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Bradley Hasbro Children’s Research Center psychologist elected president of American Psychological Association child psychology division

8/15/2013
Elissa_Jelalian_2011Elissa Jelalian, PhD, a staff psychologist at the Bradley Hasbro Children’s Research Center (BHCRC) has been elected president of Division 54 of the American Psychological Association (APA). Jelalian is scheduled to begin her term as president elect in January 2014.

The APA, founded in 1892 has more than 134,000 members and 54 divisions in subfields of psychology. Division 54 of the APA, or the Society of Pediatric Psychology, is dedicated to child psychology and promotes the health and development of children, adolescents, and their families through use of evidence-based methods.

Jelalian has been a staff psychologist in the department of child and family psychiatry at Rhode Island Hospital since 1992, where she currently serves as the coordinator of pediatric psychology. Jelalian is co-coordinator of psychological services to pediatric oncology at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and director of the hospital’s Adolescent Weight Management program. She is also associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior and pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Jelalian’s specialty is in the development and implementation of innovative weight control interventions for children and adolescents, as well as evaluation of state-wide policy to promote healthier school nutrition and physical activity environments. Her research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health since 1999 and has had a significant impact on the study of behavioral weight control interventions for adolescents.

“Elissa’s election to president of the Society of Pediatric Psychology of the American Psychological Association is a result of her innovative, highly relevant research contributions in pediatric weight management, and her national prominence as a mentor to trainees and junior faculty studying pediatric behavioral health,” said Elizabeth McQuaid, Ph.D., a staff psychologist at the Bradley Hasbro Children’s Research Center, and director of the Brown University Clinical Psychology Training Consortium. “She is a true asset to the clinical, research, and teaching endeavors of Bradley Hospital, Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Brown.”

Jelalian has served as a mentor for pre-doctoral and post-doctoral trainees in pediatric psychology at the Brown University Clinical Psychology Training Consortium for the past 15 years, where she was recently appointed associate director. She was the recipient of the 2010 Martin P. Levin Mentorship award from Division 54 of the American Psychological Association.

Jelalian is a graduate of Brandeis University. She earned her doctorate at Miami University, and completed her post-doctoral training in the Department of Child and Family Psychiatry, Rhode Island Hospital and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.