Application Information

Notification of Acceptance for Interview: On or before December 15th, 2020

Interviews: January 2021

Notification Date: February 19th, 2021

Contact Us

Director of Internship Program
Clara Lora Ospina, Psy.D.
Phone: 305-355-8085
Email: clara.loraospina@jhsmiami.org

Admissions

Please click here for internship admissions, support, and initial placement data.

Program Brochure

To learn more about the JMH Psychology Internship Training Program, including information on clinical rotations, criteria for successful completion and more, download the program brochure below:
Psychology Internship Program 2021-2022 Brochure

Locations

Jackson Memorial Hospital

1611 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital

1695 NW 9 Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Program Requirements

Applicants from APA-accredited clinical and counseling psychology programs are welcome to apply. The applicant must have a satisfactory completion of all doctoral coursework prior to internship start date.

Information on Non-Citizens Applicants

We accept applications from international students with an Optional Practical Training (OPT) sponsored by their doctoral program. The department of psychology is unable to sponsor H-1B visas. Applicants do not need to have US citizenship, but if not a US citizen applicants are required to have proof of authorization to work in the United States.

JMH Psychology Internship

Mission & Vision

The fundamental internship training mission is to facilitate the development of mature and competent clinical psychologists capable of functioning independently in a multidisciplinary/multicultural setting. The training staff believes this is best accomplished through a constant interplay of experiential and didactic experiences. Interns are encouraged to become analytical and critical consumers of current theory and practice in the field. Hence, one of our fundamental goals is the development of clinicians, not technicians, which is consistent with the program’s practitioner/scholar model.

Mission & Vision

The fundamental internship training mission is to facilitate the development of mature and competent clinical psychologists capable of functioning independently in a multidisciplinary/multicultural setting. The training staff believes this is best accomplished through a constant interplay of experiential and didactic experiences. Interns are encouraged to become analytical and critical consumers of current theory and practice in the field. Hence, one of our fundamental goals is the development of clinicians, not technicians, which is consistent with the program’s practitioner/scholar model.

Director’s Welcome

As a premier internship training site for over 30 years, we have grown and diversified such that we have APA-accredited programs for interns and residents. In cooperation with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, we train in Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital, Jackson Main, the Lynne Rehabilitation Center, and Holtz Women and Children’s Hospital. This allows an extraordinary breadth of experiences from braincuttings in Neuropsychology, to state of the art treatments and equipment in the just-opened Rehabilitation Center, close consultation with medical teams in all settings, with a strong commitment to science, ethics and diversity. Our training is rigorous and comprehensive, and because we are APA-accredited, graduates can apply for Board Certification in the first year after graduating. Our graduates have done very well and are very competitive – beginning careers in university settings, public and private hospitals, and private practice, as well as teaching, supervising, and spreading the Jackson focus on underserved populations.

Director’s Welcome

As a premier internship training site for over 30 years, we have grown and diversified such that we have APA-accredited programs for interns and residents. In cooperation with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, we train in Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital, Jackson Main, the Lynne Rehabilitation Center, and Holtz Women and Children’s Hospital. This allows an extraordinary breadth of experiences from braincuttings in Neuropsychology, to state of the art treatments and equipment in the just-opened Rehabilitation Center, close consultation with medical teams in all settings, with a strong commitment to science, ethics and diversity. Our training is rigorous and comprehensive, and because we are APA-accredited, graduates can apply for Board Certification in the first year after graduating. Our graduates have done very well and are very competitive – beginning careers in university settings, public and private hospitals, and private practice, as well as teaching, supervising, and spreading the Jackson focus on underserved populations.

Fast Facts

The Internship Training Program in Psychology is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) through the Commission on Accreditation. The program offers a one-year, full-time appointment with a stipend of $25,000. The appointment involves intense therapeutic interventions with patients and their families on an individual and group basis. Clinical services are provided to patients throughout the medical center. The psychological interventions are an integrated part of each medical/psychiatric team service and are supervised by at least one senior attending psychologist from the department. All tracks focus on the psychological clinical core competencies of assessment, psychotherapy, and consultation and on average the work week throughout the tracks is 45-50 hours. The following tracks are currently offered:

  • Adult Outpatient Center for Behavioral Medicine Track (four positions – three in the General Track & one in the Hispanic Track)
  • Rehabilitation Psychology Track (one position)
  • Adult Clinical Neuropsychology Track (one position)
  • Pediatric Behavioral Medicine Track (one position)
  • Clinical Child Track (two positions)

Fast Facts

The Internship Training Program in Psychology is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) through the Commission on Accreditation. The program offers a one-year, full-time appointment with a stipend of $25,000. The appointment involves intense therapeutic interventions with patients and their families on an individual and group basis. Clinical services are provided to patients throughout the medical center. The psychological interventions are an integrated part of each medical/psychiatric team service and are supervised by at least one senior attending psychologist from the department. All tracks focus on the psychological clinical core competencies of assessment, psychotherapy, and consultation and on average the work week throughout the tracks is 45-50 hours. The following tracks are currently offered:

  • Adult Outpatient Center for Behavioral Medicine Track (four positions – three in the General Track & one in the Hispanic Track)
  • Rehabilitation Psychology Track (one position)
  • Adult Clinical Neuropsychology Track (one position)
  • Pediatric Behavioral Medicine Track (one position)
  • Clinical Child Track (two positions)

Accreditation

APA-accredited since 1987

Number of Interns per year

9

Your Faculty

Gisela Aguila Puentes, Psy.D.
Dir. of Neuropsychology & Rehabilitation Services
Clinical Neuropsychology

