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Pediatric - Research Experiences

Applicants with strong research interests are encouraged to apply, as the resident is expected to participate in the development and execution of research in collaboration with the neuropsychology faculty. Current research in the section involves multidisciplinary projects focused in the following areas: 

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Pediatric Neuropsychology (Recruiting for 2014)
Applicants with strong research interests are encouraged to apply, as the resident is expected to participate in the development and execution of research in collaboration with the pediatric neuropsychology faculty. Current research in the division involves multidisciplinary projects focused on autism spectrum disorder, oncology, cardiology, and sleep disordered breathing in children. Primary research mentors are Bruno Giordani, Ph.D., Kimberley Heinrich, Ph.D., Elise Hodges, Ph.D., and Carol Persad, Ph.D. Below is a sample of research projects that are currently ongoing:

  • The characterization of risk and resilience factors in children who have undergone Bone Marrow Transplantation (BMT). The project is being conducted in collaboration with Pediatric Oncology. Primary research mentors are Dr. Heinrich and Dr. Hodges.
  • Neuropsychological correlates in HIV and malaria in African children. Primary research mentor for this project is Dr. Giordani.
  • The neurodevelopmental outcome of children with a history of congenital heart defects. Projects are being conducted in collaboration with the Congenital Heart Center Neurodevelopmental Follow-Up Clinic, which includes Pediatric Cardiology and Pediatric Psychology. Primary research mentor is Dr. Heinrich with additional mentorship provided by Bruno Giordani, Ph.D., Elise Hodges, Ph.D., and Carol Persad, Ph.D.
  • Sleep-disorder Breathing in Children. We are currently collaborating on an NIH funded study examining the efficacy of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) for treatment of residual symptoms of SDB in children who have undergone adenotonsillectomy. This is the third study in a series of three examining treatments for SDB in children, along with cognitive and behavioral improvement. Primary mentors on this project are Elise Hodges, Ph.D., and Bruno Giordani, Ph.D. with additional mentorship provided by Kimberley Heinrich, Ph.D.

 

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