Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

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    + How does the cost of living in Cincinnati compare to other cities?

    The cost of living in Cincinnati remains relatively low when compared to similar cities across the country. Visit our Living in Cincinnati page to see how we stack up to cities across the United States.

    + What is an approximate breakdown of the time an intern spends in an activity?

    Over the course of the year, O'Grady residents spend the following time in core activities:

    • Assessment: 15 percent
    • Treatment: 20 percent
    • Consultation / Liaison: 25 percent
    • Interdisciplinary team consultation: 20 percent
    • Supervision: 10 percent
    • Didactics: 5 percent
    • Research / other activities: 5 percent

    + How many hours will I really work?

    Our interns average 45 to 55 hours of work a week over the course of the year. Some weeks are lighter and some weeks become busier as patients’ needs fluctuate.

    + Do any of these hours include weekend work?

    There are no evening or weekend "on-call" expectations for interns. However, there may be opportunities (clinical and research) that become available in which the intern may choose to participate.

    + What do your interns do after they graduate?

    In the last five years, almost 90 percent of our interns have gone on to complete postdoctoral fellowships at pediatric facilities, including Cincinnati Children's. All who have sought positions report that they have secured employment and about 66 percent have positions within medical centers.

    + Are there additional training opportunities at Cincinnati Children’s?

    Yes, there are approximately 10-15 postdoctoral psychology fellowships available each year. The number of opportunities varies according to grant funding and graduating fellows. Fellows are selected based on best fit with each postdoctoral fellowship position. You can learn more about these options by visiting the postdoctoral psychology fellowship page.

    + What type of graduate programs and clinical emphasis do your students have, and do I need to have worked in a medical setting?

    Our students come from a number of graduate programs, often with an emphasis on child clinical, pediatric or health psychology.

    In the last five years, 95 percent of our interns have been from PhD graduate programs and 5 percent from PsyD / professional schools. All come from graduate psychology programs accredited by the American Psychological Association. Also, all of our students have had some experience working in a medical or child diagnostic setting prior to joining our program.

    Our interns report that good clinical training in child and family interventions, experience conducting child and youth assessments and training within a medical facility prepared them for quick acclimation to our program.

    + Are there patient contact hour expectations?

    Our program does not require weekly billable hour quotas; our emphasis is on training needs over clinical demands. Nevertheless, O'Grady residents generally maintain an active caseload of approximately 15 patient contact hours each week.

    + What are the space and equipment resources like?

    Each intern has a personal cubicle space in the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology that is equipped with a personal computer and printer, telephone with voice mail and filing space.

    Interns also have areas within clinics and other divisions for seeing patients and charting and preparing reports. Each intern also has a digital pager. Video equipment and monitors are available, in addition to all necessary assessment and treatment materials. Some of the treatment rooms have one-way mirrors.

    Interns have access to three libraries: the Pratt Research library, the University of Cincinnati Medical School library and the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics parent and professional library. Library resources are often used for work on dissertations or literature reviews.