Pediatric Psychologists

Pediatrc PsychologyIn its treatment of chronic illness, the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology at Hasbro Children's Hospital recognizes that physical health, mental well-being and behavior cannot be separated. Therefore, pediatric psychologists are an important part of the multidisciplinary team that serves our children and families.

Pediatric psychologists are specially trained to provide behavioral and mental health interventions to children and adolescents in medical settings.They are available to educate families about the psychological, emotional and social effects of physical symptoms and illnesses on children and to assess their emotional and behavioral functioning. They also provide treatment services with the goals of enhancing kids' and families' adjustment to a medical diagnosis; helping kids and families follow their treatment regimen, whether it involves taking medication or making changes in their routines; and teaching children skills for managing pain and coping with stress.

Pediatric psychologists work closely with the gastroenterology (GI) physicians, nurses, social workers, dietitians, and child life specialists to ensure that children's emotional, behavioral, and social functioning is addressed alongside their medical needs. Families can access psychological services by talking to their GI physician who will help arrange a consultation.