Psychology Externship Positions

Specific externship opportunities

Externship opportunities available to graduate students in psychology span a variety of topics and specialties throughout Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Please go to our PENDELDOT site for a list of available positions and their descriptions.

For a quick overview of current positions, please see our externship grid to get a side-by-side snapshot of all the experiences.

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ADHD Diagnostic Evaluation and Psychoeducational Testing

Supervisors: Emily Edelson, PsyD

Position: This externship is an eight-hour training experience (one full day a week – Wed) enabling the extern to obtain training in ADHD clinical diagnostic evaluations, psychoeducational assessment for ADHD patients to identify potential learning needs, clinical and psychoeducational report writing, and delivering feedback to patients and families. This externship is appropriate for an advanced graduate student with prior experience with psychoeducational testing, diagnostic assessment and report writing.

The extern will be trained to conduct diagnostic evaluations using semi-structured clinical interview techniques and integrating this data with parent, teacher and child rating scales in accordance with evidence-based practice. Extern's will also have the opportunity to administer psychoeducational evaluation instruments including but not limited to cognitive measures (WPPSI-IV, WISC-V, CTONI-2) and academic achievement (WJ-IV, WIAT-4). Externs will then receive supervision and support on data integration, case conceptualization, differential diagnosis and formulating treatment recommendations, as well as opportunities to convey results and recommendations to patients and families through feedback sessions.

Externs may have the opportunity for interdisciplinary collaboration with psychiatry and developmental pediatrics.

Training objectives:

  • Understand the ADHD diagnostic criteria and how to evaluate for these criteria
  • Understand common co-morbid behavioral health diagnoses and how to evaluate for them
  • Interpret and synthesize ADHD and behavioral health rating scales
  • Administer and score psychoeducational assessment measures
  • Develop a comprehensive psychoeducational and clinical evaluation report
  • Understand evidence-based follow-up recommendations based on assessment outcomes
  • Understand how to convey assessment findings to patients and families

Qualifications: This externship is designed for advanced graduate students who have some experience in diagnostic evaluation, psychoeducational testing and report writing and who would like to gain additional experience and increased depth of knowledge in these areas.  Foundational knowledge of ADHD is preferred. This is an 8-hour intervention occurring in person at our outpatient facility on Wednesdays.

Start date: July 1

ADHD Group Intervention for Parents and Children

Supervisors: Tom Power, PhD, ABPP; Jenelle Nissley-Tsiopinis, PhD; Emily Edelson, PsyD; and Jennifer Engelhardt, Psy

Position: This externship is a 4 to 8 hour training experience (up to two evenings per week) enabling the extern to obtain training in group parent training programs within the Center for Management of ADHD as well as in a school-based organizational skills training program as part of an IES-funded research study. As schedule and interest permit, the extern may also have the opportunity to participate in additional assessment and treatment activities with psychologists at the Center for Management of ADHD. This externship is appropriate for an advanced graduate student with prior experience with behavioral interventions and school consultation.

The extern will be trained to conduct group parenting interventions for parents of children with ADHD through the Center for Management of ADHD. The ADHD Center's parent group treatment programs (ADHD Boot Camp, Family-School Success [FSS]) are intended to support diagnosis acceptance and treatment initiation/adherence. Additionally, the groups focus on developing and maintaining strong, laborative family-school relationships to support educational success. Group participants are parents of children with ADHD in kindergarten through grade 5. Children also participate in a portion of each group session.

The extern will also be trained to implement the Organizational Skills Training program – Middle School version (MOST) for middle school students (grades 5 to 9) by conducting this intervention with two groups of children through the ADHD Clinic. After this initial training, the extern will then engage in training, consulting with, and coaching school partners in implementing the MOST intervention. This portion of the externship will focus on the acquisition of advanced clinical and research skills related to school-based intervention, organizational skills training for children, and training and consultation provided to elementary school personnel.

Training objectives:

  • Understand the "active ingredients" of parent training programs provided through the CHOP ADHD Center
  • Acquire skills in case conceptualization and application of group family behavior therapy interventions for children with ADHD
  • Acquire skills in school-based consultation and coaching to train school staff in the implementation of a treatment protocol
  • ADHD Boot Camp: Understand the process by which parents move from initial acceptance of the diagnosis to engagement in evidence-based treatment
  • Family School Success: Learn skills to build parent-child, family-school and student-teacher relationships to promote the success of children with ADHD
  • MOST: Learn key components of a skills-based training intervention for ADHD that addresses ADHD-related implementation challenges and executive functioning deficits

Qualifications: This externship is designed for advanced graduate students who have some experience in providing behavioral treatment, family-behavior therapy or school consultation and who would like to gain additional experience providing such interventions in a group setting. Foundational knowledge of ADHD is preferred. Access to a car is required for travel to schools.

Start date: July. This is a 4- to 8-hour training experience (up to two evenings per week)

Autism Spectrum Disorders Externship

Supervisors: Lisa Blaskey, PhD; Laura Cubit, PhD; Kathleen Davis, PhD; Whitney Guthrie, PhD; John Herrington, PhD; Mina Kim, PhD, NCSP; Emily Kuschner, PhD; Judith Miller, PhD; Maya Mosner, PhD; Juhi Pandey, PhD; Lauren Steinbeck, PhD; Benjamin Yerys, PhD; or Casey Zampella, PhD

Positions: Psychology externships related to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are coordinated through the Center for Autism Research (CAR) and the Autism Integrated Care Program. Opportunities that provide a mix of both assessment and outpatient intervention can be tailored to meet the extern's interests and level of previous experience. Specialized experiences with specific age ranges, from early childhood (infant/toddler/preschool) through adulthood, are also possible.

Externship students work under the close supervision of licensed psychologists and will have a primary supervisor and secondary supervisor if appropriate (e.g., a primary supervisor for assessment, with a secondary for intervention). Externs are also invited to our weekly group clinical discussions (Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m.) and scientific research meetings (Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30 a.m.).

