Program Information: Clinical Program

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2472
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Department: Clinical Program
Address: 465 Grand Street
2nd floor
New York, New York 10002
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA
Distance from Major City: 0
Phone: 212-420-1970x142
Fax: 212-420-1906
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Other
Additional Agency Types:
  • Private Outpatient Clinic
  • School District
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Sharon Shkedi
Chief Psychologist: Leah E Lax
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 2
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 09/01/2021
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 3
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class:
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 36000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Health Insurance, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above):
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns will be exposed to and engaged in CARES’ three main programs – Early Intervention, Clinical Services, and Adult Day Habilitation. This structure is the same throughout the internship year for all interns. Interns will have the opportunity to provide Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, parent training, individual and group therapy, as well as administer comprehensive diagnostic evaluations.
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: 11/30/2020 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Optional
Interview notification date: 12/15/2020
Interview notification date time zone: Eastern Standard Time
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

Applicants are invited to interview by email. We typically begin interviews in mid December. Applicants are invited to interview by ZOOM and interviews typically last between 60 and 75 minutes. As our services and staff are classified in NYS as essential personnel, our programs are operating with appropriate COVID-19 precautions and distancing, we are offering applicants to options of either in person or ZOOM interviews. The structured interviews are conducted by 2-3 members of our training committee. During the interview, applicants are to respond to general questions related to their prior experience, training, assessment and therapy. In addition, applicants are asked to respond to a following of questions following two vignettes. Applicants are provided with approximately 10 minutes for questions. Applicants invited to interview will be invited to a virtual open house in January to meet the multidisciplinary staff and current trainees to learn more about the internship program. Applicants located in close proximity to our site, will be offered the opportunity to visit in person, at their option. Please note that the open house is not required nor it is part of the interview process and is only for applicants we have invited to interview.

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: Hofstra university Alliant IU/CSPP-San Francisco Ponce Health Sciences University The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Carlos Albizu University, Mayagüez Puerto Rico United States International University-Africa Nairobi, Kenya
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 start of internship
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 250
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 75
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 4
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: No
How to obtain text of statement:
Other Requirements:
Program Description

The mission of the CARES Psychology Internship Program is to prepare doctoral candidates for careers as psychologists who are proficient in providing comprehensive clinical evaluations and therapeutic interventions for individuals with developmental disabilities and/or mental health conditions (e.g., anxiety, depression, disruptive behaviors, ADHD, PTSD) throughout the life span.

Designed in the Practitioner-Scholar Model, the program consists of varied training experiences to facilitate a smooth transition from doctoral study to professional functioning, through the acquisition of advanced clinical skills that integrate theory and practice. Interns receive intensive training in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), cognitive-behavioral therapy, diagnostic testing and comprehensive report writing. Interns carry caseloads of children, adolescents and/or adults, and provide services to groups and families.

CARES represents a diverse experience as we treat underserved populations of  Chinese and Hispanic immigrant families along with the broad range of New York City residents. CARES’ programs employ multidisciplinary teams of Psychologists, Social Workers, Board Certified Behavior Analysts, Speech Pathologists, Physical Therapists, and Psychiatrists. This approach affords interns a rich array of opportunities for collaborative learning and leads to a more holistic understanding of the individual from various facets.

Clinical Programs All Interns will be engaged in three of CARES’ programs – Early Intervention, Clinical Services, and Adult Day Habilitation throughout their internship year.

Early Intervention program serves approximately 300 children and families each year. Children range in age from birth to 3 years. Services are provided in a variety of settings, including the child’s home, community locations, and our early childhood centers. Our Early Intervention Centers provide curriculum-based classroom instruction using the principles of ABA. Methods include Discrete Trial Training, Natural Environment Teaching, and Social Skills Groups for toddlers who are diagnosed with Autism. Interns receive rigorous training in the theory and application of ABA, provided by Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) at the beginning of their internship year. After completion of the training, interns are assigned their own cases where they deliver behavioral services to young children as well as provide counseling support for parents and caregivers.  

Clinical Services - CARES operates two licensed outpatient clinics - evaluations and therapeutic services are offered to children and adults with ID/DD licensed by the NYS Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD-Article 16) and the services are delivered to children and adults with mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, disruptive behaviors, ADHD, PTSD and other disorders licensed by the NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH-Article 31). Interns’ caseloads include patients in both clinics. This enriches the interns’ opportunity to deliver varied therapeutic modalities for individuals, supporting clients and their families, as well as learning to provide group interventions. In addition, interns develop clinical proficiency in the theories and methods of psychological assessment and diagnoses. They administer comprehensive diagnostic evaluations for individuals with Autism, Developmental Disabilities, and those presenting with a variety of mental health conditions.

Adult Day Habilitation program serves post-secondary school students with a variety of developmental disabilities in center and community-based settings. This habilitative program focuses on developing and enhancing participant’s skills in activities of daily living, communication and social interactions, prevocational training, and self-advocacy. Interns are trained across community locations which can include recreational sites and trips to places of interest.  In this program, interns are trained to provide individual and group therapy to decrease challenging behaviors, develop treatment plans to achieve personal goals, support individuals to participate in integrated community settings, and provide behavioral consultations.

Supervision and Didactics - Interns receive scheduled and intensive supervision, including two hours each of individual supervision and group supervision, from licensed psychologists throughout the internship year. In addition, interns receive one hour of weekly supervision from a BCBA to support their delivery of ABA with fidelity. Interns also attend didactic seminars. The robust schedule of didactic seminars is targeted to enhance the interns’ knowledge and skills in the areas of developmental disabilities, assessment, and mental health.

Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults:
Outpatients: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
International Students:
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Other: Chinese-speaking

Treatment Modalities

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


Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Neuropsychology-Child: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Serious Mental Illness: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Anxiety Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Abuse:
Substance Use Disorders:
Sexual Offenders:
Pediatrics: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation:
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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
Number of Completed Applications: 19 24
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 10 16
Total number of interns: 2 2
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 13 18
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 7 11
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 12 12
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 1
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 14 18
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 3
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 8 10
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 2 2
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 76 49
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 2 1
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 0 1
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 1
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0