Program Information: Pediatric Behavioral Health

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2375
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Cleveland Clinic Children's
Department: Pediatric Behavioral Health
Address: 9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44195
Country: United States
Metro Area: Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH
Distance from Major City: Located within Cleveland, 5 miles from the center of downtown
Phone: 216-448-6126x
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Academic Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Academic Health Center
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatric or Pediatrics
  • Medical School
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited on Contingency
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Gerard Banez
Chief Psychologist: Ethan Benore
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 21
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 07/11/2022
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 3
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class:
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 32500
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Residents are provided time off for 7 national holidays and accrue additional PTO (Paid time off) that amounts to 17 days by the end of the training year. PTO can be utilized for vacation, sick leave, or professional development. Residents may also be granted additional time to attend conferences or other professional development which is mutually beneficial to the resident and Cleveland Clinic. As full employees of Cleveland Clinic Health System, residents have access to Cleveland Clinic Alumni Library with thousands of online journal publications and inter-library lending. Health Insurance members have access to free onsite fitness center membership with pool and group fitness classes. Wellness programs include regular programming and on-site yoga. Cleveland Clinic routinely hosts wellness events, outside speaker engagement, and professional development events that are available to all employees.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Each day of the program is different depending on the specific rotation, although the day typically begins at 8am and ends at 6pm. Residents have the opportunity for inpatient consultation liaison, outpatient sub-specialty treatment clinics, and integrated primary care. One day per week for the duration of the year, in Continuity Clinic, residents spend time in with a single supervisor providing outpatient therapy and, during the second half of the year, providing supervision to psychiatry trainees. Additionally, 3 hours per week is spent in didactic opportunities including interprofessional education with the Psychiatry Fellowship, Pediatric Grand Rounds, and seminars specifically designed for the psychology interns' professional development. Residents receive 4-5 hours of supervision per week. They also have the opportunity to provide supervision to psychiatry trainees on psychotherapy intervention skills.
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?No
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: 2021
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

Our program utilizes the APPIC Application for Psychology Internships (AAPI) online. AAPI required materials include a cover letter/statement of interest, curriculum vitae, official graduate transcript(s), three reference letters, and Summary of Doctoral Training to be verified by your program's Director of Clinical Training/Training Director. We do not require any supplemental materials.

Three positions are offered, each with designated rotations following a specific area of emphasis: Behavioral Health (237511), Pediatric Pain (237512), and Integrated Primary Care (237513). Each area of emphasis has its own program code, listed above, to allow residents to have more control over the major rotations that they will participate in, although there will still be considerable overlap and cross-emphasis training. The program remains committed to training all residents in the practice of clinical psychology in pediatric healthcare settings, as future pediatric psychologists. As such, residents are encouraged to apply for and rank all of the emphasis areas and do not need to specify an area of emphasis unless there is a specific reason for doing so.

The application deadline for the 2021-2022 internship year is November 1, 2021. Virtual interviews will be by invitation only and will be conducted on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 and Wednesday, January 5, 2022. Invitations to interview will be given after a careful review of all application materials. Interviews will consist of an overview with the Training Director, meetings with the current Residents and a virtual tour of the primary facility where residents are located, and individual interviews with 3-4 of the Primary Supervisors. Applicants will be notified of an interview via email in early December. 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Carlow University, Chatham University, Duquesne University, George Fox University, Indiana University - Bloomington, Marywood University, Pacific University Palo Alto University Roosevelt University Southern Illinois University, Temple University, West Virginia University Western Michigan 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 application deadline
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by ranking deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by ranking deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours:
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours:
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required:
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 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: Cleveland Clinic adheres to a strict anti-drug policy, including nicotine, and drug testing is required prior to employment. The internship program includes various Cleveland Clinic sites across the greater Cleveland area and the intern will need to be able to accommodate these location demands.
Program Description

The twelve-month internship program in Pediatric Behavioral Health is designed to prepare advanced doctoral students for the practice of clinical psychology in integrated healthcare settings with child and adolescent populations. Particular attention is paid to training the intern to work with a variety of child clinical and pediatric populations and utilizing multiple treatment and assessment modalities.

The program is housed within the Center for Pediatric Behavioral Health with the Cleveland Clinic Children’s, although the physical location of training is spread out across multiple locations including Cleveland Clinic Children’s main campus, Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation, and several regional Cleveland Clinic campuses serving families in convenient outpatient facilities.

Clinical Training Rotations

The Pediatric Behavioral Residency Program aims to train future health psychologists primarily through the provision of direct clinical experiences, associated clinical supervision, and supportive didactic and educational curriculum. The residency is a full-time, 12-month position and Residents can expect an average of 15-20 direct clinical contact per week. At the program completion, residents will have completed a minimum of 2,000 hours, including over 650 hours of direct clinical service.

The following experiences are offered as part of the residency program, with most rotations being 6 months in length, The exception to this is the year-long Continuity Clinic, which allows residents to establish a longer-term supervisory relationship.

Residents will complete numerous rotations around three areas of emphasis including Pediatric Psychology, Pediatric Pain, and Integrated Primary Care. There is considerable overlap and cross-training between these areas of emphasis and applicants are strongly encouraged to consider each area of emphasis. Specifying an area of emphasis in the application or interview process is not necessary.

All residents receive a minimum of 4 hours of supervision per week, with a minimum of three hours of individual supervision with a licensed psychologist. Above this minimum standard, specific supervision time and type varies slightly between the specific rotations, with some rotations including additional individual supervision and other rotations including additional group supervision and/or umbrella supervision.

Additional information about the program is found on our website.


Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults:
Inpatients: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: 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: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Group Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Community Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Consultation/Liaison: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Crisis Intervention:
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
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: Multidisciplinary / Team-based Care


Health Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Physical Disabilities: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness:
Anxiety Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders:
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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Supervision: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Research: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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: 22 24 24 115 67
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 20 18 18 24 24
Total number of interns: 2 2 2 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 2 2 2 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 1 0 3 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 1 2 0 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 1 3 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 1 1 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 1 1 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 11 8 0 2 11
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 87 46 18 18 87
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: 2 2 2 2 3
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: 2 2 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 1 2 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 1 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