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Grand Rounds: The Essential Role of Pediatric Psychologists in Healthcare Settings - Part One


By Katrina Hermetet, PhD, NCSP; Laura Hlavaty, PhD; Jeannette Iskander, PhD; Sarah Love, PsyD; Adriana Nevado, PsyD , Akron Children's, Akron, OH

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Objectives (Educational Content) :

1. Describe the history and role of Pediatric Psychology at Akron Children’s Hospital across the clinical areas of assessment and treatment across inpatient, outpatient, and multidisciplinary settings. 2. Demonstrate developing knowledge on the similarities and differences among the behavioral health service providers of Psychology, Neuropsychology, Psychiatry and Mental Health Therapy. 3. Examine the important role of Psychology in the areas of prevention, access, cost savings and multidisciplinary teams. 4. Strategize this new knowledge in patient case examples that demonstrate the principles outlined above in real-world contexts.

Target Audience:

General pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, psychologists, and nurses.

Identified Gap:

Pediatric Psychology is an integrated field of practice in which the principles of psychological science are applied within the environment of pediatric health. While the history of this field dates back to the early 1900s, the role and future of Pediatric Psychology, both nationally and here at Akron Children’s Hospital is still in development. Using case examples anchored in evidence-based medicine and a panel of ACH psychologists across clinical settings.

Estimated Time to Complete the Educational Activity:

1 hour(s)

Expiration Date for CE/CME Credit:


Method of Participation in the Learning Process:

The learner will view the presentation, successfully complete a post-test and complete an activity evaluation.

Evaluation Methods:

All learners must successfully complete a post-test, as well as an activity evaluation, to claim CE/CME credit.


The following presenters have identified that they have no financial relationships with any ineligible companies: Dr. Sarah Love, Dr. Jeannette Iskander, Dr. Laura Hlavaty, and Dr. Adriana Nevado. The planning committee/CME committee members have indicated that they have no financial relationships with any ineligible companies.

Accreditation Statement:

Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron is accredited by the Ohio State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CHMCA designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM.  Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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