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Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national research university and the state’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Rutgers is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence; to conducting research that breaks new ground; and to providing services, solutions, and clinical care that help individuals and the local, national, and global communities where they live.

Founded in 1766, Rutgers teaches across the full educational spectrum: preschool to precollege; undergraduate to graduate; postdoctoral fellowships to residencies; and continuing education for professional and personal advancement. Rutgers has a student body of 65,000 with 24,400 faculty and staff.

The Psychology Internship Program in Newark is embedded within Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), which was developed from the integration of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), which had been established by the State legislature in 1970 as the state's university of the health sciences. The internship was run under the auspices of UMDNJ until the integration with Rutgers in 2013.

As the sole comprehensive public research university in the state’s system of higher education, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, has the threefold mission of

  • providing for the instructional needs of New Jersey's citizens through its undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs;
  • conducting the cutting-edge research that contributes to the medical, environmental, social, and cultural well-being of the state, as well as aiding the economy and the state's businesses and industries; and
  • performing public service in support of the needs of the citizens of the state and its local, county, and state governments.

Rutgers facilities are distributed across the State at three primary locations, Newark in the north, Piscataway/New Brunswick in central New Jersey, and Camden in the south. The facilities of RBHS include many schools of health sciences: two medical schools, a dental school, a graduate school of biomedical sciences, a school of health-related professions, two nursing schools, a school of pharmacy, an institute of environmental and occupational health sciences, and a school of public health. Also part of RBHS is the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine, and the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research. Additionally, RBHS maintains extensive health care facilities that include teaching hospitals and Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, a statewide mental health service delivery system with two full-service mental health centers and regional satellites.

University Behavioral Healthcare's mission states: University Behavioral Health Care is dedicated to excellence in providing behavioral health services to the people of New Jersey. We are committed to being a leader in the delivery of effective, compassionate and accessible care that is informed by research and education.

In addition, our values include:

  • Accessibility of services to the people of New Jersey, especially those who are the most ill, disadvantaged, and in need.
  • Treatment approaches that have demonstrated effectiveness.
  • The promotion of research and innovative programming that occurs in an open-minded spirit of inquiry.
  • The education of professionals and students through clinical training and the development of academic programs and courses.
  • Our obligation to the larger community through primary prevention, outreach, consultation and training activities, and through efforts to ensure collaboration and continuity of care among all service providers. 
    • Respect and honor for all cultures and diversity of the people we serve, and support the viability and integrity of the communities in which they live.

Rutgers University Correctional HealthCare administers the delivery of physical and mental health care services to the inmates in New Jersey’s state prison system, and is run through Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.

The Newark RBHS campus is a major regional center for research, teaching and training, and specialized diagnosis and treatment. Newark is located 13 miles southwest of midtown Manhattan. The campus is served by an excellent transportation network and may be reached easily by public transportation or car. It is within a half-hour drive of New York City and provides easy access for local community residents and persons from nearby suburban areas. For directions to the medical school, adjacent to Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care:

Newark is New Jersey’s largest city, with a population of approximately 277,000, and is also the third oldest city in the United States, with more than 350 years of history. Newark today is experiencing a renaissance and is again asserting its position as a dynamic city with a bright future ahead. New development is popping up throughout the downtown area, and businesses are moving back to the city. The Prudential Center is a new landmark in the center of the city, hosting concerts, other performances, as well as the New Jersey Devils Hockey Team. The Red Bull Arena hosting the Red Bulls Soccer Team on the Newark waterfront in Harrison, NJ, just across the river. The Newark Museum on Washington Street hosts world-famous collections such as American Paintings and Sculpture, the Decorative Arts, and the Arts of Africa, the Arts of Asia, including one of the largest Tibetan collections in the Western Hemisphere. The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJ PAC) is the city’s newest and largest cultural center and houses two beautiful theaters: Prudential Hall and the Victoria Theater. NJ PAC has hosted national and international artists, and provides a center stage for New Jersey’s finest performers as well. You can find more information about Newark on the city’s website at:

Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care (UBHC) is the primary sponsor of the psychology internship program. Statewide, UBHC has approximately 1000 employees, including a multidisciplinary clinical staff composed of psychiatrists, advanced practice nurses, psychologists, social workers, and counselors. UBHC provides the full-range of behavioral health services to individuals throughout the life span. Located on two primary campuses (Newark and Piscataway) and at several satellite clinics, it has two clinical divisions, Acute Treatment and Extended Treatment, each with its own Vice President, as well as a system-wide Children’s Services Division. The Newark hub of UBHC primarily serves residents of Newark and surrounding areas, and is a major player in New Jersey’s public mental health system. It provides psychology interns seeking to become culturally competent psychologists with excellent training opportunities and experience working with an economically disadvantaged and underserved, primarily inner city population made up predominantly of people from African-American and Latino communities. UBHC also has the Behavioral Research and Training Institute (BRTI). The Institute, located in Piscataway, coordinates UBHC research, training, and consultation activities both within UBHC and statewide. Return to the main UBHC page for a full description: Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care (UBHC).

The internship program at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, UBHC in Newark is also co-sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry and benefits from the resources and training opportunities of a large academic health sciences center and medical school setting which provide diverse, comprehensive training. At our disposal are a unique combination of services, clinics, and personnel that includes distinguished faculty and staff, innovative specialty programs, and extensive community linkages. Interns participate with psychiatry residents, social work students, and medical students in a wealth of training opportunities and take advantage of elective clinical rotations at University Hospital.

Consistent with Rutgers UBHC's mission statement, our internship program is committed to multiculturalism and diversity. The program emphasizes excellence in training and the provision of the highest quality psychological services to individuals. The internship program provides an educational and training experience within a challenging and respectful environment that values diversity among faculty, staff, students, clients, and community. In valuing diversity, we affirm and celebrate differences inclusive of, but not limited to, age, ethnicity, gender, mental and physical abilities, race, color, spiritual beliefs, sexual orientation, language, and social and economic status. Thus we are committed to engendering an attitude of social responsibility in students who identify and effectively address the needs and concerns of people of color and fostering the creative application of a broad range of research and scholarly approaches to the development of psychological knowledge.