Program Information: Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1538
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Department: Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Address: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Psychology Internship Training Program
3440 Market Street, Suite 410
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-4388
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD
Distance from Major City: 0 - Major City
Phone: 215-590-7604
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Child/Adolescent Psychiatric or Pediatrics
Additional Agency Types:
  • Academic Health Center
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Stephen Soffer
Chief Psychologist: Thomas Power
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 97
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 6
Position Information
Start Date: 06/27/2022
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 9
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: Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above):
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns participate in intervention, consultation and assessment clinical rotations in either an inpatient medical and/or outpatient hospital setting. Each day consists of clinical hours, with LEND classes on Monday mornings and didactics on Thursday mornings. There are five different program tracks and the rotation options vary within each track. Program requirements are identical across tracks.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsNo
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: 12/01/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/07/2022
Interview process description:

Subsequent to faculty review of each completed application, we will invite selected applicants for a virtual interview via video conferencing. Virtual interviews will be held on Jan. 5, Jan. 7, Jan. 14, and Jan. 18, 2022. Interview notifications will occur by track on a rolling basis, with a deadline of Wed. Dec. 1, 2021. All applicants will be notified of their application status via e-mail by this date. 

The virtual interview day includes presentations providing an overview of the department, the internship program, and additional requirements. Candidates will receive a pre-recorded video tour of the hospital and the Philadelphia area. Additionally, we will arrange a virtual session for candidates to meet with our current intern class. Each candidate will have two interviews via video conferencing with members of our Psychology training faculty. There will also be virtual Open House opportunities to meet faculty on your track of interest. Faculty e-mail information will be provided to ensure candidates have the ability to contact faculty with shared areas of training interest

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 2021-2022 year, our matched inerns come from the following programs: Wheaton College, U Mass Amherst, Rosalind Franklin University Medicine & Science, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Texas - Austin, University of Cincinnati, Palo Alto University, University of Houston, Universtiy of Georgia For the 2020-2021 year, our matched interns come from the following programs: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Temple University, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Vanderbilt University, Syracuse University, Florida International University, Lehigh University, University of Missouri - Columbia, Loyola University Chicago For the 2019-2020 year, our matched interns came from the following programs: Virginia Commonwealth University, University of New Mexico, Drexel University, George Washington University, Michigan State University, and University of Illinois - Chicago For the 2018-2019 year, our matched interns came from the following programs: University of Minnesota, Uniformed Services University, University of Georgia, Ohio University, DePaul University, Long Island University - Brooklyn, Georgia State University, Rochester University For the 2017-2018 year, our matched interns came from the following programs: Marquette University, CUNY - Queens College, U Mass Boston, Indiana University- Bloomington, Texas Tech University
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 ranking deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 250
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 250
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 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: 90-day probationary period upon hire, paid personal leave not available during this time. The hospital conducts drug screening and criminal background checks as part of the employment process. In addition, employees are not allowed to use tobacco products and must receive a flu shot in the fall.The COVID-19 vaccination is also required before employment begins.
Program Description

The mission of the Program is to prepare future clinical child psychologists to take leadership roles in developing, providing, evaluating, and disseminating effective psychological services for the diverse population of children and families with health and/or mental health needs. The Program is committed to preparing psychologists as leaders in the field, engaged in clinical practice, advocacy, interdisciplinary collaboration, and scientific investigation. The program offers opportunities for broad and general training, as well as depth training in 5 interconnected tracks: autism spectrum disorders, pediatric psychology, clinical child psychology, pediatric neuropsychology, and integrated behavioral health care in primary care. We stress the interconnections between child, family, health care and school/community systems, and emphasize the bidirectional impact of research and practice.

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:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

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


Health Psychology: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Women's Health: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
HIV/AIDS: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Rehabilitation Psychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Physical Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Neuropsychology-Child: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Serious Mental Illness: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Anxiety Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Forensics/Corrections: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Geropsychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Pediatrics: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
School: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Counseling: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Vocational/Career Development: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Multicultural Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Feminist Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Religion/Spirituality: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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
Number of Completed Applications: 242 256 231 241 291
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 40 56 48 59 64
Total number of interns: 5 8 6 9 9
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 5 8 6 9 9
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 5 8 6 8 8
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0 0 0 1 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 5 8 5 6 7
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 1 3 2
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 14 11 13 14 8
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 106 73 109 118 32
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 2 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 6 5 8 6 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: 0 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0
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