Contact Information

Cheryl Carmin, Ph.D.
Professor &
Director of Clinical Psychology Training
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
1670 Upham Drive
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 614-293-0697


Electives vary in their duration. For example, interns can participate in time-limited groups or other activities such as Palliative Care (one month) or Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry where the duration is at the discretion of the supervisor and intern. Thus, electives are not by necessity a one-year time commitment. In most cases, the duration of the elective can be negotiated with the faculty member supervising the experience.

Inpatient Psychiatry

The inpatient psychiatry elective will allow interns to gain valuable experience in the inpatient setting.  In this elective, interns will participate in facilitation of a group psychotherapy experience on the adult psychiatric inpatient units. This group focuses on development and enrichment of social skills for individuals with psychosis and other forms of serious mental illness through didactic instruction and live role-play demonstrations. Interns in this elective will serve as behavioral coaches and will also facilitate sessions. Interns with interest in clinical research will also have the opportunity to participate in activities relevant to evaluation of the social skills group. 

Mood and Anxiety Services

The emphasis of this six-month rotation is learning cognitive-behavioral assessment and innovative cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) treatment of adults with anxiety disorders (e.g., panic, agoraphobia, obsessive compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety disorder, specific phobias) or mood disorders (e.g., depression, dysthymia). Psychology interns, as well as psychiatry residents who are also having a CBT training experience, participate in weekly group supervision. Interns also receive at least one hour of individual supervision.

In addition, attend a short course on CBT for anxiety disorders. Interns are part of a multidisciplinary outpatient team consisting of psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and clinical nurse practitioners. In these bi-weekly team meetings, participants discuss shared cases, difficult cases and clinical, professional or ethical issues.

Early Psychosis Clinic

This clinic provides individuals early in the course of a psychotic illness with access to several evidence-based psychosocial interventions for psychosis: cognitive behavioral therapy, family psychoeducation and cognitive remediation. As there is significant variation in the number of services that each client completes (e.g., Client A may complete only one CBT session per week, whereas Client B may complete one CBT session and two cognitive remediation sessions per week), the size of an intern’s caseload will be based on the number of clinical services that they are providing per week.
Clients at the Early Psychosis Clinic also complete a clinical research assessment battery upon enrollment, and this assessment battery is repeated every six months that the client participates in clinical services. Interns will be trained in the administration and interpretation of this assessment battery and will be responsible for completing this assessment battery with all clients on their caseload.
Interns at the Early Psychosis Clinic will also have the opportunity to participate in the delivery of two group interventions: group cognitive behavioral therapy for psychosis and multifamily group psychoeducation.

Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry

The consultation-liaison psychiatry service is a inter-professional team staffed by faculty psychiatrists, psychiatry residents, a social worker, and medical students. Interns will have the opportunity to provide consultations to hospitalized individuals who have been referred to the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health based on the referring physician’s assessment that there is a need for a mental health intervention. Interns will learn to differentiate between delirium and other cognitive deficits that may be causing treatment interfering behaviors. They will play a major role in assessing if there is a need for pharmacological and/or psychological intervention and learn to prioritize those treatments that are available during a patient’s hospital stay.
Depending upon logistics, interns may have the opportunity to follow patients who were seen during their hospitalization as outpatients. Each patient who is seen on the service is staffed the same day by the team, providing the opportunity for inter-professional group supervision. Interns will also receive individual supervision from a faculty psychologist for those patients for whom they are the assigned mental health professional. This experience can be structured for up to six months or for a shorter period of time.


The purpose of this six-month elective rotation is to educate interns regarding the utility of outpatient neuropsychological assessment in an academic medical center. Interns will specifically learn how to administer and interpret standard neuropsychological tests, conduct diagnostic interviews with psychologically/medically complex adults and write informative clinical reports with tailored recommendations. Common referrals include the assessment of cognitive concerns secondary to neurodegenerative diseases, major medical illnesses or developmental disorders. We also commonly assess transplant and deep brain stimulation patients.
This rotation will be most useful for future psychologists who plan to work with medically ill and/or older adults. Specialized training opportunities may be available for interns on this rotation if they express an interest in neurology or neuropsychiatry.

