The Neurobehavioral Group has a training program for students interested in psychology at many different levels, from undergraduate volunteers to postdoctoral fellows. Students have the opportunity to gain valuable experience working with chronically ill populations and learning about all aspects of clinical research. Typically, our group of trainees is comprised of clinical psychology graduate student externs and undergraduate volunteers. Depending on level of experience and interest, specific opportunities provided include conducting comprehensive psychological assessments with medical patients (children through adults), observation and learning of new assessment techniques, individual therapy focused on coping with illness or associated treatments, data collection and coding, and assisting with preparation of manuscripts and/or conference presentations/posters. Individuals with brain tumors, neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), HIV disease, sickle cell disease, and other genetic syndromes are among the patients being evaluated on current protocols. Some ongoing and recent topics of research investigations are: effects of the disease and treatment on neurobehavioral functioning and QOL, family functioning, and medication adherence. For a list of recent key publications involving work from our group (or members of our group) click here: Recent Publications.
Trainees with the Neurobehavioral Group participate in numerous didactic activities as well, such as weekly case conferences, monthly journal club discussions, individual and group supervision with a licensed psychologist, and educational seminars and symposiums sponsored by various NIH institutes. Some of the didactic activities are held in conjunction with the Psychosocial Program of the Behavioral Sciences Core, and opportunities for cross training in both components exist. For more information about training opportunities with the Neurobehavioral Group, please contact the Training Director, Staci Martin, Ph.D. (301-435-3964, firstname.lastname@example.org).