Welcome to the Clinical Psychology Internship Program
This Clinical Psychology Internship Training Program is housed within the Department of Psychiatry in the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania. Perelman School of Medicine, the first school of medicine in the nation, is part of the University of Pennsylvania Health System and includes the first hospital and the nation's first psychiatric unit founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1751. The goal of the internship training program is to provide a year-long combination of clinical rotations, supervision, and didactic experiences that prepare clinical psychologists for careers in the evidence-based practice of psychology.
The internship consists of two parallel tracks: a General Adult Track (Match #153612) and a Child/Developmental Disabilities Track (Match #153611). Each of the tracks is described in detail below
University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM)
The University of Pennsylvania (Penn) has a strong, well-established history of research and practice with a diverse, multidisciplinary and collaborative faculty and ample resources that promotes an environment rich for developing young investigators and practitioners. Penn is home to a diverse body of more than 10,000 full-time students enrolled in its four undergraduate schools and nearly 11,000 students enrolled in its 12 graduate and professional schools, each a national leader in its field. Penn’s schools are located on a compact campus, the geographical unity of which supports and fosters its multidisciplinary approach to education, scholarship, and research. Research and research training are substantial and esteemed enterprises; our research community includes more than 4,000 faculty and a large support staff bolstered by an annual University budget of $6 billion. Penn’s 165 research centers and institutes bring together researchers from multiple departments, schools, and disciplines.
The PSOM prides itself on the vision of Benjamin Franklin, founder of the University, that education should be oriented toward combining theory and practice for the betterment of humanity. Penn can rightfully be called the “birthplace of American medicine,” as it includes the nation’s first hospital (Pennsylvania Hospital in 1751), first medical school (1765), first university hospital (Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania [HUP] in 1874), and first integrated academic health system (1993).
The Department of Psychiatry Chair: Maria Oquendo, MD
The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania is one of the most successful mental health research entities in the country. The department faculty conducts research across a broad array of disciplines, from basic genetic and animal model research through large-scale implementation and policy research. Behavioral medicine and addictions research at Penn leads the field in integrating advances in basic science into behavioral medicine research and practice, and promote the successful diffusion of new prevention and treatment approaches from the laboratory, to the clinic and community. Clinical research in the Department is devoted to understanding mental illnesses with the aim of decreasing their toll on patients, their families, and society.
The Department takes seriously its role as a spokesperson for the profession and in publicizing the importance of behavioral health for the nation’s and world’s well-being. The Chair and Department faculty have played a national role in psychiatric and behavioral health forums (e.g., focusing on depression, schizophrenia, alcohol and drug addictions, tobacco use, obesity eating disorders, national security and bio terrorism, and patient advocacy, among others). As important, the Department maintains active, leading programs in each of these areas. The vision of the Department includes growing research on the etiology of psychiatric illness and the increasing number of treatments available to patients is at last beginning to lift the stigma of mental illness and offering hope to those who suffer from it. These developments are increasing the likelihood of expanded funding for clinical care, research, and philanthropy. In addition, there is a growing national grassroots movement to support parity for mental health care coverage which, if successful, will bring about much-needed improved reimbursement for mental health care.
Training Goals & Objectives
The primary goal of the Psychology Internship program is to train entry level psychologists who are highly competent in evidence-based practices for a range of clinical populations. To this end, we seek to train interns to:
Objective 1:develop evidence-based clinical skills in the areas of intervention, assessment, consultation, and supervision.
Objective 2:develop culturally informed clinical skills in an attitude of cultural humility.
Objective 3:work collaboratively in multidisciplinary settings and to develop skills in interprofessional conduct and communication.
Objective 4:understand and implement professional ethics in psychology practice.
Objective 5:develop a scientist-practitioner approach to research and practice.
