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Health Psychology Doctoral Program
Pediatric School Concentration

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For additional information, please contact:

Ms. Rachel Baker
Graduate Administrative Assistant
Department of Psychology
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858

Example Advanced Practica Sites Relevant to Pediatric School Psychology Concentration

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Brody/PCMH Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Follow Up Clinic

Student works under supervision of the clinic psychologist on a multidisciplinary team that conducts infant-toddler evaluations of children previously admitted to the NICU. The main assessment format is the administration of the Bayley-III and parent interview/consultation. The primary disability category under consideration is Developmental Delay, although speech language impairments, motor impairments, and other medical diagnoses are also considered by the team. Student assists with intakes, Bayley-III testing, parent consultations, and case conceptualization.

Supervisor: Christy Walcott, Ph.D.

ECU PASS Clinic: Pediatric Behavioral Health

The Pediatric Behavioral Health Clinic Practicum will include assessment and treatment of behavioral pediatric concerns.  Students will gain experience in behavioral assessment, including functional behavioral assessment, across settings, consultation with medical and educational professionals, and application of behavioral parent training, manualized treatment packages and function-based interventions.  Duties will include behavioral interviewing, FBA, case conceptualization, treatment planning, conducting therapy, progress monitoring, consultation, and writing clinical notes.

Supervisor: Jennifer Kazmerski, Ph. D., BCBA-D

Greene County/Nash-Rocky Mount Middle School-Based Mental Health Practicum for Health Psychology

The role of the practicum student in this placement is multi-faceted and involves many aspects of school-based mental health. These include: 1. Observation of assessment and diagnosis of mental health disorders in students in Greene County Schools;  2. Providing behavioral intervention and individual and group therapy for students in Greene County Schools;  3. Collaborating and consulting with members of the Child and Family Support Team (CFST) regarding students in Greene County Schools;  4. Collaborating and consulting with administrators, student support personnel and teachers regarding students in Greene County Schools;  5. Collaborating and consulting with parents of students in Greene County Schools through collaboration with the CFST and direct contact (visits, phone calls, email, etc.);  6. Collecting and recording data regarding progress on specific goals of students in Greene County Schools;  7. Collecting and recording data regarding the impact of school-based mental health services on dependent variables such as: attendance, drop-out, suicide, and academic achievement, discipline referrals, etc.

Supervisor: Jeannie Golden, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Greenville CDSA: Infant-Toddler Assessment & Intervention Planning

The student will be involved in a variety of activities during the placement. Appropriate activities for the practicum student include:

  • Learning about the organization and operation of the CDSA and Infant/Toddler Program
  • Observing initial intake interviews with families of children referred to the CDSA
  • Observing and participating in developmental assessments of infants and toddlers″Consulting with families to help address problem behaviors and developmental concerns
  • Writing reports and participating in interpretative conferences with parents and in IFSP development
  • Consulting with other CDSA professionals (e.g., Speech Therapists, OTs, etc.) about their assessment and intervention techniques and their discipline-specific perspectives
  • Attending any training opportunities that may be available through the agency
  • Attending transition planning meetings and transition placement meetings for children moving from Infant-Toddler programming into PreK public school systems.

Supervisor: Gary Stainback, Ph.D.; Deede Allen & Penny Gaskins, Staff Psychologists

Pediatric Healthy Weight Clinic

The pediatric healthy weight clinic is focused on providing intensive immersion cognitive-behavioral therapy to obese adolescents attending a 3-week residential healthy weight camp located in Columbia County at the 4-H center each summer. Pairing with Dr. David Collier in the department of pediatrics, students will be involved in initial screening interviews of potential campers, responsible for giving and scoring an initial psychosocial screening packet from campers and their parents, preparing and leading and co-leading 4 group therapy sessions per week, at least 5 individual therapy sessions per week, developing a case conceptualization for each camper, and provide dialing learning opportunity for campers to make healthier choices as in vivo-therapy at each meal. Students will also likely be responsible for at least 1 evening presentation to campers and/or parents about the treatment program and recommendations for success across time. In addition, students may be asked to provide follow-up care for a small number of campers if deemed appropriate and necessary. Students will receive supervision via in vivo, self-report and peer supervision both in a group and individual setting. This is an intensive training clinic over a short period of time. Therefore, students must be able to stay out at the residential camp for the duration of the 3-week camp.

Supervisor: Lesley Lutes, Ph.D.

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