Division of Pediatric Psychology

Welcome to the Division of Pediatric Psychology, which specializes in children with developmental disorders/disabilities, behavioral disorders secondary to the developmental disabilities, and chronic medical conditions.

Our extensive team includes Clinical Psychologists, Pediatric Psychologists, and Pediatric Neuropsychologists. 

We have an APPIC-accredited post doctoral training program.  For more information, please click here.

Primary Assessment:

  • Diagnostic interviews with parents and or children
  • Psychological evaluations, which includes observations, objective and subjective measures along with data collected from parents and children.
  • Informing conferences

Frequent Diagnosis:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • ADHD- typically comorbid with an emotional- behavioral disorder
  • Learning Disability
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Behavioral- Emotional problems secondary to a medical diagnosis
  • Genetic Disorders

The children seen typically have a complex presentation of medical, developmental, and emotional/behavioral components that require intensive assessment.  Many children have limited or no verbal communication.  Other children present with behavioral or other (e.g., physical) challenges that have interfered with previous efforts to evaluate the child.  Often, the children have been evaluated by other professionals but referred to us, needing further clarification/assistance in diagnosis.  For many children, previous interventions have not been effective or it is suspected that additional factors are impacting the child’s presentation. 

The assessment methods used by psychologists in developmental-behavioral pediatrics may include:

  • Structured and unstructured interviews
  • Structured and unstructured observation, particularly with children who are young or nonverbal. (e.g., play, functional analysis)
  • Autism specific measures
  • Emotional and behavioral measures: completed by parents, children, and teachers: paper, pencil interview
  • Developmental /Intellectual measures: often necessary to clarify diagnostic status (e.g., often we need to know the child’s developmental levels in order to appropriately understand the child’s emotional/behavioral presentation.)
  • Adaptive measures
  • Academic functioning measures

A referral is required to make an appointment with the Division of Pediatric Psychology.