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Combined Pediatric Obesity, Pulmonary Behavioral and Sleep Medicine Externship
The Combined Pediatric Obesity, Pulmonary Behavioral and Sleep Medicine Externship is ideally suited for advanced practicum students seeking comprehensive training in pediatric psychology. Externs will spend one day each week providing outpatient services for obesity and other chronic illnesses through the Pediatric Psychology Service.
For the second day of this externship, trainees will be able to choose from experiences within the Sleep Medicine
or Pulmonary Medicine
programs. They may select a focus on either sleep medicine or pulmonary medicine exclusively or opt to participate in activities across both specialties. Clinical activities will be under the direct supervision of Sarah Hornack, Ph.D.
, Danny Lewin, Ph.D.
and Casey Lawless, Ph.D.
, pediatric psychologists.
The Pediatric Psychology Service provides outpatient services for children with a variety of presenting problems associated with newly-diagnosed or chronic medical conditions (e.g., illness adjustment and coping, treatment adherence) as well as more general issues related to attention, behavior, mood and anxiety in medical illness populations. A large number of referrals come from the Obesity Program
and the extern will gain experience with long-term and short-term, targeted therapy assisting patients with behavior change around weight loss efforts. Other training opportunities include providing in-clinic consultation and co-leading psychoeducational and supportive groups for the management of pediatric obesity.
The Pediatric Sleep Disorders Program offers two multidisciplinary clinics weekly and allows externs the opportunity to gain expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders through clinic consultation, long-term therapy with children and families, and didactic experiences (Sleep Seminar Series and observation of the scoring and interpretation of polysomnographic records). The Pulmonary Behavioral Medicine Program provides outpatient and inpatient services for children diagnosed with chronic and acute respiratory conditions including cystic fibrosis, asthma, chronic cough, as well as management of children with respiratory complications associated with other chronic illness (neuromuscular diseases, sickle cell disease).
Externs will be involved in direct patient care through consultation/liaison and outpatient therapy, and will have the opportunity to participate in multidisciplinary rounds. Applicants should indicate in their cover letter whether they are particularly interested in one track or would like to pursue a combination of experiences through both programs. The externship consists of clinical training in pediatric behavioral medicine and direct clinical care of patients and families. Each of the aforementioned roles will also provide externs with experience in working as part of a multidisciplinary medical team. Clinical activities will vary depending on the extern’s track selection, but will likely include long- and short-term outpatient therapy, group therapy and inpatient consultation/liaison, with an emphasis on cognitive/behavioral and parent training approaches.
Applicants must be in at least the third year of a doctoral program and have had some experience in child assessment or treatment, with a documented interest in gaining experience in a medical/pediatric setting.
Please send a letter of interest, CV/resume and two letters of recommendation via email or regular mail to:
Sarah Hornack, Ph.D.
Children's National Hospital
111 Michigan Ave NW
Washington, DC 20010
Email | 202-476-3398
- Children’s National Hospital —111 Michigan Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010
- Children's National Takoma Theatre — 6833 4th St NW, Washington, DC 20012
Sixteen hours per week. The Pediatric Psychology Service rotation is held on Mondays or Thursdays, the sleep rotation is on Tuesdays or Thursdays, and the pulmonary rotation is on Tuesdays. It is anticipated that this will be a one-year externship from July 2021 – June 2022.