Child and Adolescent Services Multicultural Clinical Training Program

The UCSF Child and Adolescent Services Multicultural Clinical Training Program (MCTP) at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center offers an American Psychological Association (APA)-accredited, one-year child clinical psychology internship based on the scholar-practitioner model. Thus, our program is grounded in serving the needs of the local community with a commitment to research that is taught and valued, particularly, though not exclusively, in the service of clinical practice. Zuckerberg San Francisco General is a Level I trauma center and public hospital committed to serving low-income and diverse ethnic and cultural minority populations. Evidence-based clinical services are linked to the Community Behavioral Health System of the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

The MCTP is designed to train clinical psychologists who are committed to serving children, youth and families from low-income and diverse ethnic and cultural minority groups. The MCTP provides specialized training and leadership in multicultural psychology and works to break down barriers that patients often encounter in their attempts to access culturally appropriate, high-quality, evidence-based care. Over the last several years, 89% of our graduates have obtained positions in academic health/hospital centers or community mental health centers providing care to underserved children and families.

Training is intended to provide experience across the entire developmental spectrum of 0-24 years of age and provides specialized training in:

  • Culturally-informed, evidence-based treatments
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Structural competency
  • Evidence-based assessment
  • Services delivered in community settings
  • Trauma-informed systems
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Behavioral and emotional dysregulation
  • Immigrant health
  • Primary care behavioral health
  • Early childhood developmental evaluations
  • Pre-adoptive evaluations
  • Eating disorders
  • Juvenile justice and behavioral health
  • Positive parenting and trauma-informed parenting
  • Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Child-parent psychotherapy
  • Family therapy

Each applicant is evaluated in the following areas:

  • Clinical training, including experience in assessment and psychotherapy with children, youth, and families
  • Overall excellence as a developing psychologist as shown by breadth and depth of experiences and letters of recommendation
  • Demonstrated interest and experience working with underserved and diverse communities
  • Demonstrated interest and experience in community mental health
  • Demonstrated interest and experience with children, youth, and families impacted by acute, complex, or chronic trauma
  • Essays that reflect clear theoretical foundations and strong case conceptualization skills
  • Progress toward dissertation completion
  • Research interest as documented by training obtained and activities completed (presentations, publications, or grants)

Application requirements

  • Doctoral degree program must be APA-accredited in clinical psychology
  • Comprehensive exams passed
  • Submission of official graduate degree(s) transcripts
  • Letter of interest
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation

Preferred criteria

  • Dissertation proposal approved and data collection completed prior to the APPIC Rank Order List submission deadline
  • Bilingual (Spanish)
  • Experience in evidence-based treatment and assessment
  • Experience or interest in treatment of trauma in youth
  • Significant psychological testing experience
  • Relevant experience in multicultural psychology research

How to apply

Our deadline for receipt of applications is November 1, 2019.

The UCSF Child and Adolescent Services Multicultural Clinical Training Program follows the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) match policies. As part of the APPIC Match, applicants must submit the APPIC Application for Psychology Internship (which requires official transcripts as part of the application process).

Please note: The APPIC program code for the Child and Adolescent Services doctoral internship application is 1902.

Internship accreditation

The APA Commission on Accreditation accredited and re-accredited the MCTP in 2007 and 2013, respectively. The Commission on Accreditation completed a site visit in August 2019 and the MCTP continues to have full APA accreditation. Questions related to the program’s accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242

(800) 374-2721; (202) 336-5979

[email protected]

Internship admissions, support and initial placement data


Barbara Krishna Stuart, PhD, Director of Clinical Training
Daman Pannu, Training Analyst

Child & Adolescent Services
Department of Psychiatry
Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center
1001 Potrero Avenue, Building 5, 6M, Box 0852
San Francisco, CA 94110
Telephone: (628) 206-4306

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