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Education Overview

Institutional Setting

While the Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care Doctoral Psychology Internship Training Program is sponsored by University Behavioral Health Care (UBHC), we function in conjunction with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS). Both entities are components of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, the division of Rutgers University comprised of all programs formerly affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) which merged with Rutgers University by the NJ State Legislature in July 2013. The clinical tracks of the internship are primarily set within Rutgers UBHC, but research and clinical opportunities are also available in other academic departments within Rutgers.

Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care (UBHC) is the statewide mental health service delivery system of RBHS. Rutgers UBHC offers the broadest range of services in New Jersey and is the only behavioral health system that is part of a medical school, so our staff are trained in the most effective, most current treatments.

As one of the largest mental health service delivery systems in the country, Rutgers UBHC focuses on providing a full spectrum of mental health services. We have a particular focus on providing services to the underserved public sector populations of New Jersey.

Our traditional services include crisis screening, acute psychiatric services, children and family services (e.g., individual, group, and family therapy; school-based programs), and adult services (e.g., partial hospitalization programs, outpatient services, treatment for substance use disorders). Additionally, we maintain a number of robust, innovative, grant-funded programs which provide services to target niche populations. These would include our multiple school-based programs and our Early Intervention Support Services program, as examples.

Rutgers UBHC also includes the Behavioral Research and Training Institute (BRTI). It is within this division that the internship is positioned organizationally. BRTI’s mission is broad and comprehensive. It includes helping schools, businesses and other community groups develop and implement empirically supported interventions; helping to develop research-based community mental health initiatives geared toward improving access, quality and outcomes of treatment; developing a current evidence based continuing education program for UBHC and community healthcare providers.

Updated 8/15/2023