Opportunities that can be integrated into the externship:

  • Administer, score and interpret measures of cognitive, academic, behavioral and emotional functioning for toddlers, school-age children and/or adolescents with concerns related to ASD or other related conditions (ADHD, anxiety, language disorder, intellectual disability).
  • Obtain training in the characterization and diagnosis of ASD and use of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2). Extent of ADOS training (e.g., observation vs. administration) will vary based on previous experience and knowledge base.
  • Provide or participate in verbal feedback of testing results and recommendations to families.
  • Complete written reports of assessment results.
  • Participate in outpatient intervention, generally focused on behavioral and/or cognitive behavioral interventions for school-age youth and adolescents.
  • Attend our NextSteps workshops for parents and professionals. NextSteps workshops occur monthly and rotate between workshops for families with newly diagnosed children, adolescents, adults and professionals.
  • Observe and/or participate in our interdisciplinary diagnostic clinic at the Regional Autism Center (disciplines include Psychology, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, Speech and Language Pathology, Occupational Therapy, and Social Work).
  • Observe and/or help youth participate in research-based hospital procedures such as EEG and neuroimaging (MRI, fMRI and magnetoencephalography (MEG)).
  • Externs with a special interest in neuropsychology can apply to do a "hybrid" training experience between the autism program and the Broad Neuropsychology Outpatient program. This experience would involve one day/week for each of these experiences throughout the entire training year. This program is for advanced trainees who have had prior assessment practice. Please indicate your interest in this program in your cover letter.  

Qualifications:

  • Enrollment in a graduate program in clinical or school psychology (second or third year)
  • Foundational experience in assessment of cognitive and behavioral functioning of children
  • Ability to complete documentation within a reasonable timeframe, including integrating edits and feedback from the supervisor
  • Ability to prepare for and be responsive to supervision in individual and group settings

How the externship activities are determined: After interviews, we will identify opportunities that meet the extern's training goals and availability. Externs with a preference for training with a particular age group (e.g., early childhood) should indicate this preference in their application. The externship can be either one or two days per week. There may also be opportunity for a half-day (4 hour/week) intervention experience.

Starting date: Flexible between July 1 and Sept. 1.

Cardiac Psychology Externship Position

Supervisor: Nick Seivert, PhD

Hours per week: 8 (FTF contact time = 2-3 hours general cardiology outpatients, 1-2 hours FORWARD Clinic [on average with 1 clinic per month, 4-5 patients per clinic], plus 1-2 hours supervision, 1 hour meetings, 1 hour documentation)

Types of experience: outpatient intervention, multidisciplinary consultation

Prior experience: Third year or above, prior child intervention experience required

Position description: The Cardiac Center at CHOP offers an externship for advanced psychology graduate students who have previous experience with clinical intervention and assessment for children, adolescents and their families. The student works under the close supervision of a licensed psychologist in the CHOP Cardiac Center at the Main Hospital. The externship position aims to build competencies in pediatric psychology, multidisciplinary consultation and child/family intervention.

Primary duties: The externship provides students with opportunities to participate in pediatric psychology programming activities and offers training in outpatient consultation and psychotherapy. Training will include participation in the Fontan Rehabilitation, Wellness, Activity and Resilience Development (FORWARD) Program, a multidisciplinary clinic that follows patients born with single ventricle congenital heart disease. Trainee will gain experience working on this team with several medical subspecialties, including providing psychological consultation to patients, families and medical providers. Student will work closely with FORWARD Program psychologist to provide brief psychological evaluation and consultation to patients in this program and their families. Trainee will also gain individual and family intervention and consultation experience with a range of outpatient referrals from the Division of Cardiology at CHOP. Patient population is primarily children who have heart disease, both congenital and acquired, and their families. Consultation and intervention patients vary in age (young children to young adults) and cardiac diagnoses. Common reasons for referral including adjustment/coping with chronic illness, problems with medical adherence, emotional/behavioral concerns impacting medical care, as well as general emotional/behavioral issues in the context of having a heart condition. The position offers the opportunity to learn consultation skills as an effective part of a robust multidisciplinary team. Patient contact will occur through both telehealth and in-person sessions. The primary mode of supervision is live individual supervision during the consultation and treatment, with additional time scheduled outside of patient contact hours.

Qualifications:

  • Enrolled in a doctoral program in school, clinical or counseling psychology at the third-year level or beyond.
  • Prior psychological assessment and intervention experience with children/adolescents and their families is required.
  • Experience and/or familiarity with empirically supported treatments for children/adolescents and their families.
  • Interest in pediatric psychology, including desire to work with medically complex patients as well as desire to gain experience in being part of a multidisciplinary medical team.
  • Availability of 8 hours per week, including the third (and fifth, if applicable) Thursday morning of each month and one to two afternoons per week (time arranged with supervisor).

Start date: July

Center for Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome: Pain Clinic Assessment Externship Rotation

Supervisors: Whitney Rog, PsyD; Kim Miller, PhD; Jennifer Sherker, PsyD

Position: The Center for Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome assesses and treats children and adolescents with various types of amplified pain. Amplified pain is characterized by the development of an abnormal nerve pathway that causes significant amplification of pain and dysfunction. Amplified pain can be caused by injury, illness and/or stress, though stress very frequently plays a role. Amplified pain is treated at CHOP through a combination of physical and occupational therapy and psychological intervention. Pain medications are not used, as amplified pain does not typically respond to pain medications.

Patients suspected of having amplified pain are initially referred for interdisciplinary pain clinic evaluation, which involves psychological evaluation. This psychological evaluation may include interpretation of measures assessing functional disability and quality of life. The evaluation also includes a review of records, focused clinical interview, and gathering of information from lateral resources, as appropriate.

The goals of this evaluation are to provide psychoeducation; to assess emotional functioning, coping and areas of stress; and to help determine appropriate treatment recommendations, including evaluation for readiness to participate in CHOP's intensive Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome Program, if deemed medically appropriate.

Primary duties:

  • Conduct Pain Clinic evaluations including:
    • Brief review of assessment measures (e.g., Peds-QL, FDI) when applicable
    • Clinical interview
    • Consultation with past/current mental health providers
  • Provide appropriate psychoeducation to patients and families
  • Make recommendations to the medical team and families
  • Complete written evaluations, including integration of any assessment data and information obtained from clinical interview

Start date: Summer

Dual Rotation within Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Program (CHAMP) and Mood Disorders Partial Hospitalization Program

Supervisors: Jason Lewis, PhD; Cherie Gerstadt, PhD; Kavita Tahilani, PhD

Position: The dual rotation externship in the CHAMP and Mood Disorders PHP programs provides evaluation and intervention services for children and adolescents with depression and other mood disorders at both the outpatient and partial hospitalization levels of service. One area of focus for this externship placement is evaluation and diagnostic assessment. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to conduct thorough semi-structured diagnostic interviews and to provide feedback to patients and families regarding diagnoses, clinical impressions and treatment recommendations.

Students will also have the opportunity to gain individual and group therapy experience. Groups opportunities will occur within the Mood Disorder PHP program and include CBT and DBT skills groups. Individual therapy opportunities occur at both the outpatient level (CHAMP) and the PHP level and include cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy for youth with depression and DBT-informed therapy targeting emotional/behavioral dysregulation and suicide risk. Lastly, students will also participate in multidisciplinary team meetings for each of the two programs and have many didactic opportunities.

