Program Information: Child Study Team

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2022
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: The School at Columbia University
Department: Child Study Team
Address: 556 W. 110th Street
New York, New York 10025
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA
Distance from Major City: 0
Phone: 212-851-4409
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: School District
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Samara Blei
Chief Psychologist: Samara Blei
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 3
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/23/2023
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 3
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 60000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Comp Time , Dissertation Release Time, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): breakfast and lunch provided daily; use of computer and iPad for the year; $1,300 to be used for professional development activities of the intern's choosing.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site A typical day (7:45-4:00) might include individual and group counseling, consultation with teachers and/or parents, classroom observation, teaching SEL skills and topics in the classroom, attending grade-level and departmental meetings and performing psychological assessments. One day per week, interns are asked to stay until 5:30 to work with an individual student or small group of students who require remedial instruction, help with executive functions, etc.
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: 11/11/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Optional
Interview notification date: 12/15/2022
Tentative interview date: 01/09/2022
Interview process description:

Applicants will be notified about the interview via email. The applicant may choose whether they would prefer an interview using a virtual format or an in-person interview at The School at Columbia University. The internship program offers the option of an in-person interview to provide the applicant the opportunity to visit and tour the training site, should that be helpful in their Internship decision making process. Choice of a virtual interview or in-person interview will not impact the internship site's ranking process.  Columbia University requires COVID vaccination for employment and on-site visits, including interviews. Attestation and proof of vaccination must be provided when entering the building for an interview.  Interviews are individual (as opposed to a group format) and are 30-40 minutes with 2 supervising psychologists.  Questions will be provided immediately prior to the interview. Following the interview, applicants will also be afforded the opportunity to speak with a current psychology intern.  Interviews will be conducted between January 3rd - 27th, 2023.

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 students from School and Clinical Psychology programs from all over the country.
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: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Proposal Approved: No
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 800
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): 4
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 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: While US citizenship is not required, applicants must be legally able to work in the US without sponsorship.
Program Description

Interns are involved in a wide range of clinical training activities. The internship training program provides opportunities for interns to develop new skills, as well as to refine skills they have acquired through graduate training. Through the internship program, interns develop proficiency and competency in the areas of assessment, counseling, parent and teacher consultation, behavioral assessment and intervention, crisis intervention, preschool screening, educational interventions, in-service presentations, and research. As The School serves children from varied ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, as well as students with varying educational and psychological needs, interns are provided with diverse training experiences. Each intern receives a minimum of two hours per week of regularly scheduled formal face-to-face individual supervision and two hours of group supervision. Supervision is provided by doctoral-level staff psychologists who are licensed in New York State. Interns attend a weekly training seminar provided by staff members and professionals in the community, as well as a weekly full-CST team meeting.

Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Older Adults:
Ethnic minorities:
Students: Yes
International Students:
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Individual Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students :


Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Neuropsychology-Child: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness:
Anxiety Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse:
Substance Use Disorders:
Sexual Offenders:
School: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy:
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation:
Supervision: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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
Number of Completed Applications: 73 110 123 109
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 21 24 24 25
Total number of interns: 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 2 2 3 3
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 1 0 0
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 1 1 2 0
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 2 2 1 3
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 12 14 10 6
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 18 25 21 16
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 1
Postdoctoral Fellow: 2 0 2 0 0 3
Community Mental Health Center: 0 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: 1 0 0 0 0 1
General Hospital: 0 1 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 2 2 0 0 0 1
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 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 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 1 0 0 1
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0 0