Located in the North Bronx, but just a 30 minute subway ride from Midtown Manhattan, the Psychology Internship Training Program at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine is ideal for candidates who are interested in experiencing New York City living while working in a bustling academic medical center with an underserved population in what the U.S. Census considers to be one of the most diverse areas in the country!
The Psychology Internship Training Program emphasizes learning about the nature of psychopathology from both clinical and research perspectives. Clinically, interns gain experience with diagnosis, case conceptualization and formulation, and treatment from a variety of theoretical orientations, using different modalities (e.g., individual, couples, family, group, etc.) while in different settings. We also believe that a scientific approach to the understanding of psychopathology requires an empirical curiosity, regardless of the theoretical orientation. As such, interns also have protected time to engage in research and other scholarly activities during the year. Thus, by the end of their training, interns will have a strong command of the expanding knowledge base in psychopathology, including the complex interrelationship between biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors, and the impact they have on symptom expression, based on a combination of clinical and research experiences.
We offer 3 specialized training programs: an adult track, a child and adolescent track, and a combined (child-adolescent-adult outpatient) track.
While each of the specializations has its own goals and objectives (please see website for details), they all share the same overarching philosophy: that the internship should provide interns with: (1) a broad set of high quality clinical experiences that are sequential, cumulative, of graded complexity and customized to fit the individual goals of each intern; and (2) the opportunity to develop their ability to formulate independent research or other scholarly activities (e.g., critical literature reviews, dissertation, efficacy studies, clinical case studies, theoretical papers, program evaluation projects, program development projects) that are of sufficient quality and rigor to have the potential to contribute to the scientific, psychological, or professional knowledge base.
While each specialization has required core rotations, our program also offers a great number of clinical elective rotations and a wide variety of research opportunities, and makes every reasonable effort to tailor training to the needs and interests of the individual intern. This individualized training program is discussed and finalized prior to the internship start date.
Finally, we also place great emphasis on training. This includes intense clinical supervision (on average 5-7 clinical supervision hours per week) using a variety of different theoretical orientations, including: psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, integrative, family/systems, and lifespan developmental approaches. In addition, interns have a seminar day (Thursday) throughout most of the year (July to May) and our Departmental Grand Rounds run on Thursdays from September to May. Taken together, these account for 4-5 hours per week of the interns' time.