About Our Program
The Psychology Internship Program within the Division of Behavioral Health at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children provides training at the predoctoral level for students who wish to pursue careers in clinical practice and applied research related to the health care profession.
The Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children is the only children’s hospital in Delaware and draws from three additional states (Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey). As a teaching facility, the hospital is affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University where all faculty hold academic appointments. In addition to psychology interns, medical students, residents, and fellows specializing in various fields of pediatrics — as well as nursing and allied health students — receive training at the hospital.
Psychology interns are not only valued within the Division of Behavioral Health, but by all medical disciplines. We share a close and mutually supportive relationship with psychiatry and pediatrics. We take pride in both the breadth and depth of training and feel we have much to offer doctoral candidates interested in both traditional child clinical psychology and pediatric psychology.
Seven interns comprise our 2013-2014 class. There are post-doctoral fellows and externs training with us as well. While we are known as a “hard working” training site, we are also known for the warm and friendly relationships between our trainees and faculty. Formal supervision is abundant and faculty have an open door policy for informal consultation.
The Division of Behavioral Health reports administratively to the Chair of the Department of Pediatrics. All psychology faculty in the division are employees of the hospital and are involved in supervising interns. There are currently 16 full and part-time doctoral-level licensed psychologists and six post-doctoral fellows on staff.
The division’s psychologists have provided training for many years and training is central to their professional identities. Training also represents an integral facet of the Department of Pediatrics and the mission of the hospital. Academic affiliation with Thomas Jefferson University fosters training activities hospital-wide through a well-established residency program. Training faculty hold academic appointments through Jefferson Medical College. Psychology intern graduates are currently working in children’s hospitals, medical schools, and outpatient clinics nationwide.