Training & Research Programs

TCSC Internship Brochure

Doctoral Internship in Child Psychology

Texas Child Study Center
A collaboration between Dell Children’s Medical Center and University of Texas
Educational Psychology

The Texas Child Study Center

The Texas Child Study Center was created in response to the need for pediatric mental health services and training for future mental health practitioners in the Austin area. The Center is a collaboration between Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas and The University of Texas at Austin Educational Psychology Department. The Center is located in Central Austin, 4 miles from the Dell Children’s Medical Center.

The Center considers interprofessional collaboration and consultation of primary importance. Many psychological services are provided in the context of interprofessional teams that include social work, medicine (including psychiatry), nursing, physical therapy, nutrition, among other disciplines. Further, because youth are embedded within many social contexts, providers work with multiple systems, including families, schools, and communities.

At the outpatient clinic, the Center provides assessment and evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral, and developmental disabilities, ranging from adjustment difficulties to more chronic conditions including psychotic, mood, and developmental disorders. Patients seen at the Center come from all socioeconomic strata and ethnic and racial backgrounds. The Center uses evidence based treatment programs to address autism spectrum disorders, anxiety disorders (including Social Phobia, Specific Phobias, Separation Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Disruptive Behavior Disorders, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), depression, and disruptive behavior disorders. The Center’s approach includes ongoing assessment to evaluate the impact of treatment on patients’ symptoms and functioning, and feedback to patients and families on their progress.

The Center has many collaborations and embedded clinics at Dell Children’s Medical Center to provide psychological support to children coping with acute and chronic medical conditions. The Center provides assessment and treatment for children and adolescents presenting with a range of conditions to address co-occurring mental health issues, difficulty adjusting to a new medical diagnosis, developmental challenges that result from medical conditions, and/or difficulty coping with pain.

The Internship Training Program

Philosophy and Training Model

The goal of the Texas Child Study Center doctoral internship training program is to prepare interns for future practice as skilled and ethical child psychologists who provide effective treatment and assessment to populations diverse in presenting issues and cultural background. Consistent with the scientist-practitioner model and the mission statements of University of Texas at Austin and Dell Children’s Medical Center, the integration of research and clinical practice is emphasized in the training program. The program aims to provide intensive broad- and evidence-based clinical training in pediatric and child clinical psychology. Following a competency model of training, the goal of the program is to advance the knowledge, skills, and behaviors essential for entry-level practice as a pediatric or child clinical psychologist. The program strives to train interns to provide the highest quality of care to pediatric populations by using evidence-based treatment and assessment and integrating knowledge from the scientific literature into clinical work. The program also aims to train interns to work collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams of providers in diverse settings (outpatient mental health, inpatient children’s hospital, and pediatric specialty services and clinics). Consistent with the scientist-practitioner model, the program also encourages interns to formulate research questions related to their clinical interests, and to lead or assist with research studies that are clinically meaningful. Significant consideration is placed on the developmental stage of the intern with goals to increase autonomy, assist with emerging professional identity, and prepare interns for postdoctoral specialization.

