Psychology Doctoral Internship
Our Psychology Doctoral Internship Program at Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s offers tracks in pediatric psychology and pediatric neuropsychology training in therapy and assessment with medical inpatients, outpatients with medical and/or psychological concerns, as well as their families. Consultation to medical teams is also an important aspect of our training program. We are a member of APPIC and the program is accredited by the APA. Please contact the APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation (OPCA) directly with questions related to our program’s accreditation status. The address of the APA OPCA is:
750 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
The psychology internship program is offered by the Department of Psychology, which trains psychology interns as well as psychology postdoctoral residents/fellows, psychology practicum students along with medical residents, psychiatry trainees, and mental health therapy trainees. The primary goal of the program is to train interns in the profession-wide competencies needed to be a skilled psychologist working with children, adolescents, emerging adults, and families in a medical setting. Additionally, multicultural/diversity issues, ethical practice, interpersonal skills, supervision acumen, integrating science and practice, and professional values and identity are addressed during the training year. Interns are required to complete 2,000 hours of training.
PCH is steadfastly committed to advocating for all children by focusing on social determinants of health, including racism, and the important role they play in creating disparities in child health and well-being. Though we have strong advocacy and action around behavioral health, homelessness, child abuse, and adverse childhood experiences, we must continue to prioritize equality and enhanced opportunities for children of all races. Diversity enhances creativity and thoughtfulness in our patient care and research and will ultimately lead to better solutions to the healthcare needs of the populations we serve. To that end, PCH strives to create an environment that reflects the diversity of the communities it serves resulting in greater health care equity and a reduction in health care disparities by recruiting academically talented and diverse trainees across all levels of training: practicum, internship, and postdoctoral residency/fellowship.
John Barton, Ph.D., ABPP, is the Training Director for the Doctoral Internship and formerly program director for the Postdoctoral Residency/Fellowship. Dr. Barton graduated as the Outstanding Graduate Student from Arizona State University. He has been a licensed psychologist for the more than 35 years. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. His practice focuses on the assessment of children and teens with ADHD and/or Learning Disorders and therapy for patients with medical and psychological problems. Dr. Barton is also the Director of the Clinical Psychology Center (CPC) and Associate Clinical Professor at Arizona State University. He supervises ASU graduate students at the CPC and PCH in outpatient therapy and assessment. He also teaches courses in advanced psychological assessment as well as psychotherapy. He provides invited lectures on child and pediatric health issues to psychologists, physicians, educators, and the community at large.
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