Pediatric Pain Psychology Fellowship

Fellowship Director

Important Dates

Application deadline is:

All interviews will occur remotely
on 1/22/2021

Fellowship Start Date:

*Please refer to the Application Process section for requirements & more information

Program Overview

The Stanford University Medical Center, Department of Anesthesia, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine is presently inviting applications for its 2021-2022 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.

One-Year Dual Track Fellowship (50% clinical and 50% research):
This fellowship will focus on clinical training at the Stanford Children’s outpatient pain clinic (see above) and 50% protected time for research. Clinical hours and supervision for licensure will be provided. Mentorship opportunities with Laura Simons, PhD at the Biobehavioral Pediatric Pain Lab will also be available. The option for a second year may be available with consideration of funding and matching fellow/program interests.

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. Please note training opportunities and conferences may be converted to remote delivery and could also be cancelled to optimize safety guidelines as they relate to exposure to COVID-19.

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

  • Lauren E. Harrison, PhD
    • Year: 2018 - Present
    • Graduate School: Eastern Michigan University, MI
    • Internship: J Kennedy Krieger Institute/John Hopkins School of Medicine
    • Current Position: Pediatric Pain Psychology Fellow, Stanford Children's Health.
  • Ana Goya-Arce, PhD
    • Year 2019-Present
    • Graduate School: DePaul University, IL
    • Internship: Boston Children’s Hospital-Harvard Medical School
    • Current Position: Pediatric Pain Psychology Fellow, Stanford Children's Health
  • Marco-Antonio S. Hartmann, PhD
    • Year: 2020 - Present
    • Graduate School: Case Western Reserve University, OH
    • Internship: Metro Health Medical Center
    • 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 $64,268 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:

  1. APA- or CPA-accredited graduate programs in clinical, counseling psychology, school psychology, or clinical child psychology programs;
  2. APA- or CPA-accredited internships; and
  3. All requirements for their PhD or PsyD prior to beginning their appointment. Appointments are for one year. Positions are contingent upon funding.

Required Application Materials

Application deadline is December 15th, 2020. All interviews will occur remotely on January 22nd, 2021. To apply please send all required documents by email to our application coordinator: Mercedes Perez: and Rashmi Bhandari (fellowship director):

Required Docs

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation sent by email directly from your recommenders to Mercedes Perez: and Rashmi Bhandari (fellowship director):

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, 2021.

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