Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care
in conjunction with
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Department of Psychiatry

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Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care (UBHC) - Piscataway, is a branch of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, as is the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Department of Psychiatry. UBHC is one of the largest behavioral health service delivery systems in the U.S. Our core facilities are located on the Rutgers University Busch Campus, in Piscataway New Jersey. The internship track sites are located within this compound, or in separate buildings in the surrounding area. We are conveniently located approximately halfway between New York City and Philadelphia, offering easy access to both.

Our multi-disciplinary professional staff is comprised of psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses and mental health specialists. Including support and administrative staff, there are over 1,000 employees. We offer a vast array of mental health and behavioral health services, making our extensive focus on clinical training possible, while also offering opportunities to develop skills in psychological assessment, consultation, training and supervision. Clinical services are provided across the life span, from infant to geriatric clients. The population of Central New Jersey is amongst the most ethnically, culturally and religiously diverse in the nation, and this is reflected in our population base. We provide traditional inpatient, partial hospital, outpatient and emergency services. We also provide behavioral health services to the prison population of New Jersey within University Correctional Health Care (UCHC). In addition we have many specialized programs such as our School-based programs, Forensic programs, Family Medicine Clinic, Early Intervention Support Services and Employee Assistance Program.

Our Doctoral Internship program has sustained a continuous four decade focus on the training of clinical psychological intervention. This strong heritage informs our mission to continue to provide rigorous advanced clinical training, toward the development and attainment of full professional psychological competence. While maintaining the behavioral focus that has historically been the realm of clinical practice in psychology, we are ever mindful of the evolution of psychology in aligning with the broader spectrum of science based healthcare. In an ongoing way, we seek to train our interns to both understand and practice within a model that integrates evidence based psychology with biological, social, ethical and cultural components of health, wellness and behavior. We also seek to train our interns in settings that foster professional relationships with other allied health professionals. Through a continuous process which includes self-assessment, quality improvement, evidence based awareness and best practice orientation, we aim to train our interns in cutting edge clinical practice. We aspire to maintain current with the distinctive evidence based contributions of psychology while delineating the confluence of psychology with the broader spectrum health service science.

Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care has a presence throughout a large part of New Jersey. Our other main hub, located in Newark also has a psychology internship program. Please note that the two internships are separate and autonomous programs.

  • Internship Program Admissions
 Briefly describe in narrative form important information to assist potential applicants in assessing their likely fit with your program. This description must be consistent with the program’s policies on intern selection and practicum and academic preparation requirements:
 Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care in Piscataway is seeking applicants who are trained in evidence based practices, open to learning in a productive and supportive setting.  Applicants must have successfully completed any qualifying exams and minimally have an officially accepted dissertation proposal. Applicants should highlight the match between their interests and experience with their major rotation choice. We place high value on understanding of and experience with diversity.


 Does the program require that applicants have received a minimum number of hours of the following at time of application? If Yes, indicate how many:
       Total Direct Contact Intervention Hours: YES    Amount: 450 Hours
       Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours: NO


 Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants: N/A


  • Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year *
 Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns  $25,000
 Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns  N/A
 Program provides access to medical insurance for intern?  Yes
 If access to medical insurance is provided:  
 Trainee contribution to cost required  Yes
 Coverage of family member(s) available?  Yes
 Coverage of legally married partner available?  Yes
 Coverage of domestic partner available?  Yes
 Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and/or Vacation)  15 days
 Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave  12 days
 In the event of medical conditions and/or family needs that require extended leave, does the program allow reasonable unpaid leave to interns/residents in excess of personal time off and sick leave?  Yes

 *Note: Programs are not required by the Commission on Accreditation to provide all benefit listed in this table.

  • Initial Post-Internship Positions

      (Provide an Aggregated Tally for the Preceding 3 Cohorts) 2014-2017

 Total # of Interns who were in the 3 cohorts   15
 Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree   0
   PD  EP
 Community mental health center    
 Federally qualified health center    
 Independent primary care facility/clinic  4  2
 University counseling center    
 Veterans Affairs medical center  1  
 Military health center    
 Academic health center  2  
 Other medical center or hospital  2  
 Psychiatric hospital    
 Academic university/department  1  
 Community college or other teaching setting    
 Independent research institution    
 Correctional facility    2
 School district/system  1  
 Independent practice setting    
 Not currently employed    
 Changed to another field    

 Note: “PD” = Post-doctoral residency position; “EP” = Employed Position.  Each individual represented in this table should be counted only one time.  For former trainees working in more than one setting, select the setting that represented their primary position.


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