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Wisconsin Internship Consortium in Professional Psychology

Waisman Center

University of Wisconsin-Madison
1500 Highland Ave.
Madison, Wisconsin 53705-2280
(608) 263-5796
NMS# 211217

The Waisman Center is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities, and neurodegenerative diseases throughout the lifespan. Waisman is one of nine national facilities that include a Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center and a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. The mission of our organization is to improve the lives of children with developmental disabilities and their families by training professionals in inter-disciplinary clinical service, community-based service, health care, and research regarding developmental disabilities. Although the primary focus of the Waisman Center clinics is diagnostic and interdisciplinary assessment of children with developmental disabilities (and children who experience developmental risks), intervention and intervention research opportunities are available as well.


Interns learn through a three-component curriculum:

  • Participation in MCH LEND (Maternal and Child Health Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities) structured educational activities
  • Clinical placement in the Developmental Disabilities Clinic
  • A choice of rotations through other Waisman clinics (e.g., Feeding, High-Risk Follow-Up, Fragile X, Spasticity and Movement Disorders, or Genetics Clinics).

As part of their participation in the MCH LEND program, which includes a two-hour LEND seminar and two hours of a LEND leadership research project each week, interns develop competencies in the following areas:

  • Interdisciplinary Team Functioning
  • Clinical and Scientific Understanding of Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and Related Disabilities
  • Cultural Competency
  • Family‚ÄźCentered Care
  • Community-based, Coordinated Services
  • Public Health System
  • Public Policy and Systems Advocacy
  • Genetics
  • Applied Research
  • Leadership Theory and Application

Educational Model

Our training goals and objectives are to:

  • Produce psychologists who are trained for practice in the essential skill areas of psychology, including developing expertise in assessment and diagnosis, intervention, and consultation
  • Provide opportunities for a concentration in developmental disabilities and developmental risk within a health care setting
  • Integrate scientific and professional knowledge, attitudes, and skills
  • Integrate science with knowledge and practice of ethical and professional standards
  • Integrate science with knowledge and sensitivity toward individual, cultural, familial, and ethnic diversity
  • Socialize interns into the professional practice of psychology within an interdisciplinary setting

Proposed Intern Applicant Requirements

(to be finalized in Fall 2012 by the WICPP Consortium Training Committee)


  • four foundational areas of psychology (required)
    • social bases of behavior
    • cognitive/affective bases of behavior
    • biological bases of behavior
    • individual differences
  • cognitive/intelligence testing and assessment (required)
  • neuropsychology (preferred)
  • developmental psychology (preferred)
  • psychometric assessment methods (preferred)
  • physiology (preferred)
  • neuroanatomy/neurophysiology (preferred)
  • behavioral neurology (preferred)

Practicum Experiences

  • experiences in diagnosis, assessment, and intervention with pediatric patients presenting with developmental or neurodevelopmental disorders, cognitive or neurobehavioral impairments (e.g., ADHD, learning disabilities), and/or other mental health issues
  • clinical or school-based experience with children/adolescents with ASD
  • experience in health, hospital, and/or medical settings (preferred)
  • experience in other mental health settings (preferred)

Additional Experiences

  • interest and experience in diversity and multiculturalism, including evolving cultural competence and experience with clients from different cultural backgrounds
  • 200 assessment hours (minimum)
  • 100 intervention hours (minimum)
  • experience in administering and scoring the following assessment instruments:
    • WISC-IV or comparative cognitive assessment (e.g., SB: V, DAS-II, WPPSI-III)
    • Adaptive measures (e.g., Vineland-II, SIB-R, ABAS-II)
    • ASD assessments
    • Observation or administration experience in the ADOS

Supervisors: Jeff Hird, Ph.D.
                    Karen Kane, Ph.D.,
                    Athena Lickel, Ph.D.
                    Corey Ray-Subramanian, Ph.D.
Stipend: $22,000/year plus benefits

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