A photo of Emily McTate.

Pediatric Psychologist, Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


My Biography & Research


I’m a pediatric psychologist who helps patients and families being treated within the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute. I am the primary psychologist for patients with solid tumors and a portion of our sickle cell patients. I use psychological interventions to help them cope with the challenges of these conditions.

I was raised by people who were all helpers in some capacity, which led me to a helping profession. I consider it a privilege to help children, adolescents and families develop skills that can be beneficial to them now and throughout their lives.

It is normal for kids, teens and families to need support, especially when coping with a medical condition. Psychological interventions can help with many of the ways that these conditions impact patients and families. These impacts can be psychological such as anxiety, mood disturbances and irritability, and physical, such as pain, changes in sleep and eating challenges.

In my practice, I invite patients and families to allow me to learn what is important to them and what makes them unique. This understanding helps us partner as we work together toward their goals.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, being outside and taking my dog kayaking.

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Behavioral Medicine, Sickle Cell and Hemoglobin Disorders, Hemangioma and Vascular Malformations

Research Divisions

Clinical Psychology

My Locations

My Education

Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Pediatric and Clinical Child Psychology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.

PhD Candidate: Clinical Psychology, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO.

Pre-Doctoral Internship: Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY.

MS (Research): Clinical Psychology, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO.

BA: Psychology, Creighton University, Omaha, NE.

My Publications

Clinical Handbook of Psychological Consultation in Pediatric Medical Settings. Hood, A; McTate, E; Joffe, N; Crosby, L. In: Carter BD; Kullgren KA, Ed. Clinical Handbook of Psychological Consultation in Pediatric Medical Settings. Issues in Clinical Child Psychology: Springer, Cham.; 2020.

Improving Distress and Behaviors for Parents of Adolescents With Chronic Pain Enrolled in an Intensive Interdisciplinary Pain Program. Weiss, KE; Junghans-Rutelonis, AN; Aaron, RV; Harbeck-Weber, C; McTate, E; Luedtke, C; Bruce, BK. Clinical Journal of Pain. 2019; 35:772-779.

A Preliminary Investigation of the Psychometric Properties of PROMIS (R) Scales in Emerging Adults With Sickle Cell Disease. Hildenbrand, AK; Quinn, CT; Mara, CA; Peugh, JL; McTate, EA; Britto, MT; Crosby, LE. Health Psychology. 2019; 38:386-390.

Development of a Hydroxyurea Decision Aid for Parents of Children With Sickle Cell Anemia. Crosby, LE; Walton, A; Shook, LM; Ware, RE; Treadwell, M; Saving, KL; Britto, M; Peugh, J; McTate, E; Oyeku, S; et al. Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. 2019; 41:56-63.

An Uncontrolled Pilot Study of an Integrated Family-Based Partial Hospitalization Program for Youth With Mood Disorders. Leffler, JM; Junghans-Rutelonis, AN; McTate, EA; Geske, J; Hughes, HM. Evidence-based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. 2017; 2:150-164.

Diagnosing disruptive mood dysregulation disorder: Integrating semi-structured and unstructured interviews. McTate, EA; Leffler, JM. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 2017; 22:187-203.

Psychosocial Dimensions and Functioning in Youth With Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. McTate, EA; Weiss, KE. Clinical Pediatrics. 2016; 55:979-982.