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Pediatric Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

513-636-4336

"I believe that each family brings a unique perspective to the diagnosis and treatment of a serious medical illness in their child, and I strive to partner with them to promote optimal adjustment for the patient and family."

My Biography & Research

Biography

I am a pediatric psychologist who specializes in working with patients who have cancer and blood diseases. I believe that each family brings a unique perspective to the diagnosis and treatment of a serious medical illness in their child, and I strive to partner with them to promote optimal adjustment for the patient and family.

Early in my education, I was drawn to working with children in medical settings. As my career developed, I learned more about the field of pediatric psychology and gravitated toward it. It is in this role that I’m able to appreciate the great strength, care, and resilience in patients and their families. I feel privileged to be able to play a part in their lives to help in times of stress and change.

In my practice, I work to conceptualize each patient’s needs individually, as part of their family and within the medical system. Then I build a treatment plan that incorporates all the aspects of their care. I work with patients and families to understand what is unique and important to them in guiding the decisions they make.

There is no manual for decision-making in these situations, and no right or wrong path. It can be easy to get lost in the decisions, information, sacrifices, financial impacts and more that come with these diagnoses. That is why pediatric psychologists and others are here — to help make sure that what is important to patients and families is consistent with the specifics of their care.

We know that caregivers' mental health is often impacted as much, if not more, than the mental health of the children who are diagnosed with cancer. Through our research, we are looking to identify early, preventive mental health care that can mitigate some of the risks and help promote more effective coping.

I am also involved in several program-development projects in conjunction with my psychosocial and medical colleagues to promote increased access to psychosocial care and to improve adherence in patients undergoing treatment.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, going out and exploring, or just relaxing in the backyard!

Research Interests

Family adjustment to pediatric oncology, interdisciplinary care, communication in medical settings, and adherence

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Behavioral Medicine, Hemangioma and Vascular Malformations

Research Divisions

Clinical Psychology

My Education

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Center for Adherence Promotion and Self-Management, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2013-2015.

PsyD: Clinical Psychology, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, 2013.

Predoctoral Internship: Pediatric Psychology Track, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH.

MA: Clinical Psychology, Xavier University, 2009.

BA: Psychology, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, 2007.

My Publications

Poor Adherence Is Associated with More Infections after Pediatric Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant. Pai, AL H; Rausch, J; Drake, S; Morrison, CF; Lee, JL; Nelson, A; Tackett, A; Berger, S; Szulczewski, L; Mara, C; et al. Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation. 2018; 24:381-385.

Meta-Analysis: Caregiver and Youth Uncertainty in Pediatric Chronic Illness. Szulczewski, L; Mullins, LL; Bidwell, SL; Eddington, AR; Pai, AL H. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2017; 42:395-421.

Systematic and Meta-Analytic Review: Medication Adherence Among Pediatric Patients With Sickle Cell Disease. Loiselle, K; Lee, JL; Szulczewski, L; Drake, S; Crosby, LE; Pai, AL H. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 2016; 41:406-418.