The training year will be divided into two 6-month blocks and most rotations will occur in a single block. Interns will have two rotations per block. In addition they will have a primary outpatient rotation that will be 12-months long. Each week, 8 hours will be spent in each of the three rotations. There are a number of rotations available allowing for flexibility to customize the training experience to meet the goals of each individual. All interns will have rotations that include outpatient therapy and/or assessment. Prior to the start of the training year the incoming interns will be asked to rank order their choices for rotations. Whenever possible interns will be provided with their top choices. Interns will also have a 4-hour per week research rotation for the entire year.
**Note that at this time we do not know what impact, if any, COVID-19 will have on the provision of in-person services for the 2021-2022 training year. The rotations will be prepared to offer some or all services virtually if necessary.
The Department of Psychiatry has an active research program, and we are strongly committed to helping our interns further enhance their research skills. Up to 10% of an intern’s time may be protected for research-related activities. If an intern has not yet completed his or her dissertation, this time should be used to make significant progress towards defending the dissertation. If the intern has completed the dissertation by the time the internship starts, or at any point during the internship year, they are encouraged to use this protected time to link up with researchers at Penn with shared interests, and/or explore research questions that can be answered using data from any variety of data sets available. The intern should initiate this conversation with the Training Director, who can then direct him or her to an appropriate faculty mentor.
Clinical Rotations – General Adult Track
Center for Cognitive Therapy. At the Center for Cognitive Therapy, we offer training in both the psychotherapy process and the diagnostic interview process using the Cognitive Model and Evidence Based Practice. We treat a wide range of both emotional disorders and personality disorders. Supervision is offered by therapists who are both certified cognitive therapists and licensed psychologists or social workers. Primary supervisor: Mary Anne Layden, PhD, Director of Education.
Cohen Military Family Clinic. Psychotherapy is offered in a time-limited model, utilizing evidence based practices to promote growth and recovery for Veterans and their family members. Presenting concerns may include but are not limited to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Major Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Adjustment Disorders, Insomnia, and Marital/Family Distress. Interns’ direct clinical experiences will include completing biopsychosocial assessments and evidence based therapies. Clinical training opportunities include learning to apply Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (for depression and anxiety disorders), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia, and Integrated Behavioral Couples Therapy during the training year, contingent upon the needs of the client. Primary supervisor: Ashleigh M. Adams, PhD, Assistant Director and Director of Training.
Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic. The Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic (OPC) provides individual and group psychotherapy to the Penn community and to the larger West Philadelphia community. The OPC is a multidisciplinary team clinic including social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and nurse practitioners. Psychotherapy orientations include psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, and eclectic. Providers use time-efficient treatments ranging from short-term psychodynamic to trauma-informed to rational emotive behavior to dialectical behavior therapeutic approaches, as well as many in between. Primary supervisor: Jessica N. Shore, PsyD, Director of Psychotherapy Services.
Center for Women’s Behavioral Wellness. Interns in the Center for Women’s Behavioral Wellness will receive supervision in the provision of evidence-based psychotherapies to women presenting with mental health conditions related to reproductive health complaints. Didactic sessions, journal clubs, and group and individual supervision will focus on providing interns with an understanding of the psychological effects of common reproductive life experiences such as pregnancy, the postpartum period, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (or other menstrual cycle related mood changes), infertility, pregnancy loss, midlife changes/menopause, and chronic health conditions that interact with reproductive health. The PCWBW is a collaboration between the departments of Psychiatry and Obstetrics and Gynecology. We provide clinical care to women throughout the lifespan and in both an outpatient psychology clinic and in an embedded women’s health clinic at HUP (The Helen O. Dickens Center). Primary supervisor: Sara L. Kornfied, PhD; Director, Maternal Wellness Initiative.
