The internship program in clinical psychology in the Pritzker Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Lurie Children's has a strong commitment to training students as scientist/practitioners. This is an ideal setting in which to teach students how to integrate research and clinical practice.
In addition to allowing access to a number of populations (e.g., medically ill children) who are otherwise difficult to study, this setting provides students with a unique opportunity to study the effectiveness of a variety of treatment approaches with children and families.
As the field of psychology moves increasingly towards accountability and the use of empirically supported treatments, this becomes a critical component of training at the doctoral level. Once they have completed their dissertation work, all interns at Lurie Children's have the option of getting involved in an ongoing research project in the department. If they decide to do so, they will be assigned a research mentor, based on their particular interest, to help guide them through this process.