The Division of Pediatric Psychology has 18 full-time and one part-time pediatric psychologists who work in child health programs in outpatient clinics and inpatient units to address the psychological and behavioral needs of children with serious and chronic conditions.
The pediatric psychologists work daily with children with cancer, sickle cell disease, HIV/AIDS, those requiring bone marrow and solid organ transplantation, diabetes, epilepsy, asthma and cystic fibrosis, craniofacial anomalies, those needing critical care for trauma, renal failure, and many other chronic conditions, including obesity. Pediatric psychologists have just joined new interdisciplinary teams in the department addressing intestinal rehabilitation in young children and bariatric surgery in older adolescents.
We offer three outpatient programs: the Psychological Assessment Service, the Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic, and the Pediatric Medical Coping Clinic (PM-COPE). Services include psychological assessment, child and family intervention, and behavioral medicine interventions. Interns in the American Psychological Association accredited internship in clinical child and pediatric psychology assure access to care across Holtz, where service, training, and research occur simultaneously. Pediatric Psychology also has a postdoctoral fellowship training program with fellows working in various programs throughout the department.
The Pediatric Psychology faculty are active researchers and routinely publish the results of their studies in leading peer-reviewed professional journals and present their research at major national and international professional society meetings. Several faculty also have federally-funded research grants addressing diabetes, obesity, and sickle cell disease.