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Students and Training

We train undergraduate and medical students as well as postdoctoral fellows from different disciplines (e.g., psychology, anesthesiology, medicine, epidemiology). Dr. Palermo also directs a psychology postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric pain research at Seattle Children's Hospital and directs the T32 Postdoctoral Anesthesiology Research Training Program.

Undergraduate Student Volunteers

Student volunteers have the opportunity to contribute to multiple ongoing research projects and gain exposure to pediatric chronic pain research. During their time, they will be paired with a mentor, typically a postdoctoral fellow, and complete tasks to develop their research skills. They will also attend seminars to learn more about the research conducted in the lab.

Interested in becoming a student volunteer? Please contact Tonya Palermo for more information.

Current student volunteers

Kathleen Daly-JensenKathleen Daly-Jensen
Medical Student, OHSU


Thanh Dang
Medical Student, UW

Kavin (Ken) SrinakarinKavin (Ken) Srinakarin
Undergraduate Student, UW


Natalie Swanda
Undergraduate Student, UW

Hannah Weissman
Undergraduate Student, Vanderbilt University

Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Pain Research

The primary objective of the fellowship is to prepare the individual for an academically oriented career in pediatric pain research. Over a two-year fellowship period, the postdoctoral fellow receives experience and training in conducting research in pediatric chronic pain assessment and management and intervention research. Specific training in grant writing, manuscript preparation, data analysis, and mentoring and supervising students is provided. The postdoctoral fellow contributes to NICHD-funded studies in pediatric chronic pain management in the areas of sleep-wake disturbances and pain, Internet-based psychological interventions, and family and parent interventions. There is opportunity to develop and complete independent projects. Supervised clinical activities with the Pain Clinic at Seattle Children's Hospital are also available in working toward psychology licensure. The postdoctoral fellow has access to a range of career development opportunities through the University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Children's Research Institute.

Contact Dr. Palermo for more information on current training or volunteer opportunities.