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Pediatric Pain and Sleep Innovations Lab (PPSI)

Training Opportunities and Students

UW Poster PictureDr. Tonya Palermo has trained numerous students and fellows from different disciplines (e.g., psychology, anesthesiology, medicine). She also accepts undergraduate volunteers. She directs a psychology postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric pain research at Seattle Children's Hospital and directs the T32 Postdoctoral Anesthesiology Research Training Program.

Student Helpers

Student helpers 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 post-doctoral 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 helper? Please contact Tonya Palermo for more information.

Current student helpers

  • Alina Chandra

    Alina Chandra
    Undergraduate Student, UW

  • Frankie Perry

    Frankie Perry
    Undergraduate Student, UW

  • Katherine Slack

    Katherine Slack
    Undergraduate Student, UW

  • Fiona Seung

    Fiona Seung
    Undergraduate Student, UW

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.


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