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Pediatric Psychology Emphasis Area

The pediatric psychology emphasis area offers a variety of experiences in specialty areas and primary care. Residents will provide both inpatient and outpatient services during their training and receive supervision in individual and family services for children and adolescents with chronic and acute medical conditions and families seen in pediatric primary care clinics.

All rotations involve participation with multidisciplinary teams to provide comprehensive health services to families served by OU Children's Physicians' outpatient clinics and The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center. Residents are encouraged to interact with all members of the team, including medical professionals and trainees, nursing staff, social workers, child life specialists, physical therapists, dieticians, genetic counselors, clinical research associates, and administrative staff. Liaison with other agencies, such as mental health providers, schools, and evidence-based practice parameters whenever feasible.

Therapy, assessment, and consultation opportunities are available for residents in pediatric psychology in a variety of clinics and inpatient services including hematology/oncology, pediatric transplant, and a hospital-wide consultation-liaison service. Specialty outpatient clinic rotations include obesity, kidney transplant, liver transplant, assessment clinic, sickle cell disease, hemophilia, and pediatric cancer, including brain tumor clinic and a late effects clinic for children and adolescents who have completed cancer treatment. Outpatient primary care services are available in a general pediatrics clinic, Fostering Hope Clinic for children and adolescents in foster care placements, and a Latino outreach clinic. Residents provide services as part of a hospital-wide inpatient consultation-liaison service, working with the families of children and adolescents with a variety of acute and chronic medical conditions. Trainees have the opportunity to consult for various medical specialties, participate as a member of multidisciplinary treatment teams, attend didactics regarding pediatrics and primary care, and participate in research projects and/or grant-writing. Training takes place primarily at the Children's Hospital at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and the OU Children's Physicians building. Please contact Dr. Cherry for more information.

Amy Cherry, Ph.D.
Pediatric Psychology Emphasis Director
Training Supervisors: Dr. Amy Cherry, Dr. Noel Jacobs, Dr. Kathryn Jeter, Dr. Debbie Gomez, Dr. Jon Hart, Dr. Desti Edwards