Primary duties:

  • Complete one comprehensive diagnostic evaluation per month using the K-SADS within CHAMP.
  • Obtain lateral information from schools, outside providers, etc., as needed
  • Present CHAMP evaluation cases in weekly consensus meeting
  • Participate in diagnostic and treatment feedback sessions
  • Participate in intake/diagnostic evaluations within the Mood Disorder PHP
  • Conduct suicide risk assessments with patients in CHAMP and the Mood Disorder PHP
  • Individual therapy experience with children and/or adolescents presenting with primary concerns related to depression or other mood disorders in both CHAMP and the Mood Disorder PHP
  • Co-lead CBT and DBT skills groups within the Mood Disorder PHP

Qualifications: Third- or fourth-year graduate students in clinical child psychology doctoral programs with previous hospital-based externship/practicum experience. Tuesdays and Fridays are required days, up to 16 hours a week.

Start date: July

Early Head Start

Supervisor: Evelyn Brooks Ridgeway, PhD

Children from low-income families often are not afforded a variety of necessary early experiences to promote positive development, consequently placing them at risk for developmental delays and poor educational and health outcomes. The Early Head Start Program was developed to respond to this issue for low-income pregnant women and families with children birth to age 3. Early Head Start aims to:

  1. Promote healthy prenatal outcomes for pregnant women
  2. Enhance the growth and development of very young children, and
  3. Promote healthy family functioning

In addition, Early Head Start is charged with ensuring that at least 10% of the services provided are for children who are eligible for Part C services under the state's Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

The Early Head Start Program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (EHS at CHOP) uses a relationship-based approach with families to assess families' needs, and jointly develop goals to address the areas of risk and/or need. Home visitors with training in early child development provide weekly home-based services to the 124 families participating in the home-based option, while the center-based option provides quality care in a group setting for 12 infants and toddlers. The home visitors and center-based liaison are supported by the EHS multidisciplinary team in providing quarterly Family Review case conferences, regular developmental screenings and assessments, assisting families in accessing community-based services and resources, and providing opportunities for families to connect with each other for education and support. EHS at CHOP is based at the CHOP Karabots Primary Care Center in West Philadelphia.

Depending on the extern's level of experience and interest, extern will work closely with the Child Development and Mental Health Manager (licensed psychologist) and participate in EHS activities that support and promote Infant Mental Health, including:

  • Participating on Monday Multidisciplinary Family Case Reviews
  • Assisting home visitors with completing developmental and other required screenings
  • Assisting with mental health consultations for both parents and children, including completing Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA) for infants and toddlers, preschoolers, or, when indicated, using the clinical assessment
  • Facilitating staff and/or parent workshops on child development or mental health issues
  • Creating educational materials for parents
  • Supporting staff and parents in child development activities during socialization groups
  • Supporting families during Early Intervention or other developmental/behavioral evaluations and/or review meetings at external agencies

Past externs have:

  • Created and facilitated Positive Parenting workshop series for enrolled parents
  • Facilitated dialogic reading training for staff
  • Co-presented at the EHS National Conference in Washington, D.C., with CHOP EHS staff
  • Assisted in consultation, including completing biopsychosocial reports
  • Written articles for parent newsletter
  • Participated in various child- and parent-focused activities at EHS

Start date: Flexible (June – October)

Eating Disorder Assessment and Treatment Program

Track 1: Outpatient Family-based Treatment/Intensive Outpatient Program/Partial Hospitalization Program (two days per week)

Supervisors: Eleanor Benner, PsyD; Katrina Lenz, PsyD; Alexandra Perloe, PhD; Matthew Lerner, PhD; Amani Piers, PhD

Position: The psychology externship student works with an interdisciplinary team comprised of psychology, medicine, nutrition and social work to treat children and adolescents with an eating disorder (primarily anorexia nervosa).

The Eating Disorder Assessment and Treatment Program serves a range of children and their families. Children and adolescents are primarily 12 to 18 years of age, but it is possible to see children/adolescents outside this age range. The majority of adolescents present with anorexia nervosa, but there may be opportunities to treat adolescents with other eating disorders as well (e.g., ARFID).

Students receive training in conducting comprehensive evaluations for eating disorders and family-based treatment (FBT). FBT is the leading evidence-based treatment for adolescents with anorexia nervosa. In this treatment, parents are charged with re-nourishing their child. The therapist works with parents and a multidisciplinary team to support them in this process. If appropriate, externs may also receive training in evidence-based treatments for ARFID. Externs on Track 1 will spend one day per week in our outpatient program providing family-based treatment and one day per week in our partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient program providing skills groups, family-informed sessions, individual sessions and/or parent groups. Depending on the extern's schedule and availability, externs may also have the opportunity to participate in weekly PHP/IOP rounds that include psychiatry, social work and psychology. For those interested, research opportunities are available.

Externs receive weekly individual supervision with a licensed psychologist and participate in group supervision/didactics. Externs will work with two different supervisors: one for their outpatient day and one for their IOP/PHP day. Externs are asked to read the family-based treatment manual and other relevant articles/readings prior to the start of externship.

Updated COVID-19 statement: Due to the status of COVID-19, telehealth remains an option for our patients. Thus, externs may gain exposure to a hybrid model of both in-person and telehealth services in the outpatient setting. IOP/PHP activities will be all in-person. These changes will be updated in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines.

Primary duties (outpatient day):

  • Complete comprehensive evaluations for pediatric eating disorders
  • Provide evidence-based treatment for eating disorders under supervision of psychologist
  • Prepare for and participate in weekly group and individual supervision
  • Develop treatment plan
  • Complete appropriate paperwork
  • Communicate with multidisciplinary treatment team to coordinate care
  • Fulfill other assigned responsibilities as appropriate

 Primary duties (IOP/PHP day):

  • Complete level of care evaluations for pediatric and adolescent eating disorders
  • Co-facilitate CBT, ACT, DBT, CRT skills groups for children and adolescents with eating disorders under supervision of psychologist
  • Conduct family-informed and individual treatment sessions under supervision of psychologist
  • Co-facilitate group meals and snacks
  • Co-facilitate parent psychoeducational and multifamily groups
  • Participate in treatment and discharge planning
  • Prepare for and participate in weekly group and individual supervision
  • Attend weekly rounds and present case updates
  • Complete appropriate paperwork
  • Communicate with multidisciplinary team to coordinate care
  • Fulfill other assigned responsibilities as appropriate

Qualifications:

  • Enrolled in a doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology (third or fourth year)
  • Experience with eating disorders preferred but not necessary
  • Clinical experience with families preferred but not necessary

Start date: July

Track 2: Outpatient Family-based Treatment/Inpatient Consultation Liaison with Adolescent Medicine (two days per week)

Outpatient supervisors (see above)
Inpatient supervisors:  Jeanna Stokes, PsyD; Jessica Harpel, PsyD; C. Alix Timko, PhD

Position: The inpatient position is a joint collaboration with the Division of Adolescent Medicine and Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Inpatient Medical Stabilization at CHOP aims to address the medical needs of children and adolescents presenting with significant physical symptoms of malnutrition secondary to eating disorders or eating problems.

