Pediatric Pain Psychology Fellowship

Program Overview

The Stanford University Medical Center, Department of Anesthesia, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine is presently inviting applications for its 2018-2019 Pediatric Pain Psychology Postdoctoral Clinical and Research Fellowship program. Applicants may choose to apply for the one-year clinical fellowship or the two-year dual track clinical and research fellowship. If you would like to be considered for both fellowships, feel free to indicate that in your application cover letter.

The clinical component of the fellowships involves training in the interdisciplinary Pediatric Pain Management Clinic (PPMC) at Stanford Children’s Health which offers outpatient service focusing on evaluation and treatment of chronic pain, and intensive outpatient rehabilitation program. Physicians, physical and occupational therapists, psychologists, 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.


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

In addition to training at the outpatient clinic and intensive outpatient rehabilitation program, the clinical 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. Twenty percent of the fellow's time will be protected to participate in ongoing research projects. Current research opportunities include the effectiveness of treatment on child and family functioning, understanding predictors of chronic pain in children, 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. Fellow will also have support to participate in national conferences. 

The fellowship is for one-year, from September 3rd, 2018 to September 7th, 2019. The option for a second year, advanced fellowship (50% research 50% clinical) may be available with consideration of funding and matching fellow/program interests. Additional information about the program and application process can be found at

Two-Year Dual Track Fellowship (40% clinical and 60% research): Director, Laura Simons, PhD

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.

Virtually all clinical training takes place at the outpatient clinic located at 321 Middlefield Road in Menlo Park (3 miles from campus), and the weekly lecture series occurs on campus in Palo Alto. To maintain proximity to these sites, fellows often reside in San Carlos, Redwood City, Menlo Park, or Mountain View. Stanford West Apartments, a convenient Stanford-owned option in Palo Alto, is available to fellows. These apartments are located across from the Stanford University Medical Center (SUMC). Fellows can bike, walk or ride the Marguerite Shuttle to the main outpatient clinic, campus sites, and the downtown Palo Alto train station. 

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

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). 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. 
    • Application deadline is December 15th, 2017. Onsite interviews will occur on one of 2 days for both fellowships: Feb 1st and 2nd 2018.

Required Application Materials

  • To apply please send all required documents by email to our application coordinator: Valerie McDonald at
    • Cover letter
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Three letters of recommendation sent by email directly from your recommenders