4 4
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 1 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 4 4 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 1 2
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 1 1
Postdoctoral Fellow: 5 4 4
Community Mental Health Center: 0 1 1
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 2 1 1
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 1 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 1 1
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 1 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 1 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0
Research Position: 1 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 1
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 1 1
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0