Our Philosophy

The Psychology Internship Program’s philosophy and mission are grounded in the belief that the psychologist’s role is paramount to meeting the psychological, behavioral, and developmental needs of children who are seen through pediatric tertiary care facilities. The development of our training components has paralleled the increasing demands of clinical service delivery, with an ever-expanding appreciation for children’s unique needs as well as the manner in which behavioral and psychological factors interface with medical conditions to determine health outcomes.
Our mission is to contribute to and formalize our commitment to the fields of pediatric health psychology, child and adolescent clinical psychology and clinical neuropsychology.

Our Goals


All interns are expected to acquire knowledge and develop skills consistent with the training philosophy of the program. Each intern gains experience in psychological assessment, intervention and consultation liaison service. Each intern will also participate in a specialized interdisciplinary training track and provide services consistent with that track during the internship year.
Experience in working with professionals from other disciplines is a critical aspect of training. Sensitivity to cultural and individual diversity is also emphasized. Interns are provided the opportunity to work with individuals from a variety of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. The internship is also structured so that each intern gains experience with a population diverse in terms of age, gender, and presenting problems.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital's Psychology Internship Program (PIP) offers a pre-doctoral clinical psychology internship program with an emphasis in the areas of pediatric health psychology, and clinical neuropsychology.

Internship Tracks

There are two Elective Tracks based on personal and professional interests. Our interns are housed under the Division of Psychology but Neuropsychology interns have consistent involvement with the Brain Institute. Our interns are regarded as integral part of our division and in providing services to inpatient population and children out in the community

  • Pediatric Health Track: (2 interns) Provides interns with knowledge in evaluation and intervention with medically involved infants, children and adolescents
  • Neuropsychology Track: (2 interns) Provides interns with knowledge in evaluation and intervention of the pediatric population with neurocognitive and complex medical conditions impacting the central nervous system

The goal of the Pediatric Health Track is to provide interns with knowledge in evaluation and intervention with medically involved infants, children and adolescents. The intern will participate in a variety of multidisciplinary clinics and teams addressing medical conditions, such as diabetes, migraines, and neurodevelopmental disorders. Children with major behavioral/developmental disorders (e.g., autism, intellectual deficiency, failure to thrive, insomnia, attention deficit/hyperactivity, learning disorder, chronic pain) as well as children medically compromised (chronic and acute medical conditions and pain) are assessed and treated.
The format on this track is a developmental process that involves observation of evaluations/interventions under direct supervision and subsequently completing the evaluations/interventions without direct supervision. Training in Psychoeducational and developmental assessment is provided in the areas of clinical interview, assessment, and direct observation of the supervisor working with patients and their families. Beyond the core training experiences and specialized training tracks, interns gain additional experience through participation in several multidisciplinary clinics and training teams.

Neuropsychology Track

•Outpatient therapy- individual, family, group therapy, clinical research (PCORI grant)
•Psycho-educational, psychological, and developmental assessment
•Consultation-Liaison services
•Participation in multidisciplinary clinics
•Participation in hematology/oncology and bone marrow transplant rounds. 

Each PGY-2 resident will have three blocks of individualized elective time which may be split into two 2-week half-blocks of different subspecialty rotations or 1 block (4 weeks total) of a single subspecialty.

Residents may elect from the following options:

Allergy & Immunology
Ambulatory Pediatrics/Primary Care
Anesthesiology
Bone Marrow Unit
Cardiology
Cardiology II (Cath Lab/Cardiac Imaging, etc.)
CICU
Dentistry
Dermatology
Endocrinology
Gastroenterology
Genetics (Metabolic/Clinical)
GI Procedures
Global Health
Hematology-Oncology
Hospital Medicine
Infectious Diseases
Nephrology
Neuro ICU
Neurology
Neurosurgery
Nutrition
Ophthalmology
Orthopedic Surgery/Sports Medicine
Otolaryngology
Pathology
Pediatric Surgery
Psychiatry
Pulmonology
Radiology
Research
Rheumatology
Rural/Underserved Pediatrics
Sedation
Urology

Third Year

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Highest ABP board passing rate in South Florida**

This program is robust in educational activities designed to emphasize high-yield pediatric board exam topics. These include morning report discussions, noon core curriculum lectures, interactive board review sessions, self-directed learning tools such as the AAP Prep Online questions, and MedStudy board preparation books, video library, and flash cards. Additionally, the PGY-3 residents are required to attend the Nicklaus Children's Hospital Annual Pediatric Board Review Course. This comprehensive four day review course is designed for pediatricians who are preparing for the American Board of Pediatrics certification or recertification examination.

These efforts have greatly contributed to the strong scores received by Nicklaus Children's Hospital residents on the American Board of Pediatrics In-training Examinations and the high program board passing rates on the ABP Certification Exam.

** As reported by the American Board of Pediatrics in 2018

Your path to success begins here.

The Pediatric Residency Program is extremely proud of our residents' academic accomplishments. Among these achievements, we recognize our residents' history of successful placements in many of our nation's top fellowship training programs. Over the years, our residents have gone on to pursue fellowships in numerous pediatric subspecialty areas as depicted here and have become leaders in their fields.

Nicklaus also offers fellowships in various pediatric specialties.

Our Fellowship Programs View Fellowship Placement Chart

Our FIU Affiliation

The Nicklaus Children's Hospital Pediatric Residency Program is affiliated with the Florida International University (FIU) Hebert Wertheim College of Medicine. The FIU Department of Pediatrics is based at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, under the leadership of Dr. Jefry Biehler, Chairman of the FIU Department of Pediatrics.

Clinical Competency Committee (CCC)