LEND Psychology Internship - Research Activities


One of the goals of the Internship Program is to ensure that trainees are well versed in the link between science and practice. To that end, all trainees are engaged in research activity during the course of their training year to advance their training in scholarly inquiry. Each intern will plan, develop, and/or participate in a research project during the year. The specific focus of the research activity is tailored to the long-term goals of the trainee as is possible (e.g., trainees with plans for entering academia afforded greater opportunities to take substantial lead on research leading to authorship on publications). Interns are also expected to attend and possibly present at monthly Research In Progress meetings, attended by trainees at multiple levels and faculty. This is an opportunity to informally share research ideas, progress, and seek guidance from colleagues.

There are many ongoing clinical research projects in progress in which the interns may participate. An intern is also able to develop projects of his/her own, if a match between faculty expertise and trainee interest exists. However, interns are encouraged to join an existing project given the length of the training year and the amount of time available for research. Supervision by a core faculty member is provided for the planning and execution of the project; supervision by researchers beyond the Division of Psychology core faculty is possible at times based on intern interests and faculty availability. Presentation of the project and results at the end of the academic year on the LEND Research Day is expected; presentation of findings at conferences is encouraged with modest financial support available.

The IDD Psychology Faculty is actively involved in a variety of research activities in areas such as diagnosis of ASD versus other related disorders, behavioral phenotyping of metabolic conditions, behavioral pediatrics (e.g., sleep/bedtime problems, elimination disorders, intervention of common interventions), parenting practices, psychosocial interventions for youth with chronic medical conditions, health and health promotion for individuals with developmental and/or physical disabilities, and chronic pain development and intervention, to name a few. Faculty research activities include a blend of grant-supported projects (with funding from federal and nonfederal/private sources) as well as projects based on data obtained via clinical activities using standardized protocols. Please review information about the Division of Psychology faculty to learn more about areas of research interest.


An intern may participate in additional, ongoing research projects as his/her interests and time dictate. Opportunities to work on grant projects and/or participate in the generation of new grant proposals are made available as appropriate. Further, opportunities to provide guest reviews of manuscripts submitted to journals for possible publication exist. Opportunities to co-author review articles or book chapters are often available for interested trainees.