Outpatient Psychotherapy

The general outpatient psychotherapy clinic services a variety of patient populations in terms of gender, sexual orientation, race, SES and level of education. Patients present with a variety of mental health issues (anxiety, OCD, phobias, depression, grief, work-related stress, college-related stress, stage of life issues, assimilation and acculturation issues, chronic pain, bi-polar disorders).Two more specialized services are also set up:
  • Collaboration is set up with the Sleep Center to deliver specialized behavioral therapy for insomnia
  • 12-sessions group therapy for adult ADHD runs twice a year following the CBT for adult ADHD model
Interns will be offered an opportunity to provide individual and group therapy in the outpatient setting with exposure to both specialized approaches (CBT-I, PET, CBT for ADHD) and more general CBT.

Eating and Weight-Related Disorders

As an elective opportunity, there are several groups associated with disordered eating and obesity that may be of interest to interns. Opportunities include a dialectical behavior therapy group for eating disorders, a CBT-based body image group and a support group for patients who are preparing for or who have already undergone bariatric surgery. An intern would act as co-facilitator.

Palliative Care

The palliative care elective lasts one month and is offered every other year. Interns work with patients with significant symptom burdens as well as with those at the end of life. Working alongside the psychosocial oncology fellow, you can focus either on oncology or hospitalized cardiology patients in our hospice program, depending on the timing of the elective. You will learn to complete a comprehensive palliative care assessment, perform opioid risk assessment, diagnose psychological disorders in the context of advanced disease and assist patients and families with anticipatory grief and advanced care planning

Pain and Substance Use

This elective will provide interns with an opportunity to increase knowledge and skills related to the epidemiology, assessment, diagnosis, conceptualization and treatment of chronic pain and related psychiatric and substance use comorbidities. Interns will work alongside a team that includes physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, physical therapists, radiologists, neurologists and pain specialists/anesthesiologists to integrate brief psychotherapy, relaxation and behavior modification into patients’ pain management. The assessment and treatment goals aim to restore function in physical and social areas as well as to decrease use of narcotic medications.
Depending upon logistics of this new opportunity, interns will be involved in the initial intake and treatment planning, and possibly providing treatment through individual and group modalities.

Smoking Cessation

Interns will have the opportunity to assess, diagnose, conceptualize and treat tobacco use disorders and any related psychiatric conditions. Interns will learn to adapt interventions based on related physical health comorbidities and will increase knowledge of the latest tobacco products as well as nicotine replacement therapies. Treatment modalities are grounded on cognitive behavioral therapy and MI Principles and may include coaching patients’ use of web and mobile-based interventions. Delivery of treatment may include both individual and group therapy.

Clinical Research

Interns are strongly encouraged to participate in research activities, as research and grant writing are major activities for psychologists pursuing careers in academic and academic medical settings. Clinical psychology interns may choose to participate in research that is being conducted as part of the ongoing clinical programs. This could be integrated into part of their clinical duties.
Or, clinical psychology residents may choose to independently investigate a research question under faculty supervision. This can involve secondary analysis of existing/archival data or with their supervisor’s consent, adding a component to an existing project. Interns are also able to work as part of a faculty member’s research team.

Nisonger Center Evaluation Clinics

The Nisonger Center provides diagnostic and evaluation services for individuals with suspected developmental disabilities (including autism) aged 12 months through 22 years of age. Interns will have the opportunity to participate in an interdisciplinary diagnostic interview and observe standardized assessments and feedback sessions. The nature of the observation can be flexible based on the interest and experience of the intern. In this elective, interns will have the opportunity to observe interdisciplinary evaluations in one of three clinics. The Interdisciplinary Diagnostic Clinic, which evaluates children 12 months through 5 years of age meets in Wednesday mornings (2nd. 3rd, 4th Wed) and afternoons (1st Wed). The School Age Autism and Developmental Clinic, which provides interdisciplinary evaluations for individuals 5 up to 12 years of age meets on Thursday afternoons. The Transition-Age Clinic, serves individuals aged 13-22 years of age meets on Thursday mornings.

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