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Pediatric Specialty Fields in Professional Psychology
In recent years, health-service psychologists have realized the need to increase specialization through knowledge and training in specific areas of clinical practice. As such, specialty-based fields have emerged to optimize care for pediatric populations, including the fields of pediatric psychology and pediatric neuropsychology. Despite this need for specialization, many students and professionals are unaware of specific training opportunities in, and the scientific foundations for, these specialty disciplines. Thus, this presentation will discuss pediatric-based specialty fields within professional psychology, with a relative relevance to students and psychologists interested in specialty training.
Presenter Bio: Will Anastasiadis
Will Anastasiadis, M.S., is a third-year doctoral student in clinical psychology at Indiana State University under the direction of Dr. Liz O’Laughlin. He moved to Indiana from Cleveland, OH after earning his degree in neuroscience and psychology at Baldwin Wallace University. Will has held various lead positions at the Cleveland Clinic and University of Illinois at Chicago for the past five years, with an emphasis in pediatric behavioral intervention. In addition, Will has had several research-oriented experiences in neuroscience and behavioral health; his main involvements including collaborative research with multiple NIH-funded studies in convergent functional genomics at Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine, and treatment fidelity in the delivery of evidence-based care to pediatric patients at the Cleveland Clinic. Currently, Will works as a graduate clinician at IU Health’s Riley Hospital for Children. In his spare time, Will loves to travel, run marathons, and explore “hipster” breweries and coffee shop.
Presenter Bio: Lauren (Lo) Wruble
Lauren (Lo) Wruble, M.C. is a third-year doctoral student in counseling psychology at Ball State University, specializing in clinical health psychology with an emphasis in pediatrics. She moved to Indiana from Tempe, AZ where she completed her Master's in Counseling (M.C.) at Arizona State University. Prior to returning to school for her Ph.D., Lauren worked as the Comfort and Care Program Director and Pediatric Oncology Counselor at Phoenix-based non-profit Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels. In this position, Lauren developed a counseling program providing free services to children and families battling cancer and other life-threatening medical conditions. Lauren also worked closely with child life specialists and pediatric medical providers in three Phoenix-area hospitals to increase medical treatment adherence while emphasizing the importance of mental health and psychosocial issues that often present during treatment. Lauren's clinical and research interests examine pediatric medical traumatic stress, using complimentary and alternative medicine to increase quality of life and reduce symptomatology in pediatric patients with chronic/life-threatening illnesses, and examining/developing programs and resources to better serve pediatric patients, their parents, and their siblings from the time of diagnosis into survivorship. In her free time, Lauren likes to travel, exercise, try new recipes, cheer on her favorite sports teams (Go Blue!) practice yoga, and she is currently working toward being a certified yoga teacher for kids.