Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Clinical Psychology Practicum

Undergraduate Clinical Psychology Practicum


Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center


On Site Supervisor:

Robin J. Adams, Ph.D.

(513) 636-4699




Thank you for your interest in this unique practicum experience for psychology undergraduate students.  The purpose of this practicum is to provide students with exposure to the day-to-day functions and roles of psychologists who work in an outpatient hospital setting with children exhibiting a variety of developmental and behavioral difficulties. These presenting concerns include Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Developmental Delay, behavior problems, Down Syndrome, feeding issues, Intellectual Disabilities, and Anxiety as well as other developmental issues.


To Apply


We are now accepting applications for our summer program (Orientation evening of May 23; then practicum runs June 4, 2018 – August 10, 2018) and full year academic year program (Orientation evening of August 29; practicum runs September 10, 2018 – April 26, 2019).  The practicum involves spending one full day per week at CCHMC (approximately 8AM to 4 PM, specific day to be determined based on availability), as well as attend weekly didactic sessions on Wednesdays from 5PM to 6PM.


Interested applicants please send the following application materials to Dr. Robin J. Adams, by Friday March 23. Students must be actively enrolled in an undergraduate program throughout the full practicum experience.  Because of the high number of applications received, materials received after this deadline cannot be considered.  Materials can be sent via email (preferred) at, or mailed to: Dr. Robin J. Adams, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, 3333 Burnet Avenue, MLC 4002, Cincinnati, Ohio 45229.  Applicant materials should please include:


  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vita / Resume
  • Transcript/Grade report (does NOT need to be an official transcript)
  • ONE letter of recommendation—should be mailed in a sealed and signed envelope or e-mailed directly to me ( from the recommender


Interview offers will be made in a prompt fashion, with interviews scheduled on Friday, April 6 and Friday, April 13. You will be e-mailed an interview invitation with an interview time/date. Applicants should indicate in their cover letter whether they wish to apply for the summer practicum or academic year practicum (or would like to be considered for either). Additionally, to facilitate quick interview scheduling, please indicate if you are NOT available for interview during any of the following blocks of time:


Friday April 6 morning (8:00-12:00)

Friday April 6 afternoon (12:30-3:00)

Friday April 13 morning (8:00-12:00)

Friday April 13 afternoon (12:30-3:00)


More About the Practicum


Our trainees will have the opportunity to:


  1. Observe diagnostic interviews and psychological evaluations
  2. Observe a variety of psychology treatment modalities
  3. Observe speech evaluations and occupational therapy evaluations
  4. Learn how different conditions are diagnosed and treated in a multi-disciplinary

outpatient hospital setting

  1. Learn how to score and interpret a variety of report forms and questionnaires used

in assessment

  1. Participate in a variety of applied learning activities developed to further enhance

clinical observations

  1. Participate in weekly didactic sessions covering a range of applicable topics
  2. Prepare and present brief presentations (likely one per semester) to their practicum cohort
  3. Be part of a cohort composed of students from a variety of educational institutions.


A typical day for students will consist of observation of clinical appointments, scoring protocols, and completing additional learning activities/presentations/guided readings of relevant professional literature. Please note that given licensure requirements and required training, clinical observations will consist of observing rather than actually participating in clinical work. In addition, all students are expected to attend a weekly group supervision and didactic meeting which will occur on Wednesday evenings from 5:00 to 6:00.  These meetings will include presentations covering a variety of topics relevant to undergraduate students considering a career in psychology, with focus on working with children with developmental and behavioral concerns.


Participating practicum students are required to receive course credit for this practicum. Please communicate with your advisor or training director regarding your ability to enroll for course credit. No stipend or payment is available in connection with this opportunity.



Requirements for practicum:

  • Enrollment in undergraduate program throughout full practicum experience (preference given to junior and senior students)
  • Able to enroll for course credit for the practicum
  • Availability on Wednesdays from 5:00 to 6:00 for didactic sessions
  • Availability for one full day per week for clinical observation day (approximately 8AM to 4PM)


Additionally, please note that this practicum experience is generally geared toward students considering a career in psychology. Most applicants are psychology majors and going into their junior or senior year. Other applicants are quite welcome (alternate related majors and/or freshman/sophomore students), though preference is given to psychology-major upperclassmen.


We look forward to the upcoming training year and the experiences that this practicum offers. Please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Adams with questions about this opportunity.


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