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Shalonda K. Slater, PhD

  • Pediatric Psychologist, Clinical, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
  • Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
I care about the unique abilities of each child, and I tailor my treatments to meet the needs of the child and family.



I am a pediatric psychologist who specializes in the treatment of children and adolescents with chronic pain. I treat children with headaches, abdominal pain, joint pain, sickle cell disease and other conditions.

I was inspired to pursue a career in pediatric psychology by my love for working with children. I want to help children and adolescents who are dealing with chronic health conditions live full lives and reach their goals.

In my practice, I use a cognitive behavioral approach to help children learn how their thoughts and feelings are related to pain and other physical symptoms. I care about the unique abilities of each child, and I tailor my treatments to meet the needs of the child and family.

In addition to helping patients, I’m involved in research. I am seeking to learn more about ways to help children and adolescents cope with having chronic headaches.

I’m a member of the Pain Quality Improvement team that is part of a hospital-wide initiative aimed at integrating quality improvement science.

In my spare time I enjoy sports, music and spending time with my family.

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Predictors of Improvement in Pediatric Chronic Migraine: Results from the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Amitriptyline Trial. Rettig, EK; Ergun, G; Warfield, JR; Slater, SK; LeCates, SL; Kabbouche, MA; Kacperski, J; Hershey, AD; Powers, SW. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. 2022; 29:113-119.

Clinic-based characterization of continuous headache in children and adolescents: Comparing youth with chronic migraine to those with new daily persistent headache. Reidy, BL; Riddle, EJ; Powers, SW; Slater, SK; Kacperski, J; Kabbouche, MA; Hershey, AD. Cephalalgia. 2020; 40:1063-1069.

Migraine in children: presentation, disability and response to treatment. Slater, SK; Powers, SW; O'Brien, HL. Current Opinion in Pediatrics. 2018; 30:775-779.

CBT for Pediatric Migraine: A Qualitative Study of Patient and Parent Experience. Van Diest, AM K; Ernst, MM; Vaughn, L; Slater, S; Powers, SW. Headache. 2018; 58:661-675.

Similarities and Differences Between Migraine in Children and Adults: Presentation, Disability, and Response to Treatment. Van Diest, AM K; Ernst, MM; Slater, S; Powers, SW. Current Pain and Headache Reports. 2017; 21.

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