Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data
Internship Program Admissions
Date Program Tables are updated: May 2020
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:
All successful candidates for admission to the program should meet the following criteria:
- Current enrollment in an APA or CPA accredited doctoral program in Clinical, Counseling, or School Psychology
- Have earned a Master’s degree in psychology or related field, likely as part of their doctoral training
- Have completed at least 500 hours of formal, supervised practicum training in assessment and treatment
- Satisfactory completion of comprehension examinations and adequate preparation for internship as indicated by the applicants graduate program director
- Reliable transportation to participate in rotations across the Cleveland Clinic Health System (greater Cleveland area)
Individuals who do not meet the above admissions requirements will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
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:
- Total Direct Contact Intervention Hours: 500 Combined intervention/assessment
- Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours: 500 Combined intervention/assessment
Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:
In addition to the above, successful applicants will likely demonstrate the following characteristics:
- Extensive experience in the evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents
- Research, clinical, and/or academic course experience within the field of pediatric psychology
- Familiarity in the execution of evidence-based treatments
- Experience administering, scoring, and interpreting standardized measures of intelligence and academic achievement as demonstrated by the completion of comprehensive psychological assessment reports
- Evidence for passion and dedication to the field or pediatric and/or child-clinical psychology
Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year*
- Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns: $31,200
- 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:
- 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): 136 (includes sick leave)
- Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave: 136 (includes PTO/vacation)
- 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
- 7 Recognized Holidays (New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day)
- Time for processional development, including meeting attendance and interviews approved with departmental permission
- Access to Cleveland Clinic Alumni Library, including extensive online databases
- Access to on-campus Fitness Center with indoor pool, weight and cardio equipment, and variety of classes.
* Note. Programs are not required by the Commission on Accreditation to provide all benefits listed above.
Initial Post-Internship Positions
|2016 – 2019|
|Total # of interns who were in the 3 cohorts||6|
|Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree||0|
|Community mental health center||0||0|
|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||5||0|
|Other medical center of hospital||0||0|
|Community college or other teaching setting||0||0|
|Independent research institute||0||0|
|Independent practice setting||1||0|
|Not currently employed||0||0|
|Changed to another field||0||0|
Note: “PD” = Post-doctoral residency position; “EP” = Employed Position.
Each individual represented in this table should is counted only one time. For former trainees working in more than one setting, one setting representing their primary position is selected.
Aims & Competencies
Overview of the Pediatric Behavioral Health Residency (Internship in Health Service Psychology)
The twelve-month Health Service Psychology internship program in Pediatric Behavioral Health is designed to prepare advanced doctoral students for the practice of clinical psychology in integrated healthcare settings with child and adolescent populations. Particular attention is paid to training the intern to work with a variety of child clinical and pediatric populations and utilizing multiple treatment and assessment modalities.
The program is housed within the Center for Pediatric Behavioral Health with the Cleveland Clinic Children’s, although the physical location of training is spread out across multiple locations including Cleveland Clinic Children’s main campus, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation, and several regional Cleveland Clinic campuses serving families in convenient outpatient facilities.
Specific rotations include training in inpatient consultation/liaison, outpatient treatment for behavioral medicine and child clinical populations, group treatment, and evaluation of common childhood disorders.
The internship program in pediatric behavioral health is designed to prepare advanced doctoral students for the practice of clinical psychology in integrated healthcare settings with child and adolescent populations. The program is designed to build upon trainee's competencies in each of the following professional-wide competencies identified in the APA SoA, within the context of an integrated healthcare setting with child and adolescent populations:
B. Ethical and legal standards
C. Individual and cultural diversity
D. Professional values, attitudes and behaviors
E. Communication and interpersonal skills
I. Consultation and inter-professional/interdisciplinary skills
Clinical Training Rotations
The Pediatric Psychology Residency Program aims to train future health psychologists primarily through the provision of direct clinical experiences, associated clinical supervision and supportive didactic and educational curriculum. The residency is a full-time, 12-month position and residents can expect an average of 15-20 direct clinical contact hours per week. At program completion, residents will have completed a minimum of 2,000 hours, including over 650 hours of direct clinical service.
