Department : Psychiatry

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2434
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Jamaica hospital medical Center
Department: Psychiatry
Address: 8900 Van Wyck expressway
Department of psychiatry
C building, 1st floor
Jamaica, New York 11418
Country: United States
Metro Area: New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA
Distance from Major City: 12 miles
Phone: 718-206-7311x
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Private General Hospital
Additional Agency Types:
  • Community Mental Health Center
  • Private General Hospital
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Pravina Nair
Chief Psychologist: Pravina Nair
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 4
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 07/03/2023
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 4
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class:
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 25000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: -
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): 10 paid vacation days 12 paid sick days 4 paid personal days 8 paid holidays. If approved by the department, Interns are also eligible for 3 paid educational days. Vision plan and dental plan are included in the standard health insurance package Other benefits include membership to Plum benefits which gives discounted rates for
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Intern hours are 8 - 4:30 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Hours are 8 - 6:30 on Mondays and Fridays.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum Students
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: 11/15/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Not Offered
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/22/2022
Tentative interview date: 2nd and 3rd week of January
Interview process description:

Interviews are being held virtually this year.  Each individual Interview will last approximately 20 to 30 minutes. Prior to the individual interview, candidates are required to attend a group informational session.  There will only be 2 dates offered for the group session.  Candidates are expected to make accommodations to attend one of them.  The dates are TBD but will be held prior to the individual interviews.   All interviews will be held virtually.


Please email for additional information pertaining to policies and procedures 



How to obtain application info: Email the Program
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: We are open to trainees from all programs and do not have an affiliation with a particular University. However, we have matched to the Interns from the following program Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology (Clinical and Combined School Clinical) Long Island University- CW Post Fairleigh Dickinson CUNY Pace University William James College Rutgers University Felician University Fielding University The New School Nova Southeastern University Chicago School of Professional Psychology We have had practicum students from the following programs Columbia University Rutgers University Yeshiva University Fordham University Hofstra University Seton Hall University Adelphi University St. John's University The New School PLEASE NOTE: Although US Citizenship is not required, applicants must be a permanent resident. NO F1 visas at this time
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: Yes
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:
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Proposal Approved:
Dissertation Defended:
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable):
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 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


As per New York State Department of Health (“NYSDOH”) mandate, all employees at JHMC (including trainees) are required to have the COVID19 Vaccine. Employees who have certain pre-existing health conditions may qualify for a medical exemption to the mandate as permitted under the NYSDOH Order. Medical and religious exemptions are determined at the discretion of the hospital (not this training program). Interested applicants with questions about JHMC’s vaccine exemption policies should contact  If not vaccinated, it is recommended that interested applicants obtain guidance from the hospital prior to applying to this internship.

Program Description

The Clinical Psychology Internship Program at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center offers a robust learning experience which allows Interns to gain knowledge about various psychological services that can be provided in urban hospital settings.  Our Interns have placements on an acute inpatient unit, Consultation/Liaison team, a Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Room and an outpatient mental health clinic.

This program is ideal for future psychologists to learn how to provide a broad range of services for a wide variety of mental health issues in different settings within a hospital setting.  Our program is unique in that our Interns are exposed to four types/levels of mental health services that are typically offered in general medical centers.  In the Emergency room and the extended observation unit, our Interns learn to assess/interview patients experiencing acute, severe and urgent mental health needs.  They also learn to provide brief, supportive psychotherapies. On the inpatient unit, the Interns learn to provide brief psychotherapies, help patients cope with involuntary admissions, work with families in distress, and provide group therapy with frequently changing group members. They also learn about resources available for low income individuals seeking treatment in overcrowded health care systems, learn how to work effectively with other agencies, and understand/identify factors contributing to relapse. Additionally, the multidisciplinary setting allows for the development of skills to work effectively in teams and to learn how to integrate the input of individuals from various disciplines.  In the outpatient clinic, Interns are able to provide relatively long term psychotherapies for both children and adults with both mild mental health issues as well as severe and persistent ones.  They are able to work with families, educate patients about their treatment, and work effectively with psychiatrists and other mental health providers. On the C/L rotations, the Interns learn how to assess, diagnose, and provide bedside psychotherapy to individuals suffering from medical problems which require hospitalization.

Our program allows for breadth and depth of experience with a diverse population. Our Interns work with both adults and children with varying degree of mental health needs. Diagnoses treated in the department of psychiatry at JHMC include but is not limited to Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Personality Disorders, ADHD, Adjustment Disorder etc. Many of our patients also have legal/criminal histories, substance abuse problems and chronic medical illnesses. The population served at Jamaica Hospital is exceptionally diverse. Majority of our patients come from the neighborhood in which we are located, Queens, NY, one of the most diverse places in the world. Additionally, our proximity to major international airports brings us patients from other U.S states and even other countries.  Queens county’s population is 25% non-Hispanic White, 28% Hispanic, 27% Asian, 20% Black or African American, 1.3% Native American or Alaskan Native, 0.2% Native Hawaiian or pacific islander and 2.9% multiracial. 47.5% of the residents of Queens are Foreign born.  Approximately 12.2% of people are in poverty and 10% of people under the age of 65 are uninsured.

Interns at our facility are part of a robust training experience consisting of collaboration with psychiatry residents, creative arts therapy Interns and externs, medical students, nursing students, and clinical psychology externs and a postdoctoral fellow. 

For more details, please download program brochure located on the following webpage

Please note: We are unfortunately not able to consider applicants without citizenship or permanent U.S residence

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
French-speaking: Yes
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students:
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

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


Health Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Anxiety Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Trauma/PTSD: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Forensics/Corrections: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Geropsychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Pediatrics: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation:
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)

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: 20 40 45 112 119
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 45 54
Total number of interns: 3 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 3 4 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 0 1 2 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 4 3 2 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs:
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2 4 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 2
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 1 1
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written
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 1 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 1 1 1 0 0
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: 0 1 1 0 0 2
General Hospital: 0 0 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: 0 1 0 0 0 0
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 0 2 4 2
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 2 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 1 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0 0