When children and adolescents with eating disorders are admitted to CHOP due to medical complications of malnutrition, the inpatient BHIP team provides behavioral health assessment, brief interventions, psychoeducation about eating disorders and recommendations for treatment. In this track, externs will spend two days in the inpatient setting to allow externs the opportunity to follow malnutrition patients during their medical hospitalization.

Opportunities for the practicum student include attending inpatient rounds (i.e., consultation-liaison and adolescent medicine), inpatient consultation and follow-up, co-facilitating a psychoeducation group for caregivers of patients with eating disorders, collaborating with outpatient providers, and establishing aftercare recommendations. All direct patient care activities are face-to-face. On their outpatient day, practicum students will gain experience conducting comprehensive diagnostic evaluations and providing family-based treatment for child and adolescent eating disorders.

Externs receive weekly individual supervision with a licensed psychologist and participate in group supervision/didactics. See below for outpatient responsibilities.

Primary duties (inpatient day):

  • Complete initial inpatient consultation and progress notes
  • Attend consultation-liaison (Behavioral Health Integrated Program) and adolescent medicine rounds
  • Prepare for and participate in weekly group as well as individual supervision
  • Observe and provide psychoeducational group to caregivers
  • Participate in multidisciplinary family meetings
  • Assist with quality improvement projects for the eating disorder program

 Primary duties (outpatient day):

  • Complete comprehensive evaluations for pediatric eating disorders
  • Provide evidence-based treatment for eating disorders under supervision of psychologist
  • Prepare for and participate in weekly group and individual supervision
  • Develop treatment plan
  • Complete appropriate paperwork
  • Communicate with multidisciplinary treatment team to coordinate care
  • Fulfill other assigned responsibilities as appropriate

 Qualifications:

  • Enrolled in a doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology (third or fourth year)
  • Experience with eating disorders preferred but not necessary
  • Clinical experience with families preferred but not necessary

Start date: July

Endocrinology Psychology Externship

Supervisor: Leela Morrow, PsyD

Hours per week: 16

Position: The rotation is intended to provide the extern with training in brief consultation and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) while working with patients with endocrine conditions (e.g., hyperinsulinism, precocious puberty, differences in sexual development (DSD), Turner syndrome, Klinefelter syndrome) in the inpatient and outpatient setting.

Common reasons patients present for treatment are: difficulties with adherence to the medical regimen, problems coping with chronic illness and patient/family coping with diagnosis. The extern will gain supervised experience in inpatient and outpatient consultation, assessment (clinical interview, medical chart review), and intervention. Specific intervention strategies include: use of CBT strategies to promote adherence to the medical regimen, to improve coping and functioning, and psychoeducation about the relationship between endocrine conditions and mood/emotions.

Externs will be expected to practice within a multidisciplinary care model, including endocrinologists, nurse practitioners, dieticians, social workers and a child life specialist. The extern may gain exposure to inpatient consultation, assessment and intervention with the hyperinsulinism population.

Qualification: Enrolled in a doctoral program in school, clinical or counseling psychology at least the third-year level or equivalent years of training

Start date: July

Evidence-based school and family behavioral interventions for ADHD

Supervisors: Gwendolyn Lawson, PhD

Position: The goal of this 4 to 6 hour rotation is to provide externs with clinical experience providing teacher consultation to support evidence-based classroom behavioral interventions for ADHD. The extern will provide consultation to teachers in the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) regarding evidence-based classroom intervention for ADHD in the context of a research study. The goal of the research study is to develop and pilot test an implementation strategy to support teachers in using evidence-based classroom interventions for students with ADHD symptoms. The implementation strategy includes providing motivational support and logistical support, tailored to each individual teacher's needs. Externs will work directly with teachers in SDP schools to provide this implementation support as part of the pilot phase of the research study.

As schedule and interest permit, the extern may also have the opportunity to participate in didactics and research team meetings, and/or to participate in research activities. This externship is appropriate for an advanced graduate student with prior experience with behavioral interventions and school consultation, and with a particular interest in working within under-served schools.

Training objectives:

  • Learn about evidence-based classroom interventions for ADHD, Positive Behavior Interventions and Support, and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support.
  • Acquire skills in providing consultation to teachers in urban public schools.

Qualifications: This Externship is designed for advanced graduate students who have some experience in providing behavioral treatment, family-behavior therapy or school consultation and who would like to gain additional experience providing such interventions in Philadelphia public schools. Foundational knowledge of ADHD and experience or strong demonstrated interest working in schools or with teachers are preferred. The extern must be able to travel to schools in West, North and South Philadelphia.

Start date: August

Family Stress and Illness Program

Supervisor: Paul M. Robins, PhD

Position: The Family Stress and Illness Program provides family-based outpatient services to address the psychological needs of children and families experiencing acute or chronic illnesses, as well as more general child clinical concerns. This position is 8 to 10 hours a week.

The unique strengths of families are recognized through all aspects of care, in particular the essential impact families have on illness management and health outcomes. Priority is assigned to providing care for children and families who have recently experienced inpatient medical hospitalization and require ongoing psychological care to optimize healthy adjustments. Many children seen through this program are experiencing somatic symptom disorder concerns (e.g., recurrent abdominal pain, irritable bowel syndrome and other pain presentations).

Primary duties:

  • Complete initial intake, progress notes, treatment plan and discharge summary
  • Prepare for and participate in weekly team-based sessions as well as individual supervision
  • Schedule families
  • Provide individual and family therapy
  • Participate as team member in initial family intervention session

Qualifications: Preference for third- or fourth-year doctoral-level students in clinical child psychology

Start date: July

Healthy Weight Program

Position: The training goal of this rotation is to provide the extern with practice opportunities in providing psychosocial consultation and brief intervention to children and adolescents with overweight/obesity and their families in the context of a multidisplinary family-based weight management program. Additional goals include education on the potential harm of weight-focused intervention, weight stigma and weight discrimination and practice implementing weight-neutral interventions.

