Pediatric Psychology Fellowship Clinical Rotations

Akron Children’s Hospital’s pediatric psychology fellows are provided a variety of clinical opportunities to strengthen their training. Fellows select clinical rotations that meet general requirements and individual professional goals. Options are discussed with applicants during the interview process.

Assessment

ADHD Clinic

Description - Provide assessment of children ages 6 and older following guidelines set forth by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Assessment includes a diagnostic assessment with clinical interview (with family and child), followed by testing of the child using norm-referenced and psychometrically sound assessment tools. Fellows write a report and review with the family. Recommendations for treatment and accommodations will be made in a formal appointment with the family.

Learning objectives - Fellows will demonstrate:

Hours - Approximately 4-6 hours per week for at least 6 months.

Supervisor - Geoffrey Putt, PsyD
 

Neuropsychological Assessment Clinic

Description - Provide comprehensive psychological and neuropsychological testing to children with a range of developmental and neurological disorders. Primary presenting concerns include:

Assessment will include thorough review of medical records, clinical interview, administration and scoring of standardized neuropsychological tests, interpretation, and case summary with recommendations for family, school and medical providers. The core objective of this rotation is to create awareness of and competent collaboration with neuropsychological services through exposure and experience with this type of testing service.

Learning Objectives - The Fellow will demonstrate:

Hours - Approximately 8-10 hrs per week for at least 6 months.

Supervisor - Lisa Stanford, PhD

Outpatient Treatment

Behavioral Medicine Outpatient Treatment (NeuroDevelopmental Science Center)

Description - Provide empirically supported treatment to children presenting with neurological or physical complaints in which psychological factors are judged to be related to the cause, exacerbation, or maintenance of symptoms. Primary presenting concerns are headache, tics/Tourette’s, sleep disorders, seizure/epilepsy, cerebral palsy, pain, anxiety, noncompliance with medical care, vocal cord dysfunction, and developmental delay with neurological component. Primary interventions are cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and Applied Behavioral interventions.

Learning Objectives - Fellow will demonstrate:

Hours - Approximately 10 hrs per week for at least 12 months.

Supervisor - Ethan Benore, PhD, BCB

Behavioral Medicine Outpatient Treatment (Division of Psychiatry and Psychology)

Description - Provide evidence-based treatment to children, adolescents and young adults presenting with a chronic medical illness, including, but not limited to, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, renal disease, pain disorders and gastrointestinal disorders. Primary interventions are CBT (including pain management/stress management strategies), DBT and behavioral management techniques. Specific targets for behavioral change include medical non-adherence, inadequate pain tolerance, and behaviors interfering with maximal healthy functioning. Participation in interdisciplinary feeding team, which includes a behavioral psychologist, physiatrist, speech pathologist, occupational therapist and dietitian, conducting assessments and providing treatment for children presenting with feeding difficulties (primarily associated with a medical condition or anxiety).

Learning objectives - The Fellow will demonstrate:

Hours - Approximately 6-8 hours per week for 12 months.

Supervisors - Laura Gerak, PhD, and Amy Ginsberg, JD, PhD

Multidisciplinary Teams/Consultation

Inpatient Behavioral Medicine Consultation/Liaison Service

Description - Provide evidence-based assessment and treatment for children, adolescents and young adults with chronic medical illness hospitalized on medical floors (including, but not limited to, patients with cystic fibrosis, gastrointestinal disorders, diabetes/endocrine disorders, rheumatologic disorders, eating disorders, neurological disorders, renal disorders, and pain disorders); consultation to medical staff including attending physicians, residents, nursing and social work.

Learning Objectives - The Fellow will demonstrate:

Hours - Approximately 20 hours per week for at least 6 months.

Supervisor - Amy Ginsberg, JD, PhD

Hematology/Oncology and Palliative Care

Description - Provide evidence-based assessment and treatment for children, adolescents and young adults with cancer or chronic/acute medical illness requiring palliative care. Primary conditions include sickle cell disease, cancer, cystic fibrosis, renal failure, complex medical disabilities and muscular dystrophy. Participate in multidisciplinary diagnostic clinics through Akron Children’s Showers Family Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and Haslinger Family Pediatric Palliative Care Center. Provide consultation to medical staff including attending physicians, residents, nurses, medical fellows and social workers. Additional work may include bereavement of end-of life care for patient and families.

Learning Objectives - The Fellow will demonstrate:

Hours - Approximately 15 hours per week for at least 6 months.

Supervisor - Laura Gerak, PhD
 

Day Treatment Rehabilitation

Description - Provide consultation with hospital staff and empirically supported treatment to patients served through Akron Children’s Day Treatment Rehabilitation program, which provides intensive physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and psychological services. Primary presenting concerns are traumatic/acquired brain injury, burn injury, chronic pain, post surgical decompensation and rehabilitation. Additional opportunities for consultation to outpatient rehabilitation services or Akron Children’s Paul and Carol David Foundation Burn Institute are available if time allots.

Learning Objectives - The Fellow will demonstrate:

Hours - Approximately 10 hrs per week for at least 6 months.

Supervisor - Ethan Benore, PhD, BCB


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