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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2565
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Provisional Membership
Site: St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
Department: Department of Pediatrics
Address: 160 E Erie Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19134
Country: United States
Metro Area: Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD
Distance from Major City:
Phone: 215-427-4376
Fax:
Training Director Email: nicole.fleischer@towerhealth.org
Co-Training Director Email:
Web Address: https://towerhealth.org/academic-affairs/psychology-doctoral-internship-program
Brochure Website's Address: https://towerhealth.org/locations/st-christophers-hospital-children
Primary Agency Type: Child/Adolescent Psychiatric or Pediatrics
Additional Agency Types:
  • Academic Health Center
Member of APPIC since: 07/21/2022
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director: Nicole Fleischer
Chief Psychologist: Nicole Fleischer
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 5
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 6/30/2025
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 2
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 35000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Family Leave, 6 paid holidays, free parking, accessible via public transit
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Various rotations allow interns to engage in brief, evidence-based assessment and interventions for children and youth in specialty, and primary care. Neurodevelopmental assessment opportunities also available for evaluating autism spectrum disorders. Interns spend much of their time working as a multidisciplinary team.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Do Psychology Interns/Postdocs Have the Opportunity to Supervise Practicum Students?Yes
Is this program fully affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Is this program partially affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 11/14/2024 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
A Virtual Interview is: Required
Interview notification date: 12/27/2024
Tentative interview date: 1/10/2025, 1/17/2025
Interview process description:

Interview offers will be extended via email. Interviews will be offered on 1/10/2025 and 1/17/2025 via teleconferencing software. Applicants do have an opportunity to attend interviews in person; however, no preference will be shown to candidates who participate in virtual vs in-person interviews. Interview day will be structured beginning with a brief orientation of the program and St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, followed by individual interviews with current supervising staff. 

For bilingual applicants who indicate Spanish flluency, a portion of the interview will be conducted in Spanish. 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Rutger's University School Psychology Temple University School Psychology Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Clinical Psychology University at Albany - SUNY School Psychology
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a U.S. Citizen, Authorization to Work or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in the US is Required: Yes
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a Canadian Citizen, Authorization to Work in Canada or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in Canada is Required: No
Masters Degree Required: Yes, by start of internship
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 0
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 0
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable): 0
Does your program require applicants to submit supplemental materials (i.e., an assessment report and/or a case/treatment summary): Yes
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable): 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited
Non-Accredited Not Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree Accepted
This institution, department, internship, or postdoctoral program requires trainees to sign a statement about personal behavior and/or religious beliefs as a condition of admission and/or retention in the program: No
How to obtain text of statement:
Other Requirements: All applicants who match with SCHC are required to undergo and adhere to onboarding policies required for all Tower Health and SCHC employees. Requirements include the following: • All employees are expected to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, in addition to all regulatory vaccines (e.g., MMR, Hepatitis B, Flu vaccine, etc.) prior to their start date. This follows Tower Health policy, as well as mandates instituted by the City of Philadelphia. Exceptions are provided on a case-by-case basis. • All employees are subjected to background checks and drug testing prior to their start date. Background checks may include finger printing and obtaining clearances through ChildLine.
Program Description

The Psychology internship program at SCHC is currently recruiting two interns for the 2025-2026 training year. The SCHC psychology internship program aims to provide extensive training in pediatric and developmental psychology, preparing trainees for careers within a variety of settings including hospitals, community, and other general mental health settings. Interns will develop competencies in a variety of domains, with emphasis on integrating science and practice within an integrated pediatric care setting. During the year, trainees will gain knowledge and practice in diagnostic assessment, developmental evaluation, short-term therapy, parent training, cognitive-behavioral intervention, consultation with interdisciplinary professionals, and community outreach. Additionally, given the demographics of North Philadelphia and the importance of multiculturalism within the field of psychology, interns will develop a strong clinical practice in diversity and inclusion practice and initiatives.

Interersted Applicants can apply to two separate tracks. Applicants are welcome to apply to one or both tracks described below: 

 

Integrated Behavioral Health Track
Number of Intern Positions: 1

The Integrated Behavioral Health track can also be a minor rotation.