Assessment & Consultation Rotation will have two primary components. First, each intern will be expected to complete 6 full batteries on complex adult patients from the community on a variety of differential diagnostic questions, including evaluations for Learning Disabilities, ADHD, Intellectual Disability, TBI, dementia, psychoticism, executive functioning, and general diagnostic clarification. Interns will be expected to have facility with structured diagnostic interviewing, as well as the WAIS, WMS and WIAT, the CVLT, the MMPI-2 and MMPI-2-RF, the DKEFs, and use of computerized CPTs. Any intern not having previous experience with these specific instruments should do the rotation in the first part of the year, and should participate in summer didactic instruction specific to those measures. The second component of the rotation will be the opportunity to provide supervised supervision to clinical psychology graduate student trainees at the University of Pennsylvania completing their introductory practicum in Assessment and Consultation. Interns will provide some live supervision of the trainee’s cases, will collaborate with the trainee on choosing tests and measures and refining their diagnostic case conceptualization, will edit and comment on the trainee’s draft assessment reports, and will join the trainee and the senior supervisor for the final feedback session with the patient. This rotation is an opportunity to refine differential diagnosis and case conceptualization skills, to maintain and expand facility with various tests and measures, and to provide an invaluable service to the diverse community in the greater Philadelphia area, most of whom would never be able to access comprehensive assessment outside of our clinic. Primary supervisor: Melissa Hunt, Ph.D.
The Joan Karnell Supportive Care Program. The Joan Karnell Supportive Care Program at Pennsylvania Hospital has a long history of partnering with Penn Medicine psychology trainees in an effort to provide psychosocial care to patients struggling with cancer and sickle cell diagnoses. In this tradition, psychology interns on this rotation provide individual short-term psychotherapy (eight sessions) to patients with cancer/sickle cell diagnoses and their family members. Opportunities for couple and family treatment also occasionally arise. Our trainees take a flexible approach to treatment. Depending on the client's needs, psychotherapy might involve exploratory engagement, supportive techniques, or some combination of the two. Each intern carries a caseload of ~6 patients and has the opportunity to facilitate support and/or therapy groups with patients/caregivers. Our interns are also integrated into the medical, supportive, and palliative care teams. Supervision involves both a weekly individual meeting and a weekly group meeting. Primary supervisors: Coordinator of Oncology Psychosocial Services, Samantha Null, MSS, LCSW, and Staff Psychologist, Gyrid Lyon, PhD.
The Penn Medicine Autism Clinic. The Penn Medicine Autism Clinic serves individuals from 12 months of age through adulthood and provides initial diagnostic assessments as well as comprehensive behavioral/psychological evaluations for patients with prior autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnoses. Our mission is to use gold standard assessment tools, in conjunction with family-centered care, to facilitate parents’ understanding of their child’s unique developmental/behavioral profile and how that relates to the child’s intervention/educational needs. Families are then connected directly to quality, evidence-based intervention that is most appropriate for their children. The intern will participate in comprehensive treatment-planning evaluations for individuals with autism. Primary supervisor: Keiran Rump, Ph.D.
The Cancer Counseling Service of the Abramson Cancer Center. The Cancer Counseling Service of the Abramson Cancer Center (ACC) provides individual and family supportive counseling to patients and family members of patients at the ACC. Our LCSW therapist provides short-term treatment (6-8 sessions) focused primarily on adjustment to illness (of self or family member) and coping skills. The Cancer Counseling Service also includes psychiatry within in the same location. Interns would initially shadow the therapist in sessions as agreed to by patients/families with the goal of transitioning to providing independent sessions. Interns would be expected to participate in departmental activities such as groups, meetings, project work as well as develop a working knowledge of cancer and the psychosocial aspects of the cancer experience. Primary supervisors: Matthew Stevenson, MSW, LCSW, Therapist, Patients and Family Services, Abramson Cancer Center & Heather Sheaffer, DSW, LCSW, Director, Patient and Family Services, Abramson Cancer Center.
Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety. On this rotation, trainees will receive intensive training in exposure and response prevention (ExRP) for obsessive compulsive disorder. Participants will also receive training in prolonged exposure therapy (PE) for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) depending on availability of training cases. Additionally, participants will receive training in a variety of evidence-based treatment manuals for other anxiety-related disorders depending on the chief complaints of patients on their caseload. Trainees will conduct individual therapy and group therapy. Primary supervisors: Lily A. Brown, Ph.D., Director & Elizabeth Turk-Karan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor.
The Center for Weight and Eating Disorders. The Center for Weight and Eating Disorders provides evidence-based individual psychotherapy services and psychological evaluations for bariatric patients preparing for surgery. Interns will be trained and supervised in the administration of bariatric evaluations and letter-writing, while interacting with a multi-disciplinary team. They will also have a small caseload of patients seeking psychotherapy for presenting problems such as binge eating disorder, weight management (often by referral of medical specialists), night eating syndrome, bariatric-related issues, and body image issues. Primary supervisor: Courtney McCuen-Wurst, PsyD, LCSW
Consultation/Liaison Service. This rotation takes place in the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where interns are part of the C/L team. The C/L team is contacted whenever medical inpatients in the hospital are reporting emotional distress or other psychiatric concerns. Interns respond to these calls with a bedside evaluation of the patient to determine what services they might benefit from. This often leads to conducting short-term therapy while the patient is in the hospital, and then helping them find a place to continue treatment after discharge. Interns work alongside psychiatrists and social workers for an interdisciplinary team approach. Primary supervisor: Eleanor Anderson, M.D.
Inpatient Psychiatry Unit. The inpatient unit is located at Pennsylvania Hospital, which is part of the Penn Health System in the Center City neighborhood. Interns provide evaluation and therapy for inpatients and are an important component of the treatment team. Each morning, interns will round on the unit with the attending psychiatry and other providers followed by case conference. Interns will spend 3 months each on a unit focused on mood disorder-spectrum cases and 3 months on a psychosis-spectrum unit. NOTE that this rotation is 16 hours/week, so it fills both of the 8 hours/week slots for a 6-month block. Primary supervisor: Reed Goldstein, Ph.D.
The Outpatient Addiction Treatment. The Outpatient Addiction Treatment rotation is an opportunity to increase confidence in evaluating and treating substance use disorders and co-occuring psychiatric disorders. The multidisciplinary treatment setting incorporates leading edge, evidence-based interventions to assist individuals enter into and maintain recovery. Primary supervisors: Edwin Kim, MD, Michele Gonen, PhD
Pain Medicine. Over 80 million adults in the United States suffer from chronic pain. Often patients with patient present with multiple medical and psychiatric co-morbidities which requires a multimodal approach. The PENN Pain Medicine Center provides diagnostic assessments, a variety of interventions including neuromodulation, injections, medication management and behavioral health care. The behavioral medicine clinic sees 10-12 patients per day and provides preoperative psychological evaluations, CBT/ACT and co-management of patients with chronic pain and concomitant substance use disorders. Interns will be involved in direct patient care under supervision, exposure to interventional pain care and provided opportunity for scholarly activity (case reports, review articles). Primary Supervisor: Martin D. Cheatle, PhD, Associate Professor
Penn Memory Center. The Penn Memory Center (PMC) is made up of a multidisciplinary team with expertise in neurology, gerontology, psychiatry, neuropsychology and social work. The PMC serves as a unified Penn Medicine source for those age 65 and older seeking evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, information, and research opportunities related to symptoms of progressive memory loss, and accompanying changes in thinking, communication and personality. This one day/week position is designed for a trainee who is interested in learning about neurodegenerative disease, working with older adults, and obtaining experience with cognitive screening for individual's with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias. Primary Supervisor: Dawn Mechanic-Hamilton, Ph.D., ABPP-CN
Clinical Rotations – Child/Developmental Disabilities Track
** Interns in this track may select rotations available in the Adult General Track based on availability and training goals.