Training Goals and Objectives



  1. To demonstrate behavior and comportment that reflect the values and attitudes of psychology.
  1. Interns will display behavior consistent with professional values of psychology
  2. Interns will demonstrate effective interactions with other professionals
  3. Interns will display development of professional identity
  1. To demonstrate awareness, sensitivity and skills in working professionally with diverse individuals, groups and communities who represent various cultural and personal background and characteristics
  1. Interns will demonstrate awareness of self and others as shaped by individual and cultural diversity (e.g., cultural, individual, and role differences, including those based on age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language, and socioeconomic status ) and context
  1. To apply ethical concepts and awareness of legal issues regarding professional activities with individuals, groups, and organizations
  1. Interns will demonstrate knowledge of ethical, legal and professional standards and guidelines
  2. Interns will demonstrate ethical decision making and conduct
  1. To conduct practice with personal and professional self-awareness and reflection
  1. Interns will demonstrate self-assessment and reflection of clinical work
  2. Interns will display effective participation in supervision process
  1. To develop and apply understanding of biological bases of behavior, cognitive-affective bases of behavior, and development across the lifespan to clinical work and research projects.
  1. Interns will demonstrate understanding of the scientific foundation of psychology
  2. Interns will display research/evaluation skills
  3. Interns will display program evaluation skills
  1. To develop and refine skills in psychological assessment
  1. Interns will demonstrate knowledge of assessment methods
  2. Interns will display application of assessment methods
  3. Interns will display diagnostic skills
  4. Interns will display communication of assessment findings: Report Writing
  5. Interns will demonstrate communication of assessment findings: Feedback
  1. To develop and refine skills in psychological intervention
  1. Interns will demonstrate knowledge of evidence based practice
  2. Interns will demonstrate intervention planning skills
  3. Interns will demonstrate intervention skills
  4. Interns will demonstrate evidence based intervention implementation
  5. Interns will display progress evaluation
  1. To provide expert guidance or professional assistance to other systems (e.g. schools, medical team, community program) in response to a client’s needs or goals.
  1. Interns will demonstrate understanding of the role of consultant
  2. Interns will display skills in consultation
  1. To develop skills in the assessment and treatment of children with acute and chronic medical illness
  1. Interns will demonstrate knowledge base of pediatric psychology
  2. Interns will act as effective member of multidisciplinary team
  3. Interns will demonstrate intervention skills
  1. To develop skills in risk assessment and intervention
  1. Interns will demonstrate risk assessment skills
  2. Interns will display intervention and safety planning skills
  1. To develop skills in the supervision and training of others.
  1. Interns will demonstrate knowledge of roles and procedures
  2. Interns will display supervision skills development


The internship program includes a range of activities including diagnostic evaluations, individual, group, and family therapy, psychological assessment, and interprofessional consultation.

The training program begins July 1st and is a 12 month training program designed to occupy 45-55 hours per week of an intern’s time, although actual time may vary due to extra time needed to complete reports and other paperwork, make telephone contacts, attend special meetings such as school meetings, or provide home-based interventions. The completion of at least 2,000 total hours is required to complete the internship program. At least 25% of interns’ time is spent providing direct (face-to-face) psychological services to patients. The internship precedes the granting of a doctoral degree and is post-practicum/post-externship. Training time is credited as post-practicum/post-externship.

The internship program at the Texas Child Study Center holds itself to the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct, as outlined in the APA “Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct.” Internship program staff and supervisors are considered professional role models, and interns are entitled to fair treatment and due process, should grievances arise.

The intern’s weekly activities are roughly as follows. Note that these are the lower limit of hours and once the intern has oriented to the training program and has started all clinical work, the intern week is typically at least 45 hours:

Weekly Training and Service Activities by Category
Clinical Services – Outpatient Therapy
Clinical Services – Assessment
Clinical Services – Pediatric
     Percentage of Total Time
Individual Supervision by Licensed Psychologist
Group Supervision by Licensed Psychologist
Other Group Meetings (case conferences, TD meeting)
     Percentage of Total Time
Clinical Preparation
Consultation/Collaboration with other professionals
     Percentage of Total Time


Sample training grid:

Intern First 6 months Second 6 months
Intern A Outpatient Therapy
General Clinic-all year
Med Coping (6 months) / Internalizing (6 months)
Emergency Department Assessments LD/Neuropsych Assessment
Psychology Consult Service Obesity Program
Intern B Outpatient Therapy
General Clinic-all year
Internalizing (6 months) / Behavioral (6 months)
LD/Neuropsych Assessment Emergency Department Assessments
Obesity Program Psychology Consult Service
Intern C Outpatient Therapy
General Clinic (all year)
Behavioral(6 months)/Internalizing(6 months)
LD/Neuropsych Assessment Emergency Department Assessments
Pediatric Sub-Specialty Services Psychology Consult Service
Intern D Outpatient Therapy
General Clinic (all year)
Behavioral (6 months) / Med Coping (6 months)
Emergency Department Assessments LD/Neuropsych Assessment
Psychology Consult Service Pediatric Sub-Specialty Services

NOTE: this is a sample training grid. Interns will have the opportunity to state their preferences for outpatient clinics (internalizing, behavioral, and medical coping) and specialty pediatric rotations (pediatric sub-specialty services and obesity). Thus, the actual training plans for interns may vary slightly from this example.

