Doctoral Internship Program in Clinical Psychology at Mount Sinai Beth Israel

The psychology division of the department of psychiatry at Mount Sinai Beth Israel offers a year-long, full-time, pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology. This program is available to matriculated doctoral students in clinical and counseling psychology programs accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). The internship program at Mount Sinai Beth Israel was re-accredited by the Accreditation Council of the American Psychological Association in 2015 for a full seven years through 2022.

Office of Program Consultation & Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242 
(202) 336-5979

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Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data

Thank you for your interest in applying for a position in the 2020-2021 Mount Sinai Beth Israel Clinical Psychology Internship Program. Please be informed that the internship site will be participating in the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) Matching Program administered by National Matching Services, Inc. (NMS). In order to apply to our internship you must register with NMS for participation in the Matching Program at or by contacting NMS directly at (416) 977-3431. The program match code is: 146411.

Our application procedure requires completion of the AAPI application form available on the APPIC website: If you cannot download the form from their website, please contact APPIC directly at:

10 G Street, NE
Suite 750
Washington, DC 20002

Please complete the online AAPI application, a curriculum vitae, a graduate transcript and three letters of recommendation and direct it to:

Elizabeth Ochoa, Ph.D. 
Director of Training 
Mount Sinai Beth Israel

Due to the large number of applications received, only a sub-group of applicants can be offered interviews. Should you be among those selected for an interview, we will contact you.

Applications must be submitted no later than November 1st, 2019.

Seminars focus on various topics including risk assessment, psychopharmacology, interviewing and mental status, record keeping and general hospital psychiatry. Interns participate in these seminars along with psychiatric residents, beginning a year-long interdisciplinary collaboration.

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Program Review Committee:

Hulya Erhan, Ph.D.
Neurobehavior & Alzheimer’s Disease Center
Neuropsychological Assessment

Jennie Sharf, Ph.D.
Inpatient Psychiatry Service

Maria Klara, Psy.D. 
Child Psychiatry Service

Jerald Gardner, Ph.D.
Outpatient Psychiatry Service

Elizabeth Ochoa, Ph.D. 
Chief Psychologist
Director of Training & Education
Associate Chief, Neurobehavior & Alzheimer’s Disease Center

Core Training Faculty:

Alexis Briggie, Ph.D.
Inpatient Psychiatry Program

Michelle Chung, Psy.D.
DBT Supervisor

Lisa Cohen, Ph.D.
Director, Research
Coordinator, Continuing Education
Outpatient Psychiatry Service

Jacob Ham, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Child Trauma and Resilience
Child Psychiatry Service

J. Christopher Muran, Ph.D.
Director, Brief Psychotherapy Research Program

Alina Spancioc Pavlakos, Ph.D.
Coordinator, Group Psychotherapy Research Program
Outpatient Psychiatry Service

Jessica Wulf, Ph.D.
Substance Abuse Service

Institutional Training Faculty:

Victoria Barry, Psy.D.

Deborah Brown, Ph.D.

Mindfulness Process Group Leader

Catherine Eubanks-Carter, Ph.D
Brief Psychotherapy Research Program

Other Institutional Training (Voluntary) Faculty:

Robyn Landow, Ph.D.
Family Therapy

Suzanne Little, Ph.D.
Psychotherapy Supervisor

Jon McCormick, Ph.D. 
Psychotherapy Supervisor

Neil Newman, Ph.D.
Psychotherapy Supervisor

Shefali Samari, Ph.D.
Psychotherapy Supervisor

Lisa Samstag, Ph.D.
Brief Psychotherapy Research Program

Stephen Schneider, Ph.D.
Psychotherapy Supervisor

Heather Silvestri, Ph.D. 
Psychotherapy Supervisor

Other Contributors:

Grant Mitchell, M.D.
Chair, Psychiatry

Sarah Bloch-Elkouby, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow

Claire Jackson Rabinowitz, M.D.
Director, Psychiatric Outpatient Services

Philippa Connolly, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Center for Child Trauma and Resilience 

Rachel Lee, Ph.D.
Psychotherapy Supervisor

Chaya Mermerstein, L.C.S.W.
Child & Family Psychiatry Service

Mary Minges, Ph.D. 
Postdoctoral Fellow

Souha Nikowitz, Ph.D.
Multi-Cultural Consultant

Jason Staal, Psy.D. 
Snoezelen Behavior Therapy