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Pediatric Pulmonary Behavioral Medicine

This externship is ideally suited for advanced practicum students seeking comprehensive training in pediatric psychology. Externs will spend one day per week providing psychological services to children and adolescents with acute and chronic pulmonary diseases. Clinical activities will be under the direct supervision of attending doctor, Danny Lewin, Ph.D., D.ABSM, a pediatric psychologist, and a post-doctoral fellow, Casey Lawless, Ph.D., a pediatric psychologist and CF specialist. 

The Divisions of Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep Medicine provide 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).

Pulmonary diseases pose unique problems as they can be extremely debilitating and treatments can be burdensome. The impact on lifestyle is quite significant and can lead to stress responses, affective disturbances and poor adherence. In some cases, disease progression is quite rapid requiring organ transplant or end of life care.