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About the Program
Pennsylvania Hospital, a part of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, is the home of the nation's first hospital and the nation's first psychiatric unit. Founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1751, the hospital is located in the historic Society Hill section of Philadelphia. Behavioral health services include acute inpatient care, community mental health, consultation/liaison psychiatry, and a training clinic staffed by psychology interns.

The psychology internship is located on Manning Street just one block from the general medical hospital. In this setting, interns have individual offices, conference space, and computer facilities. This setting also houses the department's training clinic, a sliding scale outpatient program that offers both general, acute outpatient services and long-term psychodynamically oriented treatment.

With this as the center for clinical training, interns then rotate through services in other locations, including the acute inpatient unit, the community mental health program, the general medical hospital, and the palliative care cancer center. Other auditorium and classroom facilities are located in the hospital and in the community mental health center. The behavioral health library is located in the historic Pine Building of the main hospital.

Clinical assignments are all at the Pennsylvania Hospital campus. Seminars are divided between Pennsylvania Hospital and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Choose a topic below to learn more:

Program Philosophy
It is the philosophy of the training staff that the predoctoral internship should encourage a more deeply and clearly articulated clinical and theoretical viewpoint. This should be accomplished while simultaneously preparing interns for work in a diversity of clinical settings and with a variety of patient populations. Toward this goal, the internship at Pennsylvania Hospital recruits applicants who are interested in developing a psychodynamic viewpoint. It is the view of the staff that psychodynamic theory is adaptable to a broad range of treatment goals and clinical settings.

On our own, and in conjunction with the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania Psychiatry Residency Program, we offer seminars in dynamic psychology, case conferences, continuous case conferences, and supervision from experienced psychoanalysts and other dynamically oriented clinicians. This core theoretical model is augmented by other topics in diagnostics, biological psychiatry, community mental health, and various other areas. Recognizing that our interns must be prepared for work in a wide range of clinical settings, our interns will have rotations in such varied settings as the outpatient training clinic, the acute inpatient service, the community mental health center, and the medical consultation/liaison service. With the help of outside supervisors and clinicians working in these settings, interns will learn to adapt psychodynamic principles to varied patient populations, diagnostic groups, and clinical problems.

The internship is sequentially organized, beginning with seminars on the opening phases of psychotherapy and the basics of diagnostics, crisis management, and inpatient psychiatry. Interns also receive extensive orientation to the goals and procedures of each clinical rotation. As the year proceeds, the focus shifts to more independent work, with supervision increasingly focused on clinical formulation and treatment process. Interns achieve greater independence as they carry inpatients and outpatients in both brief and long term treatment.

Clinical Rotations

All interns will be assigned to the following rotations:

  • Training Clinic
    Individual outpatient psychotherapy, group therapy, including both long-term psychotherapy and brief treatment. A portion of each intern's time is dedicated to the Penn Behavioral Health Employee Assistance Program. This is a consultation and brief treatment service for Health System, University, and other corporate staff. (full year, 7 hours/week)
  • Diagnostic Testing
    Comprehensive psychological evaluations, neuro-psychological evaluations, and diagnostic screenings. (full year, approximately 3 consults/year, with more available for interns who are interested)
  • Acute Care Inpatient Service
    Primary therapist for inpatients. (6 months, 12 hours/week)
  • Bariatric Surgery Evaluation and Treatment
    Provide screening and treatment for patients undergoing gastric bypass surgery (full year, approximately one consultation per week)
  • Palliative Care Program
    Outpatient individual and family supportive therapy to patients and their families who have been diagnosed with cancer. (6 months, 5 hours/week)
  • Consultation/Liaison Service
    Evaluation and follow-up of medically hospitalized patients. (6 months, 4 hours/week)

Optional Second Year
Mid-way through the first year, interns may apply for an optional second year of training. In the second year, interns specialize in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and some other elective (e.g., Child/Family, Consultation and Liaison, Palliative Care Center, gastric bypass service, neuropsychology, psychotherapy research, Mill Creek School, ob-gyn service, Parent-Child Program, or others). Second Year interns also receive appointments as Fellows of the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia.


Pennsylvania Hospital

  • Case Conference
  • Continuous Case Conference
  • Weekly seminar on topics in psychology
  • Testing Seminar
  • University of Pennsylvania Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds
  • As scheduled programs offered by the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia

University of Pennsylvania Department of Psychiatry (weekly seminars with residents)

  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Couples/Family Treatment
  • Integrated Treatment Case Conference


The internship is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation, American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C., 750 First St., NE Washington, DC 20002-4242, (202-336-5979).

