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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, 2021. The current stipend is $30,000 and participation in Judge Baker’s health insurance plan is available to interns.

Please note that while this internship is a member of APPIC, it is not APA accredited. Applicants for the 2021-2022 academic year should understand that the program may not have APA accreditation. The curriculum is designed to conform to the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Psychologists requirements for internship experience.

ACCREDITATION UPDATE: On October 2, 2019, we submitted our self-study to the APA Commission on Accreditation. On February 3, 2020, we received notification that we had been approved for a site visit and began scheduling our site visit.  Unfortunately, at that time, the COVID-19 pandemic  required APA to suspend all site visits until further notice. On September 2, 2020, we received notification that our site visit has been rescheduled for December 10 and 11, 2020. Please be advised that there is no assurance that we will be able to successfully achieve accreditation.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to the precautions implemented because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the internship program has been slightly adjusted for the CURRENT 2020-2021 internship year to start on 8/24/2020 and end 8/23/2021.  All didactics, supervision, and other structured learning experiences continue to be held as planned and most clinical service delivery rotations continue to provided virtual services.  The training faculty sincerely hope that applicants reading this update will not be impacted by COVID-19 precautions by the start of the UPCOMING 2021-2022 training year.  However, updates will be provided to applicants as soon as they are available. The following two adjustments have already been put in place:

  1. All interviews for the 2021-2022 internship to take place in January 2021 will be conducted exclusively VIRTUALLY at the strong recommendation of APPIC
  2. Interns will have the opportunity to overlap their internship with the prior class who have been delayed 2 months in their start date.   

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, 2020.  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