Training Opportunities- New York


New York City Campus

If you are interested in the pre-doctoral psychology externship please go to this site:  Counseling Center Externship Program

If you are interested in the undergraduate summer internship please go to this site:  Counseling Center Summer Internship Program

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The Internship training program was created in 1984 and has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1985. It has accepted its 29th class which will begin training on September 1, 2013.  The program to date has trained approximately 112 doctoral psychologists who are now working in diverse settings as psychologists, educators and leaders in the psychology profession. As an institution and as a program we are proud to have created opportunities for professionals to receive training that enables them to participate and make important contributions to the world.

The Doctoral Internship Program at Pace is the only program of its kind in the greater metropolitan area. It serves the unique purpose of training candidates in the work of college counseling centers. The internship is one of the most highly sought internship programs drawing applicants from a broad national pool from which we receive between 160 and 190 applications for 4 positions each year. Interns have come from as far away as the University of  Hawaii and the University of Southern California and from local programs as close to home as Fordham University, Teachers College at Columbia University and New York University.

The University

Pace University is a comprehensive, independent, diverse institution. It was founded in 1906 by Homer and Charles Pace as a school of accountancy. Pace Institute gained college accreditation in 1948 and university status in 1973. The University is comprised of six schools offering over 100 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. The overall University enrollment is about 15,000 students, 8,000 of them at the New York City campus. Pace is a multi-campus institution with sites in White Plains, Pleasantville, Briarcliff, Midtown Manhattan, and lower Manhattan. The internship training program is offered at the New York City campus in lower Manhattan.

Pace holds to a philosophy that each individual student is at the center of the institution's responsibilities: that he or she is unique, and that whatever students have in common with each other, they have in varying proportions and in different ways. Accordingly, students can expect the University to provide them with opportunities to realize their full potential and to help them earn respect as adults.

The student population is culturally diverse, with students from many different racial and ethnic backgrounds as well as a robust population of international students. The age range of our population is from 17 to 60.

The New York City campus encompasses an extensive array of facilities, including a residence tower, a radio station, a library and a state of the art technology center. Additionally, Pace's Schimmel Theater of the Arts is home to Inside the Actor's Studio and many other important political and artistic events.

The New York City campus in lower Manhattan is located immediately next to City Hall Park and the Municipal Building. The University is within easy walking distance of the South Street Seaport, Chinatown, Little Italy, Wall Street, the New York financial district, and the Tribeca area in which the annual Tribeca Film festivals are held. It is easily accessible by all forms of public transportation.

The Counseling Center

Vision Statement

The philosophy of the Counseling Center is in keeping with that of Pace University: to help our diverse and talented students reach their fullest potential for growth and development. 

To that end, we offer a wide range of services and programs. These include:

Individual and Group Counseling and Psychotherapy
Individual and group therapy services are offered to help students deal with personal, vocational and educational problems. Personal development workshops are also offered.

Outreach and Consultation Services
Outreach and consultation services are offered to student groups, administrators and faculty to help ensure that the academic and social environments are conducive to student growth and development.

For example, we conduct training programs for residence hall staff, crisis intervention management programs, as well as major, university-wide programs on multiculturalism. We also participate in Student Services and Faculty Council meetings, and in programs geared toward freshman studies and student activities.

Senior Supervising Staff

Heather Dawson, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist, AOD Specialist
Fordham University, Counseling Psychology
New York State Licensed Psychologist
Professional Interests: Addictions, affect regulation issues, anxiety reduction and relaxation support; concurrent medical problems, including HIV/AIDS

Regina Hund, Psy.D.
Director of Training
New York State Licensed Psychologist
Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Clinical Psychology
Theoretical Orientation: Psychodynamic (Relational/Multicultural)
Professional Interests: Training and clinical supervision; multicultural and cross-cultural awareness; LGBTQA concerns and empowerment; process of acculturation; adjustment issues; trauma; sexual assault; identity issues; lesbian parenting; psychoanalytic theory; social justice.

