Psychology interns are welcome to contribute to ongoing clinical research and participate in research education in the Division of Behavioral Health. Although research experiences are encouraged, we view the internship year as a clinical training experience and, thus, clinical experience activities are primary. There is, however, an emphasis on reviewing and critiquing research.
Current active research studies include:
- role of behavioral interventions in improving health outcomes and lowering healthcare costs for type I diabetes
- self management of type I diabetes during adolescence
- family psychosocial risk assessment in sickle cell disease
- implementing social skills groups for autism spectrum disorders in community settings
- neurodevelopmental outcomes following infant cardiac surgery
- psychosocial needs of families of infants with congenital heart disease
- psychological screening for bariatric surgery
- screening in pediatric primary care
Medical Residency Training
Several faculty members are actively engaged in residency training for pediatric and family practice residents. Medical residents observe and participate in psychological evaluations and parent feedback conferences in order to gain familiarity with standard and appropriate psychological services as well as the varied roles of psychologists in medical settings.
Residents also observe and participate in the Behavior Consultation Clinic, a short-term goal-oriented treatment service. The role of Psychology in these activities highlights the degree to which we are integrated within the hospital as well as our commitment to training. Interns are routinely included in these activities and encouraged to participate.
Postdoctoral opportunities are available, allowing some interns to stay on an extra year. The nature of these positions vary year to year. Next year, we have nine postdoctoral fellows. For more information regarding our fellowship training, please contact Dr. Colleen Sherman, fellowship training director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Benefits & Support
Interns are eligible to participate in tax-deferred child-care, medical care, disability, and retirement annuity programs and are welcome to use hospital sports medicine, library, and computer facilities.
There is a child-care facility on-site. Health insurance for children of hospital employees is provided free of charge (i.e., no premium).
Intern professional development is supported in a number of ways. Work time is released for educational experiences for interns (e.g., travel to national conferences with relevant continuing education workshops).
Interns participate in abundant cross-discipline in-house continuing education workshops at no charge. Release time is provided for Nemours related professional presentations at regional or national conferences, such as APA or the Conference of Child Health Psychology.
Interns have access to support personnel, including five full-time psychology/psychiatry support staff, one check-in/check-out billing liaison, and medical transcriptionists. Support staff aid in scheduling patients, obtaining authorizations, patient check-in/check-out and other clerical work. Also serving the Division are volunteers who are available for routine clerical assigned work, such as filing and compiling patient information packets.
There are also personnel to assist with staff and intern research project protocols. For example, the Medical Education Office assists with poster preparations, editing and review tasks, in addition to slide preparation (Photography). There is also statistical consultation available for hospital based research studies. Finally, there is computer/technological support available on a daily basis.
Office Space & Equipment
Interns share a large office located in the Division of Behavioral Health next to clinic space. Each intern has his/her own individual network computer, e-mail account and voice mail. Computer support training, electronic medical record use, and internet access are also provided. Remote access to the hospital server is also available.
Clinical Space & Equipment
Space for seeing patients includes nine therapy rooms, four of which are equipped for live supervision via one-way mirrors or video capabilities. Sports medicine facilities are also used therapeutically. There is also an extensive playground at the entrance to the outpatient lobby.
There is availability of statistical consultation for Institution Research Board approved research projects at no charge, as well as availability of small grant research awards (Nemours Research Programs), awarded on the basis on scientific merit. Learn More About Research at Nemours »
Stipend & Benefits
As employees, interns are provided an ample benefits package including:
- 20 Basic Leave days (i.e., vacation)
- 9 paid extended leave days (i.e., sick leave)
- subsidized health insurance
- 7 paid holidays
- free on-site parking
Life in Wilmington
Wilmington is located halfway between New York City and Washington, DC (100 miles each direction). We are also only 25 minutes to the Philadelphia airport, 35 minutes to center city Philadelphia, 90 minutes to downtown Baltimore, 60 minutes to Lancaster County, PA (“Amish Country”), 90 minutes to Atlantic City, and 90 minutes to Delaware’s Atlantic Ocean Beaches. Wilmington also has rail access to Amtrak and Septa commuter trains.
Wilmington is close to many beautiful tourist destinations including Winterthur Museum Garden and Library, Longwood Gardens, Valley Forge, Brandywine Battlefield, Brandywine River Museum, Historic New Castle, Hagley Museum and Garden, and numerous scenic state parks.
For more information, you may visit the Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Emily Bernabe, PhD
(Temple University, 2013)
Autism, Early Childhood Behavioral Difficulties
Jason Boye, PhD
(UNC, Greensboro, 2014)
Weight Management, Primary Care
Christina Cammarata, PhD
(Central Michigan University, 2009)
body Focused Repetive Behavior Disorders, OCD, PCIT
Johanna Carpenter, PhD
(Temple University, 2011)
anxiety, early childhood behavioral difficulties, diabetes adjustment/adherence, primary care
Stephanie Chopko, PhD
(University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2011)
cerebral palsy, developmental disorders, delays, early intervention
Megan Cohen, PhD
(University of Florida, 2013)
primary care, health promotion and prevention
Colleen Cullinan, PhD
(Western Michigan University, 2015)
primary care, ADHD, child/adolescent therapy
Laura Dewey, PhD
(University of Texas Southwestern
Med Center at Dallas, 2011)
autism spectrum disorders assessment and treatment
Rochelle Glidden, PsyD
(Rutgers University, 1999)
learning and neurodevelopmental disabilities, school consultation, oncology and craniofacial/cleft palate
Roger Harrison, PhD
(Brigham Young University, 2006)
primary care, ADHD, adolescent therapy, family systems therapy
Cheyenne Hughes-Reid, PhD
(Lehigh University, 2011)
primary care, GI and school consultation
Meghan McAuliffe Lines, PhD
(University of Delaware, 2009)
primary care, health and prevention
Maia Noeder, PhD
(Case Western Reserve University, 2014)
early childhood behavioral/developmental issues, end stage renal disease
Jennifer Shroff Pendley, PhD
(Indiana University, 1993)
diabetes, medical adherence, behavior management, training
Julia Price, PhD
(Temple University, 2012)
diabetes/medical adherence, medical trauma
Steven Reader, PhD
(University of Florida, 2007)
ADHD, disruptive behavior disorders, sickle cell, GI
Katherine Salamon, PhD
(University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 2012)
Colleen Sherman, PhD
(Temple University, 1995)
early childhood pediatric psychology, developmental delays, behavioral difficulties, feeding assessments and treatment
Erica Sood, PhD
(Temple University, 2009)
cardiology, medical adherence
Current & Past Interns
Past interns have obtained postdoctoral or faculty positions at places such as Brown University, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Nemours Children’s Specialty Care in Jacksonville, Florida, University of Florida, Texas Children’s Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Cincinnati Children's Hospital.