Psychology Training

Psychology Training2020-06-05T10:03:12-04:00

Psychology Training


WIHD has two part-time externship training slots for students in Professional Psychology Doctoral Programs that are filled through a competitive process each year.  Externships are 16-20 hours a week and run from September through June.  The externship is offered through the Child Welfare Department and provides opportunities to learn: site-based and home-based assessment with children and parents involved in the child welfare system, play based and trauma based interventions with children in foster care, and opportunities to provide parent training to court-involved families.  Externs will collaborate with child welfare caseworkers and participate in seminars focused on child welfare.

Internships & Post-Doctoral Fellowships

WIHD has two full-time internship training positions for students from Psychology Doctoral Programs that are filled through a competitive process each year.  The WIHD Pre-Doctoral Internships are open to those who are in a Clinical, Counseling, and/or School Doctoral Program and have met their school’s requirements to apply for internship.

WIHD has one to two APPIC member post-doctoral psychology training positions that are filled through a competitive process each year. The WIHD Post-Doctoral Fellowships are open to those who will have completed their doctorate by August of the application year.  The doctorate must be in Psychology, and can include Clinical, Counseling, and/or School Psychology. Depending on the track being applied for, the candidate would be expected to have appropriate background and experiences to pursue the areas or to add our specialty areas to their skill set.

Psychology interns and fellows are trained in a twelve-month supervised experience during which they gain competence (clinical, assessment, consultation, and research) in the child welfare and pediatric disabilities fields.

There are two possible tracks. The first is a combined Child Welfare / Pediatric Disabilities concentration. This track offers a primary rotation in our Child Welfare Services Department, providing assessment and therapeutic services to children and families involved with the foster care system.  Trainees who have a year-long rotation in the CWS program will participate in a variety of assessment and intervention activities, which support gaining increased experience in various clinical skills and learning to negotiate the complex system of child welfare and social services.

  • Assessment activities can include: (a) completing child psychological evaluations of children entering foster care or being adopted, (b) in-home assessments to explore the “fit” between a child and a foster home, and (c) screenings for parents attempting to regain custody of their children.
  • Intervention activities can include: (a) providing individual, group, and/or sibling therapy to children in foster care and (b) providing parenting services to parents attempting to regain custody of their children, with their children present.

Additional minor rotations involve completing specialized assessments with young children (Birth-5 years old) and/or observing and providing consultation support to units in a specialized pediatric hospital for children with developmental disabilities and/or complex medical needs.  For more information on the Child Welfare department, click here. 

The second track, Behavioral Psychology/Applied Behavior Analysis/Developmental Disabilities, focuses on providing training in behavioral psychology including use of the principles of applied behavior analysis for assessment and intervention procedures with a focus on developmental disabilities. The Behavioral Psychology program provides assessment and treatment services for children, adolescents, and adults with behavior problems. This track is specifically designed for those trainees with specialized training and experience in Behavioral Psychology or Behavior Analysis.  Training occurs through supervised experiences in the outpatient services location, schools, residential facilities, and the homes of the individuals that we serve.  For more information on the Behavioral Psychology department, click here.

Psychology Training and the LEND Training Program. An added feature of the WIHD Internship and Post-Doctoral Fellowship is the federally-funded, 9-month, Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities training that occurs the entire day of Thursday. Approximately 24 trainees from eight to ten different disciplines gather for a carefully coordinated set of training experiences addressing pediatric disabilities, lifespan development, family-centered practice, cultural competence, policy, advocacy, and evidence-based methods. Through interactive seminars, individual projects, and small group projects, each trainee develops leadership skills based on their Individualized Training Plan, developed with LEND faculty. LEND trainees have the opportunity to attend a disability seminar in Washington DC and a state policy exchange day in Albany, NY. Psychology post-doctoral fellows have additional opportunities to develop teaching, grant writing, and research skills on an individual basis. For more information about the LEND fellowship, click here.

Additional Information

The Westchester Institute for Human Development is a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). As a UCEDD, there is a strong focus on training on all levels. In addition to LEND trainees,  students from affiliated college and university programs  in Social Work, Speech-Language Pathology, Psychology, Public Health, and other disciplines participate in  clinical and practicum training at WIHD.

WIHD is on the same campus as the Westchester Medical Center and the New York Medical College, with which it has academic affiliations. The combined clinical and academic setting allows access to library resources and grant administration. WIHD at all times is carrying out various grant-related activities related to developmental disabilities support.

All psychology trainees have the opportunity to develop an individualized training curriculum in conjunction with their training supervisor. Trainees include a combination of clinical, supervisory, and/or research and training experiences.  Trainees receive semi-annual written evaluations and a minimum of two hours of individual face to face supervision per week. In addition to individualized supervision, Behavioral Psychology trainees are actively involved in program meetings for research design, review, and preparation as well as clinical case review.

Interns and post-doctoral fellows have numerous professional development opportunities including attending conferences and trainings along with his/her fellow trainees and/or program staff. In addition, opportunities for working alongside his/her training supervisor are numerous throughout the training year.



  • Recruitment for externships for the 2020-2021 year has ended.
  • Recruitment for internships for the 2020-2021 year has ended.
  • Recruitment for post-doctoral fellowships for the 2020-2021 year is in progress. If you are interested in applying for a postdoctoral fellowship for the 2020-2021 training year, please first send via email a letter of interest and your CV to Dr. Trupti Rao,

For questions regarding any of the training opportunities, please feel free to email Director of Psychology Training, Dr. Trupti Rao, at

To access a fuller description of the Psychology Training Programs offered, please view the following documents:

Psychology Externship Manual

Psychology Internship Manual

Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellowship Manual