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
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Medical School
Additional Agency Types:
  • Academic Health Center
  • Medical School
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / 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: 08/01/2023
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 7
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: 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: a combination of outpatient student counseling work, inpatient work on psychiatric or physical rehab units, and supervision or didactics. Didactics include a unique focus on philosophical and theory-driven approaches to psychology, ethics, and diversity, as well as didactics in competency based supervision, trauma, and psychotherapy. Supervisors represent analytic, dynamic, third wave, and CBT 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: 12/12/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Not Offered
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/16/2022
Tentative interview date: N/A
Interview process description:

The adult track applicant meets with the Director of Training (Dr. Miller), one to two additional faculty members, and a current intern. Child applicants meet with two child track faculty and one intern. Interviews take 3-4 hours in one day. We ask that you come prepared to discuss a case, and are particularly interested in your thoughts on the intersection of research or scholarship and practice. NOTE: We are conducting all interviews over televideo this year. 

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. Our more recent interns have come from programs such as Penn State, Washington State University, Point Park University, University of Detroit Mercy, University of Tennessee, and Syracuse University.
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: No
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 application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by ranking 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):
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.
Program Description

Our internship is steeped in the scientist-practitioner and scholar-practitioner traditions. We value and expose interns to scientifically rigorous, up-to-date approaches to clinical work, and at the same time provide seminars and supervision that focus on critical and philosophical thinking to an extent rarely seen in an internship setting. Our aim is to train psychologists who are among the most clinically and scientifically competent, and the most philosophically sophisticated, in the profession. 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. 

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 Adult or Child Track.

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

COVID-19 UPDATE: We are conducting all interviews via televideo this year.  

Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes

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%)
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:
Evidenced Based Practice:
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students :


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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:

Psychoanalytic 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
Number of Completed Applications: 76 58 62 100 118
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 43 38 39 50 43
Total number of interns: 7 7 7 7 7
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 7 7 7 7 7
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 7 7 7 5 4
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0 0 2 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 7 7 7 7 7
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 7 3 3 3 4
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 90 35 44 40 39
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: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 2 2 5 0 0 3
Community Mental Health Center: 1 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 1 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 2 0 1 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 1 1 1 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 1 1 1
University Teaching Faculty: 1 0 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 1 0
Research Position: 1 0 0 2 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 1 0 0 2
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0 1
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 1 0 0 5 0