Pediatric medical psychology

Carisa Parrish, Ellen Bartolini, Youlim Song, Emily Hernandez, Katerina Green, Rick Ostrander

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Paediatric medical psychology is a specialised field within clinical health psychology focussed on the behavioural, developmental, and psychological needs of children, adolescents, and families in healthcare contexts. Paediatric medical psychologists address a myriad of problems by employing evidence-based evaluations and interventions in order to support the well-being of paediatric patients and their families. In this paper, we provide an overview of paediatric medical psychology including the education and training required to be a paediatric psychologist followed by common problems addressed by paediatric psychology, the settings paediatric psychologists work in, and the services they provide. Discussion concludes with future application of integrating paediatric psychology throughout the continuum of care to optimise adjustment and health of paediatric patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)284-297
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Review of Psychiatry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2 2020


  • Paediatric medical psychology
  • adolescent pychology
  • behavioural medicine
  • health psychology
  • medical psychology
  • mental health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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