Counseling Center


The Counseling Center offers training to Doctoral students in Clinical or Counseling Psychology. These students may participate in one of the following programs:


The Counseling Center at UMBC offers an APA-accredited doctoral internship in health services psychology. We are pleased to offer three full-time intern positions for the 2019 APPIC Internship Match. Applicants should have completed all required coursework, successfully passed their comprehensive examinations, and accrued a minimum of 500 intervention hours. The Counseling Center values diversity and encourages applicants of diverse ethnic, racial, religious, and sexual orientation backgrounds to apply. View complete Internship Program Description.

The Counseling Center Internship Program is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and will be participating in the APPIC National Match Process. All internship applications are to be submitted via the on-line APPIC Applications for Psychology Internship (AAPI On-line) system, available at (click on "APPI On-Line"). The program code for this internship is 2087. Applications are due by 12 midnight on November 1.

To be considered, please complete the AAPI Online (Application for Psychology Internship) with the following elements attached:

  1. A curriculum vitae
  2. All graduate transcripts
  3. A cover letter describing your interest in our internship program. Please be specific about your goals for internship and how our particular program will help you meet these goals.
  4. Three letters of recommendation using the APPIC Standardized Reference Form.

This internship site adheres to the APPIC Match Policies. 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.

Applicants who will be offered an interview will be notified no later then December 15th, with interviews scheduled in early to mid-January. For further information, please contact:

Soonhee Lee, Ph.D. (Interim Assistant Director/Training) at

Questions related to the program’s accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002

Phone: (202) 336-5979


Internship Program Admissions

Briefly describe in narrative form important information to assist potential applicants in assessing their likely fit with your program. This description must be consistent with the program’s policies on intern selection and practicum and academic preparation requirements:

The UMBC Counseling Center values diversity and encourages applicants of diverse ethnic, racial, age, religious, sexual orientation, and other backgrounds to apply. Successful applicants have a strong interest in working with young adults and college student mental health, particularly within a highly multi-culturally diverse setting. They are typically interested in increasing their breadth of knowledge and clinical experience not only in individual and group counseling, but also in outreach, consultation, and supervision. Most have an interest in working in a university counseling center after graduation, although past interns have gone on to careers in other settings as well. It is strongly preferred that applicants have clinical experience in a college counseling setting, although we will consider those with relevant experience if a strong case is made for why the applicant is interested in such an internship.

Does the program require that applicants have received a minimum number of hours of the following at time of application? If Yes, indicate how many:

Minimum Total Direct Contact Intervention Hours Yes 500
Minimum Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours No N/A

Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:

  • Current enrollment in an APA-accredited doctoral program in Clinical or Counseling Psychology.
  • Academic coursework and preparation in accordance with APA accreditation standards.
  • All required coursework completed prior to the start of internship.
  • Successful completion of doctoral comprehensive exams.
  • Successful submission of dissertation proposals.

Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year

The annual stipend for Doctoral Psychology Interns is $28,000. Interns are classified as Continent I employees for the State of Maryland and are eligible for the university health care/benefits package. If significant changes in the federal Fair Labor Standards Act are implemented in the future, interns will most likely be reclassified as Visiting Graduate Students.

Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns $28,000
Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns N/A
Program provides access to medical insurance for intern? Yes
If access to medical insurance is provided Yes
Trainee contribution to cost required? Yes
Coverage of family member(s) available? Yes
Coverage of legally married partner available? Yes
Coverage of domestic partner available? Yes
Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and/or Vacation) 120 hours together
Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave
In the event of medical conditions and/or family needs that require extended leave, does the program allow reasonable unpaid leave to interns/residents in excess of personal time off and sick leave? Yes
Other Benefits (please describe).
Administrative Leave* 40 hours
Professional Development Leave 40 hours
Professional Development Fund $300
Prescription Insurance (separate from Medical Insurance) Yes
Dental Insurance Yes
Term Life Insurance Yes
Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance Yes

*Interns (and other staff members) are strongly encouraged to take time off outside of the regular semesters. Interns are expected to take 5 administrative days at the end of internship to allow Counseling Center staff transition time between internship cohorts. Interns need to be mindful of the minimum 2000 hour internship requirement when considering how to use their Personal Time Off (PTO) days. All PTO must be approved by the Training Director and will take into account clinical demands of the Counseling Center.

