Pediatric Pain Psychology Fellowship

Program Overview

The Stanford University Medical Center, Department of Anesthesia, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine is presently inviting applications for its 2020-2021 Pediatric Pain Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship program.


One-Year Clinical Fellowship (80% clinical 20%research): Director, Rashmi Bhandari, PhD

The clinical component of the fellowship involves training in the interdisciplinary Pediatric Pain Management Clinic (PPMC) at Stanford Children’s Health, which offers outpatient services focusing on evaluation and treatment of chronic pain, co-lead pain management workshops for groups of children with chronic pain and their parents, and participate in the intensive outpatient rehabilitation program. Physicians, physical and occupational therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, and fellows work collaboratively on a clinical team to address the complex problems faced by youth who suffer from chronic discomfort and their families.

Current research opportunities include the effectiveness of interdisciplinary treatment on child and family functioning, understanding predictors of chronic pain in children and tracking long-term outcomes, and the role of psychological factors on treatment efficacy utilizing the Pediatric-Collaborative Health Outcomes Information Registry (Peds-CHOIR). Development of independent project is encouraged. Fellows will also have support to participate in national conferences. Mentorship opportunities with Laura Simons, PhD at the Biobehavioral Pediatric Pain Lab will also be available. Twenty percent of the fellow's time will be protected to participate in ongoing research projects.

In addition to training at the outpatient clinic and intensive outpatient rehabilitation program, the fellow will be provided the opportunity to train in medical hypnosis by attending the 3-day training offered by the National Pediatric Hypnosis Training Institute (NPHTI) and biofeedback training offered by the Stens Corporation. Fellows also participate in seminars and lectures at the Departments of Anesthesia, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Clinical hours and supervision for licensure will be provided. The fellowship is for one-year from September 1st 2020 to September 3rd, 2021. The option for a second year, advanced fellowship (50% research 50% clinical) may be available with consideration of funding and matching fellow/program interests. 

Candidates with previous clinical and research experiences in pediatric behavioral medicine are strongly encouraged to apply. Deadline for applications is December 15th 2019. Interviews will occur on Jan 31st 2020.

Applicants must: Have attended APA-accredited graduate programs in clinical or health psychology (preferably pediatric focused). Have completed APA-accredited internship, and have completed all requirements for their Ph.D. or PsyD prior to beginning their appointment.    Minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Living in the San Francisco Bay Area

The San Francisco Bay Area is one of the nation’s most desirable places to live: its diverse cultures, temperate year-round climate, world-class arts scene, food and wine, and access to recreation (ski slopes, hiking trails, redwood forests, beaches, wine country, and bustling cities) afford delightfully unique benefits. Stanford University sits within the dynamic Silicon Valley region, in the cosmopolitan town of Palo Alto  –   just 35 miles south of San Francisco and 15 miles north of San Jose.

Current and Past Fellows

  • Christina Theodore Oklota, PhD
    • Year: 2011 - 2012
    • Graduate School: Suffolk University, Boston, Massachusetts
    • Internship: Nationwide Children’s Hospital
    • Current Position: Associate Director, Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc.
  • Samantha Huestis, PhD
    • Year: 2012 - 2013
    • Graduate School: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
    • Internship: Yale University Child Study Center
    • Current Position:   Licensed Pediatric Pain Psychologist, Stanford Children’s Health
  • Grace Kao, PhD
    • Year: 2013 - 2014 
    • Graduate School: Texas A&M University, Austin, TX
    • Internship: Boston Children’s Hospital
    • Current Position: Licensed Pediatric Pain Psychologist, Texas Children’s Hospital
  • Amanda Feinstein, PhD
    • Year: 2014 - 2017
    • Graduate School: Georgia State University, GA
    • Internship: University of California, Los Angeles, Medical Center
    • Current Position: Clinical Instructor, Pediatric Pain Management Clinic and Pediatric Rehabilitation Program, Stanford Children's Health.
  • Ana Vanessa Wren, PhD
    • Year: 2015 - 2016
    • Graduate School: Duke University, NC
    • Internship: Stanford Children’s Health
    • Current Position: Instructor, Dept of Pediatrics (Division of Gastroenterology) Stanford Children's Health/Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Alexandra Cram Ross, PhD
    • Year: 2016 - 2017
    • Graduate School: University of Southern California
    • Internship: Oregon Health & Science University Institute on Development and Disability
    • Current Position: Pediatric Psychologist, UCSF
  • Delana Parker, PhD
    • Year: 2017 - Present
    • Graduate School: University of California Los Angeles
    • Internship: Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein School of Medicine
    • Current Position: Pediatric Pain Psychology Fellow, Stanford Children's Health
  • Lauren E. Harrison, PhD
    • Year: 2018 - Present
    • Graduate School: Eastern Michigan University
    • Internship: J Kennedy Krieger Institute/John Hopkins School of Medicine
    • Current Position: Pediatric Pain Psychology Fellow, Stanford Children's Health.
  • Patricia Richardson, PhD
    • Year: 2018 - Present
    • Graduate School: Wayne State University
    • Internship: University of Tennessee Health Science Consortium
    • Current Position: Pediatric Pain Psychology Fellow, Stanford Children's Health
  • Ana Goya-Arce, PhD
    • Year 2019-Present
    • Graduate School: DePaul University
    • Internship: Boston Children’s Hospital-Harvard Medical School
    • Current Position: Pediatric Pain Psychology Fellow, Stanford Children's Health

Stipend and Benefits

Stanford Children’s Health Center offers fellows a competitive stipend as well as benefits (e.g., medical, dental, vision, disability, life and accident benefits provided, and partial coverage offered for spouses/registered domestic partners and/or children). Annual stipend is $60,000 plus the fellow will be offered monthly housing allowance and one time moving allowance (after applicable taxes). Paid leave includes: 15 days vacation/personal time off, 5 days conference attendance, 6 weeks pregnancy leave, sick days, and university holidays.


Application Process

Applicant Requirements

Candidates with previous clinical and research experiences in pediatric behavioral medicine are strongly encouraged to apply. All applicants must have:

  • Attended APA-accredited graduate programs in clinical or health psychology (pediatric behavioral medicine).
  • Completed APA-accredited internship.
  • Completed all requirements for their Ph.D. or PsyD prior to beginning their appointment.

Required Application Materials

Application deadline is December 15th, 2019. Onsite interviews will occur on January 31st, 2020. To apply please send all required documents by email to our application coordinator: Mercedes Perez:


Required Docs

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation sent by email directly from your recommenders to Mercedes Perez:

After all requirements are received, Ms. Perez will send a department application form to be filled out and returned by email to complete the written application.

Fellowship Start Date: September 1st, 2020.

E-mail inquiries can be directed to Rashmi Bhandari, PhD, Director of Pediatric Pain Psychology Fellowship at