The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences has a strong collaborative relationship with Sacramento County’s Department of Health Services. Our doctoral internship program in clinical child psychology offers interns the best of both worlds: training with a strong academic approach that emphasizes evidence-based treatment while providing complex clinical work in a community mental health outpatient setting.

Alongside UC Davis clinical faculty, postdoctoral psychology fellows, and psychiatry residents and fellows, our clinical child psychology interns will receive their training and provide direct psychological services at the Sacramento County Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services (CAPS) Clinic. The CAPS Clinic serves diverse (e.g., age, ethnicity, race, culture, religion, immigration status, sexuality, gender identity, ability, etc.) Sacramento County Medi-Cal/EPSDT child (0-21) and family recipients. These clients present with a wide range of complex diagnostic concerns. Most of our clients and their families struggle with multiple environmental stressors including low income, unemployment, poor social support, and/or family history of mental health or alcohol/substance abuse problems. Oftentimes, our clients and their family members have also experienced neglect or abuse and may be involved with Child Protective Services (CPS) and/or probation.

Our internship program is dynamic and challenging. Successful applicants will have interest in clinical child psychology, have a strong foundation in conducting clinical intakes/interviewing, therapy, and assessment. By the end of the internship year, our interns will also develop competencies in screening/consultation, supervision, and teaching/training.

The UC Davis Clinical Child Doctoral Internship Program is currently a member of APPIC and is accredited by the APA, on-contingency status. Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation.

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979
E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org

COVID-19 Updates

Due to covid-19, the UCDMC Clinical Child Psychology Doctoral Internship Program is closely adhering to local, departmental, state, and national recommendations to maintain a safe environment for our staff and for our clients. The CAPS Clinic has supported the transition to provide telehealth services to our consumers (via video/Zoom or phone). These services can be provided in the office, or remotely, once approved by the intern’s supervisor and the clinic. Telehealth services are strongly encouraged, however, if there is a clinical indication for providing services in-person, this needs to be discussed and approved by a supervisor. Examples include, but are not limited to: client presents a high-risk to self and others, client has demonstrated limited success in receiving services via telehealth, the administration of a testing measure cannot be modified with fidelity and testing can be conducted safely in-person, and/or a client lacks the resources to consistently engage in services. In addition, training activities will be primarily provided via video/Zoom. This includes supervision (individual and group), didactic seminars, and case conferences.

Our Faculty

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences has over 80 faculty members.  Psychologists in our department represent a wide array of clinical and research interests and expertise.  Several psychologists within the Department participate in federally funded research programs that investigate the basic mechanisms of brain function, neurodevelopment, clinical studies in child and adult psychiatry, and specific psychiatric disorders, such as autism and psychosis.  Our full-time faculty, which includes Stacey Peerson, Ph.D., Carlina R. Wheeler, Ph.D., Richelle Long, Ph.D., and Elizabeth Loyola, Psy.D., also participate in the postdoctoral training program in clinical psychology.  These psychologists represent an array of theoretical approaches, including: family systems, cognitive-behavioral, multicultural, psychodynamic/attachment-based, and interpersonal.  Clinically, they have expertise in psychotherapy and comprehensive psychological assessment with infants, children, adolescents, and adults from culturally and ethnically diverse backgrounds who present with complex clinical presentations.  In addition to our full-time faculty, our program includes several volunteer clinical faculty members representing a wide range of training and experience.

Contact Information

UC Davis Health
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Clinical Child Psychology Training Program
2230 Stockton Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95817-1419
(916) 734-2614

To contact the program directly:

Training Director
Carlina Ramirez Wheeler, Ph.D.

Associate Training Director
Elizabeth Loyola, Psy.D.