The aim of the Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress/Psychiatric Mental Health Program Doctoral Internship is to prepare interns in health services psychology with competencies for providing evaluation and treatment to children and families affected by psychological trauma and other developmental and psychiatric disorders.

This training aim follows directly from our work with children and families affected by trauma and developmental disorders in the context of a large urban medical center serving a diverse, generally underserved population.

Training Objectives:

  • The intern will show competence in selecting, administering, interpreting, and integrating data from psychological testing to answer referral questions related to the treatment of children showing clinical symptoms at a range of cognitive levels. Training is provided through didactic seminars and weekly supervision. The intern is required to show proficiency using a range of cognitive tests, symptom-specific measures and behavior checklists, objective personality questionnaires, and projective measures (measures vary according to specific training track within the internship program)
  • The intern will develop diagnostic interviewing skills using standardized techniques and structured clinical interviews. The purpose of these diagnostic interviews is to effectively diagnose and identify evidence-based treatment options.
  • The intern will treat clinical cases in their areas of training focus, based on their training site(s). Emphasis is placed on evidence-based models of intervention (including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Parent Child Interaction Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Intervention for Tics, Parent Management Training), direct supervision and integration of assessment information.
  • Interns will also attend regular case conferences, seminars, and other learning experiences relevant to their interest area(s). 
  • Interns will be supported in developing their knowledge of research and application of research-based information in treatment. The type of research exposure will vary by core clinical site.


The intern receives a total of 4 hours per week of supervision- 2 hours of individual supervision by doctoral-level, licensed psychologists, and 2 hours per week of group supervision. One hour of individual supervision (or more as needed), is dedicated to discussion of therapy cases currently seen by the intern.  Another hour is for supervision of psychological assessments and diagnostic intake interviews.