Description of Training Activities

Major Rotation: Outpatient Therapy Program

Through the Outpatient Therapy Program, interns will gain experience in providing diagnostic evaluations and providing intervention to a diverse caseload. Interns get experience in both broad based outpatient treatment and specific evidence based protocols. Each intern will carry a general outpatient caseload that includes children with a wide range of presenting issues that range from adjustment disorders to autism and eating disorders, and children with complex comorbidities and psychosocial stressors. Interns will learn to develop comprehensive case conceptualizations and integrative treatment plans. Additionally, interns will rotate through two of the evidence-based specialty clinics (6 month rotations, two specialty clinics total for year):

Behavioral Disorders Clinic: In the behavioral disorders clinic, interns will use a variety of evidence based parent training programs, including but not limited to Barkley’s Defiant Child, Collaborative Problem Solving (Ross Greene) and Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). Interns will participate in PCIT didactic training, carry a PCIT caseload, and receive live supervision for each session.

Internalizing Disorders Clinic: This specialty clinic is designed for youth presenting with an anxiety or depressive disorder as a primary diagnosis. The program uses time-limited cognitive behavioral protocols that have been empirically supported. Interns will learn to use a variety of evidence based protocols including cognitive behavioral therapy for depression and exposure therapy for anxiety, including exposure and response prevention.

Medical Coping Clinic: In the medical coping clinic, interns will provide therapeutic support for youth coping with a newly diagnosed illness, acute illness, or ongoing chronic illness. Referrals come primarily from the Dell Children’s Medical Center. Primarily based in cognitive-behavioral approach, interventions will focus on adjustment to possible stressors as well as provide different coping strategies to manage and adjust to ongoing illness medical regimens, complications, acute inflammations, or developmental stressors. Treatment plans may include pain management, medical adherence plans, school consultation, stress management, and parent coaching.

Major Rotation: Pediatric Services

Interns will have the opportunity to participate in two of the pediatric psychological services offered through Dell Children’s Medical Center, including the psychology consultation service and a specialty outpatient service (6 month rotations):

Psychology Consultation Service:
The Psychology Consultation Service provides mental health consultation and liaison to medical teams at DCMC. This experience provides training in assessment and consultation, including the management of psychiatric emergencies. Psychology interns will also engage in therapeutic interventions such as behavioral medicine techniques, coping skill building, and family support as needed within the hospital setting. The experience in the Consultation Service includes both direct service to patients and the development of hospital protocols to assist physicians, patients, and staff.

In addition to the psychology consultation service, interns will choose one of the following rotations:

Obesity Program: Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity (TCPTCO)
TCPTCO offers interprofessional evaluation and treatment for children presenting with obesity and associated medical and psychiatric comorbidities. The interprofessional team includes experts in pediatrics, nutrition, physical therapy, social work, and psychology. The program includes a clinic and group programs. Interns become an integral member of the interprofessional team and participate in weekly clinics to assist with assessing and addressing emotional and behavioral needs of clinic patients. Interns have the opportunity to learn obesity-specific cognitive behavioral intervention, provide individual and family therapy to children and families, and participate in team meetings and trainings. In addition, interns learn and co-lead a group intervention for teens and their parents implementing dialectical-behavioral, cognitive behavioral, and family therapy strategies.

