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Psychology Doctoral Internship

Psychology Programs

Our Psychology Doctoral Internship Program at Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s offers training in therapy and assessment with medical inpatients, outpatients with medical and/or psychological concerns, as well as their families. Consultation to medical teams is also an important aspect of our training program. We are a member of APPIC and the program is accredited by the APA. Please contact the APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation (OPCA) directly with questions related to our program’s accreditation status. The address of the APA OPCA is:

750 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20002


The psychology internship program is offered by the Department of Psychology, which trains medical residents, psychiatry residents, psychology practicum students, as well as psychology interns and residents. The primary goal of the program is to train interns in the profession-wide competencies needed to be a skilled psychologist working with children, adolescents, emerging adults, and families in a medical setting. Additionally, multicultural/diversity issues, ethical practice, interpersonal skills, supervision acumen, integrating science and practice, and professional behavior are addressed during the training year. Interns are required to complete 2,000 hours of training.

Our program embraces cultural and individual diversity and strives to recruit residents representative of diverse personal and demographic characteristics.  Candidates likewise, should have experience and the desire to work with diverse groups of children, adolescents and families. The patient population at Phoenix Children's Hospital reflects the cultural and socioeconomic diversity of the Southwest.  In 2017, 23% of Phoenix Children's Hospital patients were Latinx, 7% African American, 3% Native American, and 11% other.  Three percent of Phoenix Children's Hospital patients were older than 18 years of age; 55% were (Medicaid/AHCCCS) patients.  To better enable our residents to care for these patients, we offer monthly diversity seminars covering such topics as cultural determinants of health disparities, cultural humility, working with the Latinx population, working with Native American patients and families, and disability as diversity.  Interns have the opportunity to work with the Phoenix Children's Hospital Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

To learn more about our internship, download the brochure!


John L. Barton, PhD, ABPP
Training Director

Phoenix Children's is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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