Pediatric Psychology Track :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Pediatric Psychology Track

APPIC Program Match Number 150912
Number of Internship Positions: 3

Amy Baughcum, Ph.D.
Track Director
Phone: (614) 722-4700

Inpatient Consultation/Liaison
A central clinical experience for all Pediatric Psychology Track interns is the consultation/liaison service.  Inpatient consultations reflect the diversity of the Nationwide Children's Hospital general pediatric mandate and are received from various services, including the burn unit, Hematology/Oncology, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Pulmonary, Gastroenterology, Neurology, NICU/PICU, Cardiology, and Endocrinology.  As one of the largest consultation services in the hospital, the Department of Psychology completes over 2000 inpatient consultations per year.

Faculty members distribute consults so that over the course of the year, interns are exposed to patients of different ages and presenting problems. Interns manage nearly 200 inpatient medical consultations during the course of the year.

Inpatient consultation requests may involve pain management strategies, diagnostic assessments, behavioral interventions to improve disease self-management, facilitating patient and family adjustment to a medical diagnosis, or coordinating family meetings to discuss discharge and aftercare plans.

Outpatient Therapy
Interns maintain an outpatient treatment caseload of approximately 9-11 outpatients.  Referrals are varied and include children and adolescents with difficulties secondary to chronic illness, adjustment difficulties, functional disorders, behavioral problems, feeding challenges, and family difficulties.

In addition to more “traditional” outpatient therapy cases, interns also carry cases with a predominantly biofeedback approach to treatment. Interns take part in biofeedback seminars and utilize multiple biofeedback modalities as they work with patients. In addition to traditional outpatient feeding therapy, interns also have the opportunity to work as part of the intensive outpatient feeding program, utilizing evidence based behavioral strategies to work on quickly increasing variety of foods and decreasing use of supplemental formulas or tube feedings.

Outpatient Medical Clinics
Interns will each complete 4-month rotations across three outpatient medical clinic settings, including craniofacial, burn, and long-term cancer survivorship. Interns will be expected to participate in half-day clinics bimonthly. Clinic activities may include providing brief assessment, procedural pain management, behavioral intervention, referral management, and consultation to other team members. Interns will gain valuable experience providing comprehensive care as part of an integrated health care team.

Psychological Assessment
Pediatric Psychology Track interns complete approximately one or two supervised psychological assessments each month.  Referral questions typically include school placement, developmental delays, behavioral problems, and the effects of chronic illness on cognitive and emotional functioning.  These assessments include at least one child from each of the following age ranges: preschool, school-age, and adolescent.

Neuropsychological assessment experience is also available to the pediatric psychology track intern, depending on the intern’s interests and prior experience. Interns are expected to complete one assessment every 3 weeks, for a total of 15 assessments during the training year. They also attend the weekly Neuropsychology Seminar.

All psychological assessment experiences are supervised by our pediatric psychologists and neuropsychologists

Pediatric psychology interns work five days per week, although rotating responsibility for coverage of weekend consultations is necessary (approximately one weekend every 6 weeks).  Hours worked per week vary, but are generally 40-50, depending on case load, special interests, and consultation coverage.

Pediatric Psychology Track
Sample Weekly Schedule
Activity Hours
Inpatient Consultations 8-11
Outpatient Psychotherapy/ Medical Clinics 8-10
Psychological Evaluations 2-3
Group Supervision 2-3
Individual Supervision 4-6
Educational Seminars 2-3
Report Writing, Clinical Notes, Phone Calls 10
Internship/ Preceptor Meetings 1
Hours Weekly 37-47

Pediatric Psychology/Neuropsychology Track Faculty
Even though faculty are listed below in categories, it should be noted that all faculty take part in each intern’s training to different degrees, including clinical supervision, mentoring, and/or didactic training.

Pediatric Psychology
Pediatric Neuropsychology

Successful Applicants

Applicants who have been invited to interview for the Pediatric Psychology Track typically have the following:

  • Some experience with the field of pediatric psychology, whether that be through coursework, research, or direct clinical experience.

  • Direct supervised experience (e.g. live observation, audio or video taping) providing therapy and assessment services to school-age children, adolescents, and families.

  • Experience administering, scoring and interpreting intellectual, achievement and behavioral/emotional assessment measures with children and/or adolescents.

  • Experience integrating these interpretations into comprehensive psychological reports. We expect a successful applicant to have completed at least ten integrated child/adolescent reports.

  • Familiarity with the tenets of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) interventions and evidence-based treatments for school-age children, adolescents, and their families.

  • Experience implementing these interventions with no fewer than ten school-age or adolescent patients.

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