Pediatric Sub-Specialty Services
This rotation offers interns the opportunity to gain experience working with patients in a variety of pediatric sub-specialty services. One focus of the rotation is exposure to the Concussion Program at Dell Children’s Medical Center, an interprofessional team of specialists consisting of practitioners from neurosurgery, neurology, neuropsychology, and physical therapy. For the first 3 months of the rotation, the intern will have the opportunity to participate in weekly concussion clinic reviewing cases with the interprofessional team. This intern will also work with the Children’s Blood and Cancer Center, and will have the opportunity to co-lead the Cognitive Remediation Therapy Group, which is designed to target skill deficits surrounding the late cognitive effects of children who have undergone chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment for cancer, and provide individual and family therapy services. Interns also provide individual and family therapy services to children from the Cancer and Blood Disorders and Gastroenterology clinics.

Minor Rotation: Assessment

LD/Neuropsych Assessment: Through this 6 month rotation, interns will develop and refine skills in both psychological and neuropsychological assessment. Interns are expected to complete one assessment per month. Referrals for the assessment program originate from a variety of sources, including internal referrals from other TCSC clinicians, physicians in the Seton Family of Hospitals, schools, and other community agencies and practitioners. Testing may be done at the TCSC outpatient clinic, or within one of the embedded clinics at DCMC. Referral questions include diagnostic clarification, assessment of learning disorders, and questions about executive functioning. Assessments within embedded clinics may assess neuropsychological functioning following medical treatment. Interns will interview, observe behavior, administer, score and interpret a variety of measures, formulate diagnoses and recommendations, write a comprehensive report based on their findings, and provide oral feedback to patients and families. Assessment sessions will be scheduled on an individual basis in each intern’s schedule.

Emergency Department Assessment: Through this 6 month rotation, interns will gain competency in suicide and homicide risk assessment, interprofessional communication, and support to families coping with an accidental trauma. Interns will learn to conduct a comprehensive suicide/homicide risk assessment, have an understanding of level of risk and appropriately develop safety plans collaboratively with patient and family, recommend appropriate level of care, and assist with triage to appropriate treatment. Interns will also learn to effectively communicate about assessment and plan to medical professionals, including social work supervisor and ED nurses and physicians.


Interns will participate in approximately three hours of didactics per week, including seminars in assessment, advanced clinical topics, and pediatric psychology. These seminars serve the purpose of integrating clinical case material, theory, research, cultural diversity, and professional issues. Some didactics are open to trainees from other disciplines (e.g. psychiatry) and levels of trainings (e.g. practicum students and postdoctoral fellows). Interns also attend a Center-wide monthly diversity seminar. Interns also participate in a monthly interprofessional outpatient case conferenceand a monthly meeting of psychology trainees and the Training Director. Additionally, interns are offered the opportunity to attend the Dell Children’s Medical Center Psychiatry Rounds, Psychiatry Journal Club, and a monthly neuropsychology seminar held at the Austin State Hospital. 


Interns receive supervision for all clinical activities. Supervisory hours are adjusted to meet the intern’s needs, with the following being an estimate of weekly supervision:

Major Rotation: Outpatient Therapy 2 hours (1 individual, 1 group)
Major Rotation: Outpatient Assessment 2 hours (1 individual and 1 group)
Minor Rotation: Assessment 1 hour individual (for testing) or group (for ED)

The majority of supervision is provided by licensed psychologists, with at least 2 hours of individual supervision being provided by psychologists licensed in Texas. Note that for the consultation and emergency department services, live supervision by attending psychologists, social workers, or psychiatrists supplements the group or individual supervision provided.

Interns are expected to come to supervision prepared with case conceptualizations and a biopsychosocial formulation. The framework for supervision takes environmental, cultural, developmental, and family systems factors into account in case conceptualization.


The focus of the internship year is on clinical training; however, research training and supervision are available to interns on an individualized basis. There are many ongoing intervention research projects at the Texas Child Study Center, many of which are collaborations with physicians at Dell Children’s Medical Center. Most interns will be involved in these research projects by providing the clinical services being evaluated. Interns may also have the opportunity to work directly on these projects (data collection and analysis, writing). Interns may spend approximately 5 hours per week on research by participating in ongoing research projects and/or completing dissertation research and writing.

