A photo of Katherine K. Bedard-Thomas.

Staff Psychologist II, Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

513-517-1046

About Me

Biography

I’m a pediatric psychologist who specializes in helping children and adolescents who are admitted to the hospital for all kinds of medical reasons. I have a special interest in working with patients who need or have had a solid-organ transplant. I consult with patients and their caregivers while they are in the hospital to help them cope with their specific situation. I also act as a liaison, or bridge, between patients and families and their medical teams to help with complex aspects of care.

My interest in working with children living with medical conditions and their families began when I was in graduate school and worked in a pediatric oncology setting. I loved learning how to use my clinical psychology skills in this medical setting, and I’ve never gone back! I greatly value being able to provide an additional aspect of care for patients and families, and helping them feel cared for as a whole being, not just their medical needs.

I work exclusively with inpatient medically admitted patients, and I strive to be wholly present with them – listening to their experiences and needs openly and without judgement. I aim to meet them where they are and to offer support and interventions whenever I’m able to do so.

When I’m not helping patients in the hospital, I love spending time with my family — going on hikes, baking and watching sports, especially the Red Sox!

Clinical Interests

Medical inpatient psychological consultation/liaison; patient and parent coping with medical illness, hospitalization and procedures; coping with pediatric transplant; cognitive behavioral interventions

Divisions

Behavioral Medicine, Lung Transplant, Liver Transplant

My Locations

My Education

PhD: Suffolk University, Boston, MA.

Internship: Pediatric Behavioral Medicine, Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami, Miami, FL.

Fellowship: Psychiatry Consultation Service, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA.

My Publications

A mixed-methods measurement study of female adolescent sexuality stress and support. Bedard-Thomas, KK; McKenna, JL; Pantalone, DW; Fireman, G; Marks, AK. Psychology and Sexuality. 2019; 10:212-233.