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    The Addiction Institute of New York has an extensive training program for students and trainees from several different disciplines and different levels of training. Medical students, physicians, psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses, nurse practitioners, and other allied health professionals become part of the Institute’s treatment teams as they evaluate and treat patients with substance use disorders and other addictions in a great variety of settings. Many of our senior staff hold faculty appointments at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

    Students and trainees learn about psychopathology, behavior modification techniques, group therapy techniques, motivational interviewing, self-help groups, and psychopharmacology specifically designed for this patient population. Individual tutorials, case conferences, grand rounds, and in-service training augment the educational experience.

    The Addiction Institute of New York also offers one of the only addiction post-doctoral fellowships for psychologists in the country. Each year, two Fellows join our staff and receive intensive training in substance abuse treatment strategies in a variety of clinical settings. The training includes evaluation services, intensive outpatient, working with adolescents as well as college students, and women with children.

    We are also well known as a training ground for those studying to become credentialed addiction counselors. Trainees work with one of our highly qualified counselors and learn through participating in the whole treatment process.

    The Addiction Institute of New York is a training site for:

    Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West
        Psychiatric Residents
        Internal Medicine Residents

    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
         Medical Students
         Psychiatric Residents
          Fellows in Addiction Psychiatry
          Fellows in Public Psychiatry
          Clinical Social Workers
          Psychology Externs
          Psychology Interns
          Psychology Fellows

    New York University
          Nurse Practitioner Students

    Marymount Manhattan College
          Addiction Counseling Trainees

    Fordham University
          Psychology Externs
          Psychology Fellows
          Social Work Interns

    Yeshiva University
          Psychology Externs

    John Jay College of Criminal Justice
          Psychology Externs

    New York Federation of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselors
          Addiction Counseling Trainees

    Employment Program for Recovering Alcoholics (EPRA)
          Office Workers

    International Schools of Medicine
          Medical Students
          Physicians pursuing advanced addiction training


    Training Opportunities Chart

    Addiction Psychology

    Andrew Merling, PhD


    Addiction Psychology

    Joseph Ruggiero, PhD



    Nurse Practitioner

    Gene McCullough, NP



    Social Work
    Field Placement

    Joan Simpson-Klavan, ACSW



    Addiction Counselor

    Susie Vicencio, CASAC




    For Information contact:
    Tim Brennan, MD, MPH
    Addiction Institute of New York
    212-523-8939 or  



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