Somatization Fellowship - BC Children’s Hospital

PHSA - Vancouver, BC (30+ days ago)

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Somatization Fellowship

BC Children’s Hospital

Full Time Fellowship (1 year) – Start Date between (August – October, 2020)

Mental Health and Concurrent Disorders

The fellow will work closely with their primary supervisor and interdisciplinary team members including child and adolescent psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, a clinical social worker, a nurse-clinician, and pediatricians, as well as other clinical and research trainees in psychiatry and psychology. He/she will participate in at least weekly research and clinic meetings and will have opportunities for involvement in direct clinical care with children and families, dissemination of peer-reviewed research, and knowledge translation for community clinicians and the public.

Applicants will have a medical degree and successful completion of a MD Residency Training Program &/OR a PhD in mental health or related fields.

To apply for this rewarding career development opportunity, please forward a letter of application, accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae and names of three references to:

Dr. Lucinda Kunkel
lucinda.kunkel@cw.bc.ca

Applications will be accepted until December 31, 2019

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position will operate out of the Children and Women’s Mental Health and Concurrent Disorders at BC Children’s Hospital.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. UBC is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. However, Canadian and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

Research/Academic Project Opportunities:
The following studies are currently underway. None require full-time research dedication for involvement.

1) Understanding pediatric somatization

  • Observing or conducting diagnostic interviews for new program assessments
  • Psychometrically evaluating a new tool for assessing somatization
  • Assessing the prevalence of somatization in other medical contexts (emergency, pain, concussion, etc.)
  • Developing a novel research question to be tested using previously collected data on 75 somatizing youth (13-18 years old) and their parents on variables such as: somatic symptoms, functional disability, healthcare utilization, readiness for change, perceptions of and responses to stress, emotion regulation, internalizing and externalizing symptoms, and parent and peer relationships
2) Group-based interventions for somatization

  • Participating as a facilitator or research observer of a 6 week group for somatizing adolescents and their parents, offered 4 times per year
  • Evaluating intervention-related changes using 3 waves of data collected (baseline, post-intervention, 6-month follow-up) on 50 families
  • Contributing to the development and evaluation of a controlled outcome study comparing the group to an active comparison group
  • Conducting qualitative research to understand the patient experience and inform new iniatives
3) Family-based treatments for somatization

  • Participating as a treatment provider and/or researcher of family-based (attachment-oriented) treatments for familiesof somatizing youth
  • Contributing to grant writing, developing novel research questions, and selecting measurement tools to support program evaluation
  • Conducting qualitative research to understand the patient experience and inform new iniatives
4) Knowledge translation

  • Contributing to the development and dissemination of resources for the public, patients, families, and health professionals that will support destigmatization and normalization of somatization as a mental health concern
  • Developing strategies for evaluating uptake and impact knowledge translation resources
Other Potential Opportunities:
1) Mindfulness-based intervention for adolescents (with or without somatization) including clinical facilitation and/or studying feasibility or outcomes.

2) Threat-related attention bias study (involving neurocognitive assessment)

3) Neuroimaging study (involving structural and functional components)

4) Systematic literature reviews and opinion pieces for publication

5) Development and evaluation of knowledge translation activities (e.g., educational modules, national practice standards, treatment guidelines, and handbooks for community physicians, mental health clinicians, and school professionals)

6) Supervision and teaching of junior research assistants and clinical trainees

Fellowship Supervisors:
Amrit Dhariwal, PhD, RPsych

Titles: Investigator, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
Clinical Assistant Professor, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Subspecialty Program, UBC Medicine

Staff Psychologist, Teaching & Consultation Clinic, BCCH

Email: amrit.dhariwal@cw.bc.ca
Areas of Interest: Dr. Dhariwal has clinical expertise in relationship-based therapies with applications to the period between infancy and early adulthood, including: Child-Parent Relationship Therapy, Circle of Security, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She regularly provides teaching, clinical supervision, and mentorship to psychiatry residents and fellows, predoctoral clinical psychology students, and post-doctoral psychology fellows. She is an early career clinical, developmental, and translational researcher, who has studied the importance of parent and peer relationships for healthy social-emotional development. Her current academic efforts address the novel application of relationship-based and emotionally focused interventions for adolescents with co-occurring physical and mental health conditions.
Andrea Chapman, MD, FRCPC

Titles: Medical Director, Psychiatry Consultation-Liaison Clinic, BCCH
Program Director, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Subspecialty Program, UBC Medicine

Investigator, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute

Email: achapman@cw.bc.ca
Areas of Interest: Dr. Chapman is the medical director of the Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Service, and provides both inpatient and outpatient assessments to children and youth with medical conditions. She works collaboratively with many of the hospital subspecialty clinics, including Complex Pain, Gastroenterology, and Neurology. She regularly provides teaching, clinical supervision, and mentorship to psychiatry residents and fellows. Her specialty area of interest is in pediatric somatization and she is heavily invested in translating knowledge for patients, families, and health professionals. She has co-authored handbooks, videos, and professional resources and is regularly invited to present to academic audiences.

Teaching Faculty and Interdisciplinary Team Members:
Victoria Hurst-Martin, MSW, RSW

Clinical Social Work Specialist, Psychiatry Teaching & Consultation Clinic, BCCH
Clinical Instructor, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Program, UBC Medicine
Ashley Miller, MD, FRCPC

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Teaching & Consultation Clinic, BCCH
Psychotherapy Training Director, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Subspecialty Program, UBC Medicine
Tim Oberlander, MD, FRCPC

Developmental Pediatrician & Attending Physician, Complex Pain Service, BCCH
R. Howard Webster Professor in Brain Imaging and Early Child Development, Division of Developmental Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, UBC Medicine
Investigator, BC Children's Hospital Research Institute
Kelly Saran, BSc, BEd, MD, FRCPC

Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, Teaching & Consultation Clinic, BCCH
Clinical Assistant Professor, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Program, UBC Medicine
Joanna McKay, RN, BScN

Nurse Clinician, Psychiatry Consultation-Liaison Clinic, BCCH
Elizabeth Stanford, PhD, RPsych

Head of Psychology, BCCH
Clinical Instructor, UBC Psychology
Dzung Vo, MD, FAAP

Director, BC Children’s Hospital Centre for Mindfulness, BCCH
Head and Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Adolescent Health and Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, UBC Medicine