Department : Department of Psychology

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1472
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Manhattan Psychiatric Center
Department: Department of Psychology
Address: Wards Island Complex
600 East 125 St.
New York, New York 10035
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA
Distance from Major City: 1 Mile from NYC
Phone: 646-766-5863
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: Jaclyn Green
Chief Psychologist: Christine Bartholoma
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 4
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 09/05/2024
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 4
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 37965
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above):
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Our interns begin each day as part of an interdisciplinary treatment team in ward-based morning rounds with a licensed psychologist supervisor. From there, they can expect to participate in a variety of direct care activities including group and individual psychotherapy, psychological assessments, and engagement with patients in the milieu. Days are rounded out by participation in individual supervisions, group supervisions, and didactic learning. Interns can expect to document direct contact with patients. They also will be provided training and support for treatment planning and writing.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
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: 11/01/2023 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are: Not Offered
A Virtual Interview is: Required
Interview notification date: 12/20/2023
Tentative interview date: 01/09/2024
Interview process description:

All interviews will be conducted virtually, preferably by WebEx videoconferencing; however, telephone interviews will be considered.  Applicants should plan for 60-90 minutes for the interview which will be conducted with the Director of Psychology Training, one or more staff members, and potentially one or more current intern(s).  Open Houses, to be scheduled in January 2024 (attendance optional), also will have a virtual option for attendance and will be open to all candidates who are invited to interview.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: We have matched with interns from around the country and around the globe.
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: Yes, by application deadline
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 150
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 80
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 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

MPC’s mission is to serve as a “Bridge to Recovery” by assisting persons experiencing severe and persistent mental illness in increasing their capacity for self-mastery, self-care and social integration, so that they can function successfully at their greatest potential.  We view the hospital as a place for recovery from illness, a step in a journey back to health. The goal is to work collaboratively with our consumers and across disciplines toward the individual’s recovery goals so that they might return to their families, friends, and community as soon as possible.

MPC strives to meet the needs of the underserved and often overlooked residents of New York City.  Our consumers frequently are impoverished, hard-to-reach and often experiencing chronic adversity, including severe and often persistent mental illness.  They frequently experience multiple disadvantages in the form of social and educational deprivation, physical disabilities, intellectual / cognitive impairment, trauma history, substance misuse, and legal system involvement, in addition to the specific psychiatric crises that precipitate hospitalization.  Although some hospitalizations are brief, longer-term hospitalizations often occur, as do recurrent hospitalizations. While we are not a forensic facility, a considerable number of our patients have experience serving time in either City jails, State prisons or both.

The MPC Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and as such abides by its guidelines. We also strive to be consistent with the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (American Psychological Association (APA), 2017), and the Standards of Accreditation for Health Service Psychology (APA, 2017). The aim of the MPC Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology is to train ethical and culturally responsive psychologists who are competent and skilled in delivering clinical services to a wide-range of populations, including those with the most severe mental illness and limited resources. The Internship is integral to the function and philosophy of OMH and MPC in its provision of a wide range of evidence-based, trauma-informed treatment and evaluation services to traditionally underserved populations, its commitment to recovery from illness, and its focus on ongoing education and professional development for employees toward the services they provide.

At MPC, a team of well-qualified and passionate psychologists are committed to preparing the next generation of psychologists to pursue fulfilling careers in health care psychology.  Their passion for sharing their skills and knowledge results in a multitude of opportunities for students to observe, learn, and practice their own growing skill set. The supervisors/practitioners provide in vivo and didactic supervision and training through scheduled seminars and supervisions as well as with an “open door” policy that allows for immediate responsiveness to interns’ queries and needs. 

The Psychology Internship program integrates intern psychology professional development into the hospital service setting. Over the course of the intern year, through gradually increasing responsibilities, interns learn the important skills, including assessment, treatment interventions, and consultations, beneficial to recovery for patients with severe persistent mental illness (SPMI).   

While our Interns have much to gain from their experiences at MPC, they also have quite a bit to offer.  They come from APA-accredited programs at renowned schools where they have been seeped in the most current research and trained in a variety of empirically-based interventions.  In addition to their academic and clinical skills, our interns are impressive because they have decided to work in public mental health.  They have expressed interest in obtaining training and in working with individuals with serious mental illness in a public setting.  Our Interns’ work in our programs enables the furtherance of the mission of OMH, by developing clinicians prepared to provide high quality, culturally sensitive, effective treatment and assessment across the continuum of care.

Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
International Students:
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Experience (21% to 30%)
Individual Therapy: Experience (21% to 30%)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: Experience (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: Experience (21% to 30%)
Crisis Intervention: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: Experience (21% to 30%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: Experience (21% to 30%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: Experience (21% to 30%)
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Evidence Based Research: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students : Exposure (1% to 20%)


Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: Experience (21% to 30%)
Serious Mental Illness: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Anxiety Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Trauma/PTSD: Experience (21% to 30%)
Sexual Abuse: Experience (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Forensics/Corrections: Experience (21% to 30%)
Sexual Offenders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Geropsychology: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Supervision: Experience (21% to 30%)
Research: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary:
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 2022-2023 2023-2024
Number of Completed Applications: 141 138 135 91 116 95
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 33 32 37 37 35 38
Total number of interns: 4 4 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 4 4 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 2 2 1 2 3 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 2 3 2 1 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 4 0 4 3 4 4
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 1 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 7 5 1 9 4 1
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 22 10 58 10 10 21
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
Academic teaching:
Community mental health center: 0
Consortium: 0
University Counseling Center: 1
Hospital/Medical Center: 0
Veterans Affairs Health Care System: 0
Psychiatric facility: 1
Correctional facility: 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0
School district/system: 0
Independent practice setting: 1
Other (Academic Psychology Department): 0