Clinical Child Psychology Internship

This internship is structured to provide generalized training in clinical psychology while providing trainees with specialized training in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and families. Interns will provide outpatient intake evaluations and therapy for children and adolescents, and will conduct neuropsychological evaluations with children and adolescents. Clinical experiences with an adult population will be available on the intern's switch day to another WCPIP agency. These sites include Prairie View and Wichita State University Counseling and Prevention Services. During the first week of internship, trainees select their switch rotation based on their training needs and interests.

Faculty and intern offices are located at the University of Kansas School of Medicine
Interns will also gain hospital consultation experience as a member of the psychology consultation service for Wesley Children’s Hospital.

Clinical Experience

The intern’s clinical experience in this track will be approximately half therapy and half assessment.

Child psychotherapy experience will take place at the KUSM-W outpatient Child Psychiatry and Psychology Clinic under the supervision of Nicole Klaus, PhD, ABPP. The intern will see patients with a variety of presenting complaints, including anxiety, mood, behavior, and adjustment issues. The intern will complete comprehensive diagnostic evaluations using semi-structured interviews and a variety of clinical rating scales to develop an initial case conceptualization and treatment plans drawing on evidence-based treatment approaches. Training is provided in cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, parent management training, and other evidenced-based psychotherapies. Patients are typically referred by their pediatrician or psychiatrist, and interns will gain experience collaborating with these providers in the child’s care.


Assessment experience will take place at the KUSM-W Neuropsychology Clinic under the supervision of Kelli Netson-Amore, PhD, ABPP. Presenting concerns include neurodevelopmental disabilities, autism, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, brain tumors, and genetic or medical conditions affecting the child’s cognition or development. Interns will gain experience with battery selection, clinical interviewing, test administration, scoring and interpretation of test results, report writing, and provision of feedback to families.

Interns will also gain hospital consultation experience as a member of the psychology consultation service for Wesley Children’s Hospital. Consults are provided to the pediatrics team for patients with mental health or psychosocial concerns affecting their medical condition.

Didactics and Supervision

Clinical Neuropsychology Seminar:

This weekly didactic training experience focuses on preparation for board certification in neuropsychology. A rotating schedule of topical discussions led by faculty and trainees, review of written board exam preparation materials, mock oral board examinations, and guest speakers round out the experience.

Child & Adolescent Training Faculty

Kirsten S. Engel, Ph.D., LP

Clinical Assistant Professor

Licensed Psychologist, State of Kansas

University of North Dakota, 2016

Primary Interests

  • Child and Adolescent Psychology

Nicole Klaus, Ph.D., ABPP

Associate Professor

Licensed Psychologist, State of Kansas

The Ohio State University, 2006

Primary Interests:

    • Child and Adolescent Psychology
    • Youth Suicide Prevention
    • Expanding access for pediatric mental health care

Kelli L. Netson, Ph.D., ABPP CN

Director of Psychology Clinic

Assistant Professor

Licensed Psychologist, State of Kansas

University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2008

Primary Interests:

    • Pediatric Neuropsychology
    • Clinical Neuropsychology
    • Medical Psychology

Kelli L. Netson, Ph.D., ABPP CN

Director of Psychology Clinic

Associate Professor

Licensed Psychologist, State of Kansas

University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2008

Primary Interests:

    • Pediatric Neuropsychology
    • Clinical Neuropsychology
    • Medical Psychology

Internship Stipend and Benefits

The stipend at KUSM-W is projected to be $24,000 for the year. Liability insurance is provided and paid for by KUSM. Individual health insurance is provided with a three-month waiting period. FICA and income tax will be withheld; sick leave and administrative leave are provided. Standard MS Office, PASW (formerly SPSS), and Dragon dictation programs are available to fellows. Administrative support staff manage all billing, insurance, and scheduling. Employment after the match is contingent on the incoming intern passing background checks conducted by KU School of Medicine.

Contact Us

Robin Heinrichs, Ph.D. ABPP CN | Kansas University School of Medicine - Wichita| 8533 E 32nd St N | Wichita, KS | 67226 | 316-293-3850 | rheinrichs@kumc.edu