Psychology Internship & Residency

Internship   Residency

The Psychology Department

The Psychology Department, within Hartford Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry, has its own leadership, with the Director of Psychology and Training reporting to the Medical Director. An Assistant Director of Psychology and an Assistant Director of Training both report to the Director of Psychology and Training. Psychology training is subsumed under one budget administered by the Director of Psychology. A full-time Administrative Associate is available to the trainees and the Director. The Director of Psychology and Training has clinical, supervisory, and administrative responsibilities, and is also integrated into training programs throughout the hospital but especially with teaching and supervisory training of residents in the Department of Psychiatry’s residency training programs. All psychologists hired in the Hartford Healthcare system report to the Director of Psychology for discipline-specific issues, professional education, licensing, continuing education as necessary, and credentialing. Psychologists in the Hartford Health Care system report clinically to the supervisors in their respective areas of emphasis.

The faculty of the Department of Psychology at the IOL consists of 50 doctoral-level psychologists, eight interns, and ten residents. The department's theoretical perspective is integrative and eclectic with major emphases in psychodynamic psychology (ego psychology, self-psychology, object relations and attachment psychology), cognitive behavioral psychology, systems theory (emphasizing group and family theory and practice), and behavioral psychology. We have a strong Group Psychotherapy training emphasis at the IOL. Members of the Psychology Department currently carry treatment responsibilities in the Child and Adolescent Division; Adult Inpatient and Outpatient Division; the General Psychiatry Service; Hartford Hospital’s Rehabilitation and Stroke, Transplant, Pain, and Bariatric Services; Primary Care; and Geriatric Services. Expertise in the areas of group psychotherapy, addictions, neuropsychological assessment, health psychology, psychological assessment, pediatric psychology, substance abuse treatment, trauma/abuse, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, brief therapy, and psychoanalytic psychology exists within the Psychology Department. Active research include areas of neuropsychological correlates of schizophrenia and affective disorders, attention deficit disorder, traumatic brain injury, group psychotherapy, sexual/gender dysphoria in children and adults, borderline personality disorders (using DBT), the cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxiety disorders, health psychology, and psychological assessment.