Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology

Training Program and Structure

The Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital is pleased to offer an outstanding training program in professional psychology within a world-class hospital setting. The program is designed as a full-time, 12-month pre-doctoral internship beginning Aug. 6, 2018, and ending on Aug. 2, 2019, providing 2,000 hours of clinical training. The internship has adopted a Scientist-Practitioner Model of education, interns are viewed as scholars, active consumers of research, and progressively, highly trained professional practitioners who apply knowledge and techniques in patient care. The internship program participates in the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers match process as a non-member. The internship program is not accredited by the American Psychological Association. The program is actively working on the APA Self-Study and is placing high priority on becoming accredited; however, there is no guarantee that the program will ultimately become accredited.

Questions related to the program’s accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979

The Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology is an intensive clinical training year wherein interns use this final phase of their formal doctoral training to develop broad and general professional competencies with an emphasis in pediatric/child populations. The program provides an integrated, individually-tailored, balanced and coordinated series of learning experiences. The overarching goals of the program are to (a) practice and expand on previously held knowledge, (b) develop new skills and knowledge, (c) experience personal and professional growth that contributes to the development of a competent, professional psychologist.

To achieve these overarching goals, interns are expected to achieve the following competencies by the end of the internship year:

  • Knowledge and ability to apply professional and ethical practice
  • Knowledge of when to seek consultation and supervision
  • Ability to interact professionally with peers, colleagues, and other professionals
  • Ability to take responsibility for patients and establish rapport with patients
  • Ability to cope positively with the stress of clinical practice
  • Maintain sensitivity to diversity and individual differences
  • Competency in Psychological Assessment
  • Competency in Psychotherapeutic Interventions
  • Competency in Professional Consultation 

The program is structured with required components to provide interns with therapeutic, assessment and consultation experience in clinical and pediatric psychology.  Experiential training is provided through participation in three service lines including outpatient therapy, psychological/neuropsychological assessment and pediatric inpatient consultation-liaison services. The training year is developmentally structured in terms of sequence and intensity with increased responsibility and autonomy as the year progresses.  

The training program is committed to the recruitment of culturally and ethnically diverse interns. Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital seeks to provide a workplace free of harassment and discrimination. It is the policy of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital to provide equal job opportunities to all people without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, mental or physical ability, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law. Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital maintains a written Affirmative Action Plan designed to ensure employment opportunities for qualified women and minorities. Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital takes claims of unlawful discrimination and harassment seriously, will respond promptly to complaints and will impose immediate and appropriate corrective action as necessary.


Applicants from APA- or CPA-accredited programs in clinical, school or counseling psychology with strong backgrounds in child clinical or pediatric psychology are preferred. A minimum of 500 AAPI hours (intervention plus assessment) is expected, as is the completion of all coursework requirements. Comprehensive exams must have been passed by the application deadline, and the dissertation proposal must be defended by the start of the internship. Immediately before the start of the internship year, a criminal and background check will be completed for each intern. In order to start the internship, the results from the criminal and background check must meet Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital requirements for working with patients. Applicants who are not U.S. citizens must be eligible for and receive a U.S. visa for the internship year. The internship program abides by Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital policy as an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Procedures

The Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital abides by all APPIC policies regarding application and notification procedures, including APPIC policy that no person in this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant. All applicants must complete the on-line APPIC Application for Psychology Internship. 
The formal on-line application must be completed by November 15, 2017 and should include:
APPIC Application for Psychology Internship (APPI), available at the APPIC website.

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation. Note: All letters of recommendation must use the APPIC standardized reference form
  • A de-identified, integrated report of a child or adolescent. Please delete all identifying information from the report and upload as supplemental materials.
  • Official transcripts of all graduate coursework 

The training faculty will review each application and indicate whether the applicant should be extended an invitation for an interview.  We will notify any applicant no longer being considered as soon as possible. Applicants will be contacted no later than Dec. 15, 2017. Applicants are requested not to contact the training office regarding interviews before that date. We will make every effort to inform applicants of their status as early as possible. Live interviews are a prerequisite for further consideration for the training program. During the day-long interview, applicants (a) meet with faculty members in the program, (b) meet with current trainees in the program, and (c) tour the facility and observe the day-to-day activities in the hospital. After all applicants are interviewed, the faculty meet as a group to develop the rank order list. Applicants are ranked according to the faculty’s assessment of the candidate’s “fit” with the program.

This training program observes the guidelines regarding timing of internship and offers and acceptances adopted by the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers and the Councils of the University Director of Clinical and Counseling Programs. In applying to this internship facility, applicants also are agreeing to adhere to these guidelines.

This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC Policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant before Uniform Notification Day.

Questions about the Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital may be directed to the Psychology Internship Director, Lauren Gardner Ph.D., at or 727-767-7124.

View the 2017-2018 Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology Training Brochure
View the 2017-2018 Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology Training Handbook