Chavis A. Patterson, PhD

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Chavis Patterson, PhD, is Director of Psychosocial Services for the Division of Neonatology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Locations: Main Hospital
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

Education and Training


Philadelphia Child Guidance Center, Philadelphia, PA

Undergraduate Degree

BS in Psychology - Tufts University, Medford, MA

Graduate Degree

MA in Clinical Psychology - The American University, Washington, DC
PhD in Clinical Psychology - The American University, Washington, DC

Additional Training

PhD in Clinical Psychology - The American University, Washington, DC

Titles and Academic Titles

Director of Psychosocial Services, Division of Neonatology

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Departments and Services




Geller PA, Spiecker N, Cole JCM, Zajac L, Patterson CA. The rise of tele-mental health in perinatal settings. Semin Perinatol. 2021 Apr 5;151431. doi: 10.1016/j.semperi.2021.151431. Online ahead of print.


Grunberg, V. A., Geller, P. A., & Patterson, C. A. (2020). Utilization of NICU Infant Medical Indices to Classify Parental Risk for Stress and Family Burden. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 34(1), 54-62.


Grunberg, V. A., Geller, P. A., Bonacquisti, A., & Patterson, C. A. (2019). NICU infant health severity and family outcomes: a systematic review of assessments and findings in psychosocial research. Journal of Perinatology, 39(2), 156-172.

Bonacquisti, A., Geller, P.A., & Patterson, C.A. (2019). Maternal depression, anxiety, stress, and maternal-infant attachment in the neonatal intensive care unit. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology. doi: 10.1080/02646838.2019.1695041

Hill D, Carroll K, Snyder K, Mascarenhas M, Erlichman J, Patterson C, Barakat L, Feudtner C. (2019). Development and Pilot Testing of a Coping Kit for Parents of Hospitalized Children. Academic pediatrics, 19(4), 454-463.


Geller, P. A., Bonacquisti, A., & Patterson, C. A. (2018). Maternal Experience of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Hospitalization: Trauma Exposure and Psychosocial Responses. In Motherhood in the Face of Trauma (pp. 227-247). Springer, Cham.


Steinberg, Z., & Patterson, C. (2017). Giving voice to the psychological in the NICU: a relational model. Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy, 16(1), 25-44.

Antiel RM, Halpem SD, Stevens EM, Vrecenak JD, Patterson CA, Tchume-Johnson T, Smith-Whitley K, Peranteau WH, Flake AW, Baraket LP. (2017). Acceptability of In Utero Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation for Sickle Cell Disease. Medical Decision Making, 37(8), 914-921.


Boyd, R. C., Scharko, A. M., Cole, J. C., Patterson, C. A., Benton, T. D., & Power, T. J. (2016). Training pediatric psychologists for perinatal behavioral health services in a pediatric hospital. Journal of clinical psychology in medical settings, 23(2), 99-111.


Hall SL, Cross J, Selix NW, Patterson C, Segre L, Chuffo-Siewert R, Geller PA, Martin ML. Recommendations for enhancing psychosocial support of NICU parents through staff education and support. J Perinatol. 2015 Dec;35 Suppl 1:S29-36. doi: 10.1038/jp.2015.147.

Hynan MT, Steinberg Z, Baker L, Cicco R, Geller PA, Lassen S, Milford C, Mounts KO, Patterson C, Saxton S, Segre L, Stuebe A. Recommendations for mental health professionals in the NICU.  J Perinatol. 2015 Dec;35 Suppl 1:S14-8. doi: 10.1038/jp.2015.144.

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in professional organizations

American Diabetes Association
 - Consultant, Diabetes Summer Camp for Kids
Graham’s Foundation
 - Advisory Board
National Network of NICU Psychologists
National Perinatal Association
 - Member, Board of Directors
 - VP of Programs