Brian A. Petersen, Psy.D.
Assistant Director/Coordinator of Consultation and Outreach Services
Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, Clinical Psychology
New York State Licensed Psychologist
Professional Interests: Existential theory; community psychology; adolescent and adult psychotherapy; group psychotherapy; professional supervision; working with creative artists on craft development; paranormal aspects of grief and bereavement, suicide prevention

Richard N. Shadick, Ph.D.
Pennsylvania State University, Clinical Psychology
New York State Licensed Psychologist
Theoretical Orientation: Psychoanalytic (Interpersonal/Relational)
Professional Interests: Psychoanalytic theory; child, adolescent, and family psychotherapy; group psychotherapy; psychological testing; trauma and recovery; supervision, suicide

Jennie Sharf, Ph.D.
Supervising Psychologist
New York State Licensed Psychologist
Adelphi University, Clinical Psychology
Theoretical Orientation:  Psychodynamic
Professional Interests: Group psychotherapy; psychological assessment; trauma, dissociation, identity issues; LGBTQ issues; psychotherapy integration; Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT); psychotherapy dropout


Post-Doctoral Fellow

Faedra R. Backus, Ph.D.
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Boston College, Counseling Psychology
Theoretical Orientation: Relational, Psychodynamic
Professional Interests: Gender identity and gender role norms/socialization, adolescent and young adult development, college/university students, training and supervision


Adjunct Supervising Staff

Aysen Darcan, Ph.D.
Independent Clinical Consultant
Clinical Psychology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
New York State Licensed Psychologist

Elena Skolnick, Ph.D.
Independent Clinical Consultant
Clinical Psychology
Adelphi University
New York State Licensed Psychologist


Independent Contractors Providing Services To The Training Program

Nobuko Yoshizawa Meaders, C.S.W.
Intern Process Group Leader
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
University of Texas, Arlington
Psychoanalytic Training: Postgraduate Center for Mental Health-Psychoanalytic Institute

Daniella Lukashok, M.D.
Psychiatric Consultant
Albany College of Medicine
New York University School of Medicine (Licensed Psychiatrist N.Y.)
Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry;
Psychoanalytic Training:  The New York University Psychoanalytic Institute


Office of Disability Services - Consultation

Jenna Cler, LMSW
Asst. Director, Office of Disability Services
Columbia University, Masters of Science in Social Work
New York State Licensed Social Worker
Professional Interests: Autism Spectrum Disorders at the postsecondary level, retention of students with disabilities, comorbid disabilities, accessibility and universal design, disability studies

Jenna N. Farbiarz, MSEd
Accommodations Coordiantor, Office of Disability Services
CUNY - Hunter College, Masters of Science in Rehabilitation Studies
Professional Interests: ADHD/LD and the impact on postsecondary students, transition challenges for students with disabilities when entering higher education, students with Autism Spectrum Disorders at the postsecondary level, ADA compliance within higher education, disability studies
Office Manager
Leah Evans, B.A.
Lehigh University, B.A. in Psychology

Doctoral Interns 2013-2014

Bonnie Gordic, Psy.M.
Rutgers University
Clinical Psychology

Sophie Karp, B.A.
Fordham University
Counseling Psychology

Suah Kim, MS.ED
Teachers College
Counseling Psychology

Jeremy Novich, M.S.
Long Island University
Clinical Psychology


Pre-Doctoral Externs 2013-2014

Christina Clemons, M.A.
Fordham University
Counseling Psychology

Rhonda Donoho, M.A.
NYU Steinhardt
Counseling Psychology

Jeanna Pagnotta, B.A.
Fordham University
Counseling Psychology

Ming-Che Tu, M.A.
NYU Steinhardt
Counseling Psychology


Summer Interns 2014

Michelle Cusumano
  Fairfield University

Melissa Gluck
  Franklin & Marshall College

Meagan Gonzales
  Smith College

Jennifer Selensky
  University of Connecticut

New York State Licensed Psychologist Staff members are active, energetic and interested in the development and delivery of quality programs to our clientele. This includes a high level of commitment to personal and professional development, and a strong level of enthusiasm and support for the doctoral internship program. The staff is characterized by a variety of theoretical orientations and therapeutic styles, including psychodynamic, interpersonal/relational, cross-cultural, existential, and developmental approaches. Staff members are active in professional organizations including the American Psychological Association, the American College Personnel Association, the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors, the Association of Counseling Center Training Agents, New York State Psychological Association, and the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Association. For more information on our staff click on the following hyperlink:  NYC Counseling Center Staff.

