Pediatric Pain Research Center
Training and Education

Pediatric Pain Training and Education Programs

Our rich, multidisciplinary environment provides outstanding training opportunities for the next generation of scientists and clinicians. Learn more about our pediatric pain training and education programs.

Research Graduate Programs

Neuroscience Graduate Program

The Neuroscience Graduate Program is an interdisciplinary program that encourages a focus on clinical translation and offer multiple focus areas of concentration including Stress and Neuropsychiatric Disorders, Developmental Neurobiology, Pain, Sensory Neuroscience, Stroke and Neural Trauma, Metabolism and Obesity, Epilepsy, Cognitive Development, and Motivation and Drugs of Abuse. In addition to scholarship and laboratory training in high-impact research, the Neuroscience Graduate Program offers guidance and support for a wide range of professional careers.

Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)

The Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) is a multi-institutional MD/PhD program supported by the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children's. MSTP students spend their first two years in medical school and then shift their study to graduate school training. After completing their PhD thesis, they return to medical school to complete their final two years of training. Throughout the program, trainees participate in MSTP-specific professional development opportunities, including personalized career mentoring.

Molecular and Developmental Biology Graduate Program

Students in the Molecular and Developmental Biology Graduate Program have the opportunity to conduct research across a broad spectrum of biomedical disciplines, ranging from basic studies of embryonic development to the development of diagnostics and therapeutics for a range of pediatric and adult diseases.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Neuroscience

The Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Neuroscience allows fellows to continue their training and development by teaming with world-class faculty mentors. Fellows receive mentoring, craft research and grant proposals, and execute research studies. A strong network of research support services and facilities, along with institutional commitment to research, push our team of faculty, postdocs and support staff to significant breakthroughs.

Psychology Graduate Program

The Psychology Graduate Program offers a PhD in Psychology with an emphasis in Experimental Psychology, Clinical Psychology, or Community and Organizational Research for Action. Within these three training areas, emphases include health psychology, neuropsychology, human factors, cognition, action and perception, and equity and social justice. Throughout the program, students work closely with their faculty mentor to develop an individualized training plan tailored to their career goals and area of specialization.

Clinical Graduate Programs

Headache Medicine Fellowship

The Headache Medicine Fellowship is the only pediatric program in the country accredited by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS). The field includes the diagnosis and treatment of head and face pain, and includes primary and secondary diseases causing head and face pain, thus encompassing multiple specialty areas. The fellowship is open to all practitioners interested in the treatment of headache patients.

O’Grady Residency in Psychology

The O’Grady Residency in Psychology is a internship in health service psychology with a focus in pediatric and child clinical psychology. The internship is accredited by the APA Commission on Accreditation, and provides training in clinical care, clinical research, quality improvement, and evidence-based care initiatives.

Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship

The Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship is a one-year, ACGME-accredited fellowship offering superb training in some of the busiest pediatric operating rooms in the nation. Our clinical volume, breadth of surgical and medical expertise, and outstanding faculty provide a robust and supportive setting to hone your skills, knowledge, and clinical experience. Fellows with research interests can assist in the design and execution of clinical or laboratory-based research projects during their fellowship.

Pediatric Pain Medicine Fellowship

The Pediatric Pain Management Fellowship is one of the only ACGME-accredited pediatric pain fellowships in the country. Our goal is to prepare graduates to become experts dedicated to treating pediatric and young adult patients with chronic pain. We strive to establish the base for further development as educators, leaders, advocates, and researchers with interest in advancing the knowledge and the practice of the field of chronic pain.

Pediatric Pain Psychology Fellowship

Fellows in the Pediatric Pain Psychology Fellowship assist with studies on biopsychosocial mechanisms and treatment of pediatric chronic pain, headache and/or rheumatic diseases. Fellows can participate as research therapists on clinical trials of behavioral and other non-pharmacologic treatments, study coordination, manuscript and grant preparation, and to be involved in multiple ongoing collaborative related research projects in pediatric chronic pain with neuroscientists, pain medicine, neurology, rheumatology, sports medicine, and injury prevention researchers.

Pediatric Psychology Fellowship

The Pediatric Psychology Fellowship is one of the largest postdoctoral programs in the nation, offering advanced skills in the practice of psychology and in the integration of research and clinical services in a pediatric medical center. Each fellow has an individualized training plan that reflects their academic, research, clinical, and professional development goals using an apprenticeship model, in which fellows are matched with faculty mentors who can best guide them toward their goals.

Undergraduate Programs

Biomedical Research and Mentoring Program

The Biomedical Research and Mentoring Program (RaMP) is a pre-approved honors experience geared toward first- and second-year honors students interested in gaining training and research experience in high-level biomedical research. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows mentor undergraduate students in their research labs. Students in this program generally have interest in careers in biomedical research and/or entering PhD, MD, or MD/PhD programs in biomedical fields, though it is not required for participation.

Graduate Education Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (GE-SURF)

The goal of the Graduate Education Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (GE-SURF) is for participants to experience first-hand what a career in biomedical research is like. Participants work in a medical research lab on a funded research project, under the supervision of an experienced principal investigator. Attendees must be enrolled full or part time in a degree program leading to a bachelor's degree or associate's degree, preferably in the sciences.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) provides clinical, translational, and basic science research experience as well as career mentoring. The primary goal is to provide students with a foundation for making career choices in the biomedical sciences. Students can gain hands-on experience in one of our cutting-edge laboratories, working under the supervision of our world-renowned research faculty, taking full advantage of the resources available in a professional research environment.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Neuroscience (SURF-N)

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Neuroscience (SURF-N) offers the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research in multiple areas of neuroscience, including the study of neurological and psychiatric disorders, pain, obesity, and more. Fellows receive unique hands-on training from faculty mentors, who aim to provide an excellent research experience that will serve as a foundation for a career in neuroscience.