Who Should Apply

Intern applicants who have an interest and background in psychological assessment and psychotherapy and who have interests in advancing competencies in providing hospital-based services to patients experiencing both acute psychiatric difficulties and chronic mental health issues should apply. Traditional psychological assessment using objective and projective measures is emphasized in the Child/Adolescent and Adult tracks, and trainees interested in advancing their skills using these instruments should consider applying. A basic competency in administration, scoring, and interpreting of these measures is required. Applicants interested in the CBT track should have an interest and background in CBT models of intervention and have basic competency in the use of objective measures of personality and diagnosis. Preference is given to applicants from APA-accredited doctoral programs in clinical psychology, although applicants from other programs will be considered. All applicants should have completed a minimum of two years of practicum experience providing direct patient care. Prior to beginning the internship, it is considered advantageous for applicants to have completed data collection on their dissertation.

Psychologists who have completed APA-accredited internships and who desire further intensive training to acquire advanced competency in clinical psychology are invited to apply to our residency program.

Application Process

Requirements for Application

Applicants must be enrolled in an APA-accredited Ph.D. or Psy.D. program in clinical psychology and have completed a minimum of 2 years of academic and practicum training in clinical psychology. Elevation to doctoral candidacy and completion of all academic requirements are necessary. Applicants to the Adult and Child/Adolescent tracks are expected to have had basic course work and practicum in psychodiagnostic assessment, including projective measures and psychotherapeutic interventions. Applicants to the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy track need not have projective testing experience but familiarity with objective measures of personality and diagnosis is required.

Application and Interview Deadlines

All online APPIC applications transcripts, and letters of reference must be submitted by November 1. Interviews with the training director, current interns, and members of the training committee will be arranged by invitation after a review of all application materials is completed. Selected applicants will be contacted by December 15 to arrange an interview. Interviews will be arranged between mid December and the end of January. Inquiries regarding your application can be made by calling 860.545.7167.

Notification of acceptance will follow current APPIC guidelines.

The internship is participating in the match program.

Submitting Applications

Applicants need to download and complete the APPIC universal application. Please submit at least one copy of a comprehensive psychological testing report as supplementary material for applicants to the Adult and Child/Adolescent tracks.

Internship Selection Procedure

An applicant’s completed application will be reviewed by at least two members of the psychology staff who are participating in the internship selection.

During the initial review an applicant may be excluded from further consideration for the following reasons:

  • Applicant is not enrolled in an APA-accredited doctoral psychology program

  • Applicant has not completed at least two practicum experiences

  • Applicant has accrued fewer than 500 hours of clinical practice

  • Applicant has not completed all the graduate courses required for completion of their doctoral program prior to start of internship

  • Applicant has no experience providing comprehensive psychological testing using intellectual, projective, and/or objective measures

  • Applicant has neither completed a graduate course in initial interviewing or DSM-V nor had supervised experience in conducting an initial intake interview and providing individual psychotherapy

Live interviews are required for selected applicants. For applicants who are scheduled for interviews, each applicant will be interviewed by the Training Director, a current intern, and at least two other supervisory staff. In addition, the group of applicants being interviewed on a given day will meet with the current group of interns during an informal lunch that is meant to provide another informational meeting. Each interviewer completes a rating form after the interview which is used to help construct the final ranking list for the match.

Statement of Nondiscrimination

The Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applicants from various racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, religious and cultural backgrounds as well as those with physical disabilities.

Substance Use/Screening

The prevalence of drug use in today's society has received widespread recognition. In response to recent nationwide trends among both corporate businesses and hospital communities, the Institute has recognized the need to establish clear drug use policies for its employees. In light of this concern, the hospital has instituted a confidential drug testing procedure for all new employees. The hospital's Employee Assistance Program has requested that all departments notify prospective applicants of this procedure. Testing via urinalysis will occur prior to the residency start date with employment contingent upon the results.


Psychology Department

  • James DeGiovanni, PhD
    Director of Psychology and Psychology Training

  • Kevin Young, PhD, ABPP
    Assistant Director of Psychology Training

  • Ms. Paula Snedeker
    Administrative Assistant