Common presenting concerns include: nonadherence to medical recommendations, psychosocial difficulties interfering in health behavior goals (depression, anxiety, disruptive behavior, impulsivity), negative body image, low motivation for health behavior change, emotional eating, binge eating, selective eating, food sneaking, parent-child conflict around health behaviors and parent management training in regard to health behavior promotion.

Externs will be expected to practice within a multidisciplinary care model, including physicians, nurse practitioners, dieticians, social workers and physical activity specialists. If schedules allow, the extern may gain exposure to assessment of readiness for bariatric surgery within the CHOP- Penn bariatric surgery program or the newly developed binge eating behaviors clinic (includes both individual and group behavioral health interventions).

Qualifications: Advanced child clinical doctoral student with previous practicum experience in evidenced=based intervention for common child psychological diagnoses.

Days/times: Possible days at 3550 Market St. – Wednesday, Thursday (includes bariatrics); Virtual – Tuesday (includes binge eating program); King of Prussia – Monday

Hours per week: 8

Neuropsychology Externship Program

You may apply to all three tracks if you wish. Of note, Track 3 is for more advanced students only. Please make it very clear in your cover letter which track(s) you are applying to.

  • Track 1: Pediatric Neuropsychology – Broad Focus (special hybrid training in Neuropsychology/ASD or Neuropsychology/Oncology are sometimes available to interested applicants)
  • Track 2: Pediatric Neuropsychology – Oncology, NF1, Screening
  • Track 3: Advanced Neuropsychology Externship (only for fourth-year students and above, must have prior pediatric neuropsychology experience; see below)

Track 1: Pediatric Neuropsychology – Broad Focus

Supervisors: Lauren Krivitzky, PhD, ABPP-Cn, Training Director; Thomas Flynn, PhD, ABPP-Cn,  Neuropsychology Program Director; Sarah Murphy, PsyD, Externship Director; Nina Thomas, PhD, ABPP-Cn; Lisa Blaskey, PhD; Juhi Pandey, PhD; Lyla Hampton, PhD, ABPP-Cn; Jane Schrieber, PhD, ABPP-Cn; Chelsea Black, PhD, ABPP-Cn; Matthew Fassano-McCarron, PsyD; Arianna Stefanatos, PhD; Sophie Foss, PhD; and Kathryn Ritchie, PhD

Position: The Pediatric Neuropsychology program provides neuropsychological assessment and consultation services for children/adolescents from a wide age range and with varying presenting concerns. The program receives referrals from many different medical services, including neurology, neurosurgery, genetics, metabolism, hematology/oncology, and physical medicine and rehabilitation, and from a variety of clinics for neurodevelopmental disorders.

The neuropsychology externship student has the opportunity to work with one of our neuropsychology faculty on outpatient neuropsychological assessments and may also gain exposure to inpatients and the various multidisciplinary teams with whom the neuropsychologists collaborate.

Primary duties:

  • Administer/score neuropsychological tests for a range of ages from preschool through adolescent/young adult.
  • Participate in parent/child interview and feedback sessions.
  • Prepare for and participate in weekly individual supervision sessions.
  • Opportunity to participate in didactics through the neuropsychology program and other hospital/department specific didactics.
  • Potential opportunity for observing/participating in interdisciplinary team meetings or clinic.

Qualifications: Preference for students with prior exposure to neuropsychology through either course work and/or clinical experience. Also, preference for third- or fourth-year doctoral-level students

Start date: July

Track 2: Pediatric Neuropsychology – Oncology, NF1, Screening

Supervisors: Kelly Janke, PhD, ABPP-CN; Iris Paltin, PhD, ABPP-CN; Hannah Schofield, PhD, ABPP-CN; Megan Sy, PsyD

Position: The Division of Oncology at CHOP offers a neuropsychological assessment externship for psychology graduate students with previous experience conducting neuropsychological assessments with children and adolescents. The student works under the close supervision of pediatric neuropsychologists within the Division of Oncology.

Patient population: Patient population consists of children, adolescents and young adults with brain tumors, leukemia, lymphoma, other pediatric cancer conditions and cancer predisposition syndromes (e.g., neurofibromatosis type I). Patients are referred for assessment at various points after diagnosis, ranging from recent diagnosis to long-term survivors. Patients range in age from early childhood through young adulthood, with possible option to include infancy and toddlerhood.

Primary duties: During this 16-hour per week placement, the externship student will gain extensive experience conducting family and patient interviews, administering a wide range of measures, scoring, interpreting and integrating results, writing comprehensive reports with targeted recommendations, and providing feedback. Multiple hours of individual supervision provided per case.

Qualifications: Enrolled in a graduate program (third year or above) in school, clinical or counseling psychology. Prior experience conducting assessments with children/adolescents. Familiarity with neuropsychological measures.

Optional meetings/activities: Neuropsychology Seminar, Behavioral Health Seminar, Oncology psychosocial team meetings, Oncology medical rounds, grand rounds

Start date: July

Track 3: Advanced Pediatric Neuropsychology Externship

Position: Advanced neuropsychology externs participate in specialty rotations (typically two rotations over the course of the year, one rotation at a time for a six-month block). We will work with students to match them with rotations based on clinical interest and schedule. These may include rotations in the following programs:

  1. Pediatric Stroke Clinic (Primary Supervisor, Lauren Krivitzky, PhD, ABPP-Cn): Provide consultation and brief assessment in a multidisciplinary stroke clinic for children with a history of stroke and other vascular disorders.  
  2. Early Childhood Assessment Rotations: Cardiac Kids Follow-up Program (CDKP) or Surgery Follow-up Program (Supervisors Lyla Hampton, PhD, ABPP-Cn; Jane Schreiber, PhD, ABPP-Cn): These rotations involve conducting neurodevelopmental evaluations with infants and young children who have congenital heart conditions (CDKP) or who have undergone fetal surgery for myelomeningocele or other intrauterine procedures (Surgery Follow-up Program).
  3. Oncology Assessment: See above for summary of clinical experience and supervisors. Externship can be tailored based on advanced students' experiences and interests.
  4. Concussion Clinic (Supervisor Mary Iampietro, PhD): This program provides neuropsychological consultation, evaluation and intervention services to children and adolescents who have sustained mild traumatic brain injuries.
  5. Metabolism Clinic (Supervisor Arianna Stefanatos, PhD): This rotation involves conducting serial neurodevelopmental and neuropsychological evaluations of individuals with a range of metabolic and genetic conditions from infancy through young adulthood.
  6. Neuroinflammatory Rotation: (Supervisor Chelsea Black, PhD): This experience, co-mentored by Neuropsychology and Neurology, involves administration of a brief, neurocognitive screener and both targeted and comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations with patients with a broad variety of neuroinflammatory conditions. Additional research experiences can also be incorporated depending on the extern's interest.
  7. Deaf and Hard of Hearing Rotation (Supervisor, Matt Fasano-McCarron, PsyD): This rotation involves providing neuropsychological consultation and evaluation services for children and youth who are deaf and hard of hearing, including those who identify as culturally deaf and/or use American Sign language (ASL) as their primary language. Competence in ASL is preferred, but not required.