Residents will complete numerous rotations around three areas of emphasis including consultation/liaison, pediatric pain and integrated primary care. There is considerable overlap and cross-training between these areas of emphasis and applicants are strongly encouraged to consider and apply for all areas of potential interest. Specifying an area of emphasis in the application or interview process is not necessary, as these distinctions are utilized primarily during the ranking process to ensure residents are matched with specific rotations that they prefer.
The below experiences are offered as part of the residency program, with most rotations being six months in length, with the exception of the Continuity Clinic that is a year-long rotation, which allows residents to establish a longer-term supervisory relationship.
- Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Program – Primary Supervisors: Gerard Banez, PhD
- Acute Inpatient Consultation/Liaison (C/L) – Primary Supervisor: Emily Mudd, PhD
- Pediatric Rehabilitation C/L Program – Primary Supervisor: Pamela Senders, PhD
- Integrated Primary Care – Primary Supervisors: Katie Jones, PhD, Catrina Litzenberg, PhD
- Continuity Clinic at Main Campus – Primary Supervisor: Kate Eshleman, PsyD
- Behavioral Gastroenterology Program – Primary Supervisor:TBD
- Behavioral Treatment of Chronic Headache – Primary Supervisor: Ethan Benore, PhD
- Continuity Clinic at a Family Health Center – Primary Supervisor: Amy Lee, PhD and Wendy Hahn PsyD
- ADHD Social Skills Group – Primary Supervisor: Hilary Alexander, LPCC-S
- Anxiety Disorder Treatment Group – Primary Supervisor: Amy Lee, PhD
- Toileting Clinic Shared Medical Appointment – Primary Supervisor: TBD
All residents receive a minimum of four hours of supervision per week, with a minimum of three hours of individual supervision with a licensed psychologist. Above this minimum standard, specific supervision time and type varies slightly between the specific rotations, with some rotations including additional individual supervision and other rotations including additional group supervision and/or umbrella supervision.
Didactic Seminar & Educational Opportunities
In additional to direct clinical work, residents will engage in an average of 3 hours of didactic educational opportunities per week, designed to support the residents’ competencies in the practice of psychology within an integrated medical system. The following seminar series are scheduled throughout the year.
Evaluation and Evidence-Based Intervention and Inter-professional Education
This seminar series is held jointly with the Child Psychiatry Fellowship program to promote integrated learning opportunities. Psychology staff and psychiatry staff each lead the series once per month. A variety of specific presenting problems and evidence-based assessment techniques and treatment options will be highlighted throughout the year from respective specialists.
- Psychology's role in the hospital setting (C/L psychology)
- Pain Associated Disability Syndrome
- Behavior Disorders
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Developmental Disabilities
- Suicide Risk Assessment
- Anxiety Disorders
- Mood Disorders
- Specific Learning Disorders/Consulting with Schools
- Gender Identity
- Cultural Considerations in Evaluation and Treatment
This series will cover a variety of topics specific to the field of integrated psychology care and working within a medical setting. Past topics have included:
- Social Skills of ADHD
- CBT for Anxiety and OCD
- Mindfulness CBT Practice
- ASD Social Skill Training
- Applied Behavior Analysis
- Acceptance Commitment Therapy
- Improving Medical Adherence
- Treatment Plan for Headaches
- Treatment of Selective Mutism
- Multidisciplinary Obesity Treatment
- Functional GI Disorders
- Hypnosis Techniques
- Coping with Chronic Illness
- Elimination Disorders
- Gender Identity
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy
- Management of Suicidal Concerns
- Behavioral Sleep Management
- Narrative Therapy
- Working with Refugees
Professional Development Series
This series covers a range of ethical, legal, professional, regulatory, career, and internship-related issues. This conference is intended to contribute to interns’ professional development and increased awareness of issues related to professional practice. This is an opportunity for interns to discuss process issues and other areas of interest to them.
Case Conferences allow residents to delve deeper into complex cases while practicing supervision skills, Each resident has the opportunity to present and receive feedback on a case and then take on the role of a peer-supervisor with immediate feedback on both the case and supervision skills from a moderating staff psychologist.
Journal Clubs are hosted by each primary supervisor with the goal of delving deeper in specific relevant clinical or professional development topics in order to stay abreast with current research and professional themes. Topics include both clinical areas as well as professional development such as Integrated Primary Care, Population Health and Ethical Transitioning of Care.