Salary and Benefits

The annual salary for 2016-2017 will be approximately $23,294. The salary for the optional second year is $27,347 or $31,441 (with completed doctorate). In addition, interns are regular hospital employees and will receive three weeks paid vacation, medical coverage, and other hospital benefits.

How to Apply
For 2016-2017, all applications should be submitted using the AAPI online system. The application should include the following supplementary materials:

  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Completed application (APPIC Uniform Application)
  • Graduate transcript
  • Sample psychological test reports (minimum of two)
  • Three letters of recommendation

Submit all materials through the online system by November 20, 2015.

If you have questions, please contact:

Linda Shellenberger
Psychology Internship Program Coordinator
Pennsylvania Hospital
245 South 8th Street
First floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
E-Mail: linda.shellenberger@uphs.upenn.edu
(215) 829-7335

The program participates in the uniform match (Program #153612)

Supervisors and seminar leaders are drawn from the psychology and psychiatry staffs. Some of these individuals are salaried by the hospital and employed in hospital-sponsored clinical programs. Other faculty may be members of the Department of Psychiatry and the Professional Staff, but are non-salaried practitioners in the hospital community. The faculty's interests reflect the primarily psychodynamic orientation of the internship program. With this model as the core, there are also supervisors and seminar leaders with interests in general psychiatry, consultation/liaison, forensics, community mental health, brief treatment approaches,CBT, child, trauma-focused, and systems orientations.

Interns will have a minimum of two psychotherapy supervisors, testing supervisors, and an on-site supervisor in the outpatient, inpatient, CMHC or consultation/ liaison rotations. With a large open professional staff and Penn faculty, there is the opportunity to request additional supervision in many areas. For example, interns may elect to receive supervision for intensive psychotherapy on an individual case, a child case or a couple.

Program Director:

  • Michael P. Kowitt, PhD, ABPP (Director, Psychology Internship Program and Training Clinic)
    Primary interests: Adult psychoanalysis and psychotherapy; diagnostic testing; forensic evaluation; couples therapy

Rotation Directors:

  • Scott Campbell, MD (Director of Inpatient Psychiatry 6 Spruce Unit; Associate Director of Consultation-Liaison/Psychosomatic Medicine Services)
    Primary Interests: Inpatient Psychiatry, psychopharmacology, community psychiatry, teaching
  • Ashley Dugan, PsyD (Coordinator, Child Rotation, Hall-Mercer CMHC)
    Primary interests: Child and adolescent therapy, developmental theory, trauma, psychotherapy integration
  • Jody F. Foster, MD, MBA (Chair of the Department of Psychiatry; Director of Inpatient Unit)
    Primary interests: Inpatient psychiatry; crisis intervention, psychopharmacology
  • Juliette Galbraith, MD (Co-Director, Consult-Liaison/Psychosomatic Service, Assistant Medical Director, Crisis Response Center)
  • Reed Goldstein, PhD (Inpatient Unit)
    Primary interests: Psychodynamic psychotherapy; interpersonal therapy; neuropsychological and psychological assessment; treatment and research in the relationship between depression and medical illness; research in depression and personality disorder
  • Jason Hutchings, PsyD (Inpatient Unit/Outpatient Psychotherapy and Testing)
    Primary interests: Psychodynamic psychotherapy, couples therapy, diagnostic testing, research in psychotherapy integration and personality organization
  • Sarah Richardson, PsyD (Palliative Care Program)
    Primary interests: Psychodynamic psychotherapy and attachment-based approaches; therapy with the medically ill population, young adults, and eating disorders

Supervisors, Seminar Leaders:

Susan Adelman, PhD
Monisha Akhtar, PhD
Peter Badgio, PhD
Steven Berkowitz, MD
Lawrence Blum, MD
Robert Brody, MSW
David Burns, MD
Scott Campbell, MD
Kevin Castro-Convers, PhD
Fred Fisher, MD
Jody F. Foster, MD, MBA
Vincent Gioe, PhD
Reed Goldstein, PhD
Erin Hadley, PhD
Sally Holtz, PhD
Patti Inacker, LCSW
Marc Inver, MD
Audre Jarmas, PhD
Spencer Kostinsky, MD
Michael P. Kowitt, PhD, ABPP

Bruce Levin, MD
Stephen Levick, MD
Craig Lichtman, MD
Laurel Lipshutz, MD
Fran Martin, PhD
Mathew Purcell, PsyD
Naomi Rosenberg, PhD
Diana Rosenstein, PhD
Susan Shivley, MD
Melvin Singer, MD
Julian Slowinski, PhD
Lindsay Sortor, PsyD
Howard Sudak, MD
Richard Summers, MD
Robert Toborowsky, MD
Pamela Vail, PsyD
Jeanine Vivona, PhD
Roger Weiss, MD


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