Doctoral Psychology Internship

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Department of Psychology houses the Pediatric Psychology and Pediatric Neuropsychology Tracks as part of the APA-approved University of Tennessee Professional Psychology Internship Consortium

Pediatric Psychology Rotation

  • The pediatric psychology rotation through the Department of Psychology at St. Jude will serve as two major rotations of the consortium (8 months of the training year) and may be available as a minor rotation during the 3rd period
  • The Department of Psychology conducts approximately 1,200 psychological assessments and 500 initial consults each year, with ongoing psychological care provided to many of these patients.
  • The clinic consists of 13 doctoral level psychologists, 4 doctoral level neuropsychologists, 4 master’s level psychological examiners, and 6 postdoctoral fellows.
  • Interns will be assigned a primary supervisor but will have opportunity to be supervised by multiple attending psychologists during the course of their rotation.
  • Training is available in psychological assessment and intervention with children, adolescents, and young adults with catastrophic illnesses including cancer, sickle cell disease, other hematological disorders, and HIV/AIDS
  • Clinical training opportunities include, but are not limited to:
    • clinical and research-protocol driven psychological assessment
    • inpatient consultation/liaison
    • inpatient/outpatient individual and family therapy
    • non-pharmacological pain management interventions
    • health and behavior assessment and intervention
    • procedural distress
    • pill swallowing training
  • Participation in medical, psychosocial, and psychology rounds is available to trainees

Pediatric Neuropsychology Rotation

  • The pediatric neuropsychology track through the Department of Psychology at St. Jude will serve as two major rotations of the consortium (8 months of the training year) and as a minor rotation during the 3rd period.
  • Training is available in neuropsychological assessment, consultation and intervention with children, adolescents, and young adults with catastrophic illnesses including cancer, sickle cell disease, other hematological disorders, and HIV/AIDS.
  • Clinical training opportunities include, but are not limited to:
    • Comprehensive neuropsychological assessment
      • Medical chart review     
      • Clinical interviewing
      • Test administration    
      • Test interpretation/case conceptualization
      • Report writing                  
      • Feedback provision to family and team
    • School re-entry and Individualized Education Program (IEP) planning
    • Early childhood assessment and service coordination
    • Abbreviated neuropsychological screeners (e.g., with sickle cell patients)
    • Brief bedside assessment with inpatients for monitoring recovery
    • Brief therapeutic interventions and cognitive remediation
    • Consultation with medical providers, rehabilitation professionals, school personnel, child life and social workParticipation in medical, psychosocial, psychology and neuropsychology rounds is available to trainees

*Pediatric Psychology and Neuropsychology minor rotations are available to interns in the General Track as part of the Consortium rotation schedule.

Consortium

  • 3 rotation periods of approximately 16 weeks each
  • Rotations split into major (up to 24 hours per week) and minor (up to 12 hours per week) affiliations
  • Time set aside for seminars, supervision, staff meetings, and additional selected learning experiences (e.g., workshops)
  • Applicants accepted from clinical, counseling, and school psychology programs
  • Preference to applicants from APA-approved schools
  • Most of the Consortium agencies are located within what is known as the Medical Center.
    • Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital
    • University of Tennessee Health Science Center
    • University Behavioral Health Center
    • University-affiliated Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities
    • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
    • The Regional Medical Center at Memphis
    • Memphis Mental Health Institute
    • Other related health service and education agencies.
  • The training program is planned with each intern, with the recommendations of his/her Training Director taken into account, and is reviewed quarterly during the year and modified appropriately
  • Internship is APA-approved and extends for one calendar year

For More Information

The APPIC Number for the UT Professional Psychology Internship Consortium is 156011. The APPIC Match Number for the Neuropsychology Track is 156013. The St. Jude Pediatric Track APPIC number is 156012.

Additional questions may be directed to the Director of Clinical Services and Training, Valerie Crabtree, PhD.

Alumni

Name Track Dates University Fellowship
Jessica Buzenski Pediatric Psychology 2016-2017      East Carolina University Greenville, NC              University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Little Rock, AR
Rachel Peterson Pediatric Neuropsychology 2016-2017 Indiana University Bloomington, IN The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON
Jillian Wise Pediatric Psychology 2015-2016 Indiana University, Bloomington, IN All Children’s Hospital St. Petersburg, FL
Paige Lembeck Pediatric Psychology 2014-2015 University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN
Katie Dooley Pediatric Psychology 2013-2014 University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE Massachusetts General Hospital , Boston, MA
Lynn Clure Pediatric Psychology 2012-2013 University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE Munroe-Meyer Institute, Lincoln, NE
Angelica Eddington Pediatric Psychology 2011-2012 Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK