Pediatric Psychology Track :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Pediatric Psychology Track

APPIC Program Match Number 150912
Number of Internship Positions: 4

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’s general pediatric mandate and are received from various services, including but not limited to: the burn unit, Hematology/Oncology, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Pulmonary, Gastroenterology, Neurology, NICU/PICU, Cardiology, and General Medicine. As one of the largest consultation services in the hospital, the Department of Psychology completes more than 2,000 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. Continuity experiences are offered so interns can follow patients throughout their entire training year (i.e., hematology/oncology, NICU).  Interns manage approximately 150- 200 inpatient medical consultations during the course of the year and have opportunities to be involved with several multidisciplinary teams.
For example: During the current internship year, all interns will be involved with the oncology and NICU teams for 12 months. Each intern will also rotate for 6 months through the PICU, physical rehabilitation, and burn units and the other 6 months receive consults for pulmonary and sickle cell patients. Interns will also have some choice regarding  two 6-month “mini-rotations” involving lower volume services including GI/feeding, hematology/cardiology, general medicine/renal, and neurology. 
Inpatient consultation requests may involve pain management strategies, diagnostic assessments, behavioral interventions to improve disease self-management, intensive feeding or facilitating patient and family adjustment to a medical diagnosis.  

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, chronic pain, functional disorders, behavioral problems, adherence issues and family difficulties. 
Each interns will maintain caseload of 4-5 “traditional” outpatient pediatric psychology therapy patients under one supervisor. Additionally, all pediatric psychology interns maintain treatment of 2 outpatients within our biofeedback, feeding, and type 1 diabetes programs.  Our biofeedback program includes training seminars and utilizes multiple biofeedback modalities. Our outpatient feeding therapy program utilizes evidence-based behavioral strategies to work on quickly increasing variety of foods and decreasing use of supplemental formulas or tube feedings. Additionally, interns have opportunity to be involved in treating children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes with focus on increasing adherence to treatment regimen.

Outpatient Medical Clinics

Interns will each complete two rotations within the outpatient medical clinic setting. Interns will have some degree of choice between five available clinic opportunities including craniofacial, burn, THRIVE (differences of sexual development and gender concerns), healthy weight and comprehensive diabetes clinic. Next year, we anticipate opportunities within integrated primary care. 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 two 6-month assessment rotations with approximately one or two supervised psychological assessments each month. Interns can choose to complete psychoeducational evaluations in which referral questions typically include school placement, developmental delays, behavioral problems, and the effects of chronic illness on cognitive and emotional functioning. Neuropsychological evaluation experience is also available to the pediatric psychology track intern, depending on the intern’s interests and prior experience. Interns who select this option will also have opportunity to attend the weekly Neuropsychology Seminar. 
Additional training opportunities exist for pre-bariatric surgery assessment, concussion assessment, and neuropsychological evaluation in preschool-aged children.
All psychological assessment experiences are supervised by our pediatric psychologists and neuropsychologists.


Interns receive both individual and group supervision from pediatric and neuropsychology  faculty members specific to their activities. Outpatient bi-monthly group supervisions include biofeedback, feeding, and diabetes. Inpatient bi-monthly group supervisions include oncology and neonatology.  


Didactic experiences in the Pediatric Psychology track are both formal and informal. The intern will be expected to complete readings in pediatric psychology, especially as they pertain to specific pediatric populations. Readings will be chosen in consultation with clinical supervisors.
In addition to internship-wide formal didactic activities, the Pediatric Psychology intern will participate in weekly Pediatric Psychology Seminars which are designed to introduce Pediatric Psychology faculty and trainees to current research, clinical, professional development, and ethical topics in pediatric psychology. Also, interns participate in weekly Clinical Service Hour when various medical professionals from within the hospital present on the etiology, treatment, and psychosocial impact of a wide range of pediatric health conditions.  
The Pediatric Psychology interns also have opportunity to participate in regularly scheduled meetings of various multi-disciplinary teams within the hospital. These may include but are not limited to weekly Rehabilitation Unit rounds, weekly PICU rounds, bi-monthly Oncology Psychosocial Rounds, etc.
Many additional educational opportunities exist within out hospital setting including Medical Grand Rounds, Tumor Board, Clinical Research Seminars, Schwartz Center rounds, and the Multicultural Brown Bag Lunch Series.


Pediatric psychology interns work five days per week, although rotating responsibility for coverage of weekend and holiday consultations is necessary (approximately one weekend every 5 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 3-4
Group Supervision 3
Individual Supervision 3-4
Educational Seminars 3-4
Report Writing, Clinical Notes, Phone Calls 10
Internship/ Preceptor Meetings 1
Hours Weekly 40-50

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 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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