Department : Derner School of Psychology

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2224
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Derner Internship Consortium
Department: Derner School of Psychology
Address: Derner School of Psychology
Adelphi University
158 Cambridge Avenue
Garden City, New York 11530
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA
Distance from Major City: 26 miles east of New York, NY
Phone: 516-877-4823
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Consortium
Additional Agency Types:
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatric or Pediatrics
  • Community Mental Health Center
  • Consortium
  • Private Outpatient Clinic
  • Private Psychiatric Hospital
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director: Lauren Knopf
Chief Psychologist: Monica Pal
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 12
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 5
Position Information
Start Date: 09/01/2024
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 8
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 30000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Comp Time , Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Interns who are Adelphi University PhD students may continue to access all student services, including purchasing the low-cost University Health Insurance. Additional options to purchase health insurance are available at some sites in the consortium, as specified in the Internship Handbook.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns will engage in provision of direct clinical services, attend individual and group supervision, present at case conferences, and attend scheduled didactic training sessions.
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? Yes
Details of the above affiliations The Internship is partially affiliated with the PhD Program in Clinical Psychology at the Derner School of Psychology at Adelphi University. Only matriculated students from the Adelphi PhD Program may apply to the Derner Internship in Phase I of the National Match. When available, unfilled positions are open to qualified students from other programs in Phase II of the Match and during the Post Match Vacancy Period.
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 11/08/2023 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
A Virtual Interview is: Optional
Interview notification date: N/A
Tentative interview date: N/A
Interview process description:

Individual interviews will be scheduled no later than January 2024 and some will take place as early as November and December 2023.  Selected applicants will be invited for interviews directly by the individual member sites of the Consortium to which they have applied. The interview format (e.g., one or two interviews, half or whole day visit to the site, etc.) will be determined by each consortium member. Some sites will conduct interviews virtually, while others will offer in-person interview opportunities, or a hybrid of the two. Interviews provide opportunities to learn details about training at individual sites, to speak with staff and trainees.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Adelphi University, Argosy University, California School of Professional Psychology, Chicago School of Professional Psychology, City University of NY, Florida Institute of Technology, George Fox University, Hartford University, Hofstra University, Long Island University (Brooklyn and CW Post campuses), New School, Rutgers University, the Wright Institute, and Yeshiva (Ferkauf) 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: Yes
Masters Degree Required: Yes, by application deadline
Comprehensive Exams Passed: No
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 500
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): 4
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Not 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

The Derner Internship Consortium is partially affiliated with the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at Adelphi University.  We accept applications in Phase I of the Match only from Adelphi doctoral psychology students. 

When there are unfilled positions in Phase II and in the post-match vacancy period, these are open to qualified applicants from all APA accredited programs in the US.  In prior years, as many as four of the orignial six available positions were filled by students from other, non-affiliated doctoral programs.

The Internship training experience seeks to build on the broad and general skills developed during the preceding four years of doctoral education and training in order to graduate competent, entry-level clinicians who can function independently in a variety of settings and continue to develop professionally throughout their careers. The Internship program provides training that is sequential and graded in complexity; interns are encouraged to assume a gradually increasing degree of professional responsibility and autonomy as the training year progresses. The Internship is a yearlong, intensive training experience and carries a requirement of 2,000 hours for completion. As specified in the Internship Handbook, the yearlong training requirement may be completed at one or two separate agencies (in which case training hours are apportioned approximately equally between each agency).  Ongoing program evaluation and planning involving the interns and their supervisors are an integral part of training.

In 2013-2014, three full-time Interns trained at a private mental health clinic, a psychoanalytic institute, a student counseling center, and the employee assistance offices of a large private hospital.  In 2014-2015 six Interns trained at similar settings and at substance use treatment facilities.  From 2015 to 2021, training took place at private clinics, a psychoanalytic institute, a community mental health clinic, student counseling centers and substance use treatment facilities. In the 2023-24 training year, internships include placements at a group private practice, a psychoanalytic institute, a private psychiatric hospital, a community mental health clinic, and substance use treatment facilities. These sites are offering internships again for the 2024-25 training year. 

Training Goals: The Internship Program’s overarching training goal is to produce skilled, empathic, entry-level clinical psychologists who possess and utilize profession wide competencies, who have attained a sense of professional responsibility and duty, and who are thereby ready and able to function in wide range of settings.  Please consult the Internship Handbook for more detailed information including profession wide competencies.


Internship Training Opportunities


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
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Group Therapy: Experience (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Consultation/Liaison: Exposure (1% to 20%)
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: Experience (21% to 30%)
Evidence Based Research: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students : Exposure (1% to 20%)


Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health: Exposure (1% to 20%)
HIV/AIDS: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Assessment: Experience (21% to 30%)
Serious Mental Illness: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Anxiety Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: Experience (21% to 30%)
Sexual Offenders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Geropsychology: Exposure (1% to 20%)
School: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Counseling: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Vocational/Career Development: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Multicultural Therapy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Program Development/Evaluation: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Supervision: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Research: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Administration: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary: Exposure (1% to 20%)
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: 30 39 36 56 102 101 57
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 16 26 25 29 26 22 31
Total number of interns: 5 5 6 6 6 7 8
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 5 5 6 6 6 7 8
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 4 3 3 4 6 6 8
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 2 3 2 0 1 0
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 5 5 6 6 6 7 8
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 4 3 3 3 3 2 2
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 8 7 10 11 14 5 5
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
Academic teaching:
Community mental health center: 0
Consortium: 0
University Counseling Center: 0
Hospital/Medical Center: 3
Veterans Affairs Health Care System: 0
Psychiatric facility: 0
Correctional facility: 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0
School district/system: 0
Independent practice setting: 4
Other (Academic Psychology Department): 0