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Doctoral Psychology Internship in Health Service Psychology

Founded in 1917, Judge Baker Children’s Center is a Harvard Medical School affiliate whose mission is to promote children’s healthy development by bridging the gap between science and practice and improving access to the highest quality behavioral health care in community-based settings. The doctoral internship program at Judge Baker focuses on training professional psychologists in clinical and school specializations.

Judge Baker Children’s Center has a long history of training influential professionals in the field of children’s mental health. The original doctoral psychology internship was started at Judge Baker in 1949 and became one of the oldest internships accredited by the APA seven years later in 1956. In 1998, a change in institutional priorities at Judge Baker resulted in the transferring of the internship program to the leadership at Boston Children’s Hospital, where it continues today. However, Judge Baker has renewed its commitment to offering pre-doctoral training for professionals in psychology and initiated a new independent internship program in 2017.

Two interns a year are selected to participate in the internship program. The program is full-time (40 hours per week) for 12 months (2,000 hours). We offer no part-time positions. The intern year begins July 1, 2022. The current stipend is $30,000 and participation in Judge Baker’s health insurance plan is available to interns. The internship is a member of APPIC, it is accredited by the APA. The curriculum is designed to conform to the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Psychologists requirements for internship experience.

COVID-19 UPDATE: For the 2022-2023 training year, we expect that all programs and services will be operating normally and will not be impacted by COVID-19 precautions. However, updates will be provided to applicants as soon as they are available. Please note that all interns must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to participate in the internship program.

If you are interested in pursuing an internship at Judge Baker Children’s Center, applications must be submitted through the AAPI Online application system by November 1, 2021.  Our AAPIC Program Number is 2479. Questions regarding the internship program can be directed to or by contacting 617-278-4288. 

Additional information regarding the doctoral internship can be downloaded below:

APA Accreditation Information:
Questions related to the program’s accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20002