St. Louis Children’s Hospital offers a comprehensive a team of professionals who are committed to providing high-quality psychological care for children. Our doctoral-level psychologists and neuropsychologists work closely together to offer the most advanced psychological services available for children and adolescents.
While this department has primarily a clinical focus, our faculty members are also involved in research and training activities. We offer three types of care for children and families on an outpatient basis as well as providing care to children adolescents who are hospitalized for other medical difficulties.
- Our Pediatric Psychology Services are directed towards promoting quality of life for children with medical conditions and their families. Assessment and intervention services are provided to families commonly referred for issues such as improving adherence to medical regimen, coping with chronic illness, and promoting family adjustment to life-altering medical conditions. Research efforts of the pediatric psychologists have targeted identification of factors related to child and family adjustment to medical illness.
- Our Pediatric Neuropsychology Services focus on assessing and treating cognitive problems (e.g., memory, reasoning, language, and attention problems) associated with medical conditions impacting the central nervous system. Specialty areas include epilepsy, neuro-oncology, traumatic brain injury, hematology, childhood stroke, cerebral palsy, movement disorders, and genetic syndromes. Research endeavors of our neuropsychologists have focused on cognitive, emotional, and behavioral features associated with various medical conditions and treatments.
- Our Child & Adolescent Psychology Services provide evaluations and intervention for a broad spectrum of outpatient child and adolescent mental health disorders, such as anxiety, depression, externalizing behavior disorders and family conflict.
The Psychology Department offers a full continuum of Behavioral Health Services for many childhood emotional, behavioral and developmental disorders, including:
- Assessment of developmental or learning disorders related to a medical condition
- Mood and anxiety disorders
- Adjustment disorders related to acute and chronic stressors
- Behavioral problems
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Tourette’s disorder
- Emotional/behavioral problems related to chronic neurologic or medical illness
When evaluating and treating children the psychologists take into consideration the context of the child’s environment, including the entire family and educational setting. In all cases, family members may be invited to actively participate in the child’s evaluation and treatment.
The demand for hospital-based services has grown and resulted in eliminating some other services such as evaluation or testing for autism and learning disabilities or ADHD. In these areas, there are other qualified providers in the community to whom we refer for these services. Please contact us for our list of referrals.
A help line for parents
Parents seeking advice about issues related to kids of all ages are encouraged to call 454-8336. This is a free service of St. Louis Children’s Hospital that helps parents understand more about the mental development of their child. The phone line is staffed by professionals offering assistance to parents on a wide range of issues.
Pediatric Neuropsychology Suite, 3S-32 (St. Louis Children’s Hospital)
Pediatric Psychology Suite, 3N-14 (St. Louis Children’s Hospital)
St. Louis Children's Specialty Care Center, Suite 2B (13001 North Outer Forty, Town and Country, MO 63017)
Main Telephone Number: 314.454.6069
314.454.4576 (Pediatric Neuropsychology Suite)
314.454.4013 (Pediatric Psychology Suite)
314.726.6069 (Child Psychology Suite, St. Louis Children's Specialty Care Center)
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