2020-2021 Training Opportunities for the Psychology Doctoral Internship Program

For the training year beginning in July of 2021, the internship will offer two intern positions in the Neuropsychology track, two intern positions in the Adult Psychology track, and one position in the Child Psychology track.

Neuropsychology track

The Neuropsychology track will offer two positions for the 2021-2022 training year. The Neuropsychology track position offers opportunities for the intern to conduct neuropsychological assessments at New Hampshire Hospital (NHH) and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC). During their six-month NHH rotation, interns in the Neuropsychology track will assess inpatients with a variety of psychiatric disorders, as well as evaluate for changes associated with dementia, traumatic brain injury and neurodegenerative disorders such as MS and Huntington's disease.  During their six-month rotation at DHMC, the interns will receive exposure to a wide variety of clinical presentations associated with neurologic, psychiatric and medical disorders, including acquired brain injuries (e.g., stroke, traumatic brain injury), neurodegenerative disease and movement disorders, learning and developmental disorders (e.g., ADHD), epilepsy, and comorbid psychiatric and psychosocial impairment. Additionally, the interns will spend 1-2 days per week providing initial assessments, diagnostic evaluation of inpatients and provide individual interventions at NHH, where they will work closely with an interdisciplinary medical team. Interns will participate in the multidisciplinary Epilepsy Surgical Planning Conference and the Healthy Aging and Brain Care clinic (a geriatric memory disorders clinic), and will have the opportunity to observe intracarotid sodium amobarital procedures (Wada tests). Specific neuropsychology didactics are offered in conjunction with the Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Residency Program at DHMC.

Neuropsychology track sample schedule (PDF)

Adult Psychology track

The Adult Psychology track will offer two positions for the 2021-2022 training year. The interns work within the Outpatient Clinic of the Department of Psychiatry at DHMC and our community-based specialty clinic, Hanover Psychiatry. The Adult Psychology track provides extensive training and supervision in the areas of individual and group therapy and in psychological assessment of adults. Interns work with a variety of presenting psychiatric disorders and have extensive opportunities to observe and work alongside professionals functioning as clinicians, researchers, administrators, and program developers. Interns deliver direct clinical services through the Anxiety Disorders Service, Behavioral Medicine Service, and Mood Disorders Service within the DHMC Outpatient Clinic. The Anxiety Disorders Service specializes in diagnostic evaluation and delivery of cognitive and behavioral therapies for anxiety disorders, trauma-related disorders, and obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. The Behavioral Medicine Service serves specific patient populations such as weight management, bariatric surgery, and sleep medicine. Interns will also get experience working with patients with chronic medical illness (e.g., cardiovascular disease). In addition to the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy, interns can also receive training in CBT-I, motivational interviewing, and acceptance and commitment therapy. The Mood Disorders Service provides diagnostic evaluation and intervention for patients with primary mood disorders, including depressive disorders and bipolar disorders. Therapeutic approaches utilized include cognitive behavioral (CBT, CBAS, DBT) and integrative interpersonal. Training experiences at Hanover Psychiatry include psychological assessments and delivery of individual and group therapies for a variety of psychiatric disorders among a community patient population that includes members of the Dartmouth College and Dartmouth-Hitchcock faculty, student, and staff communities. The interns in the Adult Psychology track will spend the majority of their experience in clinical services, though extensive opportunities for collaborative research are also available.

Adult Psychology track sample schedule (PDF)

