Practicum Fieldwork

We link trainees with practicum opportunities and provide support for them to carry out fieldwork focused on eating disorders prevention. STRIPED is sponsoring the following practica for Harvard Chan School students for the 2015-16 academic year.

Current Practica

New Practicum Opportunity on School Strategies to Promote Healthy Weight Among Children and Youth

As the prevalence of overweight and obesity among U.S. children and youth has grown over the past few decades, schools have been an important setting for public health action to prevent obesity. However, while some schools and researchers have worked to develop successful health promoting programs that focus on healthy nutrition and physical activity rather than weight, it is unclear how often these programs are implemented in schools across the country. In fact, research suggests that some schools may be unintentionally using programs that encourage students to fixate exclusively on weight loss. Through this practicum, a Harvard Chan student will have the opportunity to examine the ways in which primary and secondary schools may unintentionally promote weight stigma and encourage disordered weight control behaviors among children and youth. The student will gain experience collecting new qualitative and quantitative data, conduct analyses, and contribute to public health knowledge about this important child health issue.

Please send CV and a one-page letter of interest to:

Erica Kenney, ScD
Research Fellow, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Practicum Opportunity on Improving Adolescent Primary Care Screening for Eating Disorders

STRIPED’s newest practicum opportunity, “Implementation and Evaluation of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) Medical Guide within a Pediatric Learning Community,” aims to examine the impact of intervention components (printed educational materials plus in-person, shared learning followed by digital media prompts) versus printed educational materials alone on screening and detection of eating disorders by pediatric primary care providers. Through this practicum, the Harvard Chan School student is working as part of a team to review best evidence for screening and detection of eating disorders in primary care settings, collect data from primary care providers participating in the intervention and comparison group arms of the study, and analyze data using SPSS. The student attends weekly study meetings at Boston Children’s Hospital with study Principal Investigator Dr. Holly Gooding and study staff. The student will produce literature summaries, analysis plans, data analysis results summaries, and a final report describing study findings and implications.