We believe that a well-rounded clinical experience coupled with a comprehensive core curriculum is key to training the next generation of psychologists. A vast array of educational opportunities is available through the Semel Institute & Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital and the broader UCLA community. There is a multitude of outstanding lecture series available to our trainees including Grand Rounds presentations which are held weekly. The main curriculum for interns is presented in the Interns Seminar series, held one day a week during protected time in which interns are excused from their clinical responsibilities. In addition to the didactics listed below, individual tracks often have their own didactic offerings for trainees in their track.

All interns meet from 12 – 1:30 PM on Fridays for Interns Seminar. This seminar is intended to provide an overview on a wide range of topics and to foster group identity and cohesion as the year progresses.  The group will discuss current topics in clinical psychology (e.g. psychopathology, diagnostic evaluation and modalities of treatment).  Dr. Sena will meet with the trainees quarterly to discuss training issues. This seminar has an open structure to accommodate the needs of the intern and interns provide input regarding topics. 

Interns in child psychology tracks attend the Fundamentals of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry with the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellows on Thursday mornings from 8 – 9:20 AM. This seminar is a survey course in clinical issues and current research in the area of child and adolescent psychopathology, psychopharmacology and treatment. The course is team taught by psychiatry and psychology faculty.

The Neuropsychology Seminars take place on Thursdays from 9 AM – 5:30 PM. This seminar series is attended by first year Neuropsychology fellows and Neuropsychology interns, depending on track. Certain didactic experiences may be mandatory for individuals within a specific track and others may be elected.  The core curriculum is an evolving and dynamic one, and specific course titles and contents may be revised to maintain currency with the most recent developments in the clinical neurosciences and evidence-based practice.

The Semel Institute holds weekly Grand Rounds on Tuesday mornings at 11:00am, featuring presentations on evidence-based clinical practices, cutting-edge insights from neuroscience, and the role of society in shaping mental health. For more information including a calendar of upcoming talks and recordings of past presentations, visit