IDD Track

APPIC Program Match Number 150914

Number of Internship Positions: 4

Rebecca Hellenthal, Ph.D.
Track Director
Phone: (614) 355-7500

The Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) track offers training focused on children either with or suspected of a developmental disability.  Training includes outpatient assessment and treatment, traditional supervision, problem-focused case conferences, treatment rounds and an ongoing professional development series with invited speakers and guests.  Interns closely interact with other trainees including psychology post-doctoral fellows and practicum students, speech pathology trainees, medical students, social work interns and pediatric residents.


Interns provide most of their clinical work at the Child Development Center (CDC), an interdisciplinary clinic. Interns also rotate through medical clinics including Interdisciplinary Feeding Clinic, Neurodevelopmental Clinic, and Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Fellows Clinic. Interns rotate through a Rural Outreach program, offering services either in Southeastern or Northwestern Ohio one time per month. Interns participate in occasional hospital inpatient consultations that occur throughout the year.  Inpatient consultations typically are geared toward behavioral difficulties or differential diagnosis of children with developmental disabilities.


Interns work as part of an interdisciplinary team (Physician/Nurse Practitioner, Speech Therapist, Nurse, psychometrician), evaluating children suspected of autism or developmental delay. Interns then complete a full psychological assessment to further document the child’s functioning and generate recommendations for services. Interns also complete traditional psychological evaluations of children with other intellectual and developmental disabilities.  


Special training opportunities focused on behavioral therapy for children with developmental disabilities is an integral part of training. Treatment experiences are ample and cover a wide range of presenting problems and diagnoses including feeding problems, aggression, self-injury, sleep problems, and toileting and other gastrointestinal issues. Treatment cases may also involve habilitative interventions for adaptive behavioral deficits, school and academic interventions, and early intensive behavioral intervention for autism. 

Clinic Experiences

IDD interns provide psychological services for several hospital-based medical clinics. Typical responsibilities include brief psychological testing and behavioral consultation.  
Current clinics with IDD Internship Track involvement are:
  • Neurodevelopmental Clinic
  • Feeding Clinic (IFEC) for Children with IDD
  • Rural Outreach Clinics to Southeast and Northwest Ohio
  • Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Fellows Clinic
CDC Psychology also provides support for Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Bowel Management Clinic, Heinzerling Foundation (an ICF/MR facility), International Adoption Clinic, Prader Willi Clinic, Epilepsy Clinic, Post-Injury Clinic, and the Neonatal Follow-Up Program.  Interns may accept referrals from these clinics for more targeted treatment or assessment.


Besides traditional one-to-one supervision, IDD interns participate in other educational activities. The first is the bi-weekly Clinical Case Problem Conference that requires the interns to present assessment cases to other trainees and faculty members.  Interns receive feedback about assessment procedures, interpretation of results, and ideas for recommendations. The interns will be expected to attend and participate in all case conferences, and will be expected to present at least two during the internship year. All CDC Faculty participate in the case conference.
The second experience is the weekly Treatment Rounds. Treatment Rounds include discussion and presentation of empirically based treatment programs and an opportunity to discuss the application of EBTs to the interns’ specific case load. The interns will be expected to attend and participate in each Treatment Rounds. 


Interns participate in advocacy activities including attending presentations, assisting with a lecture, or making school visits on behalf of a client. CDC Psychology also supports outreach clinics to rural and Appalachian counties in Ohio through direct service and tele-health services. All CDC Faculty are strongly invested in advocacy efforts for their patients. Interns may incorporate different advocacy efforts into their training year.

Research Involvement

In January 2011, Nationwide Children’s Hospital CDC was selected to join the Autism Treatment Network (ATN), the nation's first network of hospitals and physicians dedicated to developing a model of comprehensive medical care for children and adolescents with autism.  ATN renewed our involvement in 2014.
The ATN offers families care from clinicians highly experienced in helping individuals with autism and providing treatment for associated conditions such as gastrointestinal and sleep disorders.  The ATN also coordinates a patient registry database of clinical data about autism families and patients used to evaluate and track patient care in network facilities. Being part of the ATN provides CDC faculty and trainees access to registry data and the opportunity to propose research studies. In addition to the ATN, the CDC is a part of numerous other ongoing research studies for Autism Spectrum Disorder.


IDD interns work five days per week. There is no “on call” coverage and interns typically work 40-50 hours per week.

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Track
Sample Weekly Schedule
Activity Hours
Outpatient Treatment 3-4
Testing 6-10
IDA (intake with interdisciplinary team) 2-3
Various Clinics  5-10
Scoring/Case Management/Reports 10+
Educational Seminars 3-4
Supervision  4
Administrative/Staff Meetings  2
Intakes/Feedbacks  3
Feeding Treatment (Half Year) 4
Hours Weekly 45-50

CDC Faculty

All CDC faculty are responsible for training and supervising interns. Supervision takes different forms, including clinical supervision, mentoring, and/or didactic training.

Successful Applicants

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

  • Behavioral therapy/Parent Training experience.

  • Psychological assessment with young children (1.5 – 6 years)

  • Prior work with intellectually and developmentally delayed children