Department : Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1165
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Children's Hospital Stanford/Children's Health Council
Department: Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Address: Stanford University Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
401 Quarry Rd.
Stanford, California 94305
Country: United States
Metro Area: San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA
Distance from Major City: 30 miles south of San Francisco
Phone: 650-724-3265
Fax: 650-724-7389
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Consortium
Additional Agency Types:
  • Academic Health Center
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatric or Pediatrics
  • Community Mental Health Center
  • Consortium
  • Medical School
  • Private General Hospital
  • Private Outpatient Clinic
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Michelle Brown
Chief Psychologist: Michelle Brown
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 12
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 5
Position Information
Start Date: 07/01/2024
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 4
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 64480
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): As employees of LPCH, interns accrue paid time off (PTO) which combines all time off into a single pool that can be accessed by the intern for vacation, professional development, holidays, illness, and other excused absences. Interns will be required to use PTO during periods when the site at which they are working is closed (e.g. during any period of holiday closure).
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns complete three rotations during the course of this full-time, one year internship: two rotations are within Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford (Consultation-Liaison and Eating Disorders) and one rotation is in a private, outpatient clinic (Children's Health Council). The intern work day varies depending on the rotation site; there are many scheduled assessment and therapy activities at CHC while the interns working in our medical settings must be flexible and able to adjust their schedules to consultations or new patient admissions which may change daily or weekly. Interns work full 8-hour days from Monday through Friday. There is no "on call" requirement or expectation.
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: 11/01/2023 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are: Required
A Virtual Interview is:
Interview notification date: 12/15/2023
Tentative interview date: N/A
Interview process description:

We plan to invite 20-24 applicants for virtual interviews on four dates in January. These applicants will be contacted by email in early December. When applicants are contacted, their preference for interview date is requested.  We are not always able to offer applicants their first choice for an interview date, but effort is made to accomodate preferences.  

Applicants who are invited to interview with us in January can expect a full day of orientation and virtual interviews. Each applicant will attend a virtual group orientation meeting in the morning followed by four interviews with faculty, including the internship Training Directors.  

In addition, applicants will receive a virtual tour of the internship training sites (Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford and Children's Health Council) and enjoy a virtual meeting with the current interns in order to have an opportunity to ask questions about their perceptions and experiences in our internship program.

UPDATE: Given recent COVID effects on training, we will consider applicants who have less than 100 hours of assessment experience, especially if these hours are expected to be completed by June 2024. Further, while we request two de-identified sample comprehensive assessment reports, we will consider applications in which one of those is a detailed intake or treatment summary that includes a case formulation and diagnostic impressions. 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Recent examples are: Duke University, Loyola University, University of Washington, Boston University, University of California at Santa Barbara, University of California at Berkeley, Northwestern University, University of California Los Angeles, University of Texas at Austin, Temple University, Boston College, University of Maryland, Baylor University and University of Vermont.
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: Yes
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 (if applicable): 300
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 100
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable): 4
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Not 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: Applicants matched to the internship must successfully pass a brief medical examination and drug test through Stanford Occupation Health no less than one week prior to the start of internship. COVID-19 vaccination and TB testing will also be required. In addition, California law requires that individuals having direct contact with children must be fingerprinted prior to employment. Thus, as a pre-condition of employment, matched interns are required to be fingerprinted and must pass a criminal background check prior to the start of the training year. Fingerprint cards or reports from previous employers are not acceptable. As interns are hired as employees of Stanford Children’s Health, they are required to participate in an employee orientation prior to the internship training orientation which begins on July 1. The date of this employee orientation varies but is often scheduled 1-2 weeks before the start of internship.
Program Description

Our doctoral internship program is designed to provide interns with a broad range of inpatient and outpatient experiences in child and adolescent pediatric and child clinical psychology. It is expected that interns will benefit from this broad base of training and be well-positioned to specialize in a particular area of child or pediatric psychology during their postdoctoral fellowship year or to continue to enhance their general child clinical and pediatric psychology training. 

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford(LPCH) is a specialized 312-bed hospital providing inpatient and outpatient care to infants, children, adolescents, and expectant mothers. At LPCH, interns spend three months on the Pediatric Psychiatry Consultation-Liaison Service (C/L) and three months on the Eating Disorders Team, which provides services to the Comprehensive Pediatric Care Program.During each 3-month rotation, interns provide individual and family therapy and consulting with the medical teams and school staff. The interns are part of a multidisciplinary team that includes psychiatry, psychology, medical services, nursing, social work, milieu counselors, child life specialists, rehabilitation therapists, and hospital school staff. Interns receive individual supervision by the attending psychologist on the service. In addition, they attend daily rounds and weekly seminars, where they present cases for discussion and review relevant literature.

Children's Health Council (CHC) is a private, nonprofit agency that offers outpatient mental health, educational, speech language, and occupational services to children, adolescents, and young adults with emotional, learning, and developmental challenges. Interdisciplinary teams coordinate and provide most of the diagnostic and assessment services to children and adolescents referred to CHC. Interns typically complete 3-4 team evaluations total per rotation and participate in team dispositions, where members of the team present their findings and integrate the data and perspectives offered by each discipline, and present their findings to families with the assessment team. CHC provide interns with a range of treatment cases requiring varying conceptual orientations and therapeutic interventions. Interns are typically responsible for a caseload of eight to ten treatment cases (including individual, family and parent therapy) and co-leading DBT-based group therapy in our Intensive Outpatient Program for teens.

Internship Training Opportunities


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

Treatment Modalities

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


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

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 2022-2023 2023-2024
Number of Completed Applications: 115 127 123 118 124 153 132
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 22 22 22 22 24 24 24
Total number of interns: 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 3 4 4 3 3 4 4
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 0 0 1 1 0 0
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 4 4 4 4 4 4 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 7 14 16 15 15 7 7
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 35 41 31 35 34 13 30
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
Academic teaching:
Community mental health center: 0
Consortium: 0
University Counseling Center: 0
Hospital/Medical Center: 4
Veterans Affairs Health Care System: 0
Psychiatric facility: 0
Correctional facility: 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0
School district/system: 0
Independent practice setting: 0
Other (Academic Psychology Department): 0