Mclean Hospital

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 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 2021-2022 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 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.

Because of an unexpected site relocation, the adolescent track intern position will not be offered in 2020-2021. The adult track is not impacted by the relocation and will continue to offer six intern positions.

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 updated annually.

Internship Program Admissions
Date Program Tables are updated 9/15/2020

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, 2021).

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 six full-time funded intern positions available for the 2021-2022 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 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 $35,568
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? 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 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 21
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 18 NA
Other medical center or hospital NA NA
Psychiatric hospital NA NA
Academic university/department NA 3
Community college or other teaching setting NA NA
Independent research institution 1 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 11, 2020.

For more information, contact Psychology Training at or 617.855.2328.

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 2021-2022 academic year should send a curriculum vitae, letter of interest, and two letters of recommendations addressed to Elizabeth Lewis by early January 2020.

For additional information, or to submit application materials, please email Elizabeth Lewis.

Child/Adolescent Psychology Practicum

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. Trainees 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 behavioral 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.

How To Apply

Applicants interested in the child/adolescent psychology practicum for the 2021-2022 academic year should submit a current curriculum vitae, letter of interest, and one letter of recommendation from a faculty member. Applications are due by January 4, 2021.

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

Child and Adolescent OCD Institute

The Children 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 behavioral 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 December 14, 2020.

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

McLean Anxiety Mastery Program

As part of the McLean Anxiety Mastery Program, practicum students have the opportunity to co-lead clinical evaluations as well as cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) skills-based groups and exposure sessions. Practicum students also participate in family meetings. Students have unique opportunities to provide telehealth coaching sessions and home-based exposure sessions. Practicum students also engage in collaborative work with schools and school-based exposures. The position is 16-24 hours per week and starts in July.

Trainees attend an intensive series of didactics on implementing CBT with children over the summer. There is an ongoing didactic seminar as well as individual supervision throughout the training year. We seek advanced practicum students who have had prior graduate-level experience delivering CBT and/or working with children and adolescents.

How to Apply

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. Application deadline is January 4, 2021.

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

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 behavioral 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, 2021.

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

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