SCP Internship Panel – 2015




Panelists: Allison Ponce, PhD, Mitch Prinstein, PhD, Randi Streisand, PhD, Risa Weisberg, PhD

Overview: Applying for a doctoral internship in clinical psychology is a major concern for graduate students, especially in the current climate of imbalance between applicants and sites. In response to the strong interest among our membership on this topic, Society for Clinical Psychology is offering a 90 minute webinar on applying for internship. This webinar will feature a panel discussion among leading experts who will discuss the application process. They will also provide an overview of specific sites, including community mental health centers, Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, and child-focused medical centers. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of the panel!

Allison N. Ponce, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Yale School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Ponce has research and clinical interests in the role of community based public mental health services in recovery from homelessness and mental illness. Another major area of interest is the training and education of psychologists and other mental health professionals. Dr. Ponce supervises psychology interns and postdoctoral fellows. She coordinates several seminars focused on administration, leadership, and community-based care. She earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Connecticut in 2003 after her internship at the Boston Consortium, and then completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Yale before joining the faculty in 2005. Dr. Ponce is Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and serves as an internship site visit chair for the APA’s Commission on Accreditation. Mitchell J. Prinstein, Ph.D., ABPP is the John Van Seters Distinguished Professor of Psychology and the Director of Clinical Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mitch’s research examines interpersonal models of internalizing symptoms and health risk behaviors among adolescents, with a specific focus on the unique role of peer relationships in the developmental psychopathology of depression and self-injury.   Randi Streisand, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, CDE certified diabetes educator.  Dr. Streisand is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, and serves as Director of Psychology Research for Children’s National Health System.  Dr. Streisand’s work focuses on adherence to diabetes management, parent and child adjustment, and managing diabetes in young children.  Risa B. Weisberg, Ph.D. is the Assistant Chief of Psychology for Internship Training at the VA Boston Healthcare System and Associate Professor (research) at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University.  Dr. Weisberg has served as a research mentor to interns and postdoctoral fellows at the Brown consortium throughout her career. Dr. Weisberg’s research focuses on primary care – behavioral health integration.