Psychology Education and Training Program

Training Faculty

Psychology Internship Program leadership team

Paul M. Robins, PhD, Director of Internship Training; Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Clinical and research interests: functional pain disorders; secondary traumatic stress, training competencies, integrated care, family therapy. E-mail: robinsp@email.chop.edu.

Thomas B. Flynn, PhD, Associate Training Director; Pediatric Neuropsychologist; Program Director, Assessment and Neuropsychology. Clinical and research interests: neuropsychological evaluation and consultation; training and assessment methods; developmental and psychosocial effects of epilepsy; epilepsy surgery, including selection of candidates and outcome; sickle cell disease and neuropsychological effects; late neurobehavioral outcomes from cardiac surgery. E-mail: flynnt@email.chop.edu.

Debra S. Lefkowitz, PsyD, Associate Training Director; Psychologist, Division of Cardiology. Clinical and research interests: family coping with pediatric chronic illness, assessment of risk/protective factors in coping, program development and evaluation. E-mail: lefkowitz@email.chop.edu.

Stephen L. Soffer, PhD, Associate Training Director; Psychologist; Director, Outpatient Services. Clinical and research interests: ADHD (assessment and treatment, school consultation), behavioral interventions for disruptive behavioral disorders, learning disorders. E-mail: soffer@email.chop.edu.

Core faculty and staff

Lamia Barakat, PhD, Director of Psychosocial Services in Oncology and Professor of Clinical Psychology in Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania. Clinical and research interests: risk and resilience models for predicting disease management and quality of life among youth with chronic health conditions, evidence-based screening of psychosocial risk in pediatric oncology, developing and testing family-based cognitive behavioral interventions for disease management, and adolescent and young adult engagement in decision-making about cancer treatment through clinical trials. E-mail: barakat@email.chop.edu

Lisa Blaskey, PhD, Neuropsychologist, Regional Autism Center and Center for Autism Research. Clinical Research interest: neurocognitive underpinnings of autism spectrum disorders, neuropsychological assessment, mechanisms of comorbidity in neurodevelopmental disorders. E-mail: blaskey@email.chop.edu.

Rhonda C. Boyd, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Clinical and research interests: maternal depression, mood disorders, cognitive-behavioral interventions, and ethnic minority populations. E-mail: boydr@email.chop.edu.

Gayle Chesley, PhD, Psychologist, Division of Rehabilitation. Clinical and research interests: family coping with pediatric brain and spinal cord injury, adjustment to prolonged hospitalization, interdisciplinary inpatient interventions. E-mail: chesley@email.chop.edu.

Jacqueline L. Cunningham, PhD, Pediatric Neuropsychologist. Clinical and research interests: effects of pediatric acquired brain injury; neuropsychological assessment; and rehabilitation status/post pediatric acquired brain injury. E-mail: cunningham@email.chop.edu.

Katherine Dahlsgaard, PhD, Lead Psychologist, ABC: The Anxiety Behaviors Clinic, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Science. Clinical interests: anxiety disorders, selective mutism, selective eating disorder, behavioral therapy. E-mail: dahlsgaardk@email.chop.edu.

Ricardo Eiraldi, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Health in Urban Schools Program, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Clinical and research interests: Mental health services disparities: ADHD in girls and ethnic minority populations; diagnostic tools and strategies for diagnosing ADHD in school-age children. E-mail: eiraldi@email.chop.edu.

Susan F. Epstein, PhD, Psychologist; Center for Autism Research. Clinical and research interests: differential diagnosis of complex neurodevelopmental disorders, psychiatric comorbidities and autism spectrum disorders, neuropsychological profiles in autism. E-mail: epsteins@email.chop.edu.

Marsha Gerdes, PhD, Psychologist, Co-director, Neonatal Follow-up Program, Director of School Readiness Specialist Initiative. Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; Clinical research and interests: developmental assessment of at-risk infants and preschoolers, parent counseling for vulnerable children, assessment of children with developmental disabilities and other genetic syndromes and school readiness. E-mail: gerdes@email.chop.edu.

Casey Hoffman, PhD, Psychologist, Neonatal Follow-Up Program, Division of Neonatology. Clinical and research interests: developmental outcomes for high-risk infants; parent-infant attachment and interactions. E-mail: hoffmanc@email.chop.edu.

Lynne M. Kaplan, PhD, Psychologist, Division of Oncology. Clinical and research interests: psychosocial support for pediatric patients diagnosed with cancer and their families, cancer related traumatic stress reactions in siblings of children with cancer. E-mail: kaplanly@email.chop.edu.

