Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

  • Primary Training Goals

    In addition to year-long, research, and 4- and 6- month rotations, interns explore each area through seminars, training sessions and the opportunity to participate in collaborative activities.

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    Evidence-Based Assessment and Treatment

    Interns participate in a number of seminars, grand rounds, didactics and other training activities that provide formal instruction on topics relevant to their practice as professional psychologists. Interns attend these hour-long seminars regularly.

    Seminar Series:

    Pediatric Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Child Psychology Didactics - These series cover a wide range of topics including multidisciplinary team consultation, sleep, bariatrics, neurological disorders, pediatric obesity, family functioning, ADHD, child abuse and neglect, psychiatric medications, complementary and alternative medicine, treatment adherence, and personalized predictive medicine.

    Colloquia - Monthly presentations give interns a chance to learn more about research and clinical practice. Presentations cover a variety of topics, and are jointly attended by faculty and trainees from the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology and the Division of Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics.

    Hospital-Sponsored Programs - Cincinnati Children’s offers a variety of educational programs, such as pediatric grand rounds, nursing grand rounds, neurology grand rounds, quality in action and child psychiatry grand rounds.

    Other Materials:

    Evidence-based care manual - O'Grady residents are provided with access to a manual of recent articles regarding evidence based assessment and treatment in child clinical and pediatric psychology.

    Integration of Research & Practice

    Seminar Series:

    Seminar Series on Applied Research - This series offers training in statistics, grant writing, research ethics / human subject protection and community-based participatory research methods.

    Psychology Research Group -This monthly meeting fosters the development and review of research projects within the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology. Faculty members present grant applications, manuscripts or research ideas that are reviewed by at least one junior faculty member, one senior faculty member and one post-doctoral fellow. Through discussions of these internal reviews, interns learn about writing and reviewing manuscripts, the grant application process, research with diverse populations, research design and data analytic methods.

    Prevention Science Seminar Series - This monthly series educates residents on innovative programs and research in prevention science in the areas of health, mental illness, substance abuse, child abuse and neglect, and child development. Faculty, staff, fellows and residents from all divisions of Cincinnati Children’s attend these seminars, resulting in a rich interdisciplinary exchange of ideas about serious health issues.

    Quantitative Methods Group - This monthly series focuses on advanced statistical methods including longitudinal analyses, n of 1 designs, methodological issues in randomized controlled clinical trials, adaptive designs and factorial research designs.

    Other Training Experiences:

    CITI training - All interns are required to complete the Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI) program. CITI raises the bar for general knowledge about clinical research and will improve the overall quality of clinical research. It is in use in at least 22 of 26 AAHRPP-approved institutions.

    Academic Collaborative - Interns may participate in quality improvement initiatives within the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology on one of two teams, the Pain Team or the Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Team. The Pain Team ensures that all patients receive evidence-based treatment and improves health outcomes by making changes at the systems level. The ADHD Team focuses on ensuring that all patients receive evidence-based group treatment and monitors behavioral and parent confidence outcomes by making changes at the systems level. The goal of this experience is to provide interns with hands-on experience in program evaluation.

    Multidisciplinary Collaboration and Care

    Seminar Series on Multidisciplinary Care

    This series offers interns the opportunity to meet with members of several multidisciplinary teams with whom the faculty and residents work. Didactics include different models of care, effective communication between disciplines, roles and responsibilities of team members.

    Professional Development

    Seminar Series on Professional Development

    This series, which is a part of the pediatric behavioral medicine and clinical psychology series, focuses on helping residents develop the necessary professional skills of independent professional psychologists. Topics include ethics, career paths, vitae building, APA and licensure.

    Individual Supervision

    Each O’Grady resident receives approximately four to six hours of face-to-face supervision a week. Supervision includes direct observation of clinical activity, as well as planning and discussing assessment or treatment issues. A supervisor’s approach to supervision varies, but we are all committed to the philosophy of using an individualized approach and formulating specific objectives with each intern.

    Group Supervision

    Interns and faculty meet for group supervision on various rotations. The meeting is dedicated to discussing current therapy or assessment cases and providing peer supervision. Interns may also take turns leading discussions of pre-assigned journal articles or book chapters on supervision.

    Case Conference

    Once per year, interns give a formal case presentation focusing on integrating research or evidence with practice. Interns receive training and support from supervisors as needed while they prepare for these presentations.

    Cultural and Individual Diversity

    Seminar Series on Diversity

    This series, which is a part of the pediatric behavioral medicine and clinical psychology series, features a broad range of topics and exercises designed to help interns understand a variety of diversity issues. Topics covered include cultural barriers, sensitivity and responsiveness to consumers, understanding various ethnic and cultural groups and cultural factors’ influence on testing and evidence-based treatment.

    Hospital Diversity Training

    All employees at Cincinnati Children’s – interns included – are required to participate in hospital-sponsored diversity training. Learn more about these training sessions from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Cincinnati Children’s.

    Cultural Diversity and Supervision

    A special effort is made to focus on diversity issues in supervision of assessment and therapy cases. Interns are provided an opportunity to explore their comfort level and develop goals related to working effectively across cultures.