The Training Program

The training program seeks to expose interns to the wide variety of functions a psychologist can perform within a university community. The training program follows a practitioner model, meaning that our training goals focus on the acquisition of the skills needed to practice competently as a professional psychologist.  That our program’s goals represent a practitioner model should not imply that we see the job of training interns as limited solely to passing along a set of practice-oriented skills. Rather, we view the competent practitioner as defined not just by her/his skills; the competent practitioner is one who is also self-aware and who has grounding in the scientific and scholarly underpinnings of psychological practice.  Thus, we think of the training experience as having three facets:  skills, scholarship, and self-awareness.

Our staff shares certain professional values that complete our view of the ethical, skilled practitioner, and which guide us as we design and implement training strategies.  Our overall goal is to prepare interns for entry-level positions in which they provide culturally diverse, late-adolescent and adult outpatient populations with services in the areas of individual and group psychotherapy, outreach programming, assessment, and clinical supervision of intern and extern staff.

Special program highlights include training in group psychotherapy and multi-cultural competency. The training program is also noteworthy for the extensive consultation opportunities that it provides.

Specifically, interns at the Counseling Center provide the full range of services to the student population for 12-17 hours per week. Another 10 hours per week consist of supervision and in-service seminars. At least one hour release time per week may be granted for the pursuit of dissertation research. The remainder of the time is spent on special projects and administrative work.

Delivery of Services

Individual Counseling and Psychotherapy
The opportunity to provide short and long-term counseling/psychotherapy under intensive supervision is a unique feature of the training program. Each intern carries 12 ongoing counseling cases and receives three hours of individual supervision per week. Individual psychodynamic therapy is offered to help students deal with personal, vocational and educational problems. Students are most often seen at the frequency of once a week though in some cases students are seen on a more intensive basis. Treatment length varies and it is common for students to be seen throughout the year. Students range in age from 17 to 60, are of diverse background, and represent a broad range of psychological difficulties.

Group Counseling and Psychotherapy
The interns co-lead at least one ongoing, process-oriented, psychodynamic psychotherapy group with a senior staff member or a fellow intern. Personal development and academic skills workshops such as assertion training, career exploration, stress management, and time management workshops may also be conducted throughout the year. Groups are heterogeneous and not theme-based since the philosophy of the Center is that clients are best served through this modality.

Supervision of Extern Staff
As part of their ongoing duties, interns will supervise a pre-doctoral psychology extern from one of the New York City doctoral programs. They will meet individually with the extern for one hour and then receive supervision, in a group format, from a member of the senior staff. Video and audio recordings and process notes are used in the supervision. Interns will supervise, on average, at least three clinical cases throughout the academic year.

Consultation and Outreach
This aspect of the training program is flexible and we encourage interns to develop and implement programs of interest to themselves and the University community. Group programs for international students, students on probation, resident assistants and student organizations have been developed by interns. Routinely, interns consult on issues of substance abuse, eating disorders and body image, HIV and AIDS, sexual violence prevention, sexuality, and wellness.

Assessment Seminar
Interns attend a monthly hour long Assessment Seminar with a senior staff member. This seminar focuses on increasing interns' competence in psychological assessment, including, but not limited to, test administration, scoring, interpretation, report-writing, and feedback, as well as ethics and cultural issues related to psychological testing.  Seminars include didactic and experiential elements, including group supervision.  Interns complete two full batteries over the course of the year and one research project on an assessment-related topic. Interns also receive individual assessment supervision with a senior staff member during periods of active testing.

Summer Rotation
Interns will have the opportunity to involve themselves in on-site and off-site rotations to enhance their training during the summer months. Previous intern summer rotations have included the development of a summer undergraduate internship, inpatient hospital psychology, psychotherapy with survivors of domestic abuse, consultation with community substance abuse programs and psychotherapy with LGBTQ populations.

