Pediatric Pain Psychology Fellowship


Fellowship Director


Important Dates

Application deadline is:
12/15/2021

All interviews will occur remotely
on 1/24/2022

Fellowship Start Date:
9/1/2022

*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 2022-2023 Pediatric Pain Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship program.

Training

One-Year Clinical Fellowship (80% clinical 20%research):

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 and parents with chronic pain 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 challenges faced by youth who suffer from chronic discomfort and their families. Twenty percent of the fellow's time will be protected to participate in ongoing research projects.

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. Development of independent project is encouraged. Fellows will also have support to attend national conferences.

In addition to training at the outpatient clinic and intensive outpatient rehabilitation program, the fellow will be provided the opportunity to train in clinical 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. 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 COVID-19 safety restrictions.

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

  • 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
  • Courtney Hess, PhD
    • Year: 2021 - Present
    • Graduate School: University of Massachusetts Boston
    • Internship: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    • Current Position: Pediatric Pain Psychology Fellow, Stanford Children's Health
  • Ambey M. Sepsey, PhD
    • Year: 2021 - Present
    • Graduate School: Wayne State University
    • Internship: Wayne State University
    • 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. Completion of all requirements for their PhD or PsyD prior to beginning their appointment.

Required Application Materials

Application deadline is December 15th, 2021. Interviews will occur remotely on January 24th, 2022. To apply please send all required documents by email to our application coordinator: Annah Hoang: choang06@stanford.edu and Rashmi Bhandari (fellowship director): rbhandar@stanford.edu
 

Required Docs


After all requirements are received, Ms. Hoang will send a department application form to be filled out and returned by email to complete the written application. Minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Fellowship Start Date: September 1st, 2022.

E-mail inquiries can be directed to Rashmi Bhandari, PhD, Director of Pediatric Pain Psychology Fellowship at rbhandari@stanford.edu.