Qualifications: This externship is designed for more advanced neuropsychology students (typically fourth year and above). You must have taken neuropsychology coursework, assessment coursework, and have at least one year of prior pediatric neuropsychology clinical experience, preferably in a hospital setting. If you are not sure if this track is right for you, or if you have further questions, please contact our externship director, Dr. Sarah Murphy (murphysc@chop.edu) to learn more.

Start date: July (This is a 16-hour, typically two day per week externship over a 12-month period

Training year: July – June

Oncology Pediatric Psychology Externship Program

The externship program in pediatric psychology with specialization in oncology is designed to provide externs with exposure to and training in interdisciplinary care for pediatric oncology patients and their families. The oncology interdisciplinary team is comprised of medicine, nursing, child life, social work, psychiatry and psychology. Psychologists and trainees provide integrated clinical services and work collaboratively with interdisciplinary team members for patient care.

Within the program, we are excited to offer up to six externship positions for the 2023 – 2024 academic year. Monthly didactics and peer consultation will be offered to the oncology psychology extern cohort. We ask that you please indicate which oncology position(s) you would like to be considered for in your cover letter. Feel free to rank in order of preference.

Bone Marrow Transplant Position

Supervisor: Torri Jones, PhD
Location: Philadelphia Campus
Time commitment: 16 hours over two days
Setting: Primarily inpatient with some opportunity for outpatient/telehealth
Focus: Pediatric psychology consultation and intervention with patients undergoing bone marrow transplant

Oncology Consultation and Intervention Position(s) – up to four positions available

Supervisors: Colleen Cadigan, PsyD; Brandy Derosa, PhD; Paige Lembeck, PhD; Natalie Nageeb, PsyD
Locations: Philadelphia Campus, King of Prussia Campus, Voorhees, N.J.
Time commitment: 8 to 16 hours per week
Setting: Outpatient and inpatient (except for Voorhees, which will be outpatient/telehealth)
Focus: Pediatric psychology psychoeducation, consultation and intervention for pediatric patients with varying cancer diagnoses and presenting problems.

Psychoeducation Position

Supervisor: Lynne Kaplan, PhD
Location: Philadelphia Campus
Time commitment: 4 to 6 hours per week
Setting: Outpatient and inpatient
Focus: Pediatric psychology psychoeducation to help support patients and families with a new oncology diagnosis.

Qualifications for the program:

  • •Enrolled in a doctoral program in school, clinical or counseling psychology at the third-year level or beyond
  • •Prior psychotherapy experience with children/adolescents and their families
  • •Strong interest pediatric psychology

Start date: July

Outpatient Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition (GI)

Supervisors: Betsy Turner, PhD; Kari Baber, PhD; Kelly Rodriguez, PhD; Margo Szabo, PhD; Tina Holbein, PhD; Sarah Mayer-Brown, PhD; Caroline Wilkes, PsyD; Lauren Fussner, PhD; Jackie Miller, PsyD

Position: The externship program in pediatric psychology with specialization in gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition is designed to provide the extern with exposure to and training in interdisciplinary outpatient care for pediatric patients with chronic GI conditions (ages 3 to 21). The GI interdisciplinary team is comprised of medicine, nursing, nutrition, social work and psychology. Psychologists and trainees provide integrated clinical services and work collaboratively with interdisciplinary team members for patient care.

Training objectives: The extern will gain supervised experience in outpatient consultation, assessment (clinical interview, medical chart review) and intervention. Common referral requests include coping with chronic illness, pain management, toilet (re)training, treatment adherence and school avoidance. Referred patients have a variety of GI conditions (e.g., inflammatory bowel disease, constipation with or without encopresis, celiac disease, eosinophilic esophagitis, irritable bowel syndrome and other disorders of gut-brain interaction [DGBIs]). Treatment modalities include behavioral therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) that are adapted for use with pediatric GI conditions.

In addition to practicing within an integrated care model, externs will have the opportunity to participate in multidisciplinary rounds with colleagues from medicine, nursing, nutrition and social work, if his/her schedule allows. These experiences are expected to build trainee competencies in assessing and treating common presenting concerns in pediatric psychology with a diverse patient population with respect to socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, and spiritual and cultural beliefs.

Additionally, there are opportunities to participate in didactics focused on common presenting problems to GI psychology and relevant treatment techniques, with topics including but not limited to adjustment to chronic GI conditions and behavioral treatment for constipation and encopresis, and gut-directed hypnotherapy for DGBIs. Didactics are currently held virtually one Monday per month from noon to 1 p.m.

Paperwork expectations:

  • EPIC documentation for new patient and follow-up visits within DCAPBS timeframes
  • Communication with interdisciplinary GI team and community partners (e.g., schools, community behavioral health providers) as indicated

Hours/supervision:

  • This is an 8 – 16 hour/week practicum placement in GI Psychology, and externs can expect to have one or two primary clinical supervisors from the GI Psychology team.
  • Individual supervision is one hour weekly.
  • Opportunities to participate in monthly group supervision with GI psychology trainees at the externship, internship and fellowship levels and monthly GI psychosocial rounds with colleagues from psychology, social work and child life.

Location:

  • Positions are available on the Main CHOP campus in Philadelphia, as well as at various satellite clinics in Pennsylvania (King of Prussia, Chalfont) and New Jersey (Voorhees, Princeton).
  • Additionally, GI psychologists continue to see a large proportion of their caseload via telehealth, and thus externs will have the opportunity to participate in clinical services through a video platform embedded within the CHOP electronic medical record system.

Qualifications:

  • Enrolled in a doctoral program in school, clinical or counseling psychology at least the third-year level or equivalent years of training.
  • Prior psychological intervention experience with children/adolescents and their families (including experience providing cognitive behavioral interventions).

