The training faculty strongly believes that the primary focus of internship training is on clinical work. We also believe that science underlies our practice of psychology. The Department of Pediatric Psychology at CHOC does have a number of ongoing research studies which interns are exposed to and may be able to participate in in limited ways. Postdoctoral fellows are more integrally involved in these research projects.
The UCI Center on Stress and Health is part of the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care, at the University of California-Irvine (UCI) and Department of Pediatric Psychology at CHOC Children’s (CHOC). The Center on Stress and Health is a collaborative group from diverse areas in medicine, nursing, and psychology. Under the co-direction of Dr. Zeev Kain, UCI Chair of Anesthesiology, and Dr. Michelle Fortier, the center conducts cutting edge research on children’s health with particular interests in medical anxiety and pain. The Center on Stress and Health was first established by Dr. Kain under the name, the Center for the Advancement of Perioperative Health (CAPH) which relocated from Yale University to UCI/CHOC in July 2008. The multi-disciplinary research team has a number of ongoing federally funded projects examining perioperative pain and anxiety as well as procedural pain and anxiety.
The oncology team has developed and is looking at outcomes for a peer and parent mentorship program for young adults diagnosed with cancer and also examining the long term psychosocial effects of children who are survivors of childhood cancer. The neuropsychology program is looking at long term outcomes in children who receive epilepsy surgery, as well as examining the cognitive effects of treatment for childhood cancer with a particular emphasis on differing effects for bilingual children. The feeding program is looking at quality of life outcomes for children who undergo an intensive intervention to move from g-tube feedings to oral feeding. The young child program is looking at infant pain in the NICU and the long term effects of prematurity for children followed through the high risk infant follow-up clinic, Early Developmental Assessment Clinic (EDAC).