Department : Pediatric Mental Health Institute

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1171
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Children's Hospital Colorado
Department: Pediatric Mental Health Institute
Address: 13123 East 16th Avenue, B130
Aurora, Colorado 80045
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO
Distance from Major City: In Aurora, 6 miles from downtown Denver
Phone: 720-777-5529
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
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Cindy Buchanan
Chief Psychologist: Bruno Anthony
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 60
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 2
Position Information
Start Date: 06/26/2023
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 7
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 31000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Dental insurance, vision insurance, flexible spending account, life and AD&D insurance, disability insurance, employee assistance program.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns provide direct clinical care and case management services to children, adolescents, and families using a variety of treatment modalities and interventions as appropriate to the needs and strengths of the client and service. Interns provide consultative services to teams with which they are affiliated and provide a range of psychologically based treatment interventions and assessments, as needed in the clinical population and throughout Children's Hospital Colorado. Interns conduct routine, urgent and emergent diagnostic evaluations as needed for patient care. Interns provide treatment in individual, family, group and play therapy modalities.
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: 11/01/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 11/30/2022
Tentative interview date: N/A
Interview process description:

The training program is committed to the recruitment of interns from unddeprresented groups and interns committed to socially responsive training. We encourage inquiries and applications from all qualified individuals. Applications will be accepted from doctoral candidates who are currently enrolled in an APA or CPA accredited PhD. or PsyD program in Clinical, Counseling, or School Psychology. 

Prior to application all applicants are expected to have completed the following training experiences:

  • Accepted into doctoral candidacy and completed dissertation proposal approval process.
  • Completed at least three years of practicum/field placement or work experience, which includes a minimum of 500 hours direct clinical assessment and intervention hours combined (preference given to applicants with youth 0-18 years old and families).
  • Completed at least five child and/or adolescent integrated psychological testing reports.
  • If you have fewer than 500 hours or 5 integrated reports please direct your Director of Training to e-mail our training director with an explanation of your circumstances and why you should be considered for our internship.  Our training director’s contact information is:

By the beginning of the internship year, the intern is expected to:

  • Have a good working knowledge of test administration, scoring, and interpretation with cognitive and achievement assessments, Executive Functioning Scales, Behavior Rating Scales, and objective personality/psychopathology measures
  • Possess an understanding of child and personality development.
  • Have a good working knowledge of current psychiatric diagnoses.
  • Have practicum or work experience providing individual, family, and group therapy operating from a variety of evidence based approaches.

Application Procedures

Children's Hospital Colorado internship program abides by all APPIC policies and guidelines regarding application and notification procedures, including the APPIC policy that no person in this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant.

All applicants must use the APPIC AAPI on-line ( A completed application consists of the following:

  • Cover letter that includes:
    • Your order of interest in pediatric specialty rotations (maximum of three rotations). Please also note this when designating/submitting your application in the AAPI Online system.
    • A current Curriculum Vitae.
  • Three letters of recommendation, two of which must be from persons who have directly supervised your clinical work. Please submit only three letters
  • One complete psychological testing report (a child or adolescent client). Please delete all identifying information from the report (must be uploaded as supplemental materials).
  • Official transcripts of all graduate coursework.
  • Because our program is strongly committed to diversity please specifically discuss your experiences and commitment to diversity in Essay #3.

It is the candidate's responsibility to make arrangements with the recommending persons and transcript offices such that all materials are received by the application deadline.

Completed applications must be received by November 1, 2021. Applicants who we believe are best qualified to benefit from our program will be invited to interview with our staff. Interviews will be held virtually. All applicants will be informed of our interview decisions by email by the APPIC notification deadline. 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: University of Kansas Berkeley Virginia Commonwealth University Catholic University of America University of Houston University of Colorado - Boulder University of Colorado - Denver University of Oregon DePaul University University of Denver University of Cincinnati Florida International University University of Texas - Austin University of Denver University of Colorado - Boulder University of Northern Colorado University of Colorado - Denver University of Denver Kent State University University of Cincinnati Virginia Tech Georgia State University Temple University Carlos Albizu University - Miami Campus University of Georgia Jackson State University University of California - Los Angeles Gallaudet University
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 application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 350
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 150
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable): 500
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 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 Description

The program is structured with required components to provide interns with therapeutic, assessment, and consultation experience along the full continuum of care in child clinical psychology, and with a selected elective track to provide the same opportunities for experience in pediatric psychology. The child clinical psychology continuum of services offered through Children’s Hospital Colorado includes transdiagnostic therapuetic assessment, crisis stabilization, and individual and group therapy experiences. Direct experience with youth and families in these varied contexts enable interns to recognize the appropriate level of care needed by a child at any given point in treatment, and to access those services in both medical and psychiatric settings. The elective tracks are designed to provide interns with experience functioning as a pediatric psychologist to children and adolescents with comorbid medical and psychiatric diagnoses in a medical care setting.

The internship includes two major rotations and two minor rotations. The internship is structured with longer-term service exposures in order to facilitate the interns’ immersion into what is often a new field of experience, and to give the intern time to develop confidence and competence before changing training focus. The program components are first summarized briefly and then described in more detail as follows: 

Description of the Required Program Elements

Clinical Rotations:

  • Pediatric Specialty Rotation (intern will match on only one specialty track, but may apply to a maximum of 3 tracks) - (12 months, 20 hours/week dedicated clinical)

    • Developmental Pediatric Psychology

    • Neuropsychology

    • Primary Care Psychology

    • Pediatric Health Psychology

    • Pediatric Neurorehabilitation: Assessment and Treatment 

    • Child and Adolescent Clinical Speciality Track 
  • Pediatric Mental Health Institute Outpatient Rotation- (12 months, 10 hours /week): 
    • Advanced Intake Clinic: Transdiagnostic and Gender Diverse Youth rotations
    • Outpatient Psychotherapy: individual and family therapy
    • Group Therapy in Anxiety Disorders (CBT/ACT), Mood Disorder (DBT)s, and Disruptive Behaviors (CBT/Unified Protocol)

Academic Medicine Rotations:

  • Supervision – (12 months, 1-2 hours/week)

    • Interns will supervise a doctoral extern on 1-3 outpatient clinical cases.  Interns will also participate in a monthly group supervision of supervision course.

  • Research – (12 months, 4 hours/week)

    • Interns are given 4 hours of dedicated research time to complete a scholarly product.  Interns are paired with a research mentor who has an ongoing research project to complete this requirement.  There is funding available for interns to present their research findings at a local, regional, or national conference.

  • Didactic Seminars

    • Didactic seminars are held weekly and include a variety of topics covering assessment, social justice & health equity, pediatric behavioral medicine, professionalism, pediatric sleep, pediatric eating disorders, trauma informed care, substance use, and supervision of supervision. Some seminars exclusively include psychology interns, and some include child psychiatry residents to facilitate interdisciplinary training.

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
French-speaking: Yes
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes

Treatment Modalities

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


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

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
Number of Completed Applications: 291 264 259 220 280 270
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 54 50 54 52 53 55
Total number of interns: 7 6 6 6 6 7
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 7 6 6 6 6 7
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 6 5 6 6 6 5
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 1 0 0 0 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 7 6 4 4 5 7
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 1 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 2 1 1 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 12 13 26 21 9 5
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 58 57 144 129 70 148
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 6 7 6 6 6 6
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 6 5 5
Other Medical Center: 6 7 6 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 1 1
Independent Practice: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0 0