Placements and Outreach Activities

Interns provide varied services through community-based or internal OHSU programs, through contracts with local agencies or through branches of the University that focus on activities that complement the internship training goals. The goal of this aspect of the training program is to expose interns to practice, policy/planning, and/or research-related activities in various contexts and to expand the application of one's skills.

Interns will spend approximately six to eight hours per week in these activities, and remain in the same placement for the entire year. Specific placements can change year to year, and thus are not guaranteed; however, it is the goal of the Division of Psychology to maintain ongoing relationships with community partners to ensure consistency in training.

Recent examples of placements completed by interns include:

  1. OHSU General Pediatrics Clinics*: interns provide brief behavioral consultation to patients in an integrated primary care setting, brief behavioral health interventions through a follow-up program, and training to pediatric residents. Interns have the opportunity to engage in program development, revision, and evaluation.
  2. OHSU Pediatric Neurology Clinic*: interns provide brief behavioral health consultation with patients with a variety of neurologic conditions, with recent emphases on those with epilepsy and headache. Service emphasizes same-day consultation and focuses on a variety of behavioral health topics (e.g., adherence, adjustment, behavior management). 
  3. Pediatric Nephrology Clinic*: interns provide integrated behavioral health consultation to pediatric renal transplant recipients, participate and lead clinical quality improvement projects. Interns have the opportunity to engage in program development, revision, and evaluation.
  4. Disorders of Sexual Development Clinic*: interns work alongside a team of medical and allied health professionals caring for youth with DSD, in particular those who identify as transgender. Interns provide direct patient consultation, collaboration/consultation with medical team, program development related to mental health screening and assessment, and referral assistance.
  5. OHSU Department of Anesthesiology and Peri-operative Medicine: interns provide peer mentoring to anesthesiology fellows regarding conducting research and engaging in research related to peri-operative anxiety and pain.

* These positions are in place for the 2021-2022 training year and are anticipated (but again, not guaranteed) for the 2022-2023 training year.

In addition to the specific placement as described above, interns also will participate in specific community engagement projects as part of the LEND interdisciplinary training curriculum. Along with trainees of other disciplines, psychology interns typically complete 1-2 engagement projects. Examples of projects include developing, organizing, and providing a community-based training to parents of youth with special needs on various topics (e.g., behavioral support strategies, feeding and nutrition issues); consulting with community-based health organizations to provide education, support, or screening for individuals with disabilities, collaborating with a community organization to support and implement an annual camp for children with ASD; and partnering with Doernbecher Children's Hospital Volunteer Services to enhance knowledge and skills of volunteers regarding working with children with complex medical and/or developmental conditions.

Finally, all interns complete a Family Mentor experience, whereby they are paired with a family with a child with a disability and asked to complete several (~3) non-clinical joint activities, with the goal of helping improve understanding and appreciation of day-to-day life for these families.