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Doctoral Training

The McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology is committed to providing its trainees with the highest quality clinical, research, and supervisory experiences that will help prepare them for careers in psychology. Led by Philip G. Levendusky, PhD, ABPP and Thröstur Björgvinsson, PhD, ABPP, this full-time internship is available to eligible third-and fourth-year graduate students enrolled in APA-approved doctoral programs in clinical or counseling psychology. All interns receive appointments at Harvard Medical School as clinical fellows in the Department of Psychiatry.

To learn more about the Internship in Clinical Psychology, download the 2018-2019 brochure

The McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School internship is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. Our training program participates in the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) Internship Match Program and observes all of its guidelines. It is the policy of McLean Hospital to affirmatively provide equal opportunity to all qualified applicants for employment and existing employees without regard to their race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, ancestry, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender orientation, or any other basis that would be in violation of any applicable law or regulation. All aspects of employment including recruitment, selection, hiring, training, transfer, promotion, termination, compensation, and benefits conform to this policy in order to further the principles of equal employment opportunity and the spirit of affirmative action.

Intern Admission, Support, and Initial Placement Data

Internship Program Admissions

Applicants are expected to be enrolled in either an APA or CPA accredited clinical or counseling psychology doctoral program and will have completed their program’s required pre-internship course work, as well as have an approved dissertation proposal prior to the start of the internship year (i.e., July 1, 2018). The applicant should also have participated in a minimum of 500 supervised practicum hours (direct contact intervention hours) obtained in two or more different practicum sites. No minimum number of direct contact assessment hours is required. In addition, they must have achieved a high level of academic accomplishment along with a strong track record of research productivity including refereed journal publications and presentations at national scientific meetings.

It is anticipated that there will be seven full time funded intern positions available for the 2018-2019 academic year. The Adult Psychopathology Track will have six positions that focus on the treatment of adults with a full spectrum of behavioral health issues. The Adolescent Psychopathology Track will have one position that focuses on the treatment of adolescents with a wide range of mental health disorders.

The McLean Doctoral Clinical Psychology Internship strives to develop its interns’ competencies in a wide range of empirically supported treatments that can be effectively utilized with a full spectrum of mental health disorders in an active tertiary care environment. While behavior therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and motivational interviewing orientations are most prevalent, there are opportunities to receive supervision in a variety of biopsychosocial perspectives. Our objective is to develop professional psychologists who epitomize the scientist-practitioner model.

Financial and Other Benefits for 2018-2019

All interns receive a stipend of $26,000, the choice of a fully paid comprehensive health plan (inclusive of legal spouse and dependent children), 12 paid holidays, 10 days paid sick leave, plus 20 days paid vacation. In the event of medical conditions and/or family needs that require extended leave, the program allows reasonable unpaid leave to interns in excess of personal time off and sick leave. Interns receive appointments at Harvard Medical School, Department of Psychiatry. This academic appointment allows access to a wide array of university resources, facilities and programs.

Initial Post-Internship Positions
  ’12-’13 ’13-’14 ’14-’15 ’15-’16 ’16-’17
Intern Class 7 6 8 7 8
Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Academic University/Department 0 0 1 0 0
Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Academic Medical Center 6 3 7 7 8
Employed Positions at Independent Practice Setting 0 1 0 0 0
Employed Positions as University Faculty 1 2 0 0 0

Date Program Tables Updated: August 15, 2017

How to Apply

Please submit your application via the APPIC electronic application procedure. Required applicant materials include a curriculum vitae, APPIC Application, three letters of reference, and complete graduate transcript. Deadline for applicants is November 6, 2017.

For more information, contact Psychology Training at or 617.855.2328.