The Section of Psychology in the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine offers an APA-accredited internship to pre-doctoral students in psychology – the Texas Children’s Hospital Psychology Internship. Dr. M. Douglas Ris is head of the Section of Psychology, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine as well as chief of the Texas Children's Hospital Psychology Service. Dr. Barbara Anderson is associate head of the Section of Psychology, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine. The Texas Children’s Hospital Psychology Internship Training Program is directed by Dr. Liza Bonin.


The purpose of the Texas Children's Hospital Psychology Internship is to provide training in individualized evidence-based practices of psychology with an emphasis in pediatric/child populations. The program offers doctoral students in clinical, counseling and school psychology a one-year, full-time psychology internship. This internship is designed to prepare interns for productive and meaningful careers in a variety of contexts.

Training Sites

Baylor is recognized as a premier academic health center and is known for excellence in education, research and healthcare. Located in the Texas Medical Center, the College has affiliations with eight teaching hospitals, each known for medical excellence.

Baylor’s Department of Pediatrics ranks as one of the nation’s largest, most diverse and most successful pediatric programs. Our Department of Pediatrics is committed to providing superior programs of instruction for students and residents; advancing specialty knowledge in the medical sciences, particularly as it relates to the health problems of children; and maintaining its role as a major contributor to research training and scientific activities that enhance the health of children everywhere.

Texas Children's Hospital is the primary teaching/training center for Baylor’s Department of Pediatrics. Texas Children's is comprised of four main facilities. The Clinical Care Center is the primary outpatient services facility, whereas the West Tower is the inpatient services facility. The Feigin Center houses research facilities, including labs, administrative and faculty offices. The Abercrombie Building houses additional patient care areas, other patient services (e.g., international patient services), and administrative offices. The new Pavilion for Women houses the maternal-fetal medicine program and also connects to the Clinical Care Center.

The 2012 edition of Best Children’s Hospitals by U.S. News and World Report once again placed Texas Children’s on Honor Roll status in pediatrics, ranking Texas Children’s as the 4th best children’s hospital in the nation. We ranked among America's best in all 10 specialty areas evaluated. The hospital is designed as a total children’s hospital, serving as both a primary community hospital and as a tertiary referral center for children and adolescents with an extensive range of conditions within primary and specialized pediatric medicine.

Our Psychology Internship Training Program is housed within the Psychology Service at Texas Children’s Hospital. The Psychology Service is uniquely suited to provide broad-based clinical training in assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and their families. Our Service provides the preponderance of Texas Children’s psychological and neuropsychological clinical services with patients ranging in age from infancy through young adult. In addition to serving general pediatrics, the Psychology Service has collaborative working relationships with pediatric subspecialty departments throughout the hospital, including the Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers, Endocrinology, Neonatology, Genetics, Audiology, Gastroenterology, Psychiatry, Developmental Pediatrics, Neurology, Plastic Surgery, Adolescent Medicine, Renal/Urology, Center for Gene & Cell Therapy, Retrovirology and Allergy & Immunology.

The physical space of the Psychology Service occupies 13,000 square feet in the Clinical Care Center, which is adjacent and connected to both the West Tower and the Feigin Center. Space designated for the Psychology Service’s patient care includes: 10 neuropsychological testing/interview rooms; several group therapy rooms, four child therapy rooms, four family therapy rooms, and an indoor playground. Clinical space is equipped with observation rooms, one-way mirrors, and digital and VHS video capacity with microphones for supervision and consultation purposes. Interns have access to the department’s extensive intervention resources, including therapeutic toys and games, children’s books, child and parent treatment manuals/videos, and “bug-in-the-ear” devices. Available evaluation resources include an extensive selection of assessment tools, computerized assessment scoring programs, and access to a dictation system and a testing workroom.