Program Information: Division of Psychology/Department of Psychiatry

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1334
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
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:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Patricia Harney
Chief Psychologist: Patricia Harney
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: 06/30/2021
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 13
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): For each intern, up to $500 to reimburse for conference attendance in addictions or integration of primary care and mental health, subject to funding approval
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? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsNo
Do Psychology Interns/Postdocs Have the Opportunity to Supervise Practicum Students?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: 11/08/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/15/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/04/2022
Interview process description:

We offer virtual interviews during the first three weeks of January, possibly in December and some later dates in January, 2022. 

Applicants will be notified via email NO LATER THAN December 15, 2021 as to whether they will be offered an interview.  Interviews are conducted VIRTUALLY.  Applicants will meet with the Training Director as a group in google meets and then interview with 1 or 2 faculty members individually.  There are also opportunities to speak with current interns. 

Information for International Students:  We welcome applications from international students who are enrolled in doctoral programs in the U.S.    We will provide documentation (usually in the form of an offer letter) that assists the student in obtaining a visa renewal and to preserve OPT for postdocs.   Because University International Student offices vary in their protocols, we encourage students to check with their international students' office in advance of Match Day, and discuss needs for start and end date with the Training Director, as all interns need to complete 12 months of internship. 

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
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 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
PCSAS-Accredited Not 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, and Pediatric Primary Care/High School Based Clinic. In addition, three positions are Population Health Track, which involves a combination of outpatient therapy, substance abuse intervention in an OBAT program, and research. The three interns in the population health track spend the first six weeks of the internship in a 6 week certificate program on clinical effectivness at the Harvard/Chan School of Public Health.   These positions are funded by a GPE/HRSA grant.  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 2 adult cases). 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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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 in level of experience or exposure. For instance, the Population Health grant interns spend one full day a week in primary care/mental health. Other tracks have less, and optional involvement 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 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
Number of Completed Applications: 223 270 230 300 300
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 56 65 69 90 90
Total number of interns: 9 12 12 15 12
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 9 12 12 15 12
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 6 8 8 8
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 3 4 4 4
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 6 9 8 4
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 3 3 4 4
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 1
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 1 1 1 1
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 40 90 15 20
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 1 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 8 0 0 15
Community Mental Health Center: 1 4 0 0 1
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 1 0 1 0 1
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 1 0 0
Other Medical Center: 3 0 6 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 1 1 0 1
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 9
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 2 3 1 0 1
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 1 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 2 1 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 1 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0