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Pediatric Pulmonary Behavioral Medicine
This externship is ideally suited for advanced practicum students seeking training in pediatric psychology. Externs will spend one to two days each week providing outpatient, inpatient and telehealth services for patients with lung disease and their families. Clinical activities are under the direct supervision of Casey Lawless, Ph.D.
The Pulmonary Psychology Service/Clinic provides inpatient, outpatient and telehealth services for children, adolescents and young adults with diagnosed with acute and chronic respiratory conditions including asthma, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary ciliary dyskinesia, chronic/habit cough, sleep apnea and chronic lung disease of prematurity.
Presenting concerns typically include adjustment to diagnosis or disease progression; adherence/self-management difficulties including behavioral resistance to treatments, ARFID, pill swallowing and transition to adult care; medical and procedural anxiety and trauma; functional respiratory symptoms; and behavioral sleep problems.
Opportunities include the following:
- Pulmonary Psychology Clinic (required; Thursdays): Patients are referred to the PPC by pulmonary medical providers for evaluation and treatment. Externs typically complete one to two intakes or inpatient consultations with Dr. Lawless per week and see about four therapy patients in clinic or via telehealth.
- Multidisciplinary Cystic Fibrosis Clinic (optional; Tuesdays or Wednesdays): Provide annual mental/behavioral health assessments for patients with CF and their caregivers. Provide follow-up consultations based on patient need. Participate in multidisciplinary outpatient and inpatient rounds. Care team includes physicians, program coordinator, respiratory therapy, social work, psychology, physical therapy, nutrition, child life, palliative care and research.
- Multidisciplinary Severe Asthma Clinic (optional; Mondays): Provide consultation services to patients with severe asthma and their families. Care team includes pulmonary physicians, allergy, nurse practitioners, psychology, social work and nutrition.
Formal coursework in child psychopathology/treatment as well as prior practicum experience with child and adolescent assessment and therapy are required. Experience in pediatric psychology or medical settings is desired but not required.
Please email a letter of interest, CV/resume and two letters of recommendation to:
Casey Lawless, Ph.D. | Email | 202-476-3420
Interested applicants should also complete this survey one time, regardless of how many externships you are applying for.
Children’s National Hospital — 111 Michigan Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010
Eight to 16 hours per week. The Pulmonary Psychology Clinic is on Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. and other days are flexible based on extern interest. It is anticipated that this will be a one-year externship beginning in the summer of 2022.