Program Information: Jackson Health System in affiliation with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine - Department of Psychology

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1219
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Jackson Health System in affiliation with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Department: Department of Psychology
Address: 1695 N.W. 9th Avenue
Suite 2416
Miami, Florida 33136
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL
Distance from Major City:
Phone: 305-355-8085
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: State/County/Other Public Hospital
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Clara Lora-Ospina
Chief Psychologist: Evelyn Benitez
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 16
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 07/01/2023
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 9
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 32000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): In addition to Federal Holidays, benefits include 18 personal leave days (for vacation, sick, and dissertation leave time) and health benefits (medical, vision and dental). Interns also have access to the psychiatry library, which provides access to a variety of databases including PubMed, PsycINFO, Medline and ClinPsych, as well as a host of online full-text journals and books.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Please refer to our brochure as this varies depending on the track the trainee is in. Typically 45-50 hours per week at the site.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsNo
Do Psychology Interns/Postdocs Have the Opportunity to Supervise Practicum Students?Yes
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: 11/01/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Not Offered
Interview notification date: 12/15/2022
Tentative interview date: N/A
Interview process description:

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance for interviews by December 15, 2022 via email.  Interviews take place virtually throughout January 3 - 28, 2022 (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only) and are conducted by faculty and current interns from respective specialty tracks.  

*In line with recommendations made by the APPIC Board of Directors, and in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will be exclusively using virtual, remote, or on-line interviews and tours for the entire selection process and we will not be offering any in-person recruitment formats. We generally offer about 10 interviews per position.  Each applicant that is invited to interview will have two sessions scheduled.  Structured interviews are conducted by at least two attending psychologists from each individual track, and the current interns.  Interview sessions last approximately 45 minutes.  In addition, interviewees may be asked to produce a writing sample between interviews.


How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs:
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a U.S. Citizen, Authorization to Work or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in the US is Required: Yes
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a Canadian Citizen, Authorization to Work in Canada or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in Canada is Required: No
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by ranking deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: No
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 350
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 150
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable): 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: Two de-identified writing samples are required with the application. An on-site physical, drug screen, criminal background check and active BLS card are required post-match.
Program Description



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 17 full-time and one part-time licensed psychologists with expertise in various specialty areas throughout the medical center.  The theoretical orientation of the faculty is quite varied, ranging from cognitive-behavioral, ACT, interpersonal, and psychoanalytic. In additon, Interns have multiple opportunities for involvement with other UM psychologists through didactics, 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)


Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Group Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Crisis Intervention: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Primary Care:
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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
HIV/AIDS: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Physical Disabilities: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Learning Disabilities: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Substance Use Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Pediatrics: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation:
Supervision: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - specialty: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)

Additional information about training opportunities: Not all rotations or training experiences may be available as described in the APPIC Directory. Please consult the program's application materials or their website at:  for a complete description of the training opportunities available at this training site. IF the site has not updated their information by August 1, feel free to contact the Training Director for additional information.

Summary of the Characteristics of the Specified Internship Class
2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022 2022-2023
Number of Completed Applications: 244 278 172 171 213 184
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 97 99 106 105 104 85
Total number of interns: 10 9 9 9 9 9
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 10 9 9 9 9 9
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 2 4 4 2 3 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 8 5 5 7 6 8
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 9 9 8 9 9 8
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 0 1 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0 1
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 1 0 5 3 2
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 70 65 145 89 96
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Working on dissertation/Student: 1 1 1 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 9 9 8 9 9 0
Community Mental Health Center: 1 1 2 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 3 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 3 1 3 2 1
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 4 0 1 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 2 2 2
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 1 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 2 1 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 1 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 4 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 3 2 2
Research Position: 0 0 1 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 1 0 0 0 3 2
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 1 1 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0 2
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0 0