Salary, Benefits, and Resources

The yearly stipend for the internship program is $26,000. Health benefits are offered through the University of Texas. Interns accrue vacation and sick leave monthly. Interns have access to the University of Texas library (online and on campus), Dell Children’s Medical Center technological support, and Texas Child Study Center administrative staff. Interns have a designated work space with a desk with lockable cabinets and drawers, a computer, and access to a phone. Ample space is available for therapy and assessment through a sign-out system.

Requirements for Completion of Internship:

Interns will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the internship year upon satisfaction of the following:

  1. Completion of 2000 hours (12 months full time) during the internship year.
  2. Satisfactory performance and progress in clinical work and professional conduct as measured by bi-yearly evaluations.
  3. Attendance in seminar programs and clinical staff meetings.

Accreditation Status:

The Texas Child Study Center Internship program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation, American Psychological Association.

Questions may be directed to the Training Director, emailed to Dr. Jane Gray. Questions specifically related to the program’s accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979


APPIC Membership Status:

The Texas Child Study Center Internship program is a participating member of APPIC.

Application Procedure

The Texas Child Study Center Internship program currently offers four full time positions. The program is a member of APPIC, participates in the APPIC Match, and adheres to APPIC Match Policies. The Texas Child Study Center adheres to a policy of nondiscrimination in the recruitment of employees or trainees. Applicants are expected to have completed basic coursework in psychodiagnostics, psychopathology, and psychotherapeutic interventions prior to internship training. Applicants must use the Online AAPI to apply to the program. The application deadline is December 1, 2014.

A complete application consists of the following materials:
1. A completed Online APPI (APPIC’s standard application)
2. Curriculum Vitae (as part of the online AAPI)
3. Official transcript(s) of all graduate work
4. Three letters of recommendation, two of which must be from persons who have directly supervised your clinical work (as part of the online AAPI).
5. Sample assessment report (be sure to delete all identifying information)

All application materials must be submitted through the AAPI online portal and received by November 1 in order to be considered. If applicants are invited to interview, they will be notified by email by Monday, Dec. 1st. In person interviews are required in order for applicants to be considered and will be held during the month of January.

Texas Child Study Center looks for the following qualifications in applicants

1) A minimum of 500 intervention hours
2) A minimum of 200 assessment hours – Prefer at least 5 integrated child assessment reports written.
3) Dissertation proposal defended
4) Practicum experience working with children and adolescents
5) Coursework in child development and/or developmental psychopathology. Coursework and practicum work in cognitive behavioral therapy is strongly preferred.
6) Enrolled in an APA accredited doctoral program in Clinical, School, or Counseling Psychology

Questions regarding the application or interview process may be directed to the Training Director.


Gray, Jane Simpson, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist (Texas)
Director of Psychology Training
Obesity Rotation Supervisor
Outpatient Therapy Supervisor: General Outpatient, Internalizing Clinic

Stark, Kevin D., Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist (Texas)
Co-founder of Texas Child Study Center; Chief of Psychology
Pediatric Consultation and Liaison Rotation Supervisor

Black, Janie, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist (Texas)
Pediatric Consultation and Liaison Rotation Supervisor
Bilingual Training

DeLeon, Rosario, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist (Texas)
Neuropsychologist, Assessment Rotation Supervisor
Bilingual Training

Greenspahn, Emily, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist (Texas)
Neuropsychologist, Assessment Rotation Supervisor

Heckler, David, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist (Texas)
Outpatient Therapy Supervisor: General Outpatient, Internalizing Clinic
Obesity Rotation Supervisor

Monnat, Lynn Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist (Texas)
Outpatient Therapy Supervisor: General Outpatient, Behavioral Disorders Clinic

Patel, Puja, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist (Texas)
Pediatric Sub-Specialty Services Rotation Supervisor

Winter, Amanda, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist (Texas)
Neuropsychologist, Assessment Rotation Supervisor