Internship with Health Service Psychology

The Counseling, Health & Wellness Center (CHW) provides integrated counseling and health services to Suffolk’s significantly diverse population of undergraduate, graduate, and law students.

The Internship in Health Service Psychology has been APA-accredited since 1996. Training aims include preparing Interns for entry-level practice in higher education settings, increasing multicultural competency with a focus on social justice, and assistance with the development of an authentic professional and personal identity rooted in professional values, ethics, and knowledge. CHW provides a dynamic and supportive training and working environment for personal and professional growth. Training staff maintain an integrated approach to clinical work, with a focus on empirically based short-term and relational or relational-cultural models. CHW seeks to maintain an inclusive environment for service delivery, staff engagement, and the training of Doctoral Interns; training staff are committed to the provision of services and training which intentionally address issues of diversity and identity, interpersonal sociocultural differences, and social justice. Suffolk is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse community. We are actively seeking applicants from groups that might be under-represented because of race/color, gender, religion, real or perceived disability, national origin or LGBTQ status.

Accreditation

The CHW Internship in Health Service Psychology was APA-accredited in 1996 and is currently accredited through 2027. The Program is a member of APPIC and utilizes the national match process via National Matching Services, Inc. during recruitment and selection. Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Email / Phone: 202-336-5979

Program Description

The Counseling, Health & Wellness Center (CHW) provides integrated counseling and health services to Suffolk's significantly diverse population of undergraduate, graduate, and law students.  The Internship in Health Service Psychology has been APA-accredited since 1996. The Program is based on three core training aims:

    1. Prepare doctoral interns for entry-level practice in the provision of professional psychological services within integrated counseling and health centers in higher education.
    2. Increase knowledge, skills, and awareness regarding multicultural competence, interpersonal sociocultural differences, and individual identity as they relate to all aspects of professional practice, with a focus on social justice.
    3. Assist in the development of an integrated personal and professional identity based in the application of scientific knowledge, professional values and ethics, and with attention to the power of authenticity.

CHW provides a dynamic and supportive training and working environment for personal and professional growth.  Training staff maintain an integrated approach to clinical work, with a focus on empirically based short-term and relational-cultural models. CHW seeks to maintain an inclusive environment for service delivery, staff engagement, and the training of Doctoral Interns.

The CHW Intern Manual 2019-2020 [PDF] provides detailed information regarding the internship, which provides 2000 total hours and 500 direct service hours.  The manual reviews the Internship's training requirements, direct service activities, learning elements, supervision structure, competencies, evaluation, and other important information.  Applicants are encouraged to review this information to determine if the internship is a fit for their professional goals and interests.

Internship Admission, Support, and Initial Placement Data

The Internship Admission, Support, and Initial Placement Data Table [PDF] provides summary information regarding the Internship, including application information, summary of benefits, and post-internship placements.

Application Requirements

Three full-time twelve month internships are available for the academic year 2020-2021. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited doctoral program in psychology and have recent supervised clinical experience. The internship provides 2000 supervised hours during the training year. Candidates do not have to be United States citizens to apply. The stipend for 2020-2021 will be $30,000. Suffolk is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse community. We are actively seeking applicants from groups that might be under-represented because of race/color, gender, religion, real or perceived disability, national origin or LGBTQ status.

Offers of employment is contingent upon 1) successful completion of a background screening, which includes a Social Security trace, Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI), and criminal background Information (CORI); 2) your eligibility to work in the United States; and 3) your agreement to accept your pay via direct deposit. Accepted Interns work directly with Human Resources to complete the background screening and are notified when it is complete.

Application deadline for the 2020-2021 internship training year is Friday, November 8, 2019, at 5:00 p.m.

Application Requirements

  • AAPI Application for Psychology Internship (AAPI2016) Form on the APPIC website.
  • Transcripts of related graduate work.
  • Three (3) letters of reference, including one from a recent clinical supervisor. Letters from clinical supervisors are preferred.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Applicants must participate in the APPIC match process through National Matching Services, Inc. CHW follows all match policies and procedures during the selection process.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 500 Intervention Hours
  • 10 Assessment Hours
  • Completion of all required coursework for doctoral degree
  • Statement of readiness for internship from academic program.
  • When selecting applicants, priority is given to candidates who have emotional and social maturity. 
  • Relevant clinical experience demonstrating skills in intake assessment, individual and group psychotherapy, and crisis intervention.
  • Interest and/or experience in conducting consultation and outreach activities.
  • Conducted supervision, when available and appropriate.
  • Ability to utilize various conceptual frameworks in clinical work.
  • Willingness to learn and apply new clinical conceptualizations and strategies.
  • Experience working with diverse client populations.
  • Interest in developing multicultural competencies.
  • Awareness of social justice principles as they apply to clinical, consultative, or outreach activities.
  • Capacity to participate effectively as a team member of the CHW counseling staff.
  • Overall sense of goodness of fit with supervisors and administrators in the center.
  • Counseling Center experience or interest in working in a university setting.
  • Experience with young adult/college-age populations.
  • Awareness of and commitment to ethical practice and the values of professional psychology.
  • Demonstrated interest in and ability to engage in authentic self-reflection in the service of personal and professional growth.
  • Indicated commitment to the practitioner-scholar model of training.
  • Experience or interest working in an integrated counseling and medical services setting.
  • Interest in holistic wellness.

Applicants may have obtained these qualifications via clinical practicum experiences, academic courses, and/or other professional and personal experiences. The quality of an applicant’s previous educational, counseling, outreach, consultation, and multicultural knowledge and awareness are initially assessed during a careful review of each applicant’s cover letter, required APPIC essays, academic transcript, resume/curriculum vitae, and letters of reference. Applicants invited for on-site interviews engage in more in-depth discussion and interaction with training staff regarding their previous experiences and desired training needs in order for both parties to determine goodness-of-fit for CHW’s Internship Program.

