Program Information: Psychiatry

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1540
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Allegheny General Hospital
Department: Psychiatry
Address: Four Allegheny Center 8th Floor
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15212-5234
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Pittsburgh, PA
Distance from Major City: 0
Phone: 412-330-4242x
Fax: 412-330-4377
Email: nancy.kennedy@ahn.org
Web Address: https://www.ahn.org/health-care-professionals/education/allied-health/psychology-internship/clinical-rotations.html
Brochure Website's Address: https://www.ahn.org/health-care-professionals/education/allied-health/psychology-internship/clinical-rotations.html
Primary Agency Type: Academic Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatric or Pediatrics
  • Medical School
  • Private General Hospital
  • Psychology Department
  • State/County/Other Public Hospital
Member of APPIC since:
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Nancy Kennedy
Chief Psychologist: Nancy Kennedy
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 32
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 07/01/2022
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 4
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 28080
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Parking, professional development discretionary funds, credit union
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Depending upon the rotation, the day begins around 8:00 AM and ends around 4:30 PM. The intern will be engaged in a variety of clinical assessment and treatment activities in the Psychiatry outpatient clinic, and inpatient units.. Other activities during the day include seminars, case consultation and supervision.
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: 11/11/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes, with additions
An onsite interview is:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 11/22/2021
Tentative interview date: 12/3/2021
Interview process description:

Our internship program welcomes and celebrates applicants from all personal, familial and cultural backgrounds.  Past internship classes have included individuals from a wide-variety of backgrounds, including rural and urban areas, individuals fluent in a number of languages, and past interns have hailed from across the globe, representing diverse religious beliefs, and have identified as LGBTQ and other gender/sexual identities.  The Allegheny Health Network is fully committed to opposing discrimination in recruitment, selection, placement, transfer, promotion, reassignment, compensation, benefits, disciplinary actions, separation from employment and other terms and conditions of employment.

PREREQUISITES:  PLEASE ADDRESS IN COVER LETTER 

    1. Applicants interested in the Neuropsychology Major Rotation must have sufficient practicum experience (e.g., at least two practicum experiences in neuropsychological/psychological assessment) and have demonstrated familiarity and skills with basic neuropsychological assessment batteries. Two comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation reports, redacted, must accompany the application
    1.  Prior to being allowed to complete a major CTSCA rotation, interested interns are required to have completed a graduate-level course in developmental psychopathology, complete a rotation specific interview with the training faculty and also the online, free TF-CBT training at www.musc.edu/tfcbt.
    1. All applicants considering any rotation are expected to have general coursework and practicum experience in the areas of comprehensive diagnostic evaluation and psychotherapy with individual, couples, family or group .

 

Policies and Procedures

Internship Prerequisites

There are no specific academic requirements for application to the AGH Psychology Internship. However, applicants from APA-approved training program are preferred. As such the applicants are expected to have completed academic training in the areas of personality theory, biological, cognitive, social, and affective aspects of behavior, theories and methods of psychological assessment diagnosis, effective psychological intervention, theories of psychopathology and behavioral dysfunction, research design and methods, and professional ethics.

There are also no minimal requirements for the amount of practicum hours general applicants must have prior to applying to the AGH Psychology Internships; however applicants are expected to have completed practicum experiences in both psychological assessment and intervention. All of these educational activities should have been completed in the context of sensitivity to cultural and individual diversity as well as current professional standards.  Interns interested in child training through the CTSCA must prequalify for the rotation by having previously completed a course in developmental psychopathology, completed practicum training with child & adolescent cases, and completed the online, free TF-CBT training (www.musc.edu/tfcb) prior to beginning the CTSCA major rotation. Applicants anticipating selection of the neuropsychology major are asked to submit two redacted neuropsychological integrated reports with their application materials.  Applicants interested in the Intensive Psychiatric Day Treatment Program should outline experience and coursework specific to an adult, acute psychiatric treatment milieu and team approach. 

Applications are reviewed by the Director of Training or Associate Director of Training and two faculty members in order to evaluate the degree of match between the applicant’s prior training experiences, career aspirations, and the training opportunities available through the AGH Psychology Internship. Applicants with appropriate fit are then invited to interview via zoom platform. Camera and microphone connections are required. Candidates who attend the zoom interviews are involved in small group introductions to the rotations.  Applicants participate in several individual faculty interviews during the second half of the zoom experinece, concluding with a wrap up social hour with break out rooms and faculty members, current interns, and post-doc fellows invited. The interviews are offered on two Fridays in December and last between 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM. Interview procedures, including our request for a photograph at the time of the interview are thoroughly explained to all applicants.  We find photographs of our applicants to be very helpful memory cues for faculty during our selection discussions. 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: George Washington University, University of Miami, University of Pittsburgh, University of North Texas, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Wright Institute, Carlow University, Brown University, Fordham, University of Louisville, SUNY, Chatham University, Howard University, Loyola, Pepperdine University, San Diego State University, LaSalle, California Lutheran 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: 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:
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours:
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited
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 AGH Psychology Internship is dedicated to training the next generation of outstanding Health Psychologists and Neuropsychologists to:

