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Combined Allergy Immunology and Gastroenterology Externship
The Combined Clinical Externship in Allergy/Immunology and Celiac/Gastroenterology is ideally suited for advanced practicum students seeking further training in pediatric psychology. The extern will spend one day each with the Division of Gastroenterology
and the Division of Allergy and Immunology
at Children’s National Hospital, under the direct clinical supervision of Linda Herbert, Ph.D.
, Ashley Ramos, Ph.D.
, and Shayna Coburn, Ph.D
The Division of Allergy and Immunology at Children's National provides services to a diverse population of children and adolescents who are diagnosed with food allergies, eosinophilic esophagitis, asthma, eczema, urticaria and immunodeficiency disorders. The primary mental health concerns among this population are anxiety related to allergen exposure, adherence, adjustment concerns and feeding problems. The allergy and immunology team is multidisciplinary, so externs will routinely interact and consult with physicians and nurses. This externship offers experience with consultation/liaison services and procedural support during oral food challenge clinics (in person at the hospital), outpatient therapy services with an emphasis on cognitive/behavioral approaches (via telehealth) and psychosocial program development.
Within the Division of Gastroenterology, the Celiac Disease Program is dedicated to providing multidisciplinary services to children and adolescents with celiac disease, an autoimmune condition that requires a strict gluten-free diet as the primary treatment. Children attending the celiac disease clinic receive consultations from physicians, nurse educators, dietitians and psychologists. This externship offers a range of possible experiences, such as consultations in the celiac disease clinic (Fridays), outpatient therapy (Thursdays or Fridays) and optional psychosocial skills groups.
Outpatient therapy cases may be seen from the Celiac Disease Program or larger Division of Gastroenterology for additional conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease and functional gastrointestinal disorders. Evidence-based approaches treat difficulties such as anxiety, poor self-management, avoidant/selective eating and gut-brain dysregulation.
Applicants must be in at least the third year of a doctoral program and have prior practicum experience with child and adolescent assessment and therapy. Experience with pediatric populations is desired but not required. Preference will be given to advanced doctoral students.
One extern will be recruited for this externship.
Please email a letter of interest, CV/resume and two letters of recommendation to:
Linda Herbert, Ph.D. | Email
Shayna Coburn, Ph.D. | Email
Children’s National Hospital
111 Michigan Ave NW
Washington, DC 20010
- Children's National Hospital: 111 Michigan Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010
- Friendship Heights: 5028 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016
- Montgomery County: 9850 Key West Ave, Rockville, MD 20850
Sixteen hours per week. The Allergy/Immunology Program is held on Mondays at the main hospital. The Gastroenterology Program is held on Thursdays at the Montgomery County Outpatient Center or Fridays (celiac clinic) at the Friendship Heights Outpatient Center, with flexibility regarding telehealth versus in-person services.