Pediatric Psychology

Compassionate and comprehensive pediatric psychology healthcare.

The Pediatric Psychology team at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital uses a multidisciplinary and family centered treatment approach for a variety of illnesses and conditions.

child and teacher smiling white framing element
child and teacher smiling white framing element

Most children and adolescents pass through their different developmental stages without significant problems. However, for some young people, one or more phases of the transition to adulthood can be difficult, even painful. When this occurs, it can lead to behaviors that may disrupt or threaten the child’s and family’s stability, thus requiring the support of professionals. At times such as these, isn’t it good to know that the experts are close to home at Nicklaus Children's Hospital.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital is a nationally recognized pediatric specialty hospital that has been treating children for 60 years. Through our experience we have found that the best care is collaborative care. Our unique therapeutic program reflects this philosophy by utilizing the team approach, involving professionals, child and family to resolve issues.

A confidential consultation with our professional staff of Pediatric Psychologists and Psychiatrist may be helpful if your child has experienced any of the following problems:

  • Divorce in the family
  • Depression
  • A sudden change in friends or activities
  • Family Conflict and arguments
  • Childhood fears and anxiety
  • Low self-esteem or withdrawal from family and friends
  • Sudden gain or loss in weight
  • Irritability and anger
  • Poor school performance or a sudden drop in grades

The most frequent diagnoses are mood disorders, psychotic disorders, and attention deficit disorders (ADD). Patients are assigned to either the children or adolescent Behavior Modification Program. The emphasis is on providing positive reinforcement in the form of praise, group support and rewards for appropriate behaviors.

Treatments and Therapies

Conditions We Treat


Outpatient Services

The outpatient program offers a full array of diagnostic and treatment services for children and adolescents ages 6 to18 with behavioral, social and/or emotional problems. These services may be extended to parents when appropriate. Services include psychiatric medication management, psychological and psychoeducational assessments, individual psychotherapy, family therapy, parent therapy and topic-specific group psychotherapy.

Referrals may be initiated by mental health professionals, physicians, community agencies, clergy, schools or family members. Pre-admission information about the services, verification of insurance benefits and an intake interview are offered without charge.