Carolina Avila, Psy.D.
Dir. Practicum Training
Attending Psychologist DBT-A Program

Evelyn F. Benitez, Ph.D.
Dir. of Clinical Residency Training
Associate Chief of Psychology
Clinical Child Psychology

J. Scott Christian, Psy.D.
Dir. of Consultation & Liaison Services
Health Psychology

Jonathan L. Cohen, Psy.D.
Supervising Psychologist
Marchman Act Court

Catherine de la Osa, Psy.D.
Attending Psychologist Consultation & Liaison Services
Health Psychology

Lisa Gonzalez-Alpizar, Psy.D.
Attending Psychologist Consultation & Liaison Services
Health Psychology

Susan Ireland, Ph.D.
Dir. of Outpatient Adult Neuropsychology Service
Clinical Neuropsychology

Sheba Kumbhani, Ph.D.
Attending Psychologist Neuropsychology
Clinical Neuropsychology

Keith Lit, Ph.D.
Attending Psychologist Adult Outpatient Services
Health Psychology

Clara Lora Ospina, Psy.D.
Dir. of Internship Training
Clinical Dir. Of Adult Outpatient Services
Health Psychology

Mario Olavarria, Psy.D.
Dir. of Rehabilitation Psychology
Rehabilitation Psychology

Melisa Oliva, Psy.D.
Dir. of Pediatric Behavioral Medicine
Clinical Child Psychology

Natasha Poulopoulos, Ph.D.
Attending Psychologist Pediatric Behavioral Medicine

Claudia Ranaldo, Psy.D.
Dir. of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Program for Adolescents (DBT-A)

Thomas Robertson, Psy.D.
Chief of Psychology

Program Curriculum

Introductory Seminar

Coordinator: Clara Lora Ospina, Psy.D.

Required for all internsThe goal of the Introductory Seminar series is to provide an introduction to basic information and skills needed for providing psychological services at Jackson Health System. Topics such as Florida mental health laws, suicide assessment, risk management, safety planning at JHS and in Miami, social media practices, countertransference, stress management and mindfulness, self-care, finding postdocs, EPPP and licensure, and internship policies and procedures are reviewed and discussed.

Behavioral Pain Management Seminar

Coordinators: Mario Olavarria, Psy.D. & Mary I. Ishii, Psy.D.

Required for all interns. During this seminar, interns are introduced to various theories of pain, concept of behavioral pain management, assessing for pain, as well as discussing and demonstrating various types of interventions, including cognitive reframing, psychoeducation, relaxation and hypnosis.

Psychodiagnostic Seminar

Coordinator: Sheba Kumbhani, Ph.D.

Required for all internsThe purpose of the psychodiagnostic seminar is to present and integrate psychological testing data – objective and projective personality testing, along with intellectual and neuropsychological evaluations – which informs the intern’s diagnostic and treatment planning for those patients who present some difficulty in diagnosis or treatment course. Interns are provided a weekly opportunity to refine their skills in the administration and interpretation of psychological tests while also learning important methods to integrate and communicate test results effectively. All interns are expected to present twice during the training year.

Case Conference Seminar

Coordinators: Scott Christian, Psy.D. & Jonathan Cohen, Psy.D. 

Required for all interns. A weekly, 90-minute conference where interns present psychotherapy cases for discussion according to a formal psychiatric model.

Diversity Seminar

Coordinator: Thomas Robertson, Psy.D.

Required for all interns. The Diversity Seminar is designed to provide interns with the sensitivity, awareness, knowledge, and skills for multiculturally competent clinical care in the field of psychology. The seminar is experiential and requires interns to experience several of the unique cultural events that Miami offers in the community. The seminar is further enhanced by Diversity Didactics (see description below).

Diversity Didactics

Coordinator: Clara Lora Ospina, Psy.D.

Required for all interns. This seminar series combines faculty and outside JHS facility speakers who are experts in their field in regards to considerations for mental health and interventions with particular patient populations that interns interact with daily given the diverse culture in Miami and at JHS.

Ethics Seminar

Coordinators: Evelyn Benitez, Ph.D. 

Required for all interns. The purpose of Ethics Seminar is to discuss the ethical, moral, and legal implications of issues that arise in the context of a clinical case. Interns are expected to present an ethics case/concept during the training year and actively participate in all group discussions.

Psychiatry Grand Rounds

Coordinator: Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Required for all interns. Bi-weekly formal academic presentations about various topics in psychiatry presented by psychiatrists and psychologists who are local and nationally known speakers. Meets for 90 minutes every other week. Interns are required to attend at least 50% of these rounds.

Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) Conference

Coordinator: Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Elective for all interns.. Interns may elect to attend the University of Miami’s M&M conference. M&M is a peer review seminar dedicated to learning from complications and errors occurring during the care of patients in which psychiatry and/or psychology was involved. The main objective is to identify mistakes and to modify behavior and judgment to prevent repetition of error leading to complications or death. Another important objective of this seminar is to identify systems issues (e.g., outdated policies, changes in patient identification procedures, etc.) that affect patient care. M&M is meant to be non-punitive and focused on the goal of improved patient care. M&M conference takes place once a month and attendance it required for any intern that has involvement in the case being presented.

Alumni Placements Include:

Boston VA Medical Center
Boston Children’s Hospital
Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco
Miami VA Medical Center
Texas Children’s Hospital
University of Florida College of Medicine
Vanderbilt University
VA Pacific Islands Healthcare System

Alumni Placements Include:

Boston VA Medical Center
Boston Children’s Hospital
Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco
Miami VA Medical Center
Texas Children’s Hospital
University of Florida College of Medicine
Vanderbilt University
VA Pacific Islands Healthcare System