Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

  • About the Program

    The O’Grady Residency in Psychology strives to prepare future leaders in psychology through excellent training in evidence-based clinical care, research and advocacy. Interns leave our program with a high degree of competence in evidence-based psychological assessment and treatment, multidisciplinary consultation and sensitivity to cultural and individual diversity in children, adolescents and families seeking treatment.

    Interns have the opportunity to train with world-class clinicians and researchers who treat the full spectrum of pediatric diseases, child clinical disorders and advance health policy. Through supervised clinical, research and didactic experiences, we prepare advanced doctoral students to enter the field as elite psychology professionals.

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    Tracks

    The O’Grady Residency in Psychology provides broad training in clinical psychology; however, interns focus their training through participation in one of two tracks:

    Behavioral Medicine Track

    Interns in the behavioral medicine track provide inpatient and outpatient behavioral health assessment and treatment to child and adolescent patients and their families. Interns complete several rotations, gaining experience treating patients with chronic illnesses, developmental disabilities, adjustment disorders, and anxiety and depression.

    Interns will be assigned to 2 of the 4 following six-month rotations:

    • Inpatient Medical Consultation-Liaison
    • Sleep Clinic
    • Chronic Pain Clinic
    • Gastroenterology Clinic

    Additionally, interns participate in 2 of the 3 following four-month rotations:

    • New Onset Seizure Clinic
    • Craniofacial Anomalies Clinic
    • Headache Center (biofeedback)

    Finally, all Behavioral Medicine interns participate in 1 four-month assessment rotation (2 with developmental disorders, 1 on inpatient psychiatry unit, or 1 neuropsychology), see year-long outpatient therapy cases and participate in concurrent outpatient groups for families with children who have diabetes.

    Child Clinical Track

    Interns in the child clinical track gain year-long training and experience in conducting empirically-based assessment and family-focused services to improve the functioning of children and adolescents with ADHD (both with and without a broad range of co-morbid conditions) through the Center for ADHD.

    In addition, Child Clinical interns participate in five six-month minor rotations including the following:

    • In-school community consultation for children with autism
    • Parent-child interaction therapy and trauma focused cognitive-behavioral therapy
    • Sleep clinic (behavioral medicine mini-rotation)
    • New onset seizure clinic (behavioral medicine mini-rotation)

    Child Clinical interns also have the opportunity to participate in group treatment, as well as follow up treatment, for children with OCD.

    Research Experience

    All interns participate in a clinical research placement, which provides time to complete dissertations and become involved in the lab of a research faculty member. This gives interns in-depth training in evidence-based interventions and provides an opportunity to begin or continue to make a public contribution (e.g., co-author an abstract or manuscript) to the field of psychology. Interns wishing to further explore the research side of their careers have the opportunity to collaborate with a mentor on manuscript reviews for journals and participate in a number of research activities, such as scoring and coding psychological measures.

    Our hope is that O’Grady residents leave the program with a strong competitive edge, thanks in part to their clinical research activities.

    Evaluations

    O’Grady residents are evaluated every four to six months by primary supervisors and the training director. Evaluators use a combination of a standard form and verbal feedback to document each intern's professional growth. A summary report for each intern is submitted to the graduate program training director twice a year, and each intern receives a competency assessment in April. Interns also evaluate their supervisors to provide feedback and address their own needs and expectations.

    Training in Core Areas

    The O’Grady Residency in Psychology focuses training on six primary goals:

    • Evidence-based assessment
    • Evidence-based treatment
    • Integration of psychology research and practice
    • Multidisciplinary collaboration and care
    • Professional development
    • Cultural and individual diversity

    Interns explore each area through seminars, training sessions and the opportunity to participate in collaborative activities. Click here to learn more.