Research Intern Program

Research & Collaboration

As a growing research department, we are very interested in developing and strengthening connections with other researchers in multidisciplinary clinical settings and universities.  If you are interested in collaborating on a research project, please contact us here!

ICCD Research Intern Program

ICCD researchers enjoy training future scholar-practitioners and have developed an internship program to provide undergraduate and graduate students with meaningful clinical research experiences.  Opportunities are available on a part-time basis and interested students should contact ​Jennifer Dupont Frechette, Ph.D. for more information email

Current Interns

  • Morgan Cleary
  • Jacquelyn Ciarcia – Jacquelyn is a third-year Doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at William James College. She is in the neuropsychology concentration. In addition to her graduate education and time at ICCD, Jacquelyn will serve as a clinical intern at Moldover and Associates, a private practice providing pediatric neuropsychological assessments. This role involves working with individuals aged 5-23 with various neurodevelopmental disorders.  Jacquelyn has a strong passion for working with children and their families to ensure they can receive the supports needed to succeed. She believes in the importance of research in improving clinical practice to help all children have access to a proper diagnosis and interventions to ensure they can succeed in all areas of their lives.
  • Alison Scher – Alison is going into her sophomore year at Wesleyan University and hoping to major in Psychology and Education. At Wesleyan, she volunteers with elementary school students for reading and math intervention and plans to participate in on-campus developmental psychological research.
    As an ICCD intern, she hopes to learn how a neuropsychology center functions and real-world data analysis and collection processes. 

Former Interns

  • Kyra Crovo – Kyra is approaching her senior year at Brandeis University as a Psychology major and Business minor. She has experience with children through Prospect Hill Kids Club, a youth after school program for a low-income community in Waltham. She spent last summer as a Youth and Family Counselor for adolescents with behavioral difficulties in a trauma informed residential facility. During her work there, Kyra acquired skills in crisis de-escalation and emotional first aid. She spent her time recording and observing behaviors, being responsible for the safety and emotional well-being of 1-3 clients, and attending weekly meetings with full-time staff and clinicians. At Brandeis, Kyra is a Peer Assistant for a course on Adolescence where she facilitates group discussions and is conducting independent research into the effects of the past year’s stress on students’ changes in physical appearance. Outside of Brandeis, she volunteers with the National Alliance for Mental Illness, Greater Boston where she is amplifying their message through developing their website. She is also a Public Speaker in the NAMI In Our Own Voice program, advocating for mental illness through storytellings at places like colleges, universities, and hospitals. Kyra aspires to complete her masters after graduation and pursue a doctoral degree in Social and Personality Psychology.
    Through the Research Program at ICCD she hopes to gain experience in research and a deeper understanding of the effects of trauma, maltreatment, and abuse on neurological development.
  • Emily Bivins Emily is currently a junior at Tufts University majoring in Clinical Psychology and minoring in Child Studies and Human Development. She hopes to eventually pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a focus on children and adolescents. Emily is very passionate about contributing to research that examines the experiences of children using a diverse, cross-cultural lens. She previously worked in the Racial Equity and Diversity lab at Tufts examining the impact of racial biases, specifically within the context of interracial dialogue. She is excited to contribute her research knowledge and skills to the exciting projects at ICCD.
  • Jenna Hersh – Jenna is currently a sophomore at Colby College. She is studying psychology with a concentration in neuroscience, and hopes to go to medical school after college. At Colby, she volunteers as a mentor for one of the local public schools, plays rugby, and works in a neuroscience research lab. As an intern at ICCD, she hopes to gain new research experience and a better understanding of neuropsychology.
  • Gabriela Castro – Gabriela is a recent 2019 graduate from the College of The Holy Cross, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Education. During her four years at Holy Cross, Gabriela was very involved in volunteer work in the Worcester community, as both a volunteer and program director of several free health clinics located all over the city. Over the summers Gabriela has also become very interested in working with individuals who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, more specifically with the child population. In her most recent summer, she worked as a certified behavioral technician for Boston Behavioral Learning Center. During her time at BBLC, Gabriela worked one-on-one with individuals ranging from 2-13 in both a center-based and a home-based  ABA therapy practice. Gabriela’s goals include wanting to attend graduate school in the hopes of attaining her Ph.D. in clinical psychology, so that she may hopefully work as Neuro Clinical Psychologist who specializes in ASD.
    As a research intern for ICCD, Gabriela hopes to further gain insight as well as research experience in the neuro-psych field, specifically surrounding Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Molly Fitzpatrick – Molly is a first-year Doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at William James College. She is most interested in the concentrations of Clinical Health and Forensic Psychology. In addition to her graduate education and time at ICCD, Molly currently serves as a clinical intern at the Center for Neurodevelopmental Services, Pathways Academy, part of Harvard’s McLean Hospital. This role involves working with students aged 8-20 with Autism Spectrum Disorder and co-morbid diagnoses.  Molly has a strong passion for helping underserved populations and individuals struggling with severe mental illness. She also believes that research plays a valuable role in the conceptualization and application of clinical practice, and therefore hopes to expand her knowledge and skills in this area.
  • Paige Mulry – Paige graduated from Providence College with her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology in May 2018. Her goals include; receiving her Masters in School Psychology and going on to receive her PhD in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in neuropsychology. Through this position at ICCD Paige hopes to gain more experience in the field of research in order to set the stage for her future in the field of neuropsychology.
    Aside from her time at ICCD, Paige is working as a Business Specialist in the Emergency Department of Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
  • William Furey, Ph.D., NCSP –  Dr. Furey completed his predoctoral internship at ICCD while studying in the School Psychology program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is now an Assistant Professor in Education at Manhattan College. He specializes in supporting early career teachers with classroom and instructional management through consultation. His experience also includes systems-level school consultation and working in preservice teacher training programs. He previously served as faculty in the school psychology program at University of Toledo and has clinical experience providing therapy to children with autism spectrum disorder and training for their families. Currently, William’s research focuses on assessment and instructional procedures to support student learning in elementary classrooms. You can contact Dr. Furey at
  • David Haines – David is currently a senior at Suffolk University majoring in psychology with a minor in law, while also participating in Suffolk’s paralegal certificate program.  His focus in psychology is neuroscience, with a goal to obtain his Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a concentration in neuropsychology. He has always been passionate about wanting to help people who are struggling with mental illnesses, and he believes that research is an important part of that process.  More specifically, David strongly feels that research can help us to improve treatments for our patients and therefore, by developing as a researcher, he hopes to better himself as a future clinician.
  • Leah Pederson – Leah completed her internship at ICCD during her junior year at Suffolk University, during which time she was pursuing a double major in Psychology and Biology.

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