Doctoral Training

Psychology Training Opportunities

McLean’s Psychology Training Department offers a number of doctoral and pre-doctoral training opportunities.

Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology

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 Courtney Beard, PhD, Thröstur Björgvinsson, PhD, ABPP, and Matthew Schrock, PhD, 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.

To learn more about the Internship in Clinical Psychology, download the 2022-2023 brochure

Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data


As of 2017, the following standardized tables of admissions, support, and initial placement data are required for all APA-accredited internship program websites. The Clinical Psychology Internship Training Program tables are updated annually.

Internship Program Admissions
Date Program Tables are updated 9/16/2021

McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School doctoral clinical psychology internship applicants are expected to be enrolled in either an APA- or CPA- accredited clinical or counseling psychology doctoral program and will have completed their programs required pre-internship coursework, as well as have an approved dissertation proposal prior to the start of the internship year (i.e., July 1, 2022).

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.

For additional information about eligibility requirements, see the Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital listing in the most recent APPIC Internship Directory.

It is anticipated that there will be seven full-time funded intern positions available for the 2022-2023 academic year and these positions will focus on the treatment of adults with the full spectrum of behavioral health issues.

Our doctoral clinical psychology internship strives to develop an intern’s 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. The internship objective is to develop professional psychologists who epitomize the scientist-practitioner model.

Does the program require that applicants have received a minimum number of hours of the following at the time of application? If Yes, indicate how many:
Total Direct Contact Intervention HoursYesAmount: 500
Total Direct Contact Assessment HoursNoAmount:
Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants: NA
Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year
Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-Time Interns$35,568
Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-Time InternsNA
Program provides access to medical insurance for interns?Yes
If access to medical insurance is provided:
Trainee contribution for cost required?Yes
Coverage of family member(s) available?Yes
Coverage of legally married partner available?Yes
Coverage of domestic partner available?No
Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and/or Vacation)256
Hours of Annual Sick Leave64
In the event of medical conditions and/or family needs that required extended leave, does the program allow reasonable unpaid leave to interns/residents in excess of personal time off and sick leave?Yes
Other Benefits (please describe):
Initial Post-Internship Positions
(Aggregated Tally for the Preceding 3 Cohorts)
Total # of interns who were in the 3 cohorts22
Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree0
Community mental health centerNANA
Federally qualified heath centerNANA
Independent primary care facility/clinicNANA
University counseling centerNANA
Veterans Affairs medical centerNANA
Military health centerNANA
Academic health center19NA
Other medical center or hospitalNANA
Psychiatric hospitalNANA
Academic university/departmentNA3
Community college or other teaching settingNANA
Independent research institutionNANA
Correctional facilityNANA
School district/systemNANA
Independent practice settingNANA
Not currently employedNANA
Changed to another fieldNANA

Note: “PD” = Post-doctoral residency position; “EP” = Employed Position. Each individual represented in this table should be counted only one time. For former trainees working in more than one setting, select the setting that represents their primary position.

Important Information

The McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School internship is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. Questions related to the program’s accreditation status should be addressed to the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association, Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242 or by phone at 202.336.5979.

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.

The McLean Hospital psychology internship is committed to attracting and training interns from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds.

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 15, 2022.

For more information, contact Psychology Training at @email or 617.855.2328.

Adult Psychology Practicum

Each year, the Behavioral Health Partial Hospital Program accepts three or four trainees in their third or fourth year of doctoral studies in psychology. Trainees are expected to commit three days and 20 hours per week from September through May. Additional summer opportunities may be available to trainees after completion of the practicum.

Led by Thröstur Björgvinsson, PhD, ABPP, the practicum includes training in teaching and implementing CBT/DBT/ACT skills in short-term individual and group therapy, completing structured diagnostic interviews, individual and group clinical supervision, didactic seminars, and collaboration on ongoing treatment outcome research. Trainees are exposed to a multidisciplinary team approach within a program that is also the training site for the McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School Internship in Clinical Psychology.

