Program Information: Division of Psychology/Department of Psychiatry

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1334
Program Type: Internship
Site: Cambridge Health Alliance /Harvard Medical School
Department: Division of Psychology/Department of Psychiatry
Address: 1493 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH
Distance from Major City:
Phone: 617-665-1183x
Fax: 617-665-3449
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Academic Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Academic Health Center
  • State/County/Other Public Hospital
Member of APPIC since: 1980
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Patricia Harney
Chief Psychologist: David Stewart
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 10
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 30
Position Information
Start Date: 06/30/2020
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 15
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 28352
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class:
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above):
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site The typical day varies by track (please see A typical work week includes several days for clinical work with supervision interspersed throughout, and approximately one day of didactics. Interns across the tracks all engage in about 50% direct clinical service and the remaining 50% involves supervision, seminars, and clinical administration.
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: 12/15/2019
Interview notification date time zone: Eastern Standard Time
Tentative interview date: 01/02/2020
Interview process description:

We offer interviews during the first three weeks of January, and some later dates in January, 2018. 

Applicants will be notified via email NO LATER THAN December 15, 2019 as to whether they will be offered an interview.  Interviews are conducted on-site.  Applicants will meet with the Training Director as a group and then interview with 1 or 2 faculty members individually.  There are also opportunities to speak with current interns. 

Please note that Cambridge Health Alliance does not issue visas for international students.   Non-U.S. citizens must possess a valid visa permitting work for the full 12 months.  If you are an international student and we invite you to interview, we ask that you bring a copy of your visa that permits your work for the full 12 months of the internship along to the interview.


How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: University of Tennessee, Boston College, Stanford-PSGP, Boston University, University of Texas-Austin, Columbia University, Long Island University (CW. Post and Brooklyn), Yeshiva University, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of Georgia, University of Houston, New York University, University of Louisville, City University of New York
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: No
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
Masters Degree Required: No
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: 150
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 75
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology 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 internship at The Cambridge Hospital prepares doctoral candidates to understand and treat persons suffering with a broad spectrum of emotional distress. The curriculum emphasizes a biopsychosocial approach to the understanding of people. Our multidisciplinary faculty teaches trainees about psychodynamic, developmental, and relational principles through didactics and comprehensive individual and group supervision. With close faculty-trainee interaction, we provide a solid grounding in psychodynamic, relational, developmental theories and integrative (cbt, dbt, mentalization-based)approaches that stress the understanding of ethnic and cultural influences. We also teach interns clinical formulations and to integrate a variety of treatment modalities while working with persons with an array of psychological problems, including persons diagnosed with major mental illness and severe personality disorders. Applicants must select a "track" to which to apply: Adult/Acute Services Track, Adult/Child Outpatient Services Track, Latino Team/Acute Services Track or Latino Team/Child Outpatient Services Track.  In addition, six positions are in integrated Primary Care/Behavioral Health settings. These positions are funded by two HRSA grants.  Finally, one internship position is funded by the John and Gertrude Weil Foundation.  The Weil position is dedicated largely to child and adolescent services (the intern carries 1 adult case). Psychology is a Division of the Department of Psychiatry, and we strive to provide comprehensive mental health and addiction services to traditionally underserved populations. Our affiliation with Harvard Medical School has brought together a community of talented trainees, and accomplished faculty. We aim to train leaders for the profession of Psychology and emphasize attention to the larger context in which treatment is offered and accepted. We also have an affiliation with the Austen Riggs Center. Interns participate in a Fall and Spring intensive learning experiences at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA, where interns spend two days each season observing the Riggs therapeutic milieu and joining staff meetings and seminars.

Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Older Adults:
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Rural: 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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Group Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Community Intervention: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Consultation/Liaison: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Primary Care: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidenced Based Practice: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Evidence Based Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Other: The tracks vary. Only the HRSA funded tracks offer 50% or more time in primary care.


Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
HIV/AIDS: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Rehabilitation Psychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Child: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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)
Forensics/Corrections: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders:
Pediatrics: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
School: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Religion/Spirituality: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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: 223 270 230
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 56 65 69
Total number of interns: 9 12 12
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 9 12 12
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 6 8 8
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 3 4 4
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 6 9 8
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 3 3 4
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 1 1 1
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 40 90 15
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 1 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 8 0
Community Mental Health Center: 1 4 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 1 0 1
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 1
Other Medical Center: 3 0 6
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 1 1
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 2 3 1
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 1
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 2 1 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 1
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0