Program Information: Children's Hospital of Michigan - Department Child Psychiatry & Psychology

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1362
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Children's Hospital of Michigan
Department: Department Child Psychiatry & Psychology
Address: 3901 Beaubien Blvd.
Detroit, Michigan 48201
Country: United States
Metro Area: Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI
Distance from Major City: 0 miles from Detroit
Phone: 313-993-7159
Fax: 313-993-0282
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
  • Psychology Department
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Jill Meade
Chief Psychologist:
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 3
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 3
Position Information
Start Date: 08/01/2023
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: 28352
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): 15 Leave days (vacation, personal, post-doc interviewing), 3 academic days (conferences, dissertation defense), conference support, purchase of some educational materials. Free parking is provided.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Tuesday 8 AM Rehab team meeting. One hour seminar at 8 AM- Wednesdays and Thursdays. Wednesday noon seminar/journal club/case conference. Clinics Rotation: Specialty Chronic Illness Clinics for 3 half days per week (e.g. HIV, Oncology, Myelo, Developmental Assessment, Pain, Burn Clinics). Neurocognitive Rotation: Participate in Neuropsychology assessments, weekly Neurodevelopmental Clinic, Concussion Clinic twice monthly. Both Rotations: 4-6 therapy cases per week- mostly afternoon, Telehealth facilities available. Individual (2-3 hours per week) or group (3-4 hrs. per week) supervision, Inpatient consult- up to 2 per week- can be anytime, and Rehabilitation Services assessments - up to 2 per month in teams.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum Students
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: 11/15/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/10/2022
Tentative interview date: N/A
Interview process description:

We are looking for applicants who have mastered the basic assessment and therapy skills and have demonstrated a true interest in becoming 1) a pediatric psychologist or 2) a pediatric neuropsychologist. We have dedicated training tracks for each.  Please apply only to the track for which you are truly qualified and which matches your career path. We are also looking for applicants who have a combination of the flexibility, tactfulness, assertiveness, and positive life outlook necessary to work in a multidisciplinary setting with medically ill children and their families. Our internship has a commitment to attracting and training diverse interns.

Interviews in December 2022 and January 2023.  

Those candidates selected for interviews on each track will receive a notification email by December 10, 2022.  They will then be asked to rank their interview date preferences, and they will be scheduled. Those not receiving interviews will be notified by December 20, 2022.

We plan to conduct all virtual interviews for December 2022 and January 2023.  Approximately 20 individuals will be invited for virtual interviews on each track. Traditionally, four interviewees are scheduled on each interview day and are interviewed by the Director of Training and two other licensed psychologist supervisors for one hour per interview.  These are individual, not group interviews.  Two interviews start at 9 AM and end at 12 PM; two start at 1:30 PM and end at 4:30 PM. Photos are taken of all interviewees. Interviewees headed for a career in pediatric neuropsychology will be scheduled for an interview with our pediatric neuropsychologist.  Applicants who accept an interview cannot change the date of the interview although they can cancel it.  Interviewees will have the opportunity to attend separate virtual "Intern Chats" where they can hear from current interns and ask questions.

In addition to inquiring about assessment and treatment experiences, the faculty/ staff will ask the interviewee to describe their experiences working in health care, pediatric, or other medical settings.  Successful applicants to our program have typically done a least one practicum in a pediatric medical, neuropsychological, or other health care setting or in some other way demonstrated their interest in pediatric psychology or pediatric neuropsychology.

Please note that to be selected for an inteview, applicants are preferred to have completed and written reports including at least 10 WISC-Vs (or equivalent), 10 major achievement tests (WJ or WIAT-4), and 7 child/ adolescent therapy cases.  In addition, the applicant must be actively treating at least 3 more child/ adolescent therapy cases, so the total will be 10 by the time the applicant starts an internship. Given the effects of COVID on clinical training after March 2020, some leniency will be granted with regards to hours and experiences.  

Stipend funding for the intern positions will be through HRSA Graduate Psychology Education Grant (D40HP33377).  This funding requires the following: intern must be in an APA-accredited program, a citizen of the United States, a non-citizen national of the United States, or a foreign national who possesses a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible participants. 


How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Wayne State University, Central Michigan University, Spalding University, Texas A&M, Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Detroit Mercy, Argosy University, D,C., Michigan State University, Pacific University School of Professional Psychology, Fuller Graduate Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago, Howard University, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, University of Georgia, Georgia School of Professional Psychology Alliant IU/California School Professional Psychology, University of Windsor, University of Texas, Austin, Nova Southeastern, University of Houston, and University of Memphis, University at Buffalo/North Campus, University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Connecticut, Texas A&M University College Station, Eastern Michigan University, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, University of Colorado
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 application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 400
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 400
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
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 Not 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: In addition to APPI, we are also requesting a cover letter clearly stating which track(s) you are applying for, your curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and one de-identified integrative psychological or neuropsychological testing report. We require demonstrated interest in pediatric psychology or pediatric neuropsychology judged by applicant's training, practicum experience, research activities, publications and presentations or volunteer work. Psychology interns will be paid as Independent Contractors, and will be required to pass background check and to complete health screen. Interns will be required to have their own student liability insurance during training year. Additional employment outside the internship during the training year is strongly discouraged. Funding for intern positions is through HRSA Graduate Psychology Education Grant. This funding requires the following: intern must be in an APA-accredited program, a citizen of the United States, a non-citizen national of the United States, or a foreign national who possesses a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible participants.
Program Description

Goal: prepare interns for entry-level work or post-doctoral fellowships in the specialized area of pediatric psychology or pediatric neuropsychology. 

