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Psychology Doctoral Internship

Psychology Programs

Our Psychology Doctoral Internship Program at Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s offers 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 medical residents, psychiatry residents, psychology practicum students, as well as psychology interns and residents. 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 behavior 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 to our internship and residency/fellowship programs.

Our program embraces cultural and individual diversity and strives to recruit interns representative of diverse personal and demographic characteristics.  Candidates likewise, should have experience and the desire to work with diverse groups of children, adolescents and families. The patient population at Phoenix Children's Hospital reflects the cultural and socioeconomic diversity of the Southwest.  In 2017, 23% of Phoenix Children's Hospital patients were Latinx, 7% African American, 3% Native American, and 11% other.  Three percent of Phoenix Children's Hospital patients were older than 18 years of age; 55% were (Medicaid/AHCCCS) patients.  To better enable our interns to care for these patients, we offer monthly diversity seminars covering such topics as cultural determinants of health disparities, cultural humility, working with the Latinx population, working with Native American patients and families, and disability as diversity.  Interns have the opportunity to work with the Phoenix Children's Hospital Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

To learn more about our internship, download the brochure!


Sande Hogan
Program Administrator
Phoenix Children's Hospital

P: 602-933-1380


John L. Barton, PhD, ABPP
Program Director

John Barton, Ph.D., ABPP is the Training Director for the Doctoral Internship and Post-doctoral Residency. Dr. Barton graduated as 5 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 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.

Phoenix Children's is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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