Department Welcomes Class of 2018 to Psychology Internship Program

The Clinical Psychology Internship program has welcomed a new class of gifted students from across the United States to Pittsburgh. This year, over 3,100 applicants were matched to internship positions in North America. Our pre-doctoral internship program attracts some of the most gifted students. The incoming class represents a wide range of scientific and clinical interests from learning and decision-making to improving treatment for internalizing disorders in youth. 

The program’s co-directors, Drs. Tina Goldstein and Michele Levine, are proud of the unique opportunities that Pittsburgh provides.  The internship program integrates research and clinical training, and emphasizes empirically informed approaches to clinical work. The program is also recognized for the variety of clinical experiences offered to interns at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC (WPIC). Interns rotate both inpatient and outpatient settings and work with patients of all ages and their families.  The robust research environment in the Department of Psychiatry also provides interns with numerous opportunities to pursue clinical research activities. 

Please join us as we welcome the following interns to Pittsburgh: 

Vanessa Brown (Virginia Tech)
Interests: Understanding disruptions in learning and decision-making in depression and other psychiatric disorders. Her work incorporates neural and behavioral methods to examine learning, with a focus on understanding differential treatment response in depression.

Erin Kaufman (University of Utah)
Interests: Identification of pathogenic and protective factors for self-injurious behavior and borderline personality disorder. Her work examines transactions between social processes and biologically based vulnerabilities.

Jessie Northrup (University of Pittsburgh)
Interests: Risk for development of autism spectrum disorder in children.

Irene Tung (University of California-Los Angeles)
Interests: How biological and environmental factors interact to predict the development and plasticity of externalizing behavior in youth.

Rachel Vaughn-Coaxum (Harvard University)
Interests: Incorporating biological and contextual factors into the study of treatment for youth internalizing disorders. She is also interested in community implementation of evidence-based treatment for youth.