a. Intervention Rotations
Pennsylvania Hospital Anxiety Treatment for Children and Adolescents at Hall Mercer (PATCH). PATCH provides evidence-based assessment and treatment for youth ages 5-18 with anxiety and related disorders at Hall Mercer Community Mental Health Center. PATCH therapists are trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) with an emphasis on exposure therapy, the most demonstrated-effective psychotherapy for these disorders. CBT involves a partnership between the therapist and family and helps children learn to modify their thoughts and behaviors so that anxiety no longer has control over their lives. We treat a range of presenting concerns, including generalized anxiety, separation anxiety, social anxiety, specific phobia, school anxiety, panic attacks, selective mutism, obsessive-compulsive disorder, tics, and trichotillomania. PATCH provides a unique opportunity for interns to deliver evidence-based practices within a community mental health setting. Many cases in the PATCH program have complex comorbidities and require clinicians to engage in collaboration with other behavioral health providers, such as psychiatrists and case managers. Primary supervisors: Keiran Rump, Ph.D.; Julie Worley, Ph.D.
b. Assessment Rotation
Penn Medicine Autism Clinic. The Penn Medicine Autism Clinic provides initial diagnostic assessments as well as comprehensive behavioral/psychological evaluations for patients with prior ASD diagnoses for individuals from 12 months of age through adulthood. Interns will have the opportunity to participate in parent interviews, child assessment, feedback sessions, treatment planning, and report writing. Supervision is provided by a licensed psychologist.
c. Consultation Rotations
School District of Philadelphia: Autism Support A team of consultants from the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research provide ongoing consultation and support to the School District of Philadelphia’s programming for students with ASD. Consultation regarding the use of evidence-based practices for students with ASD, including classroom and behavior management, the use of visual supports and daily routines to support student engagement, and individualized instruction based in applied behavior analysis, is provided to teachers and staff within kindergarten-through-fifth grade autism support classrooms throughout the School District of Philadelphia. Consultation is also provided at the school-wide level to improve opportunities for inclusion for children with ASD within the regular education setting. Interns will participate in the delivery of school-based consultation to improve teachers’ use of evidence-based practices for their students with ASD. Supervision is provided by a licensed psychologist.
BRIDGE: Interns provide consultation to school mental health clinicians on concrete strategies to guide their consultation with teachers. Consultants provide an initial training to clinicians, followed by two months of weekly in-person support and two months of phone consultation. These clinicians participate in brief, ongoing consultation meetings with teachers. The objective of these meetings is for clinicians to help teachers implement effective classroom strategies to address behavioral and emotional challenges exhibited by students in the classroom. Supervision is provided by a licensed psychologist.
Initial Training: Interns will receive in-depth training covering a breadth of topics related to each internship rotation during the first two weeks of the internship year. The initial training will include a combination of didactic and experiential learning opportunities to provide a foundational level of knowledge and experience with the theories and practices that drive the clinical model of service delivery throughout the internship. Training will be provided by the internship supervisors, as well as core members of the Internship Training Committee.
Supervision: Rotation supervisors provide at least three hours per week of formal supervision. There will also be a weekly one-hour group supervision.
Core didactics: The core didactic series consists of two, one-hour weekly seminars and will include a variety of topics including the practice of psychotherapy, assessment, ethics, professional development, research presentations, and case conference. For part of the year, this time will include participation in the weekly psychotherapy curriculum for psychiatry residents, which includes topics in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Couples/Family Treatment, and Complex Case Formulation. Topics focused on diversity, race, and cultural competency will be integrated into all didactics, and also covered in seminars focused on these areas. The intern for the Child Track will also have the opportunity to attend a didactic series through the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Supervision seminar: There will be a monthly seminar series focused on providing clinical supervision, which will include both didactic and experiential learning.
Rotation didactics: Many rotations will also offer specific didactic experiences for interns who are on that rotation.
Evidence-based training workshops: There may be opportunities to participate in training workshops lasting from 1-3 days on topics such as Prolonged Exposure, Motivational Interviewing, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia.
