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Children's Hospital Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Psychiatry Research Education Practicum (PREP)

​Are you an undergraduate student in your 3rd or 4th year or a recent graduate?

Are you interested in the mental health profession?

Are you interested in research in the field of psychology or psychiatry?

Are you interested in getting summer practicum experience working in clinical programs at Children's Hospital Colorado?

Then the PREP program may be for you...

2014 PREP Letter and Application

​The 2014 Summer Undergraduate Research practicum is designed to introduce young people to the discipline of research as well as the profession of child and adolescent psychiatry by having them participate in research activities prior to their advancing to graduate school.

The goals of the program are to:

  • Provide students from diverse backgrounds who have an interest in the mental health profession with a meaningful clinical and/or translational research experience in the field of psychiatry. We hope that students can learn first-hand about the substance, the spirit, and the methodology of current scientific research in the field and to encourage them in their pursuit of advanced education.
  • Expose practicum students to the clinical programs at Children's Hospital Department of Psychiatry including the Inpatient Unit, Eating Disorders Unit, Neuropsychiatric Special Care program, Medical Day Treatment Program, Ponzio Creative Arts Therapy program and Intensive Outpatient services.
  • Advance faculty's clinical and translational research endeavors.

Minimum Qualifications to be eligible:

  • 3rd and 4th year undergraduate students. Recent graduates​, who have received their degree within the last two years, are also encouraged to apply as this is a great preparatory experience for graduate school.
  • Possess basic computer literacy including working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Excellent communications skills, both written and oral
  • Passion for the field of psychology or psychiatry
  • Timeliness and professionalism
  • ​The total time commitment is 28 hours per week for ten weeks with a 20 hour week orientation May 19th-23rd.
  • The 2014 Summer Practicum begins May 19th and ends on August 1st. The schedule will be flexible and based on the needs of the researchers and availability of the student.
  • In 2014 we will be accepting between 6 Practicum students.
  • Housing is NOT included in the program. Students are required to find and pay for their own living arrangements for the duration of this program. Parking is NOT included in the program. For individuals who wish to drive and park, Children's Hospital Colorado requires purchase of a parking pass at $14 per month. The cost of parking passes is NOT included in the program.

Each accepted student will be paid $2,400 for the 11 week practicum. The stipend will be disbursed in two payments, one halfway through the summer (approximately June 23rd) and the remaining amount will be given at the end of the practicum.

Please submit the following by February 7th:

1. Summer Psychiatry Research and Education Practicum Application

2. An unofficial transcript

3. A professional writing sample-something you’ve written that exemplifies your professionalism and level of writing skill.  THe professional writing sample should be something only you have written (not a group effort) and includes a works cited page with at least 5 professional references.


Completed applications, transcripts, and writing samples should be received by Friday, February 7th 2013.

Please mail applications to:

Heather Kennedy

Children’s Hospital Colorado

13123 E 16th Ave B-130

Aurora, CO 80045


You may also scan and e-mail a single, combined .PDF of your application materials by the deadline; however a hardcopy must be received by mail in order for your application to be complete and scored.

Please e-mail Heather Kennedy at once you’ve put your application in the mail.