Clinical Child/Adolescent Psychology Track

The Clinical Child/Adolescent Psychology Training Track has been designed to offer the intern a well-balanced and comprehensive clinical experience, a formal curriculum covering major areas in child and adolescent psychology, and supervision in various clinical settings resulting in hands-on and graduated learning experience over the year.

The intern will conduct comprehensive evaluations of children, adolescents and families with a broad spectrum of psychopathology and varying sociocultural and ethnic backgrounds; gain competence in major treatment modalities; learn the knowledge and skills to practice within a variety of child and adolescent settings; have the opportunity to teach professionals in other disciplines (psychiatry, school, and pediatrics), parents, and members of other agencies; become familiar with research methodology and professional/scientific literature on child and adolescent psychology and clinical intervention; and learn to participate effectively in multidisciplinary team meetings.

Interns complete yearlong placements in (i) Child and Adolescent Anxiety Clinic; (ii) General Child and Adult Outpatient Psychotherapy; and (iii) Child and Adolescent Psychological Assessment. They also complete minor rotations varying in length from two to six months.

Yearlong Placements


Child and Adolescent Anxiety Clinic
Faculty: Joanna Katsanis, PhD 

The intern provides comprehensive assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents, ages 0 to 18 years, and receives in-depth training on the assessment of childhood anxiety disorders and the delivery of psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy.

Child and Young Adult Outpatient Psychotherapy
Faculty: Joanna Katsanis, PhD,

The intern serves as the primary therapist for two to three adult outpatient psychotherapy cases and child/adolescent/family therapy cases. The intern will have the opportunity to gain experience in psychotherapy with special interest groups (e.g., autism, anxiety, mood and sleep disorders). Although some cases may be seen for the entire year, brief psychotherapy is also encouraged. The intern will be encouraged to develop therapeutic skills in various modalities including cognitive behavior therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, play therapy, group therapy, parent management training and family therapy.

Adolescent Outpatient Psychotherapy
Faculty: Chad McWhinnie, PhD.

During this year long rotation the intern will also have the opportunity to develop skills working with adolescents struggling with multiple acute problems, including challenges related to substance use, mood and anxiety, suicidality, self-injurious behavior, trauma, and behavioral issues at home and school. They will use evidence-based practices in family-based interventions, mindfulness-based interventions for behavior change, motivational interviewing, and dialectical behavior therapy.

Child and Adolescent Psychological Assessment
Faculty: Joanna Katsanis, PhD, Andrew Gardner, PhD, Kyle Suhr, PhD

The intern will have the opportunity to develop skills in psychological assessment and interpretation throughout their training. The intern will use these measures in various settings and to address interdisciplinary issues including diagnostic (autism, depression, sleep disorders), academic (learning disability), medical (presurgical evaluations) and legal (competency to stand trial).


Minor Rotations

Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic
Faculty: Andrew Gardner, PhD

The primary goal of the rotation is to provide experience on assessment, treatment, and plan development targeting challenging and disruptive behavior of children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disabilities and other developmental disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorder. Interns will participate in an integrated and targeted application of behavioral methods through a data-based approach. Challenging behaviors range from self-injury, aggression, property destruction, elopement, and pica, to other forms of problem behavior such as noncompliance and tantrums. The intern will utilize the empirically validated science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to assess and treat challenging behaviors at the BPC clinic. The rotation offers a range of service delivery models consistent of interdisciplinary assessment/treatment, outpatient services, community collaboration, and brief consultation services.

Location: Child and Adolescent clinic (July -September)

School Psychology
Faculty: Emery Mahoney, PhD

During this 2-month long rotation, interns observe Preschool, Elementary, Middle, and High School activities (including general and special education classes, individualized educational planning, speech language pathology, counseling and social work interventions, vocational planning), and conduct evaluations using a variety of assessment instruments under the supervision of a licensed school psychologist.

Location: Sahuarita School District (September- October)

Children's Clinic for Rehabilitative Services
Faculty: Andrew Gardner, PhD

In this rotation, interns have the opportunity to receive advanced training on assessment, plan development, and treatment of challenging and disruptive behavior of children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disabilities and other developmental and medical disorders in an integrative healthcare setting. In addition to training on assessment and treatment methods including Applied Behavior Analysis, the intern will be exposed to multidisciplinary teams, consultation services with schools and community professionals, and interactions with behavioral health agencies.

Location: Children's Clinic for Rehabilitation Services (April - June)