Two positions are planned in the Maternal Substance Abuse and Child Development Program.
Behavioral and Neurodevelopmental Center /Fetal Alcohol and Drug Exposure Clinic . This placement, with the Division of Child, Adolescent and Young Adult programs allows the fellow to work with a multidisciplinary team to provide diagnostic and intervention services to children and adolescents, 0-21, exposed to alcohol and other drugs, illicit and prescription, and their families. The multidisciplinary team includes psychologists, physicians, and educators. The Clinic serves a diverse community with a wide range of developmental and behavioral problems and provides a comprehensive experience in developmental psychopathology. Typical problems of children presenting at the Clinic include fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, prenatal exposure to cocaine, learning and developmental disorders, behavioral and emotional disorders associated with abuse, neglect and institutionalization, issues associated with international adoption or foster care and a variety of genetic disorders. The fellow’s clinical activities include participation in interdisciplinary diagnostic evaluations, individual evaluations, therapy with children and families, and interactions with other educational and social agencies. In addition, as part of ongoing research activities, fellows can participate in community intervention, development of educational methods, and evaluation of research outcomes. As part of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine, fellows can participate in prevention activities that include the design and implementation of workshops and teaching modules, as well as outcome research. Under the supervision of the primary investigators, fellows may design and carry out their own independent research or prevention activities as well.
Maternal Substance Abuse and Child Development Prevention Program. This placement focuses on activities associated with prevention of maternal substance abuse and with prevention of the disorders occurring in children of substance abusers. Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in the development and implementation of training for professionals and public, in public awareness campaigns, in creating intervention materials and curriculums for education. Fellows will also work with community agencies throughout Georgia to organize and support local resources in the prevention and treatment of effects of maternal substance abuse. The fellow will also participate in the activities of the Southeastern Teratology Information Service, which provides accurate information to professionals and public, particularly pregnant women regarding exposure in pregnancy.