The Pediatric Sleep Disorders Program offers externs the opportunity to gain expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders through clinic consultation, long-term therapy with children and families, didactic experiences (optional Sleep Seminar Series) and observation of the scoring and interpretation of several types of sleep assessment tools including polysomnographic records and actigraphy.
Supervised research in sleep and circadian science is optional. Sleep and circadian regulation are complex domains of cutting-edge clinical science that require special training in the context of a specialized sleep clinic. Training focuses on the 70+ sleep disorders and basic circadian and sleep regulation, evaluation of complex cases that often involve sleep disturbances and comorbid medical, psychiatric and developmental disorders, as well as evidenced-based treatment for sleep disorders.
In addition to leading comprehensive assessment of sleep problems, externs take on short- and long-term psychotherapy patients with chronic sleep disturbance as well as sleep and psychiatric disorders using evidence-based therapies including, CBT, ACT and mindfulness medicine. In addition to group and individual supervision, externs provide and receive peer supervision among a very diverse group of specialties including more advanced psychology trainees, sleep medicine physicians and fellows (from disciplines including pediatrics, neurology, pulmonary critical care, family medicine, internal medicine) and psychiatry.