What is Pediatric Psychology

Mother with infant child laying on a couch The Society of Pediatric Psychology, Division 54 of the American Psychological Association (APA), defines pediatric psychology as:

“…part of an integrated field of science and practice in which the principles of psychology are applied within the context of pediatric health; it aims to promote the health and development of children, adolescents, and their families through use of evidence-based methods…

Areas of expertise within the field include, but are not limited to: psychosocial, developmental and contextual factors contributing to the origin, course and outcome of pediatric medical conditions; assessment and treatment of behavioural and emotional factors relating to illness, injury, and developmental disorders; prevention of illness and injury; promotion of health and health-related behaviours; education, training and mentoring of psychologists and providers of medical care; and improving health care delivery systems and advocating for public policy that serves the needs of children, adolescents, and their families.”