NYU Langone–Bellevue Clinical Psychology Internship
The NYU Langone–Bellevue Clinical Psychology Internship, accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), is based in the Departments of Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry of NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue and is affiliated with NYU Grossman School of Medicine.
Psychology interns receive training at Bellevue, the Child Study Center—part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone—and Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center. Our mission is to prepare doctoral candidates for careers as psychologists in a variety of academic, clinical, and research settings.
Under the leadership of Anna E. Odom, PhD, program director, interns interact with a diverse clinical population that represents an array of cultures, gender identities, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, functional abilities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Our trainees also gain expertise in family and group psychotherapy, individual psychotherapy throughout the lifespan, neuropsychology, and inpatient and outpatient assessment and treatment. Supervision is conducted from various theoretical perspectives.
The NYU Langone–Bellevue Clinical Psychology Internship offers three training tracks:
Consistent with our broad focus, interns from all three tracks are expected to gain as wide a range of clinical experience as possible. Participants acquire advanced clinical skills that integrate theory and practice, for a smooth transition from doctoral study to professional practice.
We train and prepare professional psychologists according to the standards set forth by the APA, and our graduates go on to a variety of postdoctoral residencies and jobs.
The internship is based on the practitioner–scholar model, which emphasizes both scholarship across a number of theoretical and applied domains, as well as competence in the skills necessary for autonomous clinical practice. This model assumes the interdependence of scholarship and practice: clinical work follows from scholarship and rigorous critical thinking, and scholarly and research initiatives flow from an appreciation of the depth and breadth of clinical phenomena. This blend of science and practice is consistent with our training philosophy and expertise.
Clinical Training for Interns
Clinical rotations are assigned after an initial assessment. Throughout the internship, regular meetings with the internship director allow interns to remain aware of options available and to be involved in the decision-making process regarding the specific components of the program as it evolves. Attempts are made throughout the year both to address gaps in the intern’s previous experience and to augment and nourish the special interests of each intern.
Didactic Training for Interns
Didactic training includes a weekly seminar exclusively for psychology interns, as well as ongoing Psychiatry Grand Rounds and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Grand Rounds, lectures, and case conferences, which are held in conjunction with other trainees and faculty.
Seminar leaders and presenters include faculty and supervisors from NYU Langone–Bellevue, as well as psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers affiliated with other institutions or in private practice. Seminars address topics such as psychopharmacology, cross-cultural issues, neuropsychological assessment, psychodynamic therapy, cognitive and behavioral therapy, and family and group psychotherapy.
All psychology interns attend the weekly seminar series, which builds on academic training and clinical experience. Topics include ethics in psychology, cultural competency, psychopharmacology, and professional development. The series focuses on the APA’s core competencies and the challenges and opportunities associated with practice in a large academic medical center and public hospital.
In addition, all psychology interns participate in the weekly Multipurpose Hour Seminar, which includes clinical didactics related to patient care and resources, lectures on development as a supervisor, and clinical skills case conference where each intern presents an outpatient case to their peers for consultation and feedback.
All psychology interns also participate in didactics specific to their track rotations and electives.
Psychology interns receive a minimum of six hours of supervision per week, conducted according to theoretical orientations including cognitive, behavioral, family systems, psychodynamic, and electric. Interns are assigned individual supervisors for each rotation and elective experience, each outpatient psychotherapy case, and each psychological assessment case. In addition, interns meet individually with the training director each month.
In addition, psychology interns participate in didactic lectures on supervision, focusing on furthering their development as supervisors. These topics include the supervisory relationship, giving feedback, and critical issues in supervision. Interns then supervise and debrief psychology externs, medical students, or other trainees while on inpatient rotation. This experience is overseen by the intern’s inpatient rotation supervisor. Interns on the Forensic Psychology Track have the opportunity to supervise master’s-level trainees.
Psychology interns on each track conduct psychological and neuropsychological assessments, brief screenings, and intake evaluations of both outpatients and inpatients. Depending on the rotation and elective, interns may evaluate adults, adolescents and children, and forensic populations. These assessments are supervised by members of the NYU Langone–Bellevue psychology faculty and are selected to meet both the clinical needs of our patients, as well as the intern’s individual interests.
Those interested in further assessment experience may select the neuropsychological and psychological assessment service rotation or elective.
Research and Teaching Opportunities for Interns
Because research provides the knowledge base of clinical psychology, interns are expected to be conversant with the processes and products of contemporary clinical investigation. Current research knowledge and methods are important components of the didactic seminars. Research is also incorporated into clinical supervision. Supervisors share and discuss the results of research related to theoretical orientations, treatment modalities, and particular interventions.
The program structure does not designate specific time for research over the course of the year, but we work to facilitate the completion and defense of interns’ dissertations before graduation. Each psychology intern is also asked to critically evaluate an article consistent with the CONSORT checklist.
In addition, interns present on a topic of clinical interest and knowledge to their peers in a formal case conference. During inpatient rotation, interns present a clinical in-service to the members of the multidisciplinary team on a topic relevant to the psychiatric inpatient population or treatment strategies. Interns also make a formal presentation once during the internship year at either the Bellevue Case Conference, Child and Adolescent Grand Rounds, or Kirby Forensic Case Conference.
Support Group for Interns
Interns attend a weekly support group during training. This is a non-evaluative, confidential support group facilitated by a psychologist outside the NYU Langone–Bellevue system. Participation in this group may or may not entail the disclosure of personal information.
Internship Time Commitment
The training year starts on July 1 and ends on June 30 of the following year. Interns spend 45 to 55 hours a week in training. This includes at least two evenings per week with outpatients. On occasion, interns find it necessary to supplement the hours spent at the hospital with additional time for writing, reading, or other internship-related responsibilities.
Internship Stipend and Benefits
Interns are paid a stipend of $30,089 for the training year. They receive 105 hours of accrued vacation and personal time off and accrue 60. 5 hours sick leave as well. Internals also have eight paid federal holidays. Health benefits are also provided and become active on July 1. The trainees contribute to the cost of medical insurance. Coverage of family members and legally married partner or domestic partner is also available.
In the event of a medical condition or family needs that require leave, the program allows reasonable unpaid time off to interns in excess of sick leave and personal time off.
For more information, please contact Dr. Odom, program director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our faculty leaders include:
Anna E. Odom, PhD
Alan S. Elliot, PhD
Director of Adult Psychology, Bellevue
Members of our internship training committee include: