The subspecialty of pediatric psychology involves the evaluation, treatment, study, and prevention of problems in children with an acute or chronic medical condition, disability, or mental health problem, and their families.
Services provided by pediatric psychologists may take many forms, depending on the nature of the problem. Assessment may consist of interviews, family and professional consultation, observations, and formal psychological testing.
Intervention may consist of: consultation with the family, pediatrician, medical staff, or school; individual, sibling, group, or family therapy; parent training/parent counseling, and behavior management; direct participation in medical procedures; relaxation training; instruction in pain management techniques.
Pediatric psychology services are provided for inpatient and outpatient evaluation and treatment for children from infancy through adolescence.
Typical difficulties, which are appropriate for evaluation and/or treatment, include: familial, behavioral, or emotional problems; difficulty following medical treatment plans or adjustment to a medical condition; cognitive, school, or learning problems.
Children commonly referred for evaluation or treatment by pediatric psychologists include those with the following conditions:
Pediatric psychology services at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital are provided by or supervised by licensed psychologists specializing in pediatric psychology, with many years of experience working with children and families.
Pediatric Psychology Faculty:
Steven E. Band, Ph.D.
Shira Benhorin, Ph.D.
Tiffany Garner, Psy.D.
Kenneth Gelfand, Ph.D.
Elizabeth Getzoff Testa, Ph.D.
Kathleen Kane, Psy.D.
Nina Kayce, Psy.D.
Jessica Parrish, Ph.D.
Harriette Wimms, Ph.D.
Kimberly Derrickson, Ph.D.
(Prince George's Hospital)
Outpatient appointments for psychological services, including formal psychological testing, consultation, and therapy, can be made by calling 410-367-2222.
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