Cooper University Health Care is pleased to announce three doctoral internship positions within our Behavioral Medicine service for the 2020-2021 training year (a one-year, full-time training appointment). The internship in Behavioral Medicine at Cooper University Health Care will accept its first training cohort in July 2020. The program is not yet accredited by the American Psychological Association or Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). However, we attest to meeting APPIC standard requirements to participate in the Match. We plan to apply for APA accreditation once interns are on-site.
Interns will gain experience across our inpatient and outpatient health psychology rotations, including general and specialty primary care, medical inpatient consultation-liaison service, and the inpatient psychiatry unit. Interns will also have an opportunity to complete a rotation completing pre-bariatric surgery evaluations. There may additional training opportunities pending interest and prior experience, including but not limited to Neuropsychology and Addiction Medicine. Interns will have the opportunity to have integrated and interdisciplinary training experiences within various clinical settings, including OB-GYN, Neonatology, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Trauma, Cardiology, Oncology, Neurology, Infectious Disease, and Orthopedics. Referral reasons often include: management of chronic illness, treatment non-adherence, pain management, smoking cessation, weight management, insomnia, coping with acute illness and hospitalization, palliative care, and assisting patients’ families with coping.
Clinical expectations, driven by cognitive-behavioral, acceptance-based, and biopsychosocial models, include cognitive and psychological assessment, intervention (individual, group, family), psychoeducation, health promotion activities, provider education, and consultation-liaison work. Behavioral Medicine promotes the availability of timely, goal-oriented, brief, and collaborative services designed to be consistent with a fast paced, academic medical environment. Competitive salary and benefits, including medical and dental insurance, 26 days of annual pain vacation and sick leave, release time for professional development and 6 federal holidays.
A copy of our training manual is available upon request from the Director of Clinical Training, Dr. Anastasia Bullock (email) for your review and further information about rotations, didactics/supervision, evaluations, and benefits is available on the Behavioral Medicine website.
Eligibility Requirements and Selection Criteria
Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. Cooper does not sponsor visa applications for the position. Applicants will be considered from doctoral psychology programs in clinical or counseling psychology (APA-accredited graduate programs preferred but not mandatory). No applicants from programs awarding degrees in areas other than psychology will be accepted. All requirements for doctoral internship, including dissertation proposals and passed competency exams, must be completed prior to starting.
Applicants for the Cooper Internship Program must be doctoral students in good standing at an American Psychological Association (APA) or Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) accredited graduate program in the fields of clinical and/or counseling psychology. Applicants will also be considered from Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS) accredited programs in Clinical Science. Selection criteria will also include the applicant’s statement of goals, professional interests, and objectives for internship training, and consideration of future professional goals. The applicant’s prior training, as they relate to the aims of the program and the rotations offered in the internship program, including settings, clinical, and supervisory experiences, will also be considered. The applicant’s discussion of their clinical experiences and interests during interviews will be given significant consideration. It is also important that applicants demonstrate interest in gaining entry-level competencies in Behavioral Medicine/Health Psychology.
How to Apply
Interested candidates who meet the above requirements may apply by providing the following information through the APPI online application portal after October 2, 2019:
- A letter of intent which specifies your future professional goals, details of how the internship will contribute toward the achievement of your goals, and a goodness of fit between you and the Cooper psychology doctoral internship program in Behavioral Medicine (include in the APPI)
- Curriculum Vitae (include in the APPI)
- At least two letters of recommendation from faculty or other professionals who are well- acquainted with you and your qualifications (include in the APPI)
- A letter from your graduate institution’s Director of Clinical Training (DCT) documenting your status as an student, whether any probationary or remedial actions have been taken, whether you are on track to successfully complete the necessary requirements prior to internship (include in the APPI).
- One copy of all graduate school transcripts (include in the APPI).
- If at the time of application your dissertation has not been completed, please submit a letter from your dissertation chair documenting the timeline for completion of your dissertation (include in APPI).
The deadline for applications is December 1, 2019.
For any additional questions regarding the training program or application process, please contact the Director of Clinical Training, Dr. Anastasia Bullock (email).