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The Psychology Training Programs at Children's Mercy focus on delivering services to children, adolescents, and their families, as well as providing support to other caregivers and community providers who regularly interact with children. The training program is located within the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Health in the Department of Pediatrics. The Developmental and Behavioral Health Clinic is an on-site, hospital-based multidisciplinary clinic. This location provides the trainee with a wide variety of professional experiences in a major children's hospital. The training program is strongly supported by and integrated into the Department of Graduate Medical Education at Children’s Mercy. Children’s Mercy offers all areas of subspecialty care currently recognized in the field of pediatrics and serves patients from a variety of socioeconomic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. Children’s Mercy serves a four-state region and is nationally ranked among the best children’s hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Program goals 

In order to support our program philosophy, the following represent the student’s training goals:

  • Learn how to assess and conceptualize psychological functioning in a diverse range of children and presenting problems.

  • Gain experience in the provision of effective psychological intervention.

  • Gain clinical experience in the practice of consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary, and system-based practice.

  • Demonstrate understanding of individual and cultural diversity and apply ethical and legal standards.

  • Evaluate and incorporate research into clinical and professional practice.

Program opportunities 

The psychology training program aims to provide an integrated, individually tailored, balanced, and coordinated series of learning experiences that will serve the aspiring professional psychologist with opportunities to:

  • Practice and expand on previously held knowledge and learned skills.

  • Develop new skills and knowledge.

  • Experience personal and professional growth, contributing to the emergence of a competent, scientist/practitioner professional psychologist.

  • Gain a working knowledge of the pediatric medical community.

Message from the Directors of Clinical Training

This program is designed for the student who is interested in an intensive program in a fast-paced pediatric setting. 

Psychology Training Model and Philosophy

The Children’s Mercy Training Program follows a "Scientist Practitioner" training model. Learn more about the training model.


Learn about the Practicum Program, Predoctoral Internship Program, and Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship Program offered at Children's Mercy and how to apply.

Educational Experiences for Interns and Fellows

Learn more about the curriculum, including didactics, courses, and workshops.


Learn more about the locations for the Psychology Training Programs.

Training Program Newsletter

Get the latest information about our internship program, learn about former trainees, and get to know our training staff through the training newsletter.

Faculty and Trainees

Meet the team of faculty and trainees for this program.