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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.