Child Psychology track

The Child Psychology track will offer one position for the 2021-2022 training year. The intern provides services in outpatient and residential settings including the Outpatient Clinic of the Department of Psychiatry at DHMC, our community-based specialty clinic, Hanover Psychiatry, Pediatric Primary Care, and Mountain Valley Treatment Center. Interns also have the opportunity to collaborate with pediatric specialty care clinics (e.g., transgendered youth clinic, GI, sleep medicine). These opportunities provide training in individual and group interventions, family therapy, and parent-management training for youth with a variety of concerns, including anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD, ODD, elimination disorders, trauma-related disorders, and sleep problems. Training includes guidance on providing evidence-based interventions, e.g., behavioral therapy, CBT, ACT, mindfulness-based interventions, parent training, family systems therapy, and functional family therapy. They also participate as integral members of an interdisciplinary team of psychologists and psychiatrists to provide brief evaluations, CBT, and consultations for medication management to youth ages 2-19. This opportunity will allow interns to work side-by-side with a psychiatrist to provide care to individuals and families. A team consisting of an intern, psychiatry fellow, and the supervising psychologist meet following each clinical evaluation to discuss the patient’s needs and then present treatment options to the patient using a shared decision making model. The Child Psychology track intern provides outpatient therapy and assessment services to the Dartmouth College community through Hanover Psychiatry, including individual and group interventions and comprehensive psychological evaluations to youth in the community. The intern will also provide services in Pediatric Primary Care, which provides exposure to an integrated care setting. Finally, the intern will spend one day per week at Mountain Valley Treatment Center where they will deliver group and individual exposure and response prevention for residential patients with severe anxiety, OCD and depression. Residents also often present with difficulties related to disordered eating (ARFID, orthorexia), body dysmorphic disorder, and body-focused repetitive behavior disorders. Child track interns also have the opportunity to collaborate on ongoing research projects.

Child Psychology track sample schedule (PDF)

Psychology training faculty

Evan Bick, PsyD (William James College) – Dr. Bick joined the faculty of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Geisel School of Medicine in 2018; he completed a post-doctoral fellowship in mood and anxiety disorders at DHMC in 2017. He provides outpatient cognitive-behavioral therapy for adults for a variety of mental health concerns, with particular focus areas including psychotherapy for depression, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Additional areas of clinical interest include cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia and anxiety.

Robert Brady, PhD (University of Arkansas) – Dr. Brady joined the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Geisel School of Medicine in 2014. He serves as the Training Director of the Psychology Internship and Fellowship Programs and Director of the Anxiety Disorders Service. His clinical specialty is the delivery of cognitive and behavioral therapies for anxiety and related disorders. He conducts research in the development and implementation of brief, scalable psychotherapies for anxiety and related disorders for delivery in nontraditional mental health settings.

James T. Craig, PhD (University of Arkansas) – Dr. Craig joined the faculty of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Geisel School of Medicine in 2017. Dr. Craig uses behavioral and cognitive-behavioral approaches to treat children and adolescents presenting with conduct-related disorders, ADHD, sleep disorders, elimination disorders, anxiety, OCD and depression. He specializes in the treatment of aggressive, defiant and disruptive behaviors in children and adolescents. Dr. Craig’s research interests are in the areas of peer victimization, bullying prevention, and innovative treatments for children with aggressive and defiant behaviors that can be applied outside of traditional mental health care settings.

Sarah Craig (Bujarski), PhD (University of Arkansas) – Dr. Craig joined the faculty at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Geisel School of Medicine in 2017. She specializes in cognitive-behavioral approaches to the treatment of anxiety and its commonly co-occurring disorders. She has a particular interest in treating co-occurring PTSD and substance use disorders and has a history of NIAAA funding aimed at understanding and improving evidence-based treatments for this type of comorbidity. She is a current supervisor in the internship program and provides guest presentations at CBT-focused didactics for psychology interns and psychiatry residents.

Timothy DiGiacomo, PsyD (Virginia Consortium Program) – Dr. DiGiacomo is a licensed clinical psychologist with comprehensive experience treating children, adolescents and adults with individual, group and family therapy, including utilizing CBT-based modalities for anxiety, depression and trauma. He serves as the Clinical Director for Mountain Valley Treatment Center and supervises the Child Track intern providing intensive exposure and response prevention (ERP) at the Center. He completed his training in ERP through the International OCD Foundation’s Advanced Behavior Therapy Training Institute.

Keri Height, PsyD (University of Hartford) – Dr. Height has been a faculty member at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Geisel School of Medicine since 2014. Her areas of expertise are in evidence-based psychotherapies for addictions, personality disorders, developmental disorders, stress related conditions, and eating disorders, as well as psychological testing. She is the Clinical Director of Hanover Psychiatry.

Mary K. Jankowski, PhD (University of Vermont) - Dr. Jankowski has been a member of the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry for more than a decade. Her research interests involve improving care for traumatized children, youth and families and children affected by parental substance use disorders, implementing system change in large child serving sectors including children's behavioral health, child welfare and juvenile justice, and implementing and evaluating the effectiveness of trauma-informed care. Clinically, she specializes in treatment of trauma related disorders across the lifespan and teaches and supervises interns, postdoctoral fellows, and child psychiatry fellows.