Internship has two training tracks with many similarities but different emphases. Track 1 is focused on Pediatric Psychology; Track 2 is focused on Pediatric Neuropsychology. Each intern begins the training year immersed in their primary areas of interest in order to provide extensive exposure and training which will enhance their preparation for post-doctoral position applications in that specialty area. 

Interns complete two 6-month rotations:

Clinics Rotation: Pediatric Psychology (Track 1) interns start here. For six months, interns participate in the Clinics Rotation where they gain experience providing behavioral health services within multidisciplinary clinics for three half days per week. This experience addresses the following two Program Specific competencies of our internship 1. Develop skills in working with multidisciplinary teams and 2. Develop understanding and treatment skills for the treatment and prevention of chronic illness in children and adolescents.

Most of the clinics served are chronic illness clinics where interns become familiar with the unique medical and psychological aspects of a specific chronic illness, as well as empirically-based assessment and treatment of that disease. Together with the supervisor, the intern learns to conduct psychosocial screenings with the patients and families in each clinic, including assessing mental health functioning, coping with illness, regimen adherence, school functioning and developmental status, peer functioning, and family functioning. Brief interventions and/or referrals are provided as needed, and information is shared with team members. Clinics served by the interns may include Pain Management, Burn Clinic, Hematology/Oncology, Sickle Cell, Pediatric and Youth HIV, Myelomeningocele, and/or Developmental Assessment.


Neurocognitive Rotation: Pediatric Neuropsychology (Track 2) interns starts here. The Neurocognitive Rotation includes six months of participation in Pediatric Neuropsychology, Neurodevelopmental clinic, and Concussion Clinic.

In their work with Pediatric Neuropsychology, interns learn, administer, and interpret neuropsychological test batteries for children with various neurologic disorders. They will receive guided instruction in all the professional aspects of neuropsychological evaluation including test interpretation and report writing, and providing feedback to families. Interns have the opportunity to observe intracarotid amobarbital procedures, language and motor electrical stimulation mapping, fMRI studies, and to participate in multi-disciplinary team evaluations of children undergoing epilepsy surgery.

Interns devote a full day to Neurodevelopmental Clinic where interns participate in comprehensive assessments of children suspected of having autism spectrum disorders and/or developmental disabilities.

Interns also participate in the Concussion Clinic which is a multidisciplinary clinics co-staffed by neurologists, physiatrists, and nurses. In the concussion clinic, interns will learn to evaluate and manage the cognitive and emotional symptoms of concussion. Patients are typically first seen when facing acute symptoms and then are followed in the clinic as their symptoms resolve and they return to full contact sports, school, and social participation.

Twelve-month Activities: Interns provide up to 2 inpatient consultation liaison services in response to requests from hospital physicians that may include adjustment to chronic illness, adherence difficulties, depression/anxiety, behavioral issues, suicide attempts, pain management, somatoform/ conversion disorders.  Interns participate in Rehabilitation Services all year, including weekly Rehab Team rounds, and consultation to Rehab Unit. Interns devote 3-6 hrs/ week to therapy cases-individual, family, and pediatric psychology therapy cases. Weekly seminars include Pediatric Psychology and Neuropsychology and interns have Therapy group supervision meetings. Interns learn supervision skills working with practicum students. 

Children’s Hospital of Michigan has received a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) grant (#D40HP33377) which started date of September 1, 2019. This 3-year grant will support intern stipends and provide enhanced education and training to interns and faculty in trauma, pain management, and opioid/substance use disorders within an interdisciplinary setting. Trainings will include collaborations with Pharmacy, Child Life, and other experts. 

Due to the rigorous nature of the internship, the time commitment involved in training and clinical services, and the focus of the year, employment outside the internship during the training year is highly discouraged. 

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: Yes
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other: Arabic speaking

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Individual Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Group Therapy:
Community Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Consultation/Liaison: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Crisis Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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 : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Other: Rehabilitation and inpatient intervention


Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Physical Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Abuse:
Substance Use Disorders:
Sexual Offenders:
Pediatrics: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: 65 53 72 109 63 92
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 17 16 16 37 32 30
Total number of interns: 2 2 2 4 4 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 2 2 2 4 4 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 1 1 4 4 3
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 1 1 0 0 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2 1 1 3 3 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 0 1 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 1 1 1 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 40 10 24 38 with children/adolescents 15 with children/adolescents 10 with children/adolescents
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 79 55 54 84 with children/adolescents 51 with children/adolescents 58 with children/adolescents
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: 4 2 2 2 4 4
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 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 2 2 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 0 0
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