Stipends, Benefits, Resources, and Outcomes
We anticipate that the intern stipend level for the coming year will be $36,960. Postdoctoral fellows are promoted to Postdoctoral Associates after completion of all doctoral degree requirements. Postdoctoral associates are paid $53,760 for a full year; this amount is prorated if doctoral degree requirements are met after July 1 of the Postdoctoral Fellowship.
First year fellows receive individual medical insurance through Yale Health; Postdoctoral fellows pay a fee of $50 per month for Yale Health. Four weeks of vacation/personal time, all Yale holidays, and a holiday recess between Christmas and New Year's Day are granted to all trainees.
Finally, all psychology trainees are appointed Fellows of the Yale University School of Medicine. With this appointment, they receive all the privileges and rights of membership in the Yale University community including access to libraries and other facilities. Each cohort of students shares an office space within the Child Study Center, where they have access to their own telephone with voicemail, a wireless network, testing materials and scoring programs.
Tasha Brooks-Boone and Tanya Colon provide clerical and technical support to the Training Program. Their duties include supporting admissions and orientation for incoming interns, ordering and maintaining supplies, and other administrative duties as requested. A support staff is provided by the Child Study Center to greet patients, schedule appointments, contact clinicians, and support billing.
Yale has an extensive library system, which all trainees can readily access. There are numerous trainings offered by the library to assist trainees in using the library resources. Yale has a large software library available, including resources such as free virus protection software.
All trainees receive a Yale email account. The university has an extensive IT department which trainees can call should they have problems with any Yale equipment. During the first week at the Child Study Center, all interns will have the opportunity to have their laptops, iPads, and cell phones configured to meet Yale security requirements. Each trainee is issued a Yale-managed laptop for their use during their years of training.
Two Year Program Outcomes
The Yale Child Study Center Psychology Training program was specifically designed to train leaders in the field of child psychology who will go on to careers in research, teaching, clinical services, and advocacy for medically underserved populations. The training model provides experiences which increase access to clinical services and address the needs of underserved populations, including:
- Children exposed to violence
- Children with serious psychiatric illness
- Children with significant developmental disabilities
- Children with school-related problems
- Children diagnosed with serious physical illness
These experiences are designed to increase the workforce of culturally competent psychologists who can effectively work with, and teach others to work with, medically underserved populations. This two-year integrated program model has been successful in developing a cadre of practitioners prepared to go on to provide leadership in the areas of clinical service, teaching, and research to medically underserved children and families. Thus far the model has demonstrated its success in a number of ways:
- One hundred percent of program participants work extensively with underserved populations, in both the generalist training curriculum and in their area of focus, including working with children from Health Professions Shortage Areas (HPSAs).
- One hundred percent of program completers continue to work with underserved populations during their Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Child Study Center, including working with children from HPSAs.
- Career choices following completion of the two-year program model suggest that participants begin career trajectories which will enable them to make significant contributions as leaders in improving knowledge, skills, competencies, and outcomes both in the development of the health professions workforce and in the delivery of services to underserved populations.