Program Information: Pediatrics, Hackensack University Medical Center

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2545
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Provisional Membership
Site: Audrey Hepburn Children's House
Department: Pediatrics, Hackensack University Medical Center
Address: 12 Second St
Hackensack, New Jersey 07601
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA
Distance from Major City: 5
Phone: 551-996-8132x
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Child/Adolescent Psychiatric or Pediatrics
Additional Agency Types:
  • State/County/Other Public Hospital
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Brett Biller
Chief Psychologist: Brett Biller
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 6
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 3
Position Information
Start Date: 07/01/2021
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 2
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class:
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 31200
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class:
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above):
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns are integrated team members who conduct evaluations and treatment for children and families who have experienced abuse and/or maltreatment. Interns participate in clinical team meetings, coordinate case updates with child protective service workers, and collaborate with law enforcement/legal partners. Additionally, Interns participate in creating and supporting community outreach and prevention programs. The AHCH operates with an emphasis on the team approach.
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: 12/10/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Preferred
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/15/2021
Tentative interview date: 12/20/2021
Interview process description:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling bases and will conclude on December 15, 2021.  Interview opportunities will be extended to qualified applicants prior to the submission deadline. Interview opportunities will be extended to qualified applicants via email.  Interviews are preferred in person, however accomodations for virtual interviews will be made when necessary.  In person interviews provide an opportunity for members of the training committee to provide information about the Audrey Hepburn Children's House and the Internship training program.  The information will be provided in a small group setting.  Applicants will then have the opportunity to interview, individually, with one or two staff members.  The applicants are also provided the opportunity to meet with the current trainee cohort.  Finally, all candidates are provided a tour of the AHCH facilities. Applicants should plan to be on site for approximately 3 hours.   

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: Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology Pace University Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology Kane University Long Island University Pepperdine University William Paterson 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 start of internship
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: 4
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-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: See website and/or contact program
Other Requirements:
Program Description

The Audrey Hepburn Children’s House is legislatively designated, by the State of New Jersey, as a Regional Diagnostic and Treatment Center (RDTC) for child abuse and maltreatment.  The program resides in the Department of Pediatrics at Hackensack University Medical Center. The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and the Audrey Hepburn Children’s House are in the forefront of pediatric care given to child maltreatment victims.  The Children’s House has a staff of clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, creative arts therapists, board certified child abuse pediatricians, nurses and nurse practitioners.  The AHCH provides direct service and consultation to the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP) within the Department of Children and Families, the Office of the Attorney General, local Prosecutors’ Offices, the Juvenile and Family Courts and other referred families within the northern five counties in New Jersey.  The AHCH has over four thousand five hundred (4500) patient visits a year.  Interns will provide assessment and treatment to youth as well as their adult caregivers referred to the center due to concerns of child maltreatment and Child Protection Services (CPS) involvement.  Experiences of maltreatment include, but are not limited to, sexual abuse, physical abuse, negelect, psychological maltreatment, exposure to intimate partner violence (IPV), and exposure to substance abuse.  Ages range from infants to the geriatric population. Moreover, based upon the geographic location, the AHCH provides services to a diverse population. Many of our clients have experienced significant exposure to ACEs, derive from various countries across the globe, vary in religious and cultural practices, and speak several languages.  

 The aim of the training program is to provide Interns with advanced clinical training in both general and forensic psychological practice, with an emphasis on trauma and child maltreatment.  Completion of the program requires a minimum of 2,000 hours of supervised clinical experience and learning over the course of the one-year contract.  The training year is structured to provide a progressive experience such that Interns are expected to have mastered competencies which are key to effective functioning as general clinicians, trauma specialists, and forensic psychologists. These competencies are both foundational (e.g. professional values, attitudes and behaviors, reflective practice/self-assessment, scientific knowledge and methods, communication and interpersonal skill, ethical and legal practice, individual and cultural diversity, interdisciplinary systems) and functional (e.g. assessment/ diagnosis/conceptualization, intervention, research) in nature. Interns will conduct evaluations, provide treatment, participate in clinical discussions, collaborate with multidisciplinary partners, contribute to community outreach and prevention programs.

Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults:
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes

Treatment Modalities

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


Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities:
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Serious Mental Illness:
Anxiety Disorders:
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Substance Use Disorders:
Forensics/Corrections: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Pediatrics: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Public Policy/Advocacy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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
Number of Completed Applications: 9
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 7
Total number of interns: 2
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 2
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 0
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program
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
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0 0 0
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 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 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: 0 0 0 0 0