  • provide high quality, evidence-based treatments
  • conduct state-of-the-art comprehensive evaluations
  • serve as leaders with distinction within their organizations
  • become thoughtful, compassionate, effective supervisors

The AGH Psychology Internship is a full time, 12 month long training program. The stipend at AGH is competitive with other regional sites and with similar settings nationally. Each intern’s specific training program consists of their chosen major clinical rotations (Two, 6 months each), a minor clinical rotation (either two, 6-month rotations or a single 12 month rotation), year-long outpatient caseload of 4-6 patients per week across the lifespan, and year-long didactics and other educational experiences (e.g., Grand Rounds, case conference). In addition to their clinical work, each intern is required to present at least once at each of the following: AGH Dept. of Psychiatry Grand Rounds, case conference, and journal club.  

The intern is expected to conduct assessment and therapy with patients across the lifespan, including child, adolescent, and adult populations. Interns may intend to pursue careers primarily working with either children or adults or specializing in either assessment or therapy, which can become areas of expertise through each intern’s unique matrix of major and minor clinical rotations. However, all interns are expected to develop basic-level competencies in assessment and treatment across the lifespan as part of the generalist training model. Each intern will carefully plan their unique program of study (i.e., specific major and minor rotations, didactic courses) based upon their specific training goals, career aspirations, and prior training experiences in collaboration with the Director and Associate Director of Training. All training plans require approval from the Director of Training prior to being finalized.

Interns also attend a weekly supervision meeting as a cohort with the Director and Associate Director of Training that covers a wide-range of topics, including understanding hospital system and departmental policies, providing interns with guidance and support as they finish their dissertations, assist interns with identifying and applying to post-doctoral fellowship programs, addressing program-wide training concerns, and identifying and implementing training program enhancements.   

APA Accreditation:
The AGH Psychology Internship is fully APA-accredited, having completed a re-accreditation site visit in November, 2019,  The program is fully accredited through 2029.  For additional questions, the APA Commission on Accreditation can be reached at (202) 336 - 5979.

Training Focus: Generalist (Therapy and Assessment) Across the Lifespan, Neuropsychology and Child and Adolescent Trauma Treatment, Intensive Psychiatric Day Treatment

Interview Dates: December 3 and 10, 2021

Training Dates: July 1st 2022 - June 30th 2023

Annual Stipend: $28,080

Benefits:

  • Employee health insurance (including optional Vision and Dental plans)
  • Free parking pass
  • Professional development funds per intern (for conferences, training workshops,
  • books, annual professional memberships, etc.) – typically $500 per year
  • Office space with personal computer
  • Access to electronic library resources
  • 15 PTO Days (for vacation and sick days)
  • 6 Paid Holidays
  • 5 Professional Development Days

Training Structure:

  • Major rotation 3 days / week (6 months long, choose two)
  • Year-long minor rotation 1 day / week (possible two, separate 6-month rotations)
  • Year-long outpatient psychotherapy caseload of 4 – 6 patients (lifespan)
  • Year-long didactics and seminars

Major Rotation Options (Each 6 months):

  • Center for Traumatic Stress for Children & Adolescents
  • Intensive Psychiatric Day Treatment
  • Neuropsychology

Minor Rotation Options:

  • Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh:
  • Psychological Assessment with children, ADOS-2 specialization
    Neuropsychology(6 or 12 months)
  • Allegheny Health Network:
    Child Integrative Therapy (12 months)
  • Department of Neurology
  • Women's Behavioral Health
  • Health Psychology

 

 

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
French-speaking:
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness:
Other:

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Group Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Community Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Consultation/Liaison: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Primary Care: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Other:

Experience

Health Psychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Women's Health: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
HIV/AIDS: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Adult: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Child: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Serious Mental Illness: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Forensics/Corrections: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Pediatrics: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
School:
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - specialty: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Other:

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: https://www.ahn.org/health-care-professionals/education/allied-health/psychology-internship/clinical-rotations.html  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: 151 129 116 143 142
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 51 30 25 25 25
Total number of interns: 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 1 2 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 3 2 1 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 1 3 3 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 2 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 7 36 13 7 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 39 83 65 75 64
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 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 3 3 3 3 3
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 1 2 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 1 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 1 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 1 0 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 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