Stephen S. Leff, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Friend To Friend program. Clinical and research interests: lunchroom-and playground-based violence prevention programs; gender and social cognitive differences in aggression; social skills development in children with ADHD. E-mail: leff@email.chop.edu.

Colleen Lukens, PhD, Psychologist Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Center. Clinical interests: assessment and treatment of pediatric feeding disorders Research interests: evaluation of treatment outcome; design of novel treatment approaches; measure development.

Loretta Martin-Halpine, PsyD, Psychologist, Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Center. Clinical and research interests: relationship between anxiety, personality and feeding disorders, process improvement, organizational development and best practices. E-mail: halpine@email.chop.edu.

Jennifer Mautone, PhD, Psychologist, Center for Management of ADHD. Clinical and research interests: family-school collaboration for children with ADHD; parent education regarding behavior management of children with ADHD; collaboration between families, schools, and the healthcare system. E-mail: mautone@email.chop.edu.

Judith Miller, PhD, Clinical Training Director, Center for Autism Research. Clinical and Research interests: diagnosis and classification of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and comorbid conditions, ASD screening in primary care settings, increasing access to hospital procedures for children with ASD. E-mail: millerj3@email.chop.edu.

Kimberly S. Miller, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Pain/Rheumatology; Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome (AMPS) Program, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Clinical and research interests: coping and adjustment for children with chronic illness and their families; the impact of physician communication on adaptation to illness and treatment decision-making. E-mail: millerk7@email.chop.edu.

Jodi A. Mindell, PhD, Associate Director, Sleep Center; Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; Professor, Department of Joseph's University. Clinical and research interests: pediatric sleep disorders; assessment and treatment of behaviorally based sleep disorders in children and adolescents. E-mail: mindell@email.chop.edu.

Melisa Moore, CBSM, Attending Psychologist, Sleep Center. Clinical and research interests: assessment and treatment of pediatric sleep disorders, environmental and genetic influences on sleep, sleep and psychological functioning. E-mail: moorele@email.chop.edu.

Jenelle Nissley-Tsiopinis, PhD, Psychologist. Clinical and research interests: ADHD (assessment, treatment, school consultation); Executive functioning, organizational & social deficits; comorbid anxiety/ADHD; ADHD/autism spectrum disorders differential dx. E-mail: nissleyj@email.chop.edu.

Thomas J. Power, PhD, Director, Center for Management of ADHD; Professor of School Psychology in Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Clinical and research interests: health promotion; multi-systemic, community-based intervention; assessment and treatment of ADHD. E-mail: power@email.chop.edu.

Christine Reinhard, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition and Feeding and Swallowing Center, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Clinical and research interests: coping and adjustment for children with chronic illness and their families; prevention of mood and anxiety disorders in Latino youth; comorbidity of mood and anxiety disorders in children and adolescents with irritable bowel syndrome, and functional abdominal pain; parent education regarding behavior management of children with disruptive behavior associated with feeding and toileting difficulties. E-mail: reinhardc1@email.chop.edu.

Lisa Schwartz, PhD, Psychologist, Division of Oncology, Childhood Cancer Survivorship Program. Clinical and research interests: developmental, psychosocial, and health outcomes of pediatric cancer survivors; adolescents and young adults with cancer; health behaviors, health promotion, and transition to adulthood and adult medical care for adolescents/young adults with medical conditions. E-mail: schwartzl@email.chop.edu.

Jennifer Sherker, PsyD, Psychologist, Division of Rheumatology, Reflex Neurovascular Dystrophy (RND) program. Clinical and research interests: evaluation and treatment of pain disorders; readiness to change, and emotional and personality characteristics of children/adolescents with Reflex Neurovascular Dystrophy; Quality of life in children/adolescents with chronic pain; anxiety disorders; Psychological Assessment. E-mail: sherker@email.chop.edu.

Judith A. Silver, PhD, Co-Director, Safe Place: Center for Children’s Protection and Health; Associate Director, LEND Fellowship Program. Clinical Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Clinical and research interests: children with neurodevelopmental & related disabilities, infants/early childhood, foster care/health issues, interdisciplinary/intersystem collaboration, access to health care for underserved populations. E-mail: silverj@email.chop.edu.

Nina Thomas, PhD, Pediatric Neurophysiologist. Clinical and research interests: physiological variables affecting cognitive recovery from TBI, late effects of cancer treatment, and cognitive effects of spinal bifida. E-mail: thomasn@email.chop.edu.

Elizabeth Turner, PhD, Pediatric Psychologist, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition. Clinical and research interests: pediatric gastrointestinal diseases; impact of nutritional supplementation and growth on psychosocial well-being in children with inflammatory bowel disease. E-mail: turnere1@email.chop.edu.

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