The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Psychology Internship Program has been involved in the training of doctoral psychology interns since 1981. The program has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1983 and is currently accredited in full with the next site visit planned for 2027.
Inquiries about the accreditation status of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Psychology Internship Program may be directed to:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Psychology Internship Program offers training opportunities in a variety of settings belonging to or affiliated with the Department of Psychiatry. The opportunity to place interns at a variety of affiliated sites provides excellent resources to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Psychology Internship Program and helps the program to provide interns with sufficient experiential exposure to meet the program's training goals.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) is located in Lebanon, New Hampshire. DHMC is the regional academic medical center where faculty and trainees of Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth provide direct care to patients from throughout New England.
The Department of Psychiatry maintains an outpatient practice in child and adult services and manages the hospital's psychiatric inpatient and partial hospitalization units. Psychiatric emergency services are provided through the hospital's emergency department. The Department of Psychiatry also provides a neuropsychology service and a behavioral medicine service. Approximately 10,000 patients per year receive some type of service from one of the Department's units at DHMC. Approximately 4,000 adults and 1,300 children receive outpatient medication management and psychotherapy per year. Approximately 650 patients are seen per year within the Department's Neuropsychology service.
Interns in all tracks spend approximately half of their training year providing services to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock population. DHMC is also considered the academic home of the internship program, and serves at the educational hub for the program. Interns complete their didactic training elements at DHMC as well.
Hanover Psychiatry, located in Hanover, New Hampshire, is a community-based psychiatric and psychological practice offering evidence-based treatment and evaluation, and is a division of the Department of Psychiatry. The practice frequently provides services to Dartmouth College students and faculty, as well as members of the surrounding communities. All clinicians practicing and supervising at Hanover Psychiatry are faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, resulting in a team of highly skilled professionals who remain abreast of best practices in mental health services.
In addition to offering clinical services, Hanover Psychiatry staff clinicians are also involved in research projects, teaching and supervising junior faculty, residents, and interns. Treatment approaches utilized at Hanover Psychiatry include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), exposure and response prevention (ERP), mindfulness-based interventions, family-based treatment (Maudsley Approach), trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), relapse prevention, parenting skills building, and psychopharmacology. The Adult Track and Child Track interns spend two days per week at Hanover Psychiatry.
New Hampshire Hospital
New Hampshire Hospital (NHH) is located in Concord, New Hampshire. NHH provides acute stay services, neuropsychiatry services, and transitional housing services to children, youth, adult, and geriatric populations. NHH treats approximately 2,000 admissions annually. The hospital has bed capacity for 160 adults and 20 children for a total daily capacity of 180 patients.
The Neuropsychology interns spend approximately half of their training year providing a wide variety of mental health services at NHH. Training experiences in this setting include diagnostic and neuropsychological evaluations of a predominantly severe and persistent mental illness population, brief and short-term psychotherapy with the inpatient population, and interprofessional collaboration within a multidisciplinary team consultation model. The interns also collaborate with first- and second-year post-doctoral fellows specializing in neuropsychology.