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 2020-2021 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 8/21/19

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, 2020). 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 2020-2021 academic year. The Adult Psychopathology Track will have six positions that focus on the treatment of patients with a full spectrum of behavioral health issues. The Adolescent Psychopathology Track will have one position that focuses on the treatment of patients 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 $29,950
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 19 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, 2019.

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

For additional information, or to submit application materials, please email Felicia Jackson.

Child/Adolescent Psychology Practicum

The Adolescent Acute Residential Treatment (ART) 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 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 ART.

The primary goals at the ART are to help adolescents stabilize so that they may pursue further treatment in a partial or outpatient setting, as well as assist adolescents to 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 after discharge.

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 ART. Trainees are given the opportunity to be a part of individual care, to lead or co-lead patient groups, to get involved in clinical research conducted at the program, and to become proficient in formulating patient treatment plans using UaT. 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, and developing formulations and short-term goals to communicate potential recommendations to treatment teams. Trainees work to guide patients to think about their target and address behaviors with different strategies, and 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 ART practicum for the 2020-2021 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 15, 2020.

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

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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