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Pediatric Psychologist, Clinical, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



My Biography & Research


I am a pediatric psychologist who specializes in working with children, teens and young adults with cystic fibrosis. I help them balance the demands of their treatment regimen with living a life that is really meaningful to them. I also specialize in treating preschool children with emotional and behavioral concerns, including tantrums, anxiety, sleep and toileting.

Helping support family wellness, fun and connection has always been meaningful and rewarding for me. I partner with my patients and families to help them build the skills that will be theirs to keep, and allow them to be the healthiest family they can be. My care is grounded in the importance of building healthy and enduring parent-child bonds early in life. I help parents understand what we would expect for the child's development and life experiences, and how best to teach, model and build skills needed to meet expectations and thrive. We actively set goals and track progress toward these goals. We work hard together and have fun while building important skills that can last a lifetime.

In addition to my clinical care of patients, I lead and partner with others on research. My research focus is broadly in early intervention to improve the health and wellness of children and their families, including emotion and behavior, nutrition and school functioning. Much of my research is in chronic illnesses such as cystic fibrosis and obesity, and is focused on wellness, education and care improvement. I also educate medical trainees in behavioral healthcare.

I find balance in listening to music, cooking, enjoying art, and being with friends and family.

Clinical Interests

Behavior management in toddlers and preschoolers; adherence to treatment in chronic illness (CF and obesity); coping and adjustment; child anxiety; toileting

Research Interests

Early intervention; adherence to treatment in chronic illness (CF and obesity); development and testing of brief behavioral interventions; quality improvement

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Behavioral Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Cystic Fibrosis

Research Divisions

Clinical Psychology

Blog Posts

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My Locations

My Education

PhD: University of Nevada, Reno, NV, 2007.

Internship: Boystown, Nebraska Internship Consortium of Professional Psychology, Omaha, NE, 2006-2007.

Fellowship: Pediatric Psychology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2007-2009.

My Publications

A Pilot Study of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy to Improve Well-Being for Health Professionals Providing Chronic Disease Care. Hente, E; Sears, R; Cotton, S; Pallerla, H; Siracusa, C; Filigno, SS; Boat, T. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2020; 224:87-93.e1.

Introduction to Cystic Fibrosis for Mental Health Care Coordinators and Providers: Collaborating to Promote Wellness. Mueller, AE; Georgiopoulos, AM; Reno, KL; Roach, CM; Kvam, CM; Quittner, AL; Lomas, P; Smith, BA; Filigno, SS. Health and Social Work. 2020; 45:202-210.

Assessing and responding to stress related to pulmonary function testing in cystic fibrosis through quality improvement. Nusbaum, K; Filigno, SS; Feldstein, J; Hente, E; Koch, E; Mullen, L; Weiland, J; Boat, T; Siracusa, C. Pediatric Pulmonology. 2020; 55:1139-1146.

Executive functioning in pediatric cystic fibrosis: A preliminary study and conceptual model. Borschuk, AP; Molitor, S; Everhart, RS; Siracusa, C; Filigno, SS. Pediatric Pulmonology. 2020; 55:939-947.

Maintenance Following a Randomized Trial of a Clinic and Home-based Behavioral Intervention of Obesity in Preschoolers. Stark, LJ; Filigno, SS; Kichler, JC; Bolling, C; Ratcliff, MB; Robson, SM; Simon, SL; McCullough, MB; Clifford, LM; Stough, CO; et al. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2019; 213:128-136.e3.

Psychological predictors of nutritional adherence in adolescents with cystic fibrosis. Borschuk, AP; Filigno, SS; Opipari-Arrigan, L; Peugh, J; Stark, LJ. Clinical Nutrition ESPEN. 2019; 33:143-147.

Assessing psychosocial risk in pediatric cystic fibrosis. Filigno, SS; Miller, J; Moore, S; Peugh, J; Weiland, J; Backstrom, J; Borschuk, A. Pediatric Pulmonology. 2019; 54:1391-1397.

Are Preschoolers Meeting the Mark? Comparing the Dietary, Activity, and Sleep Behaviors of Preschoolers With Obesity to National Recommendations. Stough, CO; McCullough, MB; Robson, SL; Bolling, C; Filigno, SS; Kichler, JC; Zion, C; Clifford, LM; Simon, SL; Ittenbach, RF; et al. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2018; 43:452-463.

Clinic and Home-Based Behavioral Intervention for Obesity in Preschoolers: A Randomized Trial. Stark, LJ; Filigno, SS; Bolling, C; Ratcliff, MB; Kichler, JC; Robson, SM; Simon, SL; McCullough, MB; Clifford, LM; Stough, CO; et al. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2018; 192:115-121.e1.

Inter professional teamwork: A case study examining the practice patterns and perceptions of pediatric psychologists. Ernst, M; Filigno, SS; Cortina, S; Byars, K; Guilfoyle, S; McClure, J; Smolyansky, B; Kichler, J; Pai, A. 2017; 2:1-9.