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Program Overview

The Psychology Internship Program at Children's Mercy Kansas City is focused on delivering services to infants, children, adolescents and their families, as well as supporting caregivers who regularly interact with children (i.e., teachers, social services workers, residential workers and medical staff). Whenever possible, interns are exposed to empirically validated treatment procedures and the supporting published literature on these procedures. 

The internship training curriculum is individually designed according to the goals of the overall program and the entry skills and objectives of the interns. Each intern is required to meet overall program goals in terms of general didactic and clinical experience. The program at Children’s Mercy is a 12 month, full time internship (2000 hours) consisting of two tracks: (1) Clinical Child Psychology and (2) Pediatric Psychology. Both tracks aim to provide interns with (A) a wide variety of depth and breadth of experience in clinical child psychology within a pediatric academic medical center, (B) opportunities for interprofessional development and collaboration through integration into pediatric subspecialty clinics, and (C) knowledge of successful integration of research into clinical practice.

The Clinical Child/Pediatric Psychology Internship Program at Children's Mercy, Kansas City provides intensive training to advanced-level predoctoral psychology students in psychological assessment, treatment, and interdisciplinary collaboration in the context of a dedicated pediatric academic health environment. By providing the highest-quality supervision and training, the program aims to facilitate a well-balanced set of clinical and professional skills to prepare interns for successful careers as psychologists.

The internship is accredited by the American Psychological Association. Information about the program's accreditation status can be obtained from: 


Commission on Accreditation

c/o Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street, NE
Washington D.C. 20002-424
Phone: (202) 336-5979      Fax: (202) 336-5979 


The program also is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC), and abides by APPIC policies, including the policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant. 

The Division of Developmental and Behavioral Health has included in its budget stipends for at least three predoctoral psychology interns.  For a brief overview of the division, program, and hospital, click here to see our slides from the APA Parade of Internships 2015.

Learn to to apply for the predoctoral internship program and begin the application process.

A look at the predoctoral internship program's aims, sequence, and expected outcomes.

A comprehensive look at admissions data.

Frequently asked questions about the internship.

Learn about the overview of experience for this internship, including didactics, supervision, orientation, and research.