Institute Grand Rounds
In addition to specific seminars topics, residents will be able to participate in a variety of courses and Grand Rounds offered by the Cleveland Clinic including:
- Cleveland Clinic Learning Academy (e.g. Medical Research Ethics and Standard, Examining Cultural Characteristics of Healthcare)
- Pediatric Grand Rounds
- Psychiatry Grand Rounds
- BioEthics Grand Rounds
- Wellness Grand Rounds
Resident Research Project
Residents are paired with a staff member active in research to assist in a minor clinical research project, spanning throughout the year. This project will culminate in a year-end presentation and preparation for submission to a state or national conference and/or peer-reviewed journal.
Cleveland Clinic Children’s will be participating in the APPIC Match supported by the National Matching Service. The internship is designed to meet all requirements set forth by APA and abides by all Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) guidelines and requirements.
You may contact APPIC at:
APPIC Central Office
17225 El Camino Real
Onyx One – Suite #170
Houston, TX 77058-2748
Our program utilizes the APPIC Application for Psychology Internships (AAPI) online. AAPI required materials include a cover letter/statement of interest, curriculum vitae, official graduate transcript(s), three reference letters, and Summary of Doctoral Training to be verified by your program's Director of Clinical Training/Training Director. We do not require any supplemental materials.
For the 2021-2022 internship year, the program will be recruiting for 3 positions, which will each include a specific program code: Consultation/Liaison (237511), Pediatric Pain (237512), and Integrated Primary Care (237513). Providing individual program codes allows residents to have more control over the major rotations that they will participate in, although there will still be considerable overlap and cross-emphasis training. The program remains committed to training all residents in the practice of clinical psychology in pediatric healthcare settings. As such, residents are strongly encouraged to apply for and rank all of the emphasis areas they are interested in and do not need to specify an area of emphasis in either the application or interview process.
The application deadline for the 2021-2022 internship year is November 1, 2020. On-site interviews are preferred and will be conducted on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 and Wednesday, January 6, 2021. Invitations to interview will be given after a careful review of all application materials. Interviews will consist of an overview with the Training Director, meetings with the current Residents and a tour of the primary facility where residents are located, and individual interviews with 3-4 of the Primary Supervisors. Requests to interview with specific staff supervisors will be granted when scheduling the interviews, as specific supervisors will be present on specific interview days.
Effective April 7, 2019, the American Psychological Association Commission of Accreditation voted to grant the program “Accredited, On Contingency” status. This status is granted to programs that are new and do not yet have sufficient longitudinal outcome data.
The program was granted membership into the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) in 2016 and follows all standards and rules set forth by APPIC.
If you have questions about the program’s accreditation status, please contact the Commission on Accreditation:
2020 - 2021 Handbook
A copy of the current Residency Handbook can be found below. Included in the handbook are the detailed policies on the Residency, relevant Institutional Policies, Corrective Action Policy, Appeal and Grievance Policy and Process.Please note that some details are likely to change from year to year.
Diversity, Inclusion & Culture
Diversity & Inclusion
Cleveland Clinic values a culture where caregivers integrate diversity and inclusion throughout the enterprise. We respect and appreciate our similarities and differences; they enable us to better serve our patients, one another, and our global communities.
Prospective applicants are invited to visit the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to learn more about the efforts to create an inclusive organizational culture for patients, employees, business partners, and the communities served by Cleveland Clinic. Various members of the Residency Training Committee sit on the Diversity Counsel and Employee Resource Groups and would be happy to talk with you more about our experiences.
The Pediatric Behavioral Health Residency Program is committed to training residents with diverse backgrounds and all residents on diversity factors that affect the pediatric community. In addition to the program’s direct faculty that represent a diverse make-up of ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, religious affiliations, and ethnic and cultural identities, residents also interact regularly with the larger Cleveland Clinic medical community, fostering cultural competence and inclusion across the full range of Cleveland Clinic departments. Clinical training includes work with ethnic and religious minorities, refugees, socioeconomically disadvantaged children and families, and a range of ages and genders. Residents also have the specific opportunity to work with children and adolescents who identify as gender-nonconforming or transgender through the GUIDE program (Gender Understanding, Identity, and Expression) The Pediatric Behavioral Health Residency Program strongly encourages candidates from a variety of diverse backgrounds to apply to our program.
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