Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

  • Contact Us / Apply

    For more information on the O’Grady Residency in Psychology at Cincinnati Children’s, contact the training staff in the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology:

    Vicky Sanders
    Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
    Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
    MLC D-3105
    3333 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229-3039
    Phone: 513-803-3217
    Email: vicky.sanders@cchmc.org

  • Application Process

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    Eligibility

    Students enrolled in doctoral programs in applied psychology are eligible to apply for the O’Grady Residency in Psychology program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

    Applicants must have completed the equivalent of three years of practicum or work experience (minimum 800 hours), including a minimum of 125 hours of direct (face-to-face) therapy experience and 150 assessment/testing hours with children and adolescents (ages 0-18) and their families, and have written at least 10 child / adolescent integrated psychological testing reports.

    Applicants should be on schedule to complete all major coursework requirements and qualifying examinations for their degrees prior to beginning the internship. It is expected that applicants will have only the dissertation requirement to meet during the internship year.

    Five internship positions (4 behavioral medicine and 1 child clinical) are available for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Screening

    In screening applicants, preference is given to applicants who:

    • Hold degrees from APA-accredited programs
    • Aspire to a scientist-practitioner model of care delivery
    • Have a good working knowledge of child and adolescent development and the biopsychosocial model of care
    • Have supervised experience providing individual, family and group therapy utilizing evidence-based treatment approaches (behavior therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, family systems/socio-ecological models)
    • Have a good working knowledge of test administration, scoring and interpretation with cognitive instruments such as the WISC-IV and behavioral/emotional checklists (CBCL, BASC, CDI, MASC)
    • Have experience with, or an interest in, working in a medical setting with children or adolescents

    Cincinnati Children’s is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages underrepresented minority candidates to apply. The internship is a member of APPIC and adheres to its acceptance procedures.

    Credentialing

    All matched applicants must successfully complete a credentialing process that includes a careful review of transcripts, health screening and a reference check. In addition, accepted applicants must undergo tuberculosis (TB) testing and provide verification of up-to-date immunizations.

    Cincinnati Children’s is a drug-free and smoke-free environment. All new employees are required to submit to a drug urine screen prior to hiring. Cincinnati Children’s also conducts a criminal records check on all final candidates for employment, as required by Ohio law.

    Required Application Materials

    We ask that you submit all application materials online through the APPIC portal. A complete application package consists of:

    Behavioral Medicine Track (4 positions)

    • Cover letter stating:
      - reasons for applying to our program, including areas of clinical and research interest
      - career interests
      - advocacy or leadership experience
      - experience with evidence-based treatments
      - experience working with medical populations
      - multi-disciplinary team consultation experience
    • Completed electronic APPIC application form (available at the APPIC web site). Our APPIC program code, for the APPIC match, is 150311.
    • Current curriculum vitae that lists practicum work, academic and professional experience and research
    • At least three letters of recommendation from graduate faculty or supervisors who are familiar with your work in psychology and your personal qualifications. At least one of these letters must be from someone who has supervised your clinical work during graduate school.
    • Official transcripts of all graduate work.

    Child Clinical Track (1 position)

    • Cover letter stating:
      - reasons for applying to our program, including areas of clinical and research interest
      - career interests
      - community-based or community mental health experience
      - advocacy or leadership experience
      - school consultation experience
      - experience with evidence-based treatments
    • Completed electronic APPIC application form (available at the APPIC web site). Our APPIC program code, for the APPIC match, is 150312.
    • Current curriculum vitae that lists practicum work, academic and professional experience and research
    • At least three letters of recommendation from graduate faculty or supervisors who are familiar with your work in psychology and your personal qualifications. At least one of these letters must be from someone who has supervised your clinical work during graduate school.
    • Official transcripts of all graduate work.

    Interviews

    Our faculty review and discuss all completed applications. Candidates who are most closely aligned to our program are invited for an interview during December and January. All applicants with packets completed by the due date will be notified by December of their interview status.

    A personal interview at the site has obvious advantages for both parties. Telephone interviews are not preferred and are only granted in unusual circumstances.

    Please see Interview Day Information below for details about our interview process and typical schedule.

    Interview day

    Our match philosophy is one that guides us to assist each party involved to make the best choice for an optimal fit. We invite about 25 carefully screened candidates for interviews on five different days, where up to six candidates on each day are met in a more intimate context.

    Typically, interview days occur in mid December and across the first few weeks of January. We like to have an interview day that is as personal and informative as possible, during which written materials are provided for candidates to keep. This year's interview dates are:

    • December 13, 2013
    • December 18, 2013
    • December 20, 2013
    • January 3, 2014

    The training director calls the invited candidates by December 1st in order to arrange interviews for those who wish to come.

    Typical Interview Schedule

    TimeActivityRepresentative
    9:30 am - 11:15 amGroup overview and tour

    Carrie Piazza-Wagoner, PhD
    Avani Modi, PhD

    11:15 am - 11:30 amBreak
    11:30 - NoonInterviewDivision of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology faculty
    Noon - 1pmLunch (provided)With current interns
    1 pm - 1:30 pmInterviewDivision of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology faculty
    1:30 pm - 2 pmInterviewDivision of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology faculty
    2 pm - 2:15 pmBreak
    2:15 pm - 2:45 pmInterviewDivision of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology faculty
    2:45 pm - 3:15 pmGroup ReceptionAll faculty, interns, fellows and candidates

    Hotel Accommodations

    Any candidate who wishes to spend the night before their interview day may do so, compliments of our program. The Marriott Kingsgate Conference Hotel will be booked for candidate by Vicky Sanders (vicky.sanders@cchmc.org, 513-803-3217). Once you have been notified of your invitation to interview, Ms. Sanders will contact you to coordinate. Please do not try to arrange lodging on your own at this hotel.

    Intern Selection

    Interns are selected according to APPIC procedures. By the beginning of February, applicants will be ranked and a list will be submitted to the Internship Match Program. 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.

    Following receipt of computerized match results, candidates will be contacted by telephone by the training director. Interns will be asked to submit to the required credentialing process (see credentialing section above) prior to the start of the internship.