Program Information: Doctoral Psychology Internship

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1306
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology at Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
Department: Doctoral Psychology Internship
Address: 1920 Briarcliff Rd.
Atlanta, Georgia 30329
Country: United States
Metro Area: Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA
Distance from Major City: 6 mi NE of downtown Atlanta
Phone: 404-785-9392x
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Medical School
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: Laura Dilly
Chief Psychologist: Ami Klin
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 30
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 07/05/2022
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 12
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 28085
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): 1. Conference travel funds of $1100 (pending budgetary re-approval) 2. Up to $5000 tuition reimbursement at home university (pending budgetary re-approval)
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Each day may vary considerably from any other day. Interns see patients every day, including assessment and intervention activities, averaging about 3-6 hours of direct patient contact per day. Some time each week may involve family meetings or parent-training. About 2 days per week may include a didactic session, such as a seminar, journal club, grand rounds, or case presentations. Remaining time is use to manage treatment/assessment data, document sessions or write clinical reports, conduct research or read to learn more about clinical responsibilities. A mix of group and brief individual supervision sessions total 4-5 hours per week.
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: 11/01/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: The data is not updated for current year. We are showing the previous data.

Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

Within your cover letter, please designate your interest in our 6 Tracks for 2022-2023. You will be specifically considered for these Tracks.

130612 - Clinical Assessment and Diagnostics

130613 - Severe Behavior

130614 - Treatment Track

130615 - Pediatric Feeding

130616 - School Consultation and Parent Training Track

130617 - Behavioral and Mental Health Track

Virtual interviews will occur Jan. 7th, 10th, 14th, and 28th. Candidates will virtually tour our facility, individually meet with 3-6 faculty members, talk with interns, and meet with the training director. 

An optional in-person Open House will be offered from Jan. 31st from 9:30am - approximately 12:30pm. Applicants will tour facilities and observe training activities. Faculty will have already completed their rankings of applicants at this time and a decision to attend will not move attendees up in rankings.

We are happy to facilitate contact with the Emory University Office of Community & Diversity upon request to help learn more about support for our diverse faculty members and interns. Please notify us of any needed accomodations.  Interns invited for interviews will be notified by December 1, 2021.


How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Argosy University-Atlanta (Clinical); Auburn University (Clinical); Ball State University (School); Binghamton University- SUNY (Clinical); Eastern Michigan University (Clinical); Fordham University (School); Georgia State University (Clinical & Neuropsychology); Indiana State University (School); Louisiana State University (School); Louisiana State University (Clinical); McGill University (School); Michigan State University (School); Mississippi State University (School); Nova Southeastern University; Oklahoma State University (School); Rutgers University (School); Seattle Pacific University (Clinical); University of Alabama (School and Clinical); University of Buffalo (Clinical); University of Cincinnati, University of Georgia (School); University of Illinois (School); University of Indianapolis, University of Iowa (School); University of Kentucky (School); University of Manitoba (Clinical); University of Massachusetts-Boston (School); University of Missouri-Columbia (School); University of North Carolina-Greensboro (Clinical); University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (School); University of Notre Dame (Clinical); University of Oregon (School); Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (Clinical); University of Southern Alabama (Clinical); University of Southern Maine (School); University of Southern Mississippi (School); University of Texas-Austin (Clinical and School); University of Utah (School); Texas Tech (Clinical); Virginia Tech (Clinical); Xavier University (Clinical); Vanderbilt University (Clinical)
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: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours:
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours:
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
Non-Accredited Not Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree Not 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: Prior to starting employment, must pass screenings for security background, occupational health, and drug use (marijuana included). Background check must not reveal history of felony conviction. At this time, Emory University requires a COVID-19 vaccination; very few exceptions are available for validated medical or religious exemptions. Most clinical work is in person and masks are required for adults and children as able. Children's Healthcare of Atlanta requires a flu shot except for when a physician notes it is contraindicated. Please note that vaccination requirements and COVID-19 policies are fluid and may change over time.
Program Description

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta is Georgia’s leading pediatric healthcare provider with three hospitals and multiple neighborhood locations. For more than 100 years, our purpose has been the same: making kids better today and healthier tomorrow.

Our faculty and staff seek to lead the field in numerous lines of scientific research.  We are committed to celebrating human diversity, serving diverse patient populations, and welcoming diverse trainees and staff.  Several clinics contribute to internship training, and clinical activities conform to established ethical guidelines of the American Psychological Association.   The internship promotes data-based diagnostic and treatment procedures that are consistent with the research literature, and follows the scientist-practitioner training model.  Training occurs through supervised experiences in interdisciplinary diagnostic clinics, outpatient, and day treatment programs; didactic instruction by the psychology faculty and related disciplines; and attendance at grand rounds and other seminars. Active involvement in research is required, and a strong research background is essential to successful participation in the internship. Historically, applicants whose training has emphasized psychodynamic, interpersonal or humanistic theories have not proven to be a good fit for our program.  Our graduates are well qualified to enter clinical, community, or academic settings.

Training Sites:

The Marcus Autism Center, Children's Healcare of Atlanta at Emory Univeristy School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, a National Institutes of Health Autism Center of Excellence, is one of the largest centers for clinical care of children with autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders in the country.  The Center provides state-of-the-art diagnostic assessment, treatment, and care coordination services for children with developmental disabilities and their families.  

The Behavioral Mental Health Center, Children's Healcare of Atlanta at Emory Univeristy School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, represents a new initiative to provide multidisciplinary  outpatient care for behavioral and mental health needs of children and adolescents. Patients are seen for assessment and treatment of anxiety, depression, conduct/behavior problems, somatic symptoms or medical non-adherence using best-practice approaches. 

6 Tracks (These will be finalized by Aug. 31, 2021)

Interns must rank one or more separate tracks: 1) The Clinical Assessment and Diagnostics (2 positions) emphasizes early and accurate diagnosis of autism spectrum and other neurodevelopmental disorders; 2)The Pediatric Feeding Track (4 positions) offers interns a concentrated opportunity to work with children ages 9 months to 21 years who do not consume enough volume or variety of food to maintain adequate growth or nutrition; 3) The Severe Behavior Track (1 position) provides interns a concentrated opportunity to work in a continuum of services for individuals with developmental disabilities between the ages of 2 and 21 years who display severe destructive behavior such as self-injurious behavior (SIB), aggression, property destruction, noncompliance, tantrums, elopement, pica and toileting deficits; 4) The Treatment Track (2 positions) meets the internship’s core competencies in assessment, treatment, consultation, and professional development through two 6-month major clinical rotations (e.g, Severe Behavior and Language and Learning; 5) The School Consulation and Parent Training Track (1 position) meets the internship's competencies through opopportunities to engage consultation and training with school professionals and parents to increase the behavioral functioning of children with developmental disabilities; and 6) The Behavior and Mental Health Track (2 positions) meets the internships compretencies through a 1 year rotation in assessment and treatment of children and adolescents for common behavioral and mental health concerns and a minor rotation through another a clinic at the Marcus Autism Center.


Within your cover letter, please indicate which tracks that you would like to you would like to be considered for. Thank you.

More information is available at on the Emory Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology website


This internship was previously knonwn as the Marcus Autism Center Internship Program.

Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults:
Outpatients: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Other: Day Treatment

Treatment Modalities

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


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

Pediatric Feeding Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Applied Behavior Analysis, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

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: 103 115
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 45 49 119
Total number of interns: 8 6 6 67
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 8 6 6 9
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 8 5 5 4
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0 1 1 5
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 3 3 4
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 5 3 3 5
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 8 0 6 0 9
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: 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 1 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 7 0 0 0 9
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0