Graduate Education/Training : Training Programs

Internship and Postdoctoral Training in Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology

The Internship Program at the Mailman Center for Child Development, Department of Pediatrics, University of Miami School of Medicine offers a variety of training opportunities in child clinical psychology, pediatric psychology, and developmental neuropsychology. This program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (Commission on Accreditation, American Psychological Association; 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC, 2002-4242; 202-336-5979, 202-336-6123 TDD/TTY). The program is designed to offer experiences with the child (and his/her family) with, or at risk for, developmental disabilities or behavioral problems due to genetic, environmental, or medical factors. There are numerous opportunities for training in the psychological aspects of traditional developmental disabilities (e.g., intellectual disabilities, autism, and learning disabilities), pediatric psychology, lifespan neuropsychology, and prevention in at risk populations. In addition, the internship program is part of an interdisciplinary training program, and interns will work alongside professionals and trainees from pediatrics, neurology, audiology, social work, nutrition, nursing, genetics, physical therapy, speech and language therapy, and education. With this training background, the student is prepared to advance to further post-doctoral training, or in some cases, professional careers in pediatric psychology, child and adolescent clinical psychology, or clinical neuropsychology.
Interns will develop certain basic skills and knowledge consistent with the philosophy of the program. There are three aspects of this philosophy. The first is an interdisciplinary developmental focus, consistent with that of the Mailman Center. The second is an intradisciplinary clinical child/pediatric focus, based on the Hilton Head Conference for the Training of Clinical Child Psychologists (1985). Within this framework, we expect each intern to gain experience in clinical/developmental assessment, intervention, prevention, and consultation while working alongside professionals from other disciplines. The third is a multi-cultural diversity focus, acquiring skills to work with individuals from a variety of cultural and economic backgrounds. Within each of these areas, we further expect that each intern will acquire basic knowledge and skills that reflect this training emphasis.

The size and location of the Center enables interns to gain experience with a broad spectrum of problems in a diverse cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic population. While the faculty represent a number of theoretical positions, the program leans toward a cognitive-behavioral/systems perspective. However, many different diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, including cognitive-behavioral, family systems, and interpersonal techniques, are taught within the program.
A candidate must be enrolled as an advanced graduate student in a clinical or counseling psychology program approved (or provisionally approved) by the American Psychological Association. All candidates should have a substantial amount of prior practicum supervision and other clinical experience. Applicants with strong clinical child, pediatric, or neuropsychology backgrounds are preferred. The internship program abides by the University of Miami’s policy as an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Matching to a position involves approximately a half-time commitment to one funding rotation across the 12-month internship year. The remaining hours/week will be spent on rotations individually tailored to meet the training needs of the intern, selected by the intern in consultation with his/her primary supervisor. The source of the 12-month rotation commitment is determined at the time of the match.

Please watch the following video to learn about what a typical intern’s schedule looks like.

Our major funding rotations are: 1) Pediatric Psychology, 2) Clinical Psychology, 3) Autism Spectrum Disorder and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, 4) Parent-Child Interaction Therapy; 5) Early Childhood Interventions; and 6.) Pediatric Hearing Loss. Overviews of each of these funded rotations are provided in the following videos:
The Clinical Psychology rotation is comprised of Behavioral Pediatrics, Psychological Assessment Services, and PM Cope (see videos below).

Behavioral Pediatrics

Autism Spectrum Disorder and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

Pediatric Psychology

Early Childhood Interventions

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy

Pediatric Hearing Loss

Overviews of many of the elective training rotations are provided in the following videos (For a full listing, please refer to our brochure):

Pediatric Psychology Elective Rotations

Pediatric Medical Coping Clinic


Pediatric Mobile Clinic


Continuity Clinic

Adolescent Medicine

Clinical Child Psychology Rotations

Early Steps

Child Protection Team


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We do not currently have any open fellowship positions for the 2018-2019 training year. Please check back in the fall for updates.

Contact: Veronica Accornero, Ph.D., Director of Internship Training .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (305) 243-6857