How To Apply

Applicants interested in the BHP practicum for the 2023-2024 academic year should send a curriculum vitae, letter of interest, and two letters of recommendations addressed to Dr. Michaela Swee, Co-Director of Practicum Training, by early January 2023.

For additional information, or to submit application materials, please email Michaela Swee.

Child/Adolescent Psychology Practicum

3East Outpatient and Partial Hospital DBT Programs

McLean’s 3East continuum offers three advanced practicum placements focused on adolescent dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).

Practicum students have the opportunity to join the 3East Outpatient DBT Program, a comprehensive outpatient program for suicidal and self-harming children, adolescents, and their families, and the 3East Partial Hospital Program, a premier, highly specialized 4-6 week treatment program for adolescents and young adults with varying diagnoses.

The practicum is 12-month opportunity, with a weekly commitment of 20 hours, 3 days per week.

Students’ responsibilities include:

  • Skills group treatment: Students are assigned to co-lead a multifamily DBT skills group at the outpatient program, where they are responsible for co-teaching the core skills of DBT for multi-problem adolescents. Students are also offered the opportunity to lead 4-6 DBT groups following orientation and training at the partial hospital program.
  • Individual parent sessions: Students have the opportunity to work one-on-one with parents in the outpatient program to enhance parents’ skill acquisition and generalization.
  • Individual skills sessions: Students offer skills tutoring to patients at the partial hospital program in small groups or individually, teaching, rehearsing, and practicing skills that are harder to integrate. Students may also work with adolescents who require skills coaching.
  • Family therapy: Students are assigned family therapy cases in the outpatient program, each requiring weekly family therapy sessions. Note: the individual therapist assigned to the case is also present in these sessions. Students in the partial hospital program are invited to attend weekly parent skills training sessions.

Students receive weekly supervision from licensed psychologists who are members of our treatment teams. Students participate in at least one DBT consultation team, as well as McLean training seminars.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, a current CV or resume, and three letters of recommendation, which may be emailed as part of the application or directly from the recommender.

The application deadline is January 2023.

With questions or to submit an application, please email us.

Belmont Adolescent Partial Hospital Program

The Belmont Adolescent Partial Hospital Program offers a nine-month child and adolescent clinical training opportunity for third- and fourth-year psychology doctoral students. Students must be able to commit to three days and at least 20 hours per week from September through May. Students can choose their three days based on their academic schedule and on the different opportunities and responsibilities available at the program.

The primary goal of the partial hospital program is to help teens recognize and become experts at understanding their emotional experience so that they have a better chance of managing emotionally overwhelming circumstances, interpersonal conflicts, and self-destructive urges. The program relies on a combination of therapeutic interventions based on dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy, among others.

Patients come to us from different levels of care, therefore our day program customizes care plans to help teens identify what is getting in the way of their functioning, manage their emotions in a healthier way, and help them resume their daily activities. We also help prepare teens who have been in inpatient or residential care to transition back to school and everyday activities.

Led by Fairlee C. Fabrett, PhD, the practicum includes training on the Unified Approach to Treatment (UaT), which is based on cognitive behavior therapy and dialectical behavior therapy strategies and is the main treatment modality at the partial hospital program. Practicum student works closely with a therapist during their entire academic training year giving the opportunity to see an experienced clinician providing therapy, and the opportunity to do supervised therapy and receive in-the-moment feedback.

Although practicum students start co-leading treatment with their assigned therapist, they eventually are responsible for carrying their own cases and providing individual therapy, family therapy, and case management (i.e., outpatient referrals, communication with schools). They also get ample experience leading and co-leading groups. In addition to patient care, practicum students attend clinical rounds once per week and have the opportunity to attend seminars and McLean’s Grand Rounds lectures.

Training goals for the practicum include gaining proficiency in mental status exams and risk assessments. Given the short-term nature of the partial hospital program, trainees become proficient at identifying patient goals that are manageable in that timeframe and sharing these goals with the treatment team.

Trainees work to guide patients to think about their target and address behaviors with different strategies. Students develop the necessary skills to build rapport with the patients and motivate them towards change. They also build skills to manage difficult patient interactions in the context of the group. The practicum focuses on teaching trainees to balance individual patient needs with group needs and goals.

Please note: Currently, the program continues to be virtual and practicum students participate remotely. We hope that by the spring of 2022 we will return to in-person care.

How To Apply

Interested applicants should submit a current curriculum vitae, letter of interest, and one letter of recommendation from a faculty member. Applications for the 2023-2024 academic year are due by January 10, 2023.

Note: Interviews for the 2022-2023 academic year will likely happen remotely.

For additional information, or to submit application materials, please contact Fairlee C. Fabrett, PhD.

Child and Adolescent OCD Institute

The Child and Adolescent OCD Institute (OCDI Jr.) offers a clinical training opportunity for third- and fourth-year psychology doctoral students at an accredited and affiliated graduate school of clinical or counseling psychology. Previous experience with children/adolescents or obsessive compulsive disorder and related disorders is preferred, but not required.

OCDI Jr. is a state-of-the art residential treatment program for children ages 10-19 with OCD and related disorders. At OCDI Jr., we value a collaborative approach, with children and families taking an active role as members of the treatment team. Our residential program allows children to live on the premises and receive intensive treatment in both individual and group settings. This program is ideal for children with moderate to severe OCD and coexisting conditions who may not have had access to evidence-based care for OCD, and who have had limited success with past treatment.

During this volunteer practicum experience, students can expect to utilize evidence-based treatments, including exposure response prevention, acceptance and commitment therapy, and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), as part of a multimodal program in combination with medication therapy. As needed, we also employ behavioral activation, dialectical behavior therapy, and habit reversal training. The program uses a strong behavior analytic and family systems approach when we work with families. Additionally, students can expect to work with patients presenting with a variety of OCD, anxiety, and co-occurring presentations.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter, and 3 letters of reference by January 10, 2023.

With questions or to submit applications, please email Alyssa L. Faro, PhD.

McLean Anxiety Mastery Program

As part of the McLean Anxiety Mastery Program (MAMP), practicum students lead cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) skills-based groups and exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy group sessions. Students have the opportunity to co-lead clinical evaluations and family meetings. Practicum students are also able to engage in collaborative work with schools and school- and community-based exposures. MAMP will be offering a hybrid of in-person and telehealth sessions.

Over the summer, students attend an intensive series of didactics on implementing CBT with children. An ongoing social justice seminar is offered as well as individual supervision throughout the training year. There are weekly didactics provided by McLean’s Grand Rounds lecture series.

For this position, we seek advanced practicum students who have had prior graduate-level experience delivering CBT (with or without ERP) and/or working with children/adolescents.

Students participate 16-24 hours per week, beginning July 1.

How to Apply

Applications for the 2023-2024 academic year may be submitted beginning November 1, 2022. Application deadline is January 10, 2023.

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, CV, two letters of recommendation, and a graduate transcript via email to Jacqueline Sperling, PhD. If applicants do not have two letters of recommendation on file, recommenders may send letters directly to Dr. Sperling.

The McLean Anxiety Mastery Program participates in the Massachusetts Psychological Association Practicum Training Collaborative. Learn more about the uniform process on their website.

Please note: MAMP adheres to the universal position offer date.

McLean-Franciscan Community Based Acute Treatment Program

This advanced practicum position is designed for a minimum of 20 hours per week, spread across three days on-site (between the hours of 9am to 5pm), for the full academic year, and requires a clinical, school, counseling, expressive therapy, or related behavioral sciences background.

The McLean-Franciscan Community Based Acute Treatment (CBAT) program is a short-term residential program for children and adolescents ages 4-14. Typically, patients are referred as either a step down from a more intensive inpatient hospitalization or from the community as an alternative to a hospitalization stay. Diagnoses include mood disorders, attention deficit disorder, depression, psychosis, anxiety disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder. We serve a diverse group of children and families.

Children receive group therapy, individual therapy, family sessions, and psychiatry medication services. The average length of stay for a patient is 2-3 weeks, but this varies due to the individual child’s needs and aftercare placement planning. Services are provided through a multidisciplinary team, including a medical personnel, clinicians, and support staff.

