Department : Psychiatry and Behavioral Science

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1495
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: SUNY Upstate Medical University
Department: Psychiatry and Behavioral Science
Address: 750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, New York 13210-2339
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Distance from Major City:
Phone: 315-464-3120x
Fax: 315-464-3163
Training Director Email:
Co-Training Director Email:
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Medical School
Additional Agency Types:
  • Academic Health Center
  • Community Mental Health Center
  • Medical School
  • State/County/Other Public Hospital
  • University Counseling Center
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director: Michael Miller
Chief Psychologist: Michael Miller
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 14
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 90
Position Information
Start Date: 08/01/2024
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: 31837
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 00000
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, 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 Adult track: Full year of outpatient student counseling work, plus 3 month rotations on: inpatient psychiatric unit, physical rehab unit, outpatient child clinic. Didactics include a unique focus on philosophical and and psychoanalytically informed approaches to psychology, ethics, and diversity. Further didactics in competency based supervision, third wave therapies, and mindfulness. Supervisors represent analytic, dynamic, third wave, and humanistic approaches. Child track: A combination of outpatient clinical work with children in hospital clinic and inpatient consultation service, plus community based pediatric clinic. Work on a multidisciplinary diagnostic team. Didactics throughout the year focused on therapy, trauma, and child-specific interventions.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? 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: 12/12/2023 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are: Not Offered
A Virtual Interview is: Required
Interview notification date: 12/16/2022
Tentative interview date: N/A
Interview process description:

**We are extending our application due date to 12/12/23. We will only be accepting applications for the core adult track  or the adult integrated care trackPlease apply only to one track. Do not apply to the child track at this time, as new applications will not be considered.

Our program grants a unique opportunity for rigorous didactics and supervision in existential, psychoanalytic, and humanistic theory and practice in a cutting-edge academic medical center.  Applicants looking to integrate these "human science" principles in mainstream medical and academic settings are especially encouraged to apply.**


PLEASE APPLY TO ONE TRACK ONLY: Either Adult, Child, Or Adult Integrated Care

ADULT TRACK applicants meet with the Director of Training (Dr. Miller), two additional faculty members, and a current intern.  We ask that you come prepared to discuss a case not in your application, and are particularly interested in your thoughts on the intersection of theory and practice.

CHILD TRACK applicants meet with two child track faculty and one intern. Interviews take 3-4 hours in one day.

INTEGRATED CARE TRACK applicants meet with Dr. Miller, Dr. Brian Rieger (track coordinator), one additional faculty member, and one current intern.  

NOTE: We are conducting all interviews over televideo this year, but if you would like to arrange a visit with us, you are welcome to do so.  No preference will be given to candidates who physically visit, but we understand that seeing your potential internship site may be important to you, and want to accomodate that.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Over our 50+ years, we have matched with students from more programs than we can list here. Some of our recent interns have come from programs such as Penn State, Washington State University, Point Park University, University of Detroit Mercy, University of Tennessee, Duquesne University, Syracuse University, University of North Carolina, Stony Brook University, University of Oregon, University of Nevada, University of Massachusetts, and University of Pittsburgh.
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 application deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 400
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 100
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Does your program require applicants to submit supplemental materials (i.e., an assessment report and/or a case/treatment summary):
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable): 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Not Accepted
School Psychology Not 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: Start of employment is contingent upon a negative test for illegal substances, including cannabis.
Program Description

The Adult Tracks (Core Adult Track and Integrated Care Adult Track) are steeped in both the scientist-practitioner and scholar-practitioner traditions. We value and expose interns to scientifically rigorous approaches to clinical work, while also providing seminars and supervision that focus on philosophical and psychoanalytic ("human science") thinking to an extent rarely seen in an internship setting. Our aim is to train the most clinically and scientifically competent, and the most philosophically sophisticated, psychologists in the U.S. To this end, interns' training includes intensive didactics and supervision in rehabilitation psychology, DBT, contemporary CBT and third wave approaches, and contemporary practices in inpatient psychology, as well as seminars covering primary texts in psychoanalysis, existential-phenomenological psychology, philosophy of ethics in psychology, poststructural philosophical critiques of psychology, and postcolonial theory, among others. 

The child track's focus in on training highly competent, caring, trauma-informed, generalist child clinicians through intensive supervision, experiences in numerous inpatient, outpatient, and integrated care settings. The child track offers track-specific didactics in trauma and child psychotherapy, and rotations on a hospital based Child Consult-Liaison Service, child inpatient, and others.

Our program might best be described polytheoretical.  Our supervisors and teachers include psychodynamic, psychoanalytic, cognitive-behavioral, and third-wave practitioners. We place a premium on theoretical rigor and respectful exchange of ideas across theoretical positions. 

If you are a student who identifies as underrepresented in any way, we hope you will consider us in your application process.  Our internship is committed to a rigorous philosophical examination of the history and systems of psychology (including current discourse) as they relate to questions of identity and difference, and we pride ourselves on a curriculum that has for years exceeded the field's standard in this regard. We also understand that "diversity" is a complex issue, and that there are diverse ways to think about diversity itself. We are committed therefore to fostering the respectful exchange of varying and divergent viewpoints through the lens of critical thought, and believe that such engagement makes us all better psychologists.

Please indicate in your cover letter whether you are applying either to the Core Adult, Adult Integrated Care, or Child Track. 

A more detailed description of the program can be obtained online at

In response to research on student preferences after the move to televideo interviews during the early pandemic, we are conducting all interviews via televideo this year.  We believe that this expands access to the many hard working and impressive graduate students for whom travel costs would be prohibitive.  If you would like to visit us in person, you are also welcome to do so, just let us know and we can set up a time to meet you and show you around.  Students who visit in person are not granted any advantage in ranking.

Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
People without housing:

Treatment Modalities

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


Health Psychology: Experience (21% to 30%)
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Physical Disabilities: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: Experience (21% to 30%)
Serious Mental Illness: Experience (21% to 30%)
Anxiety Disorders: Experience (21% to 30%)
Trauma/PTSD: Experience (21% to 30%)
Sexual Abuse: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Pediatrics: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Counseling: Experience (21% to 30%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Experience (21% to 30%)
Feminist Therapy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation:
Supervision: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Administration: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Integrated health care - specialty:

Psychoanalytic, existential-phenomenological, and psychodynamic therapy

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 2024-2025
Number of Completed Applications: 76 58 62 100 118 94
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 43 38 39 50 43 56
Total number of interns: 7 7 7 7 7 7
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 7 7 7 7 7 7
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 7 7 7 5 4 4
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0 0 2 3 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 7 7 7 7 7 7
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 7 3 3 3 4 5
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 90 35 44 40 39 40
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
2022-2023 2023-2024
Academic teaching:
Community mental health center: 0 0
Consortium: 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0
Hospital/Medical Center: 0 0
Veterans Affairs Health Care System: 0 0
Psychiatric facility: 0 0
Correctional facility: 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0
School district/system: 0 0
Independent practice setting: 3 0
Other (Academic Psychology Department): 3 Postdoc 0
Link to Program's Trainee Admissions, Support, and Outcome Data: