Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data

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

In the last five years, 100 percent of our interns have been from PhD psychology graduate 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. Internship success is optimized when dissertations are completed prior to starting internship.

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.

Updated 12.29.20

Minimum Number of Hours at the Time of Application
Total Direct Contact Intervention Hours No Yes Amount: 150
Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours No Yes Amount: 125

Other Required Criteria

  • APA-accredited graduate program
  • Must have completed the equivalent of 3 years of practicum or work experience (minimum of 800 hours including hours required above)
  • Assessment and intervention hours outlined above need to have been work with children, adolescents, and their families (0-18 years)
  • Must have written at least 10 child/adolescent integrated psychological testing reports
  • Must have completed all major coursework requirements and qualifying examinations for their degrees prior to beginning internship
  • Must only have the dissertation requirement to meet during the internship year

Additional Criteria

  • 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 the O’Grady Residency is committed to attract and train diverse interns. We encourage underrepresented minority candidates to apply. The internship is a member of APPIC and adheres to its acceptance procedures.

Updated 12.29.20

Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-Time Interns $35,568
Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-Time Interns   N/A
Program Provides Access to Medical Insurance for Intern?  Yes No
If Access to Medical Insurance Is Provided:
Trainee contribution to cost required? Yes No
Coverage of family member(s) available? Yes  No
Coverage of legally married partner available? Yes No
Coverage of domestic partner available? Yes No
Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time off (PTO/Vacation) 80
Hours of Annual Paid Sick/Personal/Emergency Leave 24
Other Benefits 
Hours of Educational Leave (Dissertation Defense, Conference, Job Interviews) 40
Hours for Funeral Leave 24
Education Fund $500
Hospital Holidays

Updated 12.29.20

Total # of interns who were in the 3 cohorts 15
Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree 0
  Post-Doctoral Fellowship (PD) Employed Position (EP)
Community mental health center 0 0
Federally qualified health center 0 0
Independent primary care facility/clinic 0 0
University counseling center 0 0
Veterans Affairs medical center 0 0
Military health center 0 0
Pediatric academic health center 15 0
Other medical center or hospital 0 0
Psychiatric hospital 0 0
Academic university/department 0 0
Community college or other teaching setting 0 0
Independent research institution 0 0
Correctional facility 0 0
School district/system 0 0
Independent practice setting 0 0
Not currently employed 0 0
Changed to another field 0 0
Other 0 0
Unknown 0 0

Application Process

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. Please see Cincinnati Children's policies and procedures for details.

We ask that you submit all application materials online through the APPIC portal. Application due date is Sunday, November 1, 2020. 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
  • 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 website). Our APPIC program code, for the APPIC match, is 150312
  • Current curriculum vitae that lists practicum work, academic and professional experience and research
  • 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

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 four 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:

  • Wednesday, December 9, 2020
  • Friday, December 11, 2020
  • Wednesday, December 16, 2020
  • Friday, January 8, 2021

The training director calls the invited candidates by December 1, 2020. Interviews for incoming resident positions will be conducted virtually. Detailed information will be provided prior to interview date.

As of this writing, incoming residents’ start date, stipends, and benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic are secured. The majority of the rotations listed on this website continue via telemedicine in a virtual platform and will transition to back in-person appointment when deemed appropriate.

Typical Interview Schedule

Time Activity Representative
9:00-10:00 am Overview

Shanna Guilfoyle, PhD
Sanita Ley, PhD

10:00-10:45 am Tour Behavioral Medicine Fellow 
10:45-11:00 am Break
11:00-11:30 am Interview O'Grady Residency Faculty
11:30-12:00 pm Interview O'Grady Residency Faculty
12:00-1:15 pm Lunch Lunch with Residents
1:15-1:30 pm Break
1:30-2:00 pm Interview O'Grady Residency Faculty
2:00-2:30 pm Interview O'Grady Residency Faculty
2:30-3:00 pm  Reception O'Grady Residency Faculty and Behavioral Medicine Fellows 

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.

Contact Us

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For more information, contact Denisse Herrera Delgado at 513-803-3291 or denisse.herreradelgado@cchmc.org.