Department : Department of Psychology

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2052
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital
Department: Department of Psychology
Address: 1919 East Thomas Road
Barrow Neurological Institute (Building B)
Phoenix , Arizona 85016-7710
Country: United States
Metro Area: Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ
Distance from Major City:
Phone: 602-933-0414
Fax: 602-933-4252
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: John Barton
Chief Psychologist: Carla Allan
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 19
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 3
Position Information
Start Date: 07/05/2023
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 2
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 35568
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Interns also have two half-days for "wellness" that can be used for doctor's and dental appointments and not count against PTO. Interns will also have a meal card to use in our outstanding cafeteria Interns will also have 2 days for dissertation meetings. interns will have a stipend for conference attendance and travel (when restrictions are lifted). interns will have use of a hospital laptop computer. Interns may qualify for tuition reimbursement.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns in the child clinical/pediatric track will work on the consultation/liaison service, (including occassional weekend on-call pairings with a psychologist), participate in clinics (hematology, pain, CF, IBD, Gender, etc), see outpatients (including the faciliitation of psychoeducational groups), attend supervision and didactics, and complete documentation. These interns conduct at least four psychological evaluations over the course of the year. Tiered supervision of junior students is expected. Interns in the pediatric neuropsychology track change rotations after 6 months. The intern spends 60% of the time in our Avondale satellite during first 6 months. That time is devoted to neuropsychological evaluation and supervision. The remainder of the time in the first 6 months is spent at the main campus in outpatient therapy (including the faciliitation of psychoeducational groups) and didactics. Tiered supervision of junior studnets is expected. The second 6 months is on the main campus with the majority of the time split between participation in clinics (typically hematology/oncology, and perhaps, pain or spina bifida) outpatient therapy, with a smaller amount of inpatient neuropsychological assessment on the rehabilitation unit..
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: 11/1/2022
Interviews at this site are:
  • Not Offered
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/15/2023
Tentative interview date: 12/15/2022, 12/16/2022, 01/5/2023, 01/06/2023, 1/11/2023
Interview process description:


Given the unpredictability of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as concerns for equity and reducing our carbon footprint, we anticipate that interviews will be conducted virtually again this year.  The  5 dates for interviews are tentatively scheduled  starting December 15, 2022 and concluding on January 11, 2023.  Interviews will extend most of the day and include both individual and group settings along with time to meet with our current interns.  Applicants will be notified of an invitation to interview by e-mail prior to December 16th, 2022.   We anticipate that applicants will interview for about 45 minutes with 3 to 4 members of our faculty along with meeting for 1 hour with interns.    We will try to honor requests to meet with a specific faculty member.


How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Arizona State University The Ohio State University University of Denver Texas Tech University University of Nevada-Las Vegas University of Laverne Loma Linda University University of Texas University of Alabama-Birmingham Brigham Young University West Virginia University University of Iowa University of Florida George Washington University Immaculata 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 application deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 350
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 100
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable): 450
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 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: Phoenix Children’s Hospital requires successful completion of a standard background check, a 12-panel drug screen (including marijuana) and TB Test as part of the new hire onboarding. Full vaccination for COVID-19 is required. Background checks will be conducted. Please see Criminal or other concerning history identified in a background check will be reviewed by the Training Committee, the Graduate Medical Education Committee and, if applicable, PCH Compliance, on a case-by-case basis to determine if there are mitigating factors that warrant proceeding with the onboarding process. PCH follows all applicable federal and state laws, including the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) in conducting any background screening.
Program Description

The psychology internship program is offered by the Department of Psychology in the Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital.  The program is APA accredited and we are a member of APPIC.  The primary goal of the program is to train interns in the core competencies needed to be a skilled psychologist working with children, adolescents, emerging adults, and families in a medical setting.  The psychology interns provide empirically supported assessment, intervention, and consultation for our patients.  Our doctoral internship program offers simultaneous training in assessment as well as inpatient and outpatient interventions with patients who have medical and/or psychological conditions.

