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, adolescents and their families.
Our mission is to improve children’s behavioral health and quality of life through evidence-based care. We offer three types of clinical care for children, adolescents and their families. Our faculty members are also involved in research and training activities to advance the quality of children’s health care.
- 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 on an inpatient and outpatient basis. Specialty areas include hematology & oncology, solid organ transplant, cardiology, neurology, pain, sleep, gastroenterology, diabetes and endocrinology, pulmonology, gender identity, adolescent medicine, rheumatology, allergy & immunology, and critical care and surgery. Research efforts of the pediatric psychologists have targeted identification of factors related to child and family adjustment to medical illness. Patients are commonly referred for issues such as:
- emotional or behavioral problems related to new or chronic illness
- improving adherence to medical regimens
- difficulty sleeping
- managing pain or other physical symptoms
- promoting family adjustment to life-altering medical conditions.
- Our pediatric neuropsychology services focus on assessing and treating cognitive problems (e.g., learning, memory, reasoning, language, and attention problems) associated with medical conditions impacting the central nervous system. Specialty areas include epilepsy, neuro-oncology, traumatic brain injury/concussion, hematology, childhood stroke, cerebral palsy, movement disorders, solid organ transplant, congenital heart disease, and genetic syndromes. Research endeavors of our neuropsychologists have focused on cognitive, emotional, and behavioral features associated with various medical conditions and treatments. To learn more about pediatric neuropsychology, the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN) provides a helpful summary.
- Our child & adolescent psychology services provide diagnostic evaluations and brief, evidence-based intervention for a broad spectrum of outpatient child and adolescent mental health disorders, such as anxiety, depression, and disruptive behavior disorders.
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 psychology services has grown exponentially over the past several years and has resulted in the elimination of some services. If your child is referred to us for a condition we no longer treat, we will provide you with resources for other qualified providers in the community.
A Help Line for Parents: Project Safety Net
Parents seeking advice about issues related to kids of all ages are encouraged to call our free parent helpline at 314.454.8336. 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)
- Children's Specialty Care Center - West County, Suite 2B (13001 North Outer Forty, Town and Country, MO 63017)
- Children’s Specialty Care Center – South County, Suite 3C (5114 Mid America Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63129)
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)
- 314.742.6111 (Child Psychology Suite, St. Louis Children's Specialty Care Center – South County
We offer world-class care to children thanks in part to generous gifts from hundreds of people who have joined us in making health care better for all children. This philanthropic support enables us to fulfill our mission to do what's right for kids.