Program Information: Psychology

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2330
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Central New York Psychiatric Center Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology
Department: Psychology
Address: P.O. Box 300
9005 Old River Rd
Marcy, New York 13403
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 50 miles east of Syracuse, NY
Phone: 315-765-3253
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: State/County/Other Public Hospital
Additional Agency Types:
  • Prison or Other Correctional Facility
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Alexandra Assalley
Chief Psychologist: Alexandra Assalley
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 6
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 09/01/2022
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 2
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class:
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 35074
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Vision insurance; 3 days of professional leave for dissertation, training opportunities other than those sponsored by the internship, and/or professional examinations; 5 days of personal leave in addition to sick and vacation leave; 12 state and float holidays; NYS Library System access
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns spend at least three days per week at the Forensic Inpatient Hospital and one to two days per week at one of two Corrections-based Operations (CBO) rotations. During their second semester of the internship, the other placements may be reduced to accommodate a rotation with the Secure Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (STARC), Oakview. In these settings, interns may conduct individual and group therapy; complete treatment plans, progress notes, and other required clinical documentation; perform a variety of clinical assessments; consult with multidisciplinary staff; and attend unit, facility, or joint CNYPC/Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) or STARC, Oakview clinical and administrative meetings. Interns also participate in four hours combined of individual and group supervision weekly, a minimum of two hours of weekly formal didactics, and at least two additional hours of professional development. Aside from scheduled meetings, supervision, and treatment activities, interns are expected to be autonomous in scheduling and completing their weekly activities. Although days vary considerably, a typical day might include: attending a morning treatment team meeting, preparing for a group, conducting 1-2 groups, completing group notes, preparing for an assessment, conducting 1-2 hours of an assessment with a patient, and attending group or individual supervision.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsNo
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsNo
Do Psychology Interns/Postdocs Have the Opportunity to Supervise Practicum Students?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: 12/05/2021 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: 12/22/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/10/2022
Interview process description:

Interviews will be scheduled as much as possible between January 10 and January 24, 2022. To support safe and equitable practices for all, interviews will be exclusively virtual via videoconferencing applications (e.g., Zoom) or telephone. Applicants will be interviewed individually (i.e., not with other applicants) but may be interviewed by individual or small groups of faculty. All applicants interview with the Training Director. The interview process may last several hours and will include an introductory session, brief virtual “tour” of the Forensic Inpatient Hospital, and question and answer session with the current interns; these sessions may be conducted with groups of applicants. Requests for meetings with specific faculty will be taken into consideration but cannot be guaranteed. Applicants will be notified via email regarding the request for an interview. 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Yeshiva University, Medaille College, Alliant/California School of Professional Psychology-San Diego, Divine Mercy University, William James College, Walden 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: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Proposal Approved: No
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 Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited Accepted
Non-Accredited 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: Yes
How to obtain text of statement: During orientation, trainees are required to sign statements that they have reviewed and will abide by the agency's policies entitled: Respect and Interpersonal Behavior, Staff-on-Staff Violence in the Workplace, Workplace Violence Prevention Program, Domestic Violence and the Workplace, Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Age Discrimination, Affirmative Action/EEO, Reasonable Accommodation Procedure, NYS Justice Center Code of Conduct for Custodians of People with Special Needs, NYS Justice Center Protection of People with Special Needs Act/Notice to Mandated Reporters, Contact Between CNYPC Employees and Inmates/Patients/Residents, Employee Confidentiality Statement, Patient Rights – Forensic Services, Secure Treatment and Rehabilitation (STARC) Oakview Residents Rights, Personal Appearance, and Personal Appearance and Dress – Non-Uniformed Personnel (DOCCS Policy). Interns also are required to abide by all Internship policies posted in the Training Manual. CNYPC and Internship policies are available by contacting: Alexandra M. Assalley, Psy.D, Acting Training Director at
Other Requirements: Placement at CNYPC is contingent on the results of background screenings, including fingerprinting and a criminal background check.
Program Description

The CNYPC Internship is a member of APPIC. It strives to be consistent with the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (2017), the Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology (2013), and the Standards of Accreditation for Health Service Psychology. The internship is integral to the function and philosophy of CNYPC and the NYS Office of Mental Health in its provision of a wide range of treatment and evaluation services to traditionally underserved and marginalized groups, its commitment to individual and public safety, and its focus on ongoing professional development.

The internship is a one-year training program offering two full-time, paid positions. Interns are considered essential employees. The internship’s aim is to train ethical, competent, culturally responsive psychologists for future clinical practice in varied settings, with an emphasis on provision of services in forensic and correctional environments. Interns work with individuals with mild to severe mental illness, personality disorders, cognitive impairments, and maladaptive behavior issues in forensic inpatient, correctional, and civil-confinement settings. Interns are based at the Inpatient Forensic Hospital and typically complete two supplemental rotations at Mid-State Correctional Facility and Marcy Correctional Facility Residential Mental Health Unit. An elective rotation is generally available with the Secure Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (STARC), Oakview. 

The internship is based on a practitioner-scholar model emphasizing the integration of science and clinical practice and the development of core profession-wide competencies. The program’s approach to training is intern-centered, collaborative, and flexible such that consideration is given to interns’ individual training goals and professional development. Ongoing discussion and assessment of these issues occur between interns and supervisors throughout the year and allow for timely changes to the training program within the overarching goals and structure of the internship. This process occurs informally, through regular supervision, and during formal quarterly reviews of interns’ progress and their own assessment of the program. The internship promotes a culture that enhances personal and professional growth through a series of clinical rotations, formal didactics, and intensive supervision.

The internship Training Committee is composed of the Training Director and faculty involved in the direct training of the interns during that internship year. All Licensed Psychologists within the Department may be involved in teaching or supervision of interns. Additionally, licensed social workers and psychiatrists and unlicensed doctoral-level psychologists are available to augment training and supervision experiences. Supervision is viewed as a critical component of training throughout the internship and in all rotation experiences, with a goal of increased autonomy over the course of the year; training is structured to increase independence during the internship year. In the beginning of each rotation, interns are closely supervised as they familiarize themselves with the rotation setting and expectations. This process may involve observation of the supervisor and other clinical staff and assuming clinical responsibilities with close consultation with, or under the observation of, the supervisor. As the year progresses, interns are gradually expected to assume clinical tasks with less reliance on supervision. Every attempt is made to establish the intern as a fully participating member of the interdisciplinary team at the training site, rather than as simply a student or assistant to staff. Likewise, interns assume a position of responsibility in relation to the training program and are encouraged to propose changes to the program and participate in the interview process for the next cohort.  By the end of the year, it is hoped that interns will be ready to function as an entry-level psychology professional.

Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other: Forensic/Corrections

Treatment Modalities

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


Health Psychology:
Women's Health: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Serious Mental Illness: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
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%)
Forensics/Corrections: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Counseling: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy:
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Public Policy/Advocacy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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:

Personality disorders, violence risk, suicide risk, adjudicative competency restoration, court-related evaluations, and prison-based mental health services are all incorporated into this internship. Please note that distribution/percentages may vary based upon a particular intern's interests, training needs, and rotations. 

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
Number of Completed Applications: 22 19 10 12 16
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 17 12 6 12 13
Total number of interns: 1 2 1 2 2
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 1 1 0 1 2
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 0 0 0 0
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 2 1 2 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 1 2 1 2 1
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 1
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 4 2 37 8 7
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 4 34 37 21 22
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 1 1
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 0 0 0
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: 0 0 1 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 1 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 1 0 0 0 1
Correctional Facility: 0 1 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: 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 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: 1 0 0 0 0