Dawn V. DeBrocco, PsyD

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Dawn V. DeBrocco, PsyD, is a psychologist in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: Acute settings, Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), Mood disorders, Somatic syndrome
Locations: Main Hospital
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

Education and Training


Clinical Psychology - New Connections Academy, Palatine, IL


Postdoctoral Fellowship - New Connections Academy, Palatine, IL

Additional Training

Clinical Psychology Practicum - Loyola Medical Center, Maywood, IL
Clinical Psychology Practicum - TMS Psychological Services, Oak Park, IL
Clinical Psychology Practicum - Kane County Diagnostic Center, Batavia, IL
Certificate of Completion, Intermediate Spanish for the Healthcare Professional
Beck Initiative Cognitive Therapy training
Cognitive Therapy Informed Supervisor Training

Board Certification

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Certification

Undergraduate Degree

BS in Psychology - University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Graduate Degree

PsyD in Clinical Psychology - Midwestern University, Downers Grove, IL
MA in Psychology - Midwestern University, Downers Grove, IL

Titles and Academic Titles


Psychosocial Program Manager, Medical Behavioral Unit

Behavior Analyst Manager

Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Departments and Services

Research Interests

Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID)




Galligan MM, DeBrocco D, Friedlaender E.: Debriefing During a Mental Health Crisis. J Hosp Medhttps://doi.org/10.12788/jhm.3628 June 2021.

Akaninyene Noah, Gabriela Andrade, Dawn DeBrocco, Michelle Dunn, Katherine Herz, Diana Worsley, Pete Camacho and Stephanie K. Doupnik: Patient Risk Factors for Violent Restraint Use in a Children's Hospital Medical Unit. Hospital Pediatrics  hpeds.2020-000273; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1542/hpeds.2020-000273 August 2021.

Meghan M. Galligan, MD, MSHP,a,b Mary Haggerty, DO,a Heather A. Wolfe, MD, MSHP,b,c Dawn Debrocco, PsyD,d Katherine Kellom, AB,eStephanie M. Garcia, MPH,e Rebecca Neergaard, BS,f Eda Akpek, MPH,f Frances K. Barg, PhD, MEd,f Eron Friedlaender, MD, MPHa: From the Frontlines: A Qualitative Study of StaffExperiences With Clinical Event Debriefing. Hospital Pediatrics, doi.org/10.1542/hpeds.2021-006088 11(12): 1311-1318, Dec 2021.

Posters and Presentations


Lockwood, K., Sieke, E., Lockwood, B., FLetcher, K., Rosen, A., DeBrocco, D., Teng, C., & Pipan, M.: Interprofessional Simulation-Based Education for Pediatric Residents on De-escalation of Patients with Mild Agitation. Medical Education 13 - Medical Education: Simulation & Technology I, Pediatric Academic Societies Conference, Denver CO April 2022.


Kaufmann, K., M.ED., DeBrocco, D., Psy.D.: Implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports in an Acute Pediatric Medical Setting. Institute for Healthcare Improvement, virtual poster presentation, 2021 Virtual conference Dec 2021.


Czech, K., Debrocco, D., Frederick-Troy, L.: Improving the Care of Patients with Behavioral Health Concerns. Poster presented at 3rd CHOP Interprofessional Education Symposium. Jan 2020.

Abbigail Moog, LCSW, Dawn DeBrocco, PsyD, Emily Mudd, PhD, Gayle Chesley, PhD, Janelle Mentrikoski, PhD: Skill-building Session: Managing Behavioral Dysregulation on the Inpatient Medical Unit---Challenges and Lessons Learned. APA Virtual Convention August 2020.

Invited Lectures


DeBrocco D. "Somatic Symptom Disorders: overview and diagnostic cases", Friends Hospital, Philadelphia PA. Mar 2022.

Awards and Honors

2012, National Psychologist Trainee Register Credentialing Scholarship Recipient

2011, Practitioner Scholarship Project, passed with distinction

2008, Outstanding Community Service Award, Behavioral Medicine Club

2007 – 2008, Outstanding Leadership and Service as the Vice President of Behavioral Medicine Club

Editorial and Academic Positions

Editorial Positions

2021-present, Clinical Programming and Building Development of Inpatient Psychiatric Services

2021-present, Safety planning Curriculum Development Work Group

2019-present, Restraint and Seclusions Committee

2018-present, Behavioral Health Safety Committee

2018-present, Co-chair, Debriefing Collaborative/ Member of Chair's Initiative on "Debriefing: Broken Down and Rebuilt"

2017-present, Training Advisory Committee, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in Professional Organizations


2019-present, Association for Behavior Analysis International


2011-present, National Register of Health Service Psychologists

2007-present, American Psychological Association