Start date: July

Pediatric Epilepsy Program and Tic Disorders Externship Position

Supervisors: Amanda Riisen, PsyD, Carinna Scotti-Degnan, PhD

Position: The training goal of this rotation is to provide the extern with opportunities in administering psychological services as a member of the interdisciplinary Pediatric Epilepsy Program. Additionally, externs can choose to also have experience delivering Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) for patients with tic disorders. Psychological services provided include:

  1. Assessment of patient and families coping with epilepsy and/or tics and comorbid behavioral health diagnoses
  2. Individual and/or family CBT based therapy for children within a broad age range (ages 3 to 19)
  3. Comprehensive behavioral intervention for tics with children ages 6 and up
  4. Consultation with medical team around patient/family coping with anti-epileptic drug side effects, epilepsy surgery, ketogenic diet and any additional medical treatments.

Common referral issues include adjustment to illness, treatment adherence, managing medication side effects, child/parent coping with anxiety directly related to seizures, and assessment/treatment for comorbid psychiatric issues such as anxiety, depression, ADHD and behavioral issues.

This rotation is an eight-hour single day or 16-hour two-day rotation, taking place on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Training objectives:

  • To develop an understanding of epilepsy and the common psychiatric and educational issues children and families face when seizures and/or tics are present
  • To develop skills in completing an initial outpatient evaluation and providing family with appropriate clinical recommendations
  • To develop skills in administering CBT-based treatment targeting anxiety, depression and issues related to coping with seizures and/or tics
  • To develop skills in administering CBIT treatment for tics
  • To develop skills in consultation with medical, nursing, social work and school staff to support patient and family coping with complex medical issues

Required training activities include:

  • Responding to requests for psychology evaluation, which typically come from physicians, nurses or social work. The evaluation involves meeting with the family for an initial assessment, gathering information from the medical team/medical record review, providing feedback to the team about your assessment findings and ongoing weekly intervention when warranted.
  • Attending the weekly EEG meetings (Mondays at noon) or epilepsy surgery meetings (Thursdays at 1 p.m.). These meetings are optional however, attendance is especially encouraged if a patient you have previously evaluated or currently follow will be discussed.
  • Optional attendance at weekly Neuroscience Grand Rounds (Thursdays at 8 a.m.) and Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Thursdays at noon, once a month)
  • Weekly individual supervision

Paperwork expectations

  • Two- to three-page report following all initial evaluations, to be completed within one week of conducting evaluation
  • Outpatient follow-up notes each time a patient is seen, within 48 hours of seeing the patient

Start date: July

Pediatric Headache Program and Concussion Clinic Externship Description

This is an 8-hour placement with the opportunity to work with pediatric patients across two settings: The Pediatric Headache Program (4 hours) in the Division of Neurology and the Concussion Clinic (4 hours) in the Sports Medicine and Performance Center. Externs can expect to receive supervision in both settings.

Pediatric Headache Program

Supervisor: Christina Murphy, PhD

The Pediatric Headache Program specializes in the care of children with disabling and hard-to-treat headaches (e.g., chronic migraine, new daily persistent headaches, chronic post-traumatic headache). The multidisciplinary headache program team consists of board-certified neurologists, two nurses, a nurse practitioner, social worker and psychologist.  This externship will focus on both evaluation and treatment of psychological factors related to headaches. The initial evaluation consists of either a joint multidisciplinary assessment conducted by the attending physician or nurse practitioner as well as the psychologist or a psychology-only biopsychosocial assessment. The goals of this evaluation are to provide psychoeducation; to assess emotional functioning, coping and areas of stress; and to help determine appropriate treatment recommendations, which may include cognitive behavioral therapy within the headache program or with community providers if more appropriate.

Psychological intervention within the Pediatric Headache Program consists primarily of evidence-based cognitive-behavioral therapy and often includes collaboration across a patient's social ecology (e.g., home, school, sports) to help patients learn cognitive and behavioral tools to manage pain and restore functioning.

Primary duties:

  • Conduct Headache Clinic evaluations including:
    • Brief review of ache questionnaire and assessment when applicable
    • Clinical interview
    • Consultation with past/current mental health providers
    • Consultation with neurologist
  • Provide appropriate psychoeducation to patients and families
  • Make recommendations to the medical team and families
  • Complete documentation, including biopsychosocial assessment and progress notes
  • Opportunity to provide cognitive behavioral therapy to one or two headache program patients

Concussion Clinic

Supervisor: Jamie Shoop, PhD

Externs in the concussion clinic will have the opportunity to provide consultation and short-term intervention to support children and adolescents recovering from concussion. Patients are referred from across the Minds Matter Concussion Program at CHOP which includes physicians, advanced practice providers, neuropsychology, and physical and occupational therapists. Initial consultations involve a record review, interpretation of measures assessing functional disability and coping, and clinical interview. The goals of consultation are to identify and provide psychoeducation on biopsychosocial factors impacting concussion recovery and make tailored treatment recommendations, which could include short-term intervention with concussion psychology. Short-term intervention is based largely in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and aims to improve overall functioning and symptom management in youth following concussion. Common areas of intervention include pain management, relaxation and other brief coping skills, health behaviors (e.g., sleep, physical activity) and school attendance. Externs may also have the opportunity to participate in an integrated clinic (Friday mornings) during which consultation and short-term interventions are delivered in tandem with patients’ medical appointments.

Primary duties:

  • Conduct initial health and behavior assessments including:
    • Record review
    • Administration and interpretation of standardized screening measures
    • Clinical interview
    • Provide appropriate psychoeducation and recommendations to patients and families
    • Coordinate with multidisciplinary providers at CHOP (e.g., referring medical provider) and, as needed, in the community (e.g., community mental health providers) after obtaining release
    • Complete documentation
  • Provide short-term health and behavior intervention
    • Adapt evidence-based treatments to target persistent concussion symptoms and/or emotional adjustment following injury
    • Provide ongoing coordination with multidisciplinary team members (e.g., referring medical provider, neuropsychology, physical therapist) as needed
    • Update treatment plan and recommendations as needed
    • Complete documentation

Qualifications:

  • Preference for third or fourth year doctoral-level students in clinical child psychology
  • Interest in pediatric psychology
  • Clinical experience with adolescents preferred
  • This is an 8-hour rotation (4 hours in Headache and 4 hours in Concussion)

Start date: July/August

Pediatric (Combined) Pain Externship

These positions offer the opportunity work with children and adolescents who are experiencing pain, somatic concerns and related functional difficulties across a variety of settings, departments and diagnoses. Students can choose from two combinations:

  • Hematology and Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome Program (AMPS)
  • Pediatric Pain and Acquired Autonomic Dysfunction Program (AADP)

Hematology

Supervisor: Jen Brereton, PhD

Primary duties: Provide psychological services to patients (newborn up to young adults) and their families in the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center as well as the Comprehensive Bone Marrow Failure Program. Services consists of brief consultations during clinic visits, full psychological intakes/assessments, and individual and family therapy. Focuses of treatment include coping with illness, adherence and pain management. Also, there are opportunities to provide services on an inpatient basis.

