Located in the Bronx, but just a stone's throw from Westchester County as well as only 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 life in New York City living while working in a bustling academic medical center in what the U.S. Census considers to be one of the most diverse areas in the country!
In fact, our location in the Bronx makes us an ideal match for interns who are interested in building their competence in the assessment, treatment, and research of the full range of psychiatric disorders, while also addressing issues of culture, diversity and social justice in a largely underprivileged and underserved patient population. This includes: (a) applying evidence-based assessments and treatments, (b) tailoring evidence-based assessments and treatments to patients of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds, often presenting with comorbid medical conditions and/or multiple psychosocial and environmental stressors (either of which may impact the diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of their mental health disorders), (c) implementing evidence-based behavioral health treatments for chronic medical diseases (e.g., CBT for smoking cessation, weight management, hypertension, etc.)., and (d) participating in (or designing) a research project and/or other scholarly activities with our clinical population that is of sufficient quality and rigor to have the potential to contribute to the scientific, psychological, or professional knowledge base via a professional publication or presentation at the local, regional, or national level.
Being housed within an Academic Medical Center, the Psychology Internship Training Program emphasizes learning about the nature of psychopathology from both clinical and research perspectives. Clinically, interns gain experience with assessment, diagnosis, case conceptualization and formulation, and treatment from a variety of theoretical orientations (CBT, DBT, ACT, Psychdynamic, etc.), using different modalities (e.g., individual, couples, family, group, etc.) while in different settings (outpatient, inpatient, consult, emergency room, etc.). 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, our interns 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 four specialized training programs: an adult track, a child and adolescent track, a combined (child-adolescent-adult outpatient) track, and a *NEW* Neuropsychology track. While each of the specializations has its own goals and objectives (please see our 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.
Each specialization has required core rotations, which can also be supplemented from a wide variety of clinical electives. While there is a limit on the number of clinical electives one can add, the program 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 start of the internship year, but can also be modified as the year unfolds.
Finally, along with clinical service and research, we also place great emphasis on education. 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 didactics day (Thursday) throughout the academic year (July to June) and our Departmental Grand Rounds also run on Thursdays from September to May. Taken together, these account for 4-5 hours per week of the interns' time.