New York-Presbyterian Hospital in collaboration with Weill Cornell Medical College’s Department of Psychiatry offers a one-year predoctoral internship program accredited by the American Psychological Association and directed by Susan Evans, PhD. The program is a member of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science (APCS) and follows a clinical science model of training. The highly selective program recruits psychology graduate students for four internship positions. The training program is designed to provide clinical experience in the assessment, evaluation, and treatment of patients with a wide range of mental health concerns and illness. The patient population includes individuals representing diverse cultures and ethnic backgrounds and in developmental stages across the life cycle, and all experiencing major forms of psychopathology. A wide spectrum of diagnostic and therapeutic techniques is covered. All phases of the internship are closely supervised and evaluated. Trainees typically receive four to five hours of supervision per week that examine all phases of evaluation, assessment, management, and treatment. Supervision is provided by full-time and voluntary psychology and psychiatry faculty. A program of clinical and didactic seminars accompanies each clinical experience. Most teaching is done individually or in small groups. Interns may elect to spend 4- or 8-month rotations for in-depth specialized training in a number of areas (see brochure). The program includes a research placement program that protects 4- 6 hours of time for mentored research. Training may take place across sites including NYP/Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan, the Westchester Behavioral Health Center in White Plains, New York and at affiliate institutions including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
A central goal of the internship is to create confident, competent independent clinical scientists who are skilled in a variety of treatment modalities and treatment settings. The internship’s values mirror those of the psychiatry division and centers around providing patient-focused care, exhibiting respect for all clinicians and staff members, cultivating fulfilling careers in an environment that fosters opportunities, encouraging innovation at the forefront of patient care, research and education, and values scholarship. The NYP-WCM internship encourages a culture in which difference among faculty, trainees, staff, and patients are valued and respected (including, but not limited to, difference in race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, ability, religious practice, socioeconomic class, citizenship, age, and life experience). Our internship program is committed to developing practices that champion diversity, equity, and inclusion in areas of patient care, education, professional development, and advocacy.