Center for Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome

Supervisors: Kim Miller, PhD, and Whitney Rog, PsyD

Primary duties: Patients suspected of having amplified pain are initially referred for interdisciplinary pain clinic evaluation, which involves psychological evaluation. This psychological evaluation may include interpretation of measures assessing functional disability and quality of life. The evaluation also includes a review of records, focused clinical interview, and gathering of information from lateral resources, as appropriate. The goals of this evaluation are to provide psychoeducation; to assess emotional functioning, coping and areas of stress; and to help determine appropriate treatment recommendations, including evaluation for readiness to participate in CHOP's intensive Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome Program, if deemed medically appropriate

Pediatric Pain - Anesthesiology

Supervisors: Jessica Collins, PhD

Primary duties: Provide multidisciplinary intake assessments for children and adolescents and their parents experiencing chronic pain. Potential opportunity for one or two cases for ongoing follow-up, utilizing a cognitive behavioral approach. Additional opportunities to provide inpatient consultation and liaison services with the Acute Pain Service in the Main Hospital for children experiencing acute and/or post-operative pain. In addition, opportunity to provide psychological services to patients (newborn to 21 years) and their families in the multidisciplinary Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) clinic. Services consist of brief consultation during multidisciplinary clinic primarily focusing on coping with illness, adherence and pain management.

Acquired Autonomic Dysfunction Program

Supervisor: Richa Aggarwal Dutta, PhD

Primary duties: Opportunities to provide psychosocial assessment and consultation for patients presenting with autonomic dysfunction and functional somatic concerns within a multidisciplinary clinic. Multidisciplinary conference with various providers (e.g., Cardiology, Neurology, GI, PT, General Pediatrics) is held at noon and at the end of patient visits.

Safe Place Treatment and Support Program

Supervisors: Nancy Braveman, MS, PsyD; Teresa Brieck, MSS, LCSW

Position: The Safe Place Treatment and Support Program (SPTS) provides psychosocial support services and mental health treatment to children and families dealing with sexual abuse. The program typically treats children from 3 to 14 years of age who have been medically evaluated by a CHOP team for known or suspected sexual abuse. Externship students would work at the CARE Clinic as part of an outpatient team that includes medicine, social work and psychology, and also provide ongoing psychoeducation, support and trauma treatment (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Treatment or TF-CBT). The externship is offered for 16 hours per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Primary duties:

  • Participate in CARE Clinic on Thursdays from 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Provide time-limited outpatient interventions, including psychoeducation/support and TF-CBT on a weekly basis
  • Complete progress notes of treatment sessions
  • Complete initial assessments of new patients
  • Receive at least two hours per week of individual supervision
  • Participate in live observation of and by clinical supervisors
  • Participate in additional research and didactic activities as appropriate

Qualifications:

  • Enrolled in a graduate program in clinical psychology, counseling psychology or clinical social work
  • Preferably has had at least two years of supervised clinical experience
  • Experience and interest in doing trauma-related work with children and families

Start date: July

Sleep Externships

There are two separate positions with a focus in sleep, see the specific descriptions below.

Position 1: Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Program
Position 2: Behavioral Sleep Medicine Externship

Position 1: Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Program

Supervisor: Melissa Xanthopoulos, PhD

Position: This position provides externship students the opportunity to work within an interdisciplinary team from pulmonary, neurology, nursing, respiratory therapy, psychiatry and psychology.

Externship students will:

  • Gain knowledge of the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric obstructive sleep apnea (OSAS), with a special emphasis on adherence to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), a primary treatment of OSAS
  • Obtain a general understanding of pediatric sleep and sleep disorders, including assessment and intervention
  • Provide assessment and treatment in clinic, as well as follow-up over the phone

This is an excellent opportunity for students to learn general behavioral principles and techniques for patients ranging in age from 3 months to 21 years.

Primary duties: Students are responsible for interviewing patients, formulating a treatment plan and providing follow-up by phone and in-person.

  • Hours for both Wednesday and Thursdays are to be determined (6 to 10 hours a week). Students can participate in morning and/or afternoon clinics depending on availability and hours needed.
  • Wednesday clinic includes a required weekly didactic from noon to 1 p.m.
  • Students are required to complete all reports by the end of each clinic and note all patient telephone contacts in the electronic medical record.
  • Throughout the week, externship students will provide telephone follow-up with their cases. This typically adds up to one hour per week.
  • Individual supervision occurs during and after each clinic.

Qualifications: Experience and/or coursework related to children and adolescents. Third- or fourth year doctoral students preferred.

Start date: July

Position 2: Behavioral Sleep Medicine Externship

Supervisors: Jodi Mindell, PhD; Melisa Moore, PhD; Jocelyn Thomas, PhD; Ariel Williamson, PhD; Melanie Franklin

Position: This rotation provides externship students the opportunity to work with an interdisciplinary team from pulmonary, neurology, psychiatry and psychology. Externship students will gain knowledge of the diagnosis and treatment of both medically based and behaviorally based sleep disorders, with a special emphasis on the behavioral treatment of bedtime problems and night wakings. In addition to learning skills relevant to sleep disorders, this is an excellent opportunity for students to learn general behavioral principles and techniques.

We have clinics on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, where we see patients from ages 3 months to 21 years with a variety of sleep disorders.

Primary duties: Students are responsible for interviewing patients, formulating diagnoses, creating treatment plans and providing follow-up care.

  • Hours for all clinics are to be determined (6 to 10 hours a week). Students can participate in morning and/or afternoon clinics depending on availability and hours needed. Rotation will likely be a hybrid of in-person and virtual visits.
  • Monday clinic will take place at Virtua in Voorhees, N.J.
  • Tuesday clinic will take place at the Buerger Center.
  • Wednesday clinic will take place at the Buerger Center.
  • Thursday clinic will take place at the Buerger Center and King of Prussia.
  • For all clinics, an orientation period is provided during Wednesday afternoon clinic for the first eight weeks of the externship (through August). Students typically attend this clinic in place of Monday or Thursday clinic during this training period.
  • The Wednesday clinic includes a required weekly didactic from noon to 1 p.m.
  • Externship students are required to complete all reports within 24 hours or as determined by supervisor.
  • Supervision occurs in vivo throughout clinic, as well as a group supervision held for all trainees (currently scheduled on Fridays noon to 1 p.m.)
  • There may be additional opportunities for interested externs to participate as sleep interventionists in grant-funded research (1 to 2 hours/week at most).

Qualifications: Third- or fourth-year doctoral students preferred.

Start date: July