Welcome to the Division of Pediatric Psychology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. We are the newest division in the Department or Pediatrics, starting July 2021. Our group includes pediatric psychologists and researchers working across a variety of clinical settings, including diabetes, oncology, inpatient hospital services, cystic fibrosis, gastroenterology, and the transplant team.
Our division provides an academic and administrative home for the psychologists in the Department, who have unique needs for continuing education, credentialing, and billing/coding. Our goal is to continue to expand behavioral health services across the Children’s enterprise and provide a teaching and training community for pediatric psychology.
Pediatric psychologists play a critical role in delivering exceptional care to children who experience chronic or acute medical issues and their families. Our expert clinicians specialize in providing assessment, intervention, and consultation services to children who need help adjusting to a diagnosis (e.g. cancer), adhering to treatments (e.g. diabetes regimens), and managing challenges around complex and painful procedures (e.g. surgery). Children in pediatric care and their caregivers often experience high levels of stress, depression, and anxiety, and pediatric psychologists proactively support children and families to promote optimal coping and support children’s emotional health during treatment. Pediatric psychologists are experts in health behavior change, and psychological support has been demonstrated to enhance both disease and mental health outcomes.
We invite you to learn more about the division through our website and contact us with any questions.
Sarah Jaser, PhD
Director, Division of Pediatric Psychology
Associate Professor of Pediatrics