Jackson Health System (JHS), one of the nation’s largest public health systems, is in the midst of a $1.7 billion, 10-year capital plan that includes new construction projects, the renovation of existing facilities, technology upgrades, cutting-edge, equipment, and infrastructure improvements. This “Jackson Miracle Building Plan” is transforming Jackson into a modernized, patient-centered healthcare system that can better meet the future needs of Miami-Dade County residents and patients from around the world who travel to Jackson because of its medical expertise. Jackson Memorial Hospital (JMH) is an accredited, non-profit, tertiary care teaching hospital with more than 1,550 licensed beds. Associated with the University of Miami (UM), Miller School of Medicine and the Florida International University (FIU) Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, JHS provides a wide range of patient services and educational programs, a clinical setting for research activities, and a number of health-related community services. It is a regional referral center and a magnet for medical research and innovation. JHS’s world-renowned treatment facilities include Ryder Trauma Center, UM/JMH Burn Center, Holtz Children’s Hospital, the new Christine E. Lynn Rehabilitation Center for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and the Miami Transplant Institute. Based on the number of admissions to a single facility, Jackson Memorial Hospital is one of the nation’s busiest hospitals.
The robust multicultural diversity of South Florida makes for a rich training environment, with large Hispanic, Haitian, and African American populations. Approximately 30% - 40% of the clinical population we serve is monolingual Spanish speaking. Opportunities exist for bilingual trainees to conduct individual, family and group therapy as well as psychological testing and screenings in Spanish, receiving supervision from one of our bilingual psychologists on faculty. JHS also serves a large international population drawing many patients from around the world, especially Central and South America and the Caribbean. We utilize the hospital system’s multi-language line and interpreter services to aid in communicating with individuals as needed. The JHS internship program emphasizes cross cultural training and incorporation of cultural issues into all psychological assessment and treatment.
At JHS the role and importance of psychologists in the medical center has been fully accepted and embraced by all medical disciplines. The psychological stress and emotional trauma associated with a serious injury or disease plays a significant role in the eventual outcome of medical treatment and rehabilitation of medically and/or psychiatrically impaired individuals. Similarly, psychologists are integrally involved in the assessment, differential diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric patients, and there is excellent collaboration between Psychiatry and Psychology in the areas of mental health, consultation of acute medical patients, and behavioral medicine and rehabilitation.
The Department of Psychology at JHS provides diagnostic and treatment interventions to inpatients and outpatients with acute and chronic diseases, as well as physical, psychiatric, and neurological disabilities, as part of a well-integrated multidisciplinary team approach. These comprehensive clinical activities provide a rich environment for the Psychology Internship Program. The JHS Psychology Department is comprised of 15 full-time and one part-time licensed psychologists with expertise in various specialty areas throughout the medical center. Two additional full-time faculty have been hired. They are currently being credentialed and are expected to be part of the faculty by the start of the 2020-2021 internship year. The theoretical orientation of the faculty is quite varied, ranging from cognitive-behavioral, ACT, interpersonal, and psychoanalytic. Interns have multiple opportunities for involvement with other UM psychologists through research and training experiences.
The following specialty tracks are offered:
- Adult Outpatient Center for Behavioral Medicine Track (four positions – three in the General Track & one in the Hispanic Track)
- Rehabilitation Psychology Track (one position)
- Adult Clinical Neuropsychology Track (one position)
- Pediatric Behavioral Medicine Track (one position)
- Clinical Child Track (two positions)