Program Information: Childrens Hospital Los Angeles - University of Southern California

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1137
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Department: Childrens Hospital Los Angeles - University of Southern California
Address: 4650 Sunset Boulevard
Mailstop 53
Los Angeles, California 90027
Country: United States
Metro Area: Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA MSA
Distance from Major City:
Phone: 323-361-4478x
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Child/Adolescent Psychiatric or Pediatrics
Additional Agency Types:
  • Academic Health Center
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatric or Pediatrics
  • Community Mental Health Center
  • Medical School
  • Private General Hospital
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Amy West
Chief Psychologist: Marie Poulsen
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 48
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 07/01/2022
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 10
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 36000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Interns hold a CWR + stipend employment status, and .are responsible to submit their taxes to the IRS.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site There is great variability in schedules. Interns may spend the morning in Assessment clinic or supervision meetings . A number of seminars and didactic activities are scheduled in the mornings, and the afternoon is mostly dedicated to client care. Depending on other program activities, interns may spend up to 40% of their time in clinical care activities such as patient care, documentation, advocacy, crisis intervention and more.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? No
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: 11/01/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/15/2021
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

Five interview dates are offered in January.  Interviews will be conducted virtually this year due to COVID-19.  The interview day consistes of a review of the program, an open house where all the specialty rotations present, a clinical and an assessment interview, a Spanish language screen (if indicated), and a meeting with the current interns. Applicants need to be present for the entire interview day. All interview days will take place in January.

Interview dates will be provided to applicants invited for interviews as well as access to the online sign-in method for signing up for interview dates.  

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: For the 2020-2021 we matched with interns from the following programs: University of Oregon Pacific University Tulane University University of California, Santa Barbara University of Hawaii Alliant/CSPP Los Angeles Alliant/CSPP San Francisco
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: No
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: No
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: 400
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 100
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 4
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited Accepted
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: Program only accepts applicants from APA or CPA accredited programs.
Program Description

The Childrens Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) offers a comprehensive Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology Predoctoral Internship Training Program. This American Psychological Association (APA) accredited training program offers two required placements and one specialty clinical placement. The two required clinical placements represent generalist skills of a child-focused psychologist: Child/Family Therapy and Psychological Assessment. The specialized placement focuses on an area of specialty practice which currently include: Pediatric Psychology, Early Childhood Mental Health, Assessment Consultation and Evaluation, Trauma Psychology, and Adolescent Medicine.The training program is designed to prepare doctoral candidates to assume the role of a professional psychologist in an academic, or private or public clinical service setting. Through didactic lectures and seminars, intensive supervision, and ample direct patient contact, interns receive comprehensive training experiences in psychological assessment, treatment/therapy, interdisciplinary consultation, and community involvement. The internship program provides training in the principles of child and adolescent psychology as applied to a range of emotional and behavioral issues (and often co-occurring developmental or medical complexity) in urban, diverse, underserved populations through supervised experience in outpatient mental health clinics, community clinics and/or pediatric hospital units.

Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults:
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students:
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Group Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Community Intervention: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Consultation/Liaison: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students :


Health Psychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Women's Health:
HIV/AIDS: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Serious Mental Illness: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Anxiety Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders:
Pediatrics: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Feminist Therapy:
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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Integrated health care - specialty: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)

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:  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
Number of Completed Applications: 115 240 200 185 209
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 60 60 60 60 65
Total number of interns: 10 10 10 10 10
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 10 10 10 10 10
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 6 6 7 4 6
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 4 4 3 6 4
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 8 6 8 6 8
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 2 0 0 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 2 2 2 4 1
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 6 7 4 (child & adolescent) 6 (child & adolescent) 2
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 33 51 23 (child & adolescent) 80 66
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 1 1 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 9 9 0 0 10
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 2 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 1 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 4 7 0 0 8
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 1 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 1 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 1 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 2 0 0 2
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 1 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0