The practicum opportunities include carrying an individual therapy caseload of 2-3 cases, running 2-4 therapy groups, consultation and collaboration as part of the multidisciplinary team, family work, and the opportunity to participate in system meetings. Treatment methodologies include cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior skills, and acceptance and commitment therapy. Our individual and group therapy programs are rooted in evidence-based practices and a strength-based model of care.

In addition to direct clinical care, practicum students receive weekly individual and group supervision. They are also required to attend one of the two clinical rounds. Weekly didactics occur in conjunction with the McLean-Franciscan programs and the Franciscan Children’s APA Internship Program, which provides our students with the opportunity to learn about multiple topics from diverse presenters.

How to Apply

See below for joint application process to both McLean-Franciscan practica.

McLean-Franciscan Child and Adolescent Inpatient Program

The McLean-Franciscan Child and Adolescent Inpatient Program offers a practicum placement to graduate students seeking a scientist-practitioner model of psychology training. The practicum operates alongside the Mass General child psychiatry fellowship training program and McLean social work training program. The advanced practicum position is designed for a minimum of 20 hours per week, spread across three days on-site (between the hours of 9am to 5pm), for the full academic year, and requires a clinical, school, counseling, expressive therapy, or related behavioral sciences background.

The inpatient program is a short-term, acute treatment program, serving complex cases in severe psychiatric crisis. The program has 32 beds for children and adolescents ages 3-19 (though primarily serving adolescents). Multidisciplinary assessment and crisis intervention consists of expert diagnostic assessment, medication treatment, and mobilization of the child’s family and support system. The team includes psychiatrists, social workers, psychologists, nurses, educators, child life specialists, and mental health specialists. Program goals include restoring safety, targeting high-risk behaviors, reducing suicidal behaviors, and successful continuation of treatment and recovery outside of the hospital setting. Treatment occurs within the context of a structured therapeutic program, utilizing a strength-based model of care and activities and supports that promote a sense of belong and decrease perceived burdensomeness.

Training opportunities include leading or co-leading group therapy with 5-6 groups per week, individual therapy in the context of a short-term, acute setting utilizing evidence-based interventions (caseload of 2-3), consultation and collaboration as part of the multidisciplinary team, family work, participation in clinical rounds, individual and group supervision, and weekly didactic trainings.

Weekly didactics occur in conjunction with the McLean-Franciscan programs and the Franciscan Children’s APA Internship Program, which provides our students with the opportunity to learn about multiple topics from diverse presenters. Standardized assessment is not a focus of the training program, however, there may be a possibility for students with prior psychological assessment experience to have an opportunity to administer brief personality and/or cognitive assessments.

How to Apply

Applicants may apply to the CBAT and inpatient programs simultaneously. They can also indicate if they have a preference for one program within the letter of interest and/or during the interview process.

Send a letter of interest, current CV, and 2-3 letters of recommendation (may be emailed as part of application or from recommenders directly) to Training Director Kristina Shapiro, PhD, NCSP. Applications are due by Monday, January 4, 2023.

The McLean-Franciscan programs participate in the Massachusetts Psychological Association Practicum Training Collaborative. Learn more about the uniform process on their website.

Irene Pierce Stiver Psychology Alumni Association

Named in honor of the founder of the McLean Psychology Department, the Irene Pierce Stiver Psychology Alumni Association strives to bring together former psychology interns and post-doctoral fellows as a professional community. The association also works to introduce alumni to current interns and post-doctoral fellows.

The Irene Pierce Stiver Psychology Alumni Association includes approximately 530 graduates. The association hosts an evening social for alumni and friends at the annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT). This event provides an opportunity to reconnect and network with fellow graduates and senior training faculty.

To simplify communication across our growing membership, we ask one person from each graduating class to serve as class representative. Class representatives play an important role in maintaining communication with their fellow graduates.



To update your personal information on file, to become a class representative, or to participate in the planning of events or newsletters, please email @email.