The O’Grady Residency in Psychology aims to prepare future leaders in psychology through excellent training in evidence-based clinical care, research, and advocacy. Successful internship completion is evidenced by intern ability to achieve and demonstrate competency (i.e., knowledge, skill not requiring supervision) in all profession-wide competencies:

  • Research
  • Ethical and Legal Standards
  • Individual and Cultural Diversity
  • Professional Values, Attitudes, and Behaviors
  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills
  • Assessment
  • Intervention
  • Supervision
  • Consultation and Inter-Professional/Interdisciplinary Skills

Graduates will be prepared for entry-level independent, health service psychology practice. Evaluation of intern competencies occurs four times a year formally and in written form and supervisors discuss intern performance with interns. Evaluation ratings implement a Minimal Level of Achievement (MLA) on all nine competencies in order to assess intern progress throughout the training year.

Midyear, an intern is expected to have received a rating of “3” (intern demonstrates knowledge and skill effectively in routine cases, but continues to require supervision) on all nine competencies. At internship completion, an intern achieves to attain a rating of “4” (independent use of knowledge and skill not requiring supervision).

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.

Training During COVID-19

Our program is committed to continuing to provide high quality, evidence-based training during 2021-2022 academic year. The Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology has made changes to support trainees during this pandemic, including providing training in conducting psychotherapy via telemedicine as well as supervised telemedicine experiences to substitute in-person clinical interventions.

Cincinnati Children's has implemented safety precautions which facilitate a safe return to work including daily self-screening for symptoms, same-day COVID-19 testing and asymptomatic COVID-19 testing. We also provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to use throughout the hospital (masks for general use, and masks and goggle for use with patients). Thus, as COVID-19 restrictions are loosened and in-person visits become an option, we are confident we have resources conducive to creating a safe and effective training environment.