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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.
The externship consists of clinical training in pediatric behavioral medicine, direct clinical care of patients and families and participation in multidisciplinary rounds. Clinical activities include inpatient consultation/liaison, outpatient mental health screening and brief assessment and outpatient therapy, with an emphasis on cognitive/behavioral and parent training approaches. Common referral questions include treatment regimen adherence, adjustment to chronic illness and hospitalization, anxiety, behavioral challenges (e.g., procedure-related anxiety, pill swallowing difficulty, feeding difficulty) and somatic symptoms (e.g., psychogenic cough, vocal cord dysfunction).
Formal coursework in child development, as well as at least a one-year practicum involving assessment and treatment of children and/or adolescents, are required. Experience with medically-ill populations is desired but not required.
Send a letter of interest, CV/resume and two letters of recommendation via email or regular mail to:
Danny Lewin, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Attending and Supervisor, Pediatric Sleep Disorders Program
Children’s National Hospital
111 Michigan Ave NW
Washington, DC 20010
Email | 202-476-6209
Children’s National Hospital — 111 Michigan Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010
Tuesdays, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. starting in June, July or August (eight - 12 hours per week) for 12 months.