Supervision and Training

Individual Supervision
Each intern receives three hours of individual psychotherapy supervision per week. Supervision is provided by two senior staff members and one private practitioner from the community. One hour of individual supervision is also provided weekly to co-leaders and process observers on their group work. Additionally, interns receive one hour of individual assessment supervision per week. Supervision is psychodynamic in orientation. Video and audio recording and process notes are used in supervision.

Case Conference
A weekly psychoanalytically-oriented case conference is offered by a member of the senior staff. Focus is on technique as well as viewing treatment from a developmental perspective. Twice-weekly clients seen by the interns are presented via videotape, audiotape and process notes.

Training Seminars
Four times per month consulting mental health professionals present topics of interest to interns and staff. These topics have included: working with LGBTQ clients; working with Latina and Latino clients; working with Asian-Pacific Islanders; working with Black clients; mind body connection; dream analysis; ethics; licensure; eating disorders; addictions; personality disorders; couples therapy; and sex therapy.

Consultation Group
Interns meet as a group one time per month for one and a half hours with a consulting clinican. Interns are able to use this consultation group to discuss clinical material with a focus on countertransference and group dynamics.

Goals and Objectives of the Training Program

The Training Program at Pace University is designed to meet a number of training goals and objectives. Through individual and group supervision, Training Seminars, clinical work, outreach and consultation, and other modes of training at the Center, the Training Program endeavors to:

1). Help interns develop the clinical knowledge and skills necessary for entry level positions in the professional practice of psychology by:

  • Developing competence in the provision of individual psychotherapy.
  • Developing competence in the provision of group psychotherapy.
  • Developing competence in the assessment and diagnosis of clinical concerns.
  • Developing competence in disposition and referral skills.
  • Developing competence in crisis intervention skills.
  • Developing effective and ethical case management and documentation skills.
  • Developing competence in the provision of supervision.
  • Developing awareness of the impact of self on clinical work.
  • Developing ability to integrate supervisory feedback into clinical interventions.
  • Developing competence in outreach programming planning and implementation.
  • Developing competence in consultation implementation.

2). Develop multiculturally-competent interns by:

  • Acquiring knowledge in the area of multicultural diversity.
  • Developing skills needed for working competently with multiculturally diverse populations.
  • Developing self-awareness regarding own cultural identifications.

3). Promote the development of professional identity, standards, and demeanor needed for the competent practice of professional psychology as interns transition from “trainees” to “professionals” by:

  • Demonstrating knowledge and appropriate application of APA ethical policies, guidelines, and procedures.
  • Demonstrating knowledge of the relationship between science and scholarship in the practice of professional psychology.
  • Demonstrating professional and conscientious behavior via interactions with clients, colleagues, members of the training program, and the campus community.
  • Demonstrating productive participation in the administration of a professional agency.
  • Demonstrating the ability to function professionally with appropriate autonomy.

Evaluation and Feedback

Written evaluation of the intern's progress is conducted two times per year by each supervisor. The intern actively participates in this process by responding to feedback, as well as by giving feedback about her/his supervisory experience. The goal of the evaluation process is for intern and supervisor to have a mutual exchange in order to foster their working relationship and clarify the goals of supervision. Additionally, interns and senior staff engage in ongoing informal feedback processes throughout the training year.

Grievance Procedures

For details regarding our Impaired Performance, Due Process, and Grievance Procedures, please click here.

University Non Discrimination Policies

For details regarding Pace University's Non Discrimination Policies, please click here.  

Compensation Package

Each position carries a salary of $23,660 and includes university benefits (i.e., holidays, sick leave, medical coverage, life insurance, 10 vacation days, 10 percent discount in the student bookstore, tuition reimbursement, and library privileges).

Interns are encouraged to attend professional meetings and conferences. While no funds are available to pay for these activities, interns may take release time from the Counseling Center contingent upon approval by the training director and provided they report back to the Counseling Center staff to share the content of the event.

Each intern has her/his own office which has a computer connected to the Pace University network which provides free internet access and email. Other university resources are available to interns as well.

Dates of Employment
The internship will begin on September 1st and run through August 31st of the following year. Interns should be advised that they will be expected to use 5 of their vacation days during the last week of August.

Applying to the Internship Program

Intern Selection Procedures/ Eligibility Requirements

The Training Committee at Pace’s Counseling Center is dedicated to selecting a diverse pool of interns who are adequately equipped for the internship training year. In order to ensure that the interns are prepared for our program, certain criteria have been identified. The following minimum qualifications must be met in order for applicants to be considered for the internship program:

  • Prospective interns must be enrolled in a doctoral program in counseling, clinical or school psychology.
  • Prospective interns must have completed at least 400 AAPI Intervention and Assessment Hours.
  • Prospective interns must have completed at least 600 AAPI Grand Total Practicum Hours.
  • Prospective interns must have completed all course work prior to beginning internship.
  • Prospective interns must have completed their comprehensive exams prior to beginning internship.
  • Prospective interns must have approval to pursue an internship from their program Training Director.

When reviewing application materials, Training Committee members attend to a variety of factors. Training Committee members review applicants’ cover letters, vitae, transcripts, APPI essays, Training Programs Verification of Eligibility, and letters of recommendation to determine whether educational and practicum experiences are consistent with the internship training program. When reviewing applications, Training Committee members pay particular attention to applicants’ experiences in the following areas (none of which are required prior experiences):

  • Experience, training, or interest in working with college and university students
  • Experience, training, or interest in issues of multicultural competency
  • Experience conducting psychological assessments
  • Experience providing supervision
  • Experience with consultation and outreach
  • Experience conducing therapy from a psychodynamic orientation

Applicants whose qualifications and prior clinical experiences are judged to be the most compatible with our training program are invited for interviews.

Application Procedures

Applicants for Pace University Counseling Center Internship must submit the following materials by November 15, 2012:

  1. APPIC Application for Psychology Internship (AAPI2010) Form (This on-line application form is available from the APPIC Web Site at )
  2. Official transcripts of related graduate work
  3. Three letters of recommendation/evaluation from professionals who have observed the candidate's academic and applied performance. Two of these evaluations must be from clinical practicum supervisors.
  4. Current Curriculum Vita

To access the DoL, go to and click on "Access the Directory Online" in the right-side menu.  Questions about the DoL may be sent to the Chair of the Directory Committee, Dr. Phi Loan Le (, or to Dr. Marla Eby (, APPIC Board Member.

Applicants must register to participate in the APPIC Matching Program. To do so, each applicant must complete an Applicant Agreement Form and return it to National Matching Services, Inc.

To obtain an Applicant Agreement Form and materials describing the APPIC Matching Program, you must complete the Request For Applicant Agreement Package form and return it to the National Matching Services, Inc. An Agreement package will be sent by first class mail. Please note that it may take up to two (2) weeks to receive this package. If you wish to contact  National Matching Services, Inc. directly, use the address below:

National Matching Services, Inc.
595 Bay Street
Suite 301, Box 29
Toronto, Ontario
Telephone: (416) 977-3431
Fax: (416) 977-5020

Intern Selection Process Dates:

  • November 15, 2013 -Pace University Counseling Center Application Deadline
  • December 15, 2013 -Selection and notification by e-mail of candidates for interviews; Candidates who are considered finalists for the internships will be asked to have a personal interview. In special circumstances, a telephone interview can be substituted for an on-site interview.

The Counseling Center adheres to the procedures established by the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) for notifying candidates. Internship offers will be coordinated through the APPIC Internship Matching Program. Our program code number is 4771 and our matching code is 147711.This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant. For information on this program and all forms associated with the Program please visit the APPIC Matching Program website, If you are unable to obtain a copy, please contact us. Applicants must sign up with the Program in order to be considered for an internship position at Pace University.

Submit On-Line Application materials to:

Dr. Regina Hund, Director of Training
Pace University Counseling Center
156 William Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10038
Tel: (212) 346-1526
Fax: (212) 346-1530

APA CoA and APPIC Contact Information

CoA Contact Information:       

American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: (202) 336-5979
Fax: (202) 336-5978

APPIC Contact Information:   

APPIC Central Office
10 G Street, NE Suite 440
Washington DC 20002
Phone: (202) 589-0600
Fax: (202) 589-0603