The internship program in clinical psychology in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 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 are encouraged to get involved in an ongoing research project in the Department. They will be assigned a research mentor, based on their particular interest, to help guide them through this process. Although research time is not protected, motivated interns can become involved in research as part of their PEP plan.