Center for the Urban Child (CUC). Students in the primary care rotation will spend 2-3 days a week within the Center for the Urban Child. This center is housed on campus adjacent to the main hospital and is a pediatric primary care clinic aimed at providing general pediatric care to children from birth to age 21. This clinic provides preventative health and sick visits to children and families within the local community and broader neighborhoods within North Philadelphia. In addition to primary medical care, the CUC also works with families to ensure all needs and social determinates of health are met, including housing, food, and legal resources. Interns will collaborate with primary care providers, nursing staff, medical assistants, social work, community health workers, and residents to help families presenting with a variety of psychosocial needs. Common consult reasons within the CUC include mood, anxiety, behavioral concerns, school concerns, ADHD referrals, adjustment to illness, and navigation of resources.

Center for Children and Youth with Special Healthcare Needs. This clinic focuses on providing general and follow up care for children presenting with complex medical needs. Providers may work with families to arrange medical equipment needs, home care, daily living assistance, and specialty care visits. The Special Needs clinic also provides follow up care for infants and their families after discharge from the NICU. These visits include developmental screenings and postpartum depression screenings for parents. Common consult reasons within the Special Needs clinic include school concerns, behavioral concerns (e.g., toileting, feeding, etc.), adherence to medical recommendations, coping with chronic medical illness, maternal depression, and concerns for developmental delays.

Interns on the Integrated Behavioral Health Track may also have opportunities to provide brief consultation, assessment, and intervention in specialty clinics such as Gastroenterology and Endocrinology. 

Neurodevelopmental Assessment Track
Number of Intern Positions: 1

Interns will have the opportunity to provide developmental assessments to children through both SCHC referrals and referrals from our partnership with Elywn – an early intervention agency within Philadelphia. Referral questions often focus on diagnosis and rule out of developmental delays and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Trainees will have the opportunity to partner with staff psychologists to administer and code the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – 2 (ADOS-2) and provide administration and scoring of the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development – 4. Trainees will also have opportunities to write comprehensive reports, integrating information from parent reports, clinical interviews, and assessment observations with feedback provided from supervisors. Opportunities may arise to provide feedback and information to schools and other appropriate agencies on reports and assessment findings.

Interns on the Neurodevelopmental Assessment track will also have the opportunity to participate in the NICU follow-up clinic, providing brief developmental assessment of infants and toddlers using the Bayley-4 screeners and assessments.

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

Infants:
Toddlers:
Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults:
Family: Yes
Older Adults:
Inpatients:
Outpatients: Yes
LGBTQ+: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
French-speaking:
Deaf/Hearing-impaired:
Students:
International Students:
Rural:
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
People without housing:
Other: Medical Complexities

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Individual Therapy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Group Therapy:
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Crisis Intervention: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: Experience (21% to 30%)
Long-term Psychotherapy:
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students : Exposure (1% to 20%)
Other:

Experience

Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health: Exposure (1% to 20%)
HIV/AIDS:
Eating Disorders: Experience (21% to 30%)
Sexual Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: Experience (21% to 30%)
Learning Disabilities: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Developmental Disabilities: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Adult:
Neuropsychology-Child: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Anxiety Disorders: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Trauma/PTSD: Experience (21% to 30%)
Sexual Abuse: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Forensics/Corrections:
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology:
Pediatrics: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
School: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Counseling:
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Program Development/Evaluation: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Supervision: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Research: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Administration: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Integrated health care - specialty: Experience (21% to 30%)
Other:

Additional information about training opportunities: Not all rotations or training experiences may be available as described in the APPIC Directory. Please consult the program's application materials or their website at: https://towerhealth.org/academic-affairs/psychology-doctoral-internship-program  for a complete description of the training opportunities available at this training site. IF the site has not updated their information by August 1, feel free to contact the Training Director for additional information.

Summary of the Characteristics of the Specified Internship Class
2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022 2022-2023 2023-2024 2024-2025
Number of Completed Applications: 0 18 22
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 16 20
Total number of interns: 2 2
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 2 2
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs:
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 1
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 2 1
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 2 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 15 122
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
2022-2023 2023-2024
Academic teaching:
Community mental health center: 0 0
Consortium: 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0
Hospital/Medical Center: 0 1
Veterans Affairs Health Care System: 0 0
Psychiatric facility: 0 0
Correctional facility: 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0
School district/system: 0 0
Independent practice setting: 0 1
Other (Academic Psychology Department): 0 0
Link to Program's Trainee Admissions, Support, and Outcome Data: https://towerhealth.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/2023-08/st-christopher-psychology-internship-website-data-2023.pdf