Sarah Roane, PhD (University of Louisville) – Dr. Roane joined the faculty at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Geisel School of Medicine in 2019. She leads the Mood Disorders Clinic and uses evidence-based psychotherapies, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Integrative Interpersonal Therapy, to treat adults with primary mood disorders. Her research interests include risk factors for suicidal behavior and the mechanisms underlying the relationship between depression and physical illness.

Sivan Rotenberg, PhD (Concordia University) – Dr. Rotenberg joined the faculty of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Geisel School of Medicine in December of 2016. She serves as the Associate Training Director of the Psychology Intership Program and Director of the Behavioral Medicine Service. Her area of specialization is Health Psychology with an emphasis on weight management interventions and coping with cancer and other medical conditions. At Dartmouth-Hitchcock, she provides embedded services through the Weight and Wellness Center and the Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

Robert Roth, PhD, ABPP-Cn (Concordia University) – Dr. Roth joined the faculty of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) and Geisel School of Medicine in 2001. He is an associate professor of psychiatry and serves as Director of the Adult Neuropsychological Service at DHMC and Director of Neuropsychology at Hanover Psychiatry. He is a clinical neuropsychologist with particular interest in psychiatric, neuropsychiatric, and movement disorders. His research is primarily focused on executive functions and motivation (e.g., apathy, reward) in psychiatric and neurological disorders and test development. He also collaborates with other faculty in areas such as cognition in epilepsy.

Jessica K. Salwen-Deremer, PhD (Stony Brook University) – Dr. Salwen-Deremer joined the faculty of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Geisel School of Medicine in 2018, and has appointments in Psychiatry and Medicine. She is embedded in the section of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, where she provides evidence-based treatments for gastroenterological conditions. She also has expertise in treatment of sleep disorders and chronic pain. Her research primarily focuses on understanding the relationship between sleep and pain in individuals with GI conditions or obesity.

Ellen K. Sejkora, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) – Dr. Sejkora is a pediatric psychologist with appointments in psychiatry and pediatrics. She joined the faculty at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Geisel School of Medicine in 2020. Dr. Sejkora sees patients through the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD) with the psychiatry consultation/liaison service and pediatric ambulatory clinics. She currently works with medical teams for gastroenterology, neurology, cardiology, pulmonology, and the inpatient hospitalist service. Dr. Sejkora specializes in behavioral treatment of pediatric feeding disorders (failure to thrive, ARFID, g-tube dependency) and cognitive-behavioral interventions with patients with complex comorbid medical and psychosocial needs.

Caroline (Carrie) Shackett, PhD, NCSP (University of Massachusetts-Amherst) – Dr. Shackett joined the faculty of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Geisel School of Medicine in 2019. Dr. Shackett provides individual therapy to children and adolescents, utilizing behavioral and cognitive behavioral approaches. She also provides psychoeducational and diagnostics assessments. She has training and expertise in functional behavioral assessments and interventions. Dr. Shackett is also a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and has worked in and consulted with schools on a variety of topics ranging from psychoeducational assessments to positive behavioral interventions and supports.

Christopher Spofford, PhD (University of Massachusetts) – Dr. Spofford has been a faculty member at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Geisel School of Medicine since 2016. He completed his post-doctoral training at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in 2012. In addition to his clinical responsibilities at Hanover Psychiatry and clinical supervisor in the internship program, Dr. Spofford also teaches cognitive-behavioral therapy to both psychology interns, post-doctoral fellows and psychiatry residents.

Lauren Szkodny, PhD (The Pennsylvania State University) – Dr. Szkodny joined the faculty at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Geisel School of Medicine in 2019. She specializes in evidence-based psychotherapies for adults presenting with anxiety disorders, trauma- and stress-related conditions, depression, and personality and relationship problems. Her academic interests include models of psychotherapy integration, and consideration of psychotherapy, therapist, and patient processes. Her research centers on enhancing assessment of anxiety and trauma-related processes.

Heather Wishart, PhD (University of Victoria) – Dr. Wishart is a clinical neuropsychologist and brain imaging researcher in the Department of Psychiatry at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. She directs the Brain Research Network and the Brain Imaging Lab, which provide scientific collaboration, training and resources for neuroscience-oriented research. She directs the Neuropsychology Program at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, and her research interests include brain cancer and multiple sclerosis.