• Changes to the program related to COVID-19.  

Our curriculum remains basically the same although the means by which some of the experiences are obtained has changed.  For example, didactic training can occur through video conferencing.  In addition, outpatient psychotherapy and some of the assessment process (e.g., interviews, informing sessions, etc.) can also be conducted remotely. We will provide training in tele-therapy and the use of the Phoenix Children's Hospital telehealth system (e.g., Zoom).  Inpatient intervention and much outpatient assessment is conducted in-person following rigorous hospital safety protocols.  

Our internship offers two tracks.  One track will emphasize pediatric neuropsychological assessment.    This track affords training in concert with the criteria set forth by the Houston Conference on Specialty Education and Training in Clinical Neuropsychology.  Clinical activities include a major rotation involving outpatient neuropsychological evaluation of pediatric patients ranging in age from 3-21 years who present with acquired brain injuries and medical conditions that affect central nervous system functioning.  These include pediatric cancers, brain tumors, traumatic brain injuries, stroke, genetic disorders and congenital CNS disorders.  The intern will also participate in a minor inpatient neuropsychology rotation involving inpatient assessment with referrals from the neuro-rehabilitation unit, pediatric epilepsy monitoring unit, as well as hospital-wide neuropsychological consultation. 

Our Pediatric Psychology track emphsizes consultation/liaison psychology.   Patients frequently seen on this service include those with pain, complex chronic illnesses, extended hospital stays, disordered eating, medically unexplained symptoms, adjustment to recent diagnosis, and  non-adherence to medical regimen.    Interns provide brief assessment and training in skills for coping with medical conditions, anxiety and/or depression, or pain management strategies.    These interns also participate in outpatient services such as cystic fibrosis, pain, gender, IBD, and/or hematology clinics  along with outpatient psychotherapy.      

Our program embraces cultural and individual diversity and strives to recruit interns representative of diverse personal and demographic characteristics. We offer monthly diversity seminars and interns are encourged to participate in the hospital diversity and inclusion committee.  The mission of the committee is for our graduate medical education community to reflect the diversity of the larger community and world that we serve and that it will foster a culture of inclusive excellence. Candidates likewise, should have experience and the desire to work with diverse groups of children, adolescents, and families.   

Additionally, integration of science and practice, ethical practice, communication and interpersonal skills, supervision, and the development of professional values and attitudes are addressed during the training year.  In addition, there are opportunities for supervision of junior trainees and scholarly inquiry.  The Psychology Department also trains psychology practicum students, psychiatry fellows and medical residents, and pediatric psychology fellows/residents. 

The Psychology Department also offers a one year post-doctoral residency (fellowship) in pediatric psychology.  The residency is affiliated with the Arizona Psychology Training Consortium and , thereby, a member of the Association of Psychology Post-doctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC).


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
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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Group Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Other: Work in medical clinics


Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health:
HIV/AIDS: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Child: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Serious Mental Illness:
Anxiety Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)

Interns will have the opportunity to work in one or several of the many specialty clinics here at Phoenix Children's Hospital.  These clinics include:   pain, oncology, sickle cell, cystic fibrosis, bleeding disorders, IBD, GI, and many more.


We have offered year-long rotation in our Gender Support Program. In this rotation, you would be able to co-lead brief consultation regarding readiness to initiate puberty suppression or gender-affirming hormone therapy and to provide ongoing individual and family therapy for gender-diverse youth. If available, you would participate in monthly multidisciplinary team meetings and have opportunities to collaborate with community partners (local nonprofits and schools).

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: 84 96 94 95 93 170
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 20 22 21 22 21 35
Total number of interns: 2 2 2 2 2 2
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 2 2 2 2 2 2
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 2 2 2 2 2 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 1 1 1 1 2
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 0 0 1 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 1 1 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 10 10 10 10 10 10
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 93 87 124 92 85 85
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: 2 2 2 2 2 2
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 0 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 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