The Department of Psychiatry at IU School of Medicine offers a 1-year postdoctoral fellowship position in pediatric psychology, with an emphasis in Consultation Liaison and Pediatric Pain.
Fellow time is equally split between Riley Hospital’s multidisciplinary the Riley Hospital for Children Psychiatry Consultation Liaison Service and Pediatric Pain Clinic (with possibility of an elective in pediatric psycho-oncology or pediatric GI psychology). Clinical training focuses on developing a specialized expertise in pediatric psychology and pediatric pain psychology.
On the Consultation Liaison (CL) Service, the fellow will work with other members of the CL team (psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, psychology interns, psychiatry residents/fellows, and medical students) to provide consultation services to patients who are medically hospitalized at Riley. The CL service provides consults for all pediatric specialty services at Riley with common consulting teams including hospitalist, gastroenterology, critical care, cardiology, pulmonology, and developmental pediatrics. Reasons for consultation are varied and include coping with acute or chronic illness/hospitalization, procedural anxiety, pain management, medical regimen adherence, safety evaluations (e.g., suicidal ideation/attempts), pre/post transplant evaluations, somatic symptom disorders, and comorbid mental health diagnoses.
In the Pediatric Pain Clinic, fellows will have the opportunity to provide psychological evaluation and intervention services with a multidisciplinary team including physicians, nurse practitioners, and physical therapy. Other clinical training opportunities in pain clinic may include biofeedback, pre-surgical evaluations, and consultation liaison services for patients medically hospitalized for pain-related conditions or chronic pain rehabilitation. Opportunities may exist for rotations in pediatric psycho-oncology or pediatric GI as well (which would reduce time in pain clinic).