2021-2022 Clinical Psychology Internship in Behavioral Medicine Cooper University Health Care

Cooper University Health Care is pleased to announce 2 doctoral internship positions within our Behavioral Medicine servicefor the 2021-2022 training year (a one-year, full-time training appointment). The psychology internship in Behavioral Medicine at Cooper University Health Care accepted its first training cohort in July 2020. The program is not accredited by the American Psychological Association; we have submitted an accreditation self-study to APA. Please be advised that there is no assurance that we will be able to successfully achieve accreditation. We are not currently an APPIC member; an application for APPIC membership has been submitted and awaiting decision.

Cooper University Hospital is located in Camden, NJ directly across the river from Philadelphia, PA. We are part of a health system that includes a 635-bed acute care academic medical center, 60 medical clinics and urgent care centers, and a medical school (Cooper Medical School at Rowan University). Located in the urban center of Camden, Cooper serves the whole of the geographically and culturally diverse region of southern New Jersey. We are the only Level 1 trauma center in Southern NJ serving a population of over two million. You can find additional information about Cooper on our website, cooperhealth.org

Interns will gain experience across our inpatient and outpatient health psychology rotations, including primary care, infectious disease clinic, 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. There is also the opportunity for evaluations for gender-affirming treatment and surgery within integrated primary and specialty care clinics.

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 paid vacation and sick leave, release time for professional development and 6 federal holidays.

A copy of our brochure is available upon request from the Director of Clinical Training, Dr. Anastasia Bullock, via email: bullock-anastasia@cooperhealth.edu. For further information about rotations, didactics/supervision, evaluations, and benefits is available on our Behavioral Medicine website: https://www.cooperhealth.edu/allied-health/behavioral-medicine/interns/

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.

Cooper University Behavioral Medicine strongly affirms our beliefs, which are confirmed in the scientific literature (Tedesco, 2001), that promoting and prioritizing diversity leads to improved near and long term outcomes in student education and in their long term engagement in civic outcome that promotes systemic change. In doing so, this can, among other results, build cultural competency and trust with those who rely on our health systems for their physical and psychological care. In addition, we believe that creating diverse groups of trainees breeds productivity via the opportunity to learn and grow with each other, noting that a multicultural exchange of ideas promotes richer ideas and, in turn, innovation and creativity and solving present and long-standing problems in health care. Given these beliefs, the Cooper University Behavioral Medicine internship is committed to ranking first qualified applicants from minority backgrounds. Lastly, there is large population of Spanish-speaking patients from various backgrounds for whom Behavioral Medicine is regularly consulted; as such, we strive to recruit bi-cultural and bi-lingual Latinx Spanish-speaking applicants who may be able to enhance the provision of psychological care.

Interested candidates who meet the above requirements may apply by providing the following information through the APPI online application portal. To find our site, search “Cooper University Health Care” when you click to add a site to apply to on the APPI:

  • 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, 2020. You can find our internship by searching on this site: https://natmatch.com/psychint/ as we are not yet listed in the APPIC Directory.For any additional questions regarding the training program or application process, please contact the Director of Training, Dr. Anastasia Bullock, via email: bullock-anastasia@cooperhealth.edu.

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