Department : Psychology

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2569
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Provisional Membership
Site: Rockland Psychiatric Center
Department: Psychology
Address: 140 Old Orangeburg Road
Orangeburg, New York 10962
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA
Distance from Major City: 17 miles North of New York City
Phone: 845-680-5904
Training Director Email:
Co-Training Director Email:
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: State/County/Other Public Hospital
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: Katherine Velez
Chief Psychologist: Paul Saks
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 10
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 2
Position Information
Start Date: 08/08/2024
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 2
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class:
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 40277.00
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class:
Fringe Benefits: Comp Time , Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): -Annual stipend of $40, 277 + $3,087 for location pay. -Vision plan and prescription coverage plan. -Off on Legal Holidays. -5 Personal Leave Days,13 days of vacation time and 13 days of sick leave time. -3 Professional Leave Days for Conferences/Trainings/Dissertation. -Personal desk space with computer, phone and centralized printer for entire training year. -Free parking
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns begin their day by attending morning rounds with their entire treatment team, followed by a community meeting on the inpatient unit with their patients. Thereafter, they engage in one or more of the following experiences: facilitate a group, have an individual session with a patient, administer a psychological assessment, attend supervision (could be individual, group, or testing), participate in a treatment planning meeting, provide supervision to a psychology extern, or attend a didactic series.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsNo
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: 12/01/2023 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are: Preferred
A Virtual Interview is: Optional
Interview notification date: 12/15/2023
Tentative interview date: 01/09/2024, 01/11/2024, 01/12/2024
Interview process description:

Interview offers will be made via email. Interviews will likely be held during the second week of January. 

Interviews will be conducted in person or virtually.  

Whether in person or virtually, applicants will meet as a group (or via Zoom) with the Training Director to obtain information about the internship program. Then the Training Committee will join to describe their units and options for rotations. Each applicant will then be interviewed by two members of the Training Committee. Interviews are conducted using a standard set of interview questions with discretion for additional questions.

If the interview is conducted in person, applicants will receive a tour of an inpatient unit. If the interview is conducted virtually, applicants will watch a short video clip to get an idea of what the inside of our facility looks like. 


How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Long Island University, Yeshiva University, Fairleigh Dickinson 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 application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 300
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 75
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable): 375
Does your program require applicants to submit supplemental materials (i.e., an assessment report and/or a case/treatment summary):
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
Non-Accredited Not 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: Please see the section titled, "Intern Selection and Academic Preparation Requirements Policy" and the "Application Screening and Interview Process" in the following link:
Program Description

The primary aim of the Rockland Psychiatric Center (RPC) Psychology Doctoral Internship Program is to provide interns with a comprehensive clinical training in evidence-based, culturally sensitive, individualized services to adults in order to become competent entry-level psychologists. The Psychology Doctoral Internship Program aligns with RPC's mission of providing Hope, Respect, and Recovery for individuals with mental illness. 

The RPC Psychology Doctoral Internship Program subscribes to a Practitioner-Scholar Model. Our philosophy of training is to provide interns with the ability to apply the learned research-based practices and theoretical perspectives into clinical practice with adults who exhibit a wide-range of clinical diagnoses. Our primary goals are clinically focused and these are developed from the wealth of research and empirically-based treatments that inform our clinical practice. Our interns will be expected to become “consumers of research” and will be guided to apply what they learn into practice.

RPC is one of the largest psychiatric facilities in New York State. It is a New York State Office of Mental Health (NYS-OMH) inpatient and outpatient facility that provides compassionate and comprehensive care to adults who have serious and persistent mental illness. The Internship Program involves working with inpatient adults. RPC's average inpatient census is 325 patients. The RPC catchment area of patients served include New York City and seven counties in the Hudson Valley. Given the location and the vast geographical area, RPC serves patients from ethnically and socioeconomically diverse populations and provides services regardless of financial or immigration status. 

Being one of the largest psychiatric facilities in NYS, RPC has over 1,000 employees serving both the inpatient and outpatient facilities. Given the geographic location and strong values for diversity, RPC currently employs a diverse workforce. As such, RPC is a welcoming learning environment for all interns and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds. 

In addition, RPC’s Doctoral Internship Program goal is to train interns how to develop the knowledge, skills, and awareness to accept and respect all patients.  Through supervision and in-vivo experiential learning, interns will learn how to become aware of their own individual biases and attitudes and how these may affect the treatment provided to our patients. They will also learn to be more comfortable working with multicultural, socioeconomic, and diverse gender experiences that RPC provides. Interns will learn how to professionally navigate cultural differences and provide culturally sensitive treatment. In additon, they will have the valuable opportunity of working on a multidisciplinary team with various disciplines to develop skills on how to work collaboratively with other treatment providers. These training goals and objectives will be accomplished via supervision from licensed psychologists in various modalities, including individual and group, who will provide the support and guidance needed. 

All of these experiences will enhance their professional development as a growing professional in the field. By the end of the internship year, interns will be capable of providing a full range of services to treat adults with serious and persistent mental illness.




Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
French-speaking: Yes
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
People without housing: Yes

Treatment Modalities

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


Health Psychology: Experience (21% to 30%)
Women's Health: Experience (21% to 30%)
HIV/AIDS: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: Experience (21% to 30%)
Sexual Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology: Experience (21% to 30%)
Physical Disabilities: Experience (21% to 30%)
Learning Disabilities: Experience (21% to 30%)
Developmental Disabilities: Experience (21% to 30%)
Assessment: Experience (21% to 30%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: Experience (21% to 30%)
Serious Mental Illness: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Anxiety Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Substance Use Disorders: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Forensics/Corrections: Experience (21% to 30%)
Sexual Offenders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Geropsychology: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Counseling: Experience (21% to 30%)
Vocational/Career Development: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Religion/Spirituality: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Supervision: Experience (21% to 30%)
Integrated health care - primary: Exposure (1% to 20%)
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 2023-2024 2024-2025
Number of Completed Applications:
Number of applicants invited for interviews:
Total number of interns: 2
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 2
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs:
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs:
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 1
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 2
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
2022-2023 2023-2024
Academic teaching:
Community mental health center: 0 0
Consortium: 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0
Hospital/Medical Center: 0 0
Veterans Affairs Health Care System: 0 0
Psychiatric facility: 0 0
Correctional facility: 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0
School district/system: 0 0
Independent practice setting: 0 0
Other (Academic Psychology Department): 0 0
Link to Program's Trainee Admissions, Support, and Outcome Data: