Pre-doctoral Psychology Externship Program

Counseling Center
New York City Campus


The Counseling Center at Pace University's New York City campus offers two pre-doctoral externship positions in professional psychology. The goal of the training program is to provide externs with the opportunity to experience, under intensive supervision, the diverse functions of a professional psychologist in a university counseling center. These functions include individual psychotherapy, vocational counseling, outreach and consultation.

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 externship 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. Many of our students are from minority groups and there are a large number of students from foreign countries as well. 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, The Schimmel Theater of the Arts, a radio station, a library and a state of the art technology center.

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 and the New York financial district. It is easily accessible by all forms of public transportation.

The Counseling Center

The philosophy of the Counseling Center is in keeping with that of Pace University: that each student is unique. The major responsibility of the Counseling Center is to help students realize 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.

The 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.

Daniella Lukashok, M.D.
Consulting Psychiatrist (part-time)
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


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


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 Coordinator, 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


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 externship 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 externs to the wide variety of functions that a psychologist can perform within a university community. The training program is noteworthy for the extensive consultation opportunities that it provides.

Specifically, externs at the Counseling Center provide individual psychological services to the student population for 6 hours per week. Externs also conduct approximately 2 screening assessments per week and, with close supervision, may meet with students in crisis during their coverage hours.  Another 5 hours per week consist of supervision, a staff meeting, and in-service seminars. The remainder of the time is spent on outreach prevention work on campus, special projects and administrative work.  Although not a requirement, externs, if interested, may facilitate a skill-based group and receive group therapy supervision.

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 extern carries ongoing counseling cases and receives 2.5 hours of 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 Therapy

Externs have the opportunity to co-facilitate a stress management group with a fellow extern.  Our stress management group curriculum integrates Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) interventions.  This is an optional rotation and typically lasts throughout one semester.  While co-facilitating, externs receive 1 hour of supervision per week dedicated to group therapy.

Consultation and Outreach

This aspect of the training program is flexible. Group programs for international students, students on probation, resident assistants, and student organizations have been offered by our staff. Routinely, we consult on issues of substance abuse, eating disorders and body image, HIV and AIDS, rape prevention, sexuality, and wellness. Externs are encouraged to involve themselves in one or more consultation and outreach project they desire or to develop a program.

Screening Assessments

Externs will have the opportunity to conduct screening assessments of clients that seek treatment at the Counseling Center. They will be taught the fundamentals of interviewing and mental status examination. These assessments are conducted with another staff member until the time when the extern is ready to conduct screening assessments on their own.

Supervision and Training

Individual Supervision

Externs receives 2.5 hours of direct clinical supervision per week. 1 hour of supervision is provided by a doctoral psychology intern. The intern staff have earned their master's degrees and are supervised on their supervision work by the Training Director. Externs also receive small group supervision with the Training Director for 1.5 hours per week.  Supervision is psychodynamic in theoretical orientation. Tape recording and process notes are commonly used in supervision.

Training Seminars

Three or four times each month consulting mental health professionals present topics of interest to externs, interns, and staff. These topics have included sexual orientation, dream analysis, ethics, licensure, eating disorders, addictions, psychological testing, personality disorders, and sex therapy.

Evaluation and Feedback

Written evaluation of the extern's progress is conducted at the end of each semester by each supervisor. The extern actively participates in this process by responding to feedback, as well as by giving feedback about his/her supervisory experience.


Candidates must be enrolled in a master's or doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology. Although we integrate interventions from a variety of theoretical orientations, our site is primarily psychodynamic.  Supervision and training are provided primarily from a psychodynamic theoretical perspective.  Another primary tenant of our externship is training in multicultural and cross-cultural competency and an awareness of social justice issues. 

PLEASE NOTE MANDATORY TRAINING HOURS: Wednesdays 9:00am - 1:00pm, Fridays 9:00am - noon. The remaining hours that comprise 16 hours/week can vary dependent on externs preference.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted to:

Dr. Regina Hund
Director of Training
Attn: Externship Search Committee
Pace University Counseling Center
156 William Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10038-1598

*Please include 'Attn: Externship Search Committee' in address*

*If possible, please include all materials, including recommendation letters, in one envelope or one email*

Applications should be sent to Dr. Regina Hund and will be accepted starting January 21, 2014. We are in accordance with the Psychology Directors of New York State (PSYDNYS) guidelines; therefore any application received prior to January 21, 2014, will not be considered

Applications should include:

  1. A curriculum vitae
  2. A letter of readiness from the applicant's Director of Training
  3. A letter of recommendation
  4. Verification of enrollment in a professional liability insurance program. This requirement is needed prior to commencement of the externship but is not necessary in the initial application. Liability rates are very affordable. Applicants interested in applying for insurance can contact the American Psychological Association Insurance Trust.

    Candidates who are considered finalists for the externship will be asked to have a personal interview.

If there are further questions about the externship program, feel free to contact  Dr. Regina Hund at (212) 346-1526 or by e-mail at