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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2492
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Pleasantville Union Free School District
Department: Educational Services
Address: 60 Romer Avenue
Pleasantville, New York 10570
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA
Distance from Major City: 35 miles north of New York, NY
Phone: 914-741-1420x60510
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: Rukmini Bhalla
Chief Psychologist: Jackie Russo
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 3
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 09/01/2022
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 4
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 25000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Licensing Exam Release Time, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above):
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Each day varies for our interns and generally involves some combination of the following: individual counseling, group counseling, consultation with teachers, psychological and neuropsychological evaluations, Committee on Special Education meetings to create Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), peer supervision, individual supervision with psychologists, didactics, and DBT consultation team. We have many opportunities for professional development through Westchester County Psychological Association seminars (free membership for interns) and our district-assigned DBT consultation from Cognitive Behavioral Consultants. For the 2021-2022 school year, we will likely be working full-time in-person, as we worked in-person during the 2020-2021 school year.
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? No
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 11/18/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Optional
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/09/2022
Tentative interview date: N/A
Interview process description:

In order to provide a safe and equitable interview process for our candidates, we will plan to offer virtual interviews. This will include individual interviews with our psychologists as well as virtual information sessions. We will also provide candidates with an opportunity to connect virtually with our current trainees.

Depending upon the level of safety and specific requests made by inidvidual candidates in January 2023, we may be offering in-person interviews, though this would not be required.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Columbia University, Yeshiva University, Fordham University, St. John's University, University of Massachusetts, Nova Southeastern University, Felician University, University of Maryland, Pace University, University of Houston, Syracuse University
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: 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: No
Dissertation Proposal Approved: No
Dissertation Defended: No
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):
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology
School Psychology Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree
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 Pleasantville Union Free School District's APA-accredited internship program provides doctoral candidates with a strong experience of working as a school psychologist within a public school system at our elementary school (grades K-4), middle school (grades 5-8), and/or high school (grade 9-post-secondary). While the internship is school-oriented, there is a strong clinical focus, as we provide interns with training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy to work with students in our Therapeutic Support Programs and Individualized Support Programs. Interns have a diverse experience that involves individual and group counseling, consultation with parents, teachers, and private providers, participation in Committee on Special Education and team meetings, and psychological, psychoeducational, and neuropsychological evaluations. Interns are provided with individual supervision and peer supervision, and they are given the opporutnity to supervise externs. Interns participate on our DBT consultation team and provide DBT to students of all ages. Our staff and interns are involved in the Westchester County Psychological Association and New York Association of School Psychologists, and we attend regular seminars provided by these organizations. Staff psychologists and trainees benefit from DBT-based consultation provided to us from an outside consultant. We are leading the way in the universal application of DBT through STEPS-A in our district, and interns have the opportunity to be involved in the planning and implementation of this program. Trainees will gain a firm foundation in the principles of school psychology in order to be prepared to work in schools. Notably, our interns also pursue postdoctoral fellowships or careers in clinical settings, and the strong clinical focus of our program provides them with the necessary training to do so. 

Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Older Adults:
Ethnic minorities:
Spanish-speaking: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students:
Low income:

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Individual Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy:
Long-term Psychotherapy:
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Other: Writing Individualized Education Programs, progress monitoring, team meetings and Committee on Special Education meetings


Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Neuropsychology-Child: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Serious Mental Illness:
Anxiety Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Abuse:
Substance Use Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: 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 2021-2022 2022-2023
Number of Completed Applications: 8 16 25 43
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 8 15 23 30
Total number of interns: 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 4 3 4 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 1 1 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 3 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 1 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 4 3 4 4
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 0 0 1 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 0 2 4 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 0 0 1 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 2 0 2 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 1 1
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 0 1 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 0 1 1 2
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 1 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 1 0 0