Mclean Hospital
Training at McLean

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.

To learn more about the Internship in Clinical Psychology, download the 2019-2020 brochure

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 St., 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.

Internship Applicants: Admissions, Support, & 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 updates annually.

Internship Program Admissions
Date Program Tables are updated 8/1/18

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 course work, as well as have an approved dissertation proposal prior to the start of the internship year (i.e., July 1, 2019). 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 2019-2020 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.

Our 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.

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 Hours Yes Amount: 500
Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours No  
Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:


Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year
Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns $26,026
Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time interns NA
Program provides access to medical insurance for interns? Yes
If access to medical insurance is provided:
Trainee contribution for cost required? No
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 Leave 64
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 cohorts 23
Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree 0
Community mental health center PD EP
Federally qualified heath center NA NA
Independent primary care facility/clinic NA NA
University counseling center NA NA
Veterans Affairs medical center NA NA
Military health center NA NA
Academic health center NA NA
Other medical center or hospital NA NA
Psychiatric hospital NA NA
Academic university/department 22 1
Community college or other teaching setting NA NA
Independent research institution NA NA
Correctional facility NA NA
School district/system NA NA
Independent practice setting NA NA
Not currently employed NA NA
Changed to another field NA NA
Other NA NA
Unknown NA NA
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.

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.