In addition there are a number of other seminars and didactics available to interns including the Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds and other talks offered across the university.
Stipend and Benefits
The annual salary for the 2021-2022 training year will be approximately $30,996. In addition, interns are regular hospital employees and will receive three weeks paid vacation, medical, dental, vision coverage, and other hospital benefits. Interns are also granted release time for the dissertation defense and other professional development activities. Interns will have access to University of Pennsylvania facilities (e.g. libraries).
Policies and Procedures
a. Intern Evaluations
Supervisors provide feedback to interns throughout the year to aid the intern in developing competencies. The Internship Training Committee meets monthly to discuss each intern’s progress. A midpoint evaluation is completed halfway through the training year and is based on input from supervisors across training experiences. At the end of the year, a final review of the all training activities for each intern is completed. The intern also provides input regarding his/her assessment of performance during each step of this process.
b. Completion Requirements
The internship is a 2000 hour, full-time training program for doctoral-level graduate students in psychology. Interns spend no less than 25% of their time in face- to-face direct service delivery.
The internship begins on July 1st and ends on June 30th of the following year.
In order to successfully complete the program, interns must receive a rating score indicating an 'intermediate or advanced' or higher on 80% of items on the Intern Evaluation Form.
Application and Selection Procedures
Applicants must be advanced doctoral candidates from APA-accredited Psychology programs. Applicants should have passed the doctoral comprehensive examination prior to applying to the internship.
Our Internship Training Committee reviews all applications to determine fit with our program and invites qualified applicants for interviews. Interns will be notified by email in mid-December as to whether or not they have been invited to interview. Interviews are held in January. **We anticipate all interviews being conducted virtually for the 2021-2022 cycle in addition to an optional in-person Open House. We will update this website and plans are finalized.
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General Adult Track
Internship Director: Philip Gehrman, PhD, CBSM, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania, firstname.lastname@example.org, 215-746-3578
Internship Associate Director: Jason Lewis, PhD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania, Section Director- Mood, Anxiety, and Trauma Disorders, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, LEWISJ8@email.chop.edu, 215-590-7546
Child/Developmental Disabilities Track
Keiran Rump, Ph.D. Dr. Rump is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research. She leads the Penn Medicine Autism Clinic in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, where she conducts comprehensive evaluations and treatment planning for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Rump also coordinates clinical training and provides clinical supervision and consultation for several of the autism-related research projects led by Dr. David Mandell. She serves as the Training Director for CMHPSR’s School Psychology Internship. Dr.Rump’s professional interests include improving access to appropriate, quality, evidence-based interventions for individuals with autism. Her research interests include emotion processing in individuals with autism spectrum disorder, how this changes with development, and how this relates to the assessment and treatment of comorbid anxiety disorders. Dr. Rump received her PhD in clinical and developmental psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. She completed her clinical internship at the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami School of Medicine, and her fellowship at the Center for Autism Research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Rump will provide interns with individual supervision related to their clinical duties at the Penn Medicine Autism Clinic and group supervision for their duties in the Hall Mercer Social Skills Program.
Melanie Pellecchia, PhD, NCSP, BCBADr. Pellecchia is a licensed clinical psychologist, nationally certified school psychologist (NCSP), and board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA). She holds a Master’s degree in applied behavior analysis from Temple University and a doctorate in School Psychology also from Temple University. Dr. Pellecchia’s clinical and research interests lie in improving the implementation of evidence-based treatments for children with autism spectrum disorders in under-served communities. She has extensive experience developing and evaluating publicly-funded education programs for children with autism spectrum disorder, and working with teachers, staff, and administrators to improve their implementation of high quality treatments. Dr. Pellecchia will provide interns with individual supervision related to their clinical duties in the Hall Mercer ABA Preschool Program and School District of Philadelphia Autism Support rotations. Dr. Pellecchia will also provide supervision for the BCBA credential for eligible interns.
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