Supervisors, Staff, and Interns 

The Counseling Center's clinical staff includes doctoral-level psychologists and clinicians, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, and a case manager who is a LICSW. Interns interact with all staff during staff meetings, clinical consultation, outreach, and other professional activities. Primary supervisors are licensed psychologists with more than 2 years of licensed experience. Group supervision is provided by one of the primary supervisors. Staff are identified below with areas of specialty and whether or not they are primary supervisors. More information about supervision can be found in the Intern Manual.

Jean M. Joyce-Brady, PhD
CHW Director
University of Maryland

Stephanie Kendall, PhD (Primary Supervisor)
Associate Director/Clinical Training Director
George Mason University

Teresa Blevins, PhD, CLYL (Primary Supervisor, SOS Supervisor)
Staff Psychologist/Practicum Coordinator
Auburn University

Mark Furtado, PsyD, MSW (Primary Supervisor, OTC Coordinator)
Staff Psychologist
William James College

Natasha Torkelson, PhD
Staff Psychologist/Multicultural Training
Boston College

Lizette Santana, PsyD
Staff Psychologist
William James College

Sharon Stein, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Jessica Robaire, LICSW
CHW Case Manager
McGill University

Interns, 2019-2020

  • Ellen (Tess) O’Neil
    Wright Institute
  • Brianna Wadler
    University of Massachusetts-Boston
  • Ji Yu
    Wright Institute

Staff Administration

  • Julia Albo
  • Lucia Ciccarello
  • Jo-Ann Mastro
  • Samantha Melchin

Former Interns

2018-2019

  • Yerang (Anna) Lee – Boston University
  • Allison Lurie – William James College
  • Max Wu – University of Massachusetts-Boston

2017-2018

  • Diana Hinojosa - University of Denver
  • Leah Levy - Antioch University - New England
  • Anna Potter - Antioch University - New England

2016-2017

  • Vanessa Alvarez - Suffolk University
  • Jennifer Chang - Teachers College at Columbia University
  • Jose Javier Flores - Azusa Pacific University

2015-2016

  • Ellen Darling - Clark University
  • Ksenia Kopeikin - University of Louisville
  • Natasha Torkelson - Boston College

2014-2015

  • Bola Afrolayan - Antioch University of New England
  • Lavanya Devdas - Lehigh University
  • Jamie Graceffo - Pennsylvania State University

2013-2014

  • Ashley Kies - University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
  • Samantha Morris - University of Hartford
  • Sarah Piontkowski - University of Maryland at College Park

2012-2013

  • Faedra Backus - Boston College
  • Susan Lambe Sarinana - University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Stacy Taniguchi - Stanford Consortium

2011-2012

  • Lucinda Bratini - Binghampton University
  • Alexis Lamb - University of Rhode Island
  • Ingrid Sarmiento - Clark University

2010-2011

  • Allie Smith - University of Georgia
  • Marina Valdez - University of Oregon
  • Jennifer West - Boston College

APPIC Match Dates and Process

Applicants must complete the AAPI application through APPIC; the portal generally opens in mid-July each year. This online application system is available on the APPIC website.

Applicants must also register to participate in the APPIC Matching Program; registration typically begins in early August each year. Registration for the APPIC Match is completed online through National Matching Services, Inc. Please note that registering for the match is a separate process from registering for the APPI online. This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant.

To register, contact:

National Matching Services, Inc.
595 Bay Street
Suite 301, Box 29
Toronto, Ontario
CANADA M5G 2C2
Telephone: 416-977-3431

If you have other questions concerning internship applications and/or guidelines, please contact the American Psychological Association at the following address:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20002-4242
Telephone: 202-336-5979
Fax: 202-336-5978

Important Application Dates

  • December 1, 2019: Recommended date by which applicants should register for the match.
  • December 31, 2019: Applicants who register after this date must have their director of clinical training provide explicit written authorization to NMS before the registration can be accepted.
  • February 3, 2020: Deadline to register for either phase of the APPIC Match. No applicant or program registrations for the match can be accepted after this date.

Phase I

  • Monday, January 20, 2020: The Rank Order List Input and Confirmation (ROLIC) system opens for applicants and programs to submit Rank Order Lists.
  • Friday, February 7, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time: Phase I Rank Order List Deadline for submission and certification of Rank Order Lists. All lists must be finalized and certified by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on this date.
  • Friday, February 21, 2020: APPIC Phase I Match Day:
    • 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time: Match results will be distributed to internship programs and applicants. Academic programs that are APPIC Associates will also receive the Match results for each of their students.
    • 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time: Internship Training Directors and the applicants to whom they have matched may contact each other after this time.

Phase II

  • Friday, February 21, 2019 - 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time: A list of programs with positions available in Phase II of the Match is posted on the NMS web site. Applicants who are eligible to participate in Phase II of the Match may submit applications to programs that are participating in Phase II.
  • Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time: All programs participating in Phase II of the Match must accept applications until this deadline. Programs may elect to continue accepting applications beyond this deadline, but are not required to do so. Programs participating in Phase II may begin to view and download applications.
  • Monday, March 16, 2020 - 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time: Phase II Rank Order List Deadline: Deadline for submission and certification of Rank Order Lists for Phase II of the Match. All lists must be finalized and certified by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on this date.
  • Monday, March 23, 2020: APPIC Phase II Match Day: Results of the Match are released to applicants and training directors.

Post-Match Vacancy Service

  • Monday, March 23, 2020 - 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time: The APPIC Post-Match Vacancy Service begins operating and remains open through October 31, 2020.