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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.