Initial Post-Internship Positions*

Total # of interns who were in the 3 cohorts 8
Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree 0
Postdoc Employed
Community mental health center 0 1
Federally qualified health center 0 0
Independent primary care facility/clinic 0 0
University counseling center 0 0
Veterans Affairs medical center 0 0
Military health center 0 0
Academic health center 0 0
Other medical center or hospital 0 0
Psychiatric hospital 0 0
Academic university/department 0 0
Community college or other teaching setting 0 0
Independent research institution 0 0
Correctional facility 0 0
School district/system 0 0
Independent practice setting 0 6
Not currently employed 0 1
Changed to another field 0 0
Other 0 0
Unknown 0 0

*Note: The setting represents their primary position.

Initial update: 5/4/17

Recent update: 7/24/18


2018 - 2019

Brett Kirkpatrick
University of Kentucky

Current Intern

Kavita Pallod Sekhsaria
Rutgers University

Current Intern

Ryan Shea
George Washington University

Current Intern

2017 - 2018

Elizabeth Chase
Alliant IU/CSPP - San Diego

Post-doctoral Fellow
UCLA Counseling & Psychological Services

Amani Johnson
University of Buffalo

Staff Counselor, Student of Color Specialist
University at Buffalo Counseling Services

Bailey Tackett
University of North Texas

Post-doctoral Fellow
Eating Recovery Center Dallas
Next STEPS Worldwide

2016 - 2017

Vicki Anagnostopoulos
American University

Psychology Associate
Private Practice

Clinton Lewin
Midwestern University

Psychology Associate
Private Practice

Kristen Pinto-Coelho
University of Maryland College Park

Psychology Associate
Private Practice


Michelle Chu, Psy.D.
La Salle University

Staff Psychologist
Community Mental Health

Michelle Levine
UMass - Boston

Stay at home Mom

Tymesha Pendleton, Psy.D
Loyola University Maryland

Counselor – Mental Health


Maury Joseph, Psy.D
George Washington University

Psychology Associate
Private Practice

Jamila Winn, Psy.D.
American School of Professional Psychology - Argosy University

Psychology Associate
Private Practice


Jeffery Gause, Psy.D
Nova Southeastern University

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Positive Impact

Melissa Hoffman, Psy.D.
George Washington University

Staff Psychologist
UMBC Counseling Center


David Neale-Lorello, Ph.D
American University

Staff Therapist
Chase Brexton Health Services

Niveen Soliman, Ph.D
Fuller Theological Seminar

Psychology Associate
The Family Center


Emilie Stuber, Psy.D
George Washington University

Staff Psychologist
UMBC Counseling Center

Paige White, Psy.D
Chicago School of Prof. Psych

Post-doctoral Fellow
Community Mental Health Council

*Part-time, two-year internship


The Counseling Center at UMBC is pleased to offer three openings for a 16-20 hour per week psychology externship program for the 2019-2020 Academic Year. The program is designed for advanced doctoral students in APA-approved clinical or counseling psychology graduate programs who are interested in college student mental health. We strongly prefer that candidates have at least one year of supervised clinical experience prior to beginning the externship at the Counseling Center.

The primary emphasis of the externship is to develop counseling skills within a brief psychotherapy model. UMBC has a highly diverse student population so there is a focus on the ongoing development of multicultural competency. Externs will see a range of 6-10 individual therapy clients per week and may have the opportunity to either process-observe or co-lead a therapy group, depending on trainee experience and the availability of a group. A minimum of two hours of supervision are provided weekly. A secondary emphasis is on outreach programming. Externs will have the opportunity to present Skills for Success workshops, participate in mental health screenings, or represent the Counseling Center in other outreach efforts throughout the year.

The Counseling Center has a strong commitment to embracing diversity and increasing multicultural competency. We value having staff from a broad range of backgrounds and strongly encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

View complete program description.

All applications should include the following:

  • A Letter of Interest, which describes why you are interested in training at the Counseling Center, areas of clinical interest, and previous clinical experience.
  • A Curriculum Vitae
  • Informal Graduate Transcript
  • The completed Director of Clinical Training Consent Form signed across the seal.
  • Two letters of recommendation that identify both strengths and growth areas.

The application deadline is February 15th, 2019. Application materials may be submitted electronically or by regular mail. Electronically submitted letters of recommendation must come from the letter writer directly. Submit applications electronically to If the application is mailed, the materials must be submitted all together in one envelope, with letters of recommendation signed across the seal; the application packet must be received by the deadline. Applications will be reviewed and interviews will be offered to qualified candidates on a rolling basis.

Final notification about acceptance to the externship will be given by the end of February/beginning of March.

Please submit your application to:

Amber Hager, Ph.D., Counseling Center
Student Development and Success Center
University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250

For further information please contact Amber Hager, Ph.D. (Externship Coordinator) at

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