The mission of the Texas Children’s Hospital Psychology Internship is to advance the profession of psychology and maximize child health outcomes through exemplary training in individualized evidence based practices of psychology with an emphasis in pediatric/child populations. Our psychology internship program provides broad-based clinical training that will prepare emerging psychologists for productive and meaningful careers in a variety of contexts. As part of our mission, we are committed to providing the foundations for successful post-doctoral specialization in the fields of pediatric psychology, clinical child and adolescent psychology, and pediatric neuropsychology. 

Our faculty aspires to train highly competent professionals who will:

  • Uphold a strong commitment to scientist practitioner values
  • Demonstrate sensitivity and responsiveness to developmental considerations and individual differences
  • Be effective at contextually-relevant care as well as interdisciplinary teamwork

Developing Competencies

The internship is regarded as an intensive clinical training year wherein interns use this final phase of their formal doctoral training to develop broad and general professional competencies with an emphasis in pediatric/child populations. The model of training employed is predominantly experiential with supporting didactics and supervision. Experiential training is provided through participation in a variety of clinical rotations including outpatient, inpatient, and consultation services. These rotations provide extensive experiential training using evidence-based approaches in core areas of psychological practice.

To the extent feasible, clinical rotations and training experiences are tailored to the unique training needs and interests of each intern. Each intern is assigned a primary mentor who will guide the intern in development of his or her individualized training plan, monitor progress, and support professional development. The primary mentor works collaboratively with the intern to ensure that both the intern and program goals and objectives are achieved through development, ongoing discussion, and sometimes refinement of the intern’s training plan. Training considerations take precedence over service delivery. The training year is developmentally structured in terms of sequence and intensity with increased responsibility and independence as the year progresses. 

Core Training Goals

The internship program has the following core training goals:

  • Provide broad-based experiential training in psychology, with an emphasis in individualized evidence-based practices with pediatric / child populations, which will prepare interns for professional practice within a variety of contexts.
  • Promote the professional development of emerging psychologists who will uphold a strong commitment to the scientist practitioner model and evidence-based practices.

Patient Populations

Texas Children’s Hospital’s Psychology Service serves patients ranging in age from infancy to young adults.

The patient population seen within the Psychology Service is racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse, providing interns with experiential training in delivering services to families from a broad range of backgrounds.

Service delivery and training experiences involve a contextually-relevant and interdisciplinary approach. Interns coordinate care with multiple systems impacting children, which include working with family systems, school personnel, and other providers of patient care. Interns serve as consultants to other departments at Texas Children’s and to ancillary service providers in the community.