The Program Aim is to prepare doctoral interns to intermediate competence in delivery of health service psychology with children and adolescents with a range of behavioral, emotional, health and learning needs along with their families.

The Program includes the Department of Behavioral Psychology and the Department of Neuropsychology.

The Training Leadership consists of:

The program recognizes the importance of cultural and individual differences and diversity in the training of psychologists. Our training program follows Kennedy Krieger Institute’s policy, as an equal opportunity employer, of commitment to diversity at all levels. The internship training program welcomes and encourages qualified individuals to apply and enter on the basis of demonstrated ability, performance, and merit and embraces cultural and individual differences.

“Kennedy Krieger Institute is committed to excellence. Diverse thoughts, backgrounds and perspectives create a robust community that fosters the best innovation and ideas. We aspire to have individuals of all backgrounds, races, religions, ethnicities and identities thrive in an environment of respect, encouragement, equity and inclusion.” 
- Bradley L. Schlaggar, MD, PhD
Kennedy Krieger’s president and CEO

All Kennedy Krieger doctoral interns receive their academic appointments through the Department of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The internship is accredited through the American Psychological Association (APA), and has maintained accreditation since 1988. The next site visit will be in 2021. Questions related to the program’s accredited 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

Our program is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers.

Kennedy Krieger is one of the nation’s many programs dedicated to Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND). Administered by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the LEND program ensures that psychologists, physicians, nurses, therapists and other allied health professionals are qualified to address the unique needs of children with special healthcare requirements and their families — maximizing the developmental potential of children and enhancing the quality of life for families.

Please note, there are two separate doctoral psychology internships at Kennedy Krieger Institute